New Release: Reality Meets its Match by Sharon Hughson

Happy Release Day to my friend, and fellow Roane author, Sharon Hughson! Her story, Reality Meets its Match, is the first release in Roane’s new Novella Niblets line. I just finished reading this story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance to read, and want a story that’s on the shorter side, I highly recommend it. Go check it out! :)
This week’s new Novella Niblets release…
Reality Meets its Match
A Virtual Match Romance
By Sharon Hughson
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Keywords: Keywords: Novella, Contemporary, Romance, Sweet, Matchmaking, Online Dating, Geek Romance, Hot Geeks, Invisible Boyfriend
Ronnie Shay isn’t willing to risk a real relationship. Virtual Match offers her a fake boyfriend, which should satisfy her nagging family. And keep her heart safe. Unexpected attraction sparks with her imaginary beau unearthing a past secret Ronnie thought was banished. When her virtual boyfriend wants to meet, reality rains ruin on Ronnie’s chance for a romantic connection with the not-so-invisible man. Will her heart survive? Is love worth the gamble?
“I’m home, Major.”
Of course, the cat didn’t rush to greet her like a dog would. Most likely, he was curled up somewhere and would glare at her when she found him. He tolerated Jenny, the neighbor who made sure he had food and water and a clean box. Ronnie would need to be punished for leaving him yet again. Why didn’t the cat adjust? She traveled almost as often as she was home.
At the end of the hallway, she toed open the door to her bedroom. A bump from her balled fist turned the switch, and light from the two floor lamps illumined the room. In the center of her bed, the striped cat lay, feet curled under his chest, amber eyes glaring at her.
“Hey, buddy. Did you miss me?”
She plopped the bag onto her bed, earning a long blink from the cat. In the silence, the zipper squawked like a pack of hungry crows. She heaped clothes for the washing machine into a pile at the foot of the bed, chatting at the cat. By the time she finished unpacking, he had turned his back to her and was faking sleep. Or maybe he really could drop off with the mattress bouncing from her movements.
Her phone trilled.
Michael. Her heart leapt against her breastbone. No matter how her back screamed for a stretch, or her butt felt numb from the long flight, her lips curled upward. She rolled the suitcase into her deep closet and kicked her shoes off before picking up her phone and heading toward the living area. A quick glance at the screen revealed his message: Make it home OK?
About Sharon L. Hughson:
Translating wind-whispered concertos into fiction, Sharon Hughson writes romance and young adult fantasy, living out her lifetime dream and calling it “a job.” After being saved by The Chronicles of Narnia as a teenager, S.L. decided escaping reality alone isn’t nearly as delightful as sharing those make-believe worlds with friends. To that end, she invites you to enter her story realm and fall in love all over again.
Even after twenty-some years married to her high school sweetheart, she enjoys the hearts-a-flutter rush from a well-told romantic tale. S.L. resides in Oregon with her husband, sons and three cats.

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Audiobook Review: After the End by Amy Plum

I’m a fan of Amy Plum’s Revenants series, so I had high hopes for this book.

The beginning intrigued me, and I enjoyed the mix of the sci-fi apocalyptic world with magic and romance. I liked that Juneau was headstrong, and did everything she could to search for her clan, even though she felt betrayed.

As the story went on, the pace didn’t pick up as much as I had hoped it would, but it was interesting enough to keep on listening to see what happens. I was disappointed by the ending. The cliff hanger isn’t what bothered me though. I just felt like not enough had been resolved. I’m on the fence about picking up the second book.

Overall, I’d give the book 3.5 stars. I would consider it slightly better than average, and probably would have rated it a 4 right up until the end. I thought it was pretty unique, so if you’re looking for a mashup of different YA genres and something a little out of the ordinary, this one might be for you.

October Giveaway Time

Hi there. My name is Melissa and I have a slight problem. I seem to enjoy giving away copies of my book! This is my third Goodreads giveaway to date. It brings me joy to give people things, so why not make my day and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of COLLIDE?!?

You can enter anytime between midnight on Sunday, October 2nd through midnight on Friday, October 14th. But, since you’re already here, why not give this widget a clickety-click and go for it. It’ll only take a second if you already have a Goodreads account.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Collide by Melissa J. Crispin


by Melissa J. Crispin

Giveaway ends October 14, 2016.

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Collide is now available!



It’s finally here. I’ve been working toward this day for a very long time, and I am so happy to announce that Collide is now available for purchase.

If you want to learn more about my debut novel, I give three reasons why you should read it on Sharon Struth’s blog today. Collide is also in the spotlight at Iris St. Clair’s blog today. I feel so lucky to be hosted by two wonderful authors. If you have a minute, I hope you click through and check out their sites.

For all that are interested in grabbing a copy, here are some links:


Evernight Teen:

Also, if you would like to add Collide to your shelf on Goodreads:

A New Normal

I’ve been wanting to write this post for weeks, but it’s been hard to find the right words and I need to get them just right.

An hour after I published my announcement about Collide getting published with Evernight Teen, I received devastating news. News which two months later still breaks my heart, and will have a lasting effect forever.

My brother passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. At first, I thought what most people would in my shoes. No way. Not possible. There must be some kind of mistake. He was only forty-four, was not ill, and had no health issues that I was aware of. How could something like this happen? It’s not fair that he’s gone. It just isn’t.

My brother was a thoughtful, generous soul, one I wish I appreciated more when he was around. He knew that I loved him, but I regret not having done more for him and with him, and I’ll never get the chance to do that over. Not a day has passed where I haven’t thought of him, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, if ever.

I miss him dearly. It’s odd to no longer get text messages from him, or to hear his voice on the other side of the phone.But, probably the weirdest thing of all is that I can almost deal with missing him. It’s knowing that he’s never coming back that really hurts.

What I’m about to say is totally cliché, but it’s never felt more true to me. Hug your loved ones. Tell them and show them how much they mean to you, because you never know which time will be the last.

When I started sharing the horrible news, I received encouraging words from a writing friend. She had lost her mother two years earlier right around the same time of year, and her insight had comforted me more than she probably knows. She encouraged me to grieve, and to not expect any sort of “normal” until a new normal finds its way past the pain. Thank you, Sharon, for reminding me that, at some point, things will feel okay again.

And, so I go on, searching for my new normal…

Happy News for the New Year!

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays were filled with lots of fun, with plenty of time for some good old-fashioned R&R on the side. The last week has been filled with much jolly good cheer for me, and I’m now trying to get back to the routine, which means cookies are no longer acceptable at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (but it sure was good while it lasted).

And now, for my big news…My YA Fantasy novel, Collide, is going to be published by Evernight Teen in late winter/early spring of 2016. That’s only a few months away! I am SO EXCITED! I’m listed on the Coming Soon page here:

That’s all for now, but I will continue to share more details as they become available. Watch out, 2016. Here I come!!

RWA 2015, Here I come!

I am gearing up for the RWA 2015 Conference that starts this Wednesday. This will be my first time attending, and I’m really looking forward to it.

I have already put in time to get ready for my editor and agent pitch appointments. The only thing left for me to do is practice my pitch throughout the week, and make sure I can deliver it without sounding like a bumbling fool.

Not only am I pumped for the chance to meet with an editor and an agent, but I’m also psyched for the opportunity to attend workshops and hone in on my craft and connect with other writers. Lucky for me, there is a First Timers’ Orientation on the first day, so I’ll be all over that. I want to make sure I get the most out of my time.

Are you a member of RWA that has been to the conference before? If so, I’d love to hear any words of wisdom you might have for me. Add a comment!

Exciting News!

I’m getting published! Yes!

My story titled “Linger” will be included in Summer’s Sweet Embrace, a sweet romance anthology with eight different authors from Roane Publishing.

I’ve been at it for a few years now, so it feels really good to get my writing out into the world. I’m hoping it’s just the first of many! I realize there are lots of exclamation points being used in a very small space, but I feel this is cause for celebration!

Below is more information about each of the stories. A link to the official cover reveal is here.

Summer’s Sweet Embrace A Romance Anthology By Various Authors

Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Keywords: Summer, Beach, Ocean, romance, contemporary, Summertime Romance, short stories

summersembraceTruly Paradise – Michelle Ziegler

Description: Waiting for the right one can be torture.  Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.  Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach.  Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.

Ocean Dust – Laurie Treacy

Description: Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.

The Beach Rose – Christa MacDonald

Description: Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine.  It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round.  But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped.  To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on.  So much for rekindling a summer romance. For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old.  Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs.  He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though.  Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.  Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.

When the Sea Swallows the Sun – Kim Strattford

Description: A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam.  Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him.  A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up.  Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood.  Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket.  Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her.  Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf?  Peace—or maybe more?

Love’s Nectar – Jaylee Austin

Description: What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams. Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth. One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty.  Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?

Love’s High Tide – Niki Mitchell

Description: Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance? Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she’ll be his. Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation. Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?

Linger – Melissa J. Crispin

Description: Tracey Thompson isn’t like most twenty-year-olds. She’s looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back. When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?

Above Reproach – Sheryl Winters

Description: Executive Secretary Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul Garrett Reynolds. A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret’s always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer. Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she’s ever wanted. 

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Hi! I’m so glad you stopped by.

This is just the first of many blog posts to come. I’ll be using this space to talk about what’s new with me and what’s on my mind.

The current thing on my mind is spring! Snow is melting outside my window as I write this, and I am looking forward to setting the clocks ahead tomorrow. The longer days boost my mood. I really do enjoy winter, but this one has been especially long, and I’m definitely ready for the change. I want to take the top off my Jeep, feel the wind in my hair, and the warm sun on my skin. Ah, yes. That’s going to be soooo nice. I am in serious need of some Vitamin D.

Hope you have a lovely Saturday. I’m off to finish putting this site together. Until next time…