Thursday, November 12, 2020

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ONE WAY HOME ~

~  FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'ONE WAY HOME'  --
AUTHOR MELANIE CAMPBELL
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, 
Excerpt, Author Bio, 
Unique Author Guest Post & Giveaway~ 
   

One Way Home Blog + Review Tour 

 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for One Way Home by Melanie Campbell, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

One Way Home
TitleOne Way Home 
SeriesWhispers of Grace #2 
Author:  Melanie Campbell 
Publisher:  Mountain Brook Ink 
Release Date:  November 1, 2020 
Genre:  Inspirational Contemporary Women's Fiction 

She’s hanging by a string—with only one chance left. 

A recovering alcoholic and longtime widow, Sharon has struggled to build a new life. She’s made amends with her only daughter, Cassie, who’s been through a treacherous divorce. Cassie’s daughter, Renee, too young to understand her grandmother’s earlier mistakes, has become the light of Sharon’s life. 

But Sharon can’t seem to escape from her past. Her mother’s deathbed confession haunts her. Convinced the answer to truly overcoming her addiction lies with her biological father, Sharon sends off a DNA test in the hope of finding him. When the results of the test aren’t as revealing as Sharon anticipates, she and Cassie team up to find the truth. 

Meanwhile an old flame shows up. Sharon doesn’t think she can ever love again, but what Johnny offers seems like a dream come true. His charm and kindness shine so bright, Sharon can almost believe he’s changed. 

As the search for her father continues to frustrate and tensions escalate with Cassie, Sharon wonders if leaving it all behind for a life with Johnny will save her crumbling heart. Will the truth set Sharon free? Or it will it be the final blow to her sobriety?
 
EXCERPT:

There were no more words to say. None that would erase the words I’d already spoken. I stood, facing Cassie, whose face had become as hard as stone.

Was she done with me? How could she not be?

“I’m so sorry. My reaction was...wrong.” My chest ached, the fire of anger still burning.

In some ways, it was like I was losing Steven all over again. All because I was trying to make right generations' worth of wrongs. Like letting Renee take the trophy to school could somehow undo the loss of a father, or the emptiness of having never known a grandfather.

Don’t lose sight of the finish line.

I wasn’t even sure I was still in the race.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie Campbell 

Melanie Campbell’s debut novel, One Woman Falling, won the 2020 Oregon Christian Writer’s Cascade Award for contemporary fiction and is a finalist for the Selah Award for first novel. One Way Home, the second novel in her Whispers of Grace series, releases on November 1, 2020. 

Melanie wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her family and several spoiled pets. 

When not writing, Melanie enjoys exploring Oregon’s beautiful outdoors by hiking, kayaking, and going for drives in the country. In less-than-favorable weather conditions, you will find her enjoying an intriguing book and a strong cup of coffee.

JUNE:  What are your plans for your next project? Are there any genres you would like to eventually write in? If yes, what are they? Would you like to write non-fiction? If yes, what subject would you write about?

MELANIE:  I’m currently working on the last book in my ‘Whispers of Grace’ series. Because this series has been a deep and emotional ride, I’ve been playing around with the idea of writing a book whose pages contain more humor and a completely different kind of character.

The characters I’ve written about so far have been influenced by my own life experiences. Like Cassie, I was in an abusive relationship. While I’ve never struggled with addiction the way Sharon does, I have loved and prayed desperately for people close to me who have.

For my next story, I want to write from a foreign-to-me perspective: an aging and newly widowed, gold-digging “trophy” wife. I’ve never been rich, married for money, or considered a trophy (at least not by worldly standards) so putting myself in this character’s shoes and writing about her life will require some research.

The not-yet-named heroine in this potential novel is expecting to receive the bulk of her husband’s estate, but she is bequeathed only one thing. I won’t go into the details, but I’m excited for the adventures that will ensue. There will be many opportunities for humor, a little mystery, and maybe a bit of romance. A message is already brewing in my heart for this woman’s story.

As for genres I’d like to eventually write in, covered with dust on my shelf are the beginnings of a young adult fantasy novel. It’s a story I dreamed up when I was in my early twenties and it has morphed over the years. I’d love to pick it up again someday, but first I’ll need to read more current work in the genre.

I don’t know if I’d ever want to write a non-fiction book, but I have enjoyed writing bible study articles and devotional pieces, so who knows? Maybe God will expand that part of my writing into a book. If He did, I think it would be about identity.


CONNECT WITH MELANIE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of One Way Home and a $25 Amazon gift card!

One Way Home JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 10, 2020, and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 17, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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