In the Beginning, There was a Merger…

Welcome to Take-Me-Back Thursday!

In light of all that’s going on in my life, I couldn’t help but look back at my debut novel, Merger of the Heart. It’s been an only child since coming into the world in 2014.

MergerOfTheHeart_recover_1600(1)But guess what?! This Monday, June 13th, Driven to Temptation will hit the virtual shelves to keep it company!

DrivenToTemptation_1600So, yeah, I’m pretty happy with life these days! πŸ™‚

What wonderfully fantastic things are going on in your world?

Happy Reading,
Melia

Authors Who Brunch

Last weekend, I met with some author-pals for brunch at Sanborns. What a pleasure it was to get together, especially when there were a couple I hadn’t laid eyes on in over two years. Two. Years. How the *BLEEP* did that happen?

Authors Kristina McMorris, Terri Patrick, Terri Reed, Melia Alexander, Jenna Bayley-Burke, and Maggie Lynch
Authors Kristina McMorris, Terri Patrick, Terri Reed, Melia Alexander, Jenna Bayley-Burke, and Maggie Lynch

We talked publishing — yeah…wowza…

We talked writing — HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Kristina McMorris for making the New York Times bestseller list!

And we talked about the ahmazing food at Sanborns. Like, seriously great food! Being on Day 27 of Whole30, I could only stare enviously at Terri Reed’s Bo-Bam, a German pancake filled with bacon, apple and maple syrup, and sauteed with a shot of bourbon. On my other side was Jenna Bayley-Burke and the Eggs Benedict she’d ordered. Smothered in lots and lots and LOTS of mouth-watering Hollandaise sauce.

I’d say the experience was total torture, except I had a plate of scrambled eggs with spinach and sundried tomatoes. Soooo good!

Guess this means I’ll just have to make it back there…Damn!

Have you been to a new-to-you restaurant that you fell instantly in love with? Tell us how it happened for you!

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday,
Melia

Sweet Temptations

Welcome to Food and Wine Wednesday!

As some of my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers know, I’m on the Whole30 Program. Currently at Day 24 as of today! Can I get a fist bump for that?

While I’ve been eating mostly clean for three years now (or is it four?), I’d noticed that the past few months I’d caved to life pressures and had increased my intake of carbs. Mainly in the form of chocolate, red wine, and tortilla chips. That’s right. The tortilla chips was the wake up call for me! So 24 days ago, I started the journey to clean up my eating, and I’m going strong! No real threat to the program…until a meeting at The Male Observation Lab last Monday.

See, every year there’s this day in the spring where we gather all the supervisory-type folks and sit their butts in a chair for roughly eight to ten hours and share stuff with them. Super interesting stuff. Stuff critical, or at least helpful, to their jobs. (Believe me when I say this is a challenge for construction dudes used to being out in the field and moving all day!) Anyhoo, there I was, happily minding my own business, when at the morning break, this shows up:

Fresh baked, still warm, mouth-watering cinnamon rolls.

I stared longingly. Which in and of itself is kinda weird, considering I don’t normally eat stuff with grains in it. (It’s that Paleo-like thing going on.) But that morning…oh, man that morning was tough. I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit I stood beside it, closed my eyes, and inhaled. Deeply. Filled my lungs with all that cinnamony-goodness and imagined all the yummy gooiness hitting my mouth…

Then I ate a hard-boiled egg.

What temptation have you been faced with that had you wanting to cave in so badly you couldn’t stand it? Did you?

Have an awesome week!

~Melia

 

Is It Spring Yet?

Welcome to Photo Friday!

Oregon weather can be a bit schizo this time of year. Case in point, last week we went from days of warm, sunny, wear-a-sundress temperatures, to this view out of my office at The Male Observation Lab:

20160414_153543Welcome to spring in the Pacific Northwest! Fortunately, it’s also awesome writing weather…Β  πŸ˜‰

What’s the season like in your part of the world?

Have an awesome weekend,
Melia

 

Fierce!

Welcome to Take-Me-Back Thursday!

I’ve been looking at photographs lately. Not the digital variety (cuz that’d be so easy to store!), but the actual put-in-a-photo-album kind. The same ones that take up oodles of precious real estate. I’ve got so many of these suckers that even I’m impressed with how well my life’s been documented! πŸ™‚

I suppose you could say I’ve taken more than my fair share of flower pictures, and landscape pictures, and family pictures. (Just how many shots of family meals have to be taken, anyway?) But I do know that I’ll never have too many cat pictures. Is that even possible?

One of my faves is this one of Bennett Charles:

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Doesn’t he look fierce?

I sure miss him…

So what do you think’s a better way to keep your pictures? The digital variety that you scroll through or the paper one that you can flip through?

Deep ponderings, huh? πŸ™‚

Happy Almost-Friday,
Melia

Awakenings

Spring, for me, is like blinking awake from a long sleep…or snapping out of a droopy-eyed state. Kinda like when you’re in a meeting and something HUGE is P1130768being shared by the top guy, but all you hear is “blah, blah..blah, blah, blah…Great job, everyone. Meeting’s over.” At which point you propel out of your seat and practically run from the room for fear of being dragged into an impromptu meeting. You know, because they’re ready to start on the project discussed…the one you weren’t paying any attention to…Not thatΒ I’ve ever experienced any of that before! *whistles innocently while staring at the sky*

Still, the fact that Spring is here, in all its rainy-sunny-cold-warm-freezing-hail-sunny again schizo state (hey, it *is* typical Pacific Northwest weather after all!) does make me feel like we’re headed towards better days, both literally and figuratively. Soon there will be endless sunshine (only in my dreams!)…ice cream…lollipops…and unicorns!

Don’t know about you, but I’m soooo ready for all that!

Why do you look forward to Springtime in your part of the world?

Happy Mix-It-Up Monday,
Melia

 

Lift a Glass

Welcome to Food and Wine Wednesday!

Okay, so, technically, I’m not posting anything specific about food and wine, but for me, this is definitely something to celebrate, so indulge me, pretty please? πŸ™‚

Ready? Entangled Publishing gave MERGER OF THE HEART a new cover!

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Isn’t it awesome?!

And here’s the bestest part of all: MERGER OF THE HEART is $.99 for a limited time! If you don’t have a copy, you can download one from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iBooks.

My heartfelt thanks to the readers who gave this book a chance. I’m forever grateful to you all! I’m especially grateful for the reviews. All reviews are important to an author. (Hint!) πŸ™‚

So. With all the cray-cray in my life, this is definitely a reason to lift a glass. Cheers!

20141011_120539~Melia

Take That, Martha!

After the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had in the Pacific Northwest, fall came as a bit of a surprise to me. Like, really. Temps in the 70’s one day, then dropping to a high of somewhere in the 30’s a couple of days later…and holding steady. I guess the cooler weather’s gonna hang for a while!

Which, of course, means that it’s time for comfort food. Now, I’m not exactly a lousy cook, but I’m no Martha Stewart, either, taking hours upon hours to find, prep, and serve meals. Half the time I’m wondering if stuff in my fridge is still edible! And with two nieces at home and a full-time job (not to mention the being-an-author part), I don’t have that kind of time. Or energy. Or, frankly, money.

So in true non-Martha-Stewart fashion, my first comfort food of the season was chicken soup thrown together with, basically, leftovers out of the fridge that were an hour or two away from being tossed in the trash. (Oh, c’mon! Surely you’ve cut out the icky parts of a vegetable and used the rest! Right? Right?)

By now I’m sure several of you are cringing and have decided not to ever accept an invitation to my house for dinner. But, really, the results weren’t too bad, if I do say so myself!

20140626_182354How could the scent of garlic and onions say anything but “yummy home cooking?” Add in somewhat-fresh vegetables and diced up chicken, then some homemade chicken broth and I think it’s a winner! Hey, the fact the family ate it without complaint was a huge plus!

What’s your favorite cold weather comfort food?

Happy Food and Wine Wednesday!

~Melia

The Bells Toll at St. Michael’s

Well, okay, I honestly don’t remember if the bells tolled when I first saw St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral. All I remember was that I was in a new city in a different state, and I got a chance to explore sans kids or husband. Translation: It was pure bliss!

Let me explain…As a writer, I tend to get lost in story when I come across anything interesting. Doesn’t seem to matter what it is – a smell, a sound, an awesome pair of shoes…Maybe one that a certain writer might gift herself with once she finishes her next book and sends it in to her amazing editor…*insert happy sigh!*

But I digress…

Let’s just say La Muse loves sipping her Bourbon, smoking her cigar and making stuff up at the slightest provocation…Unless, of course, I’m on deadline. It’s generally at this point she decides she needs a vacay. (Nice, huh?)

Anyway, while on a recent trip to Boise, I walked around the city a bit (and ooohhh, did I come up with a great story idea! But, again, I digress…sorry…) and came on this really cool little church just a block from the state capitol.

Isn’t it pretty? I love the details in the glass, the iron, and the woodwork. Gorgeous!

It didn’t take long before La Muse spun a few ideas about what might’ve happened in this church — sassy, sexy, fun kind of things! (Ssshhh! Don’t tell my mother…) And some of it was pretty good, too! Good enough to make it into a future book, even. πŸ˜€

Do you sometimes stumble on certain objects or places or things that make your head spin a tale? Please share!

Happy travels,
Melia