{Guest Post+Giveaway} Author Melissa Foster

December 8, 2011 author post, Giveaways, Guest Post 6

Today I have author Melissa Foster here with me. She is going to share a top 10 list with us. I love number 6. I may or may not have been found guilty of talking out loud to myself. After the guest post(at the bottom of this post) there will be a giveaway for 3 ecopies of Come Back to Me! So cool 🙂

Thank you, Michelle, for hosting me on your blog today. I have something fun to share today. I debated writing a serious article that might spark deep and meaningful conversation, but then I decided to throw caution to the wind.
This year I published two books, CHASING AMANDA (April 2011) and COME BACK TO ME (November 2011). Both have become bestsellers (Yay!). This year has been a busy one, and this week has added to the excitement. Both CHASING AMANDA and MEGAN’S WAY hit International Bestseller this week—something I wouldn’t even have known if it wasn’t for my good friend author Stacy Eaton, who was kind enough to alert me. Exciting stuff! I feel very blessed, and I am thankful to all of my U.S. and international readers.
Writing is an interesting career. We authors spend many hours with our computer, often times with little to no adult interaction (thank goodness for social media!). During the last few years of writing, I discovered a few things that were unexpected, and I thought I’d share them with you.  
  1. I was surprised to find that people actually like to read my work.
  2. I used to think that 50,000 was a big number. Now I realize that when followed by “words”, it’s not enough.
  3. Coffee and M&Ms really do make the perfect diet—you just have to buy a larger chair.
  4. I never expected to find that three thesauruses were not enough
  5. Who knew that characters wouldn’t leave after you finished writing the book?
  6. I’m surprised to see people looking at me cross-eyed…until I realize I’m chatting with my characters…out loud.
  7. Words are like snowflakes, no matter how many there are, they’re never quite enough.
  8. Telling your children that they’ve had enough “screen” time doesn’t go over well when you spend 6 hours each day in front of your own screen.
  9. Conundrum is a fun word.
  10. Books really are more fun to write when you get to chat with the readers who enjoy them—Okay, this really didn’t come as a surprise, but writing is a scary prospect. When someone says they’ve read my book, I want to hide until I hear that they’d liked itJ, then I want to hug them!
There you have it, ten fun things that came as a surprise to me. I still maintain that publishing a book is like standing on a street corner naked. You’re never quite sure if readers will throw tomatoes or whistle. Thanks for the whistles (I ducked the tomatoes!).
I love to chat with readers—tell me about your top ten surprises in life, invite me to your book club event! Oh what fun we will have! If you get a chance, pop over to the WoMen’s Literary Café. Free eBook Fridays begin in January!
Melissa’s Bio:
“Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal”—Author Jennie Shortridge
Foster’s latest novel is in the same league as books written by such authors as Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner, and Kristin Hannah.”–Author Carrie Green

Melissa Foster is the bestselling, award-winning author of three novels, Megan’s Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, and anthology. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the WoMen’s Literary Cafe, a cross-promotional site for authors, reviewers, bloggers, and readers. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’s Way, and hard at work on her next novel. 

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.
Melissa’s links:
Twitter: @Melissa_Foster
My social network for women, The Women’s Nest: http://www.TheWomensNest.com
Facebook Melissa Foster : http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterBooks (profile)
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster
The WoMen’s Literary Café, where readers & authors unite! http://www.womenslitcafe.com



And now I have a giveaway for THREE (3) ecopies of Come Back to Me by Melissa Foster.

Summary (from Goodreads)

Tess Johnson has it all: her handsome photographer husband Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.
Tess struggles with the news of Beau’s death and tries to put her life back together. Alone and dealing with a pregnancy that only reminds her of what she has lost, Tess is adrift in a world of failed plans and fallen expectations. When a new client appears offering more than just a new project, Tess must confront the circumstances of her life head on.
Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing honor killings find Beau barely alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged by the crash. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.
What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.

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6 Responses to “{Guest Post+Giveaway} Author Melissa Foster”

  1. Unknown

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been wanting Melissa’s book and it’s on my TBR list, so I’d love to win it!
    I left a comment on your review of Paranormalcy – great review!
    Thanks for having the giveaway!
    Gena Robertson

  2. Taslim Jaffer

    I love Melissa’s top 10! I’m currently reading Megan’s Way and really enjoying it…hoping to load up my kindle with her other two books! Thanks for the giveaways – glad I found your blog through Melissa’s fbook page!

  3. Ceska

    Come Back To Me was a surprising book from beginning to end. During the first few chapters I was puzzled by the story…I had read Chasing Amanda and Megan’s Way by this author, and the story was nothing like what I had come to expect from Melissa Foster – it seemed like the story had nowhere to go, that the characters were doomed down a very well traveled road and that all the cliches were about to be revealed. And then…everything changes, everything turns on its head, everything gets unhinged and the story really takes a wonderful turn to become a most engaging story about love in difficult times and about our perceptions of reality.

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