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Published on March 19, 2012 03:57 • 103 views • Tags: melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, write-tip, writing
I am a geek. I love documentaries. I also watch those real crimes shows. This is the kind of conversation that takes place in our house.

“Hey, Mom. Whatcha watching?”

“A dramatization of the Roman invasion of Britain.”

Can you hear my kids groaning?

Anyway… I’d already been working on a book, but I was unsatisfied with the plot, when I tuned in to a show on the Druids. Fascinating. Not much is known about the Druids because they kept no written records. Their entire tradition was passed from one generation to the next orally. So most of the historical information about them comes from the accounts of the Romans when they were conquering the British Isles. Those Romans sure knew how to keep records.

[image error]According to Roman records, the Druids engaged in barbaric rituals that shocked the conquering generals. And if you know anything about the history of the Romans, shocking its generals couldn’t be an easy task. This is the civilization that built the Colosseum and engaged in organized mass slaughter of people and exotic animals to keep the general public satisfied.

So, were the Druids really barbarians?

There’s a catch when you rely on an outside source for the majority of information about a culture. Were the Roman accounts accurate? Or did the Roman generals twist actual events to influence public opinion back home so they didn’t look like dweebs when Britain proved harder to conquer than they anticipated? New archeological discoveries around Stonehenge indicate that the Druids may indeed have engaged in some pretty nasty rituals. But somehow I doubt that the people who fed Christians to lions and cheered on the big cats as they ripped the people to shreds were truly that shocked by the Druids behavior.

But that’s an argument for historians. Thankfully, I write fiction. I get to make stuff up, but I do like to infuse reality into my plots. It took quite a bit of brainstorming to work discoveries about the ancient Druids into the plot of a contemporary romantic mystery thriller.

Midnight Exposure releases August 2012.
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Published on June 23, 2012 04:07 • 91 views • Tags: inspirating, melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, writing


Midnight Exposure goes on sale August 21, 2012
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Published on August 10, 2012 15:12 • 114 views • Tags: melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, mystery, romance, romantic-suspense, romantic-thriller, suspense, thriller
I'm so excited to finally announce the release of my second book!

Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh http://amzn.com/B007RPV1FY

Point, click, die.

When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.

Five years ago, Reed buried his homicide detective career along with his wife. But when a hiker is found dead, the local police chief asks Reed for help. Why was a Celtic coin found under the body? And where is the second hiker? Avoiding the media, Reed doesn’t need a murder, a missing person, or a nosey photographer. Then Jayne is attacked, and her courage is his undoing. Reed must risk everything to protect her and find a cunning killer.

Don’t miss this sexy thriller from the author of International Thriller Award nominee She Can Run.
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Published on August 21, 2012 06:33 • 155 views • Tags: melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, mystery, new-release, romance, romantic-suspense, romantic-thriller, suspense, thriller
Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh She Can Run by Melinda LeighTalking about my books today at Romance Bandits. Check out my new release and find out what's coming soon.
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Published on September 21, 2012 04:06 • 103 views • Tags: books, fiction, melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, romance, romantic-suspense, she-can-run, she-can-tell, suspense
Midnight Exposure by Melinda LeighIs Midnight Exposure on your to-read list? Get it today only for $1.99 in today's Kindle Daily Deal.

Point, click, die.

When two hikers disappear, their hometown in Maine blames the blinding storms. But the truth is far more sinister. Unaware of the danger, tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan follows an anonymous tip to find the most reclusive sculptor in the art world. Instead, she finds sexy handyman Reed Kimball—and a small town full of fatal secrets.

Five years ago, Reed buried his homicide detective career along with his wife. But when a hiker is found dead, the local police chief asks Reed for help. Why was a Celtic coin found under the body? And where is the second hiker? Avoiding the media, Reed doesn’t need a murder, a missing person, or a nosey photographer. Then Jayne is attacked, and her courage is his undoing. Reed must risk everything to protect her and find a cunning killer.

Don’t miss this sexy thriller from the author of International Thriller Award nominee She Can Run.
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Published on September 29, 2012 05:09 • 92 views • Tags: bargain-books, books, fiction, melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, new-release, romance, romantic-suspense, suspense, thriller
To celebrate Halloween, I'm giving one away. Get the details on my website. melindaleighauthor.com/halloween-audiobook-giveaway/

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Published on October 16, 2012 14:37 • 120 views • Tags: giveaway, melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, mystery, romance, romantic-suspense, thriller
I'm so excited to share my new cover with all of you!

Midnight Sacrifice is the chilling sequel to Midnight Exposure



One by one, people are mysteriously disappearing from a small Maine town.

Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister’s captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down.

He begins his search with another survivor, bed and breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny’s suspicions. What is the beautiful innkeeper hiding?

Mandy Brown has a secret. But sexy Danny Sullivan, his relentless questions, and the desire that simmers between them threaten to expose the truth. A revelation that puts her family in danger. As more people disappear, it becomes clear the killer is planning another ritual…and that he’s circling in on Mandy.
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Published on January 08, 2013 05:49 • 140 views • Tags: melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, midnight-sacrifice, mystery, romance, romantic-suspense, thriller
Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh Midnight Exposure is a finalist in the Kiss of Death Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Winners will be announced July 18 at the annual Death by Chocolate Party in Atlanta.
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Published on May 24, 2013 16:40 • 189 views • Tags: daphne-du-maurier-award, melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, mystery, romantic-suspense, suspense, thriller
Daphne du Maurier Award nominees Midnight Exposure and Midnight Sacrifice are both on sale for $2. Read them both before Midnight Betrayal releases in September.

Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh Midnight Sacrifice by Melinda Leigh Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh
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