Mel Sterling

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Announcing a new romantic suspense series, coming this fall!

WORDLESS, the first in my new romantic suspense series, PINK SOFA SECRETS.

Wordless: Book 1 of Pink Sofa Secrets

Wordless: Book 1 of Pink Sofa Secrets

More details soon!

New (re)Release! No Accounting for Magic is live!

I’ve just revised and republished two shorter works (a novelette and a novella) together in a single volume. These were written under my pseudonym Nina Merrill, which I use for the more spicy romances I write, where the intimacy levels and descriptions are high. Please welcome No Accounting for Magic, containing the tales “Genie, No Bottle” and “Paint It Black.” You’ll find buy links at the bottom of this post and on the book page elsewhere on the site. Scroll past the cover image for the book description.

Special introductory price of $1.99 everywhere!

NoAccounting 6x9 cover from Lora

Here’s the description:
No Accounting for Magic – What happens when straitlaced accountants find love–and magic? Mel Sterling, writing as Nina Merrill, brings these erotic tales together for the first time, proving that playing by the numbers, sorcery, guacamole, and a few too many tentacles can be delicious indeed.

Genie, No Bottle – Being cursed with a genie is bad for your dating life. Now that accountant Laura Jayne is ready to settle down, her family’s ethereal servant Samir has started acting up. He’s her best friend, and Laura’s determined to set him free. But what happens when your genie wants something else entirely?

Paint It Black
– When Mason Whitlock swears he’s being haunted, neighborhood psychic Cassandra Farris doubts him entirely. Who would haunt an accountant, especially one so buttoned-up and conventional? Mason’s desperate, and Cassie begins to believe him. Good thing she’s a whiz at protective magic.

Unfortunately, only fire fights fire–and this haunting is a powerful erotic spell. Ridding Mason of it turns out to be more pleasure than work. Except once Cassie pries its victim away, the hungry, furious spirit seeks a new target: Cassie herself.

Ebook (ISBN 9780997139129): ~ | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |iTunes iBooks | ~

Cover Reveal! NO ACCOUNTING FOR MAGIC!

Coming this month, No Accounting for Magic, a collection of two of the shorter works I published as Nina Merrill a few years ago. The rights have reverted to me, so I’ve tidied the stories up a bit, given them a fun new cover, and soon they’ll be available in ebook format! No Accounting for Magic contains the paranormal erotic novelette “Genie, No Bottle” and novella “Paint It Black.” More details coming soon, but meanwhile, meet the besotted, beloved and bejeweled genie, Samir. Many thanks to my fabulous team for all the help with the cover art!

NoAccounting 6x9 cover from Lora

4 Stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews for TRUEHEART

So excited to share with you this wonderful review of Trueheart from Romantic Times Book Reviews! Four stars!

Jill M. Smith has this to say about Trueheart:

Fantasy romance is making a welcome resurgence and adds a talented new voice with Sterling’s launch of her Portland After Dark series. … Sterling brings a fresh and edgy style to this story that introduces both the heroine and readers into a violent and dangerous world. An extremely compelling start to a series with a ton of promise!

Click to follow this link to the whole review on Romantic Times.

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Excerpt: Chapter One of TRUEHEART

Happy New Year! And to start things off with a bang, here’s the first chapter of Trueheart for your entertainment! Pre-order links are at the bottom of the chapter, just in case you find this little taste to your liking and want to read more. Trueheart is available starting January 12, 2016.

Trueheart Copyright © 2015 Mel Sterling

CHAPTER ONE

Murder, mayhem. Torture and titillation.

Thomas would do, and had done, anything she asked.

He bowed his head enough to be respectful, though he kept his eyes on the Queen’s. The band circling his left arm below his biceps grew warmer, as it always did in her presence. When she was displeased with him, it burned and throbbed like the stings of a hundred wasps. When she wished him before her, it tightened until he came to her side. As a motivator, it was effective. After two centuries, it was appreciably thinner than it had been when she first wound the filaments of gold-laced bone around his arm. Each strand represented a task, the Queen’s bidding to be done. Only when every strand had snapped and curled away like a broken harp string would Thomas be free again.

He had never dared to ask what kind of bone it was. He wasn’t sure, even now, that he wanted to know. Knowledge wouldn’t change a thing as far as Thomas’s bondage was concerned.

“Those are my possessions. I will not have them taken from me.”

Thomas knew he could not ask the question the Queen’s statements begged. Why was she keeping precious things at the goblin market? Why not somewhere here at court, safe from thieves? The Queen had her reasons, and it was not his place to question them.

But it was appropriate to ask what had been stolen.

“What do they look like, these possessions, my Lady, so I may guard them properly?” Continue reading

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Doing some major work on the website. Please pardon the mess while we work to bring you a better MelSterling Dot Com!

TRUEHEART available for pre-order!

I am delighted to announce that Trueheart is available for pre-order! The official release date is January 12, 2016. Meanwhile, here’s a little taste from the back cover to give you a feel for what the book’s about.

If you’re here visiting from Grace Draven‘s Master of Crows ornament contest, just drop a comment stating whether you’re in the US or outside the US. From the comments here, Grace will choose one winner from each of the two categories! You do not have to pre-order Trueheart to win (though of course we’d be thrilled if you decide to do that!). Pre-order links are at the bottom of the page.

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Loyalty. Desperation. Grief.

Eight months ago a mysterious drug killed Tess Gordon’s brother, and now it’s spreading through her rehab counseling clients. They all claim they’re not addicted, the drug leaves no trace except its drained victims, and the cops aren’t interested. Aching with loss, Tess vows to find the source. What she finds instead is Thomas.

Slavery. Duty. Enchantment.

Thomas, the half-fae guardian of the goblin market, has plenty of problems—and just got another one. Pressed into the service of the Unseelie Queen, all he wants is his freedom. But Tess won’t go away, and the human girl is in way over her head.

One perilous late-autumn night, the fae and human worlds collide. Tess’s and Thomas’s separate tasks are inextricably tangled. Now, a half-fae and a human rehab counselor must walk the knife-edge of obligation, love, death and transformation–with the entire Unseelie Court, including the malevolent Wild Hunt, out for their blood.

Welcome to Portland, After Dark…

Check back in a couple of days! I’ll post the first chapter of Trueheart for you to sample.

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UPDATE 12/20/2015 6:55PM Pacific Standard Time – Contest has closed. Winners will be randomly chosen via numbers generated on random.org. Grace or I will be contacting the winners via the email address you supplied when you commented. Thanks for visiting, everyone! It was lovely meeting you all. –Mel

TRUEHEART COVER REVEAL!

It’s here, it’s here! I can’t tell you how excited I am to show you the nearly final draft of the ebook cover for Trueheart, which will be available in mid-January 2016. Trueheart is the first book in a new dark fantasy romance series, Portland After Dark.

Trueheart ebook cover

TRUEHEART: Book 1 of Portland After Dark

Cover design by Skyla Dawn Cameron of Indigo Chick Designs.

Here’s the back-cover copy for the print version (coming spring, 2016).

Loyalty. Desperation. Grief.

Eight months ago a mysterious drug killed Tess Gordon’s brother, and now it’s spreading through her rehab counseling clients. They all claim they’re not addicted, the drug leaves no trace except its drained victims, and the cops aren’t interested. Aching with loss, Tess vows to find the source. What she finds instead is Thomas.

Slavery. Duty. Enchantment.

Thomas, the half-fae guardian of the goblin market, has plenty of problems—and just got another one. Pressed into the service of the Unseelie Queen, all he wants is his freedom. But Tess won’t go away, and the human girl is in way over her head.

One perilous late-autumn night, the fae and human worlds collide. Tess’s and Thomas’s separate tasks are inextricably tangled. Now, a half-fae and a human rehab counselor must walk the knife-edge of obligation, love, death and transformation–with the entire Unseelie Court, including the malevolent Wild Hunt, out for their blood.

Welcome to Portland, After Dark…

You’ll be able to read the first chapter of Trueheart in a sneak peek in fellow-author Grace Draven’s newsletter later this week. Sign up for Grace’s newsletter here: Sign me up!

Back to normal.

Early this week, I did our quarterly business taxes. This meant I had some filing to do, which in turn meant I needed to move the two boxes of books that have been stacked next to my desk for … a long time. I put the two boxes in an entirely different room. I liked having the space next to me. It was an improvement.

I did not realize what a trauma this would be for Fluffy White Cat, who has used the boxes as a convenient Next-to-the-Monkey sleeping platform for months. He spent the first day of No Boxes zooming into my office, preparing to vault to the top of the boxes, where he would then get skritches and pets and lubs and purr himself to sleep. But the absence of the boxes meant that instead he looked around in sad confusion, then spent time stropping himself against my legs and wiping his cold wet nose on my bare skin (you’ve all heard the “no pants” legend of writers, yes?).

Eighteen times a day, Fluffy White Cat would come in and insist on being hoisted into my arms for a cuddle, interrupting my concentration and work flow.

After three days of this stress and drama, I couldn’t stand it anymore. This morning I put back the two boxes. It wasn’t two minutes before Fluffy White Cat came skidding in, leaped to the top of the boxes, and flopped down with a paw out to ask for skritches.

Life’s back to normal, as far as he’s concerned. I’m just glad to be able to write a page or two without having to drop everything to comfort His Floofiness.

Cats.

Spore print!

First time for everything. Yesterday, I made a spore print from a large white mushroom in our lawn. It was probably a Leucoagaricus leucothites ( http://www.mushroomexpert.com/leucoagaricus_leucothites.html ). It did share a number of characteristics of the deadly Destroying Angel mushroom, except the biome in which it grew was lawn, and there’s not an oak for a mile.

No, I did not eat it. I am not THAT confident of my fledgling wild-foraged mushroom identification skills.

If the spore print had been a little more tidy, I’d have photographed it, because those are sure nifty. I’ll try again with a different cap that’s not sodden with rain.

To make a spore print — if you’re not sure what color the spores will be, center the mushroom’s cap over a sheet of black paper half on top of a sheet of white paper. Then just wait a couple hours. You’ll begin to see the spores as they drift down. Otherwise, you can use a whole sheet of contrasting color paper, and get an interesting “fingerprint” from your mushroom. Pretty! And you can mist them with fixative and have Art. You and your munchkins could do this with any gilled or pored mushroom, such as a Portobella or porcini from the store.

In other news, looks like it’s going to be one of those days when Fluffy White Cat brings me his teddy bear (also known as Mister Bear, heavy on the Mister) all day long, wherever I am. Mister Bear has visited me once in the kitchen while I made breakfast, once here in the writing room as I answer email, and been left mournfully in the hall outside the bathroom. Closed doors, the bane of kitties everywhere.

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