About Melinda De Ross

Melinda De Ross is the first Romanian to become a USA Today bestselling author. A prolific writer, she weaves humorous romance and tension-filled thrillers with the same enthusiasm. Her books combine the elegance of European literature with the modern appeal of American culture. While she's a law graduate and professional target shooter, she prefers to spend her days spinning tales for her readers. In her downtime, she'd rather read or watch a classic movie than go to a noisy club. She loves to hear from readers, so if you have a question or want to learn more about her books, visit her website: MelindaDeRoss.com

New 99 cents release and a giveaway! @melinda_colt #mgtab

Hi there!

I hope your week has started well, and if you’re a fan of mysteries and giveaways, I have great news for you!

Some of you who bought The Authors’ Billboard box set, Dear Santa, might have already read my novella, Saving Maddie, a part of my Irish Garda Series. If you haven’t, I just released my single title and priced it at 99 cents, so all readers can get a bite-size taste of my new series.

Detective Finola ‘Finn’ McGregor enjoys her job at An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police force. In a country with a low crime rate, a cop’s job isn’t as exciting as people might think—until Finn becomes part of a team that uncovers a network of human traffickers, specializing in kidnapping children and forcing them to beg on the streets.

Finn’s sense of justice would’ve compelled her to solve the case anyway, but when she meets one of the trafficker’s victims, her resolve strengthens. One look into the little girl’s sad, blue eyes, and Finn would willingly give her life to save Maddie.

 

Delving into the mystery and thriller genre is new to me, and I am just starting my media presence under my new pen name, Melinda Colt. For this purpose I have organized a giveaway on my Facebook and Instagram pages. For a chance to win a signed paperback and a $50 Amazon Gift Card, I hope you’ll join me there and enter the giveaway.

Aaaannnd…. I still have ONE more surprise for you! If you’re looking for a FREE read this week, check out this review copies giveaway that we’ve put together on Story Origin for you!

Until next time, stay safe and be well, my friends!

 

Hugs,

SAVING MADDIE – behind the scenes

Hello on this beautiful October day!

I hope the weather is nice wherever you are. After two weeks of rain and wind, I get to see the sun today! It’s almost like it knows we’re celebrating something. 😊

First of all, exactly one week from today our box set, DEAR SANTA: A Christmas Wish, will be released, on October 27. This box set is special in many ways, both for us at The Authors’ Billboard, and for our readers as well. We held a contest, picked eighteen winners, and each author in this box set wrote a story for their winner, hence fulfilling their Christmas wishes.

My story is called Saving Maddie, and it’s about an Irish detective who saves several children who were forced to beg on the streets. Last year I began a brand new series, The Irish Garda Files, a collection of mystery thrillers about detectives from An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police force, the complicated cases they solve, and the challenges of pursuing love as a cop.

When given the wonderful opportunity to write a story for this box set, I immediately wanted to give people a glimpse into my new series. Saving Maddie features Detective Finola McGregor, a young, idealist policewoman who becomes part of the team in charge with saving three children from human trafficking. The idea of the story came to me while reading a true crime article about several Roma children that were either kidnapped or sold by their parents to human traffickers. The idea that modern slavery exists is horrifying, and most of us prefer pretending this doesn’t exist.

I decided to tackle this sensitive subject, and write an Oliver Twist kind of story where the protagonist is a young girl whose biggest wish is to have a family. Saving Maddie is a heartwarming and heart wrenching story, which teaches us that miracles truly exist, as do people willing to risk their lives for others. It’s a story about human nature, hope and courage. Most of all, it’s a tale of love and healing.

Since I’ve been writing The Irish Garda Files series I have been immersed in the world of those who protect and serve us. I’ve learned so many things about life as a police officer, and most of all, I grew as an author. What I like most about this series is that each book features different characters, which gives me endless possibilities for new stories. Saving Maddie is only the beginning.

This brings me to my second reason to celebrate: announcing that today is the release day of my second Irish Garda novel, Killer Score. Like all of my novels, this book also has an interesting story behind it. I invite you to read it on my personal blog here.

As many of my fellow authors mentioned, we are trying to land a spot on the USA Today bestsellers list with our box set, Dear Santa—that’s our Christmas wish. This means that every sale matters. If you haven’t bought our collection of eighteen stories for only 99 cents, please consider doing so and supporting us in our dream. We know that times are hard for everyone, but if you can spare a penny to help us out, Santa will make sure you’ll be rewarded. We encourage you to buy from Apple, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and Google Play if you can, because those sales are more difficult to get.

Many thanks for your support, whatever form it takes. Whether you can buy the set, share this post to help us spread the word, or simply follow us in our journey.

Stay safe and stay healthy. Better times will come for all of us!

Bittersweet Beginnings 🍂🍁

Have you ever wanted something so badly that when you finally got it you didn’t know how to react? Well, it’s happening to me now. For weeks, I’ve been wondering what to write in this post, and here I am now, living my big day and not knowing what to say.

2020 is one of the most difficult and controversial years in our contemporary history—I know some of you survived much more difficult times. All of this year, I tried not to complain, not to despair, not to fear the future. I faced it with a smile on my face and forced optimism, immersing myself in work. Because, like everyone else, I had plans for 2020.

Today is the launch of my new pen name and the release of my first book in a new genre.

It’s the beginning of an era for me.

I’ve been planning this moment for a whole year. I’ve poured so much heart, sweat, tears and sleepless nights into this project, trying to perfect every single detail of my new adventure. I’ve agonized for months before I decided to start writing under a new pen name, because I wanted to keep my audiences separate and not mislead my romance fans by giving them mysteries and thrillers.

For weeks I’ve studied potential pen names before I chose Melinda Colt, a name that is actually close to my own, Melinda Coliolu. It does sound better though, and it evokes action, danger, hopefully a little sexiness—all that I try to include in my books. Plus, it’s easier to pronounce. 😊

During the past year I have worked relentlessly to write the first three novels in my new series, The Irish Garda Files. I have researched, hunted for information, knocked on doors, and even reached out to An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police force, to assist me in my writing. With every sentence, I struggle to offer my readers the best product, the most authentic and heartfelt journey. Of all my hobbies, reading has been my favorite since I was four years old. Escaping into books and living along my favorite characters is such a fantastic experience it’s impossible to describe. I want to give that to my readers. If only one of you escapes in my stories and loves them so much you wish they never end, then my mission as a writer is complete.

I spent the past few months preparing frantically to launch Dare Game, the first book in the series. My hands still shiver with anxiety as I check my sales and reviews. What if readers won’t like it? What if people won’t buy it? What if it will get buried among the millions of books on Amazon and no one will find it?

I’ve never been this honest and open about my feelings in a public post. I’ve learned the hard way never to show vulnerability, because in this day and age a lot of people prey on it just for kicks. I know I will get some hate for this post. I know I will get some indifference. But, most of all, I hope I will get some love and understanding.

Because launching a dream of this magnitude during a frigging pandemic sucks!

I know you’re well aware of that. All over the world people lost their jobs, cancelled their weddings, went bust in their businesses, got separated from their families, lost loved ones, or lost their lives prematurely.

We’re living some crazy times. It seems that everything is trying to kill us—Covid-19, the weather, the worldwide political and financial crisis, and pretty much everything we eat, drink, or breathe. Everyone is affected by some or all of this.

To me, September 22nd 2020 was all about me and my new book—the light at the end of the tunnel. I literally survived this entire year dreaming and dreading this day. Well, today isn’t about that anymore. According to Google, on this fall equinox we’re celebrating a number of things: Falls Prevention Awareness Day, National Elephant Appreciation Day, Hobbit Day, National Ice Cream Cone Day, National Singles Day, National Temperature Control Day, National Voter Registration Day, National White Chocolate Day.

All of these things are more important than one book. Because while this book might be valuable to me, those things up there are valuable to all of us. All I can hope for is that one day, maybe decades from now, my writing will matter enough to be included in a list like that—maybe somewhere between ice cream and chocolate.

For today though, I just want to share my joy with you, and hope you won’t judge me too harshly because of my weaknesses.

And if you’re wondering what I’ve been talking about for the last ten minutes, feel free to check out the infamous—not yet famous—Dare Game. I would be honored to hear your opinions.

 

Stay healthy and safe,

Melinda

My Top 5 Best Movie Kisses 💋

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well, although that’s more and more difficult to say these days. Since I figured we all need a break from news and politics, today I want to share with you my favorite kissing scenes in movies. It was very difficult to make a Top 5 because I love all of these movies, but here it goes:

5. Vivian and Edward in Pretty Woman

This movie has a simple plot, yet the characters and the dialogue are so witty and beautiful it became an instant classic, inspiring many stories throughout the years. Edward and Vivian are two jaded people who stopped believing in love. No kiss has ever been as magic as the one they share to express the revelation of their love.

4. Baby and Johnny in Dirty Dancing

I adore this movie, even though it’s the same age I am. I must have seen it a couple dozen times at least, and never get tired of it. If you remember, there hasn’t been much kissing in it, which makes it even more memorable when Baby and Johnny finally show us a proper smooch!

3. Bridget and Mark in Bridget Jones’s Diary

I don’t know if there’s anyone on the planet that doesn’t know the famous story of Bridget Jones, a typical singleton who manages to be awkward, sexy, clumsy and witty at the same time. While Bridget is probably one of the most relatable female characters in modern literature, we can’t say the same about the classy Mr. Darcy, which is rara avis indeed. Yet Bridget manages to win his heart. How can we not be a little jealous on Renée Zellweger  for getting to kiss the amazing Colin Firth?

2. Claire and Jamie in Outlander

I discovered and fell in love with Diana Gabaldon’s books long before Starz made a TV series based on them. While I was reluctant regarding the TV series at first, I have to admit the actors playing Claire and Jamie are incredible, and the chemistry between them is sizzling. There are plenty of kissy scenes in the show, but my favorite is still the one from their wedding night.

Aaannnddd… drum rolls, please!

1. Morticia and Gomez in The Addams Family

I’ve been obsessed with the family created by cartoonist Charles Addams ever since I was a kid. I supposed it’s because I can relate to their unconventional habits, weird sense of humor and overall quirkiness. But what I admired the most was the passionate love story between Morticia and Gomez – one of those love stories you know are going to last forever. They deserve to be #1! 💋

I very much hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, please share it with your friends to brighten their weekend. And even though this is what kissing looks like these days, it’s moments like these that last forever.

Stay safe and healthy!