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All the things are happening

Firstly, thank you to all the lovely people who have been reading and reviewing The Devil in Denim. You are all awesome!

Secondly Amazon picked Devil as one of their top Romance books of the month (so yay!)

Amazon Best books of the month copy

Right now, the kindle version is discounted (it shows up at $5.49 for me here in Oz, so I’m guessing the US price is around $5.10?) so this gorgeous butt:



is going cheap! You know you want him on your e-reader … :D

Thirdly, The Dark Side, book 2 of my urban fantasy trilogy, has gone off to be edited. I should have it back before the end of this month but because I have a book (The Shattered Court) due at the end of the month and a set of revisions (Lawless in Leather) due by then as well, I’m thinking I won’t get back to TDS until the start of October. So hopefully it will be out in the world by mid October! Sorry but sometimes all the publishing things converge and something has to give a little.

Fourthly I’ve seen the cover copy for both The Shattered Court and Lawless in Leather so that hopefully means there will be pretty pretty covers to share soon. Likewise, I should have the cover for The Dark Side to show you real soon now. I’m also working on another Wild Side thing which isn’t too far away, I hope. To whet the appetite a bit, here’s the blurb for The Dark Side (warning, slightly spoilery for The Wolf Within, so avert your eyes if you don’t want to know:

Monsters used to be just her day job. Now they’re her life.

Newly minted werewolf, Ashley Keenan, thought she’d faced her past when she got her revenge on McCallister Tate, the vampire who killed her family. She wants to build a future with her fiancé, FBI agent and fellow werewolf, Daniel Gibson, but it seems the past isn’t done with her yet. For one thing, she still owes a debt to the vampire who controls Seattle, a fact that doesn’t sit well with Dan. And for another, she knows that McCallister Tate didn’t work alone … and his friends are still out there.

When a vicious attack on the anniversary of her parent’s death leaves her best friend infected with an aggressive new strain of vampirism, Ash is sucked into the fight to save her and to stop a plague of vampires overrunning humanity. It’s a fight that quickly turns deadly when the ones controlling the new vampires decide that Ashley’s family secrets might hold the key to their success—and that the only way to get to those secrets is through Ash herself. To save herself, her friend, and maybe even the world, Ash has to embrace her werewolf abilities, call on some dangerous allies, and take a walk on the dark side …

And now back to writing all the things so that all of the above keeps happening! Have a great weekend, everyone!

P.S. If you’re a reviewer and are interested in reviewing The Dark Side (or The Wolf Within), contact me mel @!


Cover reveal

The cover for The Devil in Denim is revealed in all it’s glory (and there’s a lot of glory) today on Heroes and Heartbreakers!

Check it out! I think it’s divine (looks like the SMP art department needs cookies too!)


Read all about it

Just a quick post to say that the excerpt for The Wolf Within is up now on the site for those who are curious.

The Wolf Within

Hopefully out in a week or less!

ARRA chat

A few weeks ago I did a google hangout/chat with the lovely Sharon from the Australian Romance Readers Association and the vid is now live…so if you want to hear and see a bit of me chatting about my books and other random things…the video is on the ARRA blog below.

Thanks for having me, ARRA!

In which there is more news!

Well, after last weeks good news, I’m equally happy to tell you that it’s official, more M.J. Books will be forthcoming!  I’ve sold two more books to my lovely Roc editor, Jessica Wade. the first of these will be a fourth book in the Half-Light series ( I reached the end of Iron Kin without reaching the end of the story) And the other,  at this stage, another dark fantasy. Half-Light 4 is so far without title so more on that when we figure it out and will be out earlyish in 2014 I hope

I officially have many books to write but am thrilled I get to keep writing on my two favorite genres!


In which there is news…

And not a little squeeing!

Anyway, once upon a time there was a writer who loved romance and fantasy. Grew up reading ‘em both. Started writing ‘em both. Sold the fantasy ones first….but today, I’m very very thrilled to announce I have, thanks to the agent wizardry of Miriam Kriss, sold 3 contemporary romances to the awesome Jennifer Enderlin at St. Martins Press!!

Well, when I say me, it’s actually M.J’s evil twin, Melanie Scott who is writing these. Or maybe M.J. is the evil twin…anyway, two names for me!

At this stage the titles of the books are The Devil in Denim, Angel in Armani and Lawless in Leather and Book 1 should be out sometime early-mid 2014.

Melanie’s website (well the first version thereof) is here and she has a Facebook page (hop over there and like her if you want news via FB). I’ll put the details of the website up here when I have them but because it’s nice to share, there’ll be one twitter @melscott and news of all books will be posted here at Crossed Wires (which you’ll be able to access from both sites) along with the usual cat stories, pics and general ramblings about the writerly life.

For all my lovely M.J readers, do not fear, M.J. isn’t going anywhere, so if you’re not into contemporary romance, there will be more fantasy tales for you. If you do like contemporary romance, then hopefully you’ll check Melanie’s books out.
And that’s all for now…more on these books to come!

Galley winner

And the winner of the Blood Kin signed galley is Courtney Ake. Congrats to Courtney!
Courtney, email me using my contact form with your snail mail and how you’d like it signed and I’ll get it in the mail to you.

For those who didn’t win…there’s still hope!
My crit buddy Keri Arthur is also giving away a galley over on her blog
There is also a few days left to enter the Goodreads giveaway for US folks
And Ace and Roc are giving away a Half-Light City started pack of both books on their facebook page. That one may be US only…I haven’t tried entering to find out!

And if none of those pan out, never fear there will be some more Blood Kin related contest goodness here on the blog in the next few weeks.

Blood Kin galley giveaway

Book three in the Half-Light series officially has a title…Iron Kin. So to celebrate the newly named and the coming-real-soon-now release of Blood Kin, I’m giving away a Blood Kin galley (galleys are bound, uncorrected proofs of the book).

Just comment here to win…bonus points if you tell me a cool name…person, pet, book, whatever!


Also, I’m very thrilled to be able to say that Shadow Kin has been nominated for a 2011 Australian Romance Readers Association Award in the Sci Fi, Fantasy and Futuristic category.  Woot! Huge thanks to everyone who nominated me! The list of finalists (Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Rachel Vincent, Erica Hayes, Karen Marie Moning and Sherrilyn Kenyon!) features some of my favourite writers and I’m very honoured to be in their company! Congratulations to the finalists in all the categories, lovely to see lots of great books and authors getting the nod.

If you’re an ARRA member, voting is open from tomorrow! Go vote for all your favourite books this year.

So close…

About fourteen hours to go until it’s 9am on release day in New York. It’s sort of a weird feeling waiting for the big thing that, really, I have no control over anymore.

I can understand why writers talk about a book baby. Lots of effort for a long time and then a big flurry of effort at the end and no way of stopping things after that lol And you want everyone to think the result is wonderful! Even though you know some people will think it’s a weird looking brat. And that’s pushing a metaphor far enough for one morning.

Anyway, I’ll draw the blog giveaway and the newsletter giveaway tonight before I go to bed….so if you haven’t entered, you have less than fourteen hours to do so!

I’m also at My Bookish Ways today – where I will answer questions etc and there’s another giveaway chance.

And Ace/Roc are doing their Fall Giveaway over at Dear Author and Shadow Kin is one of the books up for grabs.

Okay, off to work to distract myself from author neuroses!