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Cover Reveal and e-Launch: The Consequences Collection by Melanie Robertson-King

Welcome to a Saturday Special Edition of CentreStage!


Today, I’m giving my blog over to the lovely Melanie Robertson-King all the way over in Canada as she celebrates a cover reveal and the e-launch of her latest publication. Are you ready for the Consequences?

“If you could see the consequences – would you?”

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Special thank you to Madliz Coles whose kind permission made it possible to use her evocative photograph as the cover image for my anthology.


The Consequences Collection is an eclectic compilation of twelve stories ranging from non-fiction through creative non-fiction to pure fiction, in prose and poetry.

The story of a Scottish Home Child is based on fact and told from the child’s point of view; The Mystery Woman of Kinettles is a non-fiction article on the appearance and subsequent disappearance of a woman’s body near the Wellington County House of Industry (Poor House) in 1879 Southwestern Ontario.

Some of these stories are lighter than others, and some might even beg you to leave the lights on.

Excerpt from the cover story Consequences:

Splat! The mail landed on the ceramic tile floor of the foyer. Usually, the noise was followed by the snap of the mail slot door closing. Today it wasn’t.

Something must have stuck in it. Sylvia put her coffee down on the counter and walked to the front door. A large white envelope remained suspended in the door. She pulled it the rest of the way through. The flap snapped shut and even though she was used to hearing the metallic sound, it startled her.

She’d expected a letter from her solicitor regarding her divorce from Bill but it wasn’t there. However, that one in particular had piqued her curiosity. Emblazoned on the top left corner was an official-looking crest. The addressee’s name and address were correct. It was her. Why would this person or agency be sending her a letter? She’d never heard of them before.

Sylvia turned the envelope over and worked her thumb under the flap. Those self-sticking envelopes are a bugger, she thought as she tried to rip it open. Finally, she gave up and tore down the side and yanked the contents out.

She skimmed over the letter but it didn’t make any sense so placed it on the small table by the door. It could be dealt with later. In the meantime, she looked at the rest of her mail. Nothing else untoward – just the electric bill, gas bill, and the usual assortment of junk – mail. She dropped them on top of the letter and returned to the kitchen.

The coffee she’d poured earlier had gone cold. She dumped it down the sink and turned the water on to rinse it away before getting a fresh one.

Drawn by some inexplicable force, Sylvia went back to the foyer and collected the letter and the mangled envelope. She returned to the kitchen, flipped on the radio and sat down at her small table. Why had she opened it in the first place? She should have just binned it. That’s what she usually did with unsolicited mail. But there was something strangely familiar about it. The addressee information was on a computer printed label so there was no clue there. The sororities from University had crests or emblems to differentiate one from another. She wracked her brain trying to remember what they looked like. It had been over thirty years since she’d attended. Sylvia never belonged to a sorority because she thought the girls who did were snooty and stuck-up.

She’d call her friend, Laurie and tell her about the letter. They’d been friends since childhood, attended the same elementary and secondary schools and even the same University. She could tell her anything, couldn’t she?

About the author:


Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal at the orphanage where he was raised.

She lives in Brockville, Ontario, Canada a few short city blocks north of the St Lawrence River with her husband of thirty-eight years and is ‘housekeeping staff’ to a big, goofy, but loveable, dog (cross between lab, shepherd and black and tan hound).

A Shadow in the Past, published in 2012 by 4RV Publishing, was Melanie’s debut novel.

Where to buy
The Consequences Collection:

Paperback: Lulu.com
Epub: Lulu.com
Kindle: amazon.com | amazon.ca |amazon.co.uk

Coming soon to Amazon in paperback and to Barnes and Noble for the nook and the iBookstore.

Melanie’s links:

Website: www.melanierobertson-king.com
Blog: Celtic Connexions
Facebook Author Page
Goodreads author page
Amazon author page
Loveahappyending Lifestyle magazine author page
Twitter: @RobertsoKing


Huge congrats, Melanie, and wishing you every success. I hope you are ready for… the consequences. (I simply love that title!)

CentreStage with Jennifer M Eaton ~ For the Love of Christmas

Welcome to CentreStage!

CentreStage features fantastic authors from around the world. These authors might talk about their books, their writing, their lives or any other experience that takes their fancy. Every feature is unique in format and style, and today is no exception!

It is my enormous pleasure to welcome the amazing Jennifer M. Eaton today. Jennifer and I ‘met’ in the blogosphere and I love following her blog. She is so full of energy that it leaves me breathless, and her sense of humour is wicked. Today, she’s here to celebrate the launch of the For the Love of Christmas Anthology featuring her Christmas romance, Connect the Dots!

HUGE congratulations and… Take it away, Jennifer!


The Inspiration of Music ~ Where Does it Come From?

When do you listen to music?

My house is almost always filled with music.  My husband loves it, and grew up with a love of classical as well as contemporary styles.

Growing up, my house had very little music in it.  Music just wasn’t important in my parents’ lives.  Even radio was always “talk radio” when we were in the car.  It wasn’t until my friends started playing their radios that I started forming my own opinions on music. (Which ended up being main stream-pop.—what everyone else in my school was listening to.)

Now, while I still can’t get in to opera and some of the other stuff he listens to, I have “grown” in my musical tastes thanks to my husband.  I even find inspiration in the “mood” that music fuses into your psyche.

But “mood” can be a distraction as well as an asset.  For instance, while I write, I cannot listen to anything with WORDS in it.  Hearing someone else’s words distracts from the words flowing on my own page.

However, when I’m driving, I PREFER music with words.  Since I am normally alone when I drive, the words keep me company (and I don’t have to be embarrassed when I song along).

I know writers who ALWAYS listen to music when they write, which I find interesting, because I only turn on music when I need to drown out the noise (or talking) around me.  Otherwise, I prefer silence when I write my stories.  I’ve always wondered if I’d been bought up with music in my life, as my husband was, would I feel differently about that.

When do you listen to music?  Does music “contribute” to your life?

Wow, what a great post, Jen ~ thank you! Well, I’ll go first then in answering your question! 🙂 You already know how much music matters to me. I never listen to music while I write, whether it’s with or without words; I find that the mood I need when I write changes so quickly that music can’t keep up with it. However, when I do listen to music, lyrics matter; I find I can’t connect with the music if the lyrics don’t speak to me!

About Jennifer M Eaton and Her Work

Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website  aimed at making all writers the best they can be. You can also find Jennifer on Twitter.

Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing.  Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments Publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.  Both are available in ebook format from Amazon.com, Barnesandnooble.com and Smashwords.

You can find Make Believe on Amazon and Barnes & Noble right now!

And you can find Connect the Dots in the following places as of now:
SMP LibrarySMP eBook Store; Smashwords

Last Winter Red


In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in.

Connect the Dots


Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

Wow, awesome covers and I am thoroughly intrigued! Will be checking these anthologies out post-haste *scurries to grab Kindle*

Congratulations again, Jennifer, and over to you, folks: Tell us about your musical writing habits…