Author: missmelissawrites

A Hibiscus Coast

Book Review: A Hibiscus Coast by Nick Mulgrew (Karavan Press) In these turbulent South African times of violence and disquiet, many conversations have turned to emigration. In that context I found A Hibiscus Coast to be an honest, compelling and soothing look at family, migration and dispossession. The author takes us to Durban North, 1997, where a suburban murder rocks…

Lightning Round #6 Tlalane Manciya

Welcome back to the lightning round. The wonderful author, poet and blogger Tlalane Manciya gives us a peek into her favorites today. Q1:  Braai or Brunch Braai Q2 : Beach or Bushveld Beach  Q3 : Favorite Genre to read outside of Romance Paranormal  Q4: Genre you never read There isn’t one Q5: Last book you read Believe that you can…

Lightning Round #5 Francine Beaton

In today’s lightning round, meet prolific Romance author Francine Beaton, who has the wonderful ability to write in both English and Afrikaans. Q1:  Braai or Brunch Brunch Q2 : Beach or Bushveld Bushveld (but if I have a choice, I’ll choose a forest) Q3 : Favorite Genre to read outside of romance Crime fiction and biographies Q4: Genre you never…

Sweet Songs of Summer Playlist

Does music inspire books? Or do books inspire music? According to a post by The Washington Note on 13 October 2020, it’s both. Francine Beaton, one of the Sweet Songs of Summer authors, says: ‘I always have one song I listen to when I write a story. Often the song would be played during a proposal scene or the first…

Lightning Round #4 Peter Barker

Next up in the lightning round is author Peter Barker. Let’s see his top ten. Q1:  Braai or Brunch  Braai Q2 : Beach or Bushveld   Busheld Q3 : Favorite Genre to read outside of romance  Whodunnit Q4: Genre you never read   Western Q5:  Last Book you Read   Another Love  Amanda Prowse Q6: Favorite Romantic Movie ever Love Actually Q7: Favorite…

Lightning Round #3 Meg Chronis

I’m featuring my fellow contributors to the Sweet Songs of Summer Anthology. Get to know them in a flash with a lightning round of questions. Here’s Meg Chronis. Q1:  Braai or Brunch: brunch Q2 : Beach or Bushveld: bushveld Q3 : Favorite Genre to read outside of romance: crime and thrillers (but then I’m seldom not reading romance these days)…

Lightning Round #2 Kathy Bosman

This is the next episode of getting to know the authors contributing to Sweet Songs of Summer. Here’s Kathy Bosman’s lightning round. Q1:  Braai or Brunch Brunch. Q2 : Beach or Bushveld Beach. Q3 : Favorite Genre to read outside of romance Cosy Mystery. Q4: Genre you never read Political Drama / Thriller. Q5:  Last Book you Read Priceless by Nicole…

Lightning Round # 1 Alissa Baxter

Would you like to get to know the authors contributing to Sweet Songs of Summer? What better way than a flash of questions to shed light on each contributor? Here’s our lightning round with Alissa Baxter Q1:  Braai or Brunch Braai Q2 : Beach or Bushveld Bushveld Q3 : Favorite Genre to read outside of romanceThriller Q4: Genre you never…

The Sweet Songs of Summer

I’m so excited to have a novelette (Word count is between a short story and a novella) included in the Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa’s anthology, Sweet Songs of Summer. Release Date: 20 May 2021 Sweet Songs of Summer: An Anthology Add to your Goodreads TBR: https://bit.ly/3rY7sg2 Bloggers Sign up: https://forms.gle/9uyb4fAzg44SgT1J6 The Romance Writer’s Organisation of South Africa brings you an anthology…