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You know you want me to sign your book

I love meeting readers and going to really fun events-thankfully I’m doing that twice in June.

First on Sunday June 12 from 11-5 I’ll be at Pop Shop Houston in the totally chill Silver Street Studios in the heart of Houston’s arts district.  If you like man buns, diy crafts, live music, great food, and impeccably created wares then this is the event for you.  When I first attended this event was when myself, author Chantell Renee, and author Andrea Barbosa started calling ourselves ‘the dream team’.  Not only do we get along well but we all love to talk to people about our craft, and if we’re not the author for the reader then we’re more than happy to direct them to each other.

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That’s the best part of the Houston Writers Guild-you create lasting friendships.

Second on Sunday June 19 from 11-5 I’ll be at Comicpalooza at George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.  This will be my first time at this particular event, but my second time cosplaying as my character Samantha Locke from my debut romantic thriller ‘Blood On The Potomac’.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get to see Harley Quinn again, as well as Black Widow.

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As you can tell I like strong female characters.

 

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Space City Comic Con 2016

As predicted I had a blast at Space City Comic Con this year-especially because my longtime love, Israel was able to attend and see for himself.

Not only were there many local venders selling their wares (I ended up taking home some amazing necklaces and earrings made by local vendors and some artwork from Johnnie Rosales Jr (whom you can find on Instagram and Twitter)) but I had a chance to meet up with some authors.

As usual the dream team including Chantell Renee , Andrea Barbosa , and myself looked for readers and directed them to the book that would interest them-even if it wasn’t ours. Supporting each other is the most important thing for an author.  While at the event I met author Gibson Michaels for the first time and bought a copy of his novel ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ and enjoyed speaking with him about his military service.  Author D.L. Young was there also and it was great to speak with him about writing and I bought his novel ‘Soledad: Dark Republic Book One’.

The readers that I met were awesome and I hope that they love my debut novel ‘Blood On The Potomac’ as much as I loved writing it.  And I’d appreciate anyone of my readers to leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads.  It’s always a pleasure to meet with new people whether they get my book or not because going to these events is one of the few times in an authors life when we actually get to talk to people about our work.  A highlight was seeing one of my dear friends that attended cosmetology school with me-great to see you again Meagan.

This year I didn’t get a picture with Black Widow, but I did see Space Pants and Space Shorts made famous my Gwen Stefani and Peter Dinklage for their skit on SNL.  I also got to speak at length with one Daenerys who is a budding writer and seems to be on the right track to publishing her own work.  The other Daenerys I’m pictured with had a dragon with her.  Thankfully I didn’t get burnt up so I could meet Harley Quinn.  My handsome man got to fight with Deadpool and Godzilla.

Thank you to everyone that took one of my books home, all the people that took a picture with me, and to all the local vendors that supported me as much as I supported them.

 

 

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Pictures from ‘Blood On The Potomac’ release party

We were lucky enough to have Xen Photography at Gratifi Kitchen and Bar, and they took some amazing photos.

Below I’ve included some of the best and I encourage you to check out their website Xen Photography and book them for your next special event.

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The Birth of a Novel

 

 

The night started off as many spring evenings in Houston-pouring down rain. Thankfully by the time my handsome man Israel and I made it to Gratifi Kitchen and Bar, in the heart of Montrose, the water abated. The weather reminded me of my personal experience while writing the novel. There were pitfalls, and a fair share of challenges, but in the end, after three years, my story was made available to the public.

 

I was excited when I saw that the menu had named a drink after my debut novel ‘Blood On The Potomac’, which proved delicious.   The venue was crowded, and when I read scenes from the novel there were gasps and laughs at the right times from the audience.

 

The people that joined me on the evening my novel was released ranged from old friends, fellow writers, and avid readers that were excited to start reading. One of the attendees-a college student and talented author told me that after I read the infamous ‘roof top’ scene in the ‘Looking Glass’ chapter she “couldn’t stop reading even after you did. I just had to find out what happened next!” (The link to my Facebook Author page is at the end of this blog-and where you can see video of my readings)

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That was one of the highlights above my gratitude that so many people came to support me.

 

The most memorable moment for me was when someone made a toast to me, easily one of the people that have known me personally for the shortest amount of time. Sherrie along with several of my co-workers from Green Apple Salon- Montrose, http://www.greenapplesalons.com came to the event just a few blocks from our salon. I was elated that they attended-a friend mentioned that no one from my previous salon attended any of my previous, yet numerous, writing events. My fellow hair stylist, Sherrie, stood up, and tapped a knife against her glass. She called the room to attention and began to speak.

 

Her words were moving, and the night was long, thus I can’t quote anything for sure other than how she concluded her toast of love and admiration with “you are a true artist, Mel, and we love you.”

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Knowing that others appreciate your gift for the written word is the greatest gift I’ve ever received. Thank you to all my friends, family, and the readers that attended any past or future event-without you I’d be telling stories to myself.

 

You can find my debut novel ‘Blood On The Potomac’ on Amazon or from Inklings publishing https://www.inklingspublishing.com

Like my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/melalgoodauthor/

And follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/MelAlgood

 

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Release party for ‘Blood On The Potomac’

I’m so happy that my debut romantic thriller ‘Blood On The Potomac’ (which I spent three years writing) is finally being released on May 21.  The party will be held at Gratifi Kitchen and Bar from 7pm-9pm.

They have some amazing food, and great drinks including The Silencer-which is a drink named after my short story in the anthology ‘Eclectically Criminal’ from Inklings Publishing which is available on Amazon.

You can buy ‘Blood On The Potomac’ on Amazon on May 21, or you can come to the party and pick up a signed copy.

Hope to see you there!

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What’s going on with ‘Everything That Counts’?

I’m proud to announce that my debut novel-a romanic thriller- ‘Blood On The Potomac will be released on May 21 through Inklings Publishing and will be available for purchase on Amazon.com.

But right now I’d like to talk about another novel-my debut Young Adult novel-‘Everything That Counts’.  In the novel you meet Blake Morgan the biggest loser in all of Annapolis, Maryland; maybe even the world.  We follow him throughout his senior year of high school as he makes the decision to finally live life rather than plan out every detail as he has with his future plans to become an astrophysicist.

I met with Kimberly Morris who offered her professional advice as a manuscript consultant.  Her feedback (the best of which I’ve included in this blog) was invaluable and thus I will re-work the novel to make sure the voice is consistent throughout before I hire an editor and eventually self-publish it.

At this moment in time I believe I can have it ready for you guys to read by late 2018, but until then here is a scene that really gets to the ‘core’ of Blake, through his conversation with classmate and crush Zoe Malone-the hottest girl in school.

 

 

That Saturday, Zoe and I were in my Dad’s car driving to the illustrious Annapolis Mall when she said. “I like you, Blake.”

My breathing stopped. No girl had said those exact words to me. I knew Sophie liked me but it wasn’t as if she liked me. She just enjoyed my company for some strange reason. But, Zoe was different. Zoe was free. Everything was an option for her, and that concept was highly intriguing to me. I let my eyes wander from the road toward her.

“I like you too, Zoe.”

She bit her lip briefly. “It’s just I got my heart broken by my last boyfriend which really sucked.”

“Sorry about that.” But I wasn’t really. I mean, since he dumped her she was available for me to date.

“Thanks. You know, when I told my Mom, she was like,” Zoe whined and puckered up her face as if she’d swallowed a lemon, “‘that’s what you get for being stupid enough to go out with an asshole.’” Then reverted to herself. “Which wasn’t helpful, like, at all. So, when I saw you I knew you’d be different, because you looked really smart.”

We’d been in the car a few miles and already the conversation had taken me to uncharted territories far beyond imagination. “Thanks?”

She leaned close enough that I could smell her perfume. It smelled like cotton candy. “I don’t mean for it to sound bad. It’s just that I don’t do well in school all the time, and feel so frazzled about it. But, you seem to know what you’re doing. It’s like you’re going somewhere, Blake. And that’s what makes me like you. You’re gonna be something when we grow up, and I want to be something too. I want to be remembered as something more than the blonde airhead that giggles all the time, you know?”

“I know exactly how you feel. I think that a lot of people feel like that, it’s just that not everyone says it.”

She giggled. “I can’t believe I make sense to someone as smart as you.”

“You’re smart, too. I mean we have English together, so you’re just as intelligent as me.”

“Maybe you’re just bad in English. I mean I bet you get that poem we were supposed to read. You know the one about the heart inside the heart, which totally grossed me out. I mean who carries around a heart, of like, someone they love?”

She was right. I didn’t understand language and the way it would evoke emotion when one might read or say a word. Much less why writing so incorrectly would ever be appropriate. Phrases held no power; it was only how they might be interpreted by others that gave them any meaning. And who’s to say that what someone wrote would ever be read? And who did e.e. cummings think he was to write so oddly thus making it impossible to understand his work and therefore get me a ‘B-’ on a test?

Although, my stomach turned into a tangle of knots the moment Zoe started this dialogue. I mean our plan was merely to grab something to eat, and watch a movie not divulge our deepest secrets. It was the same feeling I got the first time that I heard ‘Undone (The Sweater Song)’. When I opened my mouth next I put to rest all my preconceived beliefs about a well chosen sentence, the hierarchy of high school, and that the loser never got the girl, because I’d never felt more confident. “We’re not as different as you think, Zoe, about poetry especially. And that’s only one of the reasons you’re the most amazing girl I know.”

Her smile was wider than I’d seen it before and her dark eyes glittered like the night sky. “You really mean that don’t you?”

“I will never lie to you.”

“You know, if I was ready for another boyfriend, it would totally be you.”
Zoe saved me the unending embarrassment of responding like a geek by leaning over the gearshift, and kissing me. It was just long enough for me to get the taste of cotton candy on my lips before the slender fingers of her right hand turned the radio dial. She made a noise I thought might shatter the windows. “Oh I love Christina Aguilera!”

For a moment I contemplated the lengths a man would go to be in the company of a pretty girl, and the possibilities that her acquaintance might entail.

 

Her mouth on mine for the majority of the day seemed well worth listening to a pop star.

 

 

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What you should be reading

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I had the pleasure of attending the annual Houston Writers Guild Conference this weekend-I’ll blog more about this later once I’ve ‘downloaded’ all the information I got at the amazing event.

But today I want to discuss the first workshop I attended which was given by Jay Asher.  The workshop was about adding suspense to every novel no matter the genre-which he did perfectly in his debut novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

In my own novel ‘Blood On The Potomac’ I made sure that the reader not only wanted to know what happened on the next page, but needed to know.  Although I find that is imperative for a novel in my genre (romanic/thriller/spy) I hadn’t thought about how useful it would be in my other works like ‘Everything That Counts’ which is my first YA novel (more on that in a later blog).

Not only did he remind me to write for myself, yet keep the reader in the forefront of my mind, but that you can discuss difficult topics, like suicide in his own novel, and still get people to read something they might find ‘depressing’.

When I wrote ‘Blood On The Potomac’ and especially the character Samantha Locke I touched on many touch issues ranging from PTSD to human trafficking.  It was a balance that I had to set early in the process so that I didn’t overwhelm the reader with the many issues that people silently battle everyday, but I also knew that these are real human problems that I wanted to address in a creative way.

You can also find examples of how I, as an author, have my own message when writing about certain topics like drug abuse in my short story ‘Molly’ and rape in ‘Caroline Hearts Toby’ both which are available in the anthology Eclectically Criminal by Inklings Publishing.

I hope that my stories speak from themselves, and I feel that Asher does that exceptionally well in his novel, but the message of this blog is that although something might be difficult to talk about-silence is not an option-we as a society have to shed light on what is happening so that we can change it.

And know that there is help for you Click here to live chat with Suicide Prevention Life Line

 

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Release of ‘Blood On The Potomac’

I’m happy to announce that my debut romantic thriller ‘Blood On The Potomac’ will be available on May 21.  There will be a release party held in Houston, the location will be announced later this week.  The novel will also be available for pre-order soon from Amazon.com.

The cover has been released and I’m pleased to share it with you now.

 

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