Melanie Stanford didn’t get into Jane Austen until, as a teenager, she walked in on her older sister watching Pride & Prejudice right in the moment where Elizabeth first sees Mr. Darcy’s beautiful grounds at Pemberley. She was hooked on all things Austen then and there. Her first novel, SWAY, is a modern-day retelling of Persuasion. She also has two short stories, BECOMING FANNY, inspired by Mansfield Park and featured in THEN COMES WINTER, and the upcoming THE BEAST OF PEMBERLEY, a Pride & Prejudice/Beauty and the Beast mash-up featured in the forthcoming THE DARCY MONOLOGUES. Her next novel, COLLIDE, inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South, is coming soon.
Melanie also writes YA of different genres, reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would 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.
Melanie’s books ~
Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?
Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.
In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.
One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.
A short story that’s MANSFIELD PARK meets HOLIDAY INN, featured in THEN COMES WINTER.
If you long for a toasty snuggle on a cold winter’s night, this collection of original short stories inspired by the magic of the holiday season—and more than a nod to Jane Austen—was fancied as a sublime wintertime treat. On the heels of the summer anthology, “Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer,” and in concert with some of Meryton Press’s most popular authors, this romantic anthology introduces several promising writers. With a robust mix of contemporary and Regency musings, “Next Comes Winter,” rekindles the romantic fires with equal wit, wonder, and admiration.