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.Continue Reading . . .
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 thatContinue Reading . . .
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 thatContinue Reading . . .
Well, 2016. That was a…year. But one in which I managed to read quite a few good books for the first time. (I think I read or re-read over 150 books again this year). I even took pics of a few. This year I think I read more contemporary romance, less historical romance and probably more non fiction in the form of art books but I don’t always remember to track my non fiction. Still listening to audiobooks though they largely continue to be re-listens (aka books I’ve read). So in keeping with my tradition for the last cough-splutter-something years, here’s a list of some of my faves. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (well, really the whole series which I glommed in about four days). Great YA urban fantasy. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This is a lovely novella about what happens to the children who get sucked into fantasy adventures/worlds when they come back. Many feels. There’s another in this series coming in 2017 so hurray! PS Seanan’s Toby Daye UF series is another fave. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Not sure how I hadn’t read this already but great Australian YA. Kings Rising by CS Pacat – a great finish to her Captive Prince trilogy. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold. If you read this blog, it’s not news that I love Bujold and the Vorkosigan series. This latest installment was surprising and charming. The audio version is probably my fave audiobook of the year. I also really enjoyed her two Penric novellas set in her Five Gods world. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson continues to be one of my fave UF heroines. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maass. Gotta love book 2 in aContinue Reading . . .
2016 has been a bit of an up and down year. Lost a kitty. Gained a kitten. Finalled in the RITA, had an ankle reconstruction. Lost a few idols, wrote a few books, read a few books. Now I traditionally wrap up the year with a fave books of 2016 post on New Year’s Eve but last year I also did a other favorite things of the year post and I thought that would be a good thing to continue as we all need a bit of a reminder that there’s still a lot of good stuff in the world. And here’s some of it that I enjoy. Movies Arrival The Force Awakens Rogue One For The Love of Spock Bridget Jones Baby Captain America – Civil War Florence Foster Jenkins Spotlight Ghostbusters TV Grey’s Anatomy Mozart in the Jungle Sherlock Scandal The Crown Line of Duty Jessica Jones Longmire Victoria Lucifer Elementary Love Sick Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life (not perfect but nostalgic feels) The Night Manager Doctor Doctor QI Music Adele – 25 Still all about the Taylor And the Hamilton And other than that many, many listens of various book soundtracks Podcasts Chat 10 Looks 3 Conversations with Richard Fidler Ramblings The Pen Addict Undisclosed No Such Thing As A Fish Witch Please The West Wing Weekly Other things Got back into embroidery Kept doing the watercolour thing Started playing with Copic Markers Instagram Fave cookbook of the year is Simply Nigella Still bullet journalling Ankle renovations have meant am slowly getting back to the walking and (shock horror) swimming. What were some of your fave things this year?Continue Reading . . .