Melissa Keir – February 2014

keirtrs0214Melissa Keir

How does a middle aged, divorcee with two children find her way back to love after a devastating divorce leaves her with no self confidence and no faith in love? Lissa’s ex-husband has shredded her self-esteem so she’s thrown herself into her children and her work, leaving time for nothing else.

When an life threatening illness in her best friend’s family puts Lissa on the path to romance, Lissa finds new love in a most unexpected way–an introduced by her new guy’s ex-wife.

Who knew that first time loves could lead to second chances?

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Reviews for Second Time’s a Charm

“Second Time’s the Charm is a sweet tale of romance being found where it is least expected. Lissa Vincent is a real woman who was devastated after her divorce and now is entering the dating scene again. What she doesn’t expect is that Alex might just be the man of her dreams if she can get past the fact that he is her best friend’s ex-husband.”

“Lissa was a great character who really felt like my best friend. Trying to do what is right as a mom, she didn’t put herself first but did everything else for everyone else. It is only after she see’s Alex that she comes alive. I liked how she struggled with whether or not to see him because of the bad things she’d heard from her friend. I only wish the story was longer because I’m sure that this whole new relationship is going to cause some issues in Lissa’s friendship. Maybe Ms. Keir will write a second story so we can find out about what happens next!” (Anonymous, 5 star on B&N)

Excerpt

“Get married. Have babies. Buy the house in the suburbs and live happily ever after. I know what you are going to say… It was what I wanted. It’s my fault! But life has a way of getting in the way! You had a wonderful career while I sat at home. So I got my own career!” I raged at him.He struggled to tell his side of the story, but I wouldn’t let him talk. He had a wonderful way of spinning things. Smarmy, others called him. They felt they came away from talking to him dirty and oily.

“Did you happen to notice that after getting married and having babies, steamy, hot sex dropped out of the picture? At least that’s how it worked with us. After staying up all night with a sick child then working full time to pay the mortgage while my husband spent his time at the bar with his friends, sex was the last thing on my mind. Marriage wasn’t a fairy tale anymore. And that’s your fault!”

Finally giving up on saying a thing, he faded away while I cried my heart out.

The incessant buzzing of the alarm clock shocked my system awake. Time to make the doughnuts! The funny old commercial ran through my head as I climbed out of bed. Did I really dream about my ex-husband again last night? Thoughts assaulted me as I groggily stepped into the shower. Why do I dream that same fight over and over? Cheating on me was his way of escaping our boring life and his nagging wife. We were divorced. I needed to let it go. Letting the hot, almost liquid fire, water warm my body, I washed my hair and thought back over the horrible dream.

Had I really turned into that bitter of a person about love? Was there really ever going to be a fairy tale love for me? Or would I ever be open to love again?

Biography

Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.

As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America, Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter, and EPIC. She is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.

Connect with me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/melissaakeir and http://www.facebook.com/authormelissakeir. On Twitter http://www.twitter.com/melissa_keir or on my website http://www.melissakeir.com.

Also by Melissa Keir

Chalkboard Romance

The Wilder Sisters Series:
Forever Love
Beach Desires
A Christmas Accident

Charming Chances
Second Time’s the Charm
Three’s a Crowd

Hot Flashes Anthology

Interview with Holly Hewson

HH: Melissa, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Second Time’s The Charm and is the first book in your Charming Chances series. What can you first tell us about this amazing series?

MK:  Thank you for having me over to talk today. I love sharing Second Time’s the Charm. It’s one of my favorite stories. I fell in love with the characters. As a wife in a second marriage, I know first-hand how challenging it is to blend two households, personalities and families. I read many books about what makes it work and some that were more along the lines of ex-bashing.

The Charming Chances series shares the story of Alex Hunter and Lissa Vincent, as well as Lissa’s best friend, Chloe who is also Alex’s ex-wife. As we know, marriage isn’t easy so how do two people who faced divorce come together and more importantly how do they create a blended family. It’s that question of the blended family dynamic that I find most interesting.

HH: How does Second Time’s The Charm kick it off?

MK: Second Time’s the Charm introduces readers to Lissa who is coping after an emotional marriage and divorce. She’s the mom to two young boys and works at a pediatrician’s office. Second Time’s the Charm begins with Lissa’s deeply personal dream. It’s like eavesdropping on someone’s subconscious.

HH: What do you like about Lissa and why will readers identify with her?

MK:  Lissa is a great mom. She loves those two boys and puts them first in her life. She’s also a wonderful friend and even while facing some yucky residue from her divorce, she wants to believe in love again. She’s seen that it’s possible for her best friend and seeks it for herself.

HH: What do you like about Alex and why will readers love him?

MK: Most people see Alex as misunderstood at first. In every breakup, there are two sides. He was the bad guy in Chloe’s divorce. He’s really a wonderful dad. The divorce hurt him as much as Chloe. He’s a caring and friendly guy who looks out for Lissa and enjoys playing with her boys.

Most readers who’ve read the story or seen Alex in interviews have fallen for him. He’s certainly romantic, more like a big teddy bear.

HH: What can you tell us about Three’s a Crowd?

MK: Three’s a Crowd continues to tell Alex and Lissa’s tale. Now they are married but a blended family isn’t easy, especially when Chloe’s world is crumbling. As a friend, Lissa wants to help but Chloe has set her sights back on her ex-husband- Alex. Lissa could lose her best friend or her husband in this situation. Or both!

HH: What can you share with us about the rest of the series?

MK: Currently the Charming Chances series is on hold. I’d love to bring readers into the lives of the children, especially Chloe and Alex’s son, Joe as he searches for love. Children of divorce can have a harder time believing in commitment and finding happiness.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

MK: I’ve recently released Chalkboard Romance which tells the story of an elementary teacher who has a one night stand. She walks away because she realizes that he could be the one. Conflicts surround when she finds out that he’s a parent of one of her students. They find love but what will the cost be? Will she lose her job? Or will she walk away from love?

I’m also working on re-releasing Protecting His Wolfe and putting out the sequel. I can’t get the three Pigg brothers out of my head. They are very yummy…all strong willed, sexy and uber-protective.

HH: What are you reading now?

MK: I finished two Eve Dallas hardcovers last week. I’d been saving up the two latest releases by J.D. Robb for a time when I had more time to read. I love the strength of Eve and the know-how of her sexy Irish hubby, Roarke. Currently, I’m finishing Carolyn Brown’s One Hot Cowboy Wedding. I’d read one of her other books and love series so I jumped at the chance to read the rest in her cowboy series.

HH: What appearances do you have coming up in 2014?

MK: I have signed up for the Wild Wicked Weekend in San Antonio for the end of February. It’s a fun chance to meet and greet as well as see some icons of the writing industry. We’re staying at the Merger Hotel which is supposedly haunted. I can’t wait.

I’m also looking into RWA and Romance Novel Convention as other conferences this year. There are so many wonderful ones to choose from but with a full time job, I have to be selective.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

MK: My website not only features blurbs, covers, excerpts and book trailers for all my books…it is also the place for news and home of my blog. I’m always featuring some of the best romance authors and hosting giveaways. You can find out more at: http://www.melissakeir.com.

I’m also on facebook at my personal page (http://www.facebook.com/melissaakeir) and author page (http://www.facebook.com/authormelissakeir) as well as twitter (@melissa_keir) and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Keir/e/B0078TCJX2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1).

Thank you again for allowing me to talk about my stories. Second Time’s the Charm is only $1.99 and a short novella which is perfect for a quick read before bed.

12 Comments

  1. Melissa Keir
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 16:48:25

    Thank you for having me on your site! :) I love sharing my stories with readers!

    Reply

  2. Sandy
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 17:06:36

    Melissa,
    Your stories make me think of my mom. She devoted her life to us kids after she and dad divorced. When we were young we used to make fun of any men who tried to come around her. Later in life, we wished she’d found her second chance. She was a wonderful mom, as I know you are. Combined families are never easy.

    Reply

    • Melissa Keir
      Feb 07, 2014 @ 03:49:28

      Combined families aren’t easy. I’ve read some very positive stories. I’m glad you had such wonderful memories of the time with your mom.

      Reply

  3. Vicki Batman
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 17:13:15

    Hi, Melissa! A totally charming interview and love your books premises. Congratulations and I’ll be seeing you at RWA for sure. Hugs, vb

    Reply

    • Melissa Keir
      Feb 07, 2014 @ 03:52:40

      Thank you Vicki! I know you will be the best dressed woman there with a great handbag. :) I love your interest in handbags.

      Reply

  4. Andrea
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 17:23:43

    Great interview. I love the excerpt and blurb – lots of women will relate to this :)

    Reply

    • Melissa Keir
      Feb 07, 2014 @ 03:51:58

      Thank you Andrea. It’s sad that so many of us are out there looking for our second chance but I honestly wanted a better life and was happy to spend time searching. :)

      Reply

  5. Daryl Devore
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 17:56:31

    Great excerpt and interview.

    Reply

  6. Melissa Keir
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 23:13:06

    Thank you for having me visit and share my books with you!

    Reply

  7. Gemma Juliana
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 06:25:22

    What a wonderful interview, Melissa. I worked an event at the Menger a few months ago – it’s a fun hotel. Hope to meet you at the RWA Convention in SAT this summer! Fingers crossed I can make it.

    Reply

    • Melissa Keir
      Feb 07, 2014 @ 03:50:20

      Hi Gemma, Did you get to see any ghosts when you worked at the hotel? I’m hoping to run into one. :)

      I’d love to see you as well. We’ll have to meet up!

      Reply

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