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Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Melonie Johnson

Today we’re welcoming another Mermaid, Melonie Johnson, a 2016 Golden Heart finalist in Contemporary Romance with SOMETIMES YOU NEED A SEXY SCOT!

author photoMelonie Johnson is a Star Wars junkie, Shakespeare groupie, and unabashed lover of lists. She lives along the Illinois/Wisconsin border, and enjoys the benefits and miseries (traffic, anyone?) of living within an hour of two major cities. She’s married to a retro-game geek and has two red head daughters who keep her busy with laundry, dishes, and laughter.

She recently wrapped up her second term as the president of the Chicago-North chapter of RWA and now serves as the Social Media Chair for the chapter. You can find her on twitter at @MelonieJohnson, visit her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelonieWrites/ (where she shares pics of hot gingers, among other things), and check her out at meloniejohnson.com.

Here’s a blurb for SOMETIMES YOU NEED A SEXY SCOT:

When a gorgeous guy (in a kilt, no less) literally falls at the feet of “Twitter Babe” Cassie Crow, she does what any American girl on her dream vacation would do: throws caution to the wind and locks lips with the sexy Scot. But when she realizes her hot Highlander is actually the creator of a UK Internet prank show, Cassie fears if the clip of her getting punk’d by a Scottish hunk goes viral, she can kiss her ambition to become a serious broadcast journalist goodbye.

Logan Reid’s star is on the rise. Under consideration to be picked up for a television series in the states, Logan knows this latest stunt is guaranteed to rack up the views he needs to knock his numbers out of the park. When the unwitting player in his perfect pitch cries foul, Logan vows to see the prank go live, even if he has to chase the Yank with the smart mouth and hot lips across the pond to seal the deal. Turns out, the joke’s on Logan once he realizes he’d risk his fifteen minutes of fame for a chance at a lifetime with Cassie. But with her career on the line, is Cassie willing to risk the same?

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Hee!! It’s like Outlander meets Punk’d, with a fun, sexy twist! I can’t wait to read that opening scene!

Okay, readers, let’s make ourselves at home in the castle throne room (ignore the TV cameras, but be on the lookout for hot guys in kilts…I hear they’re all over the place). Help yourselves to some shortbread cookies—and a tumbler of whiskey if you’d like one—while I lob a few questions at Melonie Johnson.

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-Welcome, Melonie! Your Golden Heart book has such a fabulous concept! How did you come up with the idea?

This book started with one scene, the image of a guy in a kilt (good start, right?) and a girl finding him in a secret passageway of a castle. But unlike the time travel scenarios in many of my favorite romances, this hot Highlander is not what he seems.

SEXY SCOT is the first of five planned books in The Sometimes Series about five friends. The stories in this series follow each friend’s journey to her happily ever after, and all the trials and triumphs encountered along the way. While books 2 – 5 are not finished, they are plotted, with detailed character sketches and “beat sheets” (I love Save the Cat!). The stories for these girls came to me all at once, and they’ve been living in my head for so long now I feel like I really know each of them…like they are my friends for real!

-Ooh, fabulous! Sounds like inspiration really struck! Aside from visions of hot guys in kilts, what else gives you inspiration for your writing? Not that you really need more than hot guys in kilts . . . .

I have a degree in both English and Theatre and, logically enough, started out as a High School English and Theatre teacher. AK (after kids) I resigned from teaching full time, but continued to direct plays at the high school and coach speech team for several more years. I also worked for several local children’s theatre companies, and eventually even launched my own. I think my theatre background has benefited my writing in many ways, but most obviously in my dialogue. Recently, at a panel at Printer’s Row Lit Fest, Historical Romance author Sarah MacLean was quoted as saying that to get better at dialogue, read play scripts. Aside from directing and performing plays, I’ve also written my own fair share of scripts, and it has definitely honed my ability to create realistic dialogue.

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At RWA in NYC 2015, From L-R: Clara Kensie, Melonie Johnson, Erica O’Rourke

-Absolutely—dialogue is the backbone of any good romance. How cool that you write scripts as well! Theater is such a collaborative art, though—is novel-writing a lonelier pursuit, or do you have a community for that as well?

I belong to some wonderful RWA chapters, including Chicago-North, which is a critique chapter. Members sign up to bring pages to meetings for a group critique. Participating in these critique sessions has been invaluable, and provided a fantastic opportunity to learn more about craft. To avoid the temptation to play on Pinterest (or do laundry) some author buddies and I formed a writing group we call Portland Midwest. We usually meet at someone’s house to plot, brainstorm, talk shop, drink stuff in mason jars, and, hopefully, get words down.

-LOL! I could definitely go for something in a Mason Jar right about now. Maybe something with mint and rum . . . . But I digress. So you’ve got writing and theater and kids at home . . . anything else you’re juggling in your life?

I recently started a side-career under a pseudonym as an audiobook narrator. With my theatre background, I had thought about giving this a try, so for practice, I recorded a sample of my friend Clara Kensie’s YA novel (which won the RITA for Best First Book last year!), uploaded it to ACX, and promptly forgot about it. Then months later I received an email from an author who had listened to my sample and wanted to hire me to produce her story. Within a day of that title being released I was contacted by another author who thought my voice was a great fit for her book, an intriguing Gothic story that I’m currently wrapping up edits for. And last month another author reached out to me with an offer to produce her Dystopian YA, so I’ve already signed the contract for my next audiobook which will release this fall. I learn something with each book and I’m really enjoying it!

-Oh, that’s so cool!!! What a great way to bring your book world and your theater world together! Thanks so much for being with the Rubies today, Melonie, and best of luck in San Diego!! Do you have a question would you like to ask our readers to get the conversation going today?

Sometimes You Need A Sexy Scot opens with the heroine and her friends in the middle of their dream vacation, in which each friend selected a European country to visit. If you were to take a dream vacation with your besties, what destination would you choose? (Bonus points if you tell us why!)

THREE lucky commenters today will each win a $5 Starbucks e-gift cards and a code for a free copy of one of Melonie’s alter-ego’s audiobooks from Audible

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Connect with Melonie Johnson on social media:

website: http://meloniejohnson.com/blog/

twitter: https://twitter.com/MelonieJohnson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Melonie-Johnson-216102295069432/?ref=hl

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meloniejohnson/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MelonieFJohnson/

66 responses to “Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Melonie Johnson”

  1. Elisa Beatty says:

    Welcome, Melonie! I really love the sound of your books in the “Sometimes Series” (great title concept, too!) And doing voice work…that sounds really hard, but a really interesting challenge. I’m betting it changes the way you think about writing, too–you must really feel when a scene is dragging, or when it’s truly crisp and dynamic, when you have to actually say every word. More than ever, you must want to “leave out the boring parts.”

    And, oh my goodness!! A dream vacation!! I’d love to spend more time in Italy. I realize my 21st wedding anniversary is coming up this week, which means my honeymoon there was 21 years ago. I haven’t been back to Italy since. And I recently learned (through a DNA test my dad did) that I’ve got some Italian ancestry, for real!! (I’ve always FELT a little bit Italian, but never had the proof.)

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Elisa! Yes!! Narrating books has definitely benefited my own writing, one thing it really helps me zero in on is “show vs tell” – the difference becomes so much clearer in audio, I think. A lot of my pubbed friends will dictate their book to themselves as a round of revisions and I think it’s a fabulous idea, you’ll catch when a cadence is off, pick up on words that are missing, etc.

      And Happy 21st Anny! How exciting- yes, you MUST find a way to go back to Italy!!! The girls do visit Italy on the trip, (that’s Sadie’s pick – who’s story is Book 4), she’s a shop-aholic with a shoe problem and LOVES Milan).

      Thanks for hosting me on the Rubies today and for saying hi!

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  2. Elizabeth King says:

    Hi Melonie
    Love the sound of your book – can’t walk past a hot Scot!
    I think my problem would be choosing just one spot for a dream vacation. I would really love to go back to Scotland and this time make it to the places we couldn’t get to because of snow last time! In particular, my dad is from a small island off the west coast that’s hard to get to. I could do research for a hot Scot historical book too!
    See you in San Diego.

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    • Melonie says:

      I know, right? I mean, if your fantasy lands right in front of you, what’s a girl supposed to do?

      Speaking of fantasies, a small island of the west coast of Scotland sounds wonderful. Logan, the Sexy Scot of the title, hails from Kyle of Lochalsh, on the northwest coast. I’m crossing my fingers a “research trip” to Scotland and Wales is in my future 🙂

      See you in San Diego, fellow Mermaid!

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  3. Loooooove the sound of that sexy Scott! My dream vacation with my besties would be to Santa Fe, where one of my all-time favorite writers, Armistead Maupin, rents out his stunning home. When not lounging in the hot tub overlooking the high desert, we’d be eating at Café Pasqual and enjoying margaritas at Coyote Cafe, then exploring the galleries and wandering through the farmers’ market. All inspiration for the perfect writers retreat 🙂 Can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

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    • Melonie says:

      Sounds like you’ve thought this through a little bit 😉 And it sounds amazing, I want to come!!!

      Thanks for stopping by, see you in San Diego, can’t wait to have some margaritas with you!

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  4. Oh my, I love your blurb! And the series idea! How fun!, and yeah, I love a sexy Scot:)!

    Dream vacation? I am a travel addict and adore beaches and oceans. I love Maui. And every Carribean Island. But for me and my besties, I’d say a cruise, probably of the Greek Islands, starting in Venice. Sigh. Why? lol. Why not? 😍😎😎
    Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego.

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Denny! I’d never have guessed the woman who has pics of her with Sam aka Jamie Fraser likes Scots and kilts 😉 But truly, what’s not to love.

      I’ve never been on a cruise and always wanted t, and the pics I’ve seen of the Greek Isles are breathtaking, so I think you’ve just added something to my bucket list!!

      See you in San Diego 🙂

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  5. Omg, that sounds like so much fun!! And, the audiobook thing sounds interesting too!

    I would probably pick Scotland just because of all the books I’ve read set there and it’s one place I’ve never been.

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Laura, thanks for stopping by 🙂
      I think Scotland is high on the list for many romance readers, crossing my fingers you get to visit Scotland one day!

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  6. Seana Kelly says:

    Great interview, Melonie! I can’t wait to read your series! It sounds fabulous ❤️. A sexy Scotsman in a kilt?
    As for dream vacations, I might try to horn in on Gabrielle’s because hers sounds amazing 😄. If I was planning my own trip with my friends (and not Gabrielle’s), I probably choose New Orleans, London, or Paris. They are three of my favorite cities.
    I’m looking forward to meeting you in person in SD!

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Seana! I know, right? We may have to talk Gabrielle into planning a Mermaid retreat at that place sometime…hmm….

      New Orleans, London, Paris – all great choices! I actually got engaged in New Orleans at the turn of the Millennium & we visited London on our honeymoon. Haven’t been to Paris yet…YET. France was heroine Cassie’s choice, as she was hoping for romance in the city of love, but all she fell in love with there was the coffee. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by, Mermaid! See you in SD!

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      • Gabrielle says:

        Ooh, Mermaid retreat! I would happily arrange it. 😀 And can I be your guide for Paris. 5 years there taught me all the tricks!

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  7. Rayn Ellis says:

    Congrats on the 2016 GH Final Melonie! Awesome story concept!! I look forward to reading it one day!

    Dream get-away? EVERYWHERE! I’d love to take a year or two and travel the globe-deserts, oceans, cities, and everything I between!

    Can’t wait to meet you in SD!

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    • Melonie says:

      Thanks Rayn, and Congrats to you too!
      Sigh, a trip like that would be the best ever. I have a cousin who did that – he sold his company, took a few years off and traveled the world. Like – everywhere – north, south, east, west, he was there. I was pretty young at the time and didn’t fully appreciate how amazing what he did was – now, I’m totally jealous!

      See you in San Diego 🙂

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  8. Karen Miller says:

    Hi Melonie,
    Greetings from the Wisconsin side of the border! Your story sounds like a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to read it. In fact, I hope you get the rest written too, because I do love a good series!

    There are so many places to see, but if I’m going somewhere with my writing besties, then I’d like any house in a serene location (on a lake perhaps?) with lots of room for us to spread out to write, but also a place to come together in the evenings. And maybe a handsome butler keeping us fortified with food and drinks…

    See you in San Diego!

    – Karen Miller

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    • Melonie says:

      Hey there Karen! I’m a WisRWA member too and make it up to the Milwaukee area meetings when I can. Oh, a retreat by a lake sounds devine and Wisconsin has so many perfect places for something like this! Later this summer we’re taking a family trip up to the Northwoods to stay in a cabin and visit my grandmother, who lives in Rhinelander.

      Congrats on your GH Final and on your Fire and Ice win! See you in SD 🙂

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  9. Diane Holiday says:

    Loved your interview! How cool that you do audio books. I can’t wait to hear your voice at conference. LOL. I’ll totally be thinking about how you would sound on the tapes. I’m not surprised you are involved in theater. You have an engaging personality online. I love the kilt idea. Good luck!
    Diane 🙂

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    • Melonie says:

      Hey Diane, hi!
      Haha, funny you say that, when close friends listened to my first release, they didn’t recognize my voice at first. I guess I really got into character 😉 The book I’m currently working on has been challenging, English accents and some male and elderly voices – I was definitely digging deep and using what I learned in those Voice and Diction classes from college!
      Can’t wait to meet you too! Less than a month now, wheee!

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  10. Tracy Brody says:

    There are so many places I want to visit – an am fortunate to have taken friends to Kiawah Island, SC, but the dream place I want to go is Costa Rica to zip line through the jungle, go white water rafting, snorkeling and lie on a beautiful beach and stay in a house with a gorgeous view. I even picked out a place on Airbnb. As hero for next books wants to go there – for some adeventures – I’ll have to see about making it a tax-deductible trip. 😉

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    • Melonie says:

      Hey Tracy, thanks for stopping by! My reply is below somewhere, because I was failing at multi-tasking and pressed the wrong reply button. :/

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  11. Robbin Luckett says:

    I can’t wait to see this book in print! And the “Series” to follow. Love your humor and want to know more about this sexy Scott! Best of luck!

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    • Melonie says:

      From your lips to the Publishing Gods’ ears… Thanks for stopping by Robbin, my Chicago-North sister 🙂 Your constant support means so much to me. Hugs!

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  12. Melonie says:

    Zip lining, white water rafting, snorkeling – what an adventure!!!

    Airbnb can be dangerous – so much temptation!

    Hope you can make it work and you get to go on your “research” trip – when it happens, I want pictures!!!

    See you in SD, Mermaid 🙂

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  13. Oh I cannot WAIT to read that book! Speaking as one of your Chicago-North/Windy City chapter mates, I’m SO excited and happy for you on the GH nomination and all you’ve accomplished both for yourself and in service to the chapters. Pretty soon, the whole world will know how awesome those Sexy Scots are 🙂

    If my bestie and I were going on a trip together, it would probably be to someplace to multitask: a wonderful spa/resort, tennis, golf, and historical implications 🙂 so I’d pick the Carlisle Bay Hotel in Antigua.

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    • Melonie says:

      Thanks Pamala, I had to a lot to live up to, some of those former C-N Presidents were pretty darn amazing – speaking of, thanks for all you’ve done for the chapter as well!

      Of course you’d want to multi-task on vacation, it’s in your blood, isn’t it. I totally understand (and am guilty of the same). I’ve always been curious about Antigua – googling that hotel right now!

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  14. Melanie Novak says:

    Congratulations Melonie!

    I’m fascinated by your career as an audio book narrator. I love audio books so much…for 10 years I had a long commute and audio books turned that time into fun time. I’m to the point now where I look for the narrator’s name even before the author’s because I think a good one makes such a difference.

    Hmm….dream vacation? I have to admit that I’m not particularly well-traveled, so there’s lots of places I’d like to go, but I think I’d say London is at the top of the list. So much history and duh…the accents.

    Plus a side trip to Scotland to see if I could catch a sexy Scot of my own!

    -Melanie

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    • Melonie says:

      I’m still in the very early stages, so I don’t know i f I can call it a career yet – but I’ll have three books out by the fall and I’ve learned so much with each one. I’m definitely getting better at is as I go and I enjoy it, so I certainly hope it can grow into a career – my “champagne problem” would be juggling the audiobook gigs while writing my next best selling novel 😉

      And London – great choice! So much history, so much to do. In this story, Cassie and Logan take a supper cruise on the Thames, and it’s totally inspired by the my same cruise my husband and I took on our honeymoon.

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  15. Lynne says:

    Great interview. Can’t wait to see the complete set of the Sometimes series on my bookshelf someday!

    Dream vacation — the Highlands, natch, but a close runner up would be a cool, shady mountain cabin with nothing to do but hike, eat, sleep, read and write. Though I request no dangerous cliffs, bears, lions, snakes, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats or flies. If you know of such a place, sign me up! (-:

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    • Melonie says:

      How about a mountain cabin in the Highlands? What an epic Portland Midwest trip that would be. Thanks for all your support and love, remember what we said – 2016 is our year – we got this! 🙂

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  16. Jena Mertz says:

    Hi Melonie,
    Love the idea of your series. Travel, friends, romance and Scots! Can’t wait to read them.

    For my dream vacation…with three school age kids I’d love to go anywhere I can sit and eat my food while it is still warm. Maybe even read a book in peace.

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    • Melonie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Jena!
      So a trip with a nanny for the girls, eh? I know, in the trenches of raising kids, sometimes a shower with no one banging on the door is a vacation. 😉

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  17. Erin Brambilla says:

    EEK! I’m still so excited for you on this Golden Heart journey, Melonie! And I can’t wait to see SEXY SCOT on the shelves, my shelf specifically :).

    Dream vacation…what if Portland Midwest went to Portland-Portland?! Otherwise Italy is still on my bucket list.

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  18. Melonie says:

    Squee! I am so glad you will be there with me this summer 🙂

    And YESSSSSSSSSS Portland to Portland – best Girls’ Road Trip ever!

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  19. My besties are a group of five ladies who take vacations together (without kids and without spouses.) Thanks to them, I’ve already done a bunch of bucket list stuff.

    But we’ve never left the United States… so that would have to be my dream vacay with the Crazy Lady Quintet. Preferably someplace where the wine flows freely.

    Can’t wait to meet you in person!

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    • Melonie says:

      “The Crazy Lady Quintet” haha – love it! And if the 5 of you do take a European Vacation, you’d be just like my books 😉

      Ditto – see you soon fellow Mermaid!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      DEFINITELY needs to be a place where the wine flows freely. I’ve seen the Facebook pics of your get-togethers…..

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  20. Jody Allen says:

    Though I love Scotland and been many times, I think I would love to do a tour of Southern France, Spain and Northern Italy along the routes the Knights Templar with my daughter who has sense for finding unique off the beaten track places to eat and stay.

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    • Melonie says:

      That sounds like an amazing Mom/Daughter trip 🙂 And what a gift your daughter has – I much prefer to try something unique and local then unauthentic and touristy.

      Thanks for stopping by Jody!

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  21. Hi Melonie,

    Congratulations on being a GH finalist. Your premise for Sexy Scot sounds like a fun read. I’m sure it was fun to write. I’m pulling for you!

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  22. Nicole Hohmann says:

    Hi Melonie,
    You nailed that book description! It’s enticing and sounds like a fun ride. To pick one place in Europe is hard! Maybe Tuscany but I want to go to Lisbon next. Good luck on the award!
    Nicole

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    • Melonie says:

      Thanks Nicole! It was lovely to meet you at Spring Fling, too bad we didn’t actually get to talk more.
      Oooh, Lisbon – that’s in Portugal, right? I hear it’s supposed to have some to be beautiful beaches. So here’s an odd thing, my husband co-hosts a videogame podcast that is quite popular in Portugal. Recently he did an interview for a Portuguese gaming website… who knew?

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      • Melonie says:

        I don’t know how “to be” beautiful ended up in there. I assume the beaches already are beautiful, they’ll be even more beautiful when you’re there, Mermaid 🙂

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  23. Maria Powers says:

    What a fun sounding book and I love the critique chapter. I need to get there at some point to see how this works.

    Best friend vacation. Hmmm, this is so hard. I’ve got too many different groups of friends. Okay, there’s a house that I found for rent at a lake shore in Northern Michigan. It sleeps up to twenty. I’d want to rent it for the whole summer – Memorial Day through Labor Day and then have my various friends and family come for a week. My writer friends and I could have a week long writing retreat. My high school friends and I could go antiquing and boating. My Kim-Jody friends (there are two Kims and two Jodysin the group) and I could jet ski… you get the drift. This would be the perfect dream vacation for me. Happy just thinking about it.

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    • Melonie says:

      Sigh, I know. Dreaming of a vacation can sometimes be almost as fun as going on one – er, almost. The five friends of my series use planning their dream vacation as a coping mechanism to get through the college grind together. And renting a house for the whole summer and inviting different groups all the way through, what a fabulous idea. It would be like one one-stop party for you 🙂

      And yes! You need to get to a C-N meeting ASAP, you won’t regret it!!

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  24. Hi Melonie,

    Congrats again on your nomination! I have fingers AND toes crossed for you. The concept for this book is so clever, and I’m sure the whole series will be spectacular. (I’m laughing a bit though because the hero in my first book is named Logan Reed! He’s not Scottish, though!)

    My dream vacations are cruises: sun, sand, all the food you can eat, plus you get to visit a whole bunch of places all in the course of one vacation.

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Debra! That’s funny about the similar name, hey, it has a great hero feel to it 🙂 Reid has Scottish/Gaelic connotations to the word red, and my Logan is a ginger, which is why I chose it. 🙂

      Man, I’m really thinking I’m going to have to try a cruise one day (do they have one with unlimited cocktails?)We almost booked a Disney cruise when they announced the special Star Wars themed cruises, but when I crunched the numbers, I couldn’t justify it. We’re saving up to hopefully take a family trip to Scotland and Wales next summer.

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  25. Susanna Malcolm says:

    You’ve got some interesting stuff going on! My dream destination is Europe, I’d love to go back to Paris. But hey, I’ll settle for San Diego this summer! See you there.

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    • Melonie says:

      Right? I’ve never been to the west coast before, and the husband hasn’t either, so he’s planning to join me mid-conference. Oh my, a few nights in sunny California without our kids…woot!

      See you in San Diego, fellow Mermaid!

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  26. Your story sounds like such fun!

    I’d love to go back to visit Great Britain especially now that I’ve done some genealogy and can trace ancestors back there.

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Carrie, thanks for stopping by!

      Great Britain is fab for research, how cool that you’re tracking down your ancestors!

      See you in San Diego, Mermaid!

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  27. Sonali says:

    Hi Melonie!

    This was such a great interview! I can’t wait to read your book, especially since I already love your voice!
    I did actually recently take a trip with my high school besties to Bangkok. It was every bit as fun as we’d dreamed it would be.

    Many hugs and Congratulations again!

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    • Melonie says:

      Thanks for stopping by gorgeous!
      Speaking of gorgeous, I remember the pics you shared on FB of that trip – looked like you all had an amazing time and what fantastic memories you must have made.
      I appreciate all your love and support and I am proud to be a part of your sisterhood 🙂

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  28. Tosha Sumner says:

    Melonie, I really enjoyed getting to know about your cool audiobook narrating career. I love how you’re blending your two loves into something you sound super excited about. Your GH book sounds fabulous as well. If I could go anywhere with some of my girlfriends, I’d probably pick Spain. In fact, I really need to go there for some book research – so yeah – that’s my choice. I can’t wait to meet you in SD.

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Tosh – can’t wait to meet you too! And yes, that’s exactly it, I get to combine two things I love and maybe (hopefully) make a few $ doing it 🙂

      Oh Spain. YES. This is the heroine of the fifth and last book in the series, Ana’s choice.

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  29. Hi Melonie! Love the novel premise and the narration career. Way to go! If I had to pick a place to go with friends? hmmm … Monte Carlo. It is walkable with museums and cafes and the arts and the beach — literally something for everyone.

    Sending you big hugs!

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    • Melonie says:

      Hi Diana, thanks for stopping by! Funny you mention Monte Carlo – the girls do visit here, and Cassie has a very odd experience 😉

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  30. Elisa Beatty says:

    Thanks again for being with us, Melonie!!

    The winners of the $5 Starbucks cards and codes for one of your audiobooks are:

    Pamala Knight
    Jena Mertz
    Jody Allen

    I’ll put you in touch with them today!

    See you in San Diego!

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  31. Hi Melonie

    Sorry I missed the party. The book sounds fantastic – who wouldn’t love a sexy Scot?

    My degree is in theatre, too. But I went more of the film direction after school, than theatre. And yes, I think all my time working with plays and scripts definitely helped my dialogue!!

    Good luck with the audio books, it sounds like a fantastic fit for you. 🙂

    Looking forward to mermaid drinks in San Diego!

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    • Melonie says:

      Better late than never, right! A fellow Thespian! Looking forward to mixing up some of that Mermaid water and toasting with you and all the Mermaids!

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