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10/25/2018 – A small step for humanity, a huge milestone for me 🏆

A little over a year ago, the seed of what seemed like a crazy dream took root in my mind and heart: to become a USA Today bestselling author. Not only that, but I realized that if I made it, I would be the first Romanian in history to achieve this prestigious title. Since that moment, I worked relentlessly toward this goal, and I’m still amazed by how many incredible people I met on the way, people who joined me in my journey and fought hard to help me achieve my dream.

Together, we did it. I am a USA Today bestselling author!

https://www.usatoday.com/life/books/best-selling/week/2018/43/page/12/

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There are so many people I owe this accomplishment to, and if I miss anyone I apologize, but my hands are still shaking with excitement. Thank you Carmen, Mimi, Sue, Jackie, all my wonderful co-authors of Love, Christmas 2 and to all of you, my dear readers and friends, who bought this box set.

The hardest part was the torture of waiting and not being able to access the USA Today website – either because of GDPR or our famous hackers – but my dear friends kept me posted and sent me screen shots of our success, while I was stalking their posts and messages like a headless chicken. All in all, it was an experience I will never forget!

The most special THANK YOU goes to my husband, for being here for me, for believing in me, for offering moral and financial support, emergency hugs, pep talks, for playing housekeeper, tear-wiper, even chef when I was too exhausted, and never complaining when I worked twelve hours a day until 2 or 3 am, for keeping my spirits up with his endless supply of optimism, and for putting up with me – which is no easy job.

My soul mate, this victory is yours, as much – or even more – than it’s mine.     

we are the champions

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Believe it or not, September is almost over! I confess the nice weather has got me fooled for a while, but tonight the temperatures have dropped enough to remind me summer is really gone. However, cold weather has its merits. A cup of hot tea and a box of chocolate cookies never taste the same in summer. And what’s better than to cozy up with a good book on top of that? TWELVE FREE AND 99 CENTS BOOKS!
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Leah Spenser lives in the present until a past she has outrun imperils her future. Charming and soft-spoken Detective Leo Garvey caroms into her life. He seems to have her best interest at heart. Or maybe not…


Love, possession, and secrets collide when police detective Jordan Monroe finds his wife unconscious, clinging to life. Was the shooting self-inflicted or attempted murder? He must uncover the mystery of his wife’s past before it claims them both.


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Lizzie arrives on the Greek island of Corfu with a heavy heart. Her purpose is to claim her brother back from an evil witch who had snatched him there when they were kids. When she sees her brother again, Lizzie is shocked. The witch has tricked her… Falling in love with a local complicates her life even further…


Meet the Justiss Alliance: Risk, Rath, Saxby, Knox, and Julian. Led by a mysterious employer with plenty to hide, these fallen stars of the D.O.D. are about to take advantage of their ruined reputations and start turning wrongs to rights—no matter the cost.


Certain that nothing can mend her broken heart, Heather focuses on running her beach-front B&B. But then a writer moves in for the winter season, and Heather quickly learns that the quiet, handsome man is facing a tragic situation. As she becomes embroiled in his troubles, neither of their lives will ever be the same.


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Set in the near future, A Heaven for Toasters is more than a sci-fi crime adventure with plenty of humor and romance. It’s the book that will make you look at your toaster in a whole new way.


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Seven-day meme challenge: Day 5

Some people will never like you, because your spirit irritates their demons. 😈

Don’t give into the drama. 😉

Friday

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Seven-day meme challenge: Day 1

I’ve received and accepted the challenge to post a meme for each day of the week, starting today. And as y’all know me, I’m doing my own memes. 😀

So, here starts Melinda’s meme diary for the first week of September 2019! 😉 Feel free to share, pin, tweet, but please don’t forget the link to this post.

P.S: Happy Labor Day to my American friends!

Monday

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@Silverton_Audio is going to start audiobook production of CELEBRITY!

Hi, everyone! I was going to write this post yesterday, but with all the excitement of the event, I forgot to tell you the news: this week I have signed a contract with Silverton Audio to create the audiobook version of CELEBRITY! The book will be narrated by the very talented and acclaimed Deborah Nolan, who has a list of credentials almost as long as the novel she’s going to produce. Needless to say how thrilled I am about this collaboration, which I’m sure will be the first of many.

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As you probably know, audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in the book business today, and it’s no wonder they reached a staggering 10% of the book market, with a 40% growth year on year. Having discovered them several years ago, I’m among the happiest people celebrating this digital revolution, and super excited I am part of it. As a life-long book lover, when I first heard of this phenomenon I was skeptical – to say the least. It seemed weird to listen to a book, to not be able to touch it, turn the pages, reread a paragraph if I wanted. Well, I am so grateful to my husband for convincing me to give audiobooks a chance, because this discovery changed my life in more ways than you can imagine. So here I am today, holding a toast for my second audiobook this year, after THE PLOT was released in audio format less than a couple of months ago.

For CELEBRITY I wanted a female voice, because it’s a chick-lit/romantic comedy/ women’s fiction, and it’s a story that can only be told in a quirky, playful tone that fits the writing. I don’t think I could have made a better choice than Deborah Nolan and Silverton Audio. Production will start soon, and although we don’t have a release date yet, it will definitely be winter 2019-2020. The book will be distributed by award-winning company Blackstone Audio, which according to Entertainment Weekly is “The best unabridged audiobook company in America today”.

CELEBRITY will be available on all major sales channels, including Audible, Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, Walmart, etc. in the following formats: TRADE CD, LIBRARY CD, MP3 CD, TRADE DIGITAL, LIBRARY DIGITAL. Can you imagine me holding an actual CD of my book??

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Anyway, to celebrate this special moment and to remind you all what the story is about, I made a video announcement for you guys. I hope you’re all doing a happy dance with me! ❤

THE JOB BLOWER featured on @EzvidWiki: Witty Romance Novels With Sharp Dialogue And Clever Characters

Hi everyone! I’m sure most of you are on holiday this time of year, and probably don’t have constant internet connection. At least this was my case, and it was completely worth it, because today when I finally got around to checking my emails, I had a huge surprise: I’ve learned that my book, The Job Blower, has been included by Ezvid Wiki in their Top 9 Clever romance novels!

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Ezvid Wiki is the largest and most comprehensive video wiki on the planet, and you can imagine how honored and delighted I felt when I saw my story included in this adorable video about clever romance novels, and the women who write them. Click on the image below to see the video:

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According to Ezvid Wiki, “Cute and klutzy Camilla Jackson is desperately searching for her place in the world and making quite a few messes along the way. After getting fired, Camilla moves from one job to another, unsure of herself and her future. Then she meets Carter Evans, a dashing journalist who goes from casual encounter to serious romance. Carter might represent Camilla’s future, if he can learn to let go of his past. Our endearing and adorable heroine may just trip and fall in love.”

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This is the full list of authors who had the privilege to be included in this top:

1. Boss Overboard Claire Gillian
2. Petty Cash Kimberly Vargas
3. Great-Aunt Sophia’s Lessons for Bombshells Lisa Cach
4. Haole Wood Dee DeTarsio
5. The Job Blower Melinda De Ross
6. Playing Dirty Susan Andersen
7. Vintage Dreams Jannie Lund
8. Unwrapped Chantilly White
9. The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue Barbara Samuel

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Ezvid Wiki for this incredible honor! ❤