Help me decide!

In a very short time, the premise of this blog will be coming to an end and I need your help deciding what to do!

Your answers and comments are very much appreciated.

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‘Writers Are People Too’ is out!

Writers Are People Too is now out on Kindle – only 89p!

Writers Are People Too Cover

Click here to be taken to the e-book page. 


Writers are people too! They have every day lives as well as their writing careers. This collection contains articles and poetry about writers lives, the words, the everyday and the normal.

It also includes tips for writers such as: How To Edit Your Novel and How To Be a Professional Writer.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English

This post originally featured on my other blog. 

On The Up And Up At

A little while ago, you may have seen my posts on this blog  (and my other one)  about me joining Readwave. 

Well that was 1 May 2014.


Now, I am:

That’s right, Theme Owner! Today the lovely Kristine stepped down from the role as she has so many themes to run, and handed the metaphorical torch to me.

I’ll do my best to fill her internet-boots: promise!

So, if you are part of the Readwave writing world, know that if you post to Career – I’m your editor! (Don’t worry – I’m a lovely editor.) Readwave is a great place to get your voice heard on so many topics. Check out the Theme homepage to see just how many options there are.


To keep up-to-date with my life (writing-orientated or otherwise), follow me on Twitter! @melissaholden94

I Don’t Want A 5 Month Break!

As you all know, I’ve just finished my second year of university *sobs quietly*. But I now find myself with five months(?!) off of university, and bar a few visits home to Dartford (which mostly involves sitting in The Stage Door where I live), and two-days-a-week-work: I don’t have a lot to do!

My new book: 52 Writing Prompts: One For Every Week of The Year (co-written with Lara Rye) comes out today! Meaning that’s one project to cross of the list… You can click here to like her Facebook page.

July 1st 2014 is the day “Searching For Katherine” comes out, so that’s something.

However, July 1st is also the day I move in with Shelby, so that’s going to be an interesting deadline… I’m not/am looking forward to moving.


  • I have to move
  • I won’t see Lara for ages
  • It’s an extra ten minutes away from university
  • It means I have to move loads of stuff back home because my room is smaller in the new house


  • I’m moving in with Shelby
  • I get to organise a new room
  • I get to move (I hate staying in one place)
  • there’s live TV ( I miss live TV)

After that, my friends and I are planning an Apocalypse fiction collection (release date TBA)

The one good thing about this huge break is that I have loads of time to read! I’ve recently bought and attained about thirty new books that I need to read (as well as the ones I’ve had for months and haven’t even opened.)

It will also give me the chance to work on my new pen name (Melody Carter), and hopefully get her first book out!

Melody Carter Facebook

Melody Carter WordPress

Maybe this five month break will be exactly what I need: sun, writing and words!

What do you think I should be working on this summer? Let me know in the comments, or Tweet me @melissaholden94

100 Happy Days!

I have just finished a project called 100 Happy Days, click here for more details.  So I thought I would share with you what made me happy every day for the past 100 days:

(pictures only – to see the tags, go to:

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Thank you to everyone that helped me be happy over the past 100 days, there’s been rough patches and there’s been hardships. But remember, something makes you smile every day and even if it’s something little  – it’s worth sharing.


I’ve finished 2nd year…

So today I handed in my last assignment for my second year at university. It’s a little bit daunting knowing that in a year I will be leaving uni, but I’m trying not to think about it.

Instead, I thought I should focus on what a great year I have had as a student and as an author, so here goes:

September 2013:

Had a belated birthday Doctor Who style!

Melissa and Alex September 2013

Melissa and Alex September 2013

My first official month of being Deputy Editor of CCCU Her Campus

Her Campus CCCU

October 2013:

I started writing my first book.

November 2013:

Released my first book, The Snow Killer!

The Snow Killer

And started

December 2013:


How I spent Christmas Eve

On NYE I met some awesome people including my (now ex) boyfriend.

NYE 2013/2014

January 2014:

Unfortunately in January, my lovely stepfather who raised me passed away after a struggle with cancer.

Melissa Holden and Norman Brown

However, in memory of him, I released my first poetry book: From Me, With Love

from me with love cover

I also started the 100 happy Days project, to find out more check out the website:

February 2014:

In February I decided I was going to move house in July, and decided to live with my best friend and fellow writer, Shelby!

Shelby eating

I also started my current novel, Searching for Katherine.

March 2014:

Went to a lot of birthday meals!

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April 2014:

Started hunkering down and focusing on my writing. I also hit 20,000 words on my novel, Searching for Katherine.

Started Interview with an Author, which is a hit!

May 2014: 

Made this awesome-sauce blog!

Met some amazing people on Twitter and am slowly building up my writing footprint. I also joined Readwave and became a Theme Editor.

had possible the best break up ever with my boyfriend, and now we are really good mates. I realized that I need some one more serious and ready for commitment (shocking I know) and he wants to live in a cave with really good WiFi.


So, one academic year later my life has changed a lot – but for the better. Where loved ones were lost, new friends came about. I hope you are having a good a year as I am!


Game of Thrones: Pre-Read

Okay okay, I know- I really should have read it by now. But, fantasy isn’t usually my thing.  However, books that get the general public reading when they usually wouldn’t, are.

What I know about Game of Thrones so far…

  • “It’s a bit like Twitter. There’s 140 characters and everybody dies” – direct quote from my friend and fellow writer/undergrad, Penny Gotch
  • It’s about royal families fighting for the throne…
  • Lot’s of people die…
  • “It’s about sex, death and dragons.” – summary by by boyfriend, Ryan (cheers mate…)
  • There’s a lot of fighting…
  • According to my friends, it’ s very addictive
  • It’s got a huge fandom
  • One of the kings is a teenager
  • The throne is made of swords(?)


I have the TV Series version (book cover, I mean)

Game of Throne A Song of Ice and Fire


I’m really looking forward to reading it, and once I have I will be posting a review on my other blog, To check out my book reviews so far, click here. 


Wish me luck on my journey to discovering the daunting world of Game of Thrones!

me reading game of thrones 1