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The Descendant by Melissa Riddell - Book Tour + Giveaway

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The Descendant
by Melissa Riddell


GENRE:   Sci-Fy Romance


She wants her world back; he wants her heart.

Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.

Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.

As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.


Walking down a long, metallic corridor, the hall opens, and I see people sitting at terminals or standing on discs.

Visual readouts project holographic images at the stations. Some of the crew wear visors over their eyes and move gloved hands to swipe at virtual images of the triangular ship and the solar system. When Eva passes their stations, several follow the procession with guarded faces.

The back of a chair rests in the middle of the spacious room. Before the seat is an enormous window that looks out into space.

One soft, polished boot dangles over the side of the chair. Long, deft fingers drum a beat on the black coat that covers the knee.

Freaking, evil granny. I should’ve known she wouldn’t keep her nose out of my business.

In slow motion, the chair swivels in my direction.

I want to crawl and hide. Instead, I stand and stare like the idiot I am.


Author Interview
1. What is the first book that made you cry?
I can’t remember, but I can tell you the book that made me cry the hardest: Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Man, I’m still traumatized.
2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
For a novella of around 30k words, about a week. For my average, full-length novel of 100-120k words, it takes 4-6 weeks.
3. How do you select the names of your characters?
Some hit me out of the blue, but I keep a list of cool names I think of or run across.
4. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
Oh, I would never claim to have a spirit animal. Now, if I could shapeshift into an animal, though, I think I’d like to be a lioness. No one messes with them, and the woman is the breadwinner of the family. Yeah!

5. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Star Wars
The Matrix
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Phantom of the Opera

6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?

Move into the library and enjoy the peace and quiet to read every book inside, like that man in The Twilight Zone, except I’d make sure to bring plenty of reading glasses.
7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Neo from The Matrix.
8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read and write a LOT. If they’re looking for specific writing tips, read Stephen King’s On Writing and Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story. Those two books are great for new and seasoned writers alike.
9. What book do you wish you had written?
Hmm, I’ve never thought about this. There aren’t any other books I wish I’d written, but there have been quite a few I wish I’d read sooner.
10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! 
I’m really short and people love to point that out, like I don’t already know.
I hate to be bored.
When I was young, I wanted to be a rock singer.
I love music.
I can wiggle my ears.
Sometimes I hide sweets so I don’t have to share them with my husband.
I was extremely shy as a child, but now I have no shame.
I hate doing laundry.
I’m a prankster.
I’m a certified medical auditor and coder.
11. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I’d love to live in the eighties; not as a preteen but as I am now. It’s probably nostalgia, but it seemed like such a magical, simpler time, plus we had some cool style back then.

12. What is your favorite genre to read?
Pretty much all genres except non-fiction. I’m extremely selective when it comes to that genre, or a professor must make it required reading before I’ll dive in.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Melissa Riddell is from a small, West Texas town in which she still lives with her husband. Her writing career started as a hobby when she was a teenager, writing poems and short stories. Eventually, she branched out and began constructing novels. When not contemplating new story ideas, she can be found traipsing around Texas State Parks, herding her cats, or reading a book.

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Amazon buy link:

The book will be $0.99 during the tour.

Melissa Riddell will giveaway to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter a $10 Amazon/BN GC, a signed copy of The Descendant (book 1), or an ARC of the second book in the series.

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  1. Thanks for hosting this stop on my book’s tour!

  2. I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

  3. What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

    1. Hi Peggy and thanks for the question!

      The most challenging part of writing is the revisions process. Creating the story is easy—it’s cleaning it up before it goes to the editor that’s the hardest.

      The most rewarding thing about writing is receiving messages from readers telling me how much they enjoyed it. That’s a feeling that will never get old. ☺️


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