A hero’s nightmare….. Gabe Renault doesn’t know why he was in a prison camp. He has no memory of the past three years or of the Navy SEAL mission that went wrong. Only two things kept him going, thoughts of his wife and the certainty that he must escape. A sudden homecoming….. After Gabe is …Read more
DON’T GIVE UP… It’s love that keeps teacher Jordan Bliss up at night.the lost love for a Venezuelan orphan named Miguel-and the memory of a Navy SEAL tearing him from her arms. Now in the U.S. and longing for her child, Jordan vows to somehow, some way, bring Miguel home. DON’T LOOK BACK… To Navy …Read more
Hannah Geary wants revenge. A rogue SEAL commander had her Defense Intelligence partner killed, he threw her into a Cuban prison, and he’s still trafficking stolen weapons. But to catch a bad SEAL, she needs a good one. Lt. Luther Lindstrom is used to calling his own shots-in combat and in the bedroom. He just …Read more
After four years of fear and isolation, Skyler Dulay has had enough of being in WITSEC, the federal witness protection program. Uprooted every few months to stay ahead of her father’s murderous associates, she fears they will stop at nothing to silence her damning testimony, and now . . . they’ve found her again. Suspecting …Read more
Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Joe Montgomery did not die for his country, but he almost wishes he had after returning home the sole survivor of one of the worst disasters in SEAL history. As he embarks on the long road to forgiving himself, as well as recovering from a severe fall, he has the help …Read more
“SEALed by Fate” by Marliss Melton in the SEAL of My Dreams (Anthology) Lieutenant Sam Sasserville is on an operation he’s dubbed “Dumb Broad.” If it wasn’t for this crazy Senator’s daughter, he would be on an important mission instead of dragging her butt out of danger. Madison Scott lives to help others. As an …Read more
Top choice for a rescue mission to Colombia where American hostages are held deep in the jungle by rebel terrorists, CIA operative Lucy Donovan is thrilled to take on the undercover assignment. The danger doesn’t faze her…until she hears that Navy SEAL Gus Atwater will be her partner on the mission. Gus is the only …Read more
AN UNDERCOVER AGENT When Crossroads, a highly esteemed prisoner-reintegration program falls under suspicion of being a terrorist training ground, the Taskforce sends Special Agent Jackson Maddox undercover to investigate. Soon, he discovers he’s being watched by a sexy reporter. A CRIME JOURNALIST Lena Alexandra has her own reasons for investigating Crossroads. She’s determined to catch …Read more
TARGETED BY TERRORISTS Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she’s targeted by terrorists avenging her father’s actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust: former Navy …Read more
One Chance . . . Sara Garret thought the military lawyer she married would be the perfect husband and father. But he has become her worst nightmare. Now, one vicious act has driven Sara to take their young son and flee. And she discovers that the only thing more frightening than running away… is trusting …Read more
Ellie Stuart’s life ended the day her children were stolen from her. Driving on a Virginia backroad, Ellie was ambushed by two men who violently pulled her from her car and drove off with her three sons inside. Devastated, Ellie begs the police to bring her babies home. But the authorities wonder if this stressed-out …Read more
SHE CAUGHT A SEAL’S INTEREST . . . Dr. Libby Granger, professor of British Lit, is flattered by the attentions of the new graduate assistant, Bruce Kimball, a decorated veteran and a former Navy SEAL. Or is he? The authentication service VeriSEAL says that Bruce Kimball perished in a helicopter crash three years earlier. THE …Read more
A short story based on characters from previous Marliss Melton books. Connor Donovan devoted his adult life to advancing his career in the FBI, but he lost his wife and marriage in the process. Now the mobster he just incarcerated is out on bond and holding Karen captive in a scheme of revenge. Maybe it’s …Read more
Dec 01 2013
I’m saddened to learn of the passing of actor Paul Walker. Many of you remember him as the main protagonist in The Fast and the Furious movies. I remember him as my inspiration for Commander Joe Montgomery in my 4th Navy SEAL book, NEXT TO DIE. Walker died in a car accident on Saturday, November 30th at 3:30 in the afternoon in Santa Clara, California. I was there just last April. Not only was Paul a hero in the movies but he was helping to raise money for victims of the typhoon in a project called Reach Out Worldwide. You can visit their Facebook page (click here), and leave a word of condolence.
However, I think the best way to honor Paul Walker would be to make a donation toward the relief effort in the Philippines. May God grant him eternal rest while comforting his friends and family.
Nov 21 2013
How do you bring a book to life? Voice talent David Brenin had done an excellent job telling the story of THE PROTECTOR, now available in audio format, with THE GUARDIAN and THE ENFORCER coming very soon! I was surprised in my interview with David Brenin to learn that he’s a hero in his own right. It was also interesting to hear what challenges he faced in narrating my stories.
What was the best part about narrating my stories? What was the hardest part?
The best part is getting to perform all these great characters! The heroes are unique, complex, richly-drawn alpha-males, and the supporting cast is populated with varied, interesting people. The hardest parts, for me, were finding authentic voices for the female leads, and striking the right tone during the sex scenes. There is a very delicate balance that has to be maintained between imparting the passion, emotion, and physicality of those scenes honestly, with the right amount of relish, and going too far, to the point where it became burlesque. I imagine it’s a similar challenge to write those scenes; you manage to write very sensual descriptions, without ever becoming lascivious, so that helps a lot when reading them out loud.
What, if anything, have you done in your life that makes you a hero?
That’s not easy for me to answer. I’ve never been the type who runs into burning buildings or leads soldiers into battle. I’ve survived two bouts with cancer, though, the most recent one resulting in the removal of my left kidney (I’m now cancer-free). Those weren’t challenges I sought, obviously, and I dealt with them because that’s just what one does. You deal. Surviving did motivate me to – finally – go back to school and complete my degree, and I’m now enrolled at James Madison University, working toward a degree in eLearning. So I’ve learned to embrace all kinds of change, which is often very challenging, and, I suppose, takes some measure of courage.
Much thanks to David Brenin for doing such an outstanding job! Most of you have already read and enjoyed THE PROTECTOR. Why not share the story with non-readers by giving them an audiobook for Christmas? Buy
your copy from Audible, Amazon, or iTunes
Nov 18 2013
Adversity brings out the best in us. That is never more apparent in the case of my latest heroine, kindergarten teacher, Anna Canaday, at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. The school was hit by an EF5 tornado this past week, leaving seven students dead. Canaday and her colleague, Jessica Simmonds, gathered ten kindergarteners under them, offering words of reassurance and praying loudly as the tornado struck their school, destroying it. Canaday says that she prayed for God to take her instead of the children, “because they’re the babies,” she bartered. A car landed on top of them, yet all of the children and both adults remained unscathed. For the complete story and pictures, visit http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/23/oklahoma-tornado-hero-teacher-anna-canaday-take-me-instead.html. One might argue that it is our instinct to protect the young. What makes Canaday heroic in my opinion was her willingness to sacrifice herself for her students and her faith in God’s grace. I’d say the Almighty came through for her, wouldn’t you?
Nov 14 2013
In order to thank my readers for following my heroes’ blog, I’m giving away a free copy of THE PROTECTOR in audiobook. To qualify, all you have to do is follow this blog your favorite way and mention “Gratitude Giveaways”. Please do one of the following, either:
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Nov 11 2013
My hero today has been featured across the country on this Veteran’s Day, 2013. His name is Aaron Mankin, a former Marine corporal who suffered severe damage to his nose, mouth, and ears when his amphibious assault craft rolled over and detonated an IED. Four marines were killed in the blast that disfigured Mankin and eleven were injured.
Thanks to Operation Mend, a project spearheaded by UCLA that utilizes the best plastic surgeons to treat injured soldiers, Aaron Mankin is nearly as handsome now as he was before his injury. But the road to recovery has been long and grueling. He has suffered through more than sixty surgeries in his nine years of recovery. What makes him a hero is they way in which he has handled his affliction. “Life happens to you. But your power resides in the fact that you can choose how you respond to that.”
These days, Mankin is a powerful public speaker who volunteers his time inspiring and supporting other injured veterans. “Beauty is who you are,’’ Mankin said. “It’s not the way you look.” Listen to Makin speak on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn_olg6R-fY.
And don’t forget to thank a veteran today and every day.by
Nov 07 2013
Eric Greitens is a former Navy SEAL who wrote the best-selling book The Heart and the Fist, a book that tracked the author’s evolution from a humanitarian aid worker to a Navy SEAL. Greitens is a unique hero because he is so obviously an idealist (NF for my Myers-Briggs lovers) and few NFs make it in the Navy SEALs. But Greiten’s can-do attitude makes anything seem possible, even easy. After his humanitarian aid work in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Bolivia, he became a SEAL, participating in peacekeeping efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and helping to capture an Al Queda operative in Malaysia. After retiring from the SEALs, he started up a one-of-a-kind organization that showed injured veterans how to continue serving their country by running non-profit organizations within their communities. It’s no wonder Time Magazine named Greitens among the 100 Most Influential People of 2013.
I’m delighted to hear that Eric Greitens has a new book in the works. According to Publisher’s Weekly, the topic of his spring 2015 release will be “resilience.” In his new book, Greitens will draw on lessons he has learned from poets and philosophers, combined with his own experiences as a SEAL, a worker in refugee camps, and an advocate for wounded veterans. The book will be based on letters Greitens wrote to a SEAL in distress, and it will explore “how anyone can adapt to hardship to become wiser, stronger, and happier.” This is one hero I would really love to meet in person. His humanitarian aid work gave me the idea of pairing a Navy SEAL with a female humanitarian aid worker in my next book, DANGER CLOSE, slated for May, 2014 release.by
Nov 03 2013
Heroes come in every form. As long as they display heroic attributes of courage and perseverance, who says they have to be human? This golden retriever named Tuesday is the hero that saved former Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan’s life. After his traumatic experience in the Iraqi war, Montalvan fell victim to post-traumatic stress disorder. or PTSD. His world spiraled out of control–that is, until Tuesday, a marvelous therapy dog, came into his existence and steadied him. You could argue that Tuesday is just a dog doing what dogs do best–showing loyalty. But he’s more than that–he’s a counselor, an empathetic spirit, a wise old soul who knows just what his master needs in order to cope with life’s stressors.
Reading Montalvan’s book, Until Tuesday, inspired me to include dogs in my own books–hence Milly, the bomb-sniffing dog turned undercover therapy dog in THE ENFORCER. I now see that the author is a member of the Grandchildren of the Cuban Revolution group on Facebook–so is the hero of my current book, Lt. Sam Sasseville! Clearly Montalvan has influenced me more than either of us realize. You can check out his website at: http://www.luiscarlosmontalvan.com/contact.html. Click the cover of Until Tuesday to order your copy and see for yourself how reality finds its reflection in my own stories.by
Nov 01 2013
What’s the one thing everybody needs? Why, it’s a hero, of course! Everybody needs a hero. (There’s even a song or two by that title–proof that it’s true.) Heroes command our respect. They make us proud. They give us something to which we can aspire and a reason to be grateful. This being indisputable, I’ve decided to devote my blog to heroes–real life heroes, fictional heroes, even unlikely heroes. Those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and those who’ve survived unthinkable tests of valor in order to share their story.
We’ll celebrate such heroes as Chris Kyle, the American Sniper, and Marcus Luttrelle, the Sole Survivor of Operation Redwing. We’ll talk about fictional heroes, such as the unforgettable characters in my Navy SEALs and Taskforce series, or heroes who’ve captured our imaginations in movies and television. Even our pets can be heroes, saving our lives and teaching us lessons about compassion and dedication.
Read my blog whenever you crave inspiration and you’ll walk away feeling uplifted. (Be sure to hit the “Follow Me” tab on the lower right corner of your screen). You want a hero? You want to be inspired? You’ve come to the right place!
Oct 11 2013
What a deal! I’m pleased to present my readers with the bargain of a lifetime. Save over $8.00 when you buy this boxed set of the TASKFORCE SERIES (for E-readers only). Enjoy all the excitement, all the passion, of this series from its first inception to its most thrilling missions.
Priced at only $9.99, the TASKFORCE SERIES BOXED SET makes a wonderful and affordable Christmas gift for someone close to you who owns an e-reader. (Pssst, men like my stories, too!) Click here to buy.
Do you like the cover? Isn’t it pretty? I’d like to get an actual box made for my collection here at home…Maybe that willl be my next project. I wonder if Vistaprint makes them?
Vistaprint, by the way, is this incredible online store that makes all kinds of media for dirt cheap, and they are quality items, too. They’ve made me these incredibly strong clip magnets and these bottle openers, too.
Does anyone else see the humor in the bottle openers? They’re promoting THE ENFORCER in which my heroine points out that guns and alcohol don’t mix. She’s right, of course. The fact that there’s a Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives proves it, and Toby, the hero of THE ENFORCER is an ATF agent. Okay, maybe I’m the only one that gets a kick out of my little gadgets, but if you come meet me at a book convention or a book signing, I’ll give you some!