Books by Melissa Bowersock

Monday, February 21, 2022

New Release: Hopi Walk

 Happy New Year, Friends! Hope your holidays were all good ones and that the year looks promising ahead. We've got to get out from under this Covid stuff sometime, right?

I'm happy to announce the release of book #33 of the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series, Hopi Walk. This is another adventure out on the reservation, which seems to be a favorite locale for most of my readers. Here's the blurb:

Navajo police officer John Stoneburner is a tough cookie who hates to rely on anyone else, especially Sam Firecloud with his “woo-woo” abilities. So when John asks Sam to investigate the death of his own brother, Sam knows John is totally out of ideas. The investigation centers on Blue Canyon, a scenic and spiritual area of the Hopi reservation. When Sam walks the location, he not only connects with John’s brother, but also with other enraged spirits that are out for revenge, and that don’t care who they exact it from.

Sound interesting? Hopi Walk will be priced at only 99 cents through February 28, 2022. Ghost Walk, Book 1 of the series, is always only 99 cents, so if you want to start at the beginning (encouraged, but not necessary), you can dive in on the cheap. 

Enjoy the new book, and stay safe!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

New Release: Redemption Walk

 Happy Fall to all! Hope you're all ready for the fall season (except my friends in the Southern Hemisphere!): the chill winds, the colored leaves, the hot drinks by the fireplace. Here in Southern Utah, we've already had our first snow! Didn't last long, but it was beautiful.

I'm very happy to announce the release of the latest Sam and Lacey book, Redemption Walk. This is Book #32 in the series. Here's the lowdown:

When medium Sam Firecloud and his partner, Lacey Fitzpatrick, are called in to investigate a haunting, they find out very quickly that the spirit is their client’s mother—and she is a poltergeist. The recently departed soul moves random objects around the house, seemingly without purpose.  Sam knows the ghost has a story to tell, but it’s hidden deep in the past. Although the secret threatens to tear the family apart, if Sam and Lacey can’t figure out the clues and uncover the whole truth, the ghost will be bound in agony to the earth plane—forever. 

To celebrate, Redemption Walk will be priced at just 99 cents until October 31st. Consider it my Halloween gift to you! What better way to celebrate Halloween than with Sam and Lacey and another anguished ghost? Oh, and by the way: hanky alert! Keep them handy. This is quite a different journey than the one in the last book, Twilight Walk.

As always, you can see the entire series here.

As we head into our second Covid winter, I sincerely hope you're all staying safe and will be able to gather with friends and family around the holidays. I've been fortunate enough to get with family a couple of times already, and it was delightful--and sorely missed. Grateful that we've been able to stave off the virus that's affected so many. Wishing the same for all of you.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Self-Published Authors Appreciation Week

The concept of self-publishing has changed dramatically over the past 40 years; I should know, because I have been involved in publishing in one form or another for that long. My first two books were traditionally published by a NY house, meaning my agent sent them the first manuscript, they read it, they liked it and they decided to take a chance on an unknown and publish it. I even got a small advance on it. When they saw my second book, they snapped that one up, too, and both books had several runs over the ensuing few years. When the publishers decided the books had run their course, they took them out of print and reassigned all rights to me to do as I wished. Well, what I wished was to keep the books viable--but how? 

Enter self-publishing. Yes, there was a time when self-published meant your old weird uncle wrote down his ideas about UFOs and how they came from the center of the (hollow) earth to monitor our burgeoning nuclear capabilities, books that no traditional publisher (at that time) would touch. Back then, many of those books probably had bad spelling, bad punctuation and a dicey plot line. 

In the intervening years, self-publishing has become the method of choice for many, but not because they write like your uncle. The truth is, traditional publishing has gotten very conservative, and the big houses will very seldom, if ever, take a chance on an unknown. If they're not convinced the book will be a best-seller (and who can predict that?), they will likely pass. Luckily, self-publishing has become not only an option but even a preferred method. Why self-publish? There are many reasons, but I'll tell you why I do it: (1) Total control--I control everything about my book: the title, the cover, the editing, the way it's packaged and the way it's marketed. I don't have to worry about my book fitting into the latest trend, and I don't have to worry about a page count. I write what I want to write (and read), and don't have to worry about getting approval from anyone. (2) Time--it's a fact that traditional publishers move slowly. 
I'd always heard that publishing was like mating elephants: It's done at a high level; it's accomplished with a great deal of roaring and screaming; and it takes two years to produce results. With self-publishing, I can release a book almost instantly, as soon as it's edited and done. Additionally, if I need to make changes, if I find one of those horrid little typos, I can fix it and upload a new version immediately. No traditional publisher has that kind of response time. (3) Royalties--it's not my goal to become a zillionaire, but neither is it my goal to be a starving artist. With self-publishing, I set the retail price for my books based on the production cost, and while I keep the price low so I'm not gouging my readers, I still make more than I ever did with traditional publishing. 

All that being said, some people still regard self-publishing negatively, which is why I was very pleasantly surprised to see that some bloggers/book reviewers had banded together to create Self-Published Authors Appreciation Week. Bloggers and book reviewers are worth their weight in gold. Most of them read a crazy number of books, they have a very good idea of what makes an enjoyable read, and they share their insight with anyone willing to follow them. I was humbled and grateful to find my name on their list of worthwhile authors. Now you, dear readers, can read a long list of reviews of my books and decide if they're your cup of tea, plus I have a feeling you just might find some authors new to you that also fit the bill. I hope you'll check out all the posts during Self-Published Authors Appreciation Week, and I send out a hearty thanks to those bloggers that participated.