What’s this Free Book I’m hearing about?Posted: June 8, 2017 Filed under: Change, Uncategorized | Tags: Change, Free, free book, Freebie Leave a comment
It’s easy! Just click on the link to get your copy! No catches, no if’s, just free.
Live is live… all over!Posted: December 11, 2014 Filed under: Kitsune 4 | Tags: availible now, Change, Kitsune, Live, Melissa Stevens, Release date Leave a comment
I know, it made me giggle too.
You know you’ve been waiting for it. Go and get it now.. wherever you buy your ebooks… Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, Scribd, Oyster, just go look for it.
If you haven’t read the other’s yet, start with Change and go from there.
It’s Less than Two Months!Posted: October 10, 2014 Filed under: Change, Fight, Hunt, Kitsune 4 | Tags: Change, Fight, Hunt, Kitsune, Live, Melissa Stevens, series Leave a comment
Until the release of Live that is. (Remember, it’s December 9!) The final book in my Kitsune series. It’s been a long time coming and I know you’re all impatient for it to get here, me too!
If you’ve not yet read the series, start with Change. It starts out with Nickie as she discovers that not only do shapeshifters exist but she is one. Then goes on to chronicle her learning to live with the new abilities that her new form brings her. At the same time, she’s learning that some of the people she’s known all her life have been keeping it a secret from her. It’s not an easy adjustment but she does it.
The second book in the series is Fight. In Fight Nickie learns about the mating instinct that comes with her new form and how it can change her life. She also has to deal with what she sees as the betrayal of a friend, and everything he does in order to try to win her over. It’s a fight the whole time for her freedom and choice.
The third book is Hunt. Nickie and her mate are hunting for the guy out to possess Nickie as his own. It’s not an easy battle and there are casualties along the way. But Nickie and her mate will do their best to get on with their lives, despite the constant threat hanging over her head.
The fourth and final book is Live. Nickie has to face the man who she’s blamed for a lot of the bad things that have happened to her, whether he was actually responsible for them or not. She has to learn how to forgive him so she can move on and live her life.
NaNoWriMo 2013, a week in.Posted: November 7, 2013 Filed under: NaNoWriMo, Odds and Ends | Tags: Change, Kitsune, Melissa Stevens, nano, Nanowrimo, Robin's Nest, writing Leave a comment
Here we are, a week into NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for those of us who’re veterans of the insanity. There may be a few of you out there asking NaNoWHATMo? After spending two years as my area’s Municipal Liaison (local official representative), I’ve heard this a lot. It’s short for National Novel Writing Month, but the name is a little misleading in that it’s not limited to the US or to any one country, it’s a world wide challenge. To do exactly what the name says, write a novel in a month. Sound crazy? Sound impossible? While it is a little crazy, I assure you, it’s entirely possible.
In setting up the system the creators had to come up with a definition of a novel, what they ended up with was 50,000 words. That will give you about 200 pages a standard mass marketed paperback size book. Not too bad huh? My personal best is just under 70,000 words in November, but I’ve seen people who’ve done over 100,000. Another question I’ve been asked is ‘Is it a contest, and how/what do you win?’ Well, it’s not really a contest, it’s a challenge. The only person you are competing with is yourself. All you have to do to ‘win’ is achieve 50,000 words. As for what you win, mainly it’s bragging rights. The ability to say you did it! (You also get that first draft, and let me tell you, that is priceless! If you stick with it, revise it and edit it, it could be gold!)
So, once again, here we are, a week into NaNo, how are you doing? Are you ahead? Behind? Thrown in the towel? Even if you have, I know from experience, it’s not to late to pick it back up and keep going. My first NaNo was in 2009. I’d never written much more than for communication, or to vent frustrations and feelings but I jumped in with both feet and started writing. I only had a vague idea of what I was doing, but that didn’t stop me. I wrote and wrote and wrote and still had no where near the 50k word count. I gave up, but a few days later an idea occurred to me and I went back and started writing again. I managed to (barely) win that year! The important part was that I did it.
After that I rewrote, revised, edited and rewrote again, then started submitting my manuscript to publishers. I received back rejection after rejection, but finally one of them came back with a comment, one that has really helped the way I write. You see, I’d written that first book in First person, present tense. I’d done it on purpose, but what I didn’t know at the time is that first person, present tense is very hard to do well (especially for a beginning writer) and is even harder to sell. By this time I had another manuscript from NaNo 2010 and I was hard at work on revising/finishing that one. I knew I could save that first book, but it would take an extensive rewrite and changing the entire book from present tense to past tense. It wasn’t something I felt up to at the time. I continued what I was doing and in the end I opted to self-publish in lieu of hunting down a publishing house to take control, and a huge chunk of the income. (Yeah, I admit, I have control issues.) I did NaNo in 2011, and won. (Note to self, I really need to go back and look at that, I have very little memory of what I wrote that year, it may be another book that needs a little polishing and can be published.)
In January 2012 I published Change, it’s the first book in my Kitsune series and my NaNo 2010 project. In the time since I’ve published four more books, the most recent, Robin’s Nest, was my first project, that one I wrote in 2009. I finally sat down and took the time to rewrite it, to fix the problems and the tense. It’s not the same as most of my books but it’s good, I’ve had some people tell me it’s their favorite of all my books.
My point is, even if you think it’s too late to start, it isn’t. Jump in, get your feet wet and start writing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t even have to be good, you just have to get the ideas and thoughts down. You can fix crappy, you can’t fix non-existent.
Now, go get open your book and write on!
My first newspaper article!Posted: June 24, 2013 Filed under: Change, Escape, Fight, Hunt, Robin's Nest | Tags: Change, EA Courier, Eastern Arizona Courier, Escape, Fight, Hunt, Kitsune, Melissa Stevens, Robin's Nest 2 Comments
Yep, that’s me! The paper is the Eastern Arizona Courier, it’s the local paper where my Kitsune books are set. You can read the article here.
Finally! Amazon dropped the price.Posted: June 11, 2013 Filed under: Change | Tags: Amazon, Change, Free, Melissa Stevens Leave a comment
I’m sure Barnes and Noble will do so soon (Yes. I’ll let you know when they do) but Amazon has made Change FREE!! Get your copy before the price goes back up! go HERE to get it.
Change, FreePosted: June 3, 2013 Filed under: Change | Tags: Change, ebook, Free, limited time, Melissa Stevens 2 Comments
For a limited time, Change is available as an ebook for FREE.
Right now it’s on Smashwords but if you’ll go tell Amazon about the lower price it should be there soon too.
Get it free while you can!
New Covers…. I’ve yet to put them on the book pages, but here they are.Posted: May 20, 2013 Filed under: Change, Fight, Hunt | Tags: Change, Fight, Hunt, Kitsune, Melissa Stevens, new cover, series Leave a comment
Book pages everywhere should be updated soon, that means anywhere from 12 hrs to a couple of weeks, depending on each server.
See what I have?Posted: July 25, 2012 Filed under: Change, Fight | Tags: Change, Fight, paperback, release, signed copies Leave a comment
They came in late last week.
I’m still jumping for joy! The other half watched me dance around the house hugging them, he thought I had lost my mind. He just doesn’t understand.
Either way, you can get both Change and Fight in paperback too! They’re both available through Amazon and Createspace (I’m working on getting them out to a wider audience but it’s going to mean raising the price, and I’m not ready to do that.) The links to purchase are on each books page, on the right. –>
If you want signed copies, use the contact me link on the About Melissa page and we’ll work something out.