Sex in The City meets Fifty Shades… (without the Red Room)
Amber can’t get Patrick out of her mind. Night after night he haunts her dreams . . . teasing her . . . pleasuring her . . . owning her body . . . until her alarm rings. Left unsatisfied night after night, she devises a plan to bring her fantasies to life—with a platinum wig, blue contact lenses, and a new persona.
Stay-at-home mom Debra adores her husband, but wishes for a little more spice and adventure in her life. She’s not even sure she’s ever had an orgasm! But when tragedy strikes, her dreams come true in ways she never imagined…or wanted.
Despite a hard life as a single black Muslim mother, up-and-coming fashion designer Zya finally has a successful business and a sense of security, despite the increasing persecution she and her daughter experience. But then a mysterious stranger comes into her life, challenging everything she thought she knew about love. But can it be real?
Gorgeous Dominque likes sex—wild, kinky, and lots of it. Secretly longing for something real and lasting, she settles for less, burying her insecurity and self-doubt between late-night trysts and anemia. But before long, she’s forced to face her fears, or succumb to them.
Four friends…each hiding behind a façade. But as fantasy clashes with reality, things aren’t always as they appear.
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
I always have a book with me on my iPhone via the Kindle app. I currently have 50+ books on it ready to read, and over 100 samples of possible additions. I tend to read the samples when I’m out and about as they are quick reads, adding them as I fall in love. When I travel, I’ll add a few paperbacks to my suitcase. I wish I didn’t need to sleep at night, I could get so much more reading done.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The bad one for sure… I tend to be the good one in life so that would be an exciting change.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
Usually curled up on my couch with a glass of wine. I’ve tried outside, too many distractions; and in bed, puts me to sleep—even the great reads. I don’t know why it happens, but it does.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Most likely on the golf course, working on a volunteer project, or now, cooking in the kitchen. I’m not sure if I love cooking or I’m tolerating it out of necessity. We shall see if I continue once we can safely go back to restaurants or if I throw in the towel—literally.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
If it’s a specialty bookstore filled with a genre I don’t read (historical or horror), I can walk past. Otherwise, I love to browse especially in small independent bookstores. They tend to have books the big chains don’t carry. When traveling we always go into bookstores, it’s like opening a treasure chest. When in Europe last summer, we visited quite a few, what an experience. Books you’ve never seen before, even old hardcover’s lovingly worn and read.
6. What are you most proud of?
My daughter, more so now than ever, watching her be a mommy to my two favorite grand children (I only have two). She’s such an amazing mother, so patient and full of love. I worked three jobs when she was a baby so I missed out on a lot of her firsts. I’m a two time breast cancer survivor, diagnosed the first time at 35 and again with a new primary at 45. I didn’t know if I’d still be here today to experience all this. I prayed to see her graduate high-school, be the mother-of-the-bride, and watch my grandchildren be born. Life is truly a gift… something I never take for granted.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It’s so surreal seeing my name on the cover. I get so excited—YAY I did it. However, honestly, I also sense a bit of trepidation. It’s a bit scary putting yourself out to the world. As much as we know we can’t be all things to all people, we try.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write every day. If you can set aside a specific number of hours each day, do it faithfully, regardless of how you feel. Don’t worry about a number of words or pages, just show up every day. Don’t worry about how it sounds or if anyone is going to like it, just write. You’ll have good days and bad ones… that’s what the delete key is for. If it’s not good, delete and rewrite it, at least you know what doesn’t work.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I would LOVE to interview Stephen King. He’s my favorite author (not the horror books) I just love reading his craft. I would love to pick that brain.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
I have an office attached to my home so I have a nice peaceful place to write without distractions. I get my best ideas, create the twists and turns, just as I’m falling asleep at night. I usually dream about them so I’m at my computer first thing in the morning getting it all down. I break for lunch around 1:30 (1:00 if I’m cooking) with the afternoons reserved for taking care of the other parts of the business, marketing, social media, creating ads, etc… I write every day, including holidays and weekends, unless I’m sick. But, even then I have my laptop with me working on something.
Thank you, Melody Saleh and Love Books Group
About the author
After 35+ years in operations for various businesses (including her own), Melody pursued her dream of writing a novel. Having written for business publications, local magazines and even publishing a poem, Chemo’s not for Sissies, during treatment after her first cancer diagnosis, it was time to finish the novel that was started many years ago. When she started writing, “Facade: Things Aren’t Always as They Appear,” she had no idea where her characters were going to take her. “The story basically wrote itself. It was like a movie projector playing in my mind,” is how she describes her experience. It soon became apparent, their voices were not to be silenced… “The Unbroken Series” was born. “Deja Vu: Here We Go Again,” Book II, to be released June 23, 2020, followed by C’est la Vie, Book III, in December.
Melody lives with her husband in her native home state Florida. She’s blessed to be alive today after two cancer diagnoses and enjoys watching her grandchildren grow up; something she doesn’t take for granted.