Spotlight: E. Mellyberry

“What made you want to become a writer?”

Actually, I’ve never once dreamt of becoming a writer. Just like the female lead in MY LEA, my life was mapped out since the early years by my parents, and that map didn’t lead to writing profession. Forget the map. A writing profession has never been on our radar. Ever. Not even after I won the city’s writing competition when I was eleven and how proud that tiny trophy had made my school. Yes, I love to write. Yes, I love to dream, I love to create, I love to tell stories. But doing it for real? Ha. It’s a job for someone else who lives in a galaxy far, far away. Definitely not for mortal like me.
Like any other mortals, I grow old(er). I got married, started my own family, become a mother. My creativity, sadly, has slept through my entire growing up process. Then, out of the blue, my children woke my sleeping dragon up—or giant, or butterfly, or kitten—and the magic began.
My kids and I had this bedtime routine that each night we would tell our own made-up story. It was during one of those nights that my first children’s book Rainbow was born. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I can’t stop writing. I can’t stop making stories. From one book to another, from one article to another, from one genre to another. I found out that writing excites me and calms me down at the same time. Writing puts me on a constant roller-coaster ride that shoves my stomach up into my throat and plunges my heart into the ground; a ride that multiplies the magical butterfly-flaps in my chest and goose bumps on my skin. I’m addicted. Story goes live inside of me without my ability to pause it. More often than not, I wish I could connect my head to a projector so that it could beam out whatever scenes that were playing inside my mind right into the real world. That would save a lot of my typing time 🙂
Don’t look at me like that. I’m sure, someday, someone would invent that kind of technology.
Okay. Back to the subject at hand…
I still have a hard time believing I’m an author! That I’m actually doing it. I’m living it. I’m making my dream comes true!
Because I’m an author, and author always needs to push a message down everyone’s throat, here comes one:
Sometimes life comes out exactly the way you plan it. Sometimes it doesn’t. If it offers you a different adventure, well, grab it. Live it, ride that effing roller-coaster and just … shout!

~ e. mellyberry ~


Spotlight: High – Risk Fever

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High-Risk Fever
Lea Bronsen
Decadent Publishing, @57k words
Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Menage/multiple partners, GLBT/gay


Two young and indecently handsome bicyclists visit a village in the French Alps during the summer holidays. Forced by a raging storm to spend the night at the local bed & breakfast, they invade the quiet lives of hostess Anne and her husband, Brian.

A power outage plunges the foursome into darkness, encouraging new liaisons to form, life-long secrets to be unveiled, and steamy lessons to be learned. But once the storm moves on, can the four find a balance and resume their normal lives?

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A lusty female scream flared through the thin hall walls separating them from the other lovers. A moment later, a male groan.
Anne listened, and when silence settled, she replayed the sounds in her mind. Jealousy stung. Several times, Brian had brought her close to the edge, making her whimper with pleasure, but never this far. She wanted to scream like that woman, wanted to experience a real orgasm like her.
The black-haired bicyclist could do it to me, I’m sure.
Just thinking about it made her pussy muscles contract. Her husband didn’t need to know why. It would be her small secret. The first and only.
She moved aside a bit, leaving air between their stomachs, took one of Brian’s large hands, and brought it between her legs.
“Oh, fuck.” He gasped and brushed his lips against her throat, the hairs of his moustache tickling her sensitive skin. “You’ve never asked me to do this before.”

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Lea has always had a vivid imagination and written since an early age. Now juggling life as a mother, full-time worker, and thriving author, she struggles to find any reading time – but when she opens a book, she wants it fast, hot, and edgy! Striving to give her own stories the same intensity, she currently divides her writing time between psychological thriller, erotic contemporary romance, and dripping erotica. She loves to interact with her readers, so send a mail to or come visit her on Website | Facebook profile | Facebook page | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

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Spotlight: Ellie Ashe Author of Chasing the Dollar

Three Things I Learned While Writing Chasing the Dollar

I was nearly completely finished with a romantic suspense novel when I started thinking about the story that would become Chasing the Dollar. It was not a good time to dive into a new project. I had a demanding full-time job and had already cut back on sleep to finish the other project.

But I had made a list of resolutions for 2013 that included writing something different—a new genre or a different point-of-view. And this persistent story kept floating through my brain at the most inconvenient times. So, I started writing notes to myself about what might be going on with this character, this woman who may or may not have participated in a fraud scheme.

Very quickly, I had the first six chapters written and knew I had to keep going. The entire book came together in about nine months, though there were several long stretches of time when Miranda’s story had to be pushed aside so I could finish the first project. Now that Chasing the Dollar is out, I wanted to examine why it came together so fast. Here is what I’ve learned (so far).

Trying new things is great, even when you don’t think you’ll succeed

I wasn’t sure I could write a first-person POV. For years, I wasn’t even sure I liked reading that style. Recently, though, I found myself more drawn to books with that POV.

Still, I was sure it wouldn’t work, that it would be too hard to break a habit of using alternating characters’ POVs to tell a story. I was certain that I’d end up re-writing everything I wrote in third-person.

I dove in anyway and quickly found myself carried away by Miranda’s story.  Because it felt I was living inside her head, everything I wrote felt fresher and less filtered through me.

Hey, I’m a plotter!

Common wisdom is that writers are either plotters, who outline their stories before starting chapter 1, or pantsers, who write by the seat of their pants, not knowing what’s going to happen the next time they sit down to write. The truth is that this is probably more of a scale than a binary choice. Either way, I had always thought of myself as a pantser.

I had attempted to write numerous books over the years, but most had stalled out after five chapters, usually from a fatal lack of conflict. Later efforts managed to get up to the 75-percent mark, but meandered around instead of coming to a logical ending.

For Chasing the Dollar, I created an outline. When I sat down to write, I knew where I was going and that made a huge difference. Instead of meandering, my story had a destination. And that made a huge difference!

When you just can’t let go of a character, create a series

As I approached the end of Chasing the Dollar, I was happy that Miranda was going to get her happily-ever-after ending. After all, she had been through a lot! She deserved this.

Yet, I wasn’t quite ready to let her go. Neither was my critique partner, who kept bugging me to make this a series. But where do you go after your heroine gets her hero? I took a few days to think about this and decided that Miranda’s happily-ever-after ending didn’t have to involve getting her hero—yet. She’s got her happy-for-now ending, with a hopeful twist. And I get to hang out with her for a while longer.

So Miranda will be back. In December, check out Chasing Tinsel, a holiday novella that will be part of Cozy Christmas Capers. The anthology will feature many of the talented authors at Gemma Halliday Publishing. For updates on the anthology’s release, check here:

After that, look for Dropping the Dime, Miranda’s next mystery. She’s got a new job, where she’s trying to find her footing. At the same time, she’s struggling to recover her reputation in a community that still views her as a criminal defendant. And then there’s the matter of Jake… Things aren’t remotely finished for her.

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SAVING WISHES (FREE- #1 Wishes Series)


For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She’s been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she’s stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it’s temporary. Her lifelong dream of traveling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.
When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.
Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn’t quite fit the life she’s living, and the boy who helps her realise why.


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SECOND HEARTS (#2 Wishes Series)


Charli Blake’s high tolerance for risk doesn’t always work in her favour.
After a year of living out her dream of traveling the world, the sunny West African village of Kaimte would be her last stop.
She’s bound for New York, in search of the boy she’d let go of long ago.
For Charli, nothing has changed. She’s travelled thousands of miles but hasn’t moved an inch. Adam Décarie still means everything to her.
But reality soon hits hard.
For Adam, everything has changed.
Memories of the best love she’s ever known is all she has left, until Charli makes a shocking discovery. None of it had ever been real in the first place.


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SAND JEWELS (#2.5 Wishes Series)


Sand Jewels is book 2.5 of The Wishes Series.

Gabrielle Décarie was over arrogant men – but that didn’t mean she couldn’t have a little fun with one.
When she took a chance on Alex Blake, it was supposed to be a one-night deal.
He was too cocky, too flirty and too complicated.
Sand Jewels is the story of why she fell madly in love with him anyway.

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STORM SHELLS (#3 Wishes Series)


Storm Shells is the final chapter in the story of Adam and Charli….
The only way to move forward was to go back to the very beginning….
After three miserable weeks without Charli, Adam makes the decision to follow her, desperately hoping to find a way of following through on his promise of a happy ending.
He finds her back in Pipers Cove, healing her broken heart by spending time with the one person who never lets her down.
Both know nothing has changed. They’re desperately in love, hopelessly stuck in limbo, and unable to find common ground.
When fate offers them a chance at a different kind of ending, it’s a one-shot deal. Running with it means changing their plans – something neither of them has ever been willing to do before, even for each other.
Just as one begins to find their way, the other completely loses direction – and neither of them realise that time is running out.


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SECRET NORTH (#4 Wishes Series)


Ryan Décarie could literally charm the pants off anyone. It was his biggest talent and his biggest downfall.
When he crosses paths with Bente Denison five long years after breaking her heart, sparks fly.
Trying to convince her that he’s finally ready for something more serious isn’t easy – and the reason why is simple.
He’s never had anything serious.
Totally clueless when it comes to meaningful relationships, Ryan’s in dire need of guidance, and it comes from the most unlikely source imaginable – his four-year-old niece, Bridget.

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SILVER DAWN (#4.5 Wishes Series) –  


After five long years of waiting, Gabrielle and Alex’s most longed-for wish is about to come true. Their baby son is due any day, and Gabi has everything planned down the last detail.
Alex has never been one for making plans. He’s a firm believer in fate, trusting that on any given day, things are exactly how they’re supposed to be.
When Gabrielle’s plans go awry at the last minute, both are thrown for a loop.
Trying to hold his family together soon takes a toll on Alex. When his once unbreakable connection to Gabrielle begins to slip, his faith in fate is stretched to the limit.
Charli has been waiting to meet her baby brother for months. When the call finally comes, she jumps on the first flight out of New York and heads home for a surprise visit.
Little does she know, her treasured family is at breaking point.
Bonding with her brother comes easily. Maintaining the tight bond she’s always shared with her father is harder to do.

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STAR PROMISE (#5 Wishes Series) – 20th December 2014 (STC)


After three blissful years of living in Pipers Cove, Adam and Charli head back to the bright lights of New York. Taking on a position at a Manhattan gallery turns out to be Charli’s dream job, but just a few weeks after starting at his father’s firm, Adam realises that practicing law is his worst nightmare.

Biding his time is the plan. Charli has wanderlust in her soul and he’s hopeful that sooner or later, she’ll want to go home.

Riding it out isn’t hard. They’re as close as they’ve ever been and every spare minute is spent hanging out with their precious little girl.

Life is good- until it’s not.

When fate throws them one nasty curveball after another, Charli’s confidence is shattered and her heart is broken. After weeks of trying to make sense of the grief she’s feeling, both realise she’s out of her depths.

Getting out of Dodge is Charli’s preferred MO and she doesn’t disappoint, finally deciding it’s time to leave New York.

Returning to Pipers Cover is not the quick fix they were hoping for.

Some things just can’t be mended, and the way she deals with that is going to change everything.

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Author Spotlight: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle



Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic.

Sydney has been blogging at for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.


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Spotlight Tour: In the Moments Series



In The Stars
In The Moments Series Book 1



Caroline Reyes is starting her second year of college nothing like the first. Following a car accident over the summer with her best friend Raleigh she is now stuck with a bitch for a roommate as Raleigh recovers at home.

One Saturday morning starts off with a bang, literally at Caroline’s door and leads to her needing to comfort a very distraught stranger. This brings Caroline into her first run in with Eric. She feels completely lust driven at just the sight of him, even though his words just piss her off. She can’t shake the sensations running thru her though even after their brief meeting is over. Then comes Kyle and he is determined to get to know Caroline better and she feels the same way dismissing her earlier run in as just crazy hormones.

Now she is left with decisions having to be made and knowing someone is going to get hurt in the process. That someone could be her alone.

Caroline has always looked into the stars for comfort and reassurance since she was a little girl with her Daddy. Now she is looking up into them praying for the right answers and hoping they can help her along with her Daddy who is amongst them now.




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In The Now
In The Moments Series Book 2



When the heartache of what Tara Wright believed was her love and life plan with her high school sweetheart follows her into a new year. Tara begins to rely on the three new and beautiful friendships that came compellingly into her life.

Caroline, easily becoming the perfect best friend for Tara. Thru Caroline she receives the encouragingly, witty Raleigh as a new found friend as well. Meeting Adam at a time where she needs to rediscover herself has her scared and confused. Every moment spent with him has her head swirling and her stubborn walls weakening.

Adam is the man that can make her laugh, give her support, and make her heart skip a beat every time he comes into view. He’s everything Tara needs to make her way back out of her stubborn shell of fear she’s closed herself into.

Finally starting to spend more time together and watching Adam in his realm of adrenaline induced racing at the Motocross has Tara’s weakening walls finally crumbling to the ground and singeing in the heat Adam brings to her.

Has it all just been a crazy ride to recognize true love? Can Adam fix Tara’s broken heart and make her believe that their love is In The Now?




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In The Fairytale
In The Moments Series Book 3
Releasing December 2014


In every fairytale there’s anger, hurt, and love. For Raleigh Jefferson her fairytale is no different.Since she was a little girl, watching Snow White meet her prince as she frolicked through the forest, the idea of Happily Ever After was embedded in Raleigh’s mind. Her heart skipped a beat over the Beast’s love for Belle, and she knew she’d swim the ocean to save her black haired prince from drowning, even without a mermaid tail. Destiny and forever. She wouldn’t settle for anything less.

She wasn’t looking for a man to frolic in the forest for her. If she were to actually witness such a thing she’d probably smack the man for acting a fool. But she did want her own Cinderella story. She wanted to glide down the aisle in her own glass slippers toward the man she loved, the one who returned that love unconditionally.
She never knew how hard this dream of hers would be until she met him. Will the truth of the world around her and the pain that can be carried in someone’s heart be too much to handle, or can Raleigh find a way to truly live… In The Fairytale?



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Spotlight: The Lone Sheriff

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Harlequin Western historical ~ 75k
As if tracking down train robbers isn’t enough, now Sheriff Jericho Silver’s backup detective is a gun-toting, head-turning beauty who sure spells trouble.
Madison O’Donnell had the perfect life–a beautiful home and all the ladies luncheons she could stomach–but it left her bored to tears.  Now the determined widow fills her days with daring deeds and wild adventures, including working with Jericho.  But he insists on her returning to the city where she belongs and finds she is one lady who refuses to take no for an answer.


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None of them looked remotely like a
Pinkerton man.  A Pinkerton agent would
no doubt be wearing a proper suit.  But
the only male who looked the least bit citified was Ike Bruhn, home from his
honeymoon with his new bride. 
Sandy jiggled at his side.  “Ya see ’im?”
“Nope,” Jerico grunted.
“Maybe he missed the train,” his deputy
“Naw, must be here somewhere.  Look for a gent in a gray suit.”  Pinkerton men always wore grey to blend in
with crowds.  He scanned the thronged
station platform again.
“Check inside, Sandy.  Maybe he slipped past me.”
His deputy jogged off and Jericho perused
the crowd a third time.  Nothing.  Maybe Mr. Detective had chickened out at the
prospect of fingering an elusive outlaw gang that was robbing trains.  He narrowed his eyes and turned to check the
station once more when someone stumbled smack into him.
“Oh, I am terribly sorry.”  An extremely pretty young woman carrying a
green-striped parasol gazed up at him.
Her voice sounded like rich whiskey sliding over smooth river stones and
for a moment Jericho forgot what he’d come for.
She only came up to his shoulder and on her dark, piled-up hair sat the
most ridiculous concoction of feathers and stuffed birds he’d ever laid eyes
He sucked in a breath to apologize, then
wished he hadn’t.  Goddam she smelled
good.  Soap and something flowery.
Made his head swim. 
He stepped back.  “’Scuse me, ma’am.”
She waved a gloved hand and peered at his
chest.  “Oh, you are the sheriff.”
“Yeah, I am.”
She smiled and his mouth went dry.  “You are just the man I want to see.”
Jericho swallowed.  “You have a problem?”
“Oh, no.”
She twirled her parasol.  You have the problem.  I have come to help.”  She waited, an expectant look on her face.
“Help?” Jerico echoed. 
“Of course.”  The whiskey in her voice was now sliding over
some pointy rocks.  “I am Madison O’Donnell.  The Smoke River Bank hired me to help catch
the gang robbing their gold shipments.”
Jericho stared at her.
“I believe you were expecting me?”
He snapped his jaw shut.  He sure as hell wasn’t expecting her.
The last thing he’d expected was this frilly-looking female with her
ridiculous hat.  In her green-striped
dress and twirling her parasol like that she made him think of a dish of cool
mint ice cream. 
“Whatever is the matter, Sheriff?  You have gone quite pale?  Are you ill?”
He jerked at the question.  Not ill, just gutshot.  “Uh, yeah.
I mean No, I’m not ill.  Just . .
. surprised.”
She lowered her voice.  “Most Pinkerton clients are surprised when
they meet me.  It will pass.”
no, it won’t
Madison O’Donnell picked up her travel
bag.  “Shall we go?”
Not on your life.  “Uh, my deputy’s inside the station
house.  ’Scuse me, ma’am.”  He strode past her without looking back.  Inside, he found Sandy talking to the ticket
“Charlie says nobody’s come in except the
two Weatherby women.  You want me to hang
around and – ?”
Biography for Lynna Banning:
Lynna Banning combines a lifelong love of history and
literature into a satisfying career as a writer.  Born in Oregon, she has lived in Northern
California most of her life.  After graduating
from Scripps College she embarked on a career as an editor and technical
writer, and later as a high school English teacher.
An amateur pianist and harpsichordist, Lynna performs on
psaltery and harp in a medieval music ensemble, and she also plays cortholt,
recorders, and tar (drum).    She enjoys
hearing from her readers.  You may write
to her directly at P.O. Box 324, Felton, CA 95018, USA, or at  Visit Lynna’s website at
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