Meet our Local Author - Melanie Stanford

15 January 2018

Melanie Stanford
Melanie Stanford writes romance and YA of different genres. Her first novel, “Sway”, a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, debuted December 2015 from Samhain Publishing and was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Since Samhain's closure, Melanie decided to republish “Sway” herself, along with the rest of her Romance Revisited series: “Clash”, a Romance Revisited novella, “Collide”, and a third novel coming 2018. She also has short stories featured in the Austenesque anthologies “The Darcy Monologues” and “Then Comes Winter”.
Melanie reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow.
About  Melanie’s latest novel “Collide”:
When their worlds collide, neither will be left unscarred.  Suffocated by her small-town life, Maggie Hale runs away to Las Vegas to pursue her dream as a contemporary dancer. But Vegas doesn’t turn out like she imagined. She doesn’t make it into Essence Dance Theater and the only job she can find is working in a greasy diner—again.  Jay Thornton wants to quit enforcing and own his own boxing gym one day. But his loan shark boss saved him from the streets as a kid and he owes the man everything. Cutting ties isn’t so simple.  When Maggie pledges to pay back a friend’s loan, she becomes Jay’s next mark. Sparks fly between them, but choosing each other could mean the end of both their dreams.
“Collide” is inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell’s “North & South”

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