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It's been a while!

How goes life? Mine? Well, since the last time I posted here, I have published lots of books, explored a few different genres, and in general, found my voice as an author. Great stuff! 
But since it's been a while, it makes sense to reintroduce myself to you. Or, give you a 2017 version of Melissa West. *cue smile*
My formal bio is this: 
USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa West is the author of more than fifteen novels, each set in the South and ready to steal a reader’s heart with Southern charm, sweet tea, and a whole mess of gossip. Her novels have received high praise and recognition from RT Book Reviews, Seventeen Magazine, Fresh Fiction, and Harlequin Junkie, among others. 
When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in Georgia.
What do you think? Does that sound pro-ish? 
But my unofficial, less formal bio goes more like this: 
Wrangler of 2 little ones, coffee-drinker, WINE drinker, Pinterest-addict, lover of all things humorous. Pro-kindness. Pro-honesty. Pro-la…
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NA Scavenger Hunt with exclusive content from Jen McConnel.

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page. ***THE SCAVENGER HUNT***

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on Team GREEN, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify. Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by November 2nd, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 


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See you later, 2014!

If 2014 was about learning, 2015 is about focus
I started out in publishing writing what I wanted to write. I wrote fast paced, action-packed stories full of heart and readers responded well. I didn’t hit a list or sell a million copies or anything, but GRAVITY and HOVER did hit #1 in teen sci-fi on Amazon, which with series like the Hunger Games and Divergent in the world, this was no easy feat! So, I saw some successes. The problem was that I didn’t really know what I was doing. Ha! I wrote with no knowledge of what worked or didn’t. I made mistakes, but I also learned from them. Win!
2014 then became my year of learning. Learning how I write, and what I do best. I now know my strengths are voice, dialogue, and emotion. I tested myself, which is good. But I also made a decision to try to write the way others write in 2014, and that title ended up being my worst selling book. Le sigh. Still learning!
So, I now know I’m not a smexy scene writer. Sure, I write romance and there is pl…

Jackson POV, Oh my!

So, I promised I would write the shower scene in HOVER from Jackson's POV to make up for COLLIDE's move to January. The post went live in my newsletter last night, but because emails get lost all the time, I thought it only fair to post here. Enjoy!!

HOVER, Shower Scene--Jackson POV By: Melissa West I press my forehead against the stone wall of the shower, my body heaving in anger and frustration. At Zeus. At Ari. At myself. The hot water flows over my skin, stinging the raw ciphers, but I barely notice. My thoughts cut too deep to notice anything else. There are only two people I care about in this world. Two. And Zeus has his fists around both of them, their lives in his hands. Anger rips through me again, building on itself until I feel like I might explode. I draw a breath, trying to calm down, and then the tension is too much, the rage, the fear, the ache in me to do something, anything, and knowing there is nothing I can do. Noth…