Melody Heck Gatto

Biography

USA Today Bestselling Romance Author, Melody Heck Gatto was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, son, dog, and two cats.
Melody writes Spicy Sports Romance and Cozy Closed-Door Contemporary Romance. Her closed-door books are light on the angst, because sometimes the world can be cruel enough and a little bit of romance makes life better.
The whole family are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans and like going to hockey games when they get the chance. Having met a handful of hockey players, she likes to adopt features of their personalities into her characters. And going to games and practices is where she gets her ideas for her fictional on-ice scenes.
Melody is a Hallmark movie junkie. She adores the cutesy movies and the sometimes cliché romance and loves to get swept away in it all. She also enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows SUPERNATURAL, Friends, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and CHICAGO PD.
Currently, she is working on some self-care and adopting a "getting-healthy" lifestyle, and blogging about it.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I enjoyed reading and writing as a child. I tried a few times to write a story, but never finished anything. As an adult, I found myself laid off from my job of fourteen years. I was lucky that my husband was supportive of me trying to be a stay at home Mom at that point. My son is old enough to take care of himself most of the time, and with my new found free time I started to read contemporary romances again. At age 37 I decided I wanted to try to write a story of my own. I've been writing every story that comes to mind ever since!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first book, Until You, is a beach novella.
It is a sweet and sexy little love story about Trina and Sam. They meet while trying to escape their own lives, not expecting to find romance. Trina has a past that she would rather forget, and really doesn't feel worthy of anyone's love. Sam can't help himself, she is captivating in every way. He is drawn to her and isn't about to let her get away.

My second book, Score On Me, is the first book in a hockey romance series.
It is the story of Kat and Kris. Kat is just going through the motions of life. She spends a lot of time bashing herself because she thinks she is overweight. She just wasn't made for love. Hockey, however, is her guilty pleasure. She loves the game and the players; one in particular.
Kris plays defense for the Pittsburgh Renegades hockey team. A chance meeting with Kat has him hooked. He needs to find a way to break down her walls, he knows the girl inside is sweet, kind and beautiful, he just needs to make her believe that. Her tendency to push him away thinking she isn't good enough just makes him try harder. He's not one to give up.
It's a modern day fairy tale. If you like hot swoon-worthy hockey players and tons of fairy tale romance, then this is for you.

My current book is book #2 in the Renegades Series - Unsportsmanlike Conduct. This is a good one! It is Gia's story (Kat's sister), she has a nice, safe love life until Patrick gets in her head (and her bed). She sees the passion and lust that she's missing. Yes, there is cheating, but it is the whole reason/way Gia finds true love. I think you'll love it if you give it a try! :)
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Where to find Melody Heck Gatto online

Series

The Holiday Series
A Cozy Closed-Door Holiday Romance Series.
The Renegades
When you love the game and the men that play it. The Pittsburgh Renegades professional hockey team. They don't always play fair, but they always play for keeps. These boys of winter will sweep you off of your feet with swoon-worthy smiles and winner takes all attitudes. They never back down from a challenge and always look good doing it. The ice may be cold, but these boys are hot. The Renegades novels start with the story of Kat and Kris.
Zambonis and Mistletoe
Price: $2.99 USD.
Shutout
Price: $2.99 USD.
Shootout Save
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

My Forever Valentine (A Holiday Series Novel)
Series: The Holiday Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,150. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
One year ago, Harley found her happily ever after. Spencer and Harley’s relationship went from friends to lovers on Valentine’s Day. From the moment Spencer fell for Harley, he knew she was the only one for him. So much had changed in the last year, and it was just getting better. He found a happiness that he never knew existed, and he wanted more. He wanted her to be his forever Valentine.
All My Heart: A Holiday Series Novel
Series: The Holiday Series. Pre-release—available March 14, 2021. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,470. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
You’re cordially invited to the wedding of Spencer Wilson and Harley Brady. Spencer and Harley are finally headed to the altar to start their happily ever after as man and wife. Until disaster strikes and a string of unfortunate events threaten their big day. Will the wedding be ruined, or will they finally say, "I do"?
Icing Isn't Only for Cookies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,940. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Avery James was finally getting her life together after an ugly break-up. It had taken almost an entire year, but she could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Pink Ribbon Cupcakery was busy with orders for Christmas. When she came face to face with the mystery man from last New Year’s Eve, and her jolly mood came to a crashing halt. Literally.
Blindsided
Series: The Renegades. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,470. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sam and Trina are a match made in heaven. The love of a lifetime. Beautiful and blond, with a little mini-me, they are the picture-perfect family. That is, until Sam is blindsided by a hit. When the ice cracks around him, his career is threatened. The lines become blurred between good choices and bad, and his fairytale marriage is on the line.
Shootout Save
Series: The Renegades. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,280. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Skates are off as the two throw caution to the wind. It’s all fun and games—until it isn’t. When reality drops a bombshell in their laps, they find their romance is suddenly on thin ice. Now Kaden is on a mission to thaw Alison’s permafrost before he loses the one thing in life he didn’t realize he needed.
Shutout
Series: The Renegades. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,080. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When all things in Hailee's life finally start to fall neatly into place, one thing is still missing. The one she left behind, Dominic.
Zambonis and Mistletoe
Series: The Renegades. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,080. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
From Saint Nick to reindeer and jingle bells, Rylee's story is one magical tale. Nick is the General Manager of the Renegades. He's tall, dark and handsome. His looks were not lost on Rylee and his impeccable manners intrigued her. The holiday season had her wondering if what she thought was an accidental meeting wasn't really a gift from Jolly Ol' Saint Nick?
Shot at Love
Series: The Renegades. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,520. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Luc didn’t mean to fall for his teammate’s little sister. He had no intention of breaking the guy code: sisters were strictly off limits. Luc knew that breaking the rule could not only destroy a friendship but derail his career. Everyone needs rules to live by, but are they worth giving up your one shot at love?
Body Checked (After the Buzzer)
Series: The Renegades. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,850. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Women find the bad-boy on-ice aggression sexy, but they aren't prepared to deal with his after-game pain. Love has been cruel, redemption is out of reach, and Matt feels he doesn't deserve happiness. He's developed a talent for driving people away, never allowing anyone to get too close.
Melting the Ice
Series: The Renegades. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Talia wasn’t looking for a new relationship. Even after being estranged from her husband for two years, filing those final papers felt so…well, final. Closing that period of her life was scary, but it was time to put on her big-girl pants and figure out the next chapter. Trouble was, falling in love again was not part of that plan.
Off-Limits Valentine
Series: The Holiday Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,490. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
The latest solo book from Melody Heck Gatto is a classic tale of Mr. Wrong vs Mr. Right. Harley Brady has a plan for her life: As Harley and Spencer’s friendship blossoms, Harley starts to wonder if she is simply settling for Mr. Right-Now, while Mr. Right is standing right in front of her.
Wanted: Boyfriend for Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,310. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2019 by Gone Writing Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Wanted: Fellow Christmas Enthusiast to enjoy the twelve days of Christmas.
Playing the Game - Renegades 3
Series: The Renegades. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,090. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The star player. The chosen one. Tyler Kidd ruled the hockey league. He was driven hard by a hatred for losing. Yet behind his on ice persona he was damaged. Betrayed and jaded, he needed saved. She was everything he never knew he needed and he was everything she knew she should never touch. Lines blur, careers are on the line. But what happens when you have no other choice than playing the game?
Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Renegades 2
Series: The Renegades. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,890. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Lingering memories of that night with him left Gia's body craving him. Patrick's icy blue eyes and cocky smile awakened a primal desire in her. She wasn't supposed to like it, but she did. Her actions may have shattered the only world that she knew. She never meant for this to happen.
Score On Me - A Renegades Novel
Series: The Renegades. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,330. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(Second edition) Kat Torella didn't believe real love existed. She didn't believe in Prince Charming, or happily ever afters. Well, actually, she just didn't believe they would ever happen to her. Her less than perfect figure wasn't built for love. She loved hockey, particularly her team's sexy defenseman, Kris Lafleur. It was a nice fantasy. ...Until he walked into that coffee shop.