Monday, August 17, 2020

#Giveaway The Descendant by Melissa Riddell

GENRE:   Sci-Fy Romance


She wants her world back; he wants her heart.

Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.

Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.

As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.


His eyes crinkle. “Hmm.” He lets go of my shoulders and continues cleaning the cut, then blows on it to speed up the drying process.

The way his lips open and the feel of warm air—his exhalation—on my skin causes me to clamp my teeth together. His breath smells like cinnamon, and that full bottom lip looks way too enticing.

I hide a shiver. “Would you stop that?”

“Stop what?”

Unable to bring myself to say blowing on me, I flap a hand near his mouth. “That.”

He frowns for a moment, then tips his head back. “Oh, you mean this?” He leans forward, keeping his eyes locked to mine, and pushes air through his lips, as if daring me to say something.

“Yeah. That.” My voice sounds uneven.

His words are pure silk. “Why? Does it turn you on?”

“What?” I push at his chest, but he’s about as movable as Mount Rushmore. “God, no. Your breath smells like you’ve been eating dog food, and it makes me want to hurl.”

Dropping his hands, he pulls back with a frown and looks like he wants to exhale into a palm and sniff.

I stifle a giggle. Yeah, I’m a butt, but the comment knocks him off his sexy game and gives me a chance to collect my wits.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Melissa Riddell is from a small, West Texas town in which she still lives with her husband. Her writing career started as a hobby when she was a teenager, writing poems and short stories. Eventually, she branched out and began constructing novels. When not contemplating new story ideas, she can be found traipsing around Texas State Parks, herding her cats, or reading a book.

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Amazon buy link:

The book will be $0.99 during the tour.

Author Interview:
Where do you get your ideas?
People ask me this all the time, and most of my ideas come from out of the blue, or are inspired by music or videogames.
What is the first book that made you cry?
Hmm, I think it was probably Old Yeller. Man, I remember reading it when I was either in fourth or fifth grade, and bawling my eyes out but trying not to look like I was crying. I think that teacher was a sadist.
Do you find it easier to write character and dialogue for the opposite sex because you are the opposite sex? (A woman writing a man’s part and dialogue for example).
I don’t usually think about the gender when I’m writing dialogue. I base it on the character’s inner trials and don’t feel gender plays a big role in how someone feels. Emotions are emotions, regardless.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Facebook! I can waste a good hour browsing the news feed, checking groups, or just goofing off in general.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Yes, well, more precisely, reader’s hangover, where I’m still living in a character’s world or so scarred by a traumatic death I can’t possibly pick up a new book for a few days. Yeah, Veronica Roth, I’m looking at you…
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing, if at all?
Being picked up by DLG Publishing Partners was the best thing to ever happen to my writing. Their Senior Editor, Michelle, took me under her wing and taught me so much knowledge. I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without her help. She’s also a top-notch writer, so she wears many hats and knows how hard the writing world can be.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Research does not consume my writing. I ensure I get details correct, or that I don’t blunder with past events, but I try to avoid too much research. That’s why I don’t touch historical romance. Now, with sci-fi romance, I try to keep the sci-fi soft, but I still double-check my knowledge of astronomy, biology, and advances in genetics and such. If I’m going to reference real-world concepts or things, I have to be prepared 


Melissa Riddell will giveaway to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter a $10 Amazon/BN GC, a signed copy of The Descendant (book 1), or an ARC of the second book in the series.


kim hansen said...

Sounds good, nice cover.

Mary Preston said...

The cover is wonderful. Sounds like this will be an exciting trilogy.

Melissa Riddell said...

Thanks so much! It's a fun trilogy, and Jareth is a great book boyfriend. ;)