This is the official website of award winning author and clairvoyant advisor Melissa Alvarez who also writes as Ariana Dupre.
I’m so glad you stopped by my website today.
My bio as an intuitive is listed separately from this bio. To tell you a little about myself, I grew up on a farm in Southern Virginia. I have four brothers, three sons, a step son, a wonderful husband – I am completely outnumbered. I am of Scotch Irish and English descent and am proud to claim Patrick Henry is one of my ancestors. Passionate writing runs in our family, as you can feel in Patrick’s famous words, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
My parents have always said I have a “vivid imagination”. And now that I’ve been happily married for nearly seventeen years and have children of my own, my imagination is as vivid as ever. My sons love the stories that I make up for them and several have become favorites that I must tell each night.
I penned my first story in eighth grade and titled it True Love At First Sight. This was my first attempt at writing with the desire of seeing it in print. But the only print I ever saw it in was my own handwriting because I hid it away. True Love At First Sight was a romance. I didn’t trust my writing yet and thought my mother would kill me if she knew that I’d written about a boy kissing a girl.
Over the years, I found that I had stories swirling around in my mind that demanded to be told. I’d jot them down on pieces of paper, here and there, never quite sure what I would do with the ideas. After the birth of my first child, I started writing them down in their entirety.
Still, I didn’t take my writing seriously. I opened several businesses with my husband over the years. I handled the website design, office work and all correspondence. But my desire to write was not being fulfilled with contracts and memos.
Then I wrote, designed and formatted a diet/exercise journal for myself. When others started asking me for a copy, I formed New Age Dimensions, self-published the book and sold out of my first print run in three weeks. The publication of The Phoenix’s Guide To Self Renewal led to great personal satisfaction and high sales via Amazon.com (it consistently stayed in the top 1000 until I made it unavailable for sale), yet there was this urge within me to write fiction.
And then, unexpectedly, we moved back to Florida and everything changed. Looking out of my living room window at the beach and ocean inspired me. I found myself with an unquenchable urge to put words to paper. So I did. I submitted a romance short story, Briar Mountain, to be considered for publication in The Writer’s Net Anthology of Prose. I decided that if my work made it though the selection process it was a sign for me to write the trilogy tugging at me. Boy, was I surprised when my work was chosen for publication! I sat at my computer and wrote the first novel in a trilogy in two weeks and then spent six months polishing it. That book was Night Visions, which I released under the pen name Ariana Dupré. Please check my Book Shelf for all of my titles.
Many people have asked me why I didn’t release the Night Visions under my own name. I wanted the book to stand on its own, to receive good or bad reviews because of the writing, not because I had previously worked as the Guide to Romance Fiction at About.com, because I knew a lot of people in the romance industry or because I owned a publishing company. I didn’t want my jobs, past or present, to affect the reviews in any way (good or bad). I kept Ariana’s identity a secret until enough reviews came in that I knew the book had indeed earned its success on its own. So, I held a contest (which was a lot of fun) to see if anyone could guess Ariana’s identity on eCataromance. After several weeks we finally had a winner who received an autographed copy of the book. Night Visions also won several awards that are listed on the book’s page here.
In March 2004 I expanded New Age Dimensions into a small press. We were to celebrate our second birthday of the expansion in March 2006. But due to after effects of Hurricane Wilma, and it’s effect on my husband’s job, we had to revert the company back to a self publishing entity. It was a very difficult decision. I’m very proud of the staff we had on board and the authors we contracted. I wish each of them a successful future. My previous affiliations included being a publishing expert at Moonspinners Ask the Experts, which was a Writer’s Digest Top 100 Website that is no longer in business, and being a spirituality and publishing expert at Book Promotion Newsletter which has also unfortunately suffered the same fate.
My current releases are listed on my website on my Bookshelf. You can also find retailer links to all of my books on their individual pages to purchase directly from retailers or you can buy the ebook directly from my site in the Shop.
Now, I’m focusing on my career as an author and graphic designer (I do book covers at BookCovers.Us) .
If you’ve ever wondered what having a reading is like you’ll be interested in this interview. I’ve just completed a two part interview regarding both writing and psychic abilities with Deb Julienne. You can read Part One Here and then Part Two Here on Deb’s blog. The interview is all about writing, psychic abilities, and part two is all about Deb’s experience having a reading with me.
I hope you enjoy my books! Thank you for visiting my website today. Keep reading!
Book Cover Design: I am very honored and excited to announce that the cover for Simply Give Thanks was selected as the winner in the general fiction/nonfiction category of the 2015 Ariana Awards for book cover design.
Winner Speculative Fiction Romance in the Dream Realm Awards
Finalist in the 2009 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence
Ariana Dupré: Enchanted in Romance Readers Poll winner for Favorite Author Sept. 2004
Night Visions (2007 Edition):
Erin Aislinn Book Cover of the Month Winner
Night Visions (2004 Edition):
Finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book Of The Year Award 2004 – Romance Category
Best Single Title Paranormal Romance 2004 from Cataromance.com
Best Romance Novel from Preditors & Editors 2004
2005 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll Results
Best Artist, 8th Place – Melissa Alvarez
Best Cover Art, 8th Place – Energetic Healing: The Next Step in Evolution?, Terry Weide Designed by Melissa Alvarez
2004 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll Results:
Winner: Best Artist – Melissa Alvarez
Winner: Best Romance Novel: Night Visions
Author Second Place: Ariana Dupré
Winner: Best Cover Art – Every Jack Needs His Jil by Mimi Riser, Cover by Melissa Alvarez
Non-fiction Second Place: The Silver Haired Lady by Melissa Alvarez from the Holiday Extravaganza
Cover Art Fifth Place: Night Visions by Ariana Dupré (cover by Melissa Alvarez)
Cover Art Seventh Place: Earthchild by Allie Bates (cover by Melissa Alvarez)
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Golden Web Award Winner – Website Design of NADBooks.com
World Wide Web Award – Silver Award Winner for Website Design of NADBooks.com
Top Ten Listing with the Top 100 Psychics
Top Ten Listing with The Best Psychics
Top Ten Listing with Romance Top 100
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
I am absolutely thrilled that Blog Talk Radio has chosen my show from last Wednesday as one of the Weekly Best of Blog Talk Radio for the week of December 10, 2007. From Blog Talk Radio: “We’re currently seeing around 1400 shows per week on BlogTalkRadio and that’s a lot of content. You probably missed a few shows, so I’ve compiled a list of some of the best for you.” Here’s the link to the Weekly Best of Blog Talk Radio. Included in the listing under Books is:
“Beneath A Christmas Moon” Authors Eden Robins, Ariana Dupre and Karen McCullough on The Reader’s Roundtable
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Night Visions Won Book Cover Of The Month!
Syneca did a fabulous job designing the cover.
I love Erin’s description of the cover. She said:
MARCH – WEEK 4
Howling winds. Branches whipping against window panes in the dead of night. All of nature in such a fury that you wish you could wrap your arms around everyone and everything you care about.
Syneca’s cover art for Ariana Dupré‘s Night Visions reminds me of such nights. The eerie stillness of the house just begs for a vision of embraced lovers, who are beautifully rendered below yet we can’t be sure they’re really there because we seem to be looking at them through the shutters. Is it a dream or not?
Night Visions was previously published by Cerridwen Press when this award was won.
Here’s my “official” bio:
Melissa Alvarez, is an award winning author, graphic artist, website designer and holds a BA degree from Virginia Tech. She writes nonfiction under her real name and fiction under the pen name Ariana Dupré.
Melissa has always been an entrepreneur and owns successful businesses with her husband. Melissa became involved in the publishing industry in 2000. She formed New Age Dimensions to self-publish her first book, The Phoenix’s Guide To Self-Renewal, which was released in January 2001. It quickly landed in Amazon.com’s Top 1000 where it stayed until it went out of print. At the time, Melissa was manufacturing the 416-page book in her home and eventually couldn’t keep up with the demand. Melissa says, “The learning process that went with the publication of this book was phenomenal. I jumped into the industry in an unconventional way but it was fun and worthwhile.”
Between March of 2004 and February of 2006, Melissa, founder and CEO, operated New Age Dimensions as a small press. The company had 40 authors and over 70 titles released. During this time Melissa designed the book covers, created the print book layouts and ebook files, designed and maintained websites for the company as well as some of the authors. Melissa had the final decision on contracted books. The company won awards for website design and the books published received numerous five star reviews and won many awards including EPPIE’S, the Oscars of ePublishing.
Because of the industry contacts made when Melissa worked as The Guide To Romance Fiction at About.com, she decided to release her first paranormal romantic suspense novel, Night Visions, under the pen name Ariana Dupré. She wanted the book to stand on its own, to receive good or bad reviews because of the writing, not because she knew a lot of people in the romance industry or because she owned the publishing company. Melissa didn’t want her jobs, past or present, to affect the reviews in any way (good or bad). So she kept Ariana’s real identity a secret until enough reviews came in that she knew the book had indeed earned success on its own. Night Visions became a multiple award winning title that is currently published by Cerridwen Press. Melissa’s other books with Cerridwen Press are a novella titled, Paradise Designs, in the Beneath A Christmas Moon Anthology and Talgorian Prophecy (which was recently named a finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest). Both titles are paranormal romantic suspense. Melissa has two nonfiction books forthcoming from Adrema Press titled Analyze Your Handwriting and Your Color Power and a short story titled Briar Mountain.
In the past, Melissa has also been a regular columnist for Examiner.com as the Paranormal Examiner, a paranormal columnist for Suite Magazine’s Thirteenth Floor, a writing correspondent for The American Kennel Club, a contest judge, a freelance editor, and she is considered a publishing expert and is listed on a Writer’s Digest Top 100 website as such and has appeared on many radio shows and podcasts in the same capacity. As an internationally renowned clairvoyant advisor, with experience in many different areas of metaphysics and as a paranormal romantic suspense author, Melissa wrote an article about the emergence of the psychic fiction genre for Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine. She has also been published in The Writer’s Net Anthology of Prose, Paranormal Experiences Volume One, New Age Dimensions Holiday Extravaganza, and is quoted or featured in Book Marketing A-Z by Francine Silverman, How To Operate A Successful Pizza & Sub Restaurant by Shri Henkel, Successful Meetings by Shri Henkel and Book Marketing 101 by Nikki Leigh.
Melissa is the founder of International Paranormal Fiction Month, a member of Romance Writer’s of America including the PASIC chapter. She is also a Publishing Expert at Moonspinners Ask the Experts (Writer’s Digest Top 100 Website), a Spirituality & Publishing Expert at BookPromotionNewsletter.com. She previously owned two paranormal groups at Yahoo.com and still participates in the groups, and is listed in the top ten psychics on bestpsychics.com and on Bob Olsen’s Best Psychic Directory. She was the host of The Reader’s Round Table radio show where she introduced authors to readers and psychic readers to the show’s listeners and co-hosted Celtic Seers Radio Show.
Melissa can speak or write about the following topics:
· The publishing industry – how to get started, self publishing, owning a small press, critiquing, manuscript formatting, romance fiction, the submission process, looking at both sides of the industry as a publisher and author, ebooks, psychic fiction, marketing, online promotion and many other topics.
· Metaphysics – clairvoyance, past lives & past life readings, ghosts & hauntings, developing your psychic abilities, spiritual awakenings, spirit guides, empathic abilities, psychometry, telepathy, divination, life paths and lessons, connecting with your higher self, unlocking latent abilities, meditation on the go, crystals, chakras, tarot, pendulums, third eye activation, karma, soul quests, palmistry, elemental spirits, protecting with white light and much more.
Melissa can be reached via email at media @ melissaa.com without the spaces, through her website or Facebook.