Lori and I will be discussing our latest novels, The Day I Died and Sawbones/Blood Oath!
The final book in the SAWBONES series!
Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past.
The first Jack McBride mystery is finally available in paperback!!
Former FBI agent Jack McBride took the job as Chief of Police for Stillwater, Texas, to start a new life with his teenage son, Ethan, away from the suspicions that surrounded his wife’s disappearance a year earlier.
With a low crime rate and a five-man police force, he expected it to be a nice, easy gig; hot checks, traffic violations, some drugs, occasional domestic disturbances, and petty theft. Instead, within a week he is investigating a staged murder-suicide, uncovering a decades’ old skeleton buried in the woods, and managing the first crime wave in thirty years.
For help navigating his unfamiliar, small-town surroundings, Jack turns to Ellie Martin, one of the most respected women in town—her scandal-filled past notwithstanding. Despite Jack's murky marriage status and the disapproval of Ethan and the town, they are immediately drawn to each other.
As Jack and Ellie struggle with their budding relationship, they unearth shattering secrets long buried and discover the two cases Jack is working, though fifty years apart, share a surprising connection that will rattle the town to its core.
More details to come.
I'll be at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove talking about SAWBONES, BLOOD OATH, and BADLANDS!
I'll be speaking on writing Strong Female Protagonists
More details to come.
Yea!! It's finally here! Everyone who read the digital version of Sawbones last year and have waited so patiently are finally going to have the answer to "What happens next?"!
"Kill or be killed historical romance with bandits, Pinkerton agents, bounty hunters, mystery and more. Melissa Lenhardt writes with passion and does not hold anything back." -RT Book Reviews
Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run-from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. But the danger isn't just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle each have demons of their own and a past that won't stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred, and surrounded by enemies, neither realizes the greatest danger is yet to come.
Blood Oath is the second novel in a gripping historical fiction series.
"Packs a big punch with grit and raw passion. There is mystery, murder, Indians, bounty hunters and intrigue. The women are brave, intelligent and don't take crap from anyone. Lenhardt is a talented, creative writer; she has a grand slam out of the park with Sawbones." -- RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) 4.5 stars
"Raw, gritty and sometimes graphic, Melissa Lenhardt has crafted a page-turner. In Sawbones, the women are smart, brave and at times 'incorrigible.' The plot twists, unique characters and intriguing story of passion and betrayal make this a book well worth discovering."
-- Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of A Light in the Wilderness
"Absolutely loved it! I couldn't tear myself away from Sawbones. An epic story of love and courage that sweeps from east to west, Sawbones will rip right through you." - Marci Jefferson, author of Girl on the Golden Coin
"You will fall in love with Catherine, as I did, as she struggles to assert herself in a violent and treacherous world, fighting not only prejudice but evil."
-- Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
"Sawbones is a thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new subgenre: the feminist Western."
-- Lone Star Literary Life
More details to come, but I will be signing and discussing SAWBONES!
Be one of the first people to get my new feminist Western Sawbones!
Join me at the Flagship HPB in Dallas on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m., when I will will discuss and sign copies of my book. Sawbones will be available for purchase as a specially-priced new item at the event.
Panel discussion on writing and publishing with A. Lee Martinez, Tex Thompson, Russell Connor & Kirk Von Der Heydt.
Discussing beta reading with Kirk von der Heydt • Bret McCormick • Tex Thompson
With Gabriel Guerrero • Sally Hamilton • Taylor Koleber • Candice Watson
Q&A and book signing with Terry Shames (An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock) and James Ziskin (Heart of Stone).
Join me at the Gilbreath Memorial Library in Winnsboro for a meet and greet and book signing. Door prizes, cupcakes and coffee! Copies of The Fisher King and Stillwater will be available for purchase!
Joint book signing with Rebecca Adler, author of A Taste of Texas mystery series.
Join me for the release of THE FISHER KING, the second book in the Jack McBride Mystery Series! Reading, Q&A, signing, cupcakes, and door prizes!
Join me an other members of DFW Writers' Workshop as we kick-off National Novel Writing Month. We will answer questions about NaNo and help you get ready to write 50K words in 30 days! Yes, it can be done!
Attending a book club hosted by one of my sorority sisters. Can't wait to see her, meet her friends and talk STILLWATER!
Mystery Convention in New Orleans, LA.
Signing at Eastfield College with fellow DFW Writers' Workshop members.
With Taylor Kolber, Pamela Sjkolsvik & Tex Thompson.
With Sally Hamilton, Allen Crowley, Dave Whiteman & Kristin Breckenridge
Moderator: Tina Whittle
M Evonne Dobson
Carrie Stuart Parks
Location: Ellis West
Continental breakfast with this year's crop of new authors who get one minute to present the salient details of themselves and/or their debut mystery novels. Hosted by Mike Befeler.
Mystery Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Attending my Mom's bookclub in my hometown. I attended last year and read them an excerpt of STILLWATER before it was published. Can't wait to talk to them about it now! A little nervous!
Attending a book club in Fort Worth to talk about Stillwater.
I will be selling books at the Sisters in Crime booth and the Mystery Writers of America booth!