Friday, July 10, 2015

Melissa Keir talks dogs and her story Crash and Burn in Crashing into Love Boxset

Today I’ve finally allowed Grissom my dog and writing inspiration to share a little about the part he played in my latest novella- Crash and Burn in the book bundle- Crashing into Love.
Grissom has been my writing partner for the last year. He likes to lay next to me in bed with me while I write. Here’s a photo of him. Can you find Grissom among the covers?
Take it away Grissom…

Grissom: Thanks Mom. You know, readers, this story wouldn’t be here without me. I lay next to Melissa each night and help her write. She sometimes stops to ask me for help with her characters. In Crash and Burn, I told her to add a fun little dog to the manuscript. Hence, Gris was born. Yep…I made her name him after me. What other name would be as interesting?

In Crash and Burn, at the beginning of the story, the heroine Keira Matthews is a spoiled woman-child, much like Paris Hilton. Every Paris wannabe, must have a small purse pooch. While, I’m not a purse dog, I do enjoy being carried around, snuggling in the chair next to Melissa and begging for treats.

So I was the perfect inspiration for Gris. The furbaby in Crash and Burn is more heroic than I am though. He warns Keira about dangers, while I only warn mom about the UPS man. I swear that man is going to try getting my cookies.

Here’s a little excerpt showing off Gris’ courageous nature:
The sound of rushing water came from her left. Skirting through the trees, the thick forest gave way to a small clearing. The trees were broken and littered the ground.
Still unable to see the rushing water, she stepped carefully over a fallen tree. Ahead lay a pond. As if the water called to her, she set the dog down and scrambled around another tree. Her mouth felt dry and dusty. She wept at the sight of the water and dropped to her knees at the edge of the pond. Her spine tingled. She had a bad feeling about the area.
The flowers’ fragrance became the smell of jet fuel. The animals had fallen silent. Only the sound of distant running water remained. Remembering her husband’s words about fresh water found inland in spring-fed ponds, she ached to quench herself on the fluid in front of her.
She reached out with her cupped hand to scoop out liquid but paused at Gris’s deep-throated growl. His hair stood on end as he bared his teeth at the small pool. “Baby, what’s the matter? What do you see? Is it a snake?”
She whipped her head around, searching for the danger or animal. Yet, she couldn’t see anything other than the water. Licking her lips, she reached out once again. Gris’s growls turned to barks. Sharp, loud calls as he approached the pond.
She stretched her palm out toward her dog. “Here, boy. It’s okay.”
Something pale rose to the surface of the pond.
Startled, she jumped to her feet but fell backward on her butt.
See…Gris warned Keira. But she didn’t listen. Just like mom doesn’t always listen to me. Thankfully I have kisses for her, even when she’s very crabby. That happens about once a month. She spends a lot of time in the bathroom then too. Wonder why she’s always crabby?

Alright Grissom, you’ve shared enough. Thank you for telling all of Liza’s readers about your part in my book. Now to get back to writing my next book, let’s head off to bed for writing time.

Crash and Burn Blurb:
Can Rob and Keira's second honeymoon lead to romance, or will it crash and burn?

On the verge of a divorce, Rob and Keira Matthews book a second honeymoon at the urging of their counselor. Unable to conceive, they've pushed each other away in an effort to protect their hearts. Will a romantic holiday be the ticket to love or a plane crash in disaster?


Crashing Into Love:
Seven planes lift off…seven planes crash…seven stories of struggle, passion and love in the barren Canadian Wilderness, the coast of England, or the steamy heat of a tropical island. Romance hangs in the balance between survival and death.

Brace for Impact by Daryl Devoré.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for rookie flight attendant, Lori, and sexy R.C.M.P. officer, Guy Lapierre? But Fate had other intentions.

Crashing into You by Lisa Kumar
When Ashlee Trent meets handsome businessman Kaiden West on a plane to Australia, he eases her fears even as he sets her heart ablaze. But after their plane crashes into the ocean and they wash ashore, will the secrets surrounding him send their budding relationship into a nosedive?

Crashing Through Time by Jenna Jaxon
The most dangerous thing about time travel is knowledge of the past: does she save him and change history, or let the tragic events play out and lose the love of her life?
More than hearts can be broken when you crash through time. 

Love Comes Crashing In by Brenda Dyer
Best friends find love in each other's arms, but can that love survive reality?

Falling Hard by D'Ann Lindun
He craves solitude to forget what a woman did to him. She needs one last chance before her career ends. Can a plane crash in the Canadian Rockies show them what really matters?

A Splash of Romance by Deb Julienne
Who knew a plane crash would lead to romance? Hannah Parks is a trauma nurse on her way to a symposium at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She just started her bucket list and a plane crash definitely isn't on it.  Oliver Lawson's divorce is final and he's looking to start over. A tropical island, a gorgeous woman. Romance is one thing, getting there as a result of a crash landing...who knew? 

About Melissa Keir:
For my wedding in Vegas, my books and computer came with me but there wasn't enough room for my wedding shoes. It’s all about priorities! As an avid reader, I was probably born with a book in hand. Luckily my mom was also an avid reader, so it was easy to "borrow" her books when my books were finished.
I was reading from an early age about dashing men on horseback riding to the rescue of strong willed and capable women who didn't really need rescuing. I came to expect that women in fairy tales should have fought their own battles. When I was older, I found Margaret Atwood and realized that women could re-tell history in their own way and I experimented with changing those basic fairy tales.
Fortunately for me, my husband allows me the opportunity to be myself (spend my salary on books) and still takes care of the really important things for me like killing spiders and opening jars. As an elementary teacher, teaching children about the many worlds inside of books is a gift that I’m lucky enough to do for a living. Teaching the next generation to love reading is a lot of fun! Reading the right book can make a new world come alive!
Currently living in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my darling husband, way-too-grown-up children and spoiled dogs, I enjoy getting away through a book to escape the harsh winters or summer road construction.

I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Thank you for having Grissom over today. I'll be sure to clean up those doggie piles in your yard before I leave. :)

  2. Lol, your furbaby is too funny. Melissa, I loved your story. Can't wait to read another!!

  3. Melissa, that was marvelous. Love the pictures and that was a great scene.

    1. Thank you Maris. You know how our furbabies just have to have the last say!

  4. What an adorable *baby* you have, Melissa! And thanks for sharing your part of the story, Grissom.

    1. Thank you Lynda. Grissom likes to tell everyone he's the brains behind all my work, but my other dog, Calliegh begs to differ with him. She's the princess after all. :)

  5. I was struggling where is nose was, I eventually decided it's hidden by the blanket along with the other eye. (Initially, I thought he was in profile looking to the right.)

    1. You are right. He is hiding under the covers. He likes to sleep under the covers next to me, curled into my stomach. :)

  6. I loved the interview with your dog. And I love Grissom. He's adorable.
    Good excerpt too.
    Good luck with the bundle.

  7. Loved your part in Melissa's blog today, Grissom. You sound like such a smart little dog!

    1. Thank you. Sometimes I do wonder how smart he really is... like when he does one of those naughty things that he knows is wrong.

  8. Grissom is so cute! The fictional Grissom is a real hero. Great excerpt, Melissa.

    1. Thank you Diane. Calleigh, my other dog, is jealous now that Grissom got a part in a book.

  9. Enjoyed your excerpt, Melissa and especially the doggie pictures. I too have a dog that helps me from time to time with my characters.

    1. Thank you Judy. Those Dog Memes were too cute not to use them!


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