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By Melissa Kline: A novelist on a journey to share her stories with the world.
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26. Television Appearance

I'm on TV! Don't miss my exclusive author interview on "Off the Page", a Denver television show spotlighting authors and their books.

My interview is airing the entire month of August on KCCB Channel 8 Broomfield, but you can watch it instantly at anytime at this link: http://broomfield.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=762


Click here to see my interview!


My interview is fifteen minutes long and tells all about my books, creative endeavors and upcoming projects. Be sure to check it out!

Have you ever been featured on television or radio? What was your experience like?

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27. Speaking Your Truth Volume II



Last year, I was involved in an anthology project that changed my life forever. My essay, "Creative Awakening," was published in Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories From Inspiring Women.

This motivational women’s anthology holds heartfelt stories told by courageous women. The topics include healing, love, family matters, faith, spirituality, self-discovery and creativity. Each story contains a message meant to empower and encourage other woman to reach out and speak their truths.

I am very pleased to announce the launch of Speaking Your Truth:Volume IIa powerful anthology of which I am an advocate for.

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28. Meet Author Diana Dolan


Diana Dolan is one of my dearest friends and biggest inspirations. She is a member of the writing group I founded and is celebrating her very first publication this month! I am so honored to have her as a guest on my blog to share her story and journey into publication. Meet the lovely Diana...


"I am very excited to be published next month as part of the anthology Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories From Inspiring Women - Volume II. My story, "The Glazed Penguin" is about an actual call that I took one night as a 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatcher here in Colorado.

Here is a taste of what that experience was like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL0U9OtpEFQ

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29. 3 Books, 3 Authors, 1 Weekend, oh my!


Last weekend I participated in my first multi-author book signings with friends Breezy Fair and Patricia Reid. We signed both Saturday and Sunday at two different locations.

The first signing was at a book shop and coffee bar called Read, Write & Brew in Golden, Colorado. RWB is nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by breathtaking views of the foothills. The book shop itself is bright, warm and inviting with ceiling to floor windows, big comfy couches, sitting chairs and a large variety of new and used books housed in traditional bookshelves. It feels like home!

At my signing station.

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30. Interview with author Elizabeth Mueller


I am so excited to introduce the lovely and talented

Elizabeth Mueller, who has become one of my favorite blogging buddies. :) Elizabeth's debut YA paranormal romance, DARKSPELL, is scheduled for release this fall. Here is her inspiring interview...

1. When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

When I started my first novel my senior year. I had an undying passion of writing. All I could think of was writing. I sat for HOURS writing in my book. Long-hand!
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31. My Journey to Success



In honor of my recent book launch, my dear friend and talented web designer Lea Meyer wrote an article about my journey to success and how I came to be a published author. Here is a snippet of her account:

It has been remarkable to witness Melissa’s journey to success and I think that her story offers a wonderful example of how to turn a dream into a reality!
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32. Today's the day! My Book Launch!

Yippee!!! I am SO excited!

Today is the official launch of my debut young adult novel, My Beginning! I have been dreaming of this day for a very long time!

My relationship with My Beginning is as unique as the book itself. The idea for the book came to me in a dream where I experienced an adventure through the eyes of 16 year old Ivory. She lived in a dangerous and toxic world where children were forbidden to venture outside.

The dream was so vivid and unusual that I knew upon awakening that it was something special. I grabbed the nearest piece of paper and jotted the entire dream down, then put the paper away in a drawer. It wasn’t until right after I had my second son, about a year later, that I realized - "I’ve got to write this book!"

It took me about 2 months to complete the book with a newborn in tow. I would write all of my ideas down on notes during the day, then string them together at night.

When the book was finished I cleaned it up a bit and shared it with friends at a writing workshop, then put it away and started a new project. I didn’t look at it for over a year until my current publisher, Lucky Press, requested it – which is an interesting story...

I had originally submitted a different book and my publisher asked if I had anything else. I was like, "Yes! Of course!" But... I haven’t looked at it for over a year and it’s sci-fi, which is a genre Lucky Press had never published.

I sent the manuscript anyway thinking there was no way that it would ever be considered, but my publisher immediately fell in love with My Be

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33. You're Invited... A Creative Book Launch


The days are counting down to my very first book launch celebration this Friday, June 24th at 6pm. I am so excited! The celebration is in honor of my young adult science fiction novel, My Beginning, scheduled for release July 1, 2011 with Lucky Press, LLC.

The celebration will be held in a mock-institution setting at the Colorado Mountain Club at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado. The festivities will include a short performance, screening of the book trailer, a book inspired soundtrack, light appetizers and copies of My Beginning available for purchase. I will sign copies in costume and share the vision of what inspired my book.

My goal for this celebration was

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34. Giveaway: Share a link, win a prize!


The release of my debut YA novel, My Beginning, is nearing and I'd love some help in spreading the word!

I've created an easy giveaway - EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATES WINS!!!

All you have to do is share one of the following two links somewhere on the internet - on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc., advertising me and my book.

Website: http://melissaklineauthor.com/my-beginning/

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52y52Bu9cMc

Feel free to use an image of my book cover and/or embed book trailer.

That's it! In return, I will mail you one of my mini Writing Sparks books. (see photo)

In order to receive your prize, you have to leave a comment below with proof that you shared one of these links. If you tweeted it, attach your twitter url; if you posted it on FB, comment with your FB url & friend me; if you blogged it, include your blog link, etc.

To receive a prize, you have to include the web address to the shared link in a comment.

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35. Childhood Keepsakes

Some of my childhood mementos.

Do you have a favorite toy, game, book or keepsake that you've carried from childhood into adulthood? Is there anything in particular that you miss and wish you still had to this day?

My good friend Janice Phelps Williams and I got to talking about childhood keepsakes and decided to dedicate a blog post specifically to those things that meant the most to us as kids. We're going to compare keepsakes with joint posts, so be sure to stop by and see Janice's blog, Appalachian Morning.


Things I've Held Onto:

1. Lots of books! See my Childhood Bookshelf.

2. Artwork, t-shirts, jewelry, CD's random-randomness from my teen years - I kept every shred of everything from my teen years, (except diary entries).

3. Pink stuffed bunny w/ sweater - A gift from my dad that I still cherish. He had it shipped to me the Easter my parents were separated when I was about 3 yrs old. It meant the world to me, and still does.

4. Collection of frogs - When I was a teen, I had an obsession with frogs. I collected all kinds of frog paraphernalia - stuffed animals, glass & clay figurines, random froggy knick knacks galore! For some reason, I felt they were special enough to tote around. Maybe my boys will like them someday. :)

5. Family gifts - I always kept gifts from my grandmothers, parents, brother and special friends. I still have a lot of these items - greeting cards, small tokens of affection, handmade or personalized gifts. Even as a child I recognized how important they were and cherished them very much.

6. Jewelry from Grandma - I have a collection of jewelry that my grandmother gave to me as a special "secret" gift. She pulled me aside during one of our family visits and let me rifle through all of her jewelry. I got to pick out whatever I want

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36. Book Spotlight: Notes From Ohio


In honor of Lucky Press author Bryce Merlin's 30th birthday, I am featuring his book and a short review. Enjoy!


A 64-page paperback with photos & original artwork

To say that this book is inspiring is an understatement. I was moved to tears by Bryce's faith, passion and desire to give hope to others. The book is filled with a collage of captivating stories told directly from Bryce's big heart. You will find adventure, love and even laughter through his experiences. In addition to his essays, Bryce shares his artwork and photos of he and his family celebrating life. Notes from Ohio is a touching, heartfelt read that is guaranteed to lift anyone's spirits! Bryce is a beacon of hope for young people everywhere.

Notes From Ohio was published with a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

Read an excerpt, view artwork and learn more about Bryce and his book at: http://www.luckypress.com/brycemerlin.html

Happy Birthday Bryce! :)
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37. Website Launch



I now have an official author website!


Please visit my site where you will find more about me, my books and creative projects. You will also find writing tools, resources and book extras.

My good friend Lea Meyer did a fabulous job designing my site. You can find out more about her services at indiepreneurpower.com

Also, what are your thoughts on blogs within websites? Do you prefer to see a blog stand alone in graphics and design?

I'd love to hear from you! :)

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38. Flip Words = Create Names



Have you ever pronounced your name backwards? When I was a teenager my friends and I would get a laugh out of seeing what our names sounded like reversed. Some of them were quite funny: Kendrick is Kcirdnek, sounds like Curd-neck, (still gives me a chuckle). My name is Assilem, sounds like Asylum. And of course there are those that are not affected like Hannah and Bob.

I started to wonder if this strange practice could be of use, other than for a good laugh, and began flipping every word I could think of. Most words sounded like gibberish, but there were actually quite a few that had a unique quality to them.

Eureka! So why not flip random words to create unusual character names?

Here are some examples:

Carrot: Torrac
Pillow: Wollip
Camera: Aremac
Closet: Tesolc
Table: Elbat
Lemon: Nomel
Soda: Ados

I've found the simplest words work best - longer ones are harder to pronounce. You may have to tweak and twist them a little. Of course, not all words work for this. You've got to do some exploring - but that's the fun part. ;)
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39. Laughter is the Best Medicine!


Today is the Laughter is the Best Medicine Blogfest hosted by Lydia Kang at The Word is My Oyster, and Leigh T. Moore at That's Write. Participants post their favorite joke on writing, or any other topic, for one day only - today! The object is to spread cheer and laughter throughout the blogosphere. Here's my joke... Hope you enjoy it! :)


A panda bear walks into a bar and orders a sandwich. The bartender makes the sandwich and gives it to the bear. The bear eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun, shoots the man standing next to him, and walks out. Another man who watched the whole thing happen asks the bartender “What was that?” The bartender reaches under the bar, pulls out a dictionary and tells him to look it up. The man looks and finds this: Panda bear: Large black and white bear from Northern China. Eats shoots and leaves.


Hee, hee. :) What do you think? Have you heard this joke before?


40. Lucky Press, LLC: Book Review & Goodreads Giveaway


Today I am featured on the Lucky Press, LLC blog where you can read all about me and my book, My Beginning, from my publishers point of view. An incredible account that you don't want to miss! You can also enter to win one of three of my books via Goodreads through this article. Here is a taste of what you will find...


The following review was posted today at Goodreads by Janice Phelps Williams:

"My introduction to Melissa Kline was through email and her query was perfectly written and clearly explained the premise of her young adult novel. Though I am not personally drawn to dystopian-type stories or movies, there was something about Melissa as an author and the main character, Ivory, as a 16-year-old girl living in an "institution" that drew me in..."

To read the full review & enter into the Goodreads giveaway, go to: Lucky Press, LLC: My Beginning - by Melissa Kline

My Beginning is scheduled for release July 1, 2011. Click here
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41. 10 Random Things About Me


Me at age 3

1. I was born on Christmas Day and was taken home from the hospital in an oversized stocking.

2. When I was little I looked EXACTLY like Orphan Annie.

3. I wrote and illustrated my first book in 1st grade called, The Easter Bunny. Today, I bring it to school visits to share with children.

4. I am a miniaturist. I create scenes from my books and rooms from my character's lives. Click here for a sample of these creations.

5. I am a night owl. All of my best ideas occur between 12 and 2 am.

6. I left home when I was 16 and moved to Santa Cruz, California.

7. I lived in Maui, Hawaii for a year when I was 20.

8. I love astronomy and wanted to be the first woman on Mars.

9. I am an INFJ , according to the Myers-Briggs personality test.

10. I read historical romance novels when I am not writing.


Tell me something fun or unusual about you! :)


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42. The Versatile Blogger Award


I've been awarded the versatile blogger award by the lovely Shelly at The Life of a Novice Writer . Thank you Shelly! In turn, I have to award fifteen other bloggers the award. Here they are...


The following have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by me:


This award comes with a few teensy rules:

1. Thank and direct other bloggers to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Tell 7-10 secrets about yourself.

3. Award to 15 other bloggers.

Congratulations to all of my awardees! You are all incredible bloggers and such an inspiration to me! :) Look for my 7-10 secrets in my next post!

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43. A Storybook World: Interview with Author Melissa Kline


Today I am the featured author on Deirdra Eden-Coppel's "A Storybook World."

Check out my exclusive interview with Deirdra where you'll get to know more about me, my books, and my creative process.

Deirdra's blog is a fun, whimsical treat that will leave you inspired. Stop by and say hi! :)


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44.  My A to Z Short Story

I did it! I created a story with my A to Z challenge words and sentences! Here is the entire story from A to Z...



The anfractuous wind storm spun her auburn tendrils into a frenzy. She cradled the baetyl in her hand noticing its botryoidal shape. The night was unnaturally conticent as she wandered along a familiar cordate path. She'd managed to divagate into a shadow of trees, her focus upon the full moon and its dirigent light. The epipolism of pure moonlight reminded her of an epos written by her forbidden lover.

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45.  |zē|

Z


1. Zamia - (zuh-me-uh) - a tropical plant
2. Zenithal - (z-nith-ull) - adjective of zenith
3. Zenzizenzizenzic - (zen-z-zen-z-zen-zick) - a number to the eighth power
4. Zeppole - (zep-po-lay) - an Italian pastry
5. Zoetic - (zo-et-tic) - being alive; existing

She threw the screen door open, ran past the potted zamia, then sat at the dining room table just in time for dinner hoping her mother would give her zeppole for dessert.
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46.  |wī|

Y


1. Yabber - (yab-er) - variation of jabber; talk a lot; gab
2. Yaw - (yah) - to swerve, go off track
3. Yede - (yed) - to move; procede
4. Yerk - (yurk) - to jerk or thrust; strike
5. Yoicks - (yoiks) - a cry used in hunting

She yawed back and forth through the trees, yerking her way toward the one place of safety.

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47.  |eks|

x


1. Xanthic - (zan-thick) - a yellowish color
2. Xenagogue - (zen-uh-gog) - a guide or leader
3. Xenops - (zee-nops) - a tropical bird
4. Xylene - (zy-lean) - a highly flammable liquid solvent
5. Xylose - (zy-loce) - a type of artificial sugar

An unusually xanthic xenops appeared as a xenagogue as she ran to keep up with the small glowing bird.


What's your favorite "X"?

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48.  |ˈdəbəlˌyoō|

W


1. Wafture - (waf-sure) - waving or wafting
2. Watchet - (watch-it) - a light blue color
3. Wherret - (wear-it) - a strike or blow
4. Whilom - (why-lom) - in the past; formerly
5. Whinstone - (wine-stone) - a hard, dark stone; type of rock

She grabbed a whinstone and delivering a wherret, causing the man to wafture then fall into the muddy water.


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49.  |vē|

V


1. Vafrous - (vaf-rus) - tricky, scheming, devious
2. Varia - (very-uh) - assorted items; various
3. Velation - (vel-ation) - to veil; conceal
4. Verbomania - (verb-o-mania) - obsessed with words
5. Vociferate - (vo-sif-erate) - to shout or yell

She wanted to vociferate but knew she'd have to be more vafrous, using velation and a varia of methods to get what she wanted.

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50.  |yoō|

U


1. Ubity - (u-by-ety) - being in a specific place or location
2. Uliginous - (u-lidge-iniss) - swamp growth; slime, mud, muck
3. Unicity - (u-nis-city) - united as one
4. Uranoscopy - (urine-oscopy) - watching the stars; star-gazing
5. Utile - (u-tal) - handy, practical, useful
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