Sunday, January 10, 2016

Blog Tour for SWAY by Melanie Stanford


Melanie just happens to be one of my very favorite writing friends, critique partner, and emoji extraordinaire! Seriously, we've had full on conversations with pictures. It's awesome. Anyway, I'm thrilled to have Melanie here today to talk a little more about her book. 




Blurb: She’d be happy to forget…if the past would just stop hitting “replay”.
Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?
Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancĂ© Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.
In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.
One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself. 
Product Warnings
Contains an actor whose kisses taste like chocolate, a pianist with scores of regret, and a sexy crooner who just wants his ex to cry him a river.

If you love crooning, swooning, chocolate-smooth love and emotion, you've got to read this. Without further ado, here's Melanie to tell us more about her book! 


Hi Michelle and thanks for having me today!

Many authors talk about music inspiration for their books. I think most of us writers either play music while we’re writing, or make up a playlist that goes with our story after it’s written. I do both. For SWAY, my modern-day PERSUASION retelling, music was especially important. My main character, Ava, is a pianist who graduated with a Master’s from Juilliard. Ava’s ex-fiance, Eric Wentworth, the man she’s trying to forget, is a Michael Buble-esque crooner. So it was only natural that music played a big part in the making of this manuscript.
A lot of the songs that Eric sings are from Michael Buble’s CRAZY LOVE album which came out a bit before I wrote my first draft. At one point Eric sings “Cry Me A River” basically to Ava:

Eric wasn’t looking at me as he sang, but I knew he meant the song for me. He’d caught me crying and this is what he thought of it. Talk about a slap in the face.
I clenched my jaw and tried to ignore how much Eric was getting into the song. How much he was enjoying it. How much he meant it, even if the lyrics weren’t completely true. I wanted to run from the room, but I wouldn’t do that again.

While Eric is a crooner, Ava is more into classical music. A big moment for her happens just before the “Cry Me A River” incident. Ava has just seen Eric for the first time after eight years and he’s clearly still very bitter towards her. She escapes to a piano to vent her feelings, playing  “Serenade” by Schubert:

The music filled my ears, my head, my heart, the entire room. The sad melody took me over. Seeing Eric again, the painful and lovely memories from our past, his obvious disregard for me now—all of it bled through my fingers and into the notes.
It wasn’t until the song was over that I realized my cheeks were wet. I hadn’t been able to stop the tears after all. Turning my face, I lifted my fingers to scrub them away when I noticed someone retreating from the doorway.
Eric.

There are over forty songs on SWAY’s playlist, most of which I mention by name in the book. Music really helped me figure out these characters and then show their thoughts and emotions through specific songs. When I hear these songs now, I can’t help but think of Ava and Eric and their story.
*If you want to know what other songs are on the playlist, check out my Twitter feed this month where I’ll be featuring a different song from the book each day.  


Thank you Melanie! If you haven't been following, I urge you to check out her song list now. Definitely some great picks for Melanie's story. Thanks for stopping by today friend! To learn more about Melanie and where to find her, check out the info below. Thanks for joining the party!




Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow. You can find her on Twitter @MelMStanford, on Facebook @ MelanieStanfordauthor, and her website melaniestanfordbooks.com 




Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Reviews

I can't tell you how true this statement is.


I just got a sweet review from a gal named Ashley Wilson, who has CF. Her words boosted me and made me happy I decided to write and publish Changing Fate. Thank you Ashley! You can find her review on her blog here

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week :) 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Standing for Something!

Some of you may have heard the phrase, "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything."

This week I'm standing for cystic fibrosis. Some of you may know that my self-published book, Changing Fate, is about a girl who's suffering from cystic fibrosis. I wrote it to spread the word about the disease and hopefully raise a little money. From October 14-16, I am going to raise my voice with thousands of others by letting it go silent for all those who've suffered in silence. You can learn more about it by visiting 65 Hours of Silence for Cystic Fibrosis. If you'd like to donate to the cause, the event is asking only $6.50 towards the ongoing efforts to find a cure. You can donate here to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation if you'd like.


To help spread awareness at this time, my e-book will be free from October 14-18. If you'd like to stand for this cause, raise your voice with me and countless others by letting it go silent.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

PITCHWARS Mentee Bio!

Hey everyone! PitchWars is right around the corner. Like, seriously next week! Not sure what PitchWars is? Check it out here on Brenda Drake's awesomesauce blog! Having a mentee bio isn't required but it's certainly a lot of fun. And anyone who knows me knows I like a little (or a lot of) fun!


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So...a little about me. I hang out with 12 and 13 year olds on a regular basis. They're crazy fun and yes, sometimes emotional. That's life. They're cool. 

I have five adorable children and oftentimes feel like this...



As far as music goes with me,



And sweets?



When it comes to movies, I love anything old. Like Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Doris Day...you get the idea. I also love Masterpiece Classics. And as for modern, I love Marvel and will sit for a cheesy romcom anytime! 




Favorite books include: Adult-anything by Brandon Sanderson. YA-Books of Bayern, Poison Study series, The Lunar Chronicles, Fire and Thorns, and I should probably stop because I could go on forever. As far as MG-Wendy Mass books, Princess for Hire, The Princess Academy, Harry Potter...this post could get really long if I continue. Hopefully you get the idea.

I self published a YA contemporary novel in 2014 to help raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. You can find it here or here with reviews and ratings.

Oh, you want a sneak peak about my middle grade contemporary novel, Finding Me? Awesome! It's about a slightly crazy twelve-year-old girl, SueAnn, who's content with her half-leg Stumpy, her best friend Jenny, and a bucket load of horchata. When her parents suggest new friends and a new leg, things get weird. Talking furniture is one thing. The pressure from her mom is another. She's gotta figure everything out before she loses her bolts and ends up nuts forever! 

And that's it for things about me. Thanks for stopping by!




Thursday, June 18, 2015

COVER LOVE for SWAY by Melanie Stanford!!!

My good friend and critique partner Melanie Stanford's first book, Sway, is coming out this winter!!! It's such a swoon-worthy romantic novel with music and ex-fiance's and so many awesome things! You won't want to miss it. But enough about that. Without further ado, here's the book blurb.

Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancĂ© Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.


One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.



Ahhhhh! Breathtaking, right? The piano and the couple...yeah, it's so fabulous. Check out more about the author below!



Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow. 

You can find Melanie on Twitter Facebook Website Goodreads 


Friday, June 12, 2015

Great Strides 2015

I'm a little late posting this but I guess better late than never, right? 

On May 30, I participated in a Great Strides walk. This is one of my favorite events to attend each year! I'm so happy to be a part of the CF Community and mingle with such amazing people. 



The picture below is me with our team captain, Regan Kate. If you've read my book, Changing Fate, you'll know the main character is Kate. See the connection? I wrote my book after meeting Regan and hearing her story. She is a friendly girl with big dreams and lots of love for those around her.



This is Regan's mom, Jami. She's a kind and wonderful person with a big heart. 


Our team captain rides in style.


This last picture is of me with Sara. I couldn't have written my book without her. Her journey with CF is amazing and she's still going strong post double lung transplant!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone can take time to learn more about those around you and find a way to be involved. Standing for something is always better than falling for anything. 

Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

You. Are. All. AWESOME!!!

I just wanted to give a shout out to all the people who spread the word about my free ebook and downloaded it last week!!! It was a smashing hit! In 5 days, 2090 people downloaded my ebook off Amazon. That's 2090 people who might read it, and 2090 people who might learn something more about Cystic Fibrosis!!! This is a huge deal. The one thing I hope for my book is that it can spread the word and help educate people. And for the 33 people who shared/retweeted my promotion, I'm donating 50 cents to the CF Foundation. So even though my free ebook might not have raised much money, I'm hoping this will help...along with the fact that you may have reached one more person by spreading the word!

So to everyone...

THANK YOU

YOU. ARE. ALL. AWESOME!!!