We are pleased to announce that Melinda Clayton has joined the staff of Indies Unlimited as a contributing author.
Melinda is the author of Appalachian Justice, Return to Crutcher Mountain, Entangled Thorns, and Blessed Are the Wholly Broken, as well as her nonfiction book, Self-publishing Made Simple: A How-to Guide for the Non-tech-savvy Among Us.
In addition to writing, Melinda has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration and is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado. Her vast experience working in the field of mental health gives her a unique perspective on human behaviors, and she likes to explore this dynamic in her writing.
Her books have impressed critics and readers alike, and her winning personality, quick wit, and snarky sense of humor make her a great fit for us. Also, we need to get those minion psych evals going as quickly as possible. Please welcome Melinda to the IU family.
Breaking Cursed Bonds
by Elisabeth Zguta
Available in print or Kindle formats.
A curse has loomed over the De Gourgues family for centuries. An ancient journal is discovered that unfolds the source of the spirit spell. It tells stories of French Seamen, Florida Tribes and Ancient Ceremonies.
Emilie De Gourgues crosses paths with Jeremy Laughton and their lives become intertwined. Together they go to extreme measures to end the curse and free her family from the deadly horror. Their attempt to destroy the lethal legacy is impeded by other family members, who create pandemonium and chaos, adding to the predicament. Can Emilie break the curse and survive her eccentric family?
Will Emilie find peace despite her own personal turmoil, caused by her clairvoyant gift of empathy, and the sordid family secrets?
Travel with Emilie and Jeremy from Memphis to New Orleans, then from Florida to France, as they search for the answers. What they discover may be surprising, and give you pause to evaluate your own cursed bonds.
Back when I was a little teeny writer, I read a lot of Nancy Drew books. I loved them – they were stories about a smart and resourceful heroine who faced a little bit of danger that wasn’t too graphic, and she always caught the crooks in the end.
But they aren’t terribly well-written. Here’s an example from The Bungalow Mystery. Nancy and her friend Helen are picked up by a girl named Laura, who is rowing them to safety in a storm when things take a dangerous turn:
Another zigzag streak of lightning disclosed the shore line more distinctly. A short distance out from the land and directly in front of their boat stood the ugly protruding nose of a jagged boulder!
End Chapter 1. What a cliffhanger! I need to keep reading! So I flip to Chapter 2 and – hey, look! They’re still in the boat: Continue reading “Watch Out for the Cliff!”