A Colt is born

Colt

Or simply a new pen name, a new identity, a new beginning.

Many of you know me as Melinda De Ross, writer of quirky romantic comedy and tension-filled romantic suspense. But like many of my favorite authors and role models, including Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Loreth Ann White, and others, I feel it’s time to expand my horizons. I’ve always wanted to write crime thrillers and mysteries, but only after being a professional writer for seven years did I feel I was ready. And this is how my new pen name, Melinda Colt, is born.

garda seriesMy first dive into the crime thriller genre is a series of detective mysteries with a twist of romance called The Irish Garda Files.

Why Irish? Well, I felt there are enough FBI, NYPD, LAPD, and other PD’s books out there – some of them true masterpieces I could never surpass, written by talented members of this very group. So I wanted to write something new, something different. Ireland is a country with a low crime rate, but An Garda Síochána, their police service, is extremely competent and well-trained. I’d imagined how the fictional Garda detectives I have created would solve complicated, challenging cases, and this is how the first three Garda Books came to be: Dare Game, Killer Score, and Foul Play. I hope the flesh-and-blood Garda members will never have to confront such twisted killers in real life, but I know they deserve to be the heroes in my books.

Researching this series was a huge operation and I’d like to thank the Garda Síochána themselves for being so helpful and patient when I reached out and asked for their cooperation. I was pleasantly surprised by their promptitude as they answered my questions and explained police procedures I didn’t know about. My books are fictional, but as crime thrillers go I wanted to offer you, my readers, the most authentic experience I could create. I hope you’ll be there with my detectives, both male and female, go over the clues, inspect murder scenes and cyber data, feel the tension that builds up when they know a serial killer will strike at any moment and it’s up to them to make sure there isn’t another victim.

The first three books in The Irish Garda Files are up for pre-order, and I hope one day I will reach JD Robb’s record and publish the 50th Garda book. I’m just getting started and writing these books is incredibly fun and rewarding.

While I worked on them last year and prepared my launch, I outlined every detail, calculated the timing, worked very hard to make the moment when I present my new pen name perfect. I thought I had everything figured out – except I didn’t predict this moment will be in the middle of a pandemic. But you know what? I won’t let this get in the way of my celebration – not the virus, not the quarantine, not even the financial crisis that will follow.

dare-game_preview-coverThis is just a phase and we’ll get through this together. What better way to practice social distancing than to escape in captivating stories that tear us away from every alarming piece of “breaking news”?

To make you forget about it for a while, it’s my pleasure to offer you an exclusive preview into DARE GAME, the first Garda book, which you can download by subscribing to my newsletter HERE.

I would love to have you in my VIP club and share my journey with you! My author friends and I will offer you free books as often as possible to get through these difficult times. My social media accounts are just taking off and I very much hope you’ll join me there.

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And because I always like to save the best for last, I have a special Easter present for you: for a limited time I have decided to put DARE GAME, the first book in The Irish Garda Files, at the introductory price of 99 cents. Click on the image below to grab your copy today!

Stay safe and escape into books!

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The Beauty Of March And Springtime…..

Winter has begun to loosen its grip on many areas of the country, and we can now look forward to the lovely month of March and perhaps some more spring-like weather. For many, this winter has been harsh, for others quite mild, but I think it is safe to say we are looking forward to the beauty of what lies ahead.

Where I live in North Carolina, we have had a mild winter and I have seen the occasional spring blooms popping from the ground. So bright and cheerful, announcing that we are nearly through with winter. Telling us to hang on just that little bit longer, that the daffodils, crocus, and tulips will appear to brighten our days. The chill will be gone, and everything will be new. What a great time of year!

We also have St Patrick’s Day, St Paddy’s to the Irish amongst us. A time when everyone claims to be Irish. A fun fact, 7 times more people are claiming Irish heritage in the US then there are Irishmen in Ireland!

The Irish will tell you there is no such thing as leprechauns or pots of gold, but fairies are another story.

Fairies are real and alive still to this day in Fairy Forts or Rings in the woods. The Irish claim they exist and will do their best not to disturb them for fear of what mayhem they may cause!

The beauty of spring, the renewal, the celebrations and the reminders of childhood fantasy are all here to enjoy this month. Be sure you take time to do just that!

Enjoy a spot of tea with a cozy blanket and read one of my books set in Ireland. May I suggest 1-800-Ireland, Oh Danny Boy, or Maeve? Or get all 3 romances in 1 sweet bundle: Irish Hearts!

Do you love the beauty of the season, the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations?

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