Books by Melissa Bowersock

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Typos in My Manuscript — Betrayed by My Own Body

Cheeto, the typing chimpIt’s really nice to have support when I write. My entire body supports me. My spine keeps me upright in my chair. My butt anchors me there (sometimes too long), and of course my hands and eyes connect me to my computer via the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Obviously, I could not write without the aid of my body, but sometimes it takes that support too far and ends up causing me trouble with typos. How so?
Fast typingFirst it’s my fingers. They’re very helpful. I should provide a little backstory and say that I learned to touch type in high school — home row, QWERTY, and all that. I never have to look at the keyboard to type, just keep my eyes trained on the screen and go. Because of that, I type fast, and my fingers know whole words after so much repetition. I rarely have to think about typing H-E-A-D, I just think about head and my fingers do the rest.
Unless they don’t. Sometimes my fingers think they know what word I want, and they type heat instead. Or hear. And the trouble with this is that spell-checker won’t catch it. It’s a good word. It’s just not the right word.
Then, to compound the problem, my brain gets into the act. My brain is also very helpful. It knows what words I want to write. After all, they start there, right? So as I’m reading over what I’ve just written, my brain scans the words via my eyes and says, “Yep, looks good. A-Okay here.”
Except it’s not. I’ve just written, “She blushed from her neck to the top of her heat.” Lovely. Paints a picture, doesn’t it? And these parts of me, my fingers and my brain and my eyes, are all just glowing with giddy pleasure because they’ve helped me write my magnum opus. Or maybe that’s right my magnum opus. At any rate, while I appreciate the effort and the thought, it’s just not enough. This is why I have to call in more eyes. Fresh eyes that don’t have expectations based on what’s in my head. Fresh eyes that will actually see what’s on the paper instead of thinking they already know what should be there.
All I can say is, thank god for beta readers and editors. When my own body conspires willingly against me, I need all the outside help I can get.
We’ve had lots of articles on this topic at Indies Unlimited. The Evil Mastermind wrote about the dreaded Typopotamus. Our Fearless Leader lamented about letting a book sit. Even world-renowned reviewer Mr. BigAl wrote about why proofreading is important. No matter which won of us ewe listen too, getting another set of eyes on your work is paramount.
Originally published by Indies Unlimited on 9/8/2015.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Start the New Year with Monster Walk!

Nothing like starting out the new year with a brand new book, right? I'm happy to announce that I've released Book 24 of the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series, Monster Walk




Two recent murders have rocked the small town of Chinle, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Navajo Tribal Police have found no connection between the victims even though both were killed the same way and brutally mutilated. Lieutenant John Stoneburner has no choice but to call in medium Sam Firecloud and his partner, Lacey Fitzpatrick, to see if they can make sense of the grisly facts. When it becomes clear to Sam that the murders are related to ancient Navajo mythology, he enlists the help of an elder, his grandfather Ben, who leads them all into the perilous realm of gods and monsters.

Two things many of my readers have particularly enjoyed are the fascinating traditions of the Navajo, and Sam's grandfather, Ben. The positive comments inspired me to look deeper into the Navajo's mythic past, and who better to lead the way than Ben? If you enjoyed Skin Walk, Blood Walk, and Bordello Walk, you'll like this one. I guarantee it. Just to sweeten the pot, Monster Walk is available for just 99 cents now through January 12, 2020.


Meanwhile, if you haven't plunged into the world of Sam and Lacey yet, let me remind you that Ghost Walk, Book 1, is always only 99 cents for the eBook. 


And, in addition, Books 1 through 7 are also available as audio books

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.