Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Featured Author: Katie Melko

 Welcome Today's Featured Author 
Katie Melko!!!

Bottle of Uncertainty: The Vineyard Collection
Newly-graduated veterinarian, Amelia Pawksy, is desperately ready for a fresh start and to get out of dodge. She’s packed up one box of her most important belongings and of course, her trusted companion, Tune. You see, growing up in Massachusetts wasn’t easy and her troubled past and shattered heart has her eager to simply start over. Her only goal is to find a new place to call home and open a practice on the WestCoast. But will her road trip lead her to a destination she never could have imagined? When Teddy enters her life unexpectedly, will she be able to let her guard down before it’s too late? More importantly, can Teddy accept her as she is or will his desire for change force them apart? Teddy’s past has made him view life in black and white, creating uncertainty around one of the most important decisions of his life. Will they learn to love one another for who they are or will Amelia’s earth-shattering secrets ruin one of the best things that has ever happened to her? This story will take you on a journey with amelia and Teddy as they discover forgiveness, passion and possibly a love that will last a lifetime.
Paw Elementary: Roxy's Adventure to the Dentist
Roxy discovers that she needs to go to the dentist and she's very nervous. What will happen during Roxy's first visit to the dentist? What will they do to her teeth? And what are all those scary tools they use? Go on an adventure with Roxy and her friends as she tackles her first visit!

Paw Elementary: Roxy's Adventure to the Hair Salon
Book 2 in the Paw Elementary series: Roxy discovers that her friend, Honey bear, from Paw Elementary School is having a birthday party at a hair salon and now she’s nervous. What will happen during Roxy’s first visit to the hair salon? What will they do to her hair? And what are all of those scary tools they use? Go on an adventure with Roxy as she talks to her family and friends about the hair salon and she how she overcomes her fears in this adorable and educational children’s book.

Paw Elementary: Roxy's Activity Book

Go on an adventure with Roxy as she navigates through fun activities and hangs out with family and friends. What will she do at the school dentist? What classmates will be at Honey Bear’s birthday party? What big adventure will Roxy go on when she heads to swim class? In this Paw Elementary companion book, you can decide what colors to use for Roxy’s big adventures! Every kid will have fun with this activity book, as they become part of Roxy’s story with her friends.

Paw Elementary: Astoria Learns to Swim 
Astoria learns that Noel is having a pool party - but she needs to learn how to swim! She's very nervous. What will happen during Astoria's first swimming lesson at Aqua Pups? What will she learn? and will going under water scare her? Join Astoria as she learns how to swim, and see how she overcomes her fears in this adorable and educational children's book.

 About Katie:
Born and raised in Connecticut, one of Katie's passions has been writing and finding ways to be creative. She's been practicing dental hygiene for 10 years and received her Masters in Dental Hygiene in 2016. Katie trulyloves working in public health and teaching in the community. Her husband and Katie are fur-parents to two dogs and two cats -- her family means everything to her. Katie has always loved working with children and educating people, so she decided to bring one of her ideas to life. It's been an amazing journey for her creating books.Katie loves nature, animals, vineyards, and Hallmark movies! She started writing romance and fell in love with how much she enjoyed creating these characters and their stories. And shes hope you do too! I've always had a passion for photography.I'm excited to share my work and capture beautiful memories for your family and you!Join Katie on this ride... she sure won't disappoint!

You can stay connected with Katie in several ways:
Interview With Katie:
1. Can you tell us a little about your books?
I write romance suspense and childrens books. My romance books - The Vineyard Collection - are always including wine and animals- I love animals especially rescues. I also love wine! It's a dream to own a vineyard one day. My adult books always have a strong female character - I love to create a place for my readers to escape to and be inspired by. The characters usually go through something and come out stronger- or work through learning self love, self care and letting people in and of course romance! Paw Elementary is my children's book series and it's about my beloved dog Roxy who passed away in 2017 from cancer. The books help children tackle fearful firsts by giving parents an outlet to introduce the child to before actually experiencing it. The hope is to make the experience a positive one instead of a scary one. Each book has an encouragement card to accompany it- Be Brave, Share Positivity, Get Creative, and Have Courage are the four out right now. I have two stuffed animals and stickers that go with the books as well! Each character is an animal from my past or present whether they are mine or my family/friends.
2. What inspires you to write?
 I love writing, especially when I feel it can help make an impact in a persons life. It also is very enjoyable to me. It is therapeutic and love to write when I'm in the bath!

3. Is Roxy based on a real dog? 
Yes. I had her for 12 years. She was my first fur child and my best friend. I miss her dearly!

4. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? 
I usually write early in the morning or when I'm in the bath at night. It really depends on how the book is flowing. Some days I write all day. Some times its a little here and there each day.
5. Do you have a favorite food or drink you must have nearby when writing? 
 Coffee!!!!!! and dont usually eat when I'm writing. I get to distracted.

6. Do you have a favorite spot to write? 
The bath tub lol or the corner couch in my living room are my writing spots.
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be? 
To save all the dogs and children- stop the abuse.

8. What writing projects are you currently working on? 
I'm currently writing my second romance novel and working on a soundtrack for Paw Elementary.

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