Leo's Angel Oak Tree

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I had so much fun writing for the PG LOVE SCENE BLOGFEST that I wanted to have my own blogfest. So, if you are interested, here are the deets:

1)To enter, you must be a follower on my blog and tweet about the blogfest!
2) Write a short scene (no more than 500 words) about receiving a first kiss.
3) Post the scene on your blog by April 10th.
4) Give me the link to your blog in the comments below.
5) I will post all the links in a blog on April 10th for people to peruse!

Happy Writing and have fun!!!


Rejection sticks! Yea...hardly news, right. However, when faced with the rejections that are inevitably going to come, you have to remember what started the writing in the first place. The IDEA!

Go back to the idea and make it better. Get a critique partner or two. Join an online support group. REWRITE. Rework the query or opening pages.

But the main thing to remember is the IDEA. You thought it was good enough to start writing the story, have faith in it now!

Publishing is a two way street. Agents and Editors need to have a sellable manuscript and you have to provide them with the sellable idea in that manuscript!

Happy Writing!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gretchen McNeil is having a Contest!

Gretchen McNeil (aka Mistress Monday from the YA Rebels) is also having a Query Critique Contest on her blog! Her killer query is posted for THE WITCH'S EYE and she gives great advice on Voice, Pitch, and plot! For details, go to: www.gretchenmcneil.blogspot.com.

I' ve entered so if you love me, you'll let me have it! Bless you all!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Limerick Blog Carnival

Here is my limerick for my current WIP that I am working on! Enjoy!

There once was a girl named Grace
Who met a boy with a breathtaking face
When love they did find, their souls they did bind
Then, the Shadow Demons started to chase!
I am not so good at limericks, but I tried! Leave a comment...please!
Here is the blogsite with the blog carnival:

Book Deal Celebration Giveaway!!

Beth Revis just got a book deal! YAY!!!! So, she's doing a giveaway to celebrate with her writer and reader friends! Go to her blog site (Writing it Out) from my blog scroll, and enter to win one of two fabulous gift baskets!!

Way to Go Beth!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


If you are a YA writer, and you don't follow/subscribe to the YA Rebels vlogs, you are missing out! First of all, they are awesome...every week! I have learned so much, cracked up laughing until my sides ache in pain, and cried over their awesomeness. So, do yourself a favor, and become a YA REBEL fan on twitter, youtube, and facebook! You won't regret it.

Oh yea...this week they are hosting a query critique contest. Don't enter because I want to win. (Oh, did I say that out loud???) Just joking...go! Subscribe to their vlogs and enter to win a query critique from the YA Rebels! And, if you win, tell them Melissa sent you!


(See my twitter feed below for deets!)

Monday, March 15, 2010


I was scrolling around twitter the other day, and I found a blog that is hosting a PG Love Scene Blogfest. I thought that this might be really fun. So here is my scene. I hope everyone enjoys it:

I awoke to an unfamiliar setting, snuggled and curled up to Leo's bare chest. My right hand laying gently on his cross tattoo. He was breathing slowly and melodically, his chest heaving up and down very smoothly, no more stress lines marking the most perfect of faces. Casually, I let my fingertips trace the perimeter of his inking, and I marveled at its smoothness.

Leo was the most perfect creature imaginable. His honey skin practically glowing in the irridescent light coming from the bedroom window. I deliberately let my fingers trail downward, brushing my tingling skin over the hardness of his stomach muscles, perfectly scultped and lean. My fingers probed further, shamelessly, circling around the soft flesh of his belly button, and I felt him breathe harder.

Leo rolled over closer to me, his hand pulling me intimately tighter to him, his eyes still closed but his lips waking enough to kiss my hair. I pressed my ear to his chest and listened to the rhythmic beating of his heart.

"Good Morning, Love." Leo whispered. I thrilled to his words.

"It is a good morning, isn't it." I stated. I propped myself up on one elbow, leaning across his abdomen. He looked down at me from his pillow, his blue eyes sparkling.

"Every day waking up with you is good, so yes it is." He managed to muster quietly, trying not to wake anyone with our chatting.

In all actuality, Leo wasn't supposed to be in this room with me at all, but we couldn't help breaking the rules to see each other. It's not that we wanted to break the rules, necessarily, but others couldn't take our happiness in large doses.

"What are you thinking about?" Leo asked, keeping his promise to not listen to my thoughts.

"Nothing, just wishing I didn't have to go home today." I cuddled tighter to him and wrapped my feet around his for warmth. Leo was always so warm.

"Well, it is Christmas Eve. You should be with your parents, and I won't be far, I promise." He vowed.

Leo sat up and got off the bed, his low cut pajama bottoms highlighting the glorious indentations above his hipbones. He reached down, picking up his wrinkled t-shirt off the floor. Quickly, Leo put it on, and I laughed almost too loudly. I didn't get a chance to see the shirt last night in my rush to take it off, and now I wished I had. It would have totally contradicted his argument about being good despite our bond together.

"What?" He smirked at me.

"Bad Angel? Really, is that some kind of twisted joke?"

Leo pulled the dark green t-shirt out from the hem and stared at the words. He chuckled. "Yeah, I know. I' m a hypocrite. Sue me!" Leo leaned down and gave me a peck on the cheek. "I'll see you downstairs, okay."

I smiled, and he whisked himself out of the door.

I hope you enjoyed it! Now, post one for your blog!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Page 99 Test

One of my twitter buddies told me about this test that is supposed to tell you if a book is worth reading. Just read page 99 of the book and if you like it, you should read the book. So, I decided to check my novel. Here is my page 99! It is the conclusion of Chapter 8. Would you read it?

Page 99 From SOLSTICE:

Leo didn't say a word on the drive back to the library. He just stared out of the windshield, his eyes wide and watchful. His silence was painful. Was he angry? At that exact thought, Leo put his hand on mine and stroked the top of it with his thumb. He was trying to comfort me.

I looked over at him, wanting so much to say something but too afraid to utter a sound. He didn't acknowledge my gesture. Leo was tense and looking everywhere as he drove through the streets of town. I had never seen him scared before. The city lights were blinking on as the dusk turned to dark.

We arrived at the library and he pulled in very close to my car. It would only take me two steps to get in. There wasn't a soul around and the whole scene made me scared as well. Leo spoke through the darkness in a rapid whisper, one streetlamp sending a streak of yellow across his face.

"Go straight home and I will follow you." He stroked my cheek with the back of his hand, his voice quivering with stress.

"You have to talk to me, Leo. What's going on?" I couldn't take it, his emotions were killing me. I held his hand to my cheek with my own, not willing to let go.

"I don't have time to explain, but I will tomorrow, I promise." He leaned his forehead down to touch mine. "I'm afraid my family is in danger, but you don't have to be involved...please...just do what I ask." Leo had never ordered me to do anything. He had always been the perfect gentleman. This must be very serious.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Here are two contests that everyone should participate in.

Submission/Critique Contest with agent Suzie Townsend of Fine Print!!!: Go to Suzette Saxton's blog in my blog list!!!

Fantabulous Follower Book Giveaway: Go to Elana Johnson's blog in my blog list!