Melissa Lemon's Blog

May 6, 2016

I love it when a book will capture the heart of not only myself, but my children. I read this series with my youngest daughter, but my eleven year old loved them as well. Such a tender story about five generations of women in a family that knew heartache intimately. These books can bring tears at times, but mostly it was like reviewing the journals of ancestors and connecting with family long lost. I've been working on some family history discoveries of my own and I would love to find what Georgia finds in the last book. I won't give it away, but what a treasure to know how valuable family is and to be connected to the most important people in our lives. I recommend this book for mothers and daughters and anyone who loves a great, heart-felt story. Because of some of the hard things that happen, I would recommend them for ages eight and up.
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Published on May 06, 2016 06:59

April 29, 2016

Last week I spent some time on createspace playing around with cover options. I'm thinking the last one is the keeper.

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Published on April 29, 2016 13:08 • 4 views

March 8, 2016

And somehow, after all these years, they still get pretty put-out when I ask them to clean it up. :)
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Published on March 08, 2016 14:02 • 15 views

March 5, 2016

I’m so excited to announce the upcoming release of my novel Master of Time (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys #3). 
The BIG NEWS is I am donating all of March's pre-order profits and the entire month of April’s royalties to Help Jill Overcome SMA! This includes all my novels on Amazon, Createspace, and Kindle. Book 3 officially releases on March 31st!

For online shoppers: Books one and two are currently available on Amazon. Order during April so the royalties go to the fundraiser. Book 3 is available for pre-order. Order now to get yours on March 31st and support Jill!
You might not be sold on paranormal romantic fantasy. But surely a young lady in your life is. This is a new adult paranormal romantic fantasy. New adult means the main characters are ages 18–25. In my case, the immortals in my novel act these ages.
Book 1 is Reader Rated (RR) 14+ for clean language, mild fantasy violence, on-page tender moments. Book 2 is RR-15+ for clean language, mild fantasy violence and torture, off page sexual intimacy, but on-page tender moments. Book 3 is RR-16+ for mild fantasy swearing, mild fantasy violence and torture, off page sexual intimacy, but on-page tender moments.

Enough about my novels. I am busting at the seams over this opportunity to make a difference in a lovely little girl’s life. 

Let’s meet Jill!
A few years ago, Jillian MacKay was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type III. SMA is a genetic condition that slowly causes her muscles to fail. Her parents were shocked—at 18 months her only symptom was that she walked around their Victorian farmhouse bowlegged, but the doctors soon found the root cause was SMA. SMA is degenerative, which means that over time Jill will gradually rely on her wheelchair and lose the ability to walk altogether.
Jill craves independence. She wants to be able to take her wheelchair to her doctors’ appointments, to shop, and to visit with friends and family. She wants to shower on her own. To do this she needs the right equipment, such as an accessible shower and bathroom, and a van capable of transporting her heavy wheelchair.
Her mom stays home with Jill, takes her to doctors’, physical, and occupational therapy appointments, and also looks after Jill’s little sister. Jill used to love ballet and gymnastics but is having trouble participating. Luckily she also loves reading, coloring, and painting at home, as well as cheering on her little sister’s accomplishments.
Jill is a brilliant girl. She’s smart and motivated. All she wants are very basic things that we all take for granted—the ability to shower on her own, get around her school, hang out with friends on the playground, and be dropped off and picked up by her mom in the van.
The family needs funds to purchase a gently used wheelchair-accessible van.
The house also needs updates to accommodate Jill’s wheelchair. The family was able to move into a one level house that is much more wheelchair friendly, but it still needs upgrades to the bathrooms and other places. Please help make this childhood one of fun, friendship, and joy—as childhood should be!
Now to the novels!
Master of Lies
Lost to the lies. Consumed by revenge.
Unaware of her immortal heritage, Ahnalyn learns she’s a child of two worlds—a half-Emrys with the ability to wield the light and the dark power. As Ahnalyn is thrown on a journey beyond her control, she must sift through the lies to uncover her true self and true potential, before the darkness consumes her. Master of Lies is the first book in the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, a paranormal romantic fantasy.

The Two MastersChoose the light or choose the darkness, but you cannot have both.

Einion is fearful of the dark power inside that could lead to his corruption. Rhianu, a ruthless Dark Emrys, stumbles into his life, challenging everything that was once always so black and white. As despairs over Einion’s heart increase his uncertainty, he is thrust on a path where he must face his worst fears to save who he truly loves. Meanwhile Rhianu is torn between power and love, between the past and the future. Knowing betrayal, she must follow her master’s plan—no matter what her heart tells her.
The Two Masters is the second book in the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, a paranormal romantic fantasy.
Master of Time
Time is only one enemy.

A malicious shadow trails Catrin and Meuric after they find themselves thrown back in time. Only Meuric knows the enormity of this evil that wants to claim Catrin. Meuric’s light could save her, but using it will diminish his dark power, hindering his ability to pass through the ether to their own time. Discovering the way home has just become the least of his problems . . . if there’s a way home at all.

Master of Time is the third book in the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, a paranormal romantic fantasy.

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Published on March 05, 2016 15:26 • 16 views

March 4, 2016

 Or, just give me a shovel and I'll take care of that snow.

No banks were robbed in the making of this blog post.
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Published on March 04, 2016 14:14 • 5 views

February 26, 2016

Just a friendly reminder that Spring always follows Winter. Last year my neighbor told me that if you cut forsythia branches in the winter and take them inside, putting them in a vase of water, they will bloom in a couple of weeks. "It gives you hope," she said. I can't wait to see the flowers again!!

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Published on February 26, 2016 13:12 • 6 views

February 19, 2016

Food. Such a small word can wreak such havoc in our lives. From food addiction to additives that shouldn't be edible to chemicals and pesticides that make us cringe. Last year I made a real effort to change some eating habits. I still have a way to go, but I went about six months in the year without purchasing any candy. This, my friends, is a miracle. This book, and the author's blog helped me learn a lot about clean eating. Every recipe I tried in this book was fantastic and my family loved them too. I kept re-checking it out from the library until they wouldn't let me anymore and forced me to return it. I will be buying my own copy some day. I read a bunch of the negative reviews (because I was interested why somebody wouldn't love this book) and most were written by Lisa's blog followers who simply thought the book was redundant after reading her blog for so many years. So, if you haven't heard about the blog, and are interested in clean eating that is YUM YUM, check it out!! As far as cookbooks go, t's affordable too!
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Published on February 19, 2016 13:22 • 6 views

February 13, 2016

For Valentine's Day I'm giving away a paperback copy of Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem. This is the edition I blogged about here and the cover is below. All you have to do to enter is something nice for someone and comment about it at the bottom of this post. I'll have a random number generated and mail you the book if you win. Just for fun. Happy Valentine's Day!! Please share this contest with your friends. Hey, that could be the nice thing you do. :) Contest ends at midnight on Monday, February 15th.

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Published on February 13, 2016 00:00 • 8 views

February 12, 2016

With winter comes the common cold, the uncommon flu, strep throat, bronchitis, laryngitis, runny noses, coughs and sneezes that make you believe fluids from the mouth really can travel double-digit distances, and general sleepiness because after all, bears get to hibernate, why can't we?

We've had a bit of some of these this winter and here's my youngest taking a nap in my bead with the box of tissues close by. There's nothing like the comfort of a warm, soft bed when the winter bugs catch you.
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Published on February 12, 2016 13:37 • 5 views

February 10, 2016

With Escaping Neverland close to the beta reader phase, I sat down and outlined my next project. What is it? Well, you may not want to know. I'm veering away from the fantasy, young adult, fairy tale and sweet romance for this one. This is a book that because of the subject matter, I may even use a pseudonym simply so my young readers don't read it unsuspectingly. Not that it will contain any mature content, (that's just not me if you didn't know by now). It's the subject matter that may turn younger readers off. What is this book about? It's about a woman who works in federal prisons as a counselor. It is her job to determine whether rapists up for parole are actually ready to life crime-free lives.

Told you it was heavy. It'll have some suspense and I think it will be interesting in both style and content. I'll have to do some research about prisons, detectives, parole procedures, etc. But who am I kidding? I don't love research  and write fiction so maybe I'll just go off my own ideas of how things could work. :)

I did an outline recently and plan for about twenty-two chapters so it will be a good length I think. But don't worry, I've got my limits and I'm sure it won't be too long.

Now to think of a pseudonym. How about MR Lemon? It looks a little like Mr. Lemon, doesn't it? As if I'm trying to disguise my gender or something. Or perhaps Melissa Ricord for my maiden name. Or Roxanne Bumblebee just for fun. It looks like this will be harder than I thought.
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Published on February 10, 2016 14:42 • 11 views