M.J. Scott's Blog

October 5, 2015

Every so often I do one of these posts, mostly for new followers at various places to catch folks up on who I am, what I do and an update for everyone on what I’m working on. So …

Who am I?

I’m Melanie Scott (most commonly answering to Mel). I write books. Specifically I write fantasy (dark and urban) as M.J. Scott and contemporary romance as Melanie Scott.

Selfies are good. Have a selfie. Me ready to go see Sleeping Beauty at the ballet a few weekends ago (time keeps zooming by alarmingly quickly.)

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M.J writes dark fantasy (the Half-Light City series which is now finished and The Four Arts series which began with THE SHATTERED COURT in April) and urban fantasy (The Wild Side series). Currently sorting out the schedule for the next few M.J. books so hopefully news on that soon.

Melanie writes the New York Saints series. Book 1 in that series THE DEVIL IN DENIM came out in August 2014. Publisher’s Weekly picked it as one of their Top 10 Fall 2014 romances, so that was pretty cool. Book 2 ANGEL IN ARMANI came out December 2014. Book 3, LAWLESS IN LEATHER came out in May. Book 4, PLAYING HARD is out 2 Feb 2016 and then Book 5, PLAYING FAST, sometime later in 2016. Read more here.

My agent is Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. She’s the gal to speak to if you have queries about rights to any of my stuff.

More specifically I’m of the female persuasion, I have a day job that I don’t tend to talk about much online and so far have survived four decades living in Australia home of many things that the rest of the world believes will cause instant death (to be fair, some of them do but they don’t tend to hang around cities so I’m cool with them). I live in Melbourne which is down south where coffee is weirdly popular (I do not drink the stuff), so if AFL football (I do not really do football) and the weather is temperamental (we like four seasons in one day and always having to pack an umbrella). It is now Spring here. Yay. Spring is my favourite time of year. I am Team Moderate Temperatures, so I like spring and autumn). Not Team Winter or Team Summer (too pale skinned to love sunbaking though I do love swimming and the ocean so Team Vampire Strength Sunscreen). If I’m ever really rich, maybe I’ll just follow Spring around the world. I drink Coke Zero. Coffee makes me sick (hence I do not drink it) and tea just doesn’t caffeine me well enough. Besides writing, I like geeky things, movies, TV, ballet, knitting, food, photography, watercolours, stationery, music, baking, project life, naps, travel and books. I also have my girly moments (nails/make up/perfume/sparkly things/bags/shoes). I like to talk about all these things here on my blog.

I am an experienced cat butler. My two current feline employers are the Torti (a relatively sane for a calico/tortoiseshell girl who like rattly mice and glaring out windows at birds and other cats who have the temerity to wander into her line of vision) and the Fuzzy Girl (a slightly less sane, built like Garfield, tad un-coordinated, very chatty fluffy grey and white girl) who likes naps, tummy rubs, telling everybody everything that has happened every second of the day and falling off the sofa in her sleep). The previous employers (if you go delving into the archives) were the Orange Cat (a very sweet but neurotic red burmese boy) and the Grey Cat (possibly the most sane of my cats, a fluffy smoke tabby moggy girl). I hang out with friends of the writer and non writer variety and I am slightly prone to klutziness. Like break-ankle-getting-up-from-couch klutziness. Maybe this is why I knew the Fuzzy Girl was meant to be a me cat. My teeny tiny garden is often neglected even though I like growing things.  I am team Iron Man, team Buffy, team Thor, team Ollicity, team Baymax, team genre, team animation, team Outlander, team Winchester, team Austen, team Minions, team fantasy, team happy endings are the best, team chocolate (preferably dark), team margarita, team ginger beer, team science, team musical, team music in general, team my heart belongs to Number 10, team reading is sexy, team thinking, team virgo, team colour and pictures make me happy, team baking, team movement is good even when you don’t want to, team glow, team don’t be a douche and team life is better with folks who make you laugh.

More about the books, please?

The Half-Light City series is an alt-world dark fantasy quadrology. It has fae and vampires and werewolves and magic and follows a bunch of characters through a particularly troublesome time in the Half-Light City which houses many races and many problems. All four books SHADOW KINBLOOD KINIRON KIN and FIRE KIN are available at all the usual places.

The Four Arts series is also an alt-world dark fantasy series (at this stage I think it’s a trilogy but heck, I thought that about the Half-Light series initially). It has witches and demons and religious differences and a heroine trying not to get her life ruined by all of the above. It began with THE SHATTERED COURT in April. I’m currently working on the second book which is tentatively titled THE FORBIDDEN HEIR.

The Wild Side series is an urban fantasy trilogy which follows the adventures of Ashley Keenan who is trying very hard to be a normal boring human accountant but all the pesky werewolves and vampires in her world make that difficult. The first two books THE WOLF WITHIN and THE DARK SIDE are available at all good ebook retailers. Likewise, THE DAY YOU WENT AWAY is a free short story prequel that you can find at all the usual ebook sellers plus on Wattpad.  I am hoping to write the final book, BRING ON THE NIGHT, next year in between my contracted books.

The New York Saints series is a contemporary romance series about three guys who buy the New York Saints (the worst team in MLB) and the women who complicate the process. As mentioned above, THE DEVIL IN DENIM and ANGEL IN ARMANI, and LAWLESS IN LEATHER, are all out and I’m currently writing PLAYING FAST (which is the fifth book after PLAYING HARD which will be out February next year). The Devil in Denim, Angel in Armani and Lawless in Leather are also available in audiobook at Audible for US folks. The first three books will also be coming out in Germany starting early 2016 but I don’t have final dates yet.

What are you working on?

The last two year’s writing schedules were  a bit nutty. Which meant, naturally, that life decided to sideswipe me with other stuff.  Including a four month or so bout of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo which was very unpleasant. But I caught up eventually and continue to WRITE ALL THE THINGS and DO ALL THE OTHER STUFF I LIKE.

I’m currently writing THE FORBIDDEN HEIR and have just finished writing PLAYING FAST. Everything else under consideration currently falls under the heading of sekrit squirrel business which can’t be discussed publicly. But I still haven’t received either my clone army or my allocation of minions so while there are plenty of books in the pipeline, the order of said books will depend on time and brain space. If you want to be updated about things as they happen, sign up for my newsletters. M.J here and Melanie here.

Tell me more…

Places I hang out include here on the blog (but hey, you knew that already). I love me some twitter and @melscott will find me there. I tend to be most active on twitter but you know, internet procrastination for the win, so I hang out elsewhere.

M.J’s facebook page is www.facebook.com/AuthorMJScott and Melanie’s is www.facebook.com/WriterMelanieScott. If you’re into Google+ I’m here. I get my fix of pretty things, recipes, geekiness and ideas for stuff on Pinterest where I’m mel_writes. If you want to keep up with the blog you can subscribe in a blog reader with the RSS feed via the button on the top of the page (or directly in Bloglovin if you’re a Bloglovin user using the button in the sidebar).

I like to take pictures, so if you like looking at pictures, my Instagram handle is melwrites. I also post various pics on Facebook and Twitter. I take most of my pictures with an iPhone 6 (previously a 5) and also break out my Canon DSLR. I also dabble a bit with art (mostly watercolour) and pictures of what I’m dabbling with get posted in the same places.

And that about wraps it up for me. Until next time…if you have any questions, find me at one of the places above or drop me an email via either of my websites.

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October 4, 2015

Let’s have a snippet from Shadow Kin (Book 1 in the Half-light City series).


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October 2, 2015

So earlier this week, The Legend of Lyon Redmond aka book 11 in the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long came out.


This series has been one of my faves since I read the first book (The Perils of Pleasure) quite some time ago. TPOP features Colin Eversea who is one of my fave romance heroes. The basic of premise of Pennyroyal Green is that there are two wealthy families in the town (village), the Everseas and the Redmonds. The Everseas are more scandalous but both have their share of adventure. The two families do not get along mostly due to the fact that the current heads of both families were in love with the same woman way back when and she married the Eversea rather than the Redmond. It’s a big sprawling series (extra long for a historical series) which covers all the various Eversea and Redmond offspring other than Olivia Eversea and Lyon Redmond. Because Lyon Redmond vanished five years ago and broke Olivia’s heart in the process. So your basic star crossed lovers. So the mystery of where is Lyon and what is Olivia going to do has been the overall series element. So no pressure at all (not) after ten books of establishing this story to finally deliver on the story of Lyon and Olivia.

Julia Anne Long writes beautiful prose. Just the sort of gorgeous luscious stuff that is made for historicals. (Though I believe her next series in contemporary so colour me intrigued). She also is a good touch with the humour to lighten all the lovely emotion. Basically Mel catnip when it comes to historicals. So I really wanted this to be a great book. And all I can say is, if you’re a fan of the series or maybe even if you’re not (though you may find the cast of characters a little confusing if not) then just go out and buy it and read it. Love. Feels. All that. Many thumbs up. I might have to go back and re-read the whole series so I can savor it all over again

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September 30, 2015

Last week, Dymocks Melbourne put an invite out on their FB page for an event with Rob Wilkins. Rob Wilkins was Terry Pratchett’s long time assistant and good friend so naturally I was interested in going along. This is Rob.


So tonight I toddled off and listened to a very nice guy talk about his very good friend and losing his very good things and some other things he asked not be shared online. He talked about what comes next (no one will be writing new Discworld books or completing unfinished works) but there continues to be work on TV projects and some of the Discworld background material like the maps and other books. For a guy who probably never expected to be getting up in front of groups of people and talking about this kind of thing (and a guy who lost a good friend not that long ago), he’s a great speaker and was very entertaining. And it was nice to be with a group of people (including Rob) who loved Terry’s books and mourn both the man and the books we will never get. Rob was in Australia because it’s just been announced that Terry left a bequest to endow a scholarship at University of South Australia (read more here) so yay for Terry and yay for Rob for making a side trip to Melbourne and so kindly sharing some of his friend with all of us.

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September 28, 2015


For something different in the Monday music fix arena…an actual musical. While I was in New York, I was sharing a room for a few nights with my friend, Barbara. She went off one night to see a musical I’d never heard of called Hamilton (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda). Hamilton is the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the US founding fathers. Only told in rap amongst other musical styles and with a cast that’s almost entirely POC. Barbara came back raving about it, which spiked my curiosity but at that point it was sold out for months already so there was no way I was going to get a ticket.

So I was very happy when somewhere I stumbled across the link to an NPR first listen for the cast recording last week (maybe on Tumblr, somewhere on the world wide interwebs). Barbara was right to rave, it’s a great musical. I don’t think I’ve liked a musical as instantly since Rent. The cast recording album came out on Thursday and needless to say I now own it and have been listening to it a lot. The music is great with very clever lyrics and music. The story is also fascinating (and I say this as someone who is overall, not that interesting in politics and doesn’t know a heap about American political history being an Aussie.). Well worth a listen. Not sure how long the NPR thing will stay up but hopefully for a while.

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September 27, 2015

This week’s snippet is from The Devil in Denim (Book 1 in The New York Saints series).


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September 23, 2015

Yay, Playing Fast is done and safely on my editor’s desk.


Which leaves me with mushy post book brain. So I’m noodling around putting together a soundtrack for the sequel to The Shattered Court (which is called, at this stage, The Forbidden Heir), reacquainting myself with that world and watching whatever TV the muse desires. Which is so far Rizzoli and Isles, Nashville and Tom Cruise being killed many times in Edge of Tomorrow. No idea why those three but let’s not argue. And that’s about all the news I have for now, more when the brain is rebooted.

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September 20, 2015

Snippet time. One from The Shattered Court (Book 1 in the Four Arts series).


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September 13, 2015

Snippet time. A glimpse of Fire Kin…Book 4 of the Half-Light City series.


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September 9, 2015

Still writing the book that will not die aka Playing Fast. But I think I’ve cracked the sucker now and am determined to have typed THE END by the next one of the updates. In the meantime it’s sore hands, sore brain, not that much time to write long blog posts, not enough naps, too much caffeine and too many quick meals.

Looking forward to diving into this once I have some time back on my hands. Lots of yummy sounding things inside.


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Published on September 09, 2015 04:24 • 6 views