Thursday, September 18, 2014

New release - A subject that is often pushed under the carpet-based on a true story!

Evil In Disguise.





Be warned - This book will not appeal to all of you. It covers the disturbing topic of mental and physical abuse which takes place during a thirty year marriage. It is based on a fan's true story. If you want to grab it for 99c/77p, do it within the next few days, guys.


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Did you know?

It is a harsh reality in today’s society that domestic violence is so prevalent. Don’t take my word for it here are the worldwide statistics. www.domesticviolencestatistics.org

Every nine seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

Based on reports from ten countries between 55% and 95% of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organisations, shelters or police for help. 

Read one lady's true account of the horrors that goes on behind closed doors in EVIL IN DISGUISE.  
Drop by my author Facebook page for the chance to win a signed copy of FOUL JUSTICE. Here 


The first reviews are in: this one is from the lady who was the inspiration behind this touching story.

5.0 out of 5 stars Sent Chills Down My Spine September 18, 2014
By SLS

I was given a advance free copy of this book but I will give you my honest opinion.

This story is about domestic violence and how it can leave a person venerable—leaving a person susceptible to becoming easy prey. Predators and scam artist are usually successful in their endeavor because they usually pick a person who is emotionally fragile and in desperate need of emotional support and understanding. A con artist will say anything that he/she feels is what the victim wants to hear—even though this is not how they truly feel.

And this is how Jenny became prey. First she was prey to her abusive husband and later to a scam artist. She suffered many years of abuse before it all came to an end. I won't tell you how the abuse ended because I don't want to spoil it for you. You will need to read about the kind of abuse she suffered for years to understand exactly why she felt as she did when all the abuse finally ended.

Unless someone has suffered abuse at the hands of another it is hard for them to understand why women put up with it—especially if it has gone on for years. There are many reasons why women put up with it. For some it may be because of promised threats made toward the victim's family. Economic reasons and lack of education is some times a reason for staying in an abusive relationship. The woman may lack an education and can't work to make enough money to support herself and her children. And fear is also a big factor of why women stay with their abusive husbands. In the US more women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends than by a stranger. Most of these women who were killed was because they sought help from the law for protection. The law can not protect these women 24 hours a day, and after all, a restraining order is just a piece of paper. If an abusive partner wants revenge no law can protect the woman. Abuse is all about control—and that is why these abusers seek revenge because they have lost control over the victim when she left him. I know this to be true because a dear friend and co-worker of mine was killed by her husband because she left her abusive husband and had a restraining order taken out against him. He found her and killed her in front of their 3 kids. So please don't say, "she must like it or she would leave him"—you don't know or understand why she couldn't leave—don't judge her!! Pass judgment on the abuser!

While reading Jenny's story I got chills when the inmate, who she later got involved with, went to court and testified in his own behalf. Word for word that you read in this book is exactly what in real life he really did say in court. I know because I read the newspaper accounting of the actual trail. So know as you are reading this book that it really was based on actual events. The names and locations in this story are about the only thing that was changed—in order to protect the innocent. So if you like true stories that are written as if it were fiction, then this is the book for you. I hope this book opens the eyes of people who don't understand abuse and make them realize how much it does go on—and a lot of times behind closed doors.

The following is some facts that you might not know:
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States.
The American Medical Association estimates that their male partners assault 2 million American women each year.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 95% of the victims of domestic violence are women.
A woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the United States. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Report to the nation on Crime and Justice. The Data. Washington DC Office of Justice Program, US Dept. of Justice. Oct 1983)
35% of all emergency room calls are a result of domestic violence.
Of those who abuse their partner, well over 65% also physically and/or sexually abuse the children.
Each day .....4 women die as a result of abuse.
Each day .....3 children die as a result of abuse.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that 32% of female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime in the United States 1999.2000)
Anywhere from 1-3 million women are battered each year by their intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence. Washington DC, 2000.)
In the United States, a woman is more likely to be assaulted, raped, or killed by an intimate partner than by any other type of assailant. (ibid.)

You can find the rest of the facts here:
http://www.domesticpeace.com/ed_nationalstats.html

and the second one:

5.0 out of 5 stars One woman's frightening ordeal September 17, 2014
"Her clothes not only covered her modesty, they also hid the bruises from his beatings."

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is the central theme in Mel Comley's latest book 'Evil in Disguise'. This psychological thriller is quite different in style from her famous 'Justice' series ones. Some may find this book somewhat hard to read as it's a real, terrifying account of a woman who suffers terribly at the hands of her abusive husband.

"... behind our locked bedroom door, that's where his true darker side emerged."

To a total stranger and even to her three children, Jenny Slater seems to be living an ideal, happy, married life with her husband Bill who adores her ... but nothing can be further from the truth. Behind closed doors, Jenny is living a horrible nightmare. At home she is subjected to continuous beating and sexual violence. She is treated worse than a slave and finds herself trapped in a domestic violent situation through isolation, insufficient financial resources, fear and shame.

Will Jenny ever manage to get out of her desperate situation?

One day, Jenny receives a letter from the States, but this time it isn't from her pen pal Helen, it's from a complete stranger. Who is this person? How does this person even know of Jenny's existence? Should she believe the words in the letter? Or is it just a scam, someone just trying to further abuse her fragile state? Should she just ignore the letter?

... Or reply? But is she jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire in doing so?

Sadly, many domestic violence cases go unnoticed as the victims are afraid to report to and to seek help from the authorities. It's unnerving to think that without no one knowing, a relative, friend or work colleague with whom we interact in our daily lives, might be subjected to such an atrocity behind closed doors.

Through this thriller Mel Comley does a great job in giving voice not only to domestic abuse victims, but also to scam victims. Many people are unknowingly falling victims to fraudulent schemes performed by dishonest individuals, groups, or companies.

Knowing that this book is based on a true story, as I was reading, I felt as though someone was literally squeezing my throat. It's shocking even to imagine what this woman went through.

I highly recommend 'Evil in Disguise' as it has certainly provided me with some interesting food for thought ... Hats off to Mel Comley!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Announcement of the winners in my giveaway and news of a freebie.

As promised it's time to announce the winners of the giveaway I ran recently to correspond with the latest release in the Justice series, Tortured Justice. Thank you all for taking part. I must say that not all the entries are listed below as some people signed up to my newsletter who do not use social media at all. These people contacted me personally via email asking if this limited their involvement, of course I said it didn't. 

So without further ado I'm delighted to announce that $50/£30 gift vouchers go to the following winners. Please let me know which one to send you personally obviously it depends where in the world you live. :-)

SHEILA L SCHMITZ

JENNIFER HILES

JANA B


But wait... there's more good news. For the next few days you can pick up a copy of TORN APART - the first book in the Hero series for FREE.


Amazon US http://ow.ly/nKj1O or Amazon UK http://ow.ly/nKj5Q

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NEW RELEASE GIVEAWAY!

It's here at last! The ninth, yes the NINTH, book in the bestselling, award winning Justice Series.




Here's what to expect in TORTURED JUSTICE which is on offer at only 99c/77p for a limited period.

Revenge... some cups spilleth over.

DS Lorne Warner and DI Katy Foster are investigating the murder of a man killed with an unusual weapon. The case takes a turn when two brothers disappear within the vicinity of the murder.
Lorne and Katy quickly determine that they may be after a group of serial killers out for their own sort of justice. 


But stop right there! Do you want the chance to win a $50/£30 Amazon gift voucher? Here's your chance to be one of THREE winners. 

Chance one: All you have to do is download the book on Amazon UK Here or Amazon.Com Here and leave an honest review of the book then leave a comment below. 



Chance two: Sign up to my newsletter Here for the up to date and latest news regarding new releases. 


Chance three: Send the following Tweet and again return to leave a comment below. 

New release 99c/77p. When revenge means so much more... Amz UK http://ow.ly/AYD5P or Amz US http://ow.ly/AYDdm @melcom1

Winners announced on the 10th September. 

Happy reading folks. Look out for another new release coming next month in the form of Evil In Disguise.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Hop winners announced.


Hi Everyone, 

thanks for the fantastic response to the Summer Splash Blog Hop, it was an absolute thrill and pleasure welcoming you all to my blog.

I'm pleased to announce the winners of the three prizes are:

MAGGIE STEELE - SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF TORN APART.

ELIZABETH HYATT - $20 AMAZON GIFT VOUCHER

and the winner of the LAVENDER GIFT SET is.... DEE CRACKNELL.


Congratulations ladies, thank you so much for taking the time to enter. Enjoy your prizes. 

Look out for more competitions in the coming months.


Mel xx 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Splash Blog hop

Welcome to the Summer Blog Hop blog tour.  I hope you'll take the time to visit each author's page involved in the hop--there's a bucket-load of prizes to be won.  As you're here, here's what I'm offering this year. :-)

First of all be sure to pick up your FREE e-copy of CRUEL JUSTICE Here from Amazon.



Now on to the Hop itself. There are several prizes on offer make sure you read through the entire post.  There's no stipulation enter as many as you like - the choice is YOURS! 

PRIZE #1 - SIGNED COPY OF MY BOOK








I will sign and send a copy of TORN APART the first book in my Hero series.  

TO ENTER 

1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER = 1 ENTRY

2. FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK = 1 ENTRY

3. SIGN UP TO MY NEWSLETTER = 1 ENTRY

4. COMMENT BELOW ON THIS POST = 1 ENTRY

PRIZE #2 - TRANQUIL DELIGHTS LAVENDER SPA BATH AND BODY SET

What's more to say than this set is pure indulgence and specializes  in the art of pampering YOU. $40 value.  Link to Amazon store.



TO ENTER




Purchase a copy of Hostile Justice on  Amazon  and answer this question:

In chapter 13, what was the victim's husband called?

Send me your answer HERE.

PRIZE #3 - $20 Amazon Gift Voucher



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TO ENTER

Purchase a copy of my romantic suspense Past Temptation Amazon and answer the following question:

In chapter 3, first page, what is the name of Nicole's first customer of the day?

Send me your answer HERE.



AND NOW THAT YOU ARE FINISHED, CLICK HERE TO GO BACK TO THE HOP!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Two new releases to announce!


I have exciting news to share in the form of two brand new releases. The first is the second book in my Hero series, End Result. The second is a collection of 7 suspense novels by NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors. I'm pleased to say that you'll find Sole Intention the first mystery in the Intention series in the collection. 




Out now, the second book in the Hero series, End Result. 

Before DI Hero Nelson has the chance to get used to his new role as a father to brand-new twins, a murder investigation steals his attention. When a second victim is discovered on his patch, Hero has his eye on a single perpetrator for both murders - but the suspect has a solid alibi for both crimes.


Hero continues his investigation until he obtains a surprising end result.


On offer for only 99c/77p for the first week. You can buy it from the following sites. 


Amazon US     Amazon UK   KOBO      B&N     iBooks








LIMITED EDITION BOX SET! Mystery, danger and suspense lurk in these 7 full-length, stand-alone novels by 7 award-winning, USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Authors. 550 reviews for the individual books with an overall 4.2 star rating

Here are the links where to purchase MORTAL CRIMES for only $0.99/77p.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

My writing process.

MY WRITING PROCESS BLOG TOUR

I want to thank Linda Prather for inviting me to take part in this fun writing process blog tour. Linda is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling mystery author of two outstanding mystery series, The Jacody Ives series and The Catherine Mans' series. Both have paranormal elements and involve well thought out, imaginative, mysteries.

Linda studied metaphysics; delving into touch healing, dream analysis, meditation, and hypnosis. In which she received an associate's degree in metaphysics in 1992 and continued from there to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She spent several years studying the effects of hypnosis on cancer and pain. She has also taught meditation, dream analysis and self-hypnosis through Eastern Kentucky University's Special Programs for four years. The power of the mind has always fascinated her and recently Linda became a paranormal investigator, hardly surprising considering she loves old houses that go bump in the night. 

1. What am I working on?

Currently I have a few projects on the go. This week I'm about to release End Result, the second book in the police procedural Hero series. So I'm busy sending the MS out to proof readers and also creating the files ready for my formatter to work his magic. I'm also writing the first draft of book 2 in my Romantic Suspense novella series, Lost Temptation. Book one will also be released next week once it has gone through the same process as End Result. 

Then I'm planning to make a start on my next thriller. This is an exciting idea that came from me via one of my fans. Sheila contacted me to congratulate me for highlighting the dangers of Internet Dating which I tackled in Virtual Justice, the 7th book in the Justice series. She thought a friend's plight would make a stunning story and I think she could be right. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That's a tough question to answer, but I'll do my best. I think every author has their own style, yes, there are only so many times certain plots can be written. However, each author will hopefully put their own spin on things. I know I do. I tend to take most of my stories from current news articles and flesh it out, make the reader think a little more than they would do ordinarily. I love writing really BAD characters, that way the readers feel satisfied when my main characters track down and serve the antagonist with a dose of justice.  

3. Why do I write what I do?

The main reason I write thrillers is because I like to highlight all the wrongs in the world. It's my way of trying to right those wrongs, to make people aware of how many despicable people are walking the streets. I'm quite a nice person really, but once I start pounding away on the computer at a story, something seems to take me over. At the end of the day, all writers write for one main thing, that's to entertain the readers.  

4.How does my writing process work?

There are two main ways of writing a book, you can either fly by the seat of your pants. In that I mean, you start with a blank sheet of paper and just write until you run out of words. Or there's the more traditional method, where you plan out your story first, the start, middle and the end. I have to say I tend to mix up both methods. Whichever method I choose, the story can alter several times during the writing process. That's the beauty of writing believable characters who come to life on the page, who start dictating what direction they want the story to take. 

Who's up next? These three great writers. 

Cheryl Bradshaw is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.Born and raised in Southern California, Cheryl Bradshaw became interested in writing at a young age, but it was almost two decades before she put pen to paper. In 2009 Bradshaw wrote Black Diamond Death (Book One: Sloane Monroe series). Within six weeks it entered the top 100 in two different categories and remained in the top 100 for over a year. Since that time, Bradshaw has written four additional novels in the series, and is busy penning two additional novels this year.In 2013, Bradshaw introduced a new paranormal thriller series: Addison Lockhart, the first book titled Grayson Manor Haunting.Bradshaw is the founder of IWU on Facebook, a writers group with over 2,000 members. In August 2012, Bradshaw was named one of Twitter's seven best authors to follow. In 2013, Bradshaw's novel, Stranger in Town, was chosen as a Shamus Award finalist in the category of best P.I. novel of the year. She was the only female nominated in her category.Cheryl Bradshaw's Novels:Sloane Monroe Series:Black Diamond Death (#1)Murder in Mind (#2)I Have a Secret (#3)Stranger in Town (#4)Bed of Bones (#5)Addison Lockhart Series:Grayson Manor Haunting (#1)Till Death do us Part Novella Murder Series:Whispers of Murder (#1)Echoes of Murder (#2) COMING SOON!For information and updates about Cheryl Bradshaw, visit her at www.cherylbradshaw.com, find her on Facebook on her Cheryl Bradshaw Author Page and follow her on Twitter @cherylbradshaw.


Marissa Farrar is a multi-published fantasy and horror author. She was born in Devon, England, has travelled all over the world, and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides in the countryside with her husband, two children, a crazy Spanish dog, two rescue cats and six hens and ten goldfish. Despite returning to England, she daydreams of one day being able to split her time between her home country and the balmy, white sandy beaches of Spain.
Even though she's been writing stories since she was small and held dreams of being a writer, her initial life plan went a different way.
In her youth, inspired by James Herriot, she decided to become a vet, and would regularly bring home new pets to her weary parents. Upon discovering her exams were never going to get her into a veterinary degree, she ended up studying Zoology. Once she completed her degree and realised she'd spent the majority trying to find time to write, she decided to follow her dream of being an author. Seven years later, she was published and two years after that she was able to say goodbye to the day job.
However, she's continued to collect animals!
Marissa is the author of four novels, including the dark vampire 'Serenity' series. Her fifth novel, Underlife, a dark fantasy set beneath the streets of London, will be published August 2012.
Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don't, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press.
If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website at www.marissa-farrar.blogspot.com. You can also find her at her facebook page, www.facebook.com/marissa.farrar.author or follow her on twitter @marissafarrar.
She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at marissafarrar@hotmail.co.uk.