Author Spotlight: Deborah Mello
Author's BioDeborah was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, but now calls the rolling farms of North Carolina home. A city girl with a country spirit, Deborah is a bestselling author of a growing list of romance novels.
A true Renaissance woman, Deborah's many career paths have included working as a retail buyer and size model for a national women's clothing chain, a finance manager for a well-known beverage organization, a sales manager for an infamous candy company, a telecommunications administrator and corporate trainer for a hotel-owning company, an art gallery director for a world-renowned artist and an administrative consultant for multiple organizations. Her writing experience also encompasses twenty-plus years of scripting technical resources and training documentation for numerous corporations throughout the United States and abroad. Deborah is also an inactive, licensed real estate broker and general building contractor.
For Deborah, writing is akin to breathing and she firmly believes that if she could not write she would cease to exist. Weaving a story that leaves her audience feeling full and complete—as if they've just enjoyed an incredible meal—is the ultimate thrill for her. Deborah currently has five works of fiction in the marketing stage, and every writer's inevitable drawer full of rejection letters.
Writing since she was thirteen years old, Deborah Fletcher Mello can't imagine herself doing anything else. In 2005 she received Book of the Year and Favorite Heroine nominations for her novel, The Right Side of Love, and in 2009 won a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for her ninth novel, Tame A Wild Stallion. Most recently, Deborah's eleventh novel, Promises To A Stallion, has earned her a 2011 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Hero Of The Year.
Deborah and her husband proudly claim twenty-plus years of marriage, six incredible children and nine precocious grandchildren.
News and Interviews
Exclusive Interview with Deborah Mello by Letrise Carter
Video Interview with Norwood Holland at the 2012 Romance Slam Jam Conference
In the READING ROOM with Deborah
TALKING WALLS Presents TWELVE DAYS OF PLEASURE
TALKING WALLS Presents CRAVING TEMPTATION
TALKING WALLS Presents THE SWEETEST THING
TALKING WALLS presents HEARTS AFIRE
Intimate Chat with Deborah
QUESTION: You've been writing romance for a while. Did you begin your career writing for them, or independently published?
Deborah Mello: I began my career being traditionally published. BET Books published my first four books and then were purchased by Harlequin where I've been ever since!
QUESTION: Have you ever considered writing any other genres, or is romance your love?
Deborah Mello: I just love to write! I have two literary works, Graye and Rested Waters and next year I have a new series coming with Harlequin SUSPENSE. I consider myself a storyteller and the story isn't always a romance.
QUESTION: Out of all of your novels, which is your favorite to write?
Deborah Mello: Good question! Typically it's the one I'm currently working on. I LOVE them all and their like my babies. I don't necessarily love one more than the other, I just love them differently for varying reasons!
QUESTION: Are there misconceptions that people have about any of your books? If so, explain.
Deborah Mello: I'm sure there are. Because it's deemed "romance" I know some think they won't get a solid story and they would be pleasantly surprised.
QUESTION: Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
Deborah Mello: There are few authors that I haven't read. I'm a BIG Walter Mosley fan. Love Beverly Jenkins! The classics by Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, etc. have all influenced me in some way, shape or form.
QUESTION: How did you come up with the storyline that features fine brothers like the Stallions? Boudreauxs?
Deborah Mello: I have six kids, five boys and a girl. I wanted to write a family series and I knew the dynamics of brothers. It turned out to be a very nice fit. The Boudreauxs actually happened by accident but were a natural spinoff to the Stallion family.
QUESTION: Tuscan Heat was an amazing story. What was your motivation for writing the story and its beautiful setting?
Deborah Mello: I wanted to go back to Italy! Was trying to convince Big Daddy that we needed to take a trip and got all emotional reminiscing. I needed to write Donovan's story and it just worked out.
QUESTION: Do you think you will write about another family?
Deborah Mello: I have a new family coming next year in Harlequin's romantic SUSPENSE line. They're the Blacks out of Chicago. The family is headed by patriarch Jerome Black, the superintendent of police and his wife, federal court judge Judith Harmon-Black. The stories will follow sons, Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis, and Mingus and daughters Simone and Vaughan, all seasoned veterans in the Chicago judicial system.
A taste of Deborah's Bibliography
Can he open her heart to more than a fleeting passion?
An ambitious daughter of a close-knit Louisiana clan, Kamaya Boudreaux is making a name for herself in the business world, pursuing lucrative opportunities across the country. But when her best-kept-secret venture—an exclusive male strip club—is threatened to be exposed, the all-work-no-play entrepreneur needs to do some serious damage control. Her plans don't include giving in to temptation with sexy Southerner Wesley Walters, whose buff six-pack body was made for pleasure.
As franchise owner of the highend New Orleans nightclub, Wes is on the climb to corporate success. He hates deceiving Kamaya—she has no idea that her lover was once the most popular performer at his establishment and guests are willing to pay top dollar for his return. With their passionate affair leading them into forever territory, Wes has to come clean. Or he risks losing the guarded beauty whose own intimate secrets could also jeopardize their future together…
World famous MMA champion Zachary Barrett has returned to his home in Phuket, Thailand, and his elite training camp, Revolution. Thanks to his twin brother, a renowned pro trainer in Colorado, Zachary is primed and ready for his next title bout—but his toughest match may be with the sports journalist assigned to write an exposé on him. Not only is she gorgeous, she’s after a well-guarded secret that Zach soon realizes makes her off limits in every way…
It’s true that Kenzie Monroe has an ulterior motive for pursuing Zachary. The half-Asian beauty believes he’s connected to her estranged father, a former MMA fighter who disappeared years ago. And the more Zachary avoids her, the more determined she is—and the hotter their game of cat and mouse becomes…until they both surrender. But as lust, love, and friendship combine, Zachary knows he has to answer all of Kenzie’s questions—because outside of the ring, the heart makes the rules…
Former NBA star Alexander Barrett has slam dunked his career into second gear with the grand opening of his hot new gym in Boulder, Colorado. But his excitement is tempered when his estranged twin brother, MMA title holder Zachary "The Hammer" Barrett returns home from Thailand. Alex has never forgiven Zach for marrying his college sweetheart. And while they're now divorced, his bitterness lingers.
Zach hoped to re-connect with his brother, but when his personal assistant and trainer, Sarai Montri, arrives, their rivalry is soon reignited. Highly educated, not to mention gorgeous, the former Miss Thailand captivates Alex for the first time since his heartbreak. But Sarai's devotion to Zach only stirs up the past. Will the brothers' competitive natures tear them apart once more--with Sarai caught in the middle? …
In the name of love
A coveted teaching invitation gives Donovan Boudreaux the chance to leave his New Orleans comfort zone and meet his secret email pen pal—world-renowned author Gianna Martelli. But when he arrives at the Martelli wine chateau in Tuscany, he discovers he's been deceived. His misgivings dwindle as Gianna introduces him to the hidden pleasures of Italy—and a passion that takes both Donovan and the reclusive writer by surprise.
Gianna loves her simple life on her family's legendary vineyards. Until her matchmaking twin initiates a clandestine correspondence. Determined to make amends, Gianna soon realizes that she and the charming professor share a bond that can't be found in books. A friendship soon flames into an intense affair they know can't last forever. And now a vindictive rival could destroy Donovan's reputation, career and any hope of a future with Gianna…
As an accomplished architect, single dad of teenage twin girls, and co-owner of The Playground, Raleigh’s hottest jazz and blues club, it’s an understatement to say Malcolm Cobb has his hands full. Add to that an ex-wife who knows how to bring the drama, it’s no surprise he has little time or inclination for a personal life. But when he spots stunning, voluptuous Cilla Jameson, he’s suddenly considering rearranging his schedule and setting aside his concerns…
Independent and successful, Cilla would love to be in love. But when it comes to men, she has a lengthy list of requirements. And “no children” is at the top. Yet she can’t help being intrigued by Malcolm. He’s handsome, fascinating, respectful—and up for a challenge. But is Cilla? After all, the man has baggage—and it is fully packed. Can she handle the ex who’s determined to keep him single? Or the twins who are not quite the angels Malcolm thinks? She’ll have to decide, if she wants to play for keeps…
Warm up with these sweet and sexy holiday tales of love and romance…
Sealed With A Kiss Celeste O. Norfleet
Small town bad boy Dean Everett has made good in the tech world and now struggling Hayden, Georgia, is ready to welcome him home—along with his corporate headquarters. But Carmen Stiles is less than happy to see him. Dean had no idea he broke her heart when he left town after high school. Now he plans to make up for it—and as old friendship stirs new passion, Carmen just might let him—until she suspects he has no intention of really making things right for Hayden, or for her….
Mistletoe Lane Regina Hart
Benjamin Brooks’s marriage ended when he learned his wife was having an affair—with his boss. Now he’s returned to Trinity Falls to start a new job—and ignore Christmas. Too bad his new employee, June Cale, won’t let him. June knows all about bitterness, and she’s determined to help Ben heal—through embracing the holidays. And soon he just might find himself embracing brave and beautiful June as well….
His Christmas Present Deborah Fletcher Mello
Bianca Torres is already dreading Christmas with her parents in tiny Boone, North Carolina. But she’s not at all prepared for her father’s golf buddy, the sexy, successful, holiday-loving, aptly named Ethan Christmas. And when she and Ethan find themselves snowbound, Bianca discovers a whole new appreciation for the season…
He's going beyond the call of duty
Salt Lake City PD detective Noah Stallion is missing one thing: a soul mate. He doesn't expect to find her at his fifteenth high school reunion. But reconnecting with Catherine Moore—his childhood crush, and now a beautiful and savvy businesswoman—brings back an onslaught of memories. And brings on a weekend of unending passion when they give in to their sizzling attraction.
The guy voted Most Likely to Marry a Supermodel awakens a lot more than lust in Catherine, and saying goodbye is the hardest thing she's ever had to do. Then pleasure and business collide when Noah reenters her life. With an obsessive stalker targeting the high-flying CEO just as she's preparing to take her aircraft-leasing company public, Catherine is extremely vulnerable. But Noah can't let the best thing that ever happened to both of them get away—no matter what the risk…
One legendary clan
International supermodel Natalie Stallion has come a long way from her humble Utah roots. Called back from London to settle her mother's estate, she has conflicting feelings about reuniting with her estranged siblings. And when a nor'easter strands her with a sexy stranger, she decides to take advantage of the delay. But sharing a fleeting moment in time with world-famous designer Tinjin Braddy leaves her with regrets for what might have been.
Haunted by the memory of that sizzling goodbye kiss at the airport, the continent-hopping playboy doesn't expect to see the siren in stilettos again. But their lives and careers are about to collide at a Stallion family reunion. And now high-level espionage threatens Tinjin's entire business empire. With suspicion—and irresistible desire—igniting, can Tinjin trust Natalie with his future and his heart?
Romeo Marshall is over six feet of cool, smooth, hot, southern seductiveness--just like the music at his popular Raleigh club, The Playground Jazz and Blues Bar. With his beloved mother gone and no father he's ever known, the business is Romeo's everything. It's a place where anything can happen--and the evening one gorgeous young woman and one intriguing old musician walk into the bar--and into Romeo's life--it does.
There's something about high-powered, down-to-the earth Taryn Williams that captures Romeo's attention like no other woman has. Yet unanswered questions from his past seem to hold him back from real commitment. For Romeo to move forward in love, he'll have to learn some devastating truths--and James "Piano Man" Burdett is there to teach him. And with Taryn's help, Romeo just may accept that like music, life sometimes needs to be improvised. . .
Twelve days isn't nearly long enough…
Vanessa Harrison's holiday spirit goes from humdrum to armed and dangerous when the filmmaker becomes an eyewitness to a crime. Spirited away to a Caribbean hideout for her safety, she isn't prepared for her instant attraction to gorgeous, take-no-prisoners FBI agent Kendrick Boudreaux. On Pleasure Island—where every sensual fantasy is fulfilled—her vow to never trust another man melts in the heat of Kendrick's sizzling embrace.
Kendrick must keep Vanessa safe. But in his protective arms, desire ignites, and soon they're giving in to their deepest passions. Now he's determined to turn their days of pleasure into a lifetime of bliss. Until a shocking revelation threatens their future together, forcing Kendrick to choose between his career and the woman he has come to cherish….
After a rocky year, life is once again sweet for brothers Troy and Quentin Elliot, and Quentin's new wife, Harper. Their bakery, Just Desserts, is thriving, with Quentin as pastry chef, and attorney Troy handling the books. In fact, Troy is ready to pursue his next big goal: to run for Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee. The competition is tough, but there's one challenge Troy doesn't anticipate--his opponent's distractingly beautiful campaign manager and daughter, Amina Salman. . .
A fellow attorney, Amina hopes to reconnect with her estranged father. But a chance meeting with Troy quickly complicates her task. Not only is her passionate spirit at odds with her father's conservative values, her attraction to his rival leaves her even more conflicted. Soon, Amina and Troy are falling in love--but when they surrender to sweet temptation, they find themselves with more at stake than a campaign victory. . .
Love is the best treat of all. . .
When the owner of Memphis's most mouthwatering bakery, Just Desserts, suddenly dies, pastry chef Quentin Elliott and his brother, office manager Troy Elliott, are distraught. Everett "Pop" Donovan was more than their boss, he was a beloved mentor. So they're shocked to learn that Pop left the business to his beautiful, estranged daughter--a woman they know nothing about--and who knows nothing about running a bakery...
Harper Donovan intends to sell off Just Desserts as quickly as possible. She has no interest in Memphis, much less sweets. However, handsome Quentin has definitely sparked her appetite--and business aside, the feeling is irresistibly mutual. But soon a powerful, smooth-talking rival appears, vying for Harper's heart and her bakery. Harper might have a taste for Memphis after all--and Quentin might have to prove he's exactly what she craves. . .
He's raising the stakes—one kiss at a time…
After a nasty divorce, Maitlyn Boudreaux is ready to reclaim her sensuality and rediscover her inner wild child. A luxury cruise to exotic ports of call is just what the New Orleans negotiator needs…and meeting Zak Sayed on board could be an added bonus. The high-stakes poker player wants the same thing she does: a sizzling hot fling with no strings attached.
A brilliant entrepreneur and professional gambler, Zak is one of the world's most sought-after bachelors. But beneath the playboy facade is a guy who's playing for keeps. The passionate eldest daughter of the Boudreaux clan is the soul mate he's been searching for…. Even as a ruthless business adversary threatens to destroy everything Zak cherishes most, can he convince Maitlyn to take the biggest gamble of all?
A fine work of art…
Legendary engineer Darryl Boudreaux is a master with his hands, and his creative genius is unparalleled. Many a woman has desired Darryl's expert tutelage, but he is off the market—for anything serious. Experience has convinced him to focus his passion on his work.
When architect Camryn Charles gets sight of her new partner, she is determined to keep things professional. This is easier said than done. Is it the heat of the smoldering French Quarter, or is it Darryl's quiet sexiness that is raising her temperature? Camryn would never sacrifice her integrity for a few wanton moments between the sheets. Yet Darryl's burning gaze suggests there could be something more between them—something that could dare them both to lay everything on the line….
It took grit and determination to climb her way to the top of male-dominated Hollywood. Now, with three Oscars under her belt, Dahlia Morrow is banking everything on her next film. She doesn't need some bad-boy actor cramping her style. Especially when Guy Boudreaux starts putting the moves on her, tempting the hardworking producer to mix pleasure with business.
With an impressive list of blockbusters under his belt, Guy is looking for something more than another ticket to stardom. He's heard the rumors about the trail of broken hearts the ambitious diva has left behind. Once he's tasted Dahlia's passion, he vows to be her one and only. Yet when they are tested by jealousy, betrayal and a secret that binds the powerful Boudreaux and Stallion families, will Guy be able to prove to Dahlia that she's the only leading lady for him?
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