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I've just passed the halfway point in my work-in-process. From here on out I expect to gather steam. For me, the beginning of a book is always the hardest part. My last project, SHE CAN TELL, came out nearly perfect in one draft. I call it my gift book. That will never happen again.

So far, writing MIDNIGHT SACRIFICE had a painful start, which I blogged about here. I tried a book-in-a-week with no success and ended up floundering around for about 8 weeks with few pages to show for my effort. The fix ended up being the simplest thing of all: just writing. I gave myself a daily word count. It didn't matter what I wrote, I had to meet my goal for the day before I went to bed. The first week or so was painful. There were a few very long days and late nights. But, the more I wrote, the easier it got.The story developed flow and rhythm.

I'm happy to report the book is cruising along quite nicely at the moment. In the last few weeks, I've upped my daily goal from 1,000 words to 2,000, with my sights set on finishing the draft before the family vacation. Discipline is a foundation of martial arts, so I thank my studies there for the sheer determination that got me over the hump. When you're knocked to the ground in the sparring ring, doing nothing isn't an option. If you want to earn your black belt, you have to get up and defend yourself. Writing takes the same amount of commitment. Deadlines don't allow the professional writer the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike.

So, my cure for difficulty with writing is writing, even if it what I'm throwing down on the page feels like monkey poo. As long as I get the story down, I can make it good later.
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Published on July 09, 2012 07:35 • 63 views • Tags: melinda-leigh, midnight-sacrifice, motivation, she-can-tell, writing, writing-tips
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 • 86 views • Tags: books, fiction, melinda-leigh, midnight-exposure, romance, romantic-suspense, she-can-run, she-can-tell, suspense
It's release day for SHE CAN TELL!

She Can Tell by Melinda LeighA horse trainer’s homecoming turns deadly when a vicious stalker, a cold murder case, and a hot police chief threaten to expose family secrets that a killer wants to keep buried.

After a terrible accident ends her riding career, horse trainer Rachel Parker returns to her hometown to a hostile welcome. Her efforts to rebuild the family farm are hampered by her sister’s domestic crisis and a violent vandal who threatens Rachel’s new business and her life. She is also blindsided by the undeniable and unwanted attraction she feels for hot police chief handling her case. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her…

As his investigation uncovers the turbulent past Rachel keeps carefully hidden, Police Chief Mike O’Connell finds himself with too many suspects and too many feelings for his fiercely independent victim. His desire for Rachel is a conflict of interest that jeopardizes everything he stands for. Long buried family secrets, a skeleton, and a corrupt local official with a grudge against Mike complicate the case, but the escalating violence against Rachel convinces him he doesn’t have much time. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches twenty-five years into the past—before her stalker strikes again.

An Amazon Editors' Pick for December Romance

“Relentless tension builds to a riveting crescendo in Leigh’s romantic thriller… Leigh (She Can Run) easily juggles multiple story lines, romance, and suspense.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

“The highly suspenseful plot spans decades, pulling secrets from the past and melding them with the present, and is paired with a steamy romance that explores vulnerability, passion and trust.” ~ RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)

“Leigh has created a nail-bitingly suspenseful romance novel that’s sure to put your manicure in danger.” ~ Booklist
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Published on December 04, 2012 04:06 • 104 views • Tags: melinda-leigh, mystery, romance, romantic-suspense, she-can-tell, thriller
I'm giving away some signed print books on my FB page. If you're interested, click on the GIVEAWAY tab for details.

SHE CAN Series Giveaway

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Do you like free books? I'm giving away copies of the first 3 books in the She Can Series to celebrate the upcoming release of book 4, SHE CAN HIDE, March 18.

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Published on February 26, 2014 10:15 • 53 views • Tags: free-books, giveaway, melinda-leigh, mystery, romance, romantic-suspense, she-can-hide, she-can-run, she-can-scream, she-can-series, she-can-tell, suspense, thriller
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