Melyssa Winchester


Melyssa Winchester is a mother of four from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When she’s not knee deep in adolescent awesomeness, she’s falling in love, one book boyfriend and girlfriend at a time. She is a lover of all things romance and will forever believe in a real and true happily ever after.

When she’s not off being a mom or writing you can find her doing one of two things. Reading or buried under the covers watching Supernatural, Sons Of Anarchy or Veronica Mars.

Melyssa is currently working on Through The Storm (Count On Me #7), along with Tempered Grace (Love United Series #6) and the standalone title Remembering Sunday.

You can find her on the web, either at her personal site, Facebook (which she just might have an obsession with) or Twitter (@WinchesterBooks) where she talks incessantly about her kids, her writing and all things book boyfriend related.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been writing. It started as a young child and by the time I was 15 I was writing fan fiction as a way to get the ideas out of my head and on paper. Almost twenty years and a whole lot of stories and fan fiction later, I decided it was time to share my love of writing with the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy that I get from writing is seeing the world that until that time has been only in my head, come to life. Seeing these characters walking, talking and experiencing the ups and downs of life is a powerful thing. it brings me great joy to see that come to fruition.
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Where to find Melyssa Winchester online


Series: Black & Blue. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,600. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Sports
Every story, whether real or imagined, needs a hero. But what happens when the hero isn’t strong enough to fight? He tags in a partner. A Heroine.
Into the Blue
Series: Black & Blue, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,550. Language: American English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two sisters, separated by a lie spanning twenty-five years, are finally brought together again. Embarking on the most incredible love story with two unlikely wrestlers looking for more than what life on the road provides them, in the process.
Shades of Blue
Series: Black & Blue, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,300. Language: American English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Sports
Two sisters, separated by a lie spanning twenty-five years, are finally brought together again, embarking on the most incredible love story with two unlikely wrestlers looking for more than what life on the road provides them, in the process.
What Lies Beneath
Series: Count On Me. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,070. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
“Look forward.” They say. “Focus on what comes next. Not on what came before.” I want to do that. I just can’t. Not until I find that book, hand it over, and make Isabelle see that even when things were at their bleakest, she was there. Make her understand that she’s always been with me. Right from the very start. Every happy ending has a beginning... This is ours.
Remembering Sunday
Series: The Graysons. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,790. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Daughter. Sister. Best Friend. Quiet girl with a heart of gold. My name is Reagan Carter, and this—what you see above—is my life. At least it was until Cole showed up, making me question everything I’ve ever known. Blowing life as I know it wide open. Reagan Carter is dead. And now it’s up to me to remember Sunday.
The Space In Between
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,090. Language: American English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
For as long as I can remember, the only wish I've ever had is for a father. So when my mom starts seeing this new mystery man, there's a part of me that believes my dream is finally going to come true. At least until I learn the truth. My mom's mystery man isn't such a mystery after all. He's my boyfriend Christian's father. And life as I know it, will never be the same again.
Absence Of Light: Ryan's Story
Series: Before The Light, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,300. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Everyone has a story, a life lived before a person or event comes along, leaving their mark on it and changing it forever. This is his story. The story of Ryan before Serenity. And the story that years later that threatens to leave him living in a world without the one thing he desperately needs. The light.
My Heaven (Holding On To Heaven)
Series: Love United. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,800. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
**Original Plotted Ending to Holding On To Heaven** Serenity Richards has always believed she knew the ending to her story, but what she’s about to soon learn is that sometimes, picture perfect is only an illusion. With every ending comes a new beginning. One that may be even better than the one previously written.
Series: Count On Me, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,710. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
For two years, Ryder Kane has been determined to be what the rest of the world needs him to be and not himself. It's kept him running, swallowing his true self down until he doesn't even recognize himself anymore. Until one chance meeting in a conference room changes everything, making him question everything he's ever believed. Isaac Crawford, the untouched, is creating the unbroken.
Here & Now
Series: Count On Me, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,940. Language: American English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Dillon Murphy has everything he could ever want. A promising football career with the girl of his dreams by his side. Life couldn't get any more perfect if he tried. Until the unthinkable happens and he's forced to make choices that could cost him everything. He's in the fight of his life and if you know anything about Dillon Murphy, you know he doesn't plan to lose.
All My Heart
Series: Count On Me, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,620. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
She thinks I’m the strong one. That I’m not afraid of anything. She’s wrong. I’m afraid of a lot of things, but the absolute worst is losing her. Losing yet another person I love and being powerless to stop it. I can’t lose Belle. I just can’t. Even if losing her is exactly what I deserve. You thought our story was complete, but what you’re about to find out, is no story ever really ends.
Take Me With You
Series: Count On Me, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,160. Language: American English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Numbers. They’re significant. In my life each one meaning more than the one before it. Seven years. Two thousand, five hundred and fifty five days. That’s how long it’s been since I learned I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Five years. One thousand, seven hundred and twenty days. How long I’ve been in therapy because of it. One chance meeting and my life has been altered forever.
Hear Me Now
Series: Count On Me, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,600. Language: American English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
There are people that believe because you may not appear the way they do that you’re somehow weaker or less worthy than they are. I’m living proof they’re wrong. From the day I was born I've always been seen as one thing—deaf. I’m more than just the girl that can’t hear and I've never been more determined to prove it now that I've been sent here. Wexfield High School.
Hold Onto Me (Michael's Story)
Series: Before The Light, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,240. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Before the events in the Love United Series, the angels had their own experiences and trials. This is Michael's. The beloved bond is as old as time, created by the Almighty himself. Up until now it has been nothing but fable, but as Michael is quickly learning, it is so much more than that. This is the moment where a ball of light and an archangel collide.
Count On Me
Series: Count On Me, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,100. Language: American English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
There are people that tell you high school is the best time of your life. They lied. High school is horrible when you're like me. They think that because I don't talk and I'm in my own little world, I'm stupid or deaf. Some think I'm retarded. Just because I've got these issues, doesn't mean it's all I am. There's a lot more to me, but no one takes the time to get to know it. Until Kayden.
A Light In The Dark
Series: Love United, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,450. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Graham Hudson has always been meant for one person. Serenity Richards. So what happens when his soulmate, the girl he spent the last seven years head over heels in love with, marries another? He does the one thing he’s been fighting all along. He embraces the darkness.
Stairway To Heaven
Series: Love United, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,190. Language: American English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
The unthinkable has been done and Lucifer’s reign has finally come to an end. The world is back to the way God imagined it to be and with that, true peace, above and below has been achieved. There’s only one problem. If everything is the way it’s meant to be, why do things still appear broken?
Series: Love United, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,200. Language: American English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Serenity has disappeared and after months of being unable to determine just where she is, her true location is revealed, bringing not only the angels but Ryan and Graham together again in an effort to bring her back home where she belongs. Can they succeed or is Serenity truly lost to them all forever?
No Surrender
Series: Love United, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 99,050. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
I thought I'd been through the worst of it. That what happened in Green Haven was the end and my destiny reached. I couldn't have been more wrong. There is a part of me missing and until I find it and bring it back where it deserves to be I’m afraid I might never be right again. I will find Graham and bring him home or I will give up the very light that burns inside of me trying…
Holding On To Heaven
Series: Love United, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 88,940. Language: American English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Serenity has always known she was different. Being able to speak to the dead will have that effect on a person. All she's ever wanted was to be normal and now as she prepares herself for her sophomore year of college, she's getting her chance. Or so she believes. It's too bad her destiny has other plans.

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  • Elven Jewel (book 1 in the Hunters of Reloria series) on May 02, 2014

    I should start off by saying Elven Jewel is the first book of Hunters of Reloria trilogy. It is not a standalone which I honestly didn't pay attention to when I started reading it. So now, I have to pick up the other books because WOW. It can't just end there for me. Here are my thoughts on this story. I haven't ready a fantasy book in ten years. Sad but true. I've read paranormal fantasy I suppose, but there was always more of a romantic undertone to it. Actual fantasy, where there is more focus put on the various creatures, battles and other's been far too long. I am beyond glad that this was the book that got me back into it. I've always been impressed by Fantasy writers because there is so much detail needed in making these worlds come to life, as well as characters. My hat is off to Kasper as this was done brilliantly. The characters were strong, the locations described in such a powerful way it was as if at times I was right there in the heat of battle with them. Certain characters stood out more than others and Asher! Ah! I did not see that coming. Wow. I laughed as I read along, I cried (oh did I cry at one certain point) but most of all I was completely swept up in the story and each of the characters put forth within it. This is a brilliant read, for any fan of fantasy it is a must read, but it's really for all readers in general based on how well it is written. I enjoyed it immensely and I can't wait to get started on the next one! Thank you Kasper Beaumont for bringing me back into the world of Fantasy!
  • Somewhere With You: A Novel on May 29, 2015

    Title: Somewhere With You Author: Britney King Series or Standalone: Standalone Genre: Contemporary Romance Rating: 3.5 Stars Review: ***Received an ARC of this book from the author for an unbiased and honest review*** Somewhere With You is a standalone contemporary romance told in two parts, the first following the male lead Jack, and the second part, his love counterpart, Amelie. The premise of this story drew me in immediately. The idea of two people from different walks of life, having experienced the loss of a parent at a young age coming together at a bereavement camp, each summer bringing with it a change in their relationship and then how they handled it all in the separations experienced after, a topic I feel was not something overdone. You first meet Jack and Amelie at 10 and 8 years old respectively, and their first meeting was definitely not one for the ages, but definitely one that left behind an impression, and setting the stage for what I felt would be one hell of a love story. As they grew both physically and emotionally through their time together at this camp, eventually taking their friendship to the next level, it is hard for one not to become invested in these two having a happy ending. Jack is the straighter laced of the two. He follows in his father’s footsteps and seems determined even from a young age to tow the line, but also not afraid to go after what he wants, even if it happens to be the complete opposite of the way he is. Enter Amelie, who in the beginning seems to want to do right by him, even as young children. A girl who develops feelings toward Jack despite his complete lack of knowledge of it until the point is slammed home by others at the camp and long after she has shut down whatever it she thought she was feeling at the time. Moving on from him and becoming more of a free spirit than she may have already been. After some back and forth, and some horrible situations that Amelie finds herself in, the two finally come together and for this reader, it just fits. Two people that in most instances shouldn’t work at all, for the most part just seem to and no matter what avenues their lives take from that moment on, they always manage to come back to each other, despite life throwing them curves and separating them. This is where the book became quite a bit harder for me to get behind. Life is messy and no life more so than young people that are dealing with loss and also with the feelings, sensations and all that comes with growing up. Maybe it’s because I became a mother at the ages of these characters that their choices seemed harder to take that I couldn’t get behind it, maybe it just didn’t feel right to me with the way I felt about them from the start, but I had a hard time with a good part of what came next in the story of their love. What I couldn’t get behind most was the cheating. No they were not cheating on one another, at least Jack wasn’t. He stayed loyal to Amelie even in their times apart because he truly believed even at that age that he was in love with her, and even if all they could have is the somewhere together in the summer, it was enough as long as they kept in touch the way they had been. I can understand where Amelie came from since there had up until that point never been a moment where they sat down and defined their relationship, but it still hurt and felt unfair to Jack. Which brings me to the marriage. While that alone didn’t seem to get to me nearly as much as it might normally have, Jack being engaged to another woman after all, the callous way he waited until after he had been with her romantically to tell her, along with the false promises and lies he made when he finally admitted that the right thing to do would be to end it with his fiancé, was a bitter pill to swallow. They weren’t the people they were before, the love between them stopped feeling like love and it was hard after that to reconnect. But what I did connect with the most, and what really resonates with me long after this book is done is the letters that Jack’s mom wrote to him before she died and the glimpses we as readers get to see of them. From a mother, reading another mother’s thoughts especially knowing that she wouldn’t be around to see him grow up, it touched me. The words were heavy and poignant and very, very moving. I like to think if his mother had lived she would be someone I would love to meet. While there is a happy ending here, I just wasn’t feeling it as much as I wanted to, but what I did take away from my reading of this story is that love, while just as messy as life sometimes, wants what it wants and no matter how much you deny it, separate yourself from it, or try and build a life away from it because you think it’s what’s best, it will always come back around again, and this time last longer than a summer. Also…one can find happiness love and light even if it starts in the most saddening of darkness.