I was recently offered the opportunity to guest post on Dear Teen Me. It's a website where published authors write a letter to their teenage selves. I was warned by a few author friends who had also done a letter that it is an emotional journey. Boy, were they right!
If you are so inclined, go take a look! There's even some embarrassing pictures of me as a teen...
In case you didn't hear my squeal from across the country, I made the front page of the Chandler Republic! Holy crap! I'm honored and humbled that they not only chose to do a story on me and on BURN ME, but that they put me on the front page just blows my mind.
Here's the link to the full article in case you would like to read it: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/chandler/2014/07/02/chandler-author-writes-firefighters-romance-novel-based-in-chandler/12009695/
Thanks to Weldon Johnson and the Arizona Republic for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime!
In case you've been waiting to pick up your copy of BURN ME, it's on sale right now on Amazon for just $0.99! Can't beat the price for a steamy summer read! Click the cover image below to be taken directly to the site!
Following the death of her uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.
Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America's monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.
Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless. Where to buy:
I wasn't disappointed. First off, Melissa has a way with men. I love a good alpha hero and wasn't disappointed with not one, not two, but three alphas. Honestly, there were even more than that, but the story revolves around the three main alphas. Who wouldn't love to be fought over by three ridiculously gorgeous alpha males?? The pace was perfect and I was pleased with how Melissa presented her fantasy world. Rather than bogging us down with details and description, she let the world evolve organically around them. There is no lack of heat in this book. I mean, with one of the heroes being a dragon and all, I'd expect nothing less. The sex scenes were tasteful and HOT. And you all know how I love a good sex scene. Cait is a great, strong lead and I loved how she didn't take crap from anyone. She knew what she wanted (most of the time) and wasn't letting anyone sway her. While I'm not a HUGE fantasy fan, this one definitely had me up all night and I can't wait for the next book in the series! I would definitely recommend putting it on your TBR list!
About the author:
As the author of New Adult Fantasy Romance novel FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, Melissa brings together shapeshifting dragons, deities, vampires, and a sassy chick who holds her own. With a unique mythology and the intricate weaving of nuanced characters in a plot far more complicated than meets the eye, spectacularly visual writing draws readers into a fantastical world so real they can reach out and touch it.
FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is available in ebook first by Swoon Romance and is the first in the Stars & Souls Trilogy. The second book, BLOOD OF STARS AND GODS is planned for a late 2014 release.
Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields, though she has primarily devoted her adult life to raising a family. Born and raised in Kentucky, Melissa spent a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield before returning to her home state where she now resides on a small farm. She enjoys quiet married life and the silliness of her three children, indulging hobbies of music, Zumba, and a minor television addiction in what little free time she finds. Melissa’s interests include causes demanding social change such as mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention. FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel.
The whole "I'm a published author" thing kinda finally hit home, as I sat on my computer tonight googling the San Tan Sun News to see where I can nab some copies of their paper that will be running a story on me in their 5/3 issue. (I picked up the original at my local library and they didn't have any the last time I went!)
Anyway, clicking away I noticed that they post their stories online. And it's there. Early. My cover. My face. My giggling lunacy paraphrased through the ears and fingertips of a reporter. Oh my.
Thank you to Tracy House, news editor at the San Tan Sun News for the interview and story! I'm on cloud nine over here!
In case you'd like to read the story, you can access it here: http://issuu.com/timespub/docs/5.3.2014stsn_p49-58_neighbors?e=8633901/7706743
In other holy crap moments, I have another interview with another local news publication for another interview, which I'll be doing this coming week!
Happy birthday to my baby, BURN ME, who released to the world today!
There are so many people I need to thank, and I know I'm going to forget someone. Lord knows I did in my acknowledgements!
First off, a sincere thank you to my publisher, Georgia McBride and Swoon Romance for having faith in me and my work. I'm honored to be included in your list of fabulous authors.
Next, I'd like to thank my friend and critique partner, Brenda Drake. I can remember sitting up at 2 in the morning having word wars with you. We'd share an excerpt of what we just wrote, and I loved making you blush with my raw sex scenes! Who would've ever thought that one day BURN ME would not only have a plot (see, told ya it wasn't erotica!), but see the light of day! :) Thank you for pushing me to be better, and never, ever letting me give up on my dream of being published.
Sincere thanks to these people as well:
The Swoon Romance/Month 9 Books author family - the most supportive group of authors I've ever met!
And YOU! A huge heartfelt thank you to each and every one of my readers. I wouldn't be here without you!
Oh yeah, I guess I should give you the buy links where you can snag your own copy of BURN ME!
Head over to Molly Lee's blog where she's giving away an e-copy of BURN ME! And bonus, a copy of my pub-sister, Melissa Petreshock's FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, which releases on Tuesday too! There's also exclusive excerpts from both books! Go take a look!
BURN ME releases in less than one week! So, I thought I'd share my BURN ME playlist as this week's fun "extra". This is the playlist that I listened to on shuffle the entire time I was writing BURN ME. You'll even recognize a few of the songs referenced in the book itself!
Thank you to all the fabulous bloggers who are hosting BURN ME on their blogs, be it reviews, promos, interviews, whatever. You all rock!
In a little over a week, BURN ME will be released to the world. I'm beyond thrilled (and nervous). You can pre-order your copy now on Amazon and iBookstore! Click the cover below to be taken to the BURN ME Goodreads page.
Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!
For today's fun, I thought I'd share my Pinterest inspiration board for BURN ME. These are images that helped bring me inspiration as I wrote BURN ME. Caution: there are TONS of images of hot firefighters. If you can't handle the heat, don't click the link ;) http://www.pinterest.com/s_watters/burn-me/
If you'd like a signed bookmark, (and would like additional for friends), hit me at one of my events. If you can't , I'd be more than happy to mail you one! Just email me your mailing address and how many you'd like (as well as who you will be distributing them to - just so I have an idea! ;) )
Thanks so much for all your support. I truly appreciate it!
I had my first-ever signing at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 16th! Thank you to everyone who came out to make the event a success! I had a wonderful time and can't wait to attend again next year. I absolutely loved talking to readers and networking with the other authors. What a wonderful experience! Everyone was so gracious, and the other more seasoned authors were so sweet to give me advice on how they made their book successful so I can repeat their steps! What a wonderful community!
If you haven't already, you can preorder BURN ME on Amazon or iBookstore for just $2.99! http://www.amazon.com/Burn-Me-Shelley-Watters-ebook/dp/B00INB4FLI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394052110&sr=1-1&keywords=burn+me+shelley
Oh happy day! I'm literally dancing over here. It's really, really happening!!! In case you had BURN ME on your "To Read" list, you'll be happy to know that it is now available for pre-order on Amazon and ibookstore! Go reserve your copy today!
(Click the cover below to be taken to Amazon's pre-order page.)
Also, if you'll be in the Tucson metro area on March 16th, I'll be signing bookmarks at the Tucson Festival of Books in the central author pavilion from 9:30-11:30. Come out and see me!
OMG guys! I've had this cover for a while now, and haven't been able to share it until now! Swoon Romance makes some gorgeous covers, and they did not disappoint when it came to mine! I absolutely LOVE this cover, and I love the way it encompasses so much of the tension between Kat and Greyson. I can NOT wait to share this book with you! I love this cover so much, It's my background on every electronic device I own. SO in love!!! I'd say this cover is pretty "swoon"-worthy, wouldn't you? ;)
An Adult Contemporary Romance
Releasing April 29, 2014
Published by Swoon Romance
twin brother dies in a house fire, firefighter Katrina Hale is determined to
prove she’s stronger than the flames. But while her focus on her career leaves
little room in her life for romance and her current relationship fizzles, she
soon discovers fighting fires is nothing compared to the scorching desire she
feels in fellow firefighter Greyson Neal's arms. Firefighter Greyson Neal is
the type of guy girls dream about when they want their knight in shining armor
to wear bunker gear. But he’s not interested in fulfilling every girl’s
fantasies. Now he wants the one woman he can never have, and she seems
hell-bent on getting herself killed to prove that she’s worthy of her job. Kat
must choose between her career and her heart, and fight to keep them both when
an arsonist threatens to take it all away
As you may or may not know, I've agreed to be a mentor for Pitch Wars again this year. It's a contest where authors submit to us mentors to work with them one-on-one on a project that will then be pitched to a all-star lineup of agents! Last year, my mentee, Alison Bliss, signed with her agent, Andrea Somberg as a result of the contest. One of my runner ups signed with Louise Fury, and the other signed with Swoon Romance! So, I have a pretty good track record for picking winners ;)
A little more about me: I was an intern with Literary Agent Vickie Motter at Andrea Hurst and followed that with an internship with Danielle Poeisz, Editorial Director at Entangled publishing. I write romance for adults and young adults. I was agented, but parted ways with my agent and have since signed a contract for my steamy contemporary romance, BURN ME, with Swoon Romance. The title will be released in April 2014. Prior to that, I published a children's picture book, SARA'S RIBBON, which was published by MeeGenius in 2013. I'm currently working on a sequel for BURN ME titled CUFF ME. In addition to my writing, I regularly co-host Pitch Madness with Brenda Drake.
For my bio, I decided to leave being witty to the other mentors. Witty isn't my strong point. STEAMY, however, is. So, it'll come as no surprise that my wish list is super short. I want romance, the steamier the better. YA, NA, Adult, as long as the romance is sizzling, I'm all in!
So set my submission box on fire with your steamy submissions! Thanks so much for considering submitting to me. I can't wait to read all the spectacular entries! Please follow the submission directions on Brenda's blog.
SECRET LETTER: E
Here's the list of spectacular agents who will be participating in this year's agent round: 1. LouiseFury – Bent Agency
Title: THE UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER
Publication date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Ty Drago
Corpses are up something.
Senator Lindsay Micha had been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the
sister to Lilith Cavanaugh, the Queen of the Dead. Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our
nation’s capital to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader.
But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious
ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster
with a taste for Corpse flesh.
such an alien “enemy of his enemy” truly become Will’s friend?