Monday 31 March 2014

Melissa Maygrove Cover Reveal And An Early IWSG Post

This is my last post until May. I'm not participating in the A-Z challenge like the last two years, time was just not on my side this year. I am however, taking a small blogging hiatus until May. During this time, I hope to get in some much needed writing, reading, and maybe even a couple reviews. But before I go, I have my IWSG entry at the bottom of this post (yes, it's a few days early :P ) AND I'm excited to help with Melissa's fabulous cover reveal! My very good blogging buddy Melissa Maygrove will be releasing her book Come Back, a western historical romance novel on May 12th. Check out this steamy cover and a quick excerpt below!

Sometimes a single choice alters the course of a person's life forever.

Cover design by Carrie Butler,
Forward Authority Design Services

Book blurb:

Left behind by everyone she loves...

Rebecca Garvey had the promise of a California future dreams are made of, until the wagon train her family was traveling with left her behind. Now she’s slowly dying in the wilderness, abandoned and stripped of her self-worth. Once the shock of her desertion turns to embittered despair, she doesn’t want to be found. Then a handsome stranger challenges her convictions and changes her mind.

Headed for Texas, chased by the demons of his past...

Seth Emerson knows exactly what he wants. Working to save for a cattle ranch of his own keeps him busy and keeps his pain buried. Rescuing a stubborn woman from the hills of New Mexico Territory isn’t part of his plan—but she’s exactly what he needs.

Making greater sacrifices than either of them could foresee...

Seth and Rebecca set off on a risky journey and a quest for truth, each healing the other’s love-starved soul along the way. Will they give in to their growing attraction? Or will they honor their commitments when Seth returns Rebecca to civilization... and her betrothed?


Sounds like a really good read and love that cover! :D 

Here's a quick excerpt for you:

(Note: Angel and Rebecca are the same person. Angel is a false name Rebecca gives Seth when she first meets him.)

She glanced back as she pulled the shirt on. A shaft of light lit the fine fringe of her hair, outlining her face in glowing strands of gold—and pointed to a purplish bloom of blue on the front her shoulder. 
Seth closed the distance between them in three long strides. “What’s that?” he asked, reaching for the bruise.
Angel shrank from his touch. “It’s nothing.”
“It’s not nothing, Angel. What happened?” Had she lied about being alone? She was getting supplies from somewhere. “How did you get it?” he demanded.
She pulled her shirt closed and shrank from him even more.
“Did someone hit you?” His blood boiled at the thought.
She nodded.
He’d gladly beat the bastard. “Who?”
She lifted her hesitant gaze until it met his. “You.”
Seth’s lungs seized at her reply. He wished she were lying, but the candor in her pale, round eyes told him otherwise. Angel may have lied about her name, about other things she’d said, but she wasn’t lying about this.


Website / Blog / Twitter @MelissaMaygrove / Facebook / Google+ / Goodreads author page / Goodreads book page

Author Bio:

Native Texan Melissa Maygrove is a wife, mother, nurse, freelance editor, and romance writer. When she's not busy caring for her tiny nursery patients or shuttling teenagers back and forth to after-school activities, she's hunched over her laptop, complicating the lives of her imaginary friends and playing matchmaker. Melissa loves books with unpretentious characters and unforgettable romance, and she strives to create those same kinds of stories for her readers.



Sorry for posting this early, but I've decided to take a month long blogging hiatus starting tomorrow. The issue I've been dealing with lately is simple: I haven't been writing. This is largely due to insecurity, doubt, bla, bla, bla, we've all heard it before. 

I've tried all kinds of things to get out of my writing funk with little success. Just last week I managed to set aside a whole day just for writing, no kids, no distractions--yippieee! Right? Well, you know what happened? That morning, I came down with a bad case of vertigo. Of all the blasted days to get sick!!! 

I felt like someone had dumped my house in the spin cycle of hell. Everything around me was spinning out of control and the more I moved, the worse it got. My eyes were unable to focus on one spot, they just kept ping-ponging back and forth as my world kept swirling around me. I tried to write despite the dizziness and nausea, but it almost ended badly—for my keyboard. The only good thing was the vertigo only lasted a day and not an entire month like it did last time. 

Anyway, that day was pretty much wasted which sucks because it's not easy for me to block off entire days just for writing. But, I'm not throwing in the towel just yet and like I mentioned at the top of this post, I’ve decided to take a whole month off. With any luck I might be able to get in an hour or so of writing. :P

Anyway, I wish everyone a productive month. A lot of my blogging buddies are participating in the A-Z challenge and though I'm sad I won't be able to join in on the fun, I know it’s important for me to recharge and refocus. So here’s wishing all you crazy A-Zers the best of luck and hopefully the GFC problem has been resolved. Catch up with you all in May. :)


My thanks to Alex Cavanaugh our IWSG super-host and his awesome co-hosts this month. If you'd like to know more about the IWSG monthly bloghop, feel free to click the IWSG button on my side bar. 


  1. Congratulations, Melissa! We finally get to see the whole cover.
    Sorry you got vertigo on your writing day. I hope you get to set aside a few more days in April. Enjoy the break and no more room spins.

  2. I'm taking most of April off, too. May we both get a lot done.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this, Elise!

    I hope you get a lot of writing done. Enjoy your break and vanquish those insecurities. You're a good writer!

  4. Awesome cover indeed. That sucks about the vertigo, hopefully a good month's break is what you need to recharge

    1. Thanks, Pat.

      I agree about the vertigo. I've had it, and it sucks with a capitol 'S'.

  5. Hi, Elise,
    I hope inspiration finds you and you'll be able to write up a storm or something close to it.
    Melissa's story sounds great and yes, that's a wonderful cover.

  6. Congrats to Melissa! The cover is ab-fab! (I am such a sucker for great covers...)
    Take care Elise! *hugs*

    1. Thanks, Michelle. Carrie Butler rocks the book covers. :)

  7. Sigh. This is like the third or fourth post I've read today from someone who is taking off the month of April. So, basically everybody I know is either writing AtoZ posts or not posting at all. I will have nothing to read all month!!! :(

    However, I hope you get a lot of writing accomplished and get out of your slump! Two years ago, I took April off to exclusively write, and I got a tremendous amount of work done on a manuscript that turns into a real book this year! So I wish you the best of luck!

    Sadly, I've had a spring release to launch two years in a row, so I *can't* take off blogging. I'll just be churning out posts that nobody will be around to read ... unless new fans wander over to check me out. (That could happen, right, right?)

    1. Unfortunately, that's April in Blogland. People are either working AtoZ till they drop or running for cover.

      Thanks to my debut, I'll be in the middle like you. Maybe we should visit each other. :)

  8. Good plan. Sometimes we need to take a step back to move forward. Hopefully once you get in the flow you'll find those pages filling up super fast.

    Moody Writing

  9. Nice! Definitely a beautiful cover. ^_^

    I hope this next month is productive. Don't force it if it doesn't feel right though. Sometimes just reading and relaxing can do wonders for pesky doubt problems. I doubt myself everyday. It's completely unfun. In any case, enjoy your time off! ^_^

  10. Good luck with having a productive April writing month!

    I plan to keep on writing like crazy through April, too. Hopefully, we'll both have some nice-sized word counts to be proud of. :)

  11. I really like Melissa's cover.
    Enjoy your break, Elise. I hope you get some writing done. I also hope you can manage that fear to write and the reason that is causing it. Dragon hugs.

  12. You need a month off after that day. Sometimes it's best to put writing on hold, live as if it doesn't matter (because, in reality, it doesn't). If you're meant to write, it will come back naturally.

  13. Melissa's cover is gorgeous! Enjoy your break. I can totally sympathize.

  14. To overcome writer's block, I write just a little at a time. Melissa's cover is wonderful by the way. Thank you for pointing it out to me.

  15. Another chance to congratulate Melissa! Have a great hiatus, Elise. See you this summer.

    1. Thanks, C. I'm putting folks in that awkward position of 'what the heck do I say in my comment, now that I've seen the same cover 10 times?' LOL

      (You're doing great, by the way. :P)

  16. Hooray for writing, and hooray for Melissa! I've read the story and just loved it--and this coming from a non-romance reader. :)

    I'll be taking most of the month off as well. (No A-Z for me, either.) Good luck with your writing, and may the word count burry your insecurities.

  17. Don't ever throw in the towel!! You'd be quitting before you ever really tried. Ever want to feel better? Go read any best sellers reviews. The numbers they sell obviously demonstrate the writer is doing SOMETHING right, but still there will be people ripping on them. That just shows there is a subjectivity to everything. One might love it. One might hate it. As a writer, we have to walk away from that part of the job, just a little. Write from your soul and enjoy it. Stop making it prove its worth. If you loved gardening, you wouldn't say screw it every time a weed grew, would you?

    Bossy bitch will shut up now :)

    1. Yeah. What Bossy Bitch said. *pointed stare*


  18. Elise, Sorry about the vertigo, I get that too and it stinks. Good luck, I hope April is productive for you, or at least happy.

    Melissa, congrats on the release! It sounds like something I would enjoy!

  19. Good for you on taking a break, Elise. I took a much needed one and my creativity ended up spiking through the roof. Sometimes you just have to prioritize and when everything can't fit, single something out and put it aside. I hope you have an excellent break and I look forward to reading your updates in May!!

  20. Thanks everyone for stopping in, you all have been great and your words encouraging. And congratulations Melissa, your cover is HOT! :D

  21. Wait one moment, human Elise! :)

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar has arrived! :)

    You know how heartened and encouraged my human and I are for the lovely Melissa. Her dream, her writing passion is about to be realised. This inspires and the pawsitivity breeds pawsitivity. Well done and here's to Melissa!

    Elise, my human friend, write when you can. Both my human and I know of the restraints that can come from life and all its various emotional angles. Try to let the experiences of your life, at your own pace, when you can, without undue pressure, flow from your mind and let your fingers dance upon thine keyboard.

    Look after you. Please remember I'm always somewhere in the background if you need some support.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

  22. Go write! Have an awesome month and get some serious wordage down, eh? (Here, take this cheese to get your brain turning.)

  23. I hope you've had a productive time away. See you when you're back. :-)


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