Spotlight & Author Interview: Inherited Luck Twisted, by Mel Todd



Inherited Luck
Twisted Luck book 4
by Mel Todd
Urban Fantasy

Magical house, insane killer, and life altering decisions—being an adult sucks.

I did it, I’ve graduated and no more pressure. And I’ve got a house, me a house! Road trip time for Jo, Sable, and me up to Albany, New York.  The house both is and isn’t what I expected. Beautiful-yes. Locked rooms with mysterious stuff-yes. But it also seems alive, which isn’t possible. This isn’t a movie, houses aren’t alive.

But before I get to finish exploring the house the draft office has decided I need another trial run, and of course Agent Steven Alixant is their errand boy. Before I get a chance to figure out anything— there are some odd things about that house—I’m dragged off to New York City to help catch a serial killer. Which makes no sense. A bachelor’s degree doesn’t make me Sherlock Holmes.  Things are going well, I guess. Is it a good thing to figure out clues about a serial killer’s identity?

But when I get a phone call that something has happened to Jo and Sable is when things get dangerous. I’m going to have to make a bunch of decisions and I hope I can save Jo and Sable, even if it ends up costing me my life.

When your luck is as twisted as mine nothing is ever straightforward.

A found family, non-romantic urban fantasy with a smattering of magical beastie

Inherited Luck is book 4 in the Twisted Luck series place in the Ternion universe.

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Author Interview:

  1. Tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

I’ve always had the idea of someone who has the strangest things happen to her and she just rolls with it. But it took me years to have that idea work into a story concept, and then it exploded into a series. Most of the characters evolved as I wrote them. I tend to be an author who has the characters create themselves very firmly.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

That you can be weird and not follow the exact beats if you tell a story.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?

I’ve written quite a few books at this point, so I tend to go through them pretty consistently, but I was proud that on the medical scenes I had a paramedic friend read them and they said I’d nailed the actions pretty well.

4. What does the title mean?

Since the series is Twisted Luck, you always need to start with the main characters point of view first, and since this series is a First Person POV, it is My Luck but by this book she had inherited a house and all the problems that go with it.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

Not really – I mean occasionally idea like the secondary characters dyslexia or how family can accept, but not people specifically.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

I didn’t but lots of readers love the found family aspect and for me I’ve always had friends that were family, so it didn’t strike me as anything odd, but I’ve had readers tell me how much they love the support inherent in that type of family.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?

The tests. Cori has to face three challenges to see if she is “worthy” and I tried hard to make them both obvious and surprising at the same time. I enjoyed it if nothing else.

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

The most challenging is the otherworld creatures. Writing from a non-human point of view is challenging, especially when it comes to morals and culture views. And then you have Bob – who is on eof the Chaos lords. And Bob is… well.. think Cthulhu mixed with the blob mixed with hentai – that might give you an idea. He/it/them is literally indescribable and changes ever time you think you have it categorized. Bob is well Bob.

9. What are your immediate future plans?

I’m currently working on book 5 of the series and it should be a ten book series. I just need to keep writing and get the audio books produced.

About Author:

Tired of stories that didn’t fill her needs, Mel Todd decided to share the weird worlds that occupy her mind. Action, magic, sci-fi, and more, her stories have it all. You can follow her on Facebook. You can also sign up for her newsletter and follow her blog. Author of over 35 stories, her newest series Twisted Luck is catching fire. Find her at panels or at the bar to talk story.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: Realm of the Banished, by Jennifer M. Waldrop

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Title: Realm of the Banished
Author: Jennifer M. Waldrop
Series: Skyborne Series Book One
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Publisher: July House Publishing
Pages: 252

Vera was anointed as the Chosen One at the onset of her training.

She would be their hero, the one who would retrieve the ancient relic capable of ending their banishment and returning the Skyborne to their beloved home realm, Idia.

Yet ten years later, her powers never fully developed as expected.

And to them she was a tool, she was expendable.

But Vera’s fortitude proves to be undefeatable.

Once free from the confines of a life shrouded with secrets and manipulation — she faces a new challenge — one with consequences that are far more lethal.

Unrest permeates the territories. Regent Karish’s handsome son is out for revenge and a new enemy is breeding an aerial army capable of blocking the Skyborne from their source of power.

Vera is torn between accepting her fate as the hero and losing the freedom she fought so valiantly to attain.

Find out what path she takes in Realm of the Banished, a captivating new adult fantasy adventure!

Content/Trigger Warning: Includes strong language, physical violence, consensual sex, and sexual assault.

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Next to a steaming pool just a few feet ahead lay a crossbolt. I tilted my head to the side, examining it as if it were a piece of art. The feather fletchings were Darius’s colors. Red for blood and black for the ember. I only understood after I’d seen it.

I was supposed to be focusing on something.

Reality slammed back into me. I shook off my haze. I almost laughed as I snapped my eyes up to look at them.

What were they going to do if they killed me? Enter the Swath to retrieve the ember?

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What inspired you to write this book?

I was actually on a major book hangover from reading Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas and I was also experiencing major burnout from running a small business, needing some creativity in my life. See, I have a fine arts degree and thrive in a creative space, but I’d ever only written for college/masters level course work, though I did oddly enjoy that. It took me realizing that I’d always told myself stories – I know that sounds cheesy, but one day it occurred to me to start writing them down. I decided that writers became writers by writing. I woke up with Nayla’s story marinating in my head. I felt really connected with her character and her realm, and saw a really expansive character arc that I could create a new adult fantasy story around while sprinkling in themes and subverting tropes I felt were much needed in the genre. Anyway, that is how the Skyborne and Realm of the Banished was born.

About the Author:

j.m. waldropJennifer M. Waldrop Jennifer is an artist, small business owner and author of the new novel Realm of the Banished. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from the University of Central Oklahoma. Jennifer enjoys creating and paints with that same imaginative stroke throughout her writing. When she’s not writing, you might find her whipping together her favorite dark chocolate mousse, power walking a beach in a tropical destination, or lost in the minutia of one of her excel spreadsheets. Jennifer lives with her husband and two dog children in Oklahoma City.




Book Blitz & Excerpt: Matched By My Rival + Giveaway

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Book Title: Matched By My Rival

Author: DJ Jamison

Publisher: DJ Jamison

Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood

Release Date: July 8, 2021

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Tropes: Enemies to lovers, college jocks, online love match, secret/forbidden love

Themes: Building a new dream, following your heart, forgiveness

Heat Rating:  4 flames

Length: 75 000 words

It is part of a series (Thrust Into Love) but can be read as a stand alone.



Buy Links – Available in Kindle Unlimited

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matched by my rival

Simon Prentiss: Ex-football star, bitter rival, and…falling for the enemy?


I hate my teammate, Parker Reed.
I hate that he makes me work so hard for my position on the field. 
Hate how he always smiles. How easily he shows me up when I’m injured.

Most of all, I hate that he made me lose my temper.

Next thing I know, football is gone.
My scholarship is gone.
I’m nearly gone, too.

With help, I manage to stay in school for my final semester.
At least without football, I can explore a new side to myself.
See where my attraction to guys takes me without fear of it affecting my future. 

I didn’t see it coming. The cosmic joke.
The sweet, patient guy on the hookup app?
The one who makes me burn with the desire to have him?

Yeah, it’s Parker.

Our chemistry is off the charts, no matter how much I resent him.
Holding a grudge against him is impossible.
But when he wants to walk away from everything I lost, can I accept it?

If I don’t, I’ll lose him too–and that can’t happen.
Because I don’t hate Parker Reed.
I think I love him.

Matched By My Rival is an enemies-to-lovers, jock rivals romance. It’s Book 2 of the Thrust Into Love series but can be read as a standalone. 



The following excerpt is from Simon’s POV, when he realizes that his app hookup is actually his rival, Parker Reed.

This couldn’t be happening. Parker Reed? Parker Reed was my Thrust match? No, I refused to believe it. 

“There must be some mistake,” I growled.

He didn’t back down. Parker wasn’t the type. But for once, his obnoxious grin was absent. 

“No mistake. A surprise, for sure.”

I turned to Rhett, who was watching us with the fascination of a driver gawking at an accident scene. “I’ll close up if you let me take care of this.”

“Yeah, sure. Bar’s done serving. Knock yourself out, just…clean up the blood before you leave.” He cut his eyes toward Parker. “Whoever you are, I wish you the best.”

He exited the bar through a little section of counter that raised up, creating a gap. I held it open for Parker, jerking my chin toward the back room. “Let’s go.”

Parker chuckled nervously as he passed through the bar entrance, brushing against my chest. I could feel his body warmth, smell his aftershave, an earthy natural scent that suited him. 

Heart pounding, I led him into the back room. Surrounded by boxes of liquor and kegs of beer, I whirled on him. “Did you know?”


Parker appeared off-balance. Usually he was a smooth fucker. 

“Were you playing me?” I demanded, crowding him against a stack of boxes. We were close to the same size, but I didn’t let it stop me from putting every ounce of threat I could into my voice.

“No!” The word burst from him, sounding incredulous. “How would I know it was you? We never shared personal stuff.”

“So it’s a coincidence?” I said skeptically.

“Yes. It’s a really awkward coincidence that the guy I—” His voice cracked, and he looked away. “I didn’t know.”

“Look me in the eye when you say it.”

Parker reluctantly looked at me, frustration blazing. “You’re such an asshole sometimes, Prentiss.”

A shocked laugh burst out. “Really?”

“Yeah, I know I screwed up, okay? I never should have gone to that party with Kristin. And obviously we wouldn’t be here if you knew it was me on that app. But you don’t have to interrogate me like a fucking criminal.”

A whole series of memories hit me. All those flirty chats. Those sexts that Parker had so patiently walked me through. I’d thought he was the nicest guy on the planet. 

“Fuck me,” I muttered, looking away. 

“Please stop saying that,” Parker said in a strangled voice.

I  jerked my eyes back to his face in time to see a look of such lust it shot heat through my entire body. “What?”

“Fucking you is all I’ve thought about for weeks.” He laughed weakly. “Joke’s on me, huh?”

I couldn’t stop my eyes from making a slow perusal of his body. It was dark, but I could make out the shape of him. I knew how fit he was. Knew because we had practically the same body, the way we’d pushed ourselves in training. He was of a slightly leaner build than me, more flexible. I knew his body intimately too. A series of pics from his profile, and even more illicit ones he’d sent me directly, had filled in any blanks I might have had.

His chest rose and fell faster. When I raised my gaze to his face, he dragged the tip of his tongue over his dry lips.

And I lost it.

There was no thought, no reasoning. I’d spent weeks dipping my toe in the water, testing, evaluating. But now I was in the deep end. 

I was ready to swim. Or maybe I’d drown. But if I did, I was taking us both down.

I crushed my mouth to his, shoving him harder into the boxes, and he grasped at my waist for balance, gripping hard enough to hurt. The pain only fueled my need. I grabbed his hair, short on the sides but longer on top, and yanked his head back to better devour his mouth. 

Weeks of buildup, of flirting with my bisexuality and tempting myself to no end, exploded in a fiery inferno of need.

I didn’t care if it was Parker. I didn’t care that he was a man I’d blamed and detested. In some ways, it made it easier.

This wasn’t the love connection I thought it might be. It was unbridled lust, and I was just getting started.


About the Author


DJ Jamison writes romances about everyday life and extraordinary love featuring a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, one snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.


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