Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Melanie Jayne today.
I live on a grain farm southeast of Indianapolis, Indiana with my very patient husband of twenty-five years and our two English Mastiffs, Buster Brown and Ginger. I graduated from Indiana University when it was the #1 party school in the country and I took great pride in helping the school achieve that ranking.
I haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I change careers every decade. I have worked in retail, a federal courtroom, travelled across the state closing loans, and behind the scenes in a casino.
I’ve always had an active imagination so when a good friend suggested that I try writing a book, I thought why not, it should be fun. It has, but I have had to work very hard to learn how to do it. I am so lucky for the outpouring of advice and education from so many in the industry, plus the hand-holding and cheerleading from My Gurls. I also have an incredible Ad-man-istrative Assistant, who tries to keep me under control. He rolls his eyes so much that I worry about a permanent condition.
When I ‘m not working or writing type stuff, I sleep, watch courtroom TV shows, and sports. I was a competitive pro-am ballroom dancer for ten years and I read as many books as I can.
I love to attend Author-Reader Conventions and look forward to meeting you.
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. I love to read and in the last three years, I have depended upon blogs to steer me to the best reads.
I’ve listed three books/series that I recommend.
The Reed Brothers Series by Tammy Falkner Amazon * Barnes & Noble * KOBO * iBooks I heard about this series from a blog. We meet the Reed Brothers who own a tattoo shop in New York City. Their mother is dead and their father had deserted them. The oldest raised his four younger brothers. We watch them fall in love and their circle widens to add friends and band-mates. Ms. Falkner creates characters that face challenges that you don’t typically find in romance: Hearing impaired, Dyslexia, a rape survivor, an ex-con, physically challenged, emotionally abused, Cancer and death to name a few. The theme of romantic love and familial love (biological and by choice) is strong throughout.
Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle Amazon * Barnes & Noble * KOBO * iBooks This was also a recommendation from a blog. It is New Adult and yes there are a lot of tears. Ms. Halle has the amazing ability to set a scene so well that I swear I could smell the sea spray and feel the cold of the mountain breeze. It is because of that skill that these stories scared the crap out of me. We meet and follow an unlikely pair who create an online paranormal investigation show. The books are fast paced and I fell hard for Dex, the hero who made me hot and pissed me off at the same time. Since finishing the series I can tell you that I will never stay in an isolated mountain cabin, nor will I ever look at the waves break over the beach without looking for coffins.
Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha Amazon * Barnes & Noble * KOBO * iBooks I’m looking forward to the release of this book. I’m obsessed with this dystopian erotic series. This book will feature four damaged characters and their mutual attraction. I can’t wait to learn the secrets of Jade, Mad, Doc and Scarlet. Plus I find it fascinating when writers mix four characters but I am certain that the writing team of Kit Rocha will do a masterful job. I’m also curious to see how things are going in Sector Four with the O’Kanes. This is the first series that I have read where I can keep the numerous characters straight. I am notorious for getting confused and even mixing characters from different series into other author’s books. From Book One, I’ve known the O’Kanes and I care about each and every one of them. O’Kane for Life.
New From Melanie Jayne
Fifteen years ago the hometown princess ran away…
Her prince, Finn Webber, has moved on but he never forgot his heartbreak.
Now, Hale Cameron, his lost love, is back and he is curious. This new Hale is smart, sassy and sexy.
Hale is back home and all grown up. She’s smarter and sassier. But there are still things she needs to resolve, one of which is Finn Webber, the guy whose heart she broke. She hopes he can forgive her for her past mistakes. What she doesn’t expect is his reaction to her.
Time may have passed, but old feelings are still alive. Find out what happens when the hometown princess comes home and discovers that her prince isn’t as immune to her as she believed.
Fifteen Years Ago
Hale Cameron looked around the small apartment slowly, trying to memorize every nook and cranny. It was Finn’s apartment, but after their engagement, she’d been there almost every night. She’d moved more of her things into the space that Finn had willingly shared. Then, as the preparations for the Glass trial took more and more of Finn’s time, she’d stayed over less and less.
“Honey, the clock’s ticking. What’s left to do?” her dad asked quietly.
“Everything’s packed and loaded. I think we’re done here,” Hale replied as she circled the living room, touching a book on one of the shelves, straightening the antique hourglass that she had given Finn during their first Christmas together.
“I thought there would be more of your stuff here.” Hale focused on Jasmine Wayne Benton, her best friend since infancy. Jasmine looked like she wanted to make a run for the door.
“You can go. Thanks for all of your help. I know this puts you in a tough position.” Jasmine’s fiancé was Finn’s best friend. She’d have to explain to him, and therefore Finn, why Hale was leaving. How could she explain what she didn’t understand?
Jasmine took a deep breath as she approached Hale. “I just want you to be happy. You could stay, maybe you and Finn could work things out. I don’t want you to leave.”
Hale hugged her friend. “I have to go, Jazz. I need to get away from this town. I need to figure out who I am and I can’t do it here.”
“I would help you.”
“I know you would, but I need to do this on my own.”
“I wish you would wait and talk to Finn. What time is he supposed to get back?”
“The interview with Channel 8 News is being taped at three and after that he has to meet with a reporter from the Indianapolis Star. He’ll be tied up for hours. He might not even miss me until tomorrow.”
“He should never have taken on the job of representing Doug Glass.”
“That was just a part of our many problems. The Glass case will make his career. He’s a media star for winning the case. You know how important that is to him.”
Jasmine pulled Hale’s left hand into hers and gently rubbed the now unadorned ring finger. “He loves you. This is going to kill him.”
“I tried and tried to tell him that I was unhappy. He was either too busy to talk, or told me that I should be happy that he treated me like a princess.” Bitterness crept into her tone. “I don’t want to be that kind of woman.”
“You mean like me?” Jasmine turned defensive.
“No, not like you. You’re doing what you want, right? You love Izzy. You’re going to graduate and teach kids. Have the career you chose. Someday you’ll have some kids of your own, run the PTA, and be a great mom. Finn’s plan for me is to enjoy our engagement, be pretty, smile, and attend dinners, and then after we marry, stay at home and join charity committees. I would be his accessory. That’s not me. I want to be a partner, and I want my voice to be heard. I need to find out who I am so I can have a voice.”
“Can’t the two of you work this out?”
“Finn wants to give that life to his wife. I don’t want it. These past months have been miserable. I can’t live like this.”
Jasmine started to speak but Hale cut her off. “I’m going to miss you, but I have to go somewhere that my family’s name means nothing. Somewhere I’m not judged by my mama’s actions or my daddy’s money. I’ve done nothing to earn my place, everything I have comes from family money. I need to figure out who I am and I can’t do that here. Plus, there’s a part of me that’s broken and the only person that can fix me is me.”
Hale kissed Jasmine’s cheek and gave her one last hug. She watched her best friend walk to the door and leave.