Monday, May 19, 2014

Author Highlight: Melissa Keir

I am so pleased to have Melissa Keir as my guest today! Melissa is a fellow member of the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America. She’s also a busy mom, teacher, and publisher as well as an author.  Today she’s here to share with us about her newest release, Protecting His Wolfe.

Blurb:
Betsie Wolfe is a small-town girl who leaves her cozy little life for a job in the big city, never expecting to become a witness to a murder or face vicious threats.
Detective Jonah Pigg is attracted to Betsie’s green eyes and small frame when he arrives on the scene of the murder.
When the threats begin, he takes her into his home under the protection of the three Piggs who own the Pigg Detective Agency. It will take all his detective work to keep her safe from the killer.
Passion has a way of igniting when people are under stressful situations, and lust leads Betsie and Jonah into each other’s arms. But is their relationship a matter of desire, or is it something more?

Excerpt:
Late one October evening, after most of the staff had left, Betsie chose to get the last of the filing done before heading out, hoping to earn some bonus points from Miss Hildebrand, the imperious clerical supervisor at Anderson. After all, nobody waited at home for her.
She kicked off her shoes and wiggled her toes, glad to be free of the fashionable toe-pinchers after a long day. Grabbing the stack of papers, she walked over to the tall filing cabinet. She sniffed and sneezed. “Julie must have worn the whole bottle of Chanel this morning.” Her co-worker’s “more is better” perfume policy made their close quarters trying at times. Juggling the folders in one arm, she pushed the window open for fresh air then sat on the floor to sort the files. Perhaps Mrs. Hildebrand, the old dragon who ran the secretarial pool, would appreciate her efficiency and lay off her for once.
Few, if any, other staff members remained so late in the day. Only the soft hum of the fluorescent lights broke the quiet, and she was able to work quickly without all the interruptions of the business day.
As she finished alphabetizing A-L, harsh voices echoed from outside, startling her.
Who could that be? She crept closer to the window, but found it too high to see the people below. Perhaps she shouldn’t have stayed alone at night, no matter how it might benefit her career.
“Do you have the stuff?” The voice sounded familiar. She scrunched her eyes, trying to envision the person behind the sound.
“Yes, I do, but the drugs are hidden until you pay me twice the amount we agreed on.”
She held her breath and crouched behind the file cabinet, afraid to make a sound. Is that Mr. Anderson? Why is my boss talking about drugs?
“That’s not the way to do business. We agreed on a fee. I did the loading and driving. I had all the risk.” The rough voice took on a menacing tone with a rasp that sounded like he—and it was clearly a man— had smoked three packs of cigarettes a day for twenty years.
“But it’s my company and my name on those trucks, which means I’m taking the biggest risk if we get caught moving your drugs. So the amount is double.”
Betsie’s heart raced. She’d never known anyone who’d been involved in dirty business, and now she was working for one. I wish I hadn’t worked late. Her leg hurt from her cramped posture, and she rubbed her calf to try to ease the pain. Closing her eyes, she retraced in her mind the office layout and an escape route. Just in case.

Buy Links:
Protecting His Wolfe is available at Amazon, All Romance EBooks, Barnes and Noble,  and Kobo.

Book Trailer URL: http://youtu.be/5IdGz_BdjEc

More About Melissa:
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college, her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing and books. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America, Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter, and EPIC. She is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.

Author Links: You can find Melissa at her website, blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.


41 comments:

  1. Melissa, I admire your ability to keep so many jobs (and being a wife and mother is definitely a job) going at the same time...and write such great stories. Kudoes to you.

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  2. Thank you Maris. I don't know how I juggle it all. Sometimes things must be put on the back burner and often that's me!

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  3. Enjoyed your post Melissa. I know some people that the busier they are the more they accomplish - sounds like you. And, it's working because you write wonderful stories.

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    1. Thank you Judy. I'm not happy unless I'm busy. :)

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  4. Hi, Melissa! Okay, that Piggs stuff had me rolling. The excerpt is great and as always, congratulations on your book, sweetie. Hugs.

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    1. You have to love a bit of silliness with your stories, right? :)

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  5. Love this - the blurb, cover, excerpt. Another great novel for my TBR list. Tweeted :)

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I appreciate your support!

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  6. Great excerpt, Melissa. Congratulations on your release.

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    1. Thank you Karen. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  7. You do have a busy life, Melissa! Enjoyed reading your post.

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    1. Thank you Rose. Busy keeps me out of trouble!

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  8. Congratulations on your release. Delightful post--enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you Neva. I am so glad you dropped by!

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  9. Fantastic excerpt, Melissa - I look forward to seeing what happens next! :)

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    1. Thank you Kristen. :) It does have quite an adventure for Betsie!

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  10. Great excerpt, Melissa! Best of luck with your sales - and all your many jobs... ;)

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    1. Thank you Lynda. :) I do like to be busy!

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  11. You are one busy lady, Melissa! Great post! Love the cover!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. :) I have to keep busy or else I go crazy.

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  12. I didn't know about the publishing gig. I love that you named Betsey Wolfe and the 3 detectivies PIGG. That got me to read all those little words you wrote. :)

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    1. The publishing gig is new. I have a second book in the works. :)

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  13. Thank you Patricia for having me on your blog today! I appreciate you making time for me and my book! :)

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    1. It's my pleasure, Melissa! Nice to meet all your friends, too!

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  14. I would love to be like you, Melissa. Wonderful cover and the excerpt had me on pins and needles.

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    1. Thank you Sandy. But I love you the way you are! :)

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  15. Melissa, you are amazing. I don't know how you can balance all you do. I love the premise of this book. I have to add it to my TBR pile.

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    1. Thank you Diane. I think I'm running myself ragged but at least I won't be bored!

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  16. Intense excerpt and I'm already curious! Race car driver, huh? And yet you still managed to fit in a gazillion other things you do. I wouldn't put it past you to add in race car driver as a hobby some day! Perhaps nice inspiration for a book...

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    1. I wish I could do the funny car sprints. Such fun!

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  17. Enjoyed the excerpt. Now I have to find out what happens!

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    1. Thank you Lucy! I'm glad you stopped by!

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  18. Oh my gosh! This book looks absolutely delightful! Thank you so much for sharing your excerpt.

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    1. Thank you Sheri for stopping by! That's high praise coming from you!

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  19. Did you ever get the chance to race? Maybe on your bucket list?! Nice excerpt...leaves the reader wanting to know more.

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    1. I haven't gotten the chance to race other than other cars at the stop lights. I almost lost my license at 18 because of too many speeding tickets.

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  20. Great post. Love the "Pigg" concept! I'm sure your wit shines through in the book.

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