Friday, March 13, 2015

New Release Coming Soon - Motive For Revenge

I'm delighted to announce that my fourth novel Motive For Revenge  will be released in April 2015. 


Cover design - Jonny Gillard

For over three years kidnap victim Jake Cornish has struggled to put the memories of his ordeal in the Philippines behind him. Not even his wife Beth knows the full truth and he wants to keep it that way. However, on their first family vacation since returning to the US, a chance sighting of one of his kidnappers inflames his need for closure.

When attempts to learn more about his kidnappers' new lives coincide with a brutal attack on their family, Jake becomes entangled in a police investigation which, if he tells the truth, threatens not only to wreck his marriage but also provide the one piece of information the police are missing – a motive for revenge.


Motive For Revenge is a sequel to Ulterior Motives but can be read as a stand-alone mystery/psychological suspense novel.



Want a chance to be one of the first readers?

I am looking for advance readers who would be willing to review the e-book - if you are interested please send me an email at info@melparish.com. 



In other news, Silent Lies is now also available from the following retailers:

Apple    Barnes & Noble    Kobo    Scribd    PageFoundry 

Price: US$2.99 (or equivalent) for a limited time only.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

The 2015 Oscar Nominations - One Movie-lover's Opinion

I love watching movies. And I like watching the award shows, but think they are only really worth watching if you have seen the nominated movies, so for the last few years I have made an effort to try and see at least all the Best Picture nominations prior to the Oscars.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dresden - A City Rebuilt

Last year during a trip to Germany I had the opportunity to visit Dresden. At the time all I knew about the city was that it had been considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe until it was devastated by Allied bombings during World War II.  The bombings, which took place between February 13th  and February 15th 1945 killed thousands of people and left many of the historic buildings in ruin.

After the war Dresden became part of East Germany. Some of the less damaged buildings were patched up and some were replaced by bland modern buildings, but the rest were left as ruins and it was only after the reunification of Germany that reconstruction began in earnest.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Making Dreams Come True - Part 2

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


It's been almost two years since I blogged about my ambition to travel around America by train. At the time I hoped that 2014 would be the year I achieved that dream, but general life and the unexpected opportunity to visit Berlin over the holidays and then Rio later in the year meant plans had to be put on hold. Maybe it was just as well, because in the interim I have found a willing travel companion - my sister, who will come over from England this spring and accompany me on this great adventure.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Joy Of Learning

The Joy of Learning

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."
                                                                                                 - Winston Churchill


Yes, I did just use the words joy and learning in the same sentence!

 I’ve always loved learning though I have to admit school was a disappointment. Maybe it's because I like to work at my own pace, but I always found the traditional classroom setting uninspiring, which is why the quote above resonates with me. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fifteen Tax Deductions for Writers to Consider


 “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.”
                                                                                                                          - Mark Twain


The holidays are over - it’s time to get back to work and, unfortunately for many of us, to confront the annual ritual of tax returns.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where Did The Time Go?


Time flies when you're having fun - so the saying goes - which means I must have been having lots of fun the last few weeks because I've just realized it is well over a month since I last put up a new post. 

Where did the time go? Mostly on finishing the last few chapters of my latest novel which is tentatively titled Motive for Revenge and is a sequel to Ulterior Motives.