Melinda is a traveler of the world. Born in Louisiana, raised in New Mexico, past resident of Guatemala and lover of Paris and New York City. Many of Melinda’s stories take place in locations she’s discovered on her travels — such as Time Out, Valentine in Portland, Oregon; New York Minute in NYC and Argentina; Trouble with Gold in Switzerland; One Lucky Night in Boston and Ireland; and, lastly, Time Changes Everything based in NYC and Louisiana. Hence Melinda’s motto: Love & Amor Around the World.
When Melinda isn’t traveling, she’s addicted to reality T.V. You’ll find her watching The Bachelorette on Monday nights and binge watching America’s Next Top Model.
Let’s Get To Know Melinda Dozier
Q: Pick a super-power and tell us what you’d do with it.
A: All-Knowing Super Woman — I’d love to have knowledge of all things, like a walking, talking encyclopedia. Then I wouldn’t have to google all my questions.
Q: What’s your favorite AND least favorite thing about being a writer/author?
A: My favorite thing about being a writer is being able to do something I love. My least favorite thing is my time being sucked away quickly by meaningless activities (such as my reality TV addiction.) I have so many ideas, but so little time to write them all, especially if I’m too busy watching Catfish on MTV.
About Time Changes Everything by Melinda Dozier
Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn’t want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he’s a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn’t interested in commitment. He’s successful, sexy, and single–and that’s how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he’s ready to give her his heart?
His eyes devoured her. Every move she made was like a dish in itself. She leaned over the sweet potatoes, stirring them, round and round, and she bent to check the turkey in the oven. He almost fell over checking out her ass. In his defense, it was a nice ass. She held back her hair, so it wouldn’t dip into her concoction and hummed a tune he didn’t recognize. The back of her neck glistened like white chocolate waiting to be nibbled.
“So, what’s up with you?” Amanda asked. “You mad about something?”
He looked down. He’d mashed the potatoes to mush. He set the utensil down, looking around to keep his thoughts at bay. “I’m just surprised you invited me here.”
“Why would you be surprised? We’re both in New York and we don’t have time to go home until Christmas. We grew up toge –”
“I mean, I’m a man and you were quite clear the other day that you don’t want a man in your life.” He grabbed a rag from the counter and rung it in his hands. Their talk from the bagel shop still rang in his head.
“Jake, you’re not just any man. You’re a good friend.”
So, he was just a good friend.
He sighed. Not okay.
“Well, no matter, I’m a man and I took offense to your comment the other day.” Jake slapped the rag over his shoulder.
“Look who’s talking. Shouldn’t I take offense to how you treat women? Go on a date, sleep with them, and never call again.” Amanda tore open a bag of marshmallows and threw them on top of the sweet potatoes.
“I never did that to you.”
“Right. But you sure did lead me on with that kiss. You said you would come back and then you just left.” Amanda shoved a serving dish his way and nodded to the mashed potatoes.
Jake grabbed the dish and pointed it at her. “That was seven years ago. And it was different.”
“Why should I want a man in my life after being treated like that?”
“Hey, you can’t blame me for that. Anyway, we kissed that night. I didn’t force you, may I remind you. And, we’re talking about today, not seven years ago.” Jake scooped the mash potatoes into the serving dish with swift movements.
She grabbed the mashed potatoes from him and slammed it against the counter on the opposite side of the kitchen. She stood with her back to him and sighed. “I don’t want to fight.”
He walked behind her, placed his hand on her shoulder and moved her hair to the side so he could see her neck. She shivered. His finger trailed a line from her ear to her shoulder. “There’s lots of things we can do instead of fight.”
Amanda lifted her head and a tiny gasp came from her throat. Then she turned to face him and shook her head. “What’s going on with us?”
His fingertips brushed lightly over a cheek. “Hell if I know.”
She closed her eyes. “I can’t be hurt by you again.”
He stopped stroking her and nodded. “I don’t want to hurt you.”
“Then why are you doing this?” she whispered.
He scooted her back and put his arms around her, holding onto the counter. “We both feel it. Don’t give me any of that friends crap, Mandy. We’ve grown up. Things change. And I bet you want to kiss me as much as I want to kiss you right now.”
My favorite quote from Time Changes Everything is:
Jake tortured her past and now he crawled back into her present.