Another Great Review for The Empress of Ventra!

I would love to thank Ivy Logan for taking the time to read The Empress of Ventra and for leaving such a great review on her book blog. I highly recommend you check out her site. As always, reviews are like gold to Indie Authors and we covet all that we are lucky enough to receive. Again, thank you, Ivy!


You can read her review of The Empress of Ventra here:

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Street Team Facebook Group


Launch week for War of the Gypsy was a huge success!  Many heartfelt thanks to my editor/cover designer/ launch party runner, Courtney Cannon over at  I could not have done it without her expertise and skill.  Thank you, Courtney!!  If you are in need of anything book related (including website design), do yourself a favor and go to her website and check out her suite of author services.


I am happy to announce that I’ve started a Street Team Facebook group!  If you’d like to join my Facebook group, please click on the link below. 

As a member of my Street Team, you will receive all my future books for FREE.  That’s right.  You will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of my books before they are even available to buy.  You will also receive any future swag that I might make up for future books.  In the Facebook group, from time to time, I’ll ask for opinions on works in progress, characters, or cover design.  Your idea could end up in one of my books!  All that I ask in return is that you read your ARCs when you get them and leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads the week of book launches.  Also, during book launch week that you promote my new book, at your leasure, on your social media platforms.  That’s not tough, right?  I hope to see you over at the group!


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and has been able to get lost in a few good books!

My husband, Richard, and I on Pensacola Beach, Florida during our 30th wedding anniversary trip in April.

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Empress of Ventra is FREE

In honor of the launch of War of the Gypsy this week, my series starter, The Empress of Ventra: The Sword of Rhiannon: Book One is FREE for a limited time.  If you haven’t already, pick up your FREE copy now.  Get lost in Rhiannon’s world and go along with her and Flath on a dangerous journey to find answers to her past, that is, if she can stay alive!

Pick up your FREE copy now!

As always, reviews are extremely important to authors so please take the time and leave me a review at the above link.  Thank you in advance for your kindness in the regard.

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Flight of the Raven Announcement & Landing Page

I’ve finally finished Flight of the Raven!!  Yay!  This is an epic fantasy novella that tells the tragic love story of Queen Baobh’s  parents, Raven and Eric.

Click here for your FREE copy of Flight of the Raven:

Young Raven is looking for excitement and adventure. What she finds just might destroy her.

Raven Darkwater leaves the comfort and protection of the hidden village of Ghroc deep within the Alba Forest.  Seeking excitement in her life she travels to the capitol city of Sona Tuath and takes a job in the castle’s kitchen.  Soon she is noticed by the handsome, young man, Eric and they fall deeply in love.  When Eric’s secret comes out the lovers are torn from each other’s lives and Raven is forced to survive on her own.

This is the prequel to the stunning epic fantasy series: The Sword of Rhiannon.

Compatible on any of these devices:


Please feel free to let me know what you think of Raven and Eric’s story.  I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Sword of Rhiannon after reading this exciting prequel to the Sword of Rhiannon Series.

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Author and Character Interviews with Meeting With The Muse

This week I am so excited to announce that both my Author Interview and my Character Interviews were published on Meeting With The Muse. I had so much fun being interviewed by Kelly Blanchard. I was so nervous for my very first ever interview but Kelly calmed me down and after a while, I was able to relax.

Kelly takes an interesting and very creative approach to her interviews. They read like little stories. I highly recommend you go and check them out.
You can find Kelly here:

You can read my Author Interview here:

You can read my Character Interview with my main character, Rhiannon Kossi, here:

Many thanks to Kelly Blanchard for inviting me to be interviewed by The Muse.  I had a wonderful time.

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Book Review for Tidewater by Libbie Hawker

I read this book a few months ago but I so thoroughly enjoyed it, I want to post my review here. This is a must read, for sure!

Libbie Hawker is now one of my most favorite authors.

Review for Tidewater


Libbie Hawker

This haunting tale of the life of Pocahontas will stay with you for a long time to come.

Tidewater is skillfully written and expertly researched. Hawker is a master at gently weaving beautiful prose into an elaborate, sweeping tapestry of a compelling story. You, as the reader, are transported to 17th century Virginia and you get to immerse yourself into the rich, bold lives of Pocahontas and her family and the hard choices that she ultimately has to make.

Libbie Hawker is one of those writers that can capture you from the first few words of a book and hold your attention and loyalty until the end…then you desperately go looking for her next book to read. Her prose is so lyrical and poetic, her words almost read themselves, giving you bright, deep worlds that you luxuriate to live in for a while.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves an exceptional story. Especially a story with a strong female character.

Here is a link to her website:

Here’s where to buy it:

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Book Review for The Den of Wolves

I just finished Juliet Marillier’s Den of Wolves.  I have been a huge fan of Marillier’s for a while now.  I just love her style of writing and re-telling of Celtic myths.  She has such a natural flow to her stories and they truly are a treasure to read.  Here is my review and a link to buy her book.

Book Review for Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier


An exceptionally well-written, spell-binding journey through myth and fairy tales

Den of Wolves is the third (and last?) in Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn and Grim series.  The first two books are Dreamers Pool and Tower of Thorns.

Like all Marillier’s books, Den of Wolves is exceptionally well written, evocative, and has an interesting story that pulls you in.  In this book, Blackthorn and Grim help a young girl who has some strange abilities and a tedious home life.  Together, they help this girl gain self-confidence and discover things about herself and her past that change her life forever.  Things also change for Blackthorn and Grim!

The story arc finally comes to an end in this third book of the series but the end of the story leaves tantalizing openings for much more to happen in Blackthorn and Grim’s world.  I, for one, hope Marillier continues to write more in this great series.

If you haven’t given Juliet Marillier a try I highly recommend starting today!  You won’t be disappointed.  If you love Irish myths, retold tales, or anything Celtic, you must read Juliet Marillier and you will be an instant fan!

Here is her website, go check it out:

Here is where you can purchase Den of Wolves:


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The Empress of Ventra Book Launch Was A Success!

The Empress of Ventra Launch Party was a great success thanks to the hard work and skill of Courtney Cannon at

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, you can buy it here:

Please remember to leave a review, I appreciate each and every one.

I would like to thank all the authors who lent their support to making the 3-day event a huge success.  Within the Indie comunity, the friendliness and willingness to help each other out continues to surprise me.

Thank you all, again!


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Empress of Ventra up for Pre-Order Now

She had questions about her past.  The answers she received took her to another world and changed her life forever.


Suffering from vivid nightmares, Rhiannon Kossi is sure that she’s been lied to about her childhood.  Seeking the answers to long forgotten questions, she is mysteriously taken from her quiet, simple life on a Montana cattle ranch and thrust into a new, violent world where she is forced to either fight or die.  In her quest for answers to her past Rhiannon must accept hard truths that will forever change the course of her life…that is, if she can stay alive.

You will get lost in this spell-binding journey through a breathtaking world of legendary battles, dangerous quests, an ancient prophecy, forbidden love, and brutal self-discovery in book one of the new page-turning epic fantasy series, The Sword of Rhiannon: The Empress of Ventra.  Buy The Empress of Ventra today.


Here’s what people are saying about The Empress of Ventra:

“Easily the richest novel I’ve read in a long time.”
–K. Keeton

“Wonderfully descriptive work that transports you to another world.”
–Marina Iwaski


Q & A With The Author, Melissa E. Beckwith:

Q: Your writing is very descriptive and flowing. Who were some authors that inspired your work?
A: There have been many throughout the years, to be sure. It was after reading Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series that I really started to get serious about writing. Then I discovered my love for fantasy and started to read everything from Robin Hobb and Jennifer Roberson. I’m also captivated by Juliet Marillier, Katherine Hurley, Jeff Wheeler and George R. R. Martin, of course.  Historical fantasy is also another genre that I love, especially writers like Naomi Novik and Libbie Hawker.

Q: How long did it take you to write The Empress of Ventra?
A: Well, the idea for the Sword of Rhiannon series has been rolling around in my head for probably twenty years. Then I studied the craft of writing for many years. So the writing, editing and learning process has been going on over the last sixteen years, I’d say.

Q: What kind of readers do you think your book will appeal to?
A: I think anyone that loves a good epic fantasy story with some romance, sword and sorcery, myth and legends and fairy tale stuff with some time travel thrown in will love The Empress of Ventra.

Q: What is the name of the next book in the series and when will that be out?
A: The next book in the series is called “The War of the Gypsy” and it will be out in February of 2017.

Q: Where can people find you on the internet?
A: People can go to and find out more about me and my books and even sign up for my email list to receive exclusive offers and free books. I’m also on Twitter @M_E_Beckwith, on Facebook @AuthorMelissaEBeckwith, and Melissa E Beckwith on Goodreads. Come find me!

Get lost in a captivating new world today and buy The Empress of Ventra.




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Launch Party for The Empress of Ventra

Our launch party over on Facebook will be going on from January 3rd through the 5th.  We have dozens of authors that will be attending and loads of free books will be up for grabs.  Many thanks to all the authors who will be attending and giving way copies of their books and a special thank you to Courtney Cannon at for all her hard work on not only this book but helping me with this event!!

I hope to see you all at the event where I will be giving away FREE copies of The Empress of Ventra.  There will be loads of other FREE books available to win also.  So stop by, I’d love to hear from you.



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