Monday, October 11, 2010


As promised, here's the back cover copy for HIGHLANDER'S CURSE, scheduled to hit bookstores everywhere March 29, 2011 ~

When Colin MacAlister is cursed by the Faerie Queen and ends up in the bed of a twenty-first century woman — who also happens to be the most beautiful creature he’s ever laid eyes on — he’s torn between anger and lust. Colin is determined to see Scotland free of English control and must return to the fourteenth century, yet he cannot forget the woman who haunts his dreams and stirs him with scorching desire.

Abigail Porter can’t believe her luck. After making a wish to find her Soulmate, she wakes up to find a gorgeous man in her bed! Can he really be a medieval Highlander summoned by her Faerie Magic, however? It seems crazy, but when Abby discovers someone wants to enslave her because of her Faerie heritage, she agrees to flee with Colin to 1306 Scotland to avoid capture.

Thwarting danger at every turn, Abby and Colin surrender to an irresistible passion. But is the magic of true love powerful enough to save them?

Thursday, October 7, 2010


No.... I still don't have a jpg of the cover to share with you.  *sigh*  I'm so sorry.  The preliminary picture I saw of it is wonderful.  And, as I promised before, the minute I have the finished product in my hot little hands, I'll post it.

For now though, I thought I'd go ahead and post the back cover copy... just to give you a taste of what's to come...

Release date:  February 22, 2011

Andrew MacAlister longs for a cure to free him from the excruciating pain caused by an old wound, but when he rescues a drowning woman, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. All Drew knows is that this mysterious woman is hiding secrets—and that he’s never felt such a consuming desire before. Yet he cannot deny her request for help, even if it means bringing the detested English army to his Highland clan’s home.

Leah Noble McQuarrie still harbors a deep hatred of the Fae who tortured her eleven years ago, forcing her to escape back in time to the thirteenth century. A descendant of the Fae, Leah denies her heritage and her magical healing abilities. But the English army is holding her beloved adoptive grandfather captive, so Leah must seek help from the Fae—and the captivating man whose touch she craves.

Then Drew discovers Leah’s secrets, and he’s torn between old loyalties and trusting a woman who has the power to give him the future he’s sought—but could destroy his clan forever. . . .

What do you think?????
Tomorrow I'll post the back cover copy for HIGHLANDER'S CURSE.
Until next time ~

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Festival and the Fire

What an interesting weekend it's been.  Let me share with you...
On Friday my youngest son and I drove up to Estes Park, Colorado, to attend the Long's Peak Scottish Irish Festival.  It's only about twenty-two miles from where we live, and it's a beautiful drive ~
We wandered around, shopped [of course!], ate a lovely lunch [shepherd's pie for both of us and an order to haggis to take home to hubby since he couldn't come along], and watched some of the totally cool events taking place.
There was a jousting competition:

And there was the tossing competitions... we got there in time to see the tossing of the beer kegs ~
Now, that alone would have been pretty much enough to have made for an excellent way to spend a Friday, but as we were leaving I discovered that a Celtic band called Albannach was getting ready to play in the musicians' tent.  I absolutely could NOT leave without seeing them live.  Just a couple of weeks ago the wonderful Kim Adams [of ] mentioned how much she liked the band and listed their website so everyone could have a listen.  I listened and immediately ordered a cd.  [ ]  After seeing and hearing them perform live, I bought two more! 
Seriously... the energy coming off that stage was unbelievable.  And that energy comes right through their cd's -- my new favorite writing music! 

I'd planned to go back yesterday [Sunday] with hubby so he could see them, too, but the fire out back sort of disrupted our plans for the day.  We'd headed out for a late breakfast/early lunch before driving up to Estes and though we'd seen lots of emergency equipment passing us heading west, I'd just assumed a traffic accident... until we pulled into the restaurant parking lot and looked back in the direction we'd driven from.  ACK!  A quick call home to our son confirmed for us that breakfast would be better served at home! 

The fire is approximately seven miles west of our house.  Here's what it looks like from my back yard ~
As of this morning, the fire is approximately 650 acres, but 10% contained.  The firefighters are absolutely amazing and I know everyone between my back yard and the fire perimeter [and those within] are extremely grateful to them.

We'll all be keeping our fingers crossed for NO winds today so that those heroes can get the best of the fire!

Until next time ~

~ Melissa

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Winner For the Promo Items

We have a winner!!!   AT LAST!!!!!

Yeah... I know.  I should have gotten back to this AT LEAST a week ago.  But I really do have a [pretty good] reason for the delay.  My revisions/edits for HEALING THE HIGHLANDER arrived and I totally devoted myself to that, dropping all other balls I was juggling.  My apologies.

That said, revisions are done and a winner has been chosen* and an email sent notifying her.  

YAY, Janette!!!

Until later ~

~ Melissa

*For anyone who's interested in HOW said winner gets chosen, I assign each individual commenter a number and then I use to choose a totally random number from that group. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pocket After Dark

Have you guys heard about the new site Pocket has set up for readers of romance and urban fantasy?  It's wonderful!

You simply set up a profile to join [free -- absolutely free!] and then you have access to free excerpts of books by Pocket authors, free reads online, message boards, contests... all sorts of things that make this a great destination spot for readers. 

I just updated my profile on there today and I'll do my best to check in at least weekly -- if you're interested in a discussion about any of my books, I'm more than happy to join in!

Try it -- I think you'll really like it! 

In fact, to give you some extra encouragement to visit the site and join, how about we do a little contest?  I have a couple of promo giveaway items left over from attending RomCom and RWA. 

All you have to do to enter the drawing for the Promo Pack is to visit PocketAfterDark, register yourself there and leave a comment here with your PocketAfterDark profile name -- and you'll be entered for the drawing!  Make sure in your comment you leave me an email address so I have a way to contact the winner!!

Let's give everyone some time...  I'll do the drawing next week -- Wednesday, August 18. 

I look forward to hearing from all of you!!

Until next time ~

~ Melissa

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

RomCon Recap

At last the book is done and I have time to sit back and take a deep breath.  Whew!  It also means I have time now to talk about my experience at RomCon.

As I mentioned in my last post, I absolutely loved my RomCon experience.  I had the good fortune to meet so many people I only "knew" from online... people I follow on Twitter, bloggers, and wonderful authors whose books I read and love.  I can't wait to do it all again next year!!

Let me start with my RomCon preparations.  I'd suggested to Elaine and Michelle [the lifeforce behind RomCon!] that it might be fun to have a function that afforded bloggers and reviewers the opportunity to meet one another and socialize for a bit.  They countered by offering me the opportunity to sponsor such an event -- and so was born the Melissa Mayhue and Friends Blogger/Reviewer Party!

The "Friends" ended up being a wonderful group of authors who volunteered to provide prizes for the attendees and help sponsor the cost of the event.  It was a totally wonderful for me because many of those authors are ones whose books I can hardly wait to get my hands on as they're released!  

Here's the list:

Leanne Banks, Meljean Brook, Susan Crandall, Jeaniene Frost, Blythe Gifford, Deeanne Gist, Hannah Howell, Tara Janzen, Cathy Maxwell, Erin Nicholas, Julia Quinn, Melissa Schroeder, Anna Campbell, Nalini Singh, Meg Benjamin, Jeanne Stein, and Sourcebooks Casablanca editor, Deb Werksman

See what I mean?  I was as busy being a major FanGirl as anyone in the room! :-)

I've seen several Tweets and blogs which mentioned all the books people brought home from RomCon.   I took this photo of the books that were sent to me to put into the individual bags that each and every attendee of the Blogger/Reviewer party took home:

It's difficult to see here, but those stacks go back two layers deep.  In addition to the authors who sponsored the event, my thanks also go out to my publisher, Pocket Books for contributing three huge boxes of books as well as SourceBooks/Casablanca for all the books they sent.  Both are publishing houses that understand how very important readers are! 

What that meant for attendees of the event was that every bag was stuffed with at least five books -- and more were added the day of the event by authors who hadn't sent theirs ahead of time!  Keep in mind, this was for only ONE event!

My only regret about RomCon was that I was scheduled for so many events, I had almost no time to just sit in the lobby and visit!  Still, each and every event was relaxed enough that it wasn't like I didn't get plenty of visiting in my weekend.  Oh... and the names on the name tags were really small.  Either that or it's time to get my eyes checked again!!  :-)

Until next time ~

~ Melissa  

Monday, July 12, 2010

RomCon 2010 - The Short Version

OMG!!  RomCon was one of the absolutely best weekends I've spent!  I got to meet so many real bloggers [as opposed to pretend bloggers like me!]... women who do fantastic jobs of keeping their blogs updated with relevant information and great book reviews.  It was SO much fun to meet you all!

I'm on the squeeky-icky tail end of deadline right now.  My book absolutely, positively HAS to be on it's little FedEx way by the weekend, so I can't take the time to tell you all about my wonderful RomCon Experience -- or to post my pics [though, I'm no more photographer than I am blogger! :-) ].

BUT...  Next week, it's my SECOND priority.  FIRST priority???  Sending out bookmarks and tattoos to all the wonderful readers who've sent in a request!  I'll be totally caught up after next week, I promise!  Then I'll update the blog with photos and tell you all about my experience at RomCon 2010.  I understand there was a little Twitter chatter about some of the panels [not necessarily positive] - one of which I happened to be on.  I didn't bring my laptop along for the weekend [and I'm so not a phone text gal] so couldn't jump in, but I'll be addressing that one next week, too.

The short version is this:  I loved RomCon!  I had THE most wonderful time meeting so many readers, bloggers, reviewers, authors...  Everyone was so much fun!  And I will definitely be back in 2011 if they'll have me!  :-)  I hope you guys will consider being there, too, so we can spend a weekend visiting and gabbing, getting to know each other and chatting about our shared love of books!!!

See you guys next week with details and photos!!!

~ Melissa

Feel free to leave comments - I can't promise I'll get to them until the book is done, but I'll try!  ;-)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Chocolate Festival

Last weekend I had absolutely the best time.  I'd been asked from friend and fellow author Robin D. Owens to join her at the Chocolate Festival in Denver as a Truffle judge.

Wow!  First off, who even knew Denver HAD a Chocolate Festival?  Not me... but that was simply an oversight on my part.  This was the third annual festival... and it was wonderful! 

Robin had invited three additional wonderful Colorado Romance authors to join in the judging, too:  Cassie Miles, Pamela Nowak, and Elaine Levine.  Spending the afternoon with those four ladies would have been totally worth it...PLUS we got chocolate!!!  [Elaine missed the photo above.  L to R - Cassie, Me, Pamela and Robin].

As it turned out, the Best of Show truffle we picked ended up being LEMON rather than chocolate!  Who would have guessed.  It was seriously one of the tastiest confections I have ever experienced.  My thanks to Robin Chocolates for a whole new calorie-laden obsession!  :-)  It's apparently new and not yet on their website chocolates page, but if you're a Lemon Lover, trust me, it's worth contacting them as asking for!

The chocolate was fantastic, the shopping totally fun, and the company even better!  My thanks to Robin and to everyone at the Chocolate Festival for a wonderful afternoon.

Until next time ~


Friday, March 19, 2010

You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover???


Something extraordinarily cool happened for me last year. Well, extraordinarily cool by my standards, anyway. Foreign rights were sold for a couple of my books to wonderful publishers in both Germany and in Japan. That happened in April 2009 and since then, I’ve sort of put it in the back of my mind.

Today, the coolest thing showed up in my mail… copies of my first book released in Japan!!! It was almost as exciting as holding my first release in my hands almost three years ago. It certainly looked like a totally different book.
And it got me thinking… maybe you guys would like to see how the different countries portray the same book.

So here it is. My first published book,

Pocket Books in July, 2007. I love this cover. Truly, it set the tone for my entire series and each time I see my newest release cover, I feel like I’ve been blessed by the cover faeries all over again!

Here’s the cover for the same book released by
Magnolia Romance in Japan. Today was the first time I saw this cover. It reminds me of one of the kind of RPG I love to play in my downtime.

It’s so dreamy and simple and lovely.

Finally, here’s the cover of the German edition
which will be released in October of this year by
Droemer Knaur.

Same book, three totally different looks.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think? Have a favorite among the three?