BADLANDS Release!
Jun
27
12:00 am00:00

BADLANDS Release!

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.

STILLWATER paperback release!
Jul
18
12:00 am00:00

STILLWATER paperback release!

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.


BLOOD OATH Release!
May
23
12:00 am00:00

BLOOD OATH Release!

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

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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

SAWBONES book launch
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

SAWBONES book launch

  • Half Price Books

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.

The Fisher King Book Signing - Winnsboro, Texas
Nov
18
6:00 pm18:00

The Fisher King Book Signing - Winnsboro, Texas

  • Gilbreath Memorial Library

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!

THE FISHER KING Book Launch
Nov
1
7:00 pm19:00

THE FISHER KING Book Launch

  • Barnes & Noble Stonebriar Mall

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!

NaNo Kickoff
Oct
27
6:00 pm18:00

NaNo Kickoff

  • Dallas Public Library

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!

Bouchercon
Sep
15
Sep 18

Bouchercon

Mystery Convention in New Orleans, LA.

Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Winnsboro Book Club

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!

Texas Book Fest!
Oct
17
Oct 18

Texas Book Fest!

I will be selling books at the Sisters in Crime booth and the Mystery Writers of America booth!