Hi! Thank you for inviting me to share with you and your followers about my new release, Vow of Silence.
Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
I wanted to tackle the challenge of writing a story about an Amish heroine that is a suspenseful, heated romance. This is not a sweet “Amish story.” I’m no Beverly Lewis. Vow of Silence is a suspenseful, mildly-disturbing story about a serial killer, murdering Amish girls in Lancaster County and a police detective that returns to his Amish roots to catch a killer. The suspense in high and the romance is hot. There is a taste of culture, but this is definitely a contemporary story.
Vow of Silence was written as a stand-alone, however there are characters introduced in the story that opens the door for this book to become the first of a series if that’s the direction my publisher wants to take this.
Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I consider myself a hybrid author, meaning I’ve published both traditional and indie. I have an amazing agent, Nalini Akolekar, who I adore. I queried her in 2015 with a sports romance I’d written called Win by Submission. She loved the story and called me to say she knew of a publishing company that was looking for a story like this. She had my book sold within 24-hours. I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time with the right story. Not every book I’ve written has sold so quickly. The romance industry has changed so much in the last four years. During that time, I’ve self-published two books in addition to the seven I’ve writing for traditional publishers—2 of which are coming out this year.
How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
It wasn’t my first novel. I wrote a book (paranormal romance) called Bonded on Exile. Loved the story, but I finished it when the market for paranormal romance was declining. I queried probably ten different agents over nine months trying to sell this book. I had an agent contact me (not my agent) with some advice. She told me she liked my writing but there wasn’t a market for new author in this genre. She told me to write something else and send it to her. When I asked her what genre was in demand, she told me small-town romance. That’s when I realized I had to write for the market and the trends, and I wrote Win by Submission. I queried her and a few other agents with my new project. Within a few weeks I had an agent and a 2-book deal that became my Against the Cage series (currently 5 books).
What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I researched which agents I’d like to work with and queried them. Things I considered before contacting them was who they were currently representing, how many authors were on their client list, and which publishing companies they were working with.
Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m currently working on both. Vow of Silence is publishing through Entangled and I have another book called Balls Deep (a sports romance) coming out through their Brazen line 8/12/19. I have another romantic suspense, The Good Samaritan, that’s currently in submission. I’m writing the second book in my (indie) Island of Love series—Hit it and Quit it. Publishing both traditional and indie gives me the best of both worlds because there are advantages and challenges to both.
Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m definitely a pantser. I get an idea for a story and just go with it. This is a more difficult process when writing romantic suspense, but it’s just the way my mind works. When I wrote Vow of Silence, I didn’t know who the killer was going to be until I was over 200 pages into the story. I joked with my agent that no one will be able to say this book was predictable, and that they were able to figure out who the killer was because I didn’t even know.
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I have an amazing group of beta readers that go through each book before I send it into my agent. If I am self-publishing a project, I will hire an editor to go through the manuscript, otherwise my publisher takes care of this which is a big advantage of traditional publishing in my opinion.
Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Until Vow of Silence, all my books have been sold exclusively on Amazon because Amazon owns Montlake, which is where my Against the Cage series is published. Entangled sells books through many outlets/sites, so I’m excited about the opportunity to reach a whole different venue of readers with Vow of Silence.
Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Some fun facts about me… I prefer dogs over cats, but don’t care for large dogs. Dark chocolate all the way—milk chocolate is just pretending to be chocolate, and vanilla? I suppose that depends on my mood, lol. Coffee over tea for sure. My favorite part of the day is my morning latte. I would rather text over talk unless it’s with my daughter or mom. We have too much to say, it would take too long to text. I’m an early riser. The morning is my favorite part of the day and when I’m the most productive with my writing.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on finishing an indie project, the second book in my Island of Love series called Hit it and Quit it. I’ve also had several requests for another book in my Against the Cage series and may tackle that next. My publisher’s requests come before the indie projects because of deadlines, but I’m hoping to have Hit it and Quit it out before the end of the year.
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit and share my books with you and your readers! Have a wonderful day! 😊
Vow of Silence
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: May 27th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
A killer is hiding in Plain sight…
The hunt for a serial killer leads Homicide Detective Josiah Troyer back to his Amish roots. To catch a madman preying on young women, Joe must return to Lancaster County and regain the trust of a shattered community.
The FBI knows Joe is the best chance they have of solving this case. By returning to Lancaster, he will face shunning, and resentment from the people he once called family and friends.
Hannah’s heart was broken when Josiah abandoned her eight-years ago to live with the Englishers. Forced to wed a man not of her choosing, her husband’s untimely death has left her struggling to put her life back together.
When unspeakable tragedy strikes again, Josiah unexpectedly returns, investigating the murder of her sister and two other young Amish women. Hannah quickly discovers the man that’s come back is not the same one she fell in love with.
Gone are Josiah’s easy smiles and gentle ways. He’s harder, colder—a true Englisher… But not even shunning can stop the attraction from consuming them both, and Josiah soon opens Hannah’s eyes to a world of passion and pleasure she never imagined. Choosing Josiah would mean walking away from the only world she’s ever known.
Josiah’s investigation begins to unravel when he discovers the killer is closer than he thought. Soon, he’s in a race against time to save the only woman he’s ever loved before she becomes the next victim.
Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her novels have finaled in and or won many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, Write Touch, and New England Readers’ Choice.
What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.
GIVEAWAY!a Rafflecopter giveaway