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!

My First Author Interview

The kind writers at Celthric have featured me, along with my debut novel, The Descendant, in an online interview. I had a lot of fun writing answers to the questions because the process encouraged me to really think about the origins and inspiration for the story. Not only did it make me ponder where it came from, but it also helped to elaborate on the themes of the book.

If you’re interested in Science Fiction Romance or Apocalyptic stories, feel free to check it out on Amazon, or borrow it from Kindle Unlimited at this link: https://amzn.to/2PDeCqx

Celthric Interview: https://celthric.com/featured-author-melissa-riddell-turner/

Pre-order Link is Now Live!

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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:

https://amzn.to/2PDeCqx

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

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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.

Publishing Contract Accepted!

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My manuscript was picked up by a publishing company and I’ve signed the contract! All the waiting and worrying finally paid off. I’m not sure of the publishing date yet, as my editor still needs to get back to me with edits, but hopefully this year.

I’ve had several people ask how I was able to get a traditional publisher’s attention, and I really don’t have a trick. My journey in writing started years ago when I was a teen, but fell by the wayside over the years as I took care of my family.

In 2017, I began dabbling with writing once again. I wrote and illustrated a children’s series, self-published it on Amazon, and was content for a while. Earlier this year, though, the writing bug bit again.

On a whim, after taking a required English class for a degree plan, I decided to write for myself, and if others wanted to read my stories, that would be even better. The first couple of short stories were so-so. My daughter edited one and pushed me, pointing out the plot holes and shortcomings of the story. She’s a great editor, by the way, and doesn’t let too much bias get in the way, understanding what it takes to make a good story.

Anyhow, after writing my first novella, I decided to write a full novel for young adults. My passion is science fiction, and I’ve always loved to watch a relationship develop, so I melded both genres into one. After finishing the manuscript, I submitted it to two publishing houses and opted to sign with the current publishing house. Once I receive the okay, I’ll be posting links and information about the book.

Long story short, I didn’t use any tricks to get a publishing contract–I just got lucky. Considering I just recently started writing again, and the second manuscript I’d ever written was accepted by the second publisher, it was an incredible stroke of luck.

The only trick I can think of is this: don’t give up and keep submitting. Oh, and make sure you edit your baby over and over again. Trust me, if you think it’s ready, it’s not. I STILL find errors throughout each page.