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Mystery Romance writer Melanie Atkins has a new tale for you!

Originally a short story, Atkins thought it would be better as a novella:

Nikki Brooks never thought she’d ever see her childhood nemesis again after high school, when he played a heartless trick on her that got her kicked off the school paper staff and made her a laughing stock. Until now, twelve years later, when she’s forced to trust her life to Marc Trapani, the strong-willed detective assigned to guard her when a murderer threatens her life — and he lays siege to her heart.

Excerpt care of Desert Breeze Publishing:

“Mr. Dawson.” Nikki’s plaintive tone dug its claws into Marc’s skin.

He turned to find her stalking toward them across the lobby, and his jaw dropped. Damn. Gone was the lanky tomboy he’d known way back when, and in her place was a gorgeous, full-blooded, all American woman with kinky red hair, a furious expression, and flashing green eyes. A lioness after her prey.

Those eyes locked on his face, and she lifted her chin. “Well, I see my valiant protector has finally decided to grace us with his presence.”

“Hi, Nikki.” Marc offered her his hand. “Good to see you.”

She ignored his gesture and focused on the AUSA. “How long until the Internet connection is restored in our room?”

“Not for some time, I’m afraid,” he said. “The clerk said they’re lucky to have electricity in the bridal suite. The cable in that section is out right now, and he can’t do anything about it — so don’t ask.”

“The bridal suite?” Marc and Nikki chorused together.

Marc narrowed his eyes. “You’ve got to be kidding.”

“You can say that again,” Nikki snapped. “We can’t stay in there.”

“Come on, Dawson,” Marc said. “See if they can’t give us another room. Please.”

“I’m sorry, Marshal, but I’ve already tried. A group of workmen is staying at the hotel to get a jump on repairs, and with the entire east wing out of commission…”

Nikki gulped back another denial. Marc looked too handsome for words. The idea of spending the weekend locked away with him in any hotel room, much less the bridal suite of this upscale lodge, sent her pulse racing out of control, and desire blindsided her. She jerked her gaze back to the perplexed Mr. Dawson. “Is there no place else we can go? Another hotel with an Internet connection?”

“No. We chose this lodge for its remoteness. You and Marshal Trapani should be safe here. I’m sorry, but you’ll just have to deal with the inconvenience.”

Inconvenience? Being offline for a long period of time was more like a catastrophe. Nikki clenched her hands. She’d rather have been smothered in the avalanche that had destroyed the other half of the building.

“Fine. We’ll endure each other somehow,” Marc said. “Where do we go?”

Dawson nodded briskly. “Follow me.”

About Melanie Atkins:
Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

Her books are mostly available at Desert Breeze, but if you would like a list of her books and read some of her musings, please visit her website at http://www.melanieatkins.com/

Mystery-romance writer Melanie Atkins is known for her New Orleans Detective Books and Keller County Cop series, and now she has a new story ready: ‘Emily’s Nightmare’.

From Desert Breeze Publishing:
Detective Emily Rawson doesn’t want children; she’s too focused on her career to give a family the time required. That is, until she falls in love with fellow detective John Cutter, forgets to take precautions, and learns she’s pregnant. She fights the idea tooth and nail before finally deciding that having a baby is exactly what she wants — as long as the child is Cutter’s. Then tragedy strikes. Will it bring them together or tear them apart?
http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-327/Emily…

From Melanie Atkins website:
Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, an editor for an online publishing company, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

Melanie is an active member of Romance Writers of America®, the Magnolia State Romance Writers (MSRW), the Published Author Network (PAN), the Electronic and Small Press Authors’ Network (ESPAN), the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), Sisters in Crime (SinC), the Red Dog Writers, the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Southern Writers, the Mississippi Authors Guild and the Byram Writers’ Group. She currently serves as Past President of MSRW.
http://www.melanieatkins.com

Romantic mystery writer Melanie Atkins has released her latest book – Quest For Justice!

((from http://www.amazon.com/Keller-County-Cops-Three-ebook/dp/B006ROF97C/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&qid=1325437471&sr=8-22))
ImageA grief stricken detective takes a suicide assignment to avenge the death of the man she loves, only to discover things aren’t always what they seem—and that she very much wants to live.

Abby Ryals goes behind the sheriff’s back to accept an undercover assignment with another agency so she can avenge fellow detective C.J. Bowman’s death, and is stunned to learn he’s very much alive when he leaves witness protection and follows her undercover to keep her safe. Together, they race the clock to defeat a notorious drug lord before he discovers their true identities.

((from Imagicopter))
Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

Atkins has several books to her credit. From the New Orleans Detective books, to the Wicked books, to the single release Flash Bang, and now the Keller County Cop books.

Visit her website at MelanieAtkins.com!

((from http://www.melanieatkins.com))
Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, an editor for an online publishing company, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

Melanie is an active member of Romance Writers of America®, the Magnolia State Romance Writers (MSRW), the Published Author Network (PAN), the Electronic and Small Press Authors’ Network (ESPAN), the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), Sisters in Crime (SinC), the Red Dog Writers, the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Southern Writers, the Mississippi Authors Guild and the Byram Writers’ Group. She currently serves as Past President of MSRW.

Melanie Atkins is best known for her ‘New Orleans Detective’ series from Desert Breeze Publishing, which just now released the sixth in the series.

Now, she has released a new mystery thriller – FLASH BANG – through Whiskey Creek Press, LLC.

Alot can change in ten years, Special Agent Noah Sterling has gone from a small town guy to an FBI agent who is tracking a domestic terrorist unit. His mission has taken him back to his hometown of Magnolia Springs, MS. Here, he has to face another possible change of ten years – could his high school sweetheart, Allie, be connected to this unit?

Allie Robbins, formerly Allie North when Noah knew her, was married to Marshall – the man who held the purse strings of the terrorist unit. Now Marshall is dead, she is back in Magnolia Springs, and is the current FBI suspect concerning the terrorists activities. Noah has been assigned to discover the truth.

Allie is not afraid, she is innocent… of terrorist activity. But there is another secret, one she has been holding for ten years. Only when her son, Caleb, is taken does her fear surface – that Noah will learn what she has been hiding from him.

Interested? Great! Pick up a copy!

Melanie Atkins Titles now in E-book

Beloved Captive by Melanie AtkinsBeloved Captive, the latest Melanie Atkins title, and all her previous books are now available in e-book format from Desert Breeze Publishing. From Melanie:

“If you have an e-reader or get one for Christmas, check out my N.O. Detective series… four books are out now: http://bit.ly/dRGnd8 In the lastest, Beloved Captive, a troubled detective takes a beautiful doctor hostage in order to clear his name.”

Check them out today!