Did you Love Sawbones & Want to Know What Happens Next Before Anyone Else??

I've got a giveaway for that!

Write a review for SAWBONES on Amazon and link to it either here in the comments below, or on my FB, or share it on social media (be sure to tag me!) and you'll be entered to win a signed & personalized copy of BLOOD OATH two weeks before anyone else!

But wait, there's more!

If you follow me on social media you'll know I'm in love with the audio version of SAWBONES. So, I'm including a code for a free audio version of SAWBONES through Downpour! Keep it for yourself to enjoy SAWBONES in a whole new way, or give it to a friend to share the SAWBONES love!

Improve your chances to win!

If you copy and paste your SAWBONES review to multiple sites (B&N, IndieBound, Goodreads) and link those as well, you'll be entered for each website! One review, multiple entries!

Be sure to tag me in your social media posts and use the hashtags #Sawbones #BloodOath!

DEADLINE IS May 8! Let's get SAWBONES to 100 reviews on Amazon!



"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.

SAWBONES Blog Tour Starts Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the big day! SAWBONES, my labor of love, will be released into the world! Here's a list of the blogs where I will be answering questions, giving away Amazon Gift Cards & digital copies of SAWBONES, and sharing a photo of a Texas landmark featured in the novel. You'll also be able to read chapters one and two! 

I'll be sharing these posts on social media, but check out the blogs today, if you get a chance. Fair Warning: lots of book lovers and great content below!


Books and Broomsticks -- Author Interview #1

Club Hen House Blog Post on Writing Process


Lucylicious Reads -- Chapter 1 Reveal

Q&A A Writer of History


My Book Fix Blog  -- Review


A Novel Reality  -- Author Interview #2



The Crazy Booksellers -- Promo


Blogging for the Love of Authors and Their Books -- Review

My Bookish Ways Q&A


It's a Jenn World -- Promo


Texas Book Lover -- Author Interview #3

Shelf Pleasure Photo Post 


Margie's Must Reads -- Review


All for the Love of the Word -- Chapter 2 Reveal


STILLWATER receives starred review from Library Journal!

*Lenhardt, Melissa. Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery. Skyhorse. Nov. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781634502269. $24.99;
ebk. ISBN 9781510700710. M

Seeking to get away from his soon-to-be-ex-wife and his disintegrating career with the FBI, Jack McBride moves to the small east Texas town of Stillwater with his son, Ethan. Unfortunately, on his first day as the new police chief, there is a double homicide at a trailer park; Rosa and Gilberto were hardworking but undocumented laborers who may or may not have uncovered something worth killing for. Then another body is uncovered, buried for more than 50 years under a tree down by the creek. Something is definitely rotten in Stillwater.

VERDICT A finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest, this debut crime novel, spanning decades of Stillwater’s history, features an ingenious plot and a complicated protagonist with inner depths worth plumbing. Readers who miss Donald Harstad will appreciate this well-done police procedural, which is also a good choice for fans of Terry Shames’s “Samuel Craddock” mysteries, Lee Martin’s “Deb Ralston” series, or Tricia Fields’s “Josie Gray” novels.
Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery
By Melissa Lenhardt

Library Journal is the trade magazine libraries across the country use to determine what books to include in their collection. A review is good, but a starred review is exceptional and means the chances are good STILLWATER will be included in libraries across the country.

If you want to help get STILLWATER in your local library, you can request it through the website. There is usually an easy form to complete to request a book. Include the news about Library Journal's starred review for good measure.

SAWBONES review from NYT Bestselling Author Jane Kirkpatrick!

By Melissa Lenhardt

“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 KirkpatrickNew York Times bestselling author of A Light in the Wilderness

Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this fast-paced historical debut.

When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine's false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long.

STILLWATER Photo Contest Running Through November 10

It's football season and what better way to celebrate my debut mystery, STILLWATER, and its small town setting than with a football themed photo contest? 

Texas Forever

Those words were immortalized by Tim Riggins in the phenomenal television show, Friday Night Lights. Free of caricature or derision for its setting and the people who live there, FNL is the best representation of small town Texas I've ever seen or read in fiction. 

The Contest

Take a photo of a football game - Pop Warner, middle school, high school, college, pro, intramural, backyard - or anything related to football - equipment, cheerleaders, the band, the fans, the concession stand, Halloween costumes - and post it to social media with the hashtag


and you'll be entered to win a

Dallas Cowboys helmet signed by Jason Witten.

The contest ends

November 10, 2016

Enter as many times as you want on

Twitter, Facebook & Instagram!


Want to know more about STILLWATER?

Click here.

Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery
By Melissa Lenhardt

STILLWATER Pre-Order Promotion - Exclusive Annotated Scene

"We'll have finished books on or around 9/15, by the way."


I'll be honest, I'm flailing around a little bit here, peeps. My novel, my baby, my debut, STILLWATER, is a real physical thing I will be able hold in my two hands, open and smell the pages, hug, put under my pillow at night, and carry around, cover out, everywhere I go so people will ask me, "What's that you have there?"

My book is in the warehouse, which means there's a very good chance retailers will start shipping out pre-orders next week. Before pub date!


To thank those who have pre-ordered STILLWATER, and to encourage those who haven't had a chance yet, I'm running a promotion from today through the first week of publication. Email me your order receipt and I will email you the link and password to a webpage that contains an annotated deleted scene of Miner giving Jack a tour of Stillwater.

Annotated deleted scene? Translation, please?

It's sort of like pop-up video for a movie blooper reel. Bits of the manuscript that didn't make it into the final version with footnotes about writing, characters and the town. 

Sold! What do I do?

Pre-order STILLWATER and forward the receipt to info (at) melissalenhardt (dot) com with PROMO in the subject line. I'll reply with the link and password. Read and enjoy!

Don't worry if you plan on purchasing a copy of STILLWATER at my launch on Octobere 3. I'll make sure you get the link and password that night!

Thanks for going on this journey with me! We are almost there!


Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery
By Melissa Lenhardt