Please welcome the lovely Melinda Dozier to my blog today!
Melinda, what is something you struggle with when you write?
Time! I’m not a full-time writer (oh how I wish I could be!) so I have to find the time to fit it in. It’s not something a mom, wife, teacher can do easily. Luckily, my family is very supportive!
I hear you, sister! Now give us a brief glimpse at your road to publication.
2013 is my debut year! Lucky #13! My first novel, Time Changes Everything, was published in May from Entranced Publishing. I also wrote a prequel, The Boy Next Door, which is more Young Adult and it’s free at Smashwords. My third novel, Breaking the Rules, was released on July 8 from Crimson Romance. I’m just finishing up two novellas that will be available at the end of the year! Lots of writing happening this year!
That's exciting! Best of luck with all of that! Do you have a job outside of writing? What is it and how does it mesh with your writing?
I am a middle school English teacher at an American School in Central America. I love teaching the two important parts of my life – reading and writing. My number one goal as a teacher is to motivate my students and to find a love for reading!
Where in Central America do you live? Where would you love to live?
I’ve lived in Guatemala, with my college sweetheart, for about 16 years. Although I’m an ex-pat, I dream of retiring in the US one day, particularly Florida (St. Pete area).
I see you like things hot! Share with us a little about your family. Married? Kids? Pets?
Being a boy mom keeps me busy, but I love it! Luckily, I have my dog Bella to even things out.
Now, just for fun, what was one of the best Christmas presents you ever received?
My Kindle Fire!
What CD is in your CD player right now?
Although I don’t use a CD player, I do have a playlist for every book I write. The current manuscript is about a snowboarder, so I have several songs amped up and ready to go. The theme song for this Olympic Snowboarding novella is “Got the World in My Hands” by Taio Cruz.
Name your favorite children's story.
Goodnight Moon – It brings back a lot of sweet memories with my children.
What was your nickname growing up or now?
What are your three favorite smells?
Fresh cut cilantro, ocean breeze, cucumber
Those are three new ones! You obviously like those fresh, crisp smells. Thanks for being my guest!
Thanks so much for having me today! It’s been fun!
Now here's a little more about Melinda's book:
A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope
A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope
Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
He shook his head. “I can’t believe we’re doing this.”
“Doing what?” She looked around, confusion in her eyes.
“Talking about the weather.” He scooted closer to her, making her back up toward the railing.
“Colin—” A warning came from her mouth.
He scooted her all the way back. “You can’t go around saying stuff like you did back there and just pretend nothing’s happening.”
“I’m sorry, Colin. I didn’t think before I spoke.”
He put his arms around her, holding onto the rail. “Sometimes it’s better to just speak what’s on your mind.” He lifted one hand and caressed her cheek. “Damn it, Hope. Life is too short to ignore the truth and the truth is that we are extremely attracted to each other.”
She opened her mouth, then closed it before saying anything. He was right, but she didn’t know what to do about it.
“Don’t deny it.” He brought his thumb down and touched her bottom lip.
Leaning into his touch, she said, “Remember we’re just friends.”
He shook his head. “To hell with friends, Hope. I haven’t felt like this in so long.” He placed his forehead on hers and leaned in more. Enough that she could feel his quickened breath on her chin.
“Me too.” She sighed. Leaning back, she looked in his eyes. “I know it’s not fair, but we can’t.”
“I’m not going to lie—this is freakin’ frustrating.” He scraped his hand over his face. “I mean, I haven’t been on a date in months, because I just don’t feel it with anyone. Then, when I do feel ‘it,’ I can’t do anything about it.”
She looked down. “I feel the same way and I’m frustrated, too.”
“Then why are we ignoring it? Even the tarot card lady said we should be more than friends.”
She rolled her eyes. “Oh, and she is a knowledgeable source to trust.”
“Just hear me out, Hope.” He stroked her hair, causing her heart to beat faster. “We’ve had an amazing afternoon together.” He pointed back and forth between them. “This is who we really are. You. Me. Hope and Colin. Just two people having an incredible time together. See how much fun we can have if we forget all the labels? No principal, parent, doctor bull crap. Just us.”
She sighed and looked into his eyes. “It has been a great day.”
“You need to just stop thinking about all the reasons why we shouldn’t be together and look at the one reason why we should.” He held her chin up. “Us.”
Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central
You can also find Melinda on twitter at www.twitter.com/melindadozier or Facebook at www.facebook.com/melindadoz
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