GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 1 – FEATURING AUTHOR MELANIE MASON







Melanie is an author, designer, photographer, and flight attendant all rolled into one. She has told stories all her life and finds her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two dachshund-chihuahua dogs. She loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that feeds her imagination.

When no one is listening, Melanie loves to belt Broadway songs in her living room and car. Someday she hopes to be on a flight where someone is reading her book.






To escape capture by Imperial soldiers, 16-year-old Eridale Storm leaves the only home she’s ever known and drags her younger sister into the wilds of Mericon—the Empire that formed when America collapsed. Hoping to find safety with their mother who disappeared when Eridale was three, the girls follow clues that lead them across the country, but the empire hounds their every step.

The journey draws Eridale deeper into the conflict between the Empire and the rebel Freedom Fighters, producing questions about Eridale’s heritage, questions no one wants to answer.

Caught between the threads of deception, rebellion, and betrayal, Eridale struggles to find out who she is. The answers she finds could lead the country back to freedom or shackle them under the imperial throne forever.

This is book 1 of a 4 book series and not a stand-alone book.





Top Ten List:

1.       I once stayed up almost all night to sew a Halloween costume for my friend. I made the Valkyrie costume from Thor Ragnarok from a picture, no pattern.

2.       I read the entire Harry Potter series in 4 days. Book seven took me less than 12 hours to read.

3.   Even though I’m a flight attendant, I’m terrified of heights.

4.   I actually think Charmin toilet paper is the worst toilet paper out there.

5.   I can speak in 4 different accents and sound almost authentic. Sometimes when I am by myself, I talk to myself in accents as I go over scenes from books I’m working on.

6.   I’m the youngest of six, and I have 20 nieces and nephews.

7.   I can’t fall asleep watching TV.

8.   I hate dusting more than I hate cleaning the bathroom.

9.   My sense of smell doesn’t work very well. I’ve only smelled 10 things in my entire life.

10. I wish we could dress up in costumes at least once a month. I love playing dress-up. I think that’s why I loved doing theater in high school and college.



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Crossing Lines Book Tour @mmasonauthor @lovingthebook

crossinglines_final_rgbJust before their B-17 bomber crashes in German-occupied Austria, two of the three remaining crewmen manage to parachute out of the aircraft. Captain Charlie Banks and Corporal Samuel Aldridge find shelter in a barn, where they are discovered by a beautiful young Austrian woman. Despite the danger to herself and her family, Marianne Leichtner decides to help the two Americans. Her courage and character soon win Charlie’s heart.

When the Nazis come to investigate the plane crash, Charlie and Sam must escape through enemy territory. Just steps from freedom, they are captured by Italian fascists. Survival takes on a new meaning for the airmen, and Charlie begins to questions everything, including his faith. Only the hope of seeing Marianne again keeps him going over the long months in prison. But if he survives, will she still care for him? And will Charlie learn to trust in the Lord’s promises?

Melanie Mason is an author, designer, and flight attendant all rolled into one. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in communications. She has told stories all her life and  her  passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She hopes to be on an airplane one day and see someone reading one of her books. Melanie lives in Portland, Oregon—with her two Dachshund Chihuahua dogs—where the beauty of the  Pacific Northwest feeds her imagination, and the rainy winter evenings encourage her to curl up with hot chocolate and a good book.

Melanie’s first book, The Line That Divides (2014), is a historical romance set against the stunning backdrop of World War II Austria. Her second book, The Ring of Remaliha (2015), is a romantic suspense novel about an archaeologist who must solve the puzzle of an ancient Egyptian ring.
For more information, please visit the author’s website,  www.MelanieMasonAuthor.com
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Top Ten List

  • Book: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
  • Color: Red
  • Clothes: yoga pants and a long sleeved t-shirt
  • Place: Beach
  • Season: Fall
  • Time of Day: Late morning
  • Actor I’d like to Kiss: Chris Evans (I seriously want his muscles hugging me.)
  • Dessert: Homemade raspberry cheesecake (I have the recipe for anyone who wants it.)
  • Food: Italian
  • Flower: iris

 

Snippet

An hour after nightfall, a scraping noise at the door brought Charlie’s head up. The narrow trapdoor at the bottom opened and a tray slid into the cell. Moments later, he heard a tray slide into Sam’s cell. With a grunt Charlie got to his feet. He moved to his door and crouched down. in the dim light, he could see the contents of the tray—a thick slice of bread, a narrow hunk of cheese, and a cup of water.

He sat back, crossing his legs beneath him, and pulled the tray over. First, he brought the cup of water to his parched lips and sipped, letting the moisture seep into the dried cracks of his mouth and throat.

Grazie,” he whispered hoarsely, hoping whoever had shown them mercy was still there on the other side of the door. “Sam, food and water.”

Sam groaned, then rolled off the bed and crawled to the tray at his door. He took a drink and sighed. “Thank you, Lord.”

Charlie took a bite of the soft bread and let the subtle spices mixed with garlic roll across his tongue. even more delightful sensations lled his mouth when he tasted the sharp cheese. He ate slowly, making the food last as long as he could. When every last crumb had been picked off his plate, he slid the tray back to the door. “Grazie, amico mio.” Thank you, my friend.

Fratelli,” came the reply as the tray slid out the small opening.

Brothers.

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