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State of the Mel #11 and a new book!

Every so often I do one of these posts, mostly for new followers at various places to catch folks up on who I am, what I do and an update for everyone on what I’m working on. It’s been a while because 2017 had the crazy writing schedule, a back injury, a broken arm and then my darling Dad passed away. Because of all of that 2018 has been weird and slow and strange and a bit of a roller coaster. But today, the free read I started on Wattpad earlier this year is out in all it’s revised and edited glory. Wicked Games is the start of a new urban fantasy for me. It’s slightly futuristic, there’s magic, there’s hot computer geeks, there’s lots of good things. Grab a copy And yes, I’m still working on The Unbound Queen. It’s been slow but it’s growing. But otherwise, for all about me, read 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 romance as Melanie Scott and Emma Douglas. Selfies are good. Have a selfie. Yes, I’m wearing my hair wavy now. It’s taken me this long to work out how to do so (check out The Curly Girl method and the MAP method if you want to know more). 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 and now the TechWitch series. Currently sorting out the schedule for the next few M.J. books so hopefully news on that soon. 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

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Want a free read?

So I am working away on The Unbound Queen (book three of The Four Arts series) but sometimes the muse needs a bit on the side to play with so I’ve also been toying with an urban fantasy and have decided to publish it bit by bit on Wattpad. It’s called Wicked Games and the first two chapters are up now and you can read them here. (Wattpad is free to join). I have a rough draft that I’m revising and editing as I go along and the plan is to publish a new chapter about every two weeks. Because it’s a work in progress, there may be rough spots etc. I hope you’ll check it out.

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A year in books #12

Most of us were fairly glad to see the back of 2016. Apparently 2017 took that as some sort of challenge to continue to give us all a hard time. It is not going down as my fave year in history. I had injuries and my darling dad passed away and other life shizz went on for me and for people I love. But there was good among the bad (new kitten, I released four books, I managed to get a bit fitter and do some fun things) and, as usual, books were one of the ways I got through it all (blogging was not as there would have been a lot of cranky whining, I think but maybe 2018 will be a more blog friendly year). Goodreads informs me I read or re-read 146 books this year, so that’s about the same as last year. Possibly a few more as I may have forgotten to enter some (and don’t always put in the non fiction I read). I had good intentions of reading a lot of the unread books sitting on my kindle and while I definitely made a bit of a dent in that list, the siren song of new books by fave authors remained impossible to resist. There are worse addictions :D. I can’t quite believe this is the twelfth year I’ve done this list but my blog insists it is! So, for the twelfth time, here are some of my favourite books this year. Tam Lin by Pamela Dean. I blogged about this one. Old book but new to me and I think I need to re-read it soon. Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman. I like her blog and her book is good no nonsense sweary advice on getting your shizz together. The three additions

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No Place Like You is out today!

It’s release day for No Place Like You, the third Cloud Bay book. Hope you enjoy Zach and Leah’s story! If you like reunion romances, rockstars or doughnuts, this one’s for you 😀 Grab a copy here!

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Release day for The Forbidden Heir!

Yippee! The Forbidden Heir is out today! I hope you all enjoy this next instalment of Sophie and Cameron’s adventures. Grab a copy at: Amazon iBooks Kobo Nook Play The paperback is also available at Amazon and I’ll post again they start appearing elsewhere. If you’re a blogger who is interested in reviewing, drop me a line via my website (and you can also sign up to my blogger list here to find out about new releases and ARCs in the future). Happy reading!

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