Melanie Robertson-King is thrilled to announce the release of the third book in her It Happened series featuring the Scott and Layne families, set in picturesque locations in Canada.
Don’t you love the cover? If you like romance novels set in intriguing locations, you will like Melanie’s books.
Blurb: Beaches meets Born on the 4th of July
When Melissa Scott flees to the village of Percé, she’s determined to leave her painful memories behind her.
Gareth Young, a soldier with the Canadian Forces, never got over losing his friend in the war in Afghanistan. Nowadays, he’s happier in his own company than that of others, until she enters his life.
Despite her recent breakup and knowing rebound relationships don’t work, Melissa falls head over feet for the handsome military man, only to discover he comes with enough baggage to fill an army cargo plane.
Will the couple be able to work through their issues and achieve a happy ending together?
Excerpt from It Happened at Percé Rock:
At the set of wooden stairs leading to the shoreline, Melissa picked up Buddy and descended. It was a short walk from here to the shoal, where she would cross. Once she reached the bottom, she put the dog back down, and the pair struck out.
Water lapped over the edges of the causeway and pooled in the lower sections of the sandbar. Melissa lifted her dachsie before stepping from the drier beach towards the mammoth chunk of shale and limestone. A lump formed in her throat as she stood gaping at its near-vertical cliff faces.
With Buddy tucked under her arm, she picked her way across. Unsure if it was due to the time of day, the time of year, or the bad weather forecast, there were not many people wandering around. No one strolled along Rue Mont Joli either. Strange.
Because he was well behaved and came when called, Melissa had no qualms about unclipping Buddy’s leash and putting him down. At first, he stayed by her side, sniffing the ground or raising his nose to catch a whiff of something. The scent of rotten eggs wafted through the air, no doubt brought on by rotting seaweed, occasionally overpowering the more pleasant aromas.
Melissa made herself comfortable on a boulder and pulled out her phone while Buddy amused himself. She had no new messages. Not hearing from Iain was a blessing. Maybe he realized they were finished.
She took pictures of the village from this vantage point and Buddy playing on the sand and pebbled shore. She was far too close to the rock to photograph it. She would have to wait for another time. The quay where the tour boats left from would be the best location. Melissa snapped a couple of selfies with Percé looming behind her — some smiling, some with pouty lips before returning the device to her back shorts pocket.
Loud barking and growling jolted her from her reverie as Buddy antagonized a company of gannets. Squawking seagulls soared overhead. One landed nearby and stared at Melissa with its beady yellow eyes. It took a few steps closer, ruffled its feathers and stepped back again. Living and working near the water in Saint John, she was used to seeing them. This one was different. It was more intimidating, almost like it was daring her to move so it could attack, like in the movie The Birds.
Water splashed by her feet. The tide was coming in. She wasn’t here that long, was she? Pulling her phone out, she checked the time. Yes, she had been. She had to act and fast or be cut off. “Come on, Bud, it’s time to go,” she called to her dachshund, but the animal continued harassing the waterfowl. She lunged for him, and he darted away closer to the arch — the most dangerous place of all here.
A clap of thunder rumbled in the distance. Things were quickly becoming dire. Melissa had to get her dog and return to the mainland before the thunderstorm hit. Too late. The skies blackened, and the rains pelted down. Lightning streaked across the sky, followed by yet another crash. How close was the storm? If she counted between the flash and the thunder, the longer the gap, the farther away the inclement weather was. There was more to the calculation, but at this point, it made no difference.
Strong winds pushed the incoming tide and created whitecaps. Huge waves churned and crashed over the sandbar cutting the two off from the shore…
If you found yourself in Melissa’s predicament, what would you do? Let me know in the comments.
You can order an ebook copy of It Happened at Percé Rock for $2.99. https://books2read.com/u/b6OJdp
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 (Princess Anne) at the orphanage where he was raised.
It Happened at Percé Rock is Melanie’s eleventh book.
You can follow Melanie at the following links: Website | Celtic Connexions Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Pinterest
joanyedwards.com. “Melanie Robertson-King’s Books Have a Great Sense of Place:” https://joanyedwards.com/melanie-robertson-kings-books-have-a-great-sense-of-place/
joanyedwards.com. “It Happened In Gastown:” https://joanyedwards.com/it-happened-in-gastown-new-sweet-romance-with-suspense/
14 thoughts on “New Romance Novel “It Happened at Percé Rock” by Melanie Robertson King”
Thanks for the extract from your latest book.
Not my genre, but can see it appealing to many.
I know many in the forces men and women who return from conflict having seen so much that can affect them mentally. Having served in the UK police as a Detective Sgt I saw many things that can effect you mentally if you let it.
The dilemma of being stranded on the beach having to save yourself, or risk saving your dog and risking your life as well.
The sensible answer is save yourself, dogs can swim and save themselves and have more energy. But people do stupid things sometimes. What will Mellissa do?…………
Thanks for writing.
Thanks for your saying you believe Melanie’s books will appeal to many. You have a lot of experience meeting people who have seen so much conflict that it affects their thinking and reasoning. Thanks for sharing part of it with us.
I don’t know what Melanie’s character will do in her book, but your guess may be accurate!
Enjoy being yourself.
Never Give Up
Thanks for stopping by, David.
Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Joan. I hope your readers enjoy the excerpt I shared.
Thank you for writing. Thanks for sharing the cover of your latest book and a short excerpt from it. What you shared will help entice readers of romance novels to read your latest book and perhaps the others, too.
Never Give Up
Enjoy being yourself. You are awesome.
Congrats! Well done, Melanie and Joan.
I especially liked this use of figurative language:
…to discover he comes with enough baggage to fill an army cargo plane.
Thanks for writing. Thanks for saying that our job was well-done. Melanie did most of it. All I did was copy and paste. Thanks for saying that you liked Melanie’s use of figurative language…”to discover he comes with enough baggage to fill an army cargo plane.”
Cargo planes are enormous so that definitely is a great description.
Have a great day!
Enjoy being yourself. You’re pretty awesome.
Never Give Up
Thanks for stopping by, Linda. I’m glad you liked my phrase about him coming with a load of baggage.
Good luck Melanie
Thank you for writing and wishing Melanie good luck with her book. You are sweet. Have a great evening.
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Oh, boy, any time a dog is in trouble, I panic. Lol I sure hope nothing happens to Buddy. I think I need to read it to find out. 🙂 It really does sound like a good book. Nice job, Melanie!
Thanks, Shawn. I appreciate your support.
Thank you for your sweet comments for Melanie. You are very encouraging! Love you.
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