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Pitch Wars 2017 Wishlist!

Hi! How are you? Excited? Nervous? Hating your MS? Loving your MS? Yep, I get it. Been there, have the wrinkles to prove it. But that's what retinoids are for, and besides--

Wait, let me back up and do this introduction thing properly. And, you know, by "properly" I mean Hart of Dixie style.


So, you're probably wondering who I am and why I think I'm a rockstar, when I'm just a brand new little newbie mentor. Well, here's the thing--I'm not really one of those "I think I'm a rockstar" kind of people, so we won't be going there. Sorry. BUT I can tell you who I am. Here goes.

OFFICIAL, PRETTY BIO:

USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa West is the author of more than fifteen novels, each set in the South and ready to steal a reader’s heart with Southern charm, sweet tea, and a whole mess of gossip. Her novels have received high praise and recognition from RT Book Reviews, Seventeen Magazine, Fresh Fiction, and Harlequin Junkie, among others…

Thinkin' Thursday -- All Things Parent

Thinkin' Thursday -- On all things PARENT

I don't know about you, but I tend to fall for the Facebook posts about "motherhood" or "being a mom" or "things not to do as a mom" or "reasons this type of mom is ruining things for the rest of us." Thoughtfully, I read through these posts, and inevitably, I close the post/article/torture device with a feeling of inadequacy, or worse, in tears.

As a mom of two, who works, who all-too-often forgets one of a hundred things during the school year, and who does not have a calendar chock full of daily activities for my children during the summer so they aren't bored, I want to share something with you, something vital for your sanity (and your wine budget):


It's a common quote that's circulated about life, but I think it applies to parenting. Want to know why? Because most of us are working our asses off to do the parenting thing. We are trying so very hard to juggle all that comes with …

It's been a while!

How goes life? Mine? Well, since the last time I posted here, I have published lots of books, explored a few different genres, and in general, found my voice as an author. Great stuff! 
But since it's been a while, it makes sense to reintroduce myself to you. Or, give you a 2017 version of Melissa West. *cue smile*
My formal bio is this: 
USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa West is the author of more than fifteen novels, each set in the South and ready to steal a reader’s heart with Southern charm, sweet tea, and a whole mess of gossip. Her novels have received high praise and recognition from RT Book Reviews, Seventeen Magazine, Fresh Fiction, and Harlequin Junkie, among others. 
When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in Georgia.
What do you think? Does that sound pro-ish? 
But my unofficial, less formal bio goes more like this: 
Wrangler of 2 little ones, coffee-drinker, WINE drinker, Pinterest-addict, lover of all things humorous. Pro-kindness. Pro-honesty. Pro-la…