I saw that this week’s guest has degrees coming out of her ears, but her marketing experience caught my attention and from the information she sent me, she is one switched-on author. So organized, on the ball and knows what she is doing! Over to Melanie to tell you about herself.
Hello, my name is Melanie P. Smith and I am an American, Multi-Genre author of Paranormal, Criminal Suspense, Police Procedural and Romance novels. I work hard to make my stories exciting, action-packed and gripping. So, if you like a story you can’t put down, one that will keep you guessing and take you on a journey of discovery… I have something for you.
I was born and raised in the state of Utah and spent my younger years working hard and playing hard. As a farm kid, we always had a huge garden and plenty of animals to care for. But, when the work was done… the adventure began. If I wasn’t riding horses, I was playing softball, waterskiing or exploring the country on my tote goat (Pictures 1 & 2). I wrote a short blog on how the more things change, the more they stay the same. If you’re interested you can find it here… How It All Began https://melaniepsmith.com/how-it-all-began/
I have an Associates of Science degree in Marketing, a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation. I was still deciding how to use my education when I started a part-time, summer job with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Part-time turned to full-time and I ended up staying for over twenty-six years. I eventually retired in the spring of 2016. The job was difficult at times but very fulfilling and always interesting. Why do I mention this? Well, because they say write what you know. I know law enforcement. For over two decades I was assigned to the Special Operations Division and spent my time supporting Search & Rescue, K9, the Mounted Posse, and the Motorcycle Unit. I thought that tote goat and my Shetland pony (Coalie) were strictly for adventure… turns out they were training for the future. Who knew?
In addition to my regular duties, I coordinated communication and logistics for our SWAT and Child Abduction Response Teams. In this capacity, I spent hours manning the Command Post on emergency callouts like hostage situations, barricaded subjects and missing or abducted children. My time working with the police helped me gain insight and experience that I now use to create intense novels that are interesting, realistic and suspenseful.
I still love adventure but these days I spend my time camping and riding ATV’s with my husband and our Border collie “Port”. Or, you can find me exploring backroads on my Harley. Occasionally, I still go horseback riding with my friends. But mostly, my exploits are conjured in my mind, expressed on paper, and shared through my novels.
My Warrior Series is a completed paranormal romance collection. There are 7 novels and 2 novellas in this set. For book descriptions, purchase links and eTrailers see my Paranormal Brochure. There’s also a sneak peek of my new work in progress… The Immortals. Divergence will be the first novel in this trilogy. Unfortunately, the project is still in the beginning stages and won’t be available for some time yet.
My Thin Blue Line series currently has two novels Mount Haven and Moondance Ridge. The third novel, Subterfuge, is nearly completed and I expect it out sometime this year. You can see all my police and crime novels with appropriate links in my Criminal Suspense Brochure.
This brochure also includes information on my unique Police Procedural Crime Blog. What is a Crime Blog? It’s a series of short stories (nine per season) that follows Deputy Paige Carter as she solves local cases. Each episode introduces a new crime; similar to police procedurals on television like Blue Bloods, Longmire, or Bones. Want to try it for FREE? Subscribe to my blog and you will receive the entire 1st Season as my gift to you just for signing up.
The first episode of Season 3 – Paige Carter: Deputy Sheriff Series, was just released in April on my website. So far, I’ve received amazing feedback and it was even featured in the local paper… the Sanpete Messenger. As an added bonus to my readers, the current season is only available on my website and always FREE.
Paige Carter was an FBI agent who specialized in forensic science. She decided to quit her job and move back to Manti, Utah. She is determined to solve a cold case that occurred over ten years earlier. Why so passionate about a cold case? It was her mother’s murder and as far as she can tell…the local cops didn’t even try to solve it.
Season two brings a unique blend of criminal investigation and human interaction to every episode. Paige is still working to rebuild her personal and professional life one step at a time. Follow her progress as she fights crime, searches for a killer and tries to deal with the undeniable chemistry she shares with her mysterious neighbor.
Things are heating up in Manti in Season 3 of Paige Carter. General Nathan Porter’s national security threat has now become a problem for Paige, her neighbor, and the small town she now calls home. Follow along as she works to stop a terrorist cell, investigates local crimes and struggles to manage her personal life.
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I’ve lost count of all those books, but Melanie is certainly a prolific writer and a couple of those are destined for my TBR list.
Thank you so much for being my guest today and a further HUGE thank you from me – Melanie is also in a Facebook group – Independent Author Promotion Group – and there are 17 of us who have joined together to help promote each other. Melanie has designed some stunning graphics for several of the writers. I’m absolutely thrilled with mine and I will be sharing the posts on this blog in the coming weeks.
If you would like a guest spot, either pm me on my Facebook page
or email me:- firstname.lastname@example.org