T-9 Days Until The Betrayer’s Release!

It’s only nine days until The Betrayer, Book 2 of the Baltin Trilogy, releases and I’m super stoked. It’s the follow-up to my debut novel, The Descendant, and I had even more fun writing the second story.

In the first book, I introduce Tilly Morgan and her lovable hound, Kodiak, to the reader and show the budding relationship between Tilly and Jareth. At the end of the story, the reader watches Tilly’s character beginning to grow and accepting the sudden twist thrown into her life involving Jareth.

In The Betrayer, the reader–just like Tilly–meets another alien race, the Henokans, who have pursued the Baltins and plan to make them pay for their crimes against both Henoka and Earth from the release of the Baltin plague. She’s brought underground to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex and learns at least one large group of military survived the EMP and virus. She also discovers more information about the Baltin and Henokan war in the Trappist-1 system, and the bracelet Jareth gave her at the end of book one.

Balancing the relationship between Tilly and Rhys was a fun challenge, because even though Tilly’s in love with the scoundrel, Jareth (though she refuses to admit it to herself), the reader can see major differences between him and Rhys. Rhys is extremely likable even though he’s stern and strong. It’s these differences that shed light between Jareth’s character–who’s a bit of a bad boy with a dark side, and Rhys’s persona–who’s wholesome and gentle–that causes some angsty moments with Tilly’s psyche. Of course, Tilly’s adorable mutt, Kodiak, reappears in book two, complete with his normal antics. The dog is obsessed with food, let me tell you. He even gets to sit with her in a military cafeteria and eat out of his own bowl.

The reader is also introduced to a new protagonist, Colonel Robertson. His character was fun and therapeutic to write. I really wanted to kill him in several chapters. Haha. He’s one of those people who lusts for power, and doesn’t care who he has to stomp on to reach his end goal.

Currently, I’m about seventy-five thousand words into The Redeemer, which will be the final book of the trilogy. Then, I’ll start the prequel, which will follow Tilly for two years before The Descendant. It will be a true apocalyptic, alien invasion novel, and will demonstrate why Tilly hates being alone, why she’s a little more aggressive than your normal twenty-year-old, and how she came to have such a potty mouth.

Here are the links for the books. And please, if you enjoy the stories, consider leaving a review. As authors, we rely on ratings and reviews to help readers decide if our story is something they’d be interested in picking up.

Savage Worlds Series:

The Descendant

The Betrayer

The Redeemer

The Intrusion


Cover of the Month Contest

If you’d like to help this new author out, my debut novel’s cover art has been entered for allauthor.com’s January cover contest. I’d love to have your vote. There’s no sign up or need to give personal information–just a click on the book you choose.

Visit my Facebook page (facebook.com/melcriddell), let me know you voted, and I’ll enter your name into a random drawing on January 8 to receive a signed, first-edition copy mailed straight to your door.

Here’s the voting link for my cover: https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/6632/

Also, if you’re interested in reading The Descendant, you can borrow it on kindle unlimited at this link: https://amzn.to/2PDeCqx

Thanks so much for your support. Happy New Year and happy reading!

Pre-order Link is Now Live!


Just eight more days, and on November 27, 2019 my debut novel will be released. I’m excited and terrified at the same time. Here’s the pre-order link and blurb below:


She wants her world back; he wants her heart.

Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.

Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.

As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.

Cover Art Reveal


Yay! I finally got the okay to release the cover art for my novel that will be coming out in November (hopefully).

The publisher and artist did a fantastic job, and I couldn’t be happier. If you have a chance, check out DLG Publishing Partners on Facebook–or pull up their website–and show them some some love with the like button. They are hitting the ground running–and I hope they continue to grow.

Once I get a concrete release date, I’ll be back to share the information and link. In the meantime, I’ll be neck-deep in edits in an effort to meet that November release date.