Friday, 15 February 2019

BEST COVER EVER! Crime Club, from Orca Soundings, out Aug. 29

Book 15 Rocks!  (The cover, that is.)

You love all your book babies.  But I have a particular love for this YA crime book, coming out in August.


Two years ago, I contributed  a "Name that Character" item to the Burlington Humane Society gala silent auction.  The winner gave us all a grin, when he asked if I could include his pug Wolfgang in a book.

Well, readers, I made Wolfgang a key character - a supporting actor, in fact - in Crime Club!  And what fun he is.

Then my publisher, Orca Books, gave Wolfgang even more promo by putting him on the cover.

The money raised from the character name donation went to support needy animals.  I couldn't be happier about that.  A small ray of sunshine in the darkest winter of my life.

Out Aug. 29 from all the usual suspects, and available for preorder from Amazon now.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

On Orca Blog today, with a Peek behind the Screen of where the ideas come from for the Goddaughter series (here's the post for my regular readers)

Author Feature: Melodie Campbell

In The Goddaughter Does Vegas, Gina Gallo is a mob goddaughter who doesn’t want to be one. She’s left her loopy family behind to elope with Pete to Vegas. Except that eloping may be a mortal sin in an Italian family. Between that and some weird deliveries and suitors, Gina’s nerves are frayed. Vegas is full of great acts, but one impersonation is real: Gina has a crime-committing double whose activities are making Gina front-page news. Gina has to track down this fiendish fraud before the police catch up with her. And, of course, cousin Nico is along for the ride.

Another madcap adventure for the lovable Gallo cousins that proves the rule “Why should things go right when they can go wrong?”

What is the best surprise you had in the process of writing this book?

That I could turn a truly awful personal experience into a very funny book! Two years ago, my Amazon account was hacked. It was a nightmare. But that gave me the idea for The Goddaughter Does Vegas, where first her Amazon account is hacked, and then Gina’s whole identity is stolen! When life gives you lemons…write books from the experience.

Do you know who you would want to play your protagonist in a movie? 

Me. Oh wait. I’m too old : )
What question would you pose to readers of your book?

What would you do if you were Gina? You’re supposed to love and support your family, but what if your family was this one?

Is there a question that a reader has asked you that surprised you or stood out to you?

Have you ever met a member of the mob? (Oh yes, I get asked that all the time!) Short Answer: Yes. Long Answer: I had to wait until certain relatives died before I could write these books. ‘Nuff said.

What types of conversations do you hope will come out of your book?

I write comedies, so my hope is that people reading my book will have great fun and be inspired to keep reading all sorts of books for enjoyment. That’s what I want. To help reluctant readers discover the love of reading, as I did.

The Goddaughter Does Vegas is available now!
Melodie Campbell is the award-winning author of several works of fiction. Melodie lives in Oakville, Ontario. For more information, visit

Grateful Pre-pub reviews for THE GODDAUGHTER DOES VEGAS

Many thanks to the early reviewers at Library Thing, who posted eleven 4 and 5 star reviews for THE GODDAUGHTER DOES VEGAS!  Thank you, whoever you are.  You have no idea how much this means to authors.

A sample:

Wednesday, 30 January 2019



I’ve had to cancel the in-person launch and the television appearance due to the mourning we are in.  I’m hoping my friends can help by spreading the word, and perhaps even buying a copy.   

This manuscript was Dave’s favourite – he loved the whacky comedy in it, and contributed to the made-up Vegas hotel name and description.  I can’t manage much promotion right now, and I will appreciate anything people can do, and every purchase.

Monday, 31 December 2018

As seen on Sleuthsayers: Tragedy for the next while

Rob Lopresti asked me to write a short bit for the New Year's post on Sleuthsayers.

You may have noticed I've been missing in action.  It's time I told my friends and readers why.