I write, read and blabber about historical and contemporary romance novels and related genres. Notebook addict, pen devotee, cat aunt, tea drinker, shipper, in love with art journals, history, my husband and stationery, not necessarily in that order.
Hello, lovely readers. Long time no post, but we are back now, and on You Tube! Yesterday, Melva and I were interviewed by the lovely Anita Finley of Zoomer Times, which is now on their You Tube channel for all to see.
I (Anna) also blogged about it on my blog, Typing With Wet Nails, and if that isn’t enough, we will be scheduling a second interview later next month. What do you think they’ll ask us? Leave your guesses or suggestions in the comments, and we will see you very, very soon.
Hello, dear readers! Did you miss us? We missed you. Were have we been? Well, 2020. That about says it all, but we don’t come back empty handed. Melva and I (Anna) are thrilled to announce we have completed the first draft of Drama King (at long last!) and are starting laying the groundwork for the third book in the Love By The Book series, Queen of Hearts. Once Drama King gets to the end of draft two (much easier now, since 2020 is behind us) we will be sending it off for editorial perusal.
We have some fun stuff coming up sooner than that, as February will see us giving our first online workshop with Charter Oak Readers and Writers. In the spring, we get the full book club treatment as Chasing With Prince Charming will be the book of the month in a regional book club, details to follow. This will be new for both of us, and we can’t wait to share the experience with you.
For those wondering where things are going after the first three Love By The Book installments, may we invite you to a small town on the New England coast, with a storied past and a present that proves love can be found in the most unlikely of places?
Also on the agenda is a holiday collection (anthology? ) with solo and collaborative stories. Of course the priority right now is Drama King, and our own solo creations, but it’s always fun to look a little bit down the road. For right now, we will poll the room. What’s your preference, small towns or holiday stories? Small town holidays are also an acceptable compromise.
Thanks for your patience, your questions, and interest. Talk to you soon!
The waiting is over! If you, like Meg, have been Chasing Prince Charming, today is the day you can finally catch him. Big thanks to readers who have already told us their downloads are even now in their devices, and/or print copies are on the way.
Now begins the next phase, of waiting for the first reviews, on Goodreads, on Amazon, and other places. Will anybody read it? Will anybody like it? Should we ask if this or that Booktuber would like a review copy, or should that have been done before? Lots of questions, lots of options, but one thing is clear – that next book isn’t going to write itself. We have an author visit at Buried Under Romance later this week, which is tremendously fun, so keep an eye on this site for news of such doings.
For those readers who take a liking to Meg’s agent, Kelly (oh so nice and oh so crafty at the same time) or Dominic’s sister, Heather (single mom with keen editorial instincts and the heart of a true romantic) we are working on their stories, tentatively titled Drama King and Queen of Hearts.
in the meantime, check out our individual bios (I will figure out, soon, how to move them to their own page) and stay tuned for the origin story of our collaboration.
Two authors, with a single mind. Wait, that came out wrong. Or did it? Hi. We’re Melva and Anna, two writers who have written in genres as diverse as romantic suspense, cozy mystery, memoir, poetry, women’s fiction, historical romance, fanfiction, humor, nonfiction, and blogging for sites including Buried Under Romance, Heroes and Heartbreakers, and Unusual Historicals. Together, we write fun, smart contemporary romance on the sophisticated side of sexy.
Believe it or not, we’ve been friends for mumblecough years (it’s in double digits) ever since we met at a writers’ group, before it even occurred to us to write something together. Chasing Prince Charming was conceived at a writer’s conference (much like the one where Meg and Dominic meet in Chasing Prince Charming) gestated on multiple road trips and Skype conversations, and finally found its home at The Wild Rose Press – and hopefully in readers’ hearts. Individually, we are:
A former high school English teacher, Melva Michaelian has taught English composition and various literature courses at Springfield College and other area colleges and universities, was past president of Charter Oak Romance Writers, and is a current member of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America. When she is not teaching or traveling, she works on her novels and memoirs. She has also contributed short stories to such anthologies asLove Free or Die. Her poetry and humorous articles have appeared in several New England and national publications, and she has written two books, A Walk on the Wide Side and Testing the Heart, with co-author, Lorene Morin. As a solo, she has also penned romantic suspense novels and two upcoming non-fiction books and maintains a blog, Writing Food; Eating Words. Melva is excited to be partnered with published author and friend Anna Bowling in a romance trilogy, the first of which, Chasing Prince Charming, is now available. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband and enjoys having her four children living nearby, where they can both aggravate and inspire her.
Anna Carrasco Bowling
Anna Carrasco Bowling stole her first historical romance novel from her mother’s nightstand, at the far too tender age of eleven. Within the first few pages, she knew she had found what she wanted to read and write for the rest of her life. So far, so good. Anna is currently doing the happily ever after thing with her Real Life Romance Hero, in New York’s Capitol Region, where she is a hospitality co-chair of Capitol Region Romance Writers. She is usually wearing at least one piece of jewelry with a skull on it, and can be easily bribed with tea, notebooks, or fountain pens. Readers interested in her solo historical romance novels can try one of her novellas, Never Too Late, or Queen of the Ocean, which are not related, and may be read in any order.
What happens when two longtime friends show up early for breakfast at a romance writers’ conference? Well, in our case, this:
Chasing Prince Charming is the first book in the Love By The Book series, coming soon from The Wild Rose Press. Though we’ve written different genres on our own, contemporary romance was a natural meeting place when we put our heads together. We hope you have as much fun reading these stories as we do writing them, because there’s plenty more to come.