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A mystery drama with a psychological twist: first in the Evie Adams series

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'Your Time to Shine - finding and using your gifts'


  Events & Meet The Author

  • Book signing and talks at Wordwise, Kingsbridge, 4th December
  • Speaking at Karing, Preston, at a Meet the Author Event 12th November
  • Lovely review for #TimetoShine in Woman Alive
  • 16th September Book Launch to distributors and bookshops at the trade fair
  • Another 5* review for Time to Shine
  • Claire Dunn was kind enough to interview me recently
  • I was invited to write a guest blog on Bookaholic by author Wendy Jones
  • Book Launch: second edition of Time to Shine was published 26th June 2015
  • Meet The Author, commissioned by The Reader magazine, tells about my writing life.
  • One of my contributions to ACW's More Than Writers blog, The Five P's of Writing.
  • Speaking on Woman to Woman, Premier Radio
    "Thank you. I have just listened to your radio interview, which was very interesting and moving too. Apart from your writing, you also obviously have been given a gift for public speaking as you seemed very at ease being interviewed and you spoke so fluently and clearly about your work and life."  Anne Booth
  • Speaking at Monday Lunch Club 26th January, 2015
  • Interview for journalist Jeremy Craddock in Devon Life.


Scroll down to access numerous articles on all the above categories, including articles on Public Speaking in the Marketing section of Writing & Publishing A Book 

Inspirational Ideas about Launching, Marketing and Promoting a Book

As Chairman of a national writers' association, I've had the privilege of meeting with some notable authors, publishers and speakers.  This year it was Author and broadcaster,Sheridan Voysey, with whom I shared a platform.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.  
Last year it was Tom Wright whom I interviewed.  Also known as N T Wright, he is the author of more than thirty books, some of them scholarly, some of a more popular ilk. When did he start writing, I asked him?  Where does he write?  How does he get his ideas.  TO HEAR HIS ANSWERS, CLICK THE BUTTON ON THE RIGHT.

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We meet every other month and, midst this morning's mince pies and chocolate cake, we spent the first few minutes sharing news.
David Scott is to be congratulated for having his memoir, Death by a Thousand Clots reviewed in Devon Life, second only to Michael Morpurgo’s latest book. Roger Steer,... Read More
BOOK SIGNING TIME TO SHINE First in the Evie Adams Series LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS?  FOR A PERSONALLY SIGNED COPY OF MEL’S LATEST BOOK CALL IN AT WORDWISE BOOKSHOP, 41 FORE STREET, KINGSBRIDGE FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER Available from 10.a.m. to 3.30.p.m. Mel will be giving a brief talk at 11.a.m. and 2.30.p.m. Set in Exeter, and written... Read More

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