Passion for fashion 👠

Fashion is a dynamic and ever-changing industry, and it can be challenging to keep up with the latest trends. However, staying on top of the latest fashion trends is essential for those who want to look their best and make a statement. This season, there are several key trends that are expected to dominate the fashion scene.

One of the biggest trends for the upcoming season is the use of bold, bright colors. This trend is perfect for adding a pop of color to your wardrobe and making a statement. Whether it’s a bright red dress, a bold yellow top, or a vibrant blue skirt, this trend is all about embracing color and making a statement. This trend is perfect for those who want to add a touch of fun and playfulness to their look.

Another trend that is gaining popularity is the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials. With the growing awareness of the impact of fast fashion on the environment, more and more brands are turning to sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and recycled polyester. This not only helps the environment but also promotes a more ethical and conscious approach to fashion. Brands are also using sustainable practices such as reducing water usage, reducing energy consumption, and minimizing waste. This trend is perfect for those who want to make a difference and feel good about their clothing choices.

Another trend that is expected to be big this season is the use of oversized and relaxed clothing. This trend is all about comfort and ease, and is perfect for those who want to make a statement without sacrificing their comfort. From oversized sweaters to flowy dresses, this trend is perfect for creating a relaxed and effortless look. Loose-fitting clothing also has the added benefit of being able to hide any imperfections, making it a great option for those who want to feel confident in their clothing.

Finally, the trend of vintage fashion is also back in style. Vintage clothing has always been popular, but it’s now more relevant than ever. With the current trend of sustainable fashion, vintage clothing is a great option because it is not only stylish, but also a sustainable choice. Vintage clothing is also unique, and it’s a great way to stand out from the crowd. This trend is perfect for those who want to add a touch of nostalgia and individuality to their look.

Luckily for fashion aficionados, the upcoming season has a lot to offer in terms of fashion trends. From bold colors to sustainable materials, oversized clothing to vintage fashion, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to make a statement or simply want to stay comfortable and on-trend, these trends will help you look and feel your best.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of oversized clothing, but I do love bold colors and you’ll notice most of my book heroines have a passion for fashion. 😊

I think fashion today has a pretty timeless vibe, which is why I love following 55-year-old influencer Dominique Sachse, as she is one of the classiest and most stylish public figures I’ve seen.

What are your fashion preferences? I’d love it if you shared them with me in the comments!

 

Fondly,

Melinda

Who’s ready for a Christmas giveaway?

As some of you know, this has been a very tough year for me, so I haven’t had an opportunity to say THANK YOU to my readers too often. Well, I just want you guys to know I’m grateful for your support, and I finally got around to organizing a giveaway on my Facebook page.
Unlike Santa, I don’t care if you’ve been nice or naughty! 🎅 😉
The gifts I put together for you include an e-book copy of my romance Lovestruck box set, an audiobook copy of my rom-com, Unabridged, and a $25 Amazon gift card!
The giveaway is only for Facebook users this time, and it’s very easy to enter. You will find it as a pinned post on my Facebook page, Melinda De Ross (click on the image below)
Winners will be announced on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th, on this page and in my newsletter. If you’re not subscribed to my monthly newsletter, I would love to have you there and you will receive a guaranteed surprise in your inbox if you subscribe: https://melindadeross.com/
Good luck everyone, and thank you again for being here. ❤️
Wishing you all blessed holidays! 🎄
Fondly,
Melinda

Changes, deals and easy meals

Happy National Homemade Bread Day!

Yep, that’s a thing, and I didn’t know it until today. This reminds me of the days back in high school, when my dad fell in love with homemade bread. For about a year I made bread every single day, a recipe that I had learned from my grandmother, and by the next day without fail there was not a single crumb left.

I haven’t made bread in years, but a few days ago I made a delicious batch of cheesy snacks, which in Romania are called “sărățele”. These are made with cheese, butter, eggs and flour. You can sprinkle all sorts of things on top of them, like poppy seeds, grated cheese, sesame seeds, or whatever you like. Find the recipe here.

And because nothing goes better with a snack than a good book, I would like to present to you my new covers. The trend for rom-com covers leans heavily on illustrations right now, so I decided to give my covers a facelift. What do you think?

Today and tomorrow, Celebrity is at 99 cents, so if you haven’t given it a try already, now is the time!

And for all the binge-readers out there who love to read rom-com after rom-com, laugh, dream, and forget about the news for a while, I put together a box set with my entire Lovestruck series.

I hope you have a great rest of the week, and I wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,

Melinda

 

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Dear friends,

It’s been a while since I was able to check in and give you an update. This is one of the most challenging things that I ever wrote, because the past months have been very difficult for me. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of November, so the holidays were dark and grim in my family. Just when the first spring sunrays seemed to head our way, war started in Ukraine. I live in Romania, which shares a border with Ukraine. It’s fortunate because we are able to help hundreds of thousands of refugees, but it also makes the horrors of war too close for comfort. However, I have no right to complain. I can’t even imagine what the poor people across the border have to endure every moment, living and dying in constant bombardment, as their country is destroyed, inch by inch.

The thought that this destruction might extend throughout the whole world is daunting. I’m only thirty-six years old, and already I’ve lived through a pandemic, the terrible illness of a loved family member, and now I am witnessing a war.

Needless to say that all of this has affected my creativity. I want to apologize to you all. I know you’re waiting for the next books, and I am struggling harder than you think to write the best mysteries that I can. That includes a lot of research, endless brainstorming, writing, deleting, not to mention mustering the physical and emotional state to write. I’ve had a lot more bad days than good, so the progress is slow, but I try to celebrate the small victories, like hitting the first 10k of a new book!

It’s a new series, which I’m very excited about. I can’t tell you anything about it yet, so please be patient with me. I just hope you will continue to share these small joys and make these baby steps with me.

In the meantime, I would love to offer you a free short story from my Lovestruck collection, which is available exclusively on my website, melindadeross.com. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 🙂☘️

Also, I have another series that I would love to recommend, because as a friend of mine says, we all turn to books for solace when reality becomes too harsh to endure.

If you would like to help the people of Ukraine in any way, fellow AB author Stephanie Queen has generously put together an anthology of ten stories, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to support Ukrainian refugees all over the world. Please consider buying this box set, so that someone who had to abandon their home can have a hot meal, medicine, or a bed for the night.

Stay safe,

Melinda