I can’t believe this month it’s been two years since my debut novel, Everything Changes, released through Dreamspinner Press! What a dream come true, and what an exciting and interesting ride! GRL 2015 in San Diego was a highlight, as well as Rainbow Con in Tampa. During both events I had so much fun meeting readers and making new friends, one of which is my gorgeous cover model, Cory Zwierzynski of Andrew Christian fame, and I can assure you he’s just as sweet as he is beautiful.
2017 is shaping up to be equally as amazing, starting with the April 24th release of Book Two of my Spectrum Nights series, See My Words, from NineStar Press! Stay tuned for my cover reveal (it’s gorgeous!) and some exclusive excerpts that I’ll be sharing with Love Bytes readers. Also in April I’ll be running a NineStar table at the Phoenix Pride Arts Expo, and it’s the first time they’ve featured an author and/or publisher of LGBTQA fiction. If you happen to be in the Phoenix area, stop by to pick up some fun swag from NSP authors, plus browse a diverse collection of NSP titles, including some F/F and trans romances.
Now in honor of my two-year bookeversary, I’d like to share the link to a free Everything Changes backstory that appeared here on Love Bytes a year or so ago, and that I’ve since posted on my blog. You can read it here, https://melaniejhansen.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/cafe-and-memories-an-everything-changes-short-story/ and I hope you enjoy! I had a lot of fun writing it, and Jase and Carey will always be very near and dear to my heart <3
Thank you so much, Dani and Love Bytes, for hosting me again today. If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear them, and as always, I’ll choose a winner from the comments and offer any title from my backlist! Hope you all have a wonderful March, and I’ll see you next month!
What happens when friendship catches fire?
Former Marine and lower-leg amputee Carey Everett keeps a grueling schedule of counseling fellow war veterans and their families. The injury he received in Afghanistan forces him to rely on a reserve of strength he didn’t even know he had. A much deserved vacation will let him reconnect with his best friend, who saved his life and has been there for him through devastating injury and painful recovery.
Part-time EMT and aspiring singer Jase DeSantis has been in love with Carey for years, but he’s come to accept that his straight friend will never be able to offer more. Jase fills his days with band rehearsals, ambulance shifts and willing groupies, all while trying to cope with debilitating PTSD.
A week of sun, fun, and music in San Diego changes Jase and Carey’s lives forever when their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Jase has been longing for that change, but it leaves Carey reeling with confusion. As Jase fights to hold things together, Carey deals with doubts, fears, and his own preconceived notions about labels and the true nature of love.
Melanie Hansen has spent time in Texas and Florida prisons…for work. She’s been in a room with a 17-year-old mass murderer who was also one of the most soft-spoken and polite teenagers she’s ever met. After a 13-year career as a court reporter, she can tell many stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.
She grew up with an Air Force dad, and ended up marrying a Navy man. After living and working all over the country, she hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to her stories about people finding love amidst real-life struggles.
Melanie left the stressful world of the courtroom behind and now enjoys a rewarding career transcribing for a deaf student. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.