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A cover of much prettiness

Hi all, popping in to share the gorgeous cover for No Place Like You, Book 3 in my Cloud Bay series written as Emma Douglas. I’m officially in love with this cover and have been having a ball writing Leah and Zach’s book. Can’t wait for you all to be able to read it. There’s been a lot of writing and lots of deadlines for the first five months of this year but hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in some more blogging after June. But otherwise, come play with me on Facebook or get some glimpses of what else I’m up to on my Instagram! And if you want to see some of the images inspiring these books, check out my Cloud Bay Pinterest board.

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The digital detox…sounds scary but I’m doing it anyway

In news from me, I’m doing a digital detox for the next 7 days. Why do such a thing, you may ask? One, because I’m on deadline. Two, because I’ve been inspired by the lovely Scarlett Cole and Robin Covington who did a digital detox last month. Scarlett’s blog about her experience is an interesting read. When she first mentioned she was going offline for a week on FB, my immediate reaction was “no way” followed by feeling a bit ill at the thought. Which was then followed by “well, if that’s my reaction, I should think about doing it myself”. Then I read Deep Work and thought it made a lot of sense. I have a lot of deadlines and writing to do this year. Writing takes focus. Extended periods of focus. And I need to feed the well in healthier ways than mindless scrolling. More doing/enjoying the kinds of activities in the pics.  Less watching cat videos and getting annoyed by things that are wrong on the internet :D. Why do I need a digital detox? Like a lot of people, I’m online a lot. Too much, really. I cut down a bit on social media earlier in the year but can feel my online time creeping back up now. There are parts of the internet I love and parts that definitely feed my creativity (hello, instagram and online art/craft classes).So it’s not all bad but it’s definitely not all good. And being entirely offline isn’t an option given both my jobs. The internet has become a habit for most of us. One we hardly notice we’re indulging in. I know for me, it’s a major source of procrastination fodder. Procrastinating the old fashioned way via reading and craft and baking and housecleaning is, if not productive writing wise, at least productive in other

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A new cover!

The Forbidden Heir has a cover! A gorgeous cover designed by the very talented Katie Anderson. I’m still writing the book but it’s progressing well now, so the current plan is for it to be released mid-year. If you want to know exactly when then perhaps sign up to my M.J newsletter (you also get a fun freebie) or keep your eye on the blog.

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On book resistance and discoveries

I have a history of avoiding books I should buy. Or dithering about buying them. Of picking them up and putting them down in book stores or seeing someone talk about them online and thinking “that sounds like me” and then not following them up. I have met some of my fave books this way. Sort of sidling up to them, becoming unconvinced and wandering off again before finally buying them and then kicking myself for putting it off for so long when they turn out to be awesome. I did this with Robin McKinley’s Sunshine (one of my all time fave books), with the Black Jewels books by Anne Bishop, with Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. I think I even did it with Pratchett (and him I didn’t even buy initially, I had a friend with his books and borrowed them relentlessly until I started  set acquiring my own). Put off by odd covers or uninspiring blurbs or, these days, by lack of an e-book. I was probably better about taking a chance on books when I was a more regular library user (when I changed day jobs a few years back I left a day job location that was only a block from a library) and when there were more bookstores to wander into and browse. Anyway this is a round about start to a bit of a book rave about the latest in my “why didn’t I buy this years ago book”. I have been aware of the existence of Tam Lin by Pamela Dean for a quite a long time. I mean, another of my all time fave books is Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones which is also a re-telling of Tam Lin and you often here the two mentioned in close proximity. Maybe that

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Happy 2017!

Seeing as the blogging fell away a bit in the second half of last year due to Life Stuff TM, I thought I’d kick off the year with a modified version of one of my semi-regular State of the Mel posts. 2016 was, as it seemed to be for most people, a bit of a slog of a year. But even though it had its challenges, ending the year with a new tiny torti in residence to fill the gap left by the Fuzzy Girl (while still working on convincing the big torti that this is a Good Thing TM) and an ankle that is well on the mend post op means onwards and upward! So here’s to a 2017 filled with more good things than challenging ones and happiness and health and good reads for all. And for those who might be new around here or those who follow along…the rest is a bit about me and what I’m working on. Who am I? I’m Melanie Scott (most commonly answering to Mel). I write books. Specifically I write fantasy (dark and urban) as M.J. Scott and contemporary romance as Melanie Scott. Selfies are good. Have a selfie. I’ve been growing my hair a little and my hairdresser go fancy. Note to self, learn how to curl own hair 😀   M.J writes dark fantasy (the Half-Light City series which is now finished and The Four Arts series which began with THE SHATTERED COURT) and urban fantasy (The Wild Side series). Currently working on THE FORBIDDEN HEIR, the sequel to THE SHATTERED COURT with the aim of that being out this year. Melanie writes the New York Saints series. Book 1 in that series THE DEVIL IN DENIM came out in August 2014. Publisher’s Weekly picked it as one of their Top 10 Fall 2014 romances, so that

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