Archive for the ‘Writing Contests’ Category

Life and Laughs of a “Facetious Little Squirt”

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

 

 

My really fun Featured Author interview, Life and Laughs of a “Facetious Little Squirt”, with Coleen M. Story is up at her wonderful website WRITING AND WELLNESS

Life and Laughs of A “Facetious Little Squirt”

by Melinda Rucker Haynes

I love to laugh so I always open with—I learned to write fiction when I was a grant writer.

In that reality, we also used to joke that grant proposals were judged by the weight. Therefore, repetitive and wordy details, explanations, descriptions, and narratives (much like this sentence) were essential structure for a winning proposal.

Another happy thing about my grant writing was that all my education research grant proposals won funding. Ah, the stimulating life of living on soft money! So, my expectations were quite high when I escaped academe to live abroad and write novels.

Note: It was an envious Ph.D. pedant who snarked from his teetering, terminally unfunded ivory tower that I was a Facetious Little Squirt. And I’ve endeavored to happily embrace my squirtness since.  (Click Here for Full Article)

 

Publishers Weekly BookLife Review & Colorado Romance Writers Cover Contest

Monday, September 9th, 2019

 

The menopausal vampire loves getting a good review from Publishers Weekly, though she isn’t sure the reviewer actually knew the hormonal or behavioral differences between PMS and menopause, especially for this unusual vampire, who, though menopausal when BITTEN, still ain’t got no hormones–raging or otherwise. . .

 

 

THE MENOPAUSAL VAMPIRE

BITTEN: Confessions of a Menopausal Vampire Melinda Rucker Haynes’s “quirky paranormal novel introduces a snarky vampire…who never quite takes control of her life…witty as she laments her situation…Werewolves, ghosts, and riddles set up…an entertaining series.”                                Publishers Weekly BookLife/August 2019

 

If you want to have some BITTEN fun, click HERE to vote for the fantastic cover in the Colorado Romance Writers Cover Contest. Scroll down to PARANORMAL and click on BITTEN. Apparently, both Melinda K Haynes and Melinda Rucker Haynes wrote and submitted this women’s fantasy. . .

GHOSTLY ACTS–The Story Behind the Story

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

 

PROLOGUE    Long ago and far away at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City, I sat at a table up front with my pal Darcy Carson in a huge convention hall at the Romance Writers of America annual RITA awards. The ceremony to name the winners of the Golden Heart Contest for unpublished RWA members was about to begin. My first book, GHOSTLY ACTS, well, the first forty or so pages, was a finalist in the Young Adult category.

FLASHBACK   It had been a very busy few days in the Big Apple. Both of my critique groups were in attendance and we hung out in the halls between conference sessions, partied, sight-saw, and crashed publishers’ parties for their authors. Then wonder of wonders, an acquiring editor of the YA line from a very big house approached and invited me to dinner. She told me to also invite other YA finalists. I had met three and promptly invited them. We met the editor at a great Italian restaurant and had a wonderful time. The editor spent most of the evening to talking to me about YA, her line and my book. She whispered, “I liked yours best.” Sometimes I’m a little obtuse or miss the nuances. I should have paid attention and that would have saved me a disastrous Tarot reading that all but spelled the end of the world as we knew it and a very dejected afternoon.

THE MAIN EVENT   Press play on the video below and discover what happened at the ceremony . . .

EPILOGUE  My fifteen minutes of fame lasted somewhat longer, a bit of patchwork quilt situation. The editor who took me to dinner asked me to give her two and half months before she could acquire GHOSTLY ACTS for her line. Good thing too because I needed to finish that book. Three months came and went with her YA line closing. I didn’t sell that book until four years later but continued to do well in contests. After the book was published it won more awards. The Wild Rose Press published GHOSTLY ACTS in 2018 in eBook, paperback and audiobook.

Who knows what’s next for this wonderful story. I’m thinking movie and/or TV series . . .

Mmmmmmmmelinda

 

 

Meet THE ETERNAL TRUST Audiobook Narrator

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

 

 

The audiobook of my award-winning paranormal romantic thriller, THE ETERNAL TRUST dropped this week and I’m so excited to introduce you to the best voice actor I’ve ever heard, Damien Alameda. He’s made a vid talking about his experience recording the book and it also has a great audio sample from the book. Check it out!

I love to listen to this guy! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmelinda

Melinda Sells Out at PNWA!

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Melinda Sells Out!

I’m a longtime member of Pacific Northwest Writers Association. PNWA is one of the largest regional writers organizations, and over five hundred writers attended the annual conference last week. This year’s literary  contest had a thousand entries in twelve categories.  I try to attend the annual conference where I serve on panels, teach workshops and hang out with talented writers. I also enter one of my new projects in the literary contest to try out the opening on reader/judges. My new YA thriller, The Boyfriend App, won a finalist award in the Romance category. It was my pleasure to meet two Wild Rose Press authors, Christine Grabowski and Kerry Blaisdale, and sit the Autograph Party with them. The picture of me behind my two award-winning YA paranormals on the left is the “selling out” I’m referring to. It was a grand party and I had an autographing good time!

FUN! Mmmmmmmmmmmmelinda

 

 

 

THE HAUNTING OF JOSH WESTON Available Worldwide August 20, 2018–TODAY!

Monday, August 20th, 2018

 

Melinda’s new multiple award-winning YA paranormal thriller, THE HAUNTING OF JOSH WESTON, from    The Wild Rose Press is available in eBook and paperback at retailers worldwide. An audio book is coming soon!

 

Blurb After the death of his cousin and his father’s subsequent death in Afghanistan, former star athlete and gifted student, Josh Weston and his mother move to a desolate ranch in the Arizona desert. Josh blames himself for his father’s death and for the shooting of his best friend. Besides giving up on everything he used be great at, he is relentlessly bullied at his new school.Unable to see any way out of his problems, he tries to end it all one moonlit night. Two of the mystical ranch’s ghosts stop him and pull him into dangerous tests of courage and intellect. Josh must learn to draw on his strengths and confront the haunted past that threatens his life and possible future with the beautiful and daring girl next door.

Reviews

Rated: 5 STARS

 “Magical and moving. The Haunting of Josh Weston by Melinda Rucker Haynes is a powerful YA paranormal tale that offers lots of emotional insights and a message of hope to anyone who is suffering insecurities and bad memories. The action is quick-paced as the tension between Josh and the bully builds, but the relationship between Josh and Pete provides a timeless feeling and a sense of love and support that Josh’s mother just can’t provide by herself. With a subtle romantic element, there is just the right balance between the paranormal and the everyday to make the story quite believable and uplifting. Excellent story – kept me glued to the pages! The Haunting of Josh Weston is certainly well worth reading.

 Melinda Hill, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

Rated: 5 STARS

“Move over, Harry Potter, there’s a new kid in town—Josh Weston. In the tradition of Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling, author Melinda Rucker Haynes taps into every kid’s nightmare (bullies who make life hell) and fantasy (making sure they get their due). The reader wants to shout ‘hurray’ at the end of the book. Issues relevant to today’s teen—death, divorce, relocation—are handled in a sensitive manner, validating the feelings of isolation, guilt, and despair. The old prospector, who appears and disappears mysteriously, adds levity while dispensing wisdom. The preaching is left to Mom, who understands better than Josh can imagine. It’s easy to see why this book has twice been nominated Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist for Best Young Adult novel.”

Diane Burton, Scribes World Reviews

Rated: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for ages 8-100!

“ … a twice-nominated RWA Golden Heart Award Finalist for Best Young Adult … full of danger, excitement, ghosts, and some trials of a young boy turning into a young man, the hard way.”

Détra Fitch, HUNTRESS BOOK REVIEWS

 

Mmmmmmmelinda Reveals Real Interests and Hobbies in a New Social Media Bio

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Before becoming a multiple award-winning, best-selling fiction author, Melinda Rucker Haynes worked as an adult education research project director and published nonfiction. She jokes she learned to write fiction as a grant writer who moonlighted as a corporate trainer of fascinating people working at an area in the Nevada desert that didn’t exist. After gypsying around the world, living in four foreign countries—most recently Washington D.C.—Melinda continues to search out enchanted stories beyond her imaginary magical story pool in ghost towns, massive cities, vast night skies, and mysterious ancient sites throughout the world. Her interests and hobbies include magical story pool fishing and encouraging her citrus trees, fairy gardens, and fellow magical thinking enthusiasts. Melinda also enjoys frequent fantasy flying, past lives exploration and opus magnum experimentation.

 Her young adult paranormal novels, Ghostly Acts and The Haunting of Josh Weston (Escondido Magic Series) are multiple award winners as is her paranormal romance thriller, The Eternal Trust, the first book of the Soul Searchers Series for The Wild Rose Press. Melinda is currently working on her new and already award-winning YA paranormal, The Boyfriend App, and Josh Weston’s second adventure in the Escondido Magic Series, coming in 2019. The second Soul Searchers book, Breach of Trust is also 2019 release. A menopausal vampire has been doing hot laps in Melinda’s magical story pool and her tale, BITTEN: Confessions of a Menopausal Vampire is coming soon.


Ain’t it just, Mmmmmmmmmmmmelinda

WELCOME to MELINDARUCKERHAYNES.COM

Friday, June 1st, 2018

 

We’ve been busy here at MELINDARUCKERHAYNES.COM for the past few weeks in re-design. While I’ve been in edits with my two new paranormal YA thrillers for The Wild Rose Press my webmistress Stacy Chitwood has been working her magic here on the site. I especially love our new rotating headers of illuminated photographs that I took at the Japanese Gardens in Seattle and at Lake Powell, Arizona last fall. Keep watching for new additions to the rotation.

Please check out Mmmmm for my personal story that’s undergoing constant replotting and rewrites. Click on GALLERY for a retrospective of past book covers and other interesting and some quite strange pictures. You’ll find fun MMMMVIDEOS there, too. The BOOKS page features my backlist novels and new books, with links to their pages which contain lots of info, reviews, plus the Story Behind the Story–what inspired me to write the book. GoodWordy is a page/website under continuing development for my nonfiction projects and creative development tools and processes.

NEW    NEW    NEW    NEW    NEW

I’m thrilled to announce that my first YA Paranormal Romantic Thriller and Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award Winner, GHOSTLY ACTSis a June 6, 2018 worldwide release in paperback and eBook from The Wild Rose Press, and coming soon in audiobook. I love this fun ghost romance for all ages. Check out the book’s page for Ghostly’s Story Behind the Story and the GALLERY for a previous covers retrospective. There might be a Ghostly Acts Cover Story MMMMVIDEO, too.

AWARD-WINNING YA PARANORMAL THRILLER

AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER AT AMAZON and THE WILD ROSE PRESS

Available at Fine Retailers Worldwide in eBook and Paperback June 6, 2018

“First love can be wonderfully thrilling but extremely dangerous, especially with a ghost.”

Have You Written Anything Important I’ve Read?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

I have six traditionally published novels in the genres of romance, paranormal thriller, and young adult paranormal. My books have won sixteen writing/literary awards. Yet, sometimes when I meet someone and say I’m a novelist, I get this silly question: “Have you written anything important that I’ve read?” On a tour bus in Hawaii, I answered that question with—“Yes, War and Peace!” That felt good. Of course, no one mentioned that I didn’t look like a dead Russian aristocrat, which just goes to show no one on the bus had read the book, or perhaps hadn’t even heard of it. When I got that silly question from my new acquaintance, I cocked my head and asked my usual, “How would I know that?” She answered with a sly smile, “You know what I mean.” Yes, unfortunately, I do. My name isn’t J.K. Rowling or Nora Roberts or Scott Pratt. So if “important” book translates only to “best seller” for you, I probably haven’t written anything you’ve read.

3d-contest-smartsBut hang on, I’m working on two new books coming soon, Contest Smarts: Writing Contest Winning Strategies, a non-fiction how-to, and a fun women’s fable entitled Bitten: Confessions of a Menopausal Vampire, which my publisher of GHOSTLY ACTS has already said she wants! With these two sure best-sellers, maybe I’ll have a new answer to “Have you written anything important that I’ve read?”

It’s all fun! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmelinda