Pirates Plunder & Pillage My Unguarded Heart

I knew who my favorite pirates would be the moment I wrote page 1 of the Code Blue scene in Midnight Omen. I was wrong.

By Onyx Rising, two pirates had surfaced onto the pages and proved me wrong: Slade and Bourn.

Who would have known the power these men held. From beneath the surface of a story, they bubbled through the plot, erupting into powerful characters that readers will fall in love with. Sexy, badass, rough pirates with enough soft-stuff inside to make them appealing.

I’m smitten and love who these characters have become. Neither are real pirates — they’re merely pulled from the depth of a writer’s imagination. But both are real people — someone each of us knows: the guy who walks the line between ethics and rogue.

Bourn is someone we want  in our life: he always has our back.

Slade is someone we want on our team: he’s fiercely loyal and will fight to the death for a cause.

These two are unforgettable. What their fate will be is yet to come. I’m as excited to discover more about them as my readers!

Huzzah to the bad-boys of the Caribbean Seas.

~ Marti


A Prophet’s Curse or Warning

Predictions and prophets have been around as long as God has been speaking to mankind. It’s the basis of most religions. But not all prophetic statements are made by godly men. Why is that?

Perhaps, God really is speaking but they don’t recognize his voice. Perhaps these visionaries receive the message in spite of their personal beliefs. Who is to say, really?

Think of Nostradamus and Rasputin. Many a naysayer have claimed to disprove their predictions — but many other support these men as mystically accurate over the course of centuries.

Whatever their medium, the predictions and forecasts of oracles remain long after those who spoke them have returned to the earth (“dust to dust,” as it were).  Their words haunts those who are left behind, to wonder their meaning and how it impacts each century to follow.

Perhaps the moon is an omen and the warnings have been given. Deja vu is real. A prophet spoke of it long ago. It’s something to think about.

The Deja vu Chronicles by Marti Melville is a paranormal historical fiction based on a real pirate

“The moon is chief over the night darkness, rest, death, and the waters.” 

(Jan Baptista van Helmont, 1579-1644)

Do-Overs Are More Than Mere Coincidences

“Starting over can be the scariest thing in the entire world, whether it’s leaving a lover, a school, a team, a friend or anything else that feels like a core part of our identity but when your gut is telling you that something here isn’t right or feels unsafe, I really want you to listen and trust in that voice.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

How do you pick up the pieces and rebuild your dream?


I just read that and couldn’t help but think of the books.  The difficult part of “letting go” is acceptance.  Is it true that legitimacy had fled my publishing deal?  Would the books die within the industry as a result?

Nope.  Time to reconstruct.

Kathryn, Ravens, Tall ship

Kathryn is a fighter and she begged to “Hoist the Colours” and meet the challenge of being re-discovered all over again.  I couldn’t let her down.  So, I let go and walked away from a dream that I’d had placed with faith in a con artist’s hands.  I refused to be defeated, raised the proverbial “Do-Over” flag, and set my sights to the future.  It was time to find a new publisher – one that I could trust and one that left a trail of legitimacy behind it.


I found Doce Blant Publishing.  Together, we will release a “Do-Over” in the 3rd edition of The Deja vu Chronicles.  Sometime this fall, when the leaves turn the color of crimson and the wind takes a chilly edge, the books will come out … again.  It’s a perfect representation of what has happened with The Deja vu Chronicles.  The series has been written, re-written, edited for the ump-teenth time, and will be reborn as a newer edition.

“Birthing is never easy or without pain, be it a universe, a child, or a fresh start in life. Contraction precedes expansion. Darkness comes before dawn. Joy follows pain. This is the way of things.”
John Mark Green

Birth-of-a-bookI like how Mr. Green describes it – the birth of a new edition has come truly without pain.  But it brings with it a sense of peace that has not accompanied the previous editions.  This time, the story is complete and written the way it was meant to be written.  Kathryn’s tale has been told the way she wanted it.  The final chapter will come forth in the last book: Cutthroat’s Omen: A Crimson Dawn – a gift that will happen sometime around the holidays.

Watch for it.  Take a look at the final edition of The Deja vu Chronicles.  If the covers hint of what lies inside, it’s sure to be magnificent.  Let me know what you think and let’s keep a weathered eye out for the 3rd (and final) edition of The Deja vu Chronicles.

JKRowling Quote 3rd edition


“The moon is chief over the night darkness, rest, death, and the waters.” 

(Jan Baptista van Helmont, 1579-1644)

Beware the Midnight Omen and her wicked sister, the Silver Moon….

Silver Moon Deja vu