Melody Heck Gatto


Melody was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, son and furbabies. She’s a dog lover and recently lost her two 15yr old girls (dogs). After years of begging for a cat, she finally let her son adopt a kitten (even though she’s allergic!) A house just isn’t a home without pets. Buddy the kitten is adorable and a wonderful addition to their family. The newest addition is a new puppy, Nika. She's cute but a handful!!
The whole family are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans and like going to hockey games when they get the chance. Having met some of the players has fueled her interest in writing about them and creating wonderful stories.
Melody has loved writing since she was small, in school she never met a creative writing assignment that she didn't love. She is lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who encourages her to write. When she was laid off from her job of 14 years, he was supportive about letting her stay home and take care of their son. During that time she discovered hockey-romances and found a renewed love of reading as well as a passion for writing.
She spends her spare time reading hockey romances. At holiday time she really enjoys any romance about Christmas. When it is the hockey off-season, she enjoys swimming and spending her days out in the sun. Basically if she’s not writing or reading, then she’s doing something that has to do with hockey!

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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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.


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: $0.99 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: Free! Words: 86,480. 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.

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