Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! ☘️ Saint Patrick's Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world, with millions of people donning green and taking to the streets to celebrate the Irish culture. But how much do you really know about the holiday? Here are the top 5 fun facts about Saint Patrick's Day … Continue reading Fun facts and a gift for Saint Patrick’s Day!
Reading, pets, events and a Daring book deal
Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’ll start by adding many thanks to those of you who voted in my newsletter content poll, which is still available here. Most of the results centered on work in progress updates, life updates and random stuff. I had a very sweet question about pets, but unfortunately my … Continue reading Reading, pets, events and a Daring book deal
What I’m Reading in Crime Fiction and a Deal on the #1 Bestseller Dare Game!
Who I am... I'm Melinda Colt, an award-winning and bestselling author. I hope to become your next favorite crime fiction writer. From a young age, my parents instilled in me a love for the written word, and I've been hooked ever since. As a reader, I'm always searching for those stories that capture my heart … Continue reading What I’m Reading in Crime Fiction and a Deal on the #1 Bestseller Dare Game!
$0.99 Award-Winning Crime Fiction!
Detective Evan Gallagher exchanged his job as an FBI agent for a position within Ireland’s police force. He hopes Dublin will be a quiet place to start over—but then he stumbles over a dead body. Working against the clock, he and Psychologist Chelsea Campbell must win a cat-and-mouse game before the killer claims the next … Continue reading $0.99 Award-Winning Crime Fiction!
The good, the bad, and the ugly
Dear friends, It’s been a while since I was able to check in and give you an update. This is one of the most challenging things that I ever wrote, because the past months have been very difficult for me. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of November, so the holidays … Continue reading The good, the bad, and the ugly
A different kind of halloween 🎃
Hello, friends! Most of you celebrate Halloween today, and I can’t tell you how lucky you are. I live in Romania, and sadly, Halloween isn’t a local tradition (imagine that, in the land of Dracula!). Although, if one wants to dress up there’s always a club or party where, for one night a year, we … Continue reading A different kind of halloween 🎃
Killer Score won a RONE Award!
𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝙍𝙊𝙉𝙀 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙨, 𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝙄𝙣𝘿’𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝙈𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙯𝙞𝙣𝙚. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘪𝘻𝘻. … Continue reading Killer Score won a RONE Award!
S is for Strike!
Hi, guys! I hope this post finds you and yours well and safe. This has been a challenging year for all of us, for some more than for others. Personally, I often felt like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel—and that the tunnel is underwater. But despite everything else, I kept my … Continue reading S is for Strike!
AUTHENTICITY IN CRIME FICTION: “A PLOT DOESN’T NEED TO BE POSSIBLE; IT NEEDS TO BE PLAUSIBLE.”
Most of us read fiction books to escape into new and exciting worlds from the comfort of our own homes. We love following great detectives or private eyes as they connect clues, and we love to hate most of the villains that skilled writers portray in their books. Being part of the chase and trying … Continue reading AUTHENTICITY IN CRIME FICTION: “A PLOT DOESN’T NEED TO BE POSSIBLE; IT NEEDS TO BE PLAUSIBLE.”
One step into hell – researching and writing about crime 🕵
As an author who started her career by writing romantic comedies, the transition to weaving mysteries and thrillers is as difficult as it’s interesting. I won’t lie to you, my research into crime psychology took me to some very dark places, but it’s both fascinating and horrifying to see what makes people tick. Of course, … Continue reading One step into hell – researching and writing about crime 🕵