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Today, I thought you might like to see my inspiration for the characters in Summer Bride.

First, we have Justin James. I knew I wanted to have dark hair, a little messy and longer, and kind eyes.

When I saw this photo of David Giuntoli it was like there was a neon sign hanging over it saying “This is the one! This is Justin!”

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This is exactly how I picture our hunky, handsome, ever-helpful hero.

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Seriously, isn’t he a cutie? Can’t you just picture him in the crazy T-shirt Matilda gives him?

Sage Presley we met briefly in Valentine Bride (book 1 in the Holiday Brides series). But we didn’t know much about her.

I envisioned her as blond, with a sweetness about her that belied her inner strength. I pictured her as very feminine and lovely although she’s tough and capable of handling whatever challenges life throws her way.

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I thought Skyler Samuels made the best Sage. She’s lovely and has that delicate look to her.

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But a fun, playful side, too! I just loved the inspiration she provided for Sage.

Then I needed a little inspiration for Sage’s brother, Shane.

Colby Canterbury

Colby Canterbury was my choice for Shane Presley. From the hair and green eyes, to that soulful look on his face, he was just perfect for Shane.

The song I listed to while I wrote this book kept me smiling as I pictured Justin asking his friends this question:

Such a fun song from Joe Nichols.

Oh, and I have to share the ringtone Sage uses for Justin on her cell.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy of Summer Bride today!

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update on what projects I’m working on or have coming soon. So here goes!

Saving Mistletoe

Hotshot attorney Ellen Meade seems to have it all: a powerful position with her firm, a posh downtown apartment, and a bright future ahead of her. But for Ellen, the future grows dimmer with each passing day. Her apartment is lonely without her best friend, and the demands of her job are slowly killing her soul. She’s simply surviving until she bumps into a police officer who changes everything.

Burke Tipton loves his job as a Mounted Patrol Officer in downtown Portland.  The life he’s built away from his family’s ranch is simple and uncomplicated. At least it was until a beautiful woman bumps into him and turns his world upside down.

Add in Burke’s partner Sugar Bear, Lovey the dog, and a child named Mistletoe in need of a Christmas miracle, and you get a heartwarming, holiday romance.

You can find Saving Mistletoe in the Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 boxed set. It’s available for pre-order now for just 99 cents or grab it on release day Sept. 26!

Kindle: http://a.co/9TxNMzz

Nook: http://bit.ly/2g8xyO8

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2xgU0sG

Google: http://bit.ly/2viH7g4

 

Blown Into Romance

Artist Brooke Roberts spent her life without roots, wandering from town to town. When she seeks refuge from a freak storm in the town of Romance, she decides to stay and open a blown glass studio. Determined to immerse herself in the community, she adopts a family of pigs. Brooke is unprepared for the chaos and comfort they bring to her world, or the dashing cowboy who rescues her heart.

Solid, dependable Blayne Grundy runs a busy ranch, volunteers on various committees, and takes in stray animals too large to stay at the local animal rescue. Then a chance encounter with a beautiful, beguiling woman leaves him so befuddled, he can barely remember his own name. His predictable organized life is about to be blown away by free-spirited Brooke.

A sweet, lighthearted novella, Blown Into Romance highlights the mighty power of love and letting go.

You’ll find Blown Into Romance in the Fall Into Romance collection releasing Oct. 5.

Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors with a foreword by New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Hatler. Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.  Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0749T1Z89

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fall-into-romance-melanie-d-snitker/1126861809

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/fall-into-romance

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fall-into-romance/id1264676338

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=6mouDwAAQBAJ

 

Those of you who are wondering will be happy to know I plan to have another book in the Hardman Holidays series as well as one in the Rodeo Romance series. Tentatively, they will both release in November!

I also have two super secret projects that are killing me to keep secret. One of them is something incredibly different from anything I’ve done before and every time I think about it, I get giddy with excitement. So, so looking forward to sharing it with you!

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On a cold February evening back in 2010, I sat down at my computer after a long day at work and decided to try my hand at writing a romance novel.

I had no idea what I was doing.

None at all.

But I was determined to try.

I’d always dreamed of writing a book, but it was one of those things I wasn’t sure I’d ever get around to. In January of that year, I picked up a book on an after-Christmas sale (from one of the big publishing houses) that was so incredibly awful, I decided after reading it I had to give writing a novel a try.

Writing wasn’t new to me. I’d spent almost ten years as a newspaper journalist and a handful of years after that doing freelance articles for regional publications. However, what I’d written in the past couldn’t compare to the euphoric state I experienced writing my first sweet romance.

HOC Cover 2014

Heart of Clay is the book I sat down and wrote six years ago. It will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first book and it’s also a very personal book for me.

As I mentioned, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I think I was about four or five chapters into the book when I hit a huge wall. Rather than give up, I jumped ahead and wrote a few chapters that eventually wound up closer to the end. I did that back and forth thing until I got back into the groove and could finish the book.

At one point, I’d written this whole wonderfully romantic scene about Clay making Callan a special candlelight dinner with lasagna… and it disappeared. To this day, I have no idea how it wasn’t saved in the file and for the life of me, I couldn’t recreate it no matter how hard I tried. It truly is a lost scene.

Anyway, I’m so, so happy I listened to that little voice urging me to give writing romances a try. And I am so unbelievably blessed to get up every day and do something I love so much.

My heartfelt gratitude to all of you for coming along on this wonderful, wild, crazy ride.  Thank you.

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For those of you who haven’t read Heart of Clay, you can download it free…

Amazon – http://amzn.to/1LiIoqn

Barnes & Noble –http://tinyurl.com/heartofclaybn

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/heart-of-clay/id464331140?mt=11

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/heart-of-clay

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/67633

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