Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Giveaways

Happy Holidays! I'm locked in the writing cave until 2016, so here's a little present... Enter below to win a print copy of the new edition of FREY at Goodreads, or the I Am A Reader $300 Holiday Cash Giveaway.




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Frey by Melissa Wright

Frey

by Melissa Wright

Giveaway ends December 29, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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To order signed editions of Frey, Bound by Prophecy, or King of Ash and Bone, email through the contact form at Melissa-Wright.com or the blog sidebar.


Holiday Cash Giveaway

$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway - December 1st to 21st

An awesome group of authors & bloggers have joined to bring you one fabulous prize! We’re giving away $300 in Paypal Cash (alternately you can choose a $250 Amazon.com e-gift code).

Thanks to these awesome bloggers & authors for sponsoring this giveaway:  

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cover Reveal: Frey

The Frey Saga has been through a refresh in preparation for the release of Book IV: Venom and Steel. In addition to some minor revisions, the series will be getting new cover art in ebook and print, as well as fancy interior formatting for the paperbacks. The cover reveal for the first book (Frey) is below, as well as a feature and giveaway through Prism Book Tours.

Cover art by Gene Mollica Studio


On tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Frey
By Melissa Wright
(Frey Saga #1)
YA/NA Fantasy


Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she's ever known.

Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she's been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.

FREE in ebook everywhere.

Other Books in the Series (new covers coming soon)


Pieces of Eight
(Frey Saga #2)

After revealing her own dark past, Frey is forced to join with a group of strangers whose pasts seem to intertwine with her own. She struggles to regain her memories, her full power, only to find there is more danger on the other side. And now, there is no turning back.

(Frey Saga #2.5)

Molly dreamed her whole life of living in a world of magic... until the day she walked into one. This short story falls between The Frey Saga Book Two: Pieces of Eight and the third book, Rise of The Seven.


Rise of the Seven
(Frey Saga #3)

As Frey works to regain control of the North, a small silver dagger nearly brings her end. She raises her guard and proves her abilities, but another attempt on her life, from what appears to be fey, reveals not all are pleased with her return. If she could only figure out the force behind the attacks, she might be able to relax enough to decide what to do about her other problem... Chevelle.


About the Author

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.


Cover Reveal Giveaway

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Open internationally
Ends November 16th

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So much cool behind-the-scenes stuff happening. I cannot wait to share!
Watch for more giveaways and news in the coming months and find The Frey Saga Book IV: Venom and Steel preorder at the following locations:





Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway

Had the pleasure of being a sponsor for the Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader. Enter to win below :)


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Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway

An Awesome Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with I Am A Reader to bring you one fabulous prize! Win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Code.
This giveaway runs from October 15th to November 15th. Enter via the rafflecopter.   

Sponsor List - Thanks to these awesome bloggers & authors for sponsoring this giveaway!!

  Giveaway Details $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 11/15/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tour Grand Finale and Book Four Excerpt

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fantasy Prism Tour! If you missed the Exclusive Sneak Peek at The Frey Saga Book IV, you can find that below. Giveaway ends 9/18/15. Good luck!


On tour with Prism Book Tours.

It's the Fantasy Prism Tour Grand Finale for
Spindle
By W.R. Gingell
Servant of the Crown
By Melissa McShane
The Frey Saga
By Melissa Wright

If you love fantasy, we hope you enjoyed the exclusive content shared on the tour. 
If you didn't get a chance to check out each book and their stops now...


SpindleSpindle
by W.R. Gingell
NA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
August 10th 2015


She’s not a princess . . . but then, he’s no prince.

Polyhymnia is deep in enchanted sleep. High in a tower, behind an impenetrable barrier of magical thorns, she sleeps, dreams, and falls ever deeper into her curse.

Woken by a kiss, Poly finds herself in an alien world where three hundred years have passed and everyone she has ever known is dead. Luck, the enchanter who woke her, seems to think she is the princess. Understandable, since he found her asleep on the princess’ bed, in the royal suite, and dressed in the princess’ clothes.

Who cursed Poly? Why is someone trying to kill her and Luck? Why can’t she stop falling asleep?

And why does her hair keep growing?

Sometimes breaking the curse is just the beginning of the journey.


"What If..." Guest Post @ Mythical Books

With Spindle my what if? was what if Sleeping Beauty wasn’t actually the princess? From that first little seedling of what if? I also ended up with what if she slept for more than three hundred years instead of one hundred? I was fascinated with the thought of how much life would have changed for her. Language would have evolved and passed her by, her loved ones and family would almost certainly be dead, and both the political and social aspects of life would have changed completely.

More at Mythical Books.

W.R. Gingell

W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author who lives in a house with a green door. She spends her time reading, drinking an inordinate amount of tea, and slouching in front of the fire to write. Like Peter Pan, she never really grew up, and is still occasionally to be found climbing trees.

Website - Goodreads - Twitter

Servant of the CrownServant of the Crown
(The Crown of Tremontane, #1)
by Melissa McShane
Adult Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 405 Pages
July 15th 2015 by Night Harbor Publishing

Alison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold, is content with her bookish life—until she’s summoned to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Tremontane’s mother for six months. Even the prospect of access to the Royal Library doesn’t seem enough to make up for her sacrifice, but Alison is prepared to do her service to the Crown. What she’s not prepared for is Prince Anthony North, Queen Zara’s playboy brother, who’s accustomed to getting what he wants—including the Countess of Waxwold.

When the fallout from an unfortunate public encounter throws the two of them together, Alison has no interest in becoming the Prince’s next conquest. But as the weeks pass, Alison discovers there’s more to Anthony than she—or he—realized, and their dislike becomes friendship, and then something more—until disaster drives Alison away, swearing never to return.

Then Alison is summoned by the Queen again, this time to serve as Royal Librarian. A threat to Tremontane’s government, with her treasured Library at stake, draws Alison into the conflict…and into contact with Anthony once more. Can they work together to save the Royal Library and Tremontane? And can she open her heart to love again?


Exclusive Excerpt @ Brooke Blogs

"Without thinking, Alison whipped her hand out of his grasp and brought it around hard to slap the Prince’s face. The sound of her bare palm striking his cheek carried unnaturally far in the crowded, overfull ballroom. The dancers nearest them stopped to stare, and their stillness spread outward until half the floor was occupied by unmoving figures. The music went ragged and then stumbled to a halt. The Prince stood with his hand pressed to his cheek, his eyes wide and unblinking in surprise. Alison felt her breath coming in short, quick pants that left her dizzy..."

More at Brooke Blogs.

Melissa McShane

Melissa McShane grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised at how much she liked it. She loves the fantasy genre and how it stretches the imagination.


The Frey SagaThe Frey Saga
by Melissa Wright
YA/NA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 779 pages
February 1st 2013

This collection includes The Frey Saga Book I: Frey, Book II: Pieces of Eight, the short story Molly, and Book III: Rise of the Seven.

Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark ignites a fury of changes and she's suddenly being hunted by council and forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she starts to suspect the band of strangers are not what they seem. They help her find her rightful place and destroy the bonds, but securing her future might be more than she can do with magic alone.


Exclusive Excerpt of book I, Frey, & Sneak Peek of book IV, Venom and Steel @ Beck Valley Books

    "The library was chaos. Books and pages, precious scrolls and ancient casting ledgers strewn over the wood plank floor. I’d never seen this room molested by their madness and the shock of it had me stumbling to a standstill. They had lost all regard for it, broken their own rules. They were a wild people, but they did have at least some barriers.
    If there was one thing the fey respected, it was knowledge."


Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.


Tour Giveaway

$30 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Signed copy of Spindle (Us only)
Print copy of Servant of the Crown (US only)
Ebook of The Frey Saga (INT)
Ends September 18th

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fantasy Prism Tour

The Frey Saga is part of the Fantasy Prism Tour! Watch for the exclusive first ever excerpt of The Frey Saga Book IV: Venom and Steel at Beck Valley Books on Friday and enter to win the ebook series and other great prizes.

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're launching the Fantasy Prism Tour for
Spindle
By W.R. Gingell
Servant of the Crown
By Melissa McShane
The Frey Saga
By Melissa Wright

Tour Schedule
September 9th: Spindle by W.R. Gingell at Mythical Books - "What If..." Guest Post
September 10th: Servant of the Crown by Melissa McShane at Brooke Blogs - Exclusive Excerpt 
September 11th: The Frey Saga by Melissa Wright at Beck Valley Books - Exclusive Excerpt & Sneak Peek for book four
September 13th: Grand Finale


SpindleSpindle
by W.R. Gingell
NA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
August 10th 2015


She’s not a princess . . . but then, he’s no prince.

Polyhymnia is deep in enchanted sleep. High in a tower, behind an impenetrable barrier of magical thorns, she sleeps, dreams, and falls ever deeper into her curse.

Woken by a kiss, Poly finds herself in an alien world where three hundred years have passed and everyone she has ever known is dead. Luck, the enchanter who woke her, seems to think she is the princess. Understandable, since he found her asleep on the princess’ bed, in the royal suite, and dressed in the princess’ clothes.

Who cursed Poly? Why is someone trying to kill her and Luck? Why can’t she stop falling asleep?

And why does her hair keep growing?

Sometimes breaking the curse is just the beginning of the journey.


W.R. Gingell

W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author who lives in a house with a green door. She spends her time reading, drinking an inordinate amount of tea, and slouching in front of the fire to write. Like Peter Pan, she never really grew up, and is still occasionally to be found climbing trees.

Website - Goodreads - Twitter

Servant of the CrownServant of the Crown
(The Crown of Tremontane, #1)
by Melissa McShane
Adult Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 405 Pages
July 15th 2015 by Night Harbor Publishing

Alison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold, is content with her bookish life—until she’s summoned to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Tremontane’s mother for six months. Even the prospect of access to the Royal Library doesn’t seem enough to make up for her sacrifice, but Alison is prepared to do her service to the Crown. What she’s not prepared for is Prince Anthony North, Queen Zara’s playboy brother, who’s accustomed to getting what he wants—including the Countess of Waxwold.

When the fallout from an unfortunate public encounter throws the two of them together, Alison has no interest in becoming the Prince’s next conquest. But as the weeks pass, Alison discovers there’s more to Anthony than she—or he—realized, and their dislike becomes friendship, and then something more—until disaster drives Alison away, swearing never to return.

Then Alison is summoned by the Queen again, this time to serve as Royal Librarian. A threat to Tremontane’s government, with her treasured Library at stake, draws Alison into the conflict…and into contact with Anthony once more. Can they work together to save the Royal Library and Tremontane? And can she open her heart to love again?


Melissa McShane

Melissa McShane grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised at how much she liked it. She loves the fantasy genre and how it stretches the imagination.


The Frey SagaThe Frey Saga
by Melissa Wright
YA/NA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 779 pages
February 1st 2013

This collection includes The Frey Saga Book I: Frey, Book II: Pieces of Eight, the short story Molly, and Book III: Rise of the Seven.

Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark ignites a fury of changes and she's suddenly being hunted by council and forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she starts to suspect the band of strangers are not what they seem. They help her find her rightful place and destroy the bonds, but securing her future might be more than she can do with magic alone.


Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.


Tour Giveaway

$30 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Signed copy of Spindle (Us only)
Print copy of Servant of the Crown (US only)
Ebook of The Frey Saga (INT)
Ends September 18th


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Swag and Gift Card Giveaway

It's that time again: July marks the 4 year anniversary of Frey. Most days, I can't even fathom that, despite the fact that writing has changed my life (in the best way). I've just finished revisions on the entire series and the updates will soon be published in ebook and print. There will be a few new Frey Saga announcements coming soon, but I'm most pleased that book four is finally not on the Secret Projects list.

You can find THE FREY SAGA BOOK IV: VENOM AND STEEL up for preorder at iTunes now, and other retailers very soon.

To celebrate, the giveaway winner will have a chance to win some very limited Frey Saga swag (including choice of playing card decks featuring Frey, Ruby, or the whole gang).



In another collaboration with author R.K. Ryals, we've created a book trailer for IN THE LAND OF TEA AND RAVENS, featuring The Raven Song performed by Nicole Willard. You can check that out in the video below.


The watercolor birds make an appearance alongside The Story of Awkward art on some mini-prints and mugs at Society6, which is also a prize option for the giveaway winner.


But enough of that... News to come later, here are the

GIVEAWAYS


Open internationally where allowed by law.

BOOK SWAG GIVEAWAY includes CHOICE of playing card deck, art mug or mini print from Society6, or signed paperback from author Melissa Wright.



GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY includes Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble gift email (or Paypal payment) for $25.


Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What I've Learned - A Post for Writers

This July marks four years since I published the first edition of Frey. I came into publishing at a time when things were changing drastically, and though it might be leveling out, there are still days where we all wake up to something terrifyingly new. I'm grateful for the luck that got me where I am, but luck is luck and what means so much more is the help I received along the way. I'm no expert. I've done a lot of things the hard way, the wrong way, and more than once stumbled as I went. But through the thousands of desperately clicked links, through trial and error, and by the precious time of others, I've managed to pick up a few bits of advice/knowledge that I will happily pass along.

What I've Learned:

1. You have to write. 

Being a writer is fun. Actually writing, not as much. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but one of the hardest lessons to learn is that you have to keep your butt in the chair. No amount of talent, skill, or awesomeness can make you an author unless you're getting words on the page. Chapter after chapter, page after page, book after book. You have to do the work.

2. The middle is hard.

You don't just have to write it. You have to keep writing it. The worst part of any book is slogging through the swamp once the excitement of a new idea wears thin. When you start a book, chapters will flow out of you like magic, creating characters and worlds and brilliance willy-nilly. And then, somewhere around the 40% mark, you find you can't swim. Your arms are heavy, seaweed tugs at your legs, and you can't even see the shore. You have to keep going. There's no giving up. Climb on that liferaft, Jack. There's plenty of room.

3. Don't be that guy.

You wouldn't* walk up to Michael Jordan and ask him how to play basketball. You wouldn't call Mario Batali at home to ask him to come watch you grill cheese. So don't email/tweet/repeatedly DM your favorite Internationally Bestselling Author to ask him/her to read your book.

Don't push your books. Don't post them incessantly. If that helped with sales, you'd see the pros doing it. It's probably only making potential readers unfollow or mute you.

*shouldn't. Really, really shouldn't.

4. You have to learn the hard way.

This is also called the right way. Get used to it. If you want to play piano, you learn the basics and practice, practice, practice. Sure, you can probably bang out a pretty fantastic rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in a few days, but that doesn't mean you're good. And who doesn't want to be at least a Good Writer. If you want to be a Great Writer, or anything ranking above, you have to put in the time. You have to do the work. (Yes, I said that already. It's kind of a theme.)

There are many, many writers who have posted FAQ or Writer's Help pages on their blogs and websites, as well as those who Tweet useful tips, advice, and inspiration. Find those writers. Read their pages. Learn. Write. Repeat.

5. Read.

There's no question the top two tips for improving your craft are to write and to read. Read wide, read often, and read because you love it. If you don't have time to read, if you don't enjoy reading, then this is the wrong business for you. And oh yeah...

6. This is a business. Act like it.

You might be surprised to realize, even if you are traditionally published, writing isn't bouncing on clouds all day long. It's work. It's a business. No matter how things start out, no matter how much fun you have, at the end of the day you aren't just creating art. You are selling a product. You are a brand (I know, it makes me feel yucky, too). You need to be professional. Always. Don't sell a crappy product. Hire an editor, only put out your best work, proofread it until your eyes cross and then read it again. Don't engage with readers who hated your book. Ever. It's their right. They can hate Nike, they can hate Kool-Aid, and they can hate you. You are an author, which is the reading world equivalent of the company who sells that product.

The internet is a public space. Don't say anything there you wouldn't want on a billboard in your hometown. With your face on it. Forever.

7. Enjoy it.

This is one of the best jobs in the world. You are your own boss, you make your own hours, you create your own worlds. Own it. Love it. Live it. And every now and again, go outside.

None of it means anything if you can't see the good in it, if you don't let the process give you something in return.

8. Other authors are not and will never be your competition. 

Don't be petty. Don't be jealous. Don't base your life on what another appears to be. It's just a crappy way to live. As far as books go, this is especially true. Here's a secret: anytime a book does well, it's good for all of us. Any book. Not just yours. Be supportive. Help authors. Love readers (no matter what they read). In the end, it only builds this thing you want to be a part of. And that's saying nothing of karma.

9. Kill your time-sucks.

Nothing cuts down production like weekend binge of Netflix, but you have to know yourself and make the calls on what's important to you. If you're going to be a Serious Writer, you need to learn to manage your time. Delete Candy Crush, unplug the television, stop watching cat videos or living on Twitter. Take a hard look at how you spend your day and be honest about what you should be giving up.

Better yet, do the math. Many authors average 500+ words per hour. If you only make 500, you can write a 100,000 word novel in 200 hours. That's less than an hour per day over the course of a year.

Maybe you don't want to give up your favorite shows. Maybe you want to spend every waking moment being present for your kids. That's fine. Awesome in the second case. But look at your day, cut what you don't need. That fifteen minutes of your lunch break where you zone out facing a blank screen, that thirty minutes before work where you stare into the abyss of your coffee mug, the six times per day you check social media. Make those your hour. Make those your days.

They add up. If you let them, they will be your novel. Time is precious. Use it wisely.

10. There's always more to learn.

Always. Embrace it, use it, become a better person. Er, writer. Whatever.

Now what are you doing here? Get back to work!




P.S. If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to (try to) help. Just post them in the comments or email me through the contact form on the web or sidebar. Happy writing :)