Mel Schanz


Wife of an amazing man and mother to four busy children. Mel Schanz loves to write daily. Whether it be the antics of one of her characters or simply in her journal, she enjoys freeing her mind of the stories compiled. She also relishes in great coffee. Columbian, if she can be picky. If not, any hot-bean liquid will suffice.

Born and raised in Kansas, she loves writing about the area and the unknown, (to most) beautiful, land. She adores horses and dogs most, but other animals are almost as loved. If given the choice, she'd chose a quiet corner in her home with a book and coffee over an expensive dinner party.

Happily-ever-after is her literacy passion. Sure, drama is great and sometimes horror or mystery, but there's nothing like a great love story where the couple rides off into the sunset in deep, unconditional love.

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Ashlee Bracken is the owner and operator of her family ranch, the Bracken Ranch, in South central Kansas. The series follows Ashlee and her friends, along with budding love stories between them, as they live life. Love, drama, tragedy, music, great food, horses, cattle, ranch living, friends and every day obstacles are combined throughout the series.


Southwind Escape: When You Want To Get Away
Series: Southwind. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,510. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Western
Greta and Ryan have been dating for a months. He thinks everything is going great, she thinks otherwise. She has a past she doesn't want repeated; he has a future he is desperate to make happen. Can they find a way to work together and live happily-ever-after? Or, is it time to go their separate ways? Ashlee has waited all her life to Marry Avery. It's time. Time for their own happily-ever-after.
Southwind Hideout: When it's a Matter of Life or Death
Series: Southwind. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,220. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Ellie is loving her successful life, until she is attacked by someone she thought she could trust. Thankfully, her best friend hide's her on the Bracken Ranch in Kansas. Jack, who is there when she needs someone the most, travels with her, becoming her caretaker. On the ranch, Mother Nature has plans of her own. Can the ranch survive what nature has in store? Hideout in Southwind and find out.
Southwind Loves: When Friends and Barbecue Combine
Series: Southwind. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 85,640. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Book Two in the Southwind series. Follow along as Vera Jane tries to build her café business and Victor Vonn tries on the food truck world. But, the food world isn't their only adventure... More on the continuing story of Ashlee Bracken and Avery Harrison, along with several other Southwind favorites. Ranching, barbecue, apple pie, music and friends. What more could you want?
Southwind Calls: When You're Predestined to Love
Series: Southwind. Price: Free! Words: 89,460. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
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Ashlee Bracken is a single mother who has experienced great tragedy in her life. She's also the childhood best friend of Avery Harrison, her now sworn enemy. Seeing each other after twelve years apart, might not be in their best interest. Or, is it? Ash has a job to do. Save her family ranch. Avery only wants happiness for his childhood crush. Can the two coincide? Find out, when Southwind Calls.

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