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Something About Me and My Book:
Sylvia Melvin works with second grade students as a teacher assistant at W.H. Rhodes Elementary School. She is a founding member of the Panhandle Writer's Group and has been published in national magazines as well as Southern Side Up, the group's annual short story publication. She self-published four novels, Summer Guest, a romance, and Helena:Unwavering Courage, a biography of her grandmother, Southern Sage,a biography of Woodrow Melvin, a judge in Florida and Death Behind the Dunes, a myserty set on the coast of Florida.
Born and raised in Canada, her writing often reflects her northern heritage.

Unwavering Courage

Can you imagine a woman burying her husband in the morning and then giving birth to his last child in the afternoon? On the morning of July 18, 1913, the village folk of Loring, Ontario, Canada, wake to the news that James Matthews, owner of the first auto wagon in the area, is thrown from his vehicle and dies with a crushed skull. Two days later, Helena, his wife, goes into premature labor and watches from her bedroom window as members of the Masonic Lodge along with friends and family escort his body to the cemetery.
No longer able to lean on her husband for support, Helena turns to two factors in her life she can count on—the love of her children and her faith. Together, they help her face a new and uncertain future.
Unaware of how her courage, humor, and determination impact her family, Helena’s life is a testimony to succeeding generations.

Summer Guest:Amy Lawrence, a twenty-four year-old Canadian, is determined to fight a summer of adversity. Due to rising gasoline prices and a downturn in the economy, their family fishing lodge is in financial difficulty and her father may lose it. Her neurotic mother cannot handle this pressure and is in the hospital. To add to her burden, Amy is struggling to get over a broken engagement.
An unexpected American veteran, med-evac helicopter pilot, wounded physically and emotionally, arrives at the lodge to seek privacy in the serene Canadian northland. The last thing on his mind is to fall in love with the owner’s daughter but as he observes the daily strength of character she exhibits in her determination to save the lodge, his hardened heart softens. He sees a woman who loves her family, is willing to take on more than her share of responsibility and refuses to give up. Matt realizes he wants to be more than a passing summer guest but a permanent part of Amy’s future.

Death Behind the Dunes

A killer lurks among the men and women at Gulfview High School's class of '86 reunion. By evening's end, Lyndy McNeil, a former student and lead cheerleader is found dead behind a sand dune. Lieutenant Nick Melino of the Sheriff's Office, also a class member, is determined to find the killer of the woman he once loved.

Hampered by an approaching hurricane, Nick's team work frantically to gather crime evidence left on the beach before "Eileen" destroys it all.

As the investigation intensifies, shocking details about secret lives, concealed for a quarter century, come to life. Illicit affairs, blackmail and hidden identity point a finger at more than one suspect.

Would forensics, video technology and human determination bring justice? Or would Lyndy's murder linger unsolved, forgotten over time like footprints in the sand?

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At 1:00pm on August 13, 2010, Elizabeth J Kolodziej said…
At 9:35am on March 26, 2010, Author Collective said…
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American Library Association Convention in Washington D.C. $2,200
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Miami Book Festival in Sunny Florida $600
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At 10:29pm on July 25, 2009, RAY SHOOP said…
Hi, Silvia, Just found you on this site and joined it myself. How's your vacation going.?
At 3:56pm on July 17, 2009, Rob Shelsky said…
I write romance, too, under the penname, Rose Renee Shelly. I have three novels under that name, one of which won an in-house publishing prize for top Regency. As for Novelspot, I do book reviews there. It's one of the better places, since they have stringent editing procedures and always link to the author's buy site. The link is:
At 9:03am on July 13, 2009, Rebecca J Vickery said…
Hi Sylvia,
Being willing to learn is half the battle already won. Looks like you are doing very well already. Thanks for friending me.
At 3:29am on July 13, 2009, Ann B. Keller said…
Welcome, Sylvia! So glad that you could join us.

I like the storyline of Summer Guest. I'll have to check out that book. Is it available on, by any chance?

Ann B. Keller
Author of Crenellations and The Devil's Crescent

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