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Monday, August 29, 2011

Writing, Writing, Writing

I'm off to a good start with Two Pirates to Treasure (Bewitching Desires 4) and my yet-untitled Christmas novella for the fifth Sextet anthology, Mistletoe and Menage. I submitted BD3-Two Fated for One and am working on the cover art questionnaire. Final edits for Two Knights of Passion should be coming any day, and the cover for it should be ready some time this week. Off to write some more!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On to the Next Story

Two Fated for One (Bewitching Desires 3) is finished and out with my critique buddies, Cheryl Brooks and Elizabeth Raines. What's up next? Pirates! I know who's in for a bit of adventure and a lot of love in the Macska household ;) Just gotta come up with some sexy pirate-y names for her heroes. Then they can shiver her timbers! :D

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sharing in Print!

The Sextet Anthologies Volume 1: Sharing is now available in trade paperback from Amazon and B&N!!!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Anniversary :)

Today is my 25th wedding anniversary :) Has it really been that long??? I'm NOT that old!!! I swear!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Release Day for Two if by Sea!

Today is release day for Two if by Sea, the first of my Bewitching Desires series from Siren Publishing!!! I hope you enjoy it :)

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Home Again

Vacation got in the way of writing a little, but I'm working on the final chapter of Two Fated for One (Bewitching Desires 3). We had a strenuous but awesome hike up to the top of Estes Cone on Tuesday and a drive up the Old Fall River Road on Wednesday to the Alpine stop (9 miles of one-way dirt/gravel road from about 7500 feet elevation to about 12,000 feet). The views coming down the Trail Ridge Road were breathtaking and a tiny bit scary at times.

After a two and a half day drive, I'm home again, trying to catch up on laundry and get the last chapter done. Then it's on to the next story!

Don't forget--Two if by Sea releases Monday!!!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vacation in The Rockies

I'm having a wonderful time with my husband and son in Estes Park this week. Today we hiked the Nymph, Dream, Emerald Lakes trail and the alluvial fan trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. The highlight of the day was when my son tried to cross the stream at the alluvial fan and fell in. He got soaked from head to toes. He's been a good sport about the teasing and is none the worse for wear. Tomorrow, the eight-mile hike??? Maybe :)

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Almost Caught Up!

What a crazy summer! I've been out of town several times--RWA National Conference, family reunion/vacation, moving daughter to grad school, and now hubby's conference in Boulder/vacation in Estes Park. I've had numerous writing deadlines and releases. And I'm writing new stories. In the last couple weeks, I've done final edits, first edits, edits for a submission, continued working on book 3 of the Bewitching Desires series, and starting a new novella for volume 5 of The Sextet Anthologies. I have a self-imposed submission deadline of this Wednesday for Two Fated for One (BD-3), with only the last couple chapters to write. Then I need to crank out the Christmas anthology story and get started on Two Pirates to Treasure. Did I really say I'm almost caught up???

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cover for Two if by Sea!

I got the cover for Two if by Sea, the first book in my Bewitching Desires, today! It should be up for pre-orders at Siren soon. Will post the link as soon as it's active!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Whew!

In between first edits for Two Knights of Passion and final edits for Two if by Sea, I've been working on Bewitching Desires 3: Two Fated For One and judging entries for the Indiana Golden Opportunity writing contest. Final edits are done, first edits are in progress, Two Fated For One is nearing completion, and I finished the last of my judging today. That brings me to the "Whew!"

For those entering contests and submitting to agents and publishers, I have a few words of advice.

**Be sure to follow the formatting guidelines.** Every entry I judged had points taken off for not following standard formatting guidelines. Don't try to squeeze in extra words from your manuscript by beginning new chapters at the tops of pages or on the same page as the previous chapter. This makes a BAD impression. It makes the writer look unprofessional. Take the time to research acceptable fonts, how to make a header, what margin size to use, etc. The points for formatting are giveaways for those who follow directions!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Release Day for Occupational Hazards!

Today is release day for The Sextet Anthologies Volume 3: Occupational Hazards! AND Sharing will be available in print in 4-6 weeks for those who enjoy holding a book in their hands and Dirty Dancing is now available on Nook from Barnes & Noble! I'll post the link for the print version of Sharing as soon as it's active.

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

And Another One

Dirty Dancing got another great review today over at WTF Book Reviews. Thanks for the Kudos, KurvyK!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

Manic Readers Loves Anthologies!

Sabine at Manic Readers gave The Sextet another great review--this time for Occupational Hazards. Check it out here!