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I hope you landed here on purpose! If not, you're first question probably is: who are you and are you interesting?

Well, I'll tell you.

My name is Melissa Lenhardt and I'm an author. Mysteries, historical fiction, women's fiction, the latter of which my agent says is more of an inside publishing term than a reader term. You might know it as chick lit, or books that every book club reads. I'm the author of the Jack McBride Mystery series, a contemporary small-town Texas mystery series, and the Sawbones historical fiction series, a western set in Texas, Indian Territory, Missouri and Wyoming. What can I say? It's  an action adventure chase series that can be "read like a 1,200 page epic."

Scott Montgomery—the man, the legend—from Book People in Austin, called me, "one hard-boiled dame" and it was honestly the best review I've ever received.

The truth is somewhat more prosaic: I'm a suburban SAHM who started writing to fend off boredom and never stopped. Now, I'm known for writing gritty fiction and "not pulling any punches," which means my fiction usually contains blood, cussing and sex, not necessarily in that order. Oh, and a dinner scene with lots of characters to keep up with, whether it be around a bonfire next to an East Texas lake (The Fisher King) or on picnic tables with a Quaker family in Indian Territory (Blood Oath).

My next book, HERESY, will be released on October 2, 2018! Yes, there's a dinner scene. It's a thing now. 




Melissa Lenhardt has created a bold new story where women have taken their rightful place in the narrative of the Outlaw Western genre; where wit, wisdom and wiles could mean the difference between life and death, and where the fellowship of women bested every challenge.
— Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter
  AVAILABLE 10/2/2018

AVAILABLE 10/2/2018

The Parker-LaCour Gang. The first and only all-female band of outlaws in the American West. Ignored during their time. Written out of history. 

Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw. 

After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For Margaret and Hattie the choice is easy. With their small makeshift family, the gang pulls off a series of heists across the West.

Though the newspapers refuse to give the female gang credit, their exploits don’t go unnoticed. Pinkertons are on their trail, a rival male gang is determined to destroy them, and secrets among the group threaten to tear them apart. Now, Margaret and Hattie must find a way to protect their family, finish one last job, and avoid the hangman’s noose.




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This is where I pat myself on the back:

STILLWATER, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest, and SAWBONES was hailed as a "thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new sub-genre: the feminist Western" by Lone Star Literary Life.

Reviews for the Jack McBride series.

Reviews for the Sawbones series.

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