Books by Melissa Bowersock

Sunday, November 3, 2019

New Release: Innocent Walk

Yikes! The hits just keep on coming. I'm not sure how long I'm going to be able to keep up this pace, but as long as Sam and Lacey keep finding new ways to use Sam's talent, I'll keep writing about them.

The latest book, Innocent Walk, is Book 23 of the popular Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series.

Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud know that Kenzie, Sam’s eleven-year-old daughter, has inherited his mediumistic abilities. The duo has tried to shelter Kenzie from the emotional and physical violence that often accompany their cases, but when a school bus crashes directly in front of Lacey and Kenzie, the girl is plunged into the heart of the tragedy. Some children survive, but many don’t. Kenzie wants to help both the living and the dead, but some selfish and self-centered adults threaten the process. Can Kenzie free the young, trapped souls, or are the children doomed to purgatory?  

Sound intriguing? I think it is. As a matter of fact, I think this is my favorite story so far. The ending kills me, but in a good way. I think you'll enjoy it.

To celebrate the new release, Innocent Walk is only 99 cents through November 10, 2019. If you're staying up to date on the adventures, grab yours now.

Still haven't taken a walk on the ghostly side with Sam and Lacey? Book 1, Ghost Walk, is always only 99 cents

The reviews speak for themselves:

This is a well paced, well written book with characters you won't forget and is a wonderful start to a great series.
This story grabbed me from the very beginning.
I will definitely be reading more of this series, and from this author.
I think this is going to be an enthralling new series to follow and I am looking forward to more from Lacey and Sam’s new partnership.
I have now read all in this series which I seldom do.
I loved this book.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Release: Deception Walk

Summer is gone. Was it a good one? I hope so. But here we are in the land of pumpkin spice and thinking about the holidays. Before you do that, though, you might want to think about Sam and Lacey. Their latest adventure, Deception Walk, is a tough one, in more ways than one.

The paranormal investigative duo of Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud are doing fine, but when an ex-girlfriend of Sam’s shows up, Lacey feels uneasy. Sam has never talked much about his past, so the sudden arrival of a beautiful blonde is disturbing. However, when that same blonde disappears without a trace, and Sam is the last person to see her, Lacey realizes her worries are just beginning. The LA County Sheriff’s office and the LAPD know more than they’re saying—and they both consider Sam a suspect. 

This marks Book 22 of the popular series, and to celebrate the new release, Deception Walk will be just 99 cents until October 27, 2019. 

If you still haven't joined the growing community that follows along with Sam and Lacey on their ghostly cases, don't forget that Ghost Walk, Book 1 of the series, is always only 99 cents. 

All the Sam and Lacey books are, of course, Annie approved!

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.