Books by Melissa Bowersock

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Traveling to Where Your Characters Live

Have you ever written (or read) a character that becomes so real, they are like a best friend? And, like a best friend, you want to know who they are, how they became who they are, and where they grew up? I've found that writing a character like that actually transforms the area where they "live." Let me give you an example.

When I wrote my two-book time-travel series Finding Travis and Being Travis, I was very familiar with Fort Verde, the location where Travis lives in the present and spirals down to in the past. The fort is the best-preserved Indian-War-era fort in Arizona, and is comprehensive in its scope, being both fascinating and educational. As I was researching my books, I was given full access and roamed at will to take pictures and make sure I was describing the fort authentically in my stories.

But a funny thing happened when I was done with the books. After that, every time I went to the fort, I thought, "Travis was here. Travis walked here, worked here, went through his dark night of the soul here." It put the fort in an entirely new light for me.

Now I'm deep into a paranormal mystery series where the main characters are a female ex-cop (Lacey) and a male Navajo medium (Sam). Together they solve murders by talking with the victims, and they release trapped souls. Although the series is based in Los Angeles, Sam was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona. He still has family there, and occasionally he and Lacey go back there to visit and to solve mysteries. Very often his traditional Navajo mythology and magic come into play.

Recently I made a trip to Monument Valley, the quintessential representation of Navajo land. The high desert there is harsh, unforgiving, and stunningly beautiful. Knowing Sam as I do, it's easy to see how this land shaped him, and still shapes him, as he delves deeper into his ancestors' ways. As I toured the valley and gazed at the buttes, the arches, the ever-changing sky that goes on forever, I imagined Sam growing up with this as his back yard. As his foundation. And it's easy to understand where his very natural but very deep spirituality arises from.


Monday, August 12, 2019

New Release: Mind Walk

Are you ready for more Sam and Lacey? Then I've got a deal for you. I'm pleased to announce the release of Mind Walk, Book 21 of the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series.   

Sam Firecloud’s job as a medium is pretty straightforward: along with his partner, Lacy Fitzpatrick, he investigates hauntings, researches the ghosts to find out what keeps them tethered to the earth plane, and he releases them. But a new call for assistance brings a surprising request: a neurologist wants to study Sam’s brain as he’s connecting with lost spirits. The study is one thing, but when Sam and Lacey look deeper, they soon realize the doctor has a hidden agenda, and it’s not scientific at all. 

To celebrate the new release, Mind Walk will be just 99 cents through August 18, 2019. 

Want to read all the Sam and Lacey books? Amazon has the whole series listed here

And remember, Ghost Walk, Book 1 of the series, is always only 99 cents.

And all my books are, of course, Annie-approved!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Now Available: Dragon Walk on Audio

If you've been following the development of the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series, you probably know that I've been converting the early stories into audio books even as I'm writing new stories. I've recently released Book 20, Prayer Walk, as both an ebook and a paperback, but meanwhile the conversion to audio books continues. I'm happy to announce that Dragon Walk, Book 5 of the series, is now available as an audio book.

Four months ago, a pretty young marathoner disappeared while training on the isolated trails of Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The police have few leads, no witnesses, and no results. As a last resort, they call in private investigator Lacey Fitzpatrick and Navajo medium Sam Firecloud to pick up the rapidly cooling trail. Sam and Lacey, however, are on the outs. Their efforts to take their relationship to the next level failed miserably, and now they must redefine their working relationship, as well. Can they find the murdered girl and her killer, and still hang on to their partnership?

 You can see all my audio books here, as well as on Amazon. Additionally, you can sample each book for free. 

And remember, Book 1, Ghost Walk, is always only 99 cents for the ebook.