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After yesterday’s all day and all night rain, today is beautiful outside. Makes me wish I didn’t have so much to do inside, but the Lugnut and I can take a walk in a little while.

Still working away on Tiger’s Tempest in the Gambler’s Folly series. I have nearly 18,000 words down so far and, at the moment, a pretty good idea of where we’re going. Of course, with my characters, the route could change drastically. They are a headstrong bunch. But that’s what I get for writing about alpha male shifters I suppose.

If you could be a shifter, what would you be?

I always thought I would love to be a black leopard. They look so elegant, even if they do seem to have only two attitudes–calm, cool, and collected, or totally pissed off.

So far in my books, including those published and unpublished, I have leopards, panthers, wolves, bears, and now tigers.

What else would you like to see?

From Esperance, the next one in line is Ben of Blackstone’s Forge. As you might have guessed, Ben is a blacksmith. What makes him different is his family’s Talent for shaping iron.

No… That’s enough of a hint. You’ll have to read the book for the rest. But how about a tiny excerpt?

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Excerpt:

If anyplace could be consider as hot as hell, it was a blacksmith’s forge in midsummer, Ben thought, as he strode to the well. Icy water filled his mug with a cheerful splash, after a couple quick strokes on the pump handle.

The first mugful went down in three healthy gulps. Pulling the folded kerchief from around his head, he rinsed the salt-encrusted cloth in another cold stream of water from the well.

The second mug of water brought a quick gasp as he poured it over his head, but it was refreshing after several hours of heating and hammering steel in the forge, where he worked with his father. Water flew in a circle of droplets as he shook the excess from his wavy brown hair, leaving it spiked in all directions.

Once more he filled the mug. Leaning his tall frame against the pump, he slowly sipped the cool liquid as his dreamy blue eyes scanned the street around the forge.

“Good morning, Ben,” he heard from a familiar voice.

Turning toward the voice, he raised his mug and gave a brief nod to the pretty young woman walking toward him. With her light brown, nearly blond hair, and warm brown eyes, she was a sight to give a man dreams.

“Don’t I rate more than a nod, Ben Blackstone?” she demanded. “You could at least smile.”

“Hardly seems worth the effort, Deborah, when all it will gain me is a snide remark or a new chastisement for some imagined affront.”

“You are the most irritating man I know,” she told him as he took another pull from the mug.

He had no response for her accusation and continued to enjoy the water before he had to go back into the hell known as Blackstone’s Forge. He loved the work, but summers could be downright miserable.

Deborah was still glaring at him, hands on her hips, head tipped to the side, and eyes flashing in anger.

“Did you need something, Deb, or are you just here to annoy me?”

“My name is Deborah, not Deb, and absolutely not Debbie. And yes, I do need something. I’ve got better things to do than make a special trip to annoy you.”

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Need something to fill the time until Ben of Blackstone’s Forge is published?

Go on over to Amazon and take a peek!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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All right, I know there are some of you writers out there who don’t mind editing. And some who actually enjoy the process.

I am not one of those people. Hate it with a passion. I find it particularly tedious, even though I love the results once I finish with it and send it on to my editor. And I’m sure she appreciates my efforts.

I’ve heard the saying that your first draft is you telling yourself the story. The edits are you refining this story for your audience, and I suppose it’s true. I just hate the process. It gives me a headache.

I’m hoping to have Whiskey Jug Genie out later this year and I’m struggling through it. I may have to start adding a splash of whiskey to my coffee at this rate.

It’s like I can see the story unfold in my head, but capturing those thoughts on paper as I paint those pictures for others is another matter.

And it seems in each story I write, I pick one word to continually repeat–sometimes several times on one page. What is wrong with me?

At any rate, this is only an update on my trials and tribulations. Wish me luck as I fight my way through.

Writers, drop me a comment and tell me about your woes as a writer.

And tell me which version of the cover you like best. It is still a work in progress. Remember, this is a redneck genie…

And as always,

For all my other books, go on over to Amazon!

Mellie Miller

Sultonna Nadine

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. It is a beautiful day out here today, so I’m thinking of taking the Lugnut for a walk.

And then tonight, I’m going to find something to read. I just finished The Forgotten Witch by Jessica Dodge and loved every page of it. Elements of magic and romance, past and present lives… I would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of the genre.

What are you reading tonight?

Can I interest you in something romantic, with a twist of the paranormal?

Check out Gambler’s Folly series or Esperance. Or if magic is more your thing, try Master of the Fleet.

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Here we are only a few days from holiday weekend. How is everyone out there?

I know. Take a deep breath. Hold for a few seconds, and then let it out slowly. Don’t let the ;ast minute stresses get you down.

Are you looking for something to read, but don’t have a lot to spend right now?

Time to go over to Smashwords and check out their End of the Year Book Sale. Many of their authors have joined in the sale and have discounted their e-books until Jan 1. Some are even free!

Now you can’t beat a deal like that.

Treat yourself for the holidays! If you’re looking for one of my books, you can find them at my Smashwords profile page for any price you want to pay. Even FREE! (Though I hope you’ll throw a little change my way.)

So go on over to Smashwords and find a place for a short vacation break. Pour yourself a cup of tea, glass of wine, or whatever beverage you fancy, and get into another world.

If you’re looking for paperbacks or hardcover books of mine, go to my Amazon Author Profile page and find your next destination.

If you’re looking for Master of the Fleet, it’s under my pen name, Sultonna Nadine.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. See you in the New Year!

And Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

(Photo courtesy of Dawn Miller)

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Yes, it certainly is. And I know a lot of you are out there trying to get your shopping done. And if the weather where you are is anything like the weather we’re having, you’re doing it in the rain.

Don’t forget you can shop online to save yourself part of the stress and crazy drivers.

And if you have readers on your shopping list, what better gift can you get them than a book or three for the holidays?

Or maybe you need to unwind with a good book after working and shopping all day.

If you’re looking for paranormal romance, with some fantasy and magic thrown in, go on over to Amazon and check out my author page there. I have two series to choose from. And for magic, check out my book at Sultonna Nadine. All the books on Amazon are available for Kindle or hard cover. Most are available in paperback as well.

But if you’re looking for an e-book, at a discount price, check out Smashwords. Between now and January 1, you can set your own price on any of my books! This includes both series and Master of the Fleet.

While you can choose to get them for free, I hope you’ll feel generous and throw a little something my way. I understand money is tight this time of year, which is why I’m having the sale. And please review them after you’re finished.

So, stay safe out there. Don’t let the stress of the season get you down. Practice some good stress relieving techniques daily and get plenty of rest. Less stress and enough sleep will help you out there in the craziness.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Yes!

Come share the magic that is Esperance. A world full of people with unusual abilities. Everyone from the First Lord to the common man on the street may be Talented in one way or another.

My Esperance series is now a 4 book series, with the latest addition–Too Many Talents. Also available at Amazon.

Come with me and experience this world!

And Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Happy weekend everyone! Did you all survive Thanksgiving and Black Friday? It is certainly a crazy time of year out there. We had our daughter, one of her sons and a friend of his, plus a couple other guests to share the holiday with us.

Of course, with all that was going on, I did a bit too much too soon after my surgery, but a day or two of rest should take care to everything. I’ve been catching up on some reading while I’ve been recovering.

So, do you want to buy more books,

,,,but have to watch your budget?

Then you might be interested in my book sale over at Smashwords.

Between now and January 1, you can set your own price for any of my books there.

You can even choose to get them for FREE!

All books in both the Gambler’s Folly series and the Esperance Series are included as is Master of the Fleet from Sultonna Nadine.

So you can finish up a series, or start a new one without breaking the bank.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. Please be safe out there. You know how traffic gets this time of year.

So Happy Holidays from everyone at melliemiller.com

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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I normally write about what I’m writing or publishing. But today I thought I’d do something different.

People often ask if I read the same genre as I write. And sometimes I do.

But I also love a good mystery. Sometimes that mystery is a paranormal cozy mystery. Other times it’s a murder mystery. And I may, one day, attempt to write a mystery.

So what have I been reading?

First on the list is the On Pointe Mystery series by Lori Robbins. If you like your mystery set back stage or on the dance studio floor, then you should like On Pointe books. After finding a body, our MC, Ballerina Leah Siderova, is accused of the murder. Determined to solve the crime and clear her name, she dives right into the thick of things.

The action is exciting, with a dash of humor and a whole lot of ballet.

I’ve also enjoyed the Eastwind Witches Cozy Mysteries.

MC Nora Ashcroft, was a chef when she died. But instead of the afterlife she expected, she found herself in Eastwind, a magical town with residents of all kind. And by all kinds, I mean werewolves, fairies, witches, and the grim reaper–who is totally misunderstood.

Looking for a straight up historical murder mystery?

Check out the Inspector Ravenscroft Mysteries. The inspector has the worst record on the force, so he’s banished to Malvern to lick his wounds. But murder and death seem to follow him even that far from London. Set in Victorian England, this series is captivating.

But on to things more romantic.

If you like short romantic reads, check out Wedding Nights by Lexi Miles. Each wedding night is unique.Maybe the bride skipped out minutes before the wedding and took off with a biker. Or maybe the groom has a wicked sense of humor. All the stories are spicy, but won’t keep you up all night reading. Well, unless you start the next story…

So there you are. This is where I’ve been on my virtual vacations.

Where have you gone?

If you like paranormal fantasy romance, check out my other pages for links, descriptions, and excerpts. All titles available on both Amazon and Smashwords.

And remember all the Esperance books are on sale with the coupon at Smashwords. The coupon is on each book’s page.

Here’s the link.

Have a wonderful week!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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That’s right! I’m having a book sale!

Have you been waiting for a sale to try the Esperance Series?

Now’s the time.

All e-books on sale in the series for only $0.99 each through Nov. 12.

Use code TX55S at checkout!

So come with me and visit Esperance this weekend! The fare is quite affordable.

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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Just what are Talents anyway? I talk a lot about them in my Esperance books. So let’s take a peek at what I’m talking about.

Generally speaking, Talents are like psychic abilities. You may be familiar with the concept of mental telepathy or telekinesis. On Esperance, this takes a much broader stroke across the population. Healers have a gift for using energy to counter illness and work with doctors to keep the clan healthy.

Take for instance the Ferguson family. The ruling family of Clan Ferguson is known for having an affinity for the forest and wood products in general. In Clan Brannach, a family related to the ruling family owns a lumber yard. They also create works of art from wood in unusual ways, using these Talents.

What most people don’t know is how attuned to the forest they really are. (Morgan–The Pixie and the Green Man).

When it comes to First Lords, those Talents can come in a number of ways. Most are adept at mental telepathy, telekinesis, remote viewing and the like. Some can teleport to places they’ve been to before.

What makes the difference in their strength is the amount of energy they can control to direct this Talent. No one has every found the limits of Jareth’s powers.

Then we come to Viviane, who should have lost any abilities she had during childhood. Nobody knows exactly why, but they resurfaced during the trouble her clan had with Clan Brannach, stirred up by her traitorous brother, Carl. All the Talents one would expect for an heir of the clan became hers, and were completely out of control.

This brought up another issue. Since Talent is tied to emotions in a lot of cases, whenever she became emotional at all, or began to daydream, she affected everyone within reach of her abilities. Maids would be dancing down the hallway as she visualized a dancer while playing her flute. Her anger sent people flying out of her path.

And the stronger her abilities became, the more trouble they were.

Now, picture two people who are extremely gifted when passion ignites in the bedroom…

Yeah…

Both Viviane and Jareth were tired of having to control their emotions during those intimate times, but so far the only solution was to go to the mountain cabin. While Jareth could teleport them up the mountain, it was rather a nuisance.

But Jareth has a plan and it’s almost time for Viviane’s birthday. It will certainly be one she will never forget.

Come with me to Esperance. Maybe we can wish Viviane a happy birthday in person.

And don’t forget Connell, over in Clan Belfort. We’ll talk about him next time.

Ready to read? You can find the Esperance series, including Too Many Talents, over at Amazon.

Or check my profile at Smashwords!

Have a wonderful weekend!

And as always,

Don’t Forget…

…to Share the Romance…

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