Cowbird Creek has its share of
troubled souls. For Tom, a farmer’s son, losing his leg felt like
losing his future. Jenny, a young prostitute at Madam Mamie’s
parlor house, has never thought she had much future to lose.
the job Tom is able to get leads him to rediscover a long neglected
talent. And both Tom and Jenny have a knack for hitting on new
possibilities. Can they, together, find a better path?
novel, second in a series, returns to the small town of Cowbird
Creek, Nebraska, in early 1876, a few months after the conclusion of
What Heals the Heart. Several favorite characters from Book 1 make
“Truly a romantic tale . . . .
Wonderful characters, many with hearts of gold, small-minded
characters that truly showed their ignorance and dreams that couldn’t
be broken . . . from an author who lets her words feed our
imaginations.” – Tome Tender review
story . . . a remarkable historical romance . . . great chemistry
between the characters . . . It is always a joy to read this author’s
stories.” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
Gibbs survived the Civil War, building on his wartime experiences to
become a small town doctor. And if he wakes from nightmares more
often than he would like, only his dog Major is there to know it.
two newcomers arrive in Cowbird Creek: Clara Brook, a plain-speaking
and yet enigmatic farmer’s daughter, and Freida Blum, an elderly
Jewish widow from New York. Freida knows just what Joshua needs: a
bride. But it shouldn’t be Clara Brook!
tries everything he can think of to discourage Freida’s efforts,
including a wager: if he can find Freida a husband, she’ll stop
trying to find him a wife. Will either matchmaker succeed? Or is it
Clara, despite her own scars, who can heal the doctor’s troubled
A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in
Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. She now considers
herself a Hoosier. Wyle’s childhood ambition was to be the youngest
ever published novelist. While writing her first novel at age 10, she
was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to
the goal at age 9.
is an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother
of two daughters. Her voice is the product of almost five decades of
reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also
influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of
law practice. Her personal history has led her to focus on
often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility
of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.
supremely geeky murder mystery perfect for Whovians, gamers, and
cozy shop, a tricky murder, geek humor, and gaming lore galoreâ€•whatâ€™s
not to love inÂ No
This book is a winner, and I canâ€™t wait to take another turn!”
â€“Leigh Perry, author of The Family Skeleton Mysteries
debut….Readers will hope to see a lot more of the plucky Autumn.”
has everything she could possibly want: Loving friends, a successful
business, and a gaggle of gamers in her store every day.
to Ten Again, a tabletop gaming store that attracts nerds of every
kind and fosters a community Autumnâ€™s pretty proud ofâ€•a community
that also keeps business afloat. And now that Autumn’s in the running
for a grant, Ten Againâ€™s future is looking bright.
is, until one of Autumnâ€™s gamers is mysteriously murdered. With
everyone in the mall as a suspect and accusations flying, Autumn is
going to have to do some sleuthing of her own to save her shop and
her gamers from a fate more dangerous than having no saving
McFarland has a Master of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University,
which launched her on a short-lived but very exciting career as a
newspaper reporter. After graduate school, she worked for five
different newspapers around the country, writing about politics,
crime, arts, environmental issues, crack addicts, prostitutes, and
parades. She eventually wised up and decided that making up political
fights and crime scenes would be a lot more fun than reporting on
real ones. Today, she lives in southern Indiana, where she spends
most of her time daydreaming about fictional lives and/or thinking
Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee
hours of the night
Maura’s life get any worse? …turns out it most certainly can.
and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make
friends. She seems to drive her classmates awayâ€”except for the odd
times they pay enough attention to torture herâ€”but she doesnâ€™t
understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with
her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her
violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that
almost everyone around her keeps their distance.
her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone
with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is
desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains
heartbroken and her daughter canâ€™t bring herself to reopen her
motherâ€™s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses
to utter a word about her long-lost love?
a cruel prank nearly claims Mauraâ€™s life, one of her classmates,
Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously
accepting, Ron doesnâ€™t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is
reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced sheâ€™s
moving the two of them to Vancouverâ€¦nearly 3,000 miles away from
their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
life wasnâ€™t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience
bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring,
compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood
cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ronâ€”as
well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s
liesâ€”become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the
unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.
Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery
RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal
New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook
as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel
Award for 2014!!!
for Rising Tide:
captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning.
The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows
exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling.”
Melansonâ€™s writing is so descriptive and talented. Throughout the
entire story, I felt like I was watching a movie.”
grabs you from page 1 and doesn’t let you go until the very bitter
end, only bitter because the book is finished.”
found pure delight in this book and will recommend it to other
writing by Claudette Melanson in this novel is top notch and I can
see the movie rights for this being grabbed in no time.”
Sure to become one of the Books to Read of the year,Â Rising
Tide: Dark InnocenceÂ isnâ€™t the usual YA tale of vampires.
Full of Mystery and Suspense, this Vampire Mystery Thriller packs
just enough Romance & Humor, while delivering plenty of Dark
Fantasy served with a side of the Supernatural. Maura, in the midst
of her vampire awakenings is unarguably a vampire in denial. It is a
novel that is certain to become one of the classic paranormal and
fantasy books of its time–the series is not only for Teen &
Young Adult readers, but has been well-received by many adult
readers, as well. Maura doesn’t live in Castle Dracula in
Transylvania, but she must still discover the bloodlines constructing
the creature she is destined to become, while overcoming social
issues, such as bullying, that rock her world while coming of age.
She is an strong Urban Scienece Fiction & Fantasy female
protagonist readers love.
finally found the truth she was always seekingâ€¦or has she?
being left in the dark for all of her life, Mauraâ€™s father,
Maxwell, has finally returned to reveal sinister family secrets Maura
could never have dreamed possibleâ€”including his revelation that she
is one of The Born. But his daughter soon discovers both he and her
mother are keeping pieces of her reality hidden, still. As Maura
struggles to unravel the mysteries surrounding her new existence and
discover every piece of the cryptic puzzle, life appears intent on
casting stumbling blocks across her path with every step forward.
seems to stalk Maura, and those around her, as she stumbles along,
altering the young changelingâ€™s family, just when they have all
come back together. The changes left in its wake could be for the
better, or may threaten their existence, entirely.
the arrival of Christmas comes the opportunity for Maura to draw
close to everyone she lovesâ€”and finally reunite with Ron, the man
she loves. But permanence has always eluded her, and in her current
state of flux this pattern endures, as fate seems intent on snapping
the threads that bind her to those she holds most dear. Maxwellâ€™s
good intentions pave a road for Maura, littered with misery, while
her mother, Caelynâ€™s, desire to shield her family from pain may
tear her away from them, altogether. The perfect happiness in the
young vampireâ€™s grasp is so easily swept away and dragged under,
out of reach. Can Maura erupt from the darkness and confusion to
break the surface and find the life sheâ€™s always dreamed of?
the midst of chaos, assistance materializes in the form of another of
her kindâ€”ephemerally beautiful, yet explosively volatile, this new
vampire may prove capable of unlocking the puzzle-box Maxwell seems
intent on securing from her sight. Maura will discover the darkest
parts of herself in her quest to understand the being she is destined
to become. Her newfound friend has some shady intentions of his
ownâ€”such as thwarting the love that has grown between Maura and
Ron. Following in the wake of the impulsive vampireâ€™s misguided
instruction may further pull a naive Maura down into the depths of
ultimate despair, heartbreakâ€¦and even destruction.
Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention for YA Horror
New Apple Summer eBook Solo Medalist for YA Horror
series offers so much: the heartwarming family moments, the comedic
back and forth banter between characters, life lessons tragically
actually cried during a few parts of the story.”
story is well written and gripping until the very end.”
itâ€™s written by Claudette Melanson, youâ€™re guaranteed to have an
amazing piece of literature that anyone can enjoy.”
has never felt so alone in her lifeâ€¦nor has her existence ever been
so overshadowed by perilâ€¦
only do both her parentsâ€”her distant but loving mother and
recently- returned fatherâ€”remain absent from her life, but due to
the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best
friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off
from the pairâ€™s friendship and support, forbidden by both her
father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them.
The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these
estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious
absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ronâ€¦whose
disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never
by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet
comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back
with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire
family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise.
Aldivaâ€™s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver
covens, forcing them to rush to Mauraâ€™s aidâ€”even though her
father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to
initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on
Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they
instead rebel against Maxwellâ€™s wishes in order to save her
addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the
unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled
down into the depths of a far more devastating crisisâ€¦one which may
condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death.
But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is
drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural
family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have
ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the
riptide drag Maura underâ€¦along with those she loves the mostâ€¦
New Apple Solo Medalist for Summer eBook – Young Adult General
scream it from the rooftops how much I love this series.”
can only say that Riptide is one of the best modern vampire stories I
have ever read, and I read them all from Stephen King to Ann Rice to
was action packed and the fight scenes were well written but more
than that it was the story of family and love, of taking
responsibility, and dealing with hate when all sane avenues
lore is superb, as is the writing. I can’t wait to catch up with
Melanson writes dark fantasy, horror and childrenâ€™s books in
Kitchener, Ontario with seven bun babies at her side: Tegan, Pepper,
Butters, Beckett, Sansa, Daenerys & Caramel. She graduated from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in
English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep
admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire
to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite
paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an
author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her
her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and
reading vampire stories…along with other genres of great fiction,
as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her
hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and
ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee,
cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond,
coconut or cashew flours.
dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a
snow-filled wood in the Yukonâ€”the perfect writing spotâ€”and the
completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue
fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over
the world save many innocent lives.