Friday, June 5, 2015

Dear Editor

Dear Fantasy Novel,

I know you are waiting with baited breath for me to finish you, but right now I've got romance on the brain, so you'll have to wait. Sorry,

Sincerely Yours,

Romance Author

Dear Sequel,

Yes, we've got sort of a timeline, but I have research to do, along with all the flying stuff that makes your existence possible. Patience. Be like the characters: anxious and waiting. :)

Thoughtfully yours,

Published Author

Dear Romance,

Why is it when I think one thing is going to happen that you twist me around and make something entirely different happen? Really? Come on, I thought I had you all planned out in my head and you go and change things. Grrr. Don't get me wrong, I know the changes are for the better, but seriously.

Halted in Love and Happy Endings,


Dear Middle Grade Fiction,

You are the hardest one of all to work on. This time of year is especially hard, so as in patience you have begun, so in patience you will continue. Someday we will complete this journey together and you will be amazing and hopefully you will be able to help others cope with the loss that I have dealt with.

Thankfully yours,

Melanie Mason

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

More Books

So I recently returned from a book signing in CA and because I fly standby I experienced a decent amount of airport appreciation time both in Fresno and in Seattle. During all this airport appreciation time I discovered an author that I quite enjoy. That enjoyment spread through three of her books. Sherwood Smith. Sherwood Smith (born 1951) is an American fantasy and science fiction writer for young adults as well as adults. Smith is a Nebula Award finalist and a longtime writing group organizer and participant.

Now granted, I haven't read any of her other books, so I can't guarantee that they are all clean, but three out of three is a good record so far. :)

Crown Duel: A compilation of two novels both Crown Duel and Court Dual. This was a delightful fantasy with all the fun of kingdoms, wars, magic, and mystery with a thread of romance all rolled into an amazing adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I also enjoyed the fact that it was clean, not overly violent and blood, and no language. For anyone who enjoys a good adventure this is a great read and I highly recommend it.

Second on my list by the same author is A Posse of Princesses. This was also a fun story though deeper in the adventure of young love and romance Smith weaves an adventure that is unexpected and enjoyable with twists and turns that bring the reader happily along. I also recommend this one. Again clean, not violent, and no language. Yay!!!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Successful Book Signing

Me with Leon, one of the owners of Far West Books.
Well I just returned home late Sunday night from an amazing book signing in Fresno, CA. I had the opportunity to meet the owners of Far West Books. Check out their website here. They were so kind and helpful and inviting. It was wonderful to see so many friends and meet new people. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent there and I hope to be able to return for another signing.

Thanks to everyone who helped set this up. It was amazing, successful, and fun.