Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Having Multiple Publishers Works For Me
Please welcome today's guest blogger and good friend, Melanie Atkins. She's a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.
Take it away, Mel.
Liz, thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to guest blog. For those who don't know me, I write romantic suspense and have eight books out right now with three different publishers: Cobblestone Press, The Wild Rose Press, and Desert Breeze Publishing. All are epubs, and the Wild Rose Press also releases its titles in print. I enjoy writing for multiple publishers—and I do so because I was burned a few years ago when my then-publisher (which shall not be named) filed for bankruptcy and I had twelve titles tied up in red tape for over six months. I vowed then and there to never again put all my eggs in one basket.
My latest print release, SKELETON BAYOU, is a single title suspense released in December by The Wild Rose Press. According to You Gotta Read reviews, SKELETON BAYOU is "very gripping… It all plays out in the end with action packed, bite your nails moments… Overall a good read.” — rated as a You Need To Read by Jennifer.
Blurb: Savannah Love is emotionally and physically battered, but is determined to survive after escaping the hellish imprisonment imposed on her by her psychotic cop-husband. After seven months in hiding, she resurfaces at Mossy Oak, her ramshackle family home on a Louisiana bayou, and attempts to restart her life. The empty house provides shelter, but isn’t the fortress she needs when her cruel ex comes calling.
Mack O’Malley, former cop turned handyman conflicted over a bad shoot on the job, comes to Savannah’s rescue when the psychopath draws them into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Fearful of Mack at first, she soon discovers that beneath his steely exterior lies a resolute defender with a heart hungry for love. Will their alliance save them, or will they fall victim to the Legend of Skeleton Bayou?
PRIME SUSPECT, the second ebook in my New Orleans Detective series, is now available from Desert Breeze Publishing and many other online outlets, including Amazon and All Romance ebooks. It will soon be up at Barnes and Nobles, too.
Blurb: New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Marisa Cooper prosecutes murderers for a living, but the tables are turned on her when her ex-husband is found dead in her garage. To prove her innocence, she must team up with her former fiancée, Slade Montgomery, the detective who risks his career–and his heart–to help her find the real killer.
All of my books contain edge-of-your-seat suspense. It's what I like to read, and what I write. But I don't want that kind of suspense in my everyday life—and certainly not in the publishing world. So I'll continue to spread my submissions around and reap the rewards of having my name in many different venues. You can check out all of my work on my website at http://www.melanieatkins.com and my blog at http://melanieatkins.blogspot.com.
*Look for New Orleans Detectives Book 3, CHOSEN TARGET, coming in June 2010 from Desert Breeze Publishing.