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November 27, 2017

Today is cover reveal day for Promise, my Christmas Novella.

 Promise  Charlotte Walker and Adam Middleton were childhood sweethearts until the day he and his family disappeared. All he left Charlotte was a scrappy piece of paper with a few throwaway words:
 ‘I’ll never forget you. I promise.’
 After eight years of hoping he’d come back into her life, Charlotte can no longer bear the heartbreak of Adam’s broken promise. Retreating to a remote cabin to spend a quiet Christmas holiday alone, Charlotte is determined to push the ghost of Adam into the past and focus on moving forward with the rest of her life.
But when a bearded man knocks on the cabin door on Christmas Eve, could he hold the answer to Charlotte’s years of heartache?  Promise will be released on the 5th December 2017. Grab yourself a copy now by pre-ordering.Pre-order    
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Published on November 27, 2017 13:20 • 16 views

March 28, 2017

The secret 'project' I've been playing with for the past two years is nearly ready to share with the world.

STARSHINE is very different to the books I have previously published. It's gritty, raw, and has a male lead character that just doesn't 'do' nice.

Want to see the cover? Here you are . . .

Film student Ella Summers can’t believe her luck when she is selected to work on the set of the most anticipated film release of the year—STARSHINE. For the next four weeks, she’ll be in the studio with heart-throb and leading man Alex Denton, and his co-star—and recent ex—the stunning Amy Strickland.

But her first day on set has her questioning the true character of the enigmatic and sexy Alex. The charming celebrity she’s adored on screen disappears before her very eyes—if indeed he ever really existed.

Off-camera arguments between Alex and Amy become difficult to ignore, and when Ella uncovers layers of deceit and closely guarded secrets between them, she becomes involved in a battle that has far-reaching implications.

With the paparazzi hounding her every move for the most sensational story they can get, Ella becomes deeply embroiled in Alex’s life. Can she break down his seemingly impenetrable walls, or will he remain the arrogant ass she first met?

STARSHINE is set in London, England. Beware though—Alex Denton has a crude mouth, and an equally wicked smile.

Due to be released on the 29th May, expect to see teasers and trailers over the coming weeks.

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Published on March 28, 2017 12:06 • 65 views

February 17, 2017

On 24th February, one week away, it's been two years since I released my debut novel, Sachael Dreams. Can you believe it? I can't.

I never expected to be welcomed into the book world as warmly as I have. I've made friends all over the world, and met up with several fellow authors and also lots of readers. At times I feel like I'm living the dream--writing my words and people enjoying them!

There are lots of people who help me behind the scenes, who all play an important part in getting my books published. There are pre-readers, beta readers, editors, cover designers, formatters and those that generally just inspire me to keep writing. And that's what I intend to do.

2017 will hopefully see the release of two books from me. Sachael Delusions, the third book in the Mine series, is scheduled for release later this year. And Adversity, the second book in the Ascent series, will hopefully be available at the end of September.

But for now, let's concentrate on Sachael Dreams. To celebrate its two year anniversary I'm offering a very special prize for one winner, and 3 runner up prizes. All you have to do is let me know you want to be entered into the giveaway. You can do this by tweeting me @melodywinter using the hashtag #IwantotwinacopyofSachaelDreams or commenting on this post or the one that will be repeated on facebook: Melody Winter Facebook

First prize: A signed copy of Sachael Dreams paperback, a mermaid jewelled bookmark, a set of limited edition character postcards.

Three runner-up prizes: An ebook (mobi, or epub) copy of Sachael Dreams.

I'll announce the winners at the beginning of March.

Melody xxx
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Published on February 17, 2017 07:24 • 28 views

October 25, 2016

Today marks the release of my first self published book, INIQUITY.

It seems like only yesterday I started writing what has now become a planned trilogy. With the second book due to be released at the end of next year (Although I'm not promising due to my commitments with the Mine Series and the pull to write the last book in that series, Sachael Destiny.) But fingers crossed I have a VERY productive year with my writing and editing. I certainly feel ready for it at the moment.

To celebrate the release of INIQUITY I'm offering a signed paperback and a handmade Iniquity bangle, as well as other swag.

The offer is open worldwide and all you have to do is sign up to my newsletter to be in with a chance to win.

The link to sign up is here: Melody Winter Newsletter sign up

If you're already signed up and want to enter then just leave a message in the comments below or drop me and email:

I'll pick a winner on the 31st October 2016

And if you haven't grabbed your kindle version of INIQUITY, get it today--the last day before the price goes up. (Please check the price before purchase.) link link

INIQUITY also has a 4 week blog tour starting on the 31st October that will see excerpts, interviews, top tens and guest posts by me. November's going to be a crazy month.

I love hearing from my readers and would love to hear what you think of INIQUITY. Who's your favourite character? What do you see happening in the rest of the series?

Melody xxx
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Published on October 25, 2016 07:31 • 48 views

September 26, 2016

It gives me great pleasure, amid squeals of excitement, to reveal the cover of INIQUITY!!!My cover designer, Amalia Chitulescu, has done a wonderful job of capturing the whole book. 

Publication date: October 25th, 2016Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Fantasy
 Book Blurb:Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?

She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.

But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.

As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test. Who is playing who?
Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.   PRE-ORDER LINKS: Iniquity is available to pre-order at a special reduced price until release day. Grab yours whilst you Link to Iniquity on amazon US Link to Iniquity on amazon UK  
About Me: Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures, and creating her own.

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Published on September 26, 2016 23:00 • 36 views

September 16, 2016

Today, the 15th September, marks my coming out of the editing cave that I've hidden in for . . . ohhh . . . let's say, quite a few months. I've been shocking at keeping things up to date because I've wanted to give my readers the best I could with INIQUITY.

I've put myself under enormous pressure to get this book sorted because it's my first self-published adventure. I feel like I've got to get this right, every step of the way. I've already made a few mistakes, the first--not keeping everyone updated with what I'm doing!

So, as an apology for my silence, I have decided to send out the prologue of INIQUITY, YES another prologue, to all subscribers of my mailing list/Newsletter. (If you're not on my list then please sign up here: Melody Winter Newsletter)

Things are busy in the lead up to the release, so I thought I'd list what's happening:

15th September: INIQUITY available to pre-order at a reduced price until release day when it will be at standard price.

amazon UK:    Link to Iniquity on amazon UK

amazon US:    Link to Iniquity on amazon US  

27th September: Iniquity cover reveal day

29th September: Iniquity video trailer revealed

Teasers posted throughout October.

25th October: Iniquity release day.

It would be great if you could join me on these days, and hopefully share in the craziness that will unfold. Grab you pre-order whilst you can, and I'll see you soon.

Melody xxx
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Published on September 16, 2016 04:25 • 53 views

May 30, 2016

Cover reveal for
Stay, If Only for TomorrowBy Hazel Robinson

An upper YA Contemporary Romance novella by Hazel Robinson.Release date – July 2016Published by – Little Bird Publishing House Cover design by -  STAR Graphics and Creations

Cole has one summer to turn his life around but he makes one mistake, falling for the girl next door.Now his desire is out of control and he can't avoid her anymore.Can Darcy calm the man he is trying to hide or will her new found rebelliousness be the catalyst to his flame?

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To celebrate this amazing cover reveal we Something Missing will be free to download on Amazon!
Susan is a survivor; she’s had to be. 

Orphaned and taken from her home in Winchelsea, she was forced to leave behind the 
first boy she ever loved. The only boy she ever loved. 

Now as an adult, Susan is left with both the physical and mental scars of a life devoid of 
warmth and kindness - a life, she is determined to change for the better. 

Returning to her childhood home, she is determined to put the demons of her past behind her and start anew. With Max by her side, Susan has a real chance of happiness and healing. 

But Max has a secret one that risks destroying all hope of a happy ever after. 

A story of survival, healing and love, 'Something Missing' is an engaging, roller-coaster ride of emotions as Susan and Max reveal the scars of their pasts and their hopes for the future

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Published on May 30, 2016 12:23 • 58 views

April 21, 2016

Canada Square Blog Tour Banner I had the great pleasure of meeting Carrie a few months ago when our paths crossed at Leeds Author signing. She's a wonderful, enthusiastic woman and I was more than happy to help spread the news of her new book. Take a look and then click on the links to buy!!!!! 
CarrieElks_canadasquare_1Title: Canada SquareSeries: Love in London #3Author: Carrie ElksGenre: Adult RomanceRelease Date: April 7th, 2016Cover Designed by: Sylvia Frost
cooltext173241787108742Secrets have a way of coming out…Amy Cartwright isn't sure who she's supposed to be anymore. Her family thinks she's flighty, her ex believes she's a walkover (the bastard) and her friends think she's plain crazy. But there's a different side to her that nobody sees, nobody but the cool, sexy Scotsman who just happens to be her boss.Callum Ferguson isn't looking for excitement; he's had that and it almost ruined him. He likes things calm and predictable – everything that his new PA turns out not to be. But from the moment she walks through his office door it's as though the light has come back into his life, and he can't get her out of his mind.Fighting against the inevitable, they both try to ignore the attraction, but the flame of desire is too bright. They're soon drawn into a steamy love affair that they have to hide from everybody, knowing the revelation could cost them everything they’ve worked so hard for, including each other.Author note: Canada Square is the third in the Love in London series, but can be read as a standalone book. cooltext173241825534669
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“I'm the youngest of three. Nothing's ever just about me.”He blinks slowly, eyes heavy lidded. “Something should be.”The moment twists, the humour dissolving in the frisson that grows between us. I feel it crackling and buzzing against my skin, and all I can think about is that kiss.Soft, sure. A brief moment of everything.“Something?” I ask, a little breathlessly.He catches my gaze, holding it without trying. In that instant I know for sure that whatever I'm feeling for him isn't one-sided. It weaves between us, soft as silk, unbreakable as iron. It makes me feel delighted and downright scared. I can cope with a crush, enjoy it even. Treat him like the eye-candy he is, a piece of deliciousness to look forward to when I enter the office. But mutual attraction? That's dangerous. It's a lingering force that threatens everything; my job, my degree, my hopes for the future.Here be dragons, but rather than run away from the flames, I'm letting them consume me.
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Carrie Elks HeadshotCarrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.
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Published on April 21, 2016 02:43 • 27 views

March 18, 2016

I always like cover reveals and this one is stunning.

A little less than three months from now, Without Benefits will be showing up on doorsteps and in e-readers! But today we get a first look at the amazing cover, designed by Ashley at Cardboard Monet! Ashley even did a special photoshoot just for this cover. So check out the cover and make sure you scroll down to the giveaway below!

Here's a bit about the book:

Emma will always be a New Yorker at heart, even though she has a perfect life in Seattle. She has a prestigious job fundraising for the Seattle Symphony, a handsome boyfriend who adores her, and a Belltown apartment with views of the Sound. It should be more than enough to keep her pain from not playing the piano, and her 9/11 nightmares, away.

But when her old college crush, Owen, comes back into her life, it’s more than just spending time with him that’s causing cracks in her picture-perfect life. As she steps back on stage, and back into the spotlight, her connection with Owen and his world, dredges up old memories that Emma worked hard to forget.

Emma’s past comes back to haunt her, forcing her to face the truth about more than just her fears of returning back to New York. As her once perfect life begins to burn down, Emma is forced to figure out what she really wants: her fundraiser and cocktail party-filled life with her boyfriend, or forging a new future with the one thing, and one person, she’s ever loved–even if it means returning to New York. Without Benefits is a beautiful and moving exploration of modern relationships and family written in the vein of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Renee Carlino.

So here it is...

The moment we've been waiting for...

Isn't it gorgeous? Pre-order your copy today! a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the author:

Nicole Tone is a freelance editor, MFA student, traveller, pet collector, binge-watcher, and a self-proclaimed coffee snob. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband, three cats, and two very large dogs, but spends as much of her time in Seattle as possible. You can like her page on Facebook, @ her on Twitter, swoon over dream houses together on Pinterest, and add Without Benefits on Goodreads. With all my love and undying gratitude,
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Published on March 18, 2016 15:56 • 26 views

February 13, 2016

I was recently invited to take part in the love letter challenge by Em Shotwell. The challenge was to write a love letter from one of your characters to another. I thought about writing a letter from Azariah to Estelle, but decided to let you have a rare glimpse into Lilith's head. This letter was written by 17 year old Lilith, alone, desperate and pining for the man she loved.  My Dear Kaimi
 It’s been four months since I last saw you. Four months since our night together. I remember it well. There was a full moon, and it lit the beach in its shimmering glow as we walked hand in hand through the soft tumbling waves.I miss you, I can’t tell you how much, because every time I think of you my heart breaks even more.
Where are you? Why have you never come back since that night? Have you been hurt . . . killed even? I fear for you, for what the ocean could do. My father refuses to believe you exist. He wants to move me away from Ravenscar. He’s ashamed of me, seventeen and pregnant. He blames each and every boy he sees for the situation I’m in. But you are the father of the child I’m carrying. You may be a man from the sea, but your child grows within me, and I know I will love him, or her, as much as I love you. And I still love you. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you, of the tender way you held me, of the softness in your voice as you whispered my name. It doesn’t matter that you’re not human, it doesn’t matter that you’re older than me. None of it matters. I just want you back. Where are you? Are you scared of my father? You didn’t seem scared of anything when we met. The month I knew you was the best month of my life. You made me feel alive in a way I’d never experienced before. Do you still love me like you said you did? I still have the shell—the one you gave me. It’s on a cord, I made it into a necklace. I never remove it. Every night I go to sleep hoping that you’ll speak to me in my dreams, just like you always did. I have the shell, so why don’t you come? Why isn’t it working? Our child grows within me. And I want you to know that when the baby’s born, I will never part with it. I will love it forever, and when it’s old enough I will tell it all about you. I hope the baby looks like you, I just know it will have striking blue eyes—just like yours. Our child is the most important thing in my life and always will be. But I need you to be here with me. I want you to see your child grow up. Where are you? I go to the beach every day. I wait for you. Every ripple in the water lifts my heart, only for it to come crashing down when there’s nothing there. The restless ocean teases me. But I wait. I’ll keep waiting.  I’ll always love you. Always. There will never, ever, be anyone else who I will love as much as you. Please, come back, Lil xxx
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Published on February 13, 2016 14:16 • 19 views