I’m so excited to be featured on The Bookshop at the End of the Internet, a podcast hosted by Stacey Horan! “Melody has kept the dark grit from her paranormal romance Night Blood series and upped the stakes by taking the drama, danger and romance to outer space. Beyond the Next Star allowed Melody to world-build and even create her own language for her alien characters. As with all of her books, this new series includes plenty of danger and excitement as the romance unfolds.” Check it out!
Do I actually believe in aliens? Did I really read my first romance novel in high school? Did I write Beyond the Next Star on my cellphone? Separate fact from fiction and learn a little bit more about me and my new sci-fi romance novel, Beyond the Next Star!
You think hot and humid when describing Georgia weather, but in the mountains of north Georgia in the dead of winter while lost on the Appalachian Trail for five hours – its a little bit freezing. This scene in Beyond the Next Star was inspired by that memorable hike with my husband…
Beyond the Next Star was featured in the Tribute & Georgian! Love our local newspaper here in little St. Marys!
Google “your name + your favorite color + aesthetic” & the first 4 (non-collage) pics make your aesthetic board 💜 This is mine!
I had so much fun world building in Beyond the Next Star. On the planet Lorien, the inhabitants speak the language Lori. Be sure to flip to the back of the book for a Lori dictionary – after you read the book, of course! Granted, we’re at the same disadvantage as Delaney in that our human vocal chords can’t growl at the correct depth to truly achieve a precise pronunciation…but we humans do our best.
Inspiration collage for the planet Lorien – the setting of Beyond the Next Star! Developing the depth of Lor and Lorok culture – their language, customs, food, government, predators, architecture, etc – was one of my favorite parts of writing this story, only second to developing the romantic plot. Of course, lol!
I LOVE characters who reveal their hidden depths throughout a book. Torek is seven feet of battle-hardened muscle, and although he enjoys and is quite capable in his role as commander of the Onik guard, his caring concern and selfless pursuit of Delaney’s health, happiness and pleasure are depths that Delaney discovers at the risk of losing something far more precious than a bad first impression: her heart.
Wishing my dad a Happy Fathers Day! So many great memories we’ve had and hopefully years-worth more to make.
A tripod here, a light there and BAM – my writing desk is transformed into a video studio! A day filming promo videos… and now I’m ready for (and deserving of) some pizza!!