Melinda Peters


Peter and Melinda Read are a husband and wife creative writing team, hence the pen name, Melinda Peters. While he does most of the writing and she does most of the editing, on any given day either one might have the inspiration. Keeping Victoria's Secret was the first in this series of humorous contemporary romance novels followed by Taming Theresa. Included are some of the author's favorite recipes. Join us as our characters take a road trip to Floyd, Virginia in the third part of our Pippin's Grove Series,

The Reads now reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and find time to pursue a variety of hobbies, such as gardening, cooking, collecting, and especially reading. Appreciation of a well-written story leads quite naturally to a desire to create one of your own. They have two married children and are collecting grandchildren- four so far.
Melinda Peters also has plans for the publication of another series, this time historical romances, as well as some works of non-fiction. Can you say cookbook?

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I find that I can enjoy reading most anything, but especially like historical fiction and non-fiction. It's a tough call to pick a short list of favorite authors, but Bruce Catton, C. S. Forester, Rex Stout, and Donald Westlake are a few.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've always wanted to write, but didn't get around to doing it until 2009, after my father passed away at the age of ninety three. Everyone who knew him well would agree he was an unusual character who did some pretty crazy bazaar things during his lifetime. Wanting my grandchildren to know this man who died just as they were being born, I wrote a short memoir about my dad and his life. Once i was in the habit of writing a few hours every day, usually early, i didn't want to stop. Six years and five novels later, i can't imagine not spending time on my writing most every day.
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Where to find Melinda Peters online


Pippins Grove

Keeping Victoria's Secret

Price: $2.99 USD.

Taming Theresa

Price: $2.99 USD.

Finding Floyd

Price: $2.99 USD.


Finding Floyd
Series: Pippins Grove. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,780. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Freezing to death on an icy hill during a sleet storm isn't Diane's idea of a fun vacation. Stranded alone in the dark, icy rain drenching her lacey pajamas, she struggles to crawl to safety only to slide farther away. FBI Agent Chris Owen arrives in time to save her, but is it only coincidence that he's there, or does he suspect her of criminal activity as he did the last time they met?
Taming Theresa
Series: Pippins Grove, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,240. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
John Van Wart makes a painful mistake when he assumes sexy Theresa is the entertainment for that night's bachelor party. In town for her cousin’s wedding, Theresa has just dumped her cheating fiancé and is in no mood for John's insults. When the whole Italian family shows up, things quickly spin out of control. Sparks of anger turn to lust as John falls under Theresa's spell. Cover Camille Shaffer
Keeping Victoria's Secret
Series: Pippins Grove, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,500. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When Victoria arrives at her grandmother’s farmhouse, she's terrified by a naked man in her shower. Then the fun begins. No matter how good looking, she wants him gone. Victoria, aka Torrid Tori, has a secret life as the successful author of a series of sizzling hot romances. Will demure Victoria be able to keep her secret in the small town of Pippin's Grove? Cover design by, Camille Shaffer.

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