Q&A and Giveaway with Mel Comley!

Today’s featured author is Mel Comley, author of A Time to Heal {and the Justice Series}!

Read below to discover more about Mel and her writing… and enter the giveaway!


Five Frugal eReaders will win an eCopy of A Time to Heal, and five Frugal eReaders will win an eCopy of her newest release, Cruel Justice! Just leave a comment on this post for entry, and specify which title you would like to win!

See the bonus entry details after the Q&A!


Thank you for spending some time with us Frugal eReaders! Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

First of all thank you for having me, Elizabeth. I live in beautiful France, right out in the sticks, a tranquil area which I find inspirational for writing.

When did you first know that you wanted to write? What inspired you to start?

I’ve always written a diary and the odd short story that I submitted to magazines, but I started writing full-time when I moved from the UK ten years ago. I started reading James Patterson novels and something sparked my imagination into life. I was determined to create a female, Brit version of Alex Cross.

How would you describe the style of your writing?

I try to emulate Patterson’s style where I can, I write pacey thrillers with short chapters which holds the readers interested. I’ve incorporated the same style in my romances too.

A Time To Heal is in quite a different genre from your popular Justice series. Why did you decide to write a romance novella?

In between writing the Lorne Simpkins thrillers I wrote three romances, the first was A Time to Heal. I think as writers we shouldn’t be restricted to writing in one genre, it does us good to diversify and to try and gain new readers.

I was rooting for a specific outcome to the story of A Time To Heal (I won’t spoil it!) – Did you know what the ending was going to be when you started writing it? Does an ending ever change as you’re in the writing process of a story?

That’s kind of you. Actually, in A Time to Heal the ending came first, however the story went through several rewrites to reach the ending I was aiming for. I worked with a new editor on my romances and the first drafts came back with a lot of red ink on them and the words ‘You can do better than that’. LOL. Harry was right of course and he put his foot down firmly before he agreed to let me upload them as ebooks.

What were the challenges of writing this novella? What was your favorite part of writing A Time To Heal?

I suppose the greatest challenge was getting the characters right. I needed Chloe to come across as both caring because of her role as a Family Liaison Officer, yet feisty for when things began to get tough in her relationship with Steve after the dreaded ex turns up. I loved the pool scene! ;-)

What was your creative process for determining the final title and cover for your novella?

I love the title A Time to Heal as it is applicable to both the main characters for different reasons. My good friend Tania creates all my covers. I find the image and she works her magic with them.

Any advice to those who hold the dream of becoming an author?

I’m not saying everyone can do it because writers have to be disciplined. But if the desire is eating away at you then you should certainly put your ideas down on paper and give it a shot. But always seek professional advice, an editor will see things in your work that you often miss.

The next book of your Justice series, Cruel Justice, was just recently released, however, are you working on anything new that you’d like to share??

At the moment I’m writing several short stories that centre around topical hard hitting issues. The first case will involve animal cruelty, I have two rescue dogs who are the soppiest dogs ever. My plan is to give all the proceeds to two animal charities close to my heart.

What is one of your favorite passages from A Time To Heal?

I love the part when Chloe is transformed into a beautiful woman and Steve’s reaction to her.

Steve shook his head and his gaze travelled from the hemline of the dress, almost touching the floor, up her slender body where it settled on her pinched in waist before taking in her revealing cleavage. Finally his eyes came to rest on her subtly made-up face. His breath caught in his throat and he whispered, “Stunning … absolutely stunning.”


A Time to Heal

Family Liaison Officer, Chloe Fullerton is helping hero pilot, Captain Steve Ewing, recuperate from injury after he landed his stricken plane, avoiding a major disaster.

Chloe’s sworn off love ever since she lost the love of her life. But the spark between her and Steve makes her feel she may yet love again. There’s turbulence ahead though–Steve’s ex-wife is determined to wreck his and Chloe’s blossoming relationship.

Novella approx 33,000 words.

Click here to read more about and purchase A Time To Heal from Amazon for $0.99

Connect with Mel:



Twitter Handle: @melcom1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mel-Comley/264745836884860


How to enter the Take the A Time To Heal Giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post {don’t forget to specify if you want A Time To Heal or Cruel Justice!}!

Bonus Entries {leave an additional comment for each one!}:


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  1. Katie Bynum says:

    Sounds like my kind of book!

  2. Krissie says:

    Great Q and A. I want to win A Time to Heal. Thanks a lot.

  3. Krissie says:

    On second thought, I wish I win the book Cruel Justice.

  4. Margaret says:

    Sounds interesting! Count me in!


  5. Margaret says:

    Oops forgot to add which one. Time to Heal for me thanks!


  6. Grace says:

    Cruel Justice for me, please.

  7. Debbie R says:

    My book of choice will be Cruel Justice.

  8. Carla says:

    Time to Heal sounds good.

  9. Digna S. says:

    I enjoyed your Q and A. I would like to read Cruel Justice

  10. Stunning interview! Great line: “Stunning … absolutely stunning.”
    Cruel Justice is my choice if I am a lucky winner of Mel’s contest!

  11. Am now following The Frugal eReader blog site via RSS Google.
    Cruel Justice is my choice if I am a lucky winner of Mel’s contest!

  12. I tweeted Mel’s interview!
    Cruel Justice is my choice if I am a lucky winner of Mel’s contest!

  13. Debbie R says:

    Here is my entry to win the book Cruel Justice

  14. Krissie says:

    I liked this in my Facebook for another entry. :)

    Wish I win Cruel justice

  15. Chris S says:

    A Time To Heal sounds really good ! I would love to win it!

  16. debbie neil says:

    I would like Cruel Justice if zi win please! Based on your answers to the questions, I couldn’t wait so I downloaded onto my Kindle A Time to Heal and Criminal Justice (the second book out of 3; the revised one (sorry if I don’t have the correct title!

    Thank you for your generosity in giving away kindle e-books! That is so kind of you! Linda Prather referred me to you!

  17. Diana says:

    Would be nice to win the book A Time to Heal.

  18. Jennifer James says:

    I would love to win A Time To Heal.

  19. Ruth says:

    Would love to win Cruel Justice! Love serial Killer books…lol…:)

  20. Ruth says:

    I ‘liked’ this on Facebook! Would love to win Cruel Justice! TY!

  21. Ruth says:

    I also Shared this on Facebook…via link at the top! Cruel Justice please and ty!! :)

  22. Carrie Havlik says:

    Please enter me for Cruel Justice, thanks!

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