Melissa Alvarez

Bestselling Author, Instructor, and Intuitive Coach

New Book Cover from Llewellyn May 26, 2012

I just received the book cover for my upcoming title with Llewellyn, which will be published in February 2013.  The working title was 101 Signs of Psychic Ability but the final title is Your Psychic Self: A Quick & Easy Guide to Discovering Your Intuitive Talent. This cover really compliments the cover for 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency. Both covers have nice background textures and the primary colors which contrast nicely.  Thank you Llewellyn cover designers for two fantastic covers!

   

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FREE for KINDLE: Paradise Designs by Ariana Dupre April 2, 2012

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This book was free on Amazon at the time of posting. Prices are subject to change back to full price without notice. Please confirm it is still free prior to purchasing. On Kindle it will say “Kindle Price $0.00” if it is still free. If it says “Prime Members $0.00” then it’s NOT free. Outside of the United States, and on retailer websites other than Amazon, this book may not be free.

 

Product Description

Tara Simms is determined to create a new beginning for herself this holiday season. She’s purchased a new condo on Miami Beach in the ultrachic Paradise Designs Resort and Spa where there is no chance of paranormal activity. She’s looking for a new man and thinks that David Blake, the lead realtor at the high-rise, is a good prospect. When Tara sees the spirit of a murdered woman enter her condo she freaks out. David offers his protection and his apartment. Together Tara and David must solve the murder and help the spirit into the light.

Reviews

Girl, this is an amazing book! I love it, love the characters, the setting is awesome. Makes me wish I wasn’t a speed reading demon. I want to savor a good book, but I always end up gobbling the pages. lol. Kudos to you, this story rawks! ~ Cassandra Curtis on Facebook

4 Stars – A nice little romantic thriller with a psychic heroine. Quick read. ~ Carol, Smashwords

Paradise Designs is a deliciously spooky tale. Ariana Dupré spins a yarn that will keep the reader listening for voices in the other room and swooning for a protector. Tara has a daring spirit it just takes her a while to embrace it. David is every woman’s hero, willing to listen and believe even the unbelievable. ~ Ann Boling, ReviewYourBook.com

I have to admit that I don’t like ghost stories very much and therefore I didn’t expect much of this story. I was totally positively surprised! This story is exciting, had two great main characters, a good mystery and lots of chemistry and sexual tension. A very enjoyable, thrilling story with ghosts, love and acceptance of who you are – great work! ~ Cupid’s Library Reviews

I admit I am not usually fond of stories with ghosts I them but, I must admit that Ms. Dupre crafted a story that both kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat. I thoroughly enjoyed “Paradise Designs” and especially her hunky hero. Hats off to you, Ms. Dupre, for a well written story. ~ Tanya, Joyfully Reviewed

Her writing style is very quick and witty: she makes excellent use of snappy dialogue to keep the pace flowing, using humor to keep the story from becoming too morbid. I enjoyed this story and would read other works by the author. ~ Mickey, Simply Romance Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 146 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adrema Press (April 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W48LG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store

 

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Paranormal Teams February 22, 2012

Paranormal investigators – do you have a team? Send me your website for possible inclusion in my latest book. paranormal@melissaa.com

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Radio Show tonight 7-8 Eastern Time, Callers welcome! February 21, 2012

Join me this evening on The Aha! Moments Radio Show with Mariana Cooper. We’ll discuss frequency and if you call in you can ask me questions! The call in number is (347) 215-9485. We’ll be on-air from 7 – 8 PM Eastern Time. Talk to you then! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ahamoments/2012/02/22/raise-your-frequency-to-manifest-your-desires-with-ease

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Win My Books – Today Only! January 31, 2012

Hey – I’m over at Coffee Time Romance today. You can win a copy of both Talgorian Dragon and Talgorian Prophecy just by posting a comment to my blog post. Here’s the link: http://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/meet-the-talgorians/

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Guest blogging at MoonLit January 23, 2012

My guest blog post for Llewellyn’s MoonLit blog is now live. If you’d like to learn techniques for increasing your frequency in the workplace then stop by and check it out.

 

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ISelfPub.com Free promo op for self-published authors January 15, 2012

Free Book of the Day Sponsorships to the first 200 eBooks! (Limit one per author – 100 still available)

My husband and I just launched a new website featuring deals for eBook readers and promotional services for independent self-published authors. To prepare for launch, we’re giving away free Books of the Day Sponsorships to the  first 200 authors who submit an eBook according to our guidelines as we build our readership. Visit http://ISelfPub.com for details.

Don’t wait! Submit your eBook information today before the remaining 100 sponsorships are taken.

 

 

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Radio Show today! January 13, 2012

Today I will be on the Art of Living Well Online Radio Show at Blog Talk Radio beginning at 12:00 Noon. Listen to the show if you have a chance! The phone lines will be open so you can call in!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artoflivingwell/2012/01/13/chakra-awakening-with-margaret-ann-lembo

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It’s official and a review January 8, 2012

Today is the official release date of 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency! This morning I received notification of a new review for the book from Anna at InannaWorks.com. Click the link if you’d like to read the full review. Here’s a quote from it:

“Each technique is described in one or two easy-to-understand pages with an affirmation at the end. They are small gifts — focusing devices — meant to be opened one day at a time. Gradually, their cumulative power will create a shift in awareness. It’s magic, the kind of magic that comes from training your brain to think in your own best interest. This is a great pick-me-up for a friend or for yourself. Better yet, get one for each of you and do the exercises together.”

Thanks Anna! I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

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Aquarius Magazine article is now live January 6, 2012

Recently I wrote an article for Aquarius Magazine about frequency. It is now live on the website. There’s a cool feature to this site where you can read their magazine as a flip book. You can also check out this month’s horoscopes while you’re there.

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January’s free clairvoyant reading winner January 2, 2012

Congratulations to Michael W. He’s the winner of the free one question reading in the January drawing. For the February 2012 drawing I’ll give away a Spirituality Reading. Entries will be accepted during the month of January 2012. The winner will be announced on or around January 5th. If you entered a previous drawing but didn’t win, you’ll need to re-enter this month’s drawing because I delete all entries once I’ve selected the winner and they have responded. Thanks and good luck!

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The Llewellyn Journal

My article in the Llewellyn Journal titled, Put Purpose into Raising Your Frequency, is now live at http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/2270

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365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency ebook released today January 1, 2012

It’s great to wake up with your friends emailing you to let you know the ebook version of your latest print title released early! Thanks Ane! And what a great way to start off the New Year!

Yesterday was a fantastic day too – Barnes and Noble finally had the book on the shelf (yes, I’ve been checking for it). This is my first book to have national bookstore distribution. It received face space instead of just spine and there were only three copies left. So I took pictures. LOL The store was packed and people probably thought I was crazy but hey – firsts only happen once! I’m going back today to see if any sold. Silly? Yeah. Exciting? VERY!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your year is filled with love and laughter!

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Happy New Year Welcome 2012 December 31, 2011

Happy, happy New Year everyone! I hope you have a year filled with love, joy and prosperity. May all of your dreams come true in the coming year. I’m doing a lot of different promotional events this year. Check out my links to the right for my latest appearances. I’m also hosting guest bloggers this year so check out the schedule (link at the top of the page) to see what days are available and who will be visiting my site. If you want to be scheduled here just shoot me an email.

Enjoy the 2012 fireworks from Sydney:

 

 

Smiles,

Melissa

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Bring in the New Year with TRS December 30, 2011

The grand prize is a NOOK so come on over to enter! Meet your favorite authors, win prizes and have lots of fun.

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Santa Watch starts at 6:00 AM tomorrow! December 23, 2011

Do you want to WIN Books, Psychic Readings and other fun stuff? I’m giving away both during Santa Watch with Tarah Scott and T.C. Archer tomorrow –  December 24th at Coffee Time Romance.  There are a lot of authors participating and there will be lots of contests and prizes running throughout the event. Stop by, leave a comment or hang out with us! We’re starting early – at 6 AM !! I’m giving away books and FREE readings – but you have to participate to win. I hope to see you tomorrow!

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Free Christmas novella for the next five days December 14, 2011

I’ve been missing in action from my list groups and from being really active online for quite a while now. But I’m happy to say that I’m back. In the past year and a half I’ve written two non-fiction books for Llewellyn Worldwide, the first of which, titled 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency releases on January 8 but you can buy now at Amazon at a discounted price and guess what – they’re shipping right now – before the official release date! The second book will be released this time next year. To celebrate the release of my first book with Llewellyn, 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency (which makes a great gift by the way), I’ve issued a coupon for my Christmas novella, Paradise Designs by Ariana Dupre (my pen name), so you can get it for FREE for the next FIVE days by visiting https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52926  and entering the coupon code HY38M at checkout . I hope you enjoy the free read and if you order 365 Ways To Raise Your Frequency –Thank you for your support!!

365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency – The soul’s vibrational rate, our spiritual frequency, has a huge impact on our lives. As it increases, so does our capacity to calm the mind, connect with angels and spirit guides, find joy and enlightenment, and achieve what we want in life. This simple and inspiring guide makes it easy to elevate your spiritual frequency every day. Choose from a variety of ordinary activities, such as singing and cooking. Practice visualization exercises and techniques for reducing negativity, manifesting abundance, tapping into Universal Energy, and connecting with your higher self. Discover how generous actions and a positive attitude can make a difference. You’ll also find long-term projects and guidance for boosting your spiritual energy to new heights over a lifetime. For excerpts of this book click here or Buy Here

Paradise Designs by Ariana Dupre

Tara Simms is determined to create a new beginning for herself this holiday season. She’s purchased a new condo on Miami Beach in the ultra chic Paradise Designs Resort and Spa where there is no chance of paranormal activity. She’s left the paranormal at her last apartment but still fights the whispers that have always been part of her life. She refuses to accept the psychic abilities that run in her family and blocks the whispers. She’s looking for a new man and thinks that David Blake, the lead realtor at the high-rise, is a good prospect.

David quickly sends her best laid plans on a roller coaster ride when he tells Tara that Paradise Designs is haunted. An unsolved murder, construction workers who swear they’ve seen a ghost and a newscast featuring the Haunted Hi-Rise confirm her worst fears. When Tara sees the spirit of a woman enter her condo she freaks out. David offers his protection and his apartment. Together Tara and David must solve the murder and help the spirit into the light. By facing the paranormal and her psychic abilities, will Tara find a new beginning filled with love?

EXCERPT (to read reviews click here)

Help me!

Tara Simms stepped out of the elevator and looked up then down the hallway for the woman who’d shouted. Behind her, the sound of heavy doors sliding together echoed in the corridor. Tara repositioned the takeout container of lasagna and a bag of groceries before grabbing at the purse strap slipping from her shoulder. “Hello. Where are you?”

Silence answered.

Maybe it was an echo from another level that had somehow resonated into the elevator shaft. Then again, as the only resident of the fourteenth floor, she couldn’t help but wonder if someone new had moved in.

Help me, Tara.

She almost dropped her dinner.

The voice that had shouted moments ago was now an urgent whisper echoing through her mind.

“No! Get out of my head!” Tara grumbled, gripping the Styrofoam container and plastic bag. The strap fell from her shoulder to wrist and the purse banged against her legs with every step. She let it hang there and hurried to her condo, counting the square patterns woven into the dark green carpet as she walked.

This couldn’t be happening. Not again. Her pulse raced with fear.

Paradise Designs Resort and Spa, a newly constructed high-rise on Miami Beach, had everything a person could ever want in condo living. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean it boasted an Olympic sized outdoor pool and smaller indoor pool. The bottom floor housed a mini-mall that included a grocery store, several restaurants, a day spa, a gym and retail outlets.

Close to the Miami nightlife, you could walk to the mall, theater and an array of restaurants and nightclubs. She had been one of the first homeowners, since she knew the developer, and chose an ocean and pool view condo on the actual thirteenth floor, even though builders skipped the number thirteen, unit number fourteen-thirteen specifically to face her fears about the paranormal. She’d thought that choosing a number associated with the woo-woo stuff would keep spirits away and the voices out of her mind since avoiding them had never seemed to work. She even decided to make the number thirteen her lucky number. What a stupid idea that had been.

Sixty-eight, sixty-nine, seventy.

It took exactly ninety steps from the elevator to her front door. She knew it by heart, had counted them every day since she moved in a month ago. But today was the first time she’d heard the whispers over the automatic counting.

At the age of five she had realized that counting things kept the voices quiet. For the past twenty years she’d counted to keep her mind busy and ignore the whispers. It was second nature now, an unconscious habit that was constant and consistent in her daily life. She’d tried to stop once before but hadn’t made it more than a few minutes. Every time she let her mind rest, the whispers got louder and she had no intention of letting that happen. She kept her guard up against the spirit world and that’s the way it would stay.

Tara slowed as she neared her condo. The door to the neighboring unit was propped open with a wooden footlocker. Inside, the room was filled with boxes piled in the middle of the beige carpeted floor.

She couldn’t believe that out of all the empty condos on her floor, someone had chosen the one right next door to her. Maybe it was a woman her age. It was nice to know that there was someone right next door if she needed anything. The realtors could have told the new neighbor her name since they were the only people on the floor. Relief washed over her. Maybe she hadn’t heard a voice in her mind after all.

While she was very independent she found a little comfort in knowing that she was no longer alone on the floor. It would be great to make a new friend at Christmastime.

“Hello? Is anyone home?” She peeked in but didn’t see any large pieces of furniture.
An eerie silence was again the only answer.

I must have heard the new neighbors. They might have taken the stairs down for another box, she thought, trying to convince herself that the voice hadn’t been in her head.

Deep inside she knew it wasn’t true.

Who in their right mind would take thirteen flights of steps down to carry boxes back up? Besides, the woman had called her by name. In all likelihood the realtors wouldn’t have shared her name with someone she didn’t know without introducing them first. She pushed the thoughts aside before she worked herself into a panic. She’d come back after dinner and welcome the neighbors to the building.

Tara passed the open door and unlocked her condo. Tossing her purse on the dining room table, she hit the light switch with her elbow and put everything else on the kitchen counter. She crossed the living room to raise the windows facing the ocean. In the graying dusk she watched a speedboat pass by, its engine humming as the front end thumped against the blue waters of the Atlantic. She worked her way across the ocean view windows and then down the side overlooking the pool area. She really couldn’t have picked a better place. The views were amazing and it was only ten minutes from work.

A man was swimming laps. His tanned body sliced through the water with quick even strokes. As he reached the shallow end he stood, revealing an athletic, muscular upper torso. Pushing his wet hair back he looked up at her.

Tara stepped away from the window. No way could he have seen her, yet she felt as if she’d been caught staring just the same. She didn’t recognize him but then again, she didn’t know everyone who’d purchased here either.

Walking to the corner she pressed the floor control of the six foot Christmas tree with her toe. The white lights sprang to life, shimmering off the silver balls and tinsel. Christmas had always been her favorite time of year despite the fiasco last Christmas Eve when her boyfriend had broken their engagement and had given the ring she’d picked out to another girl. This holiday season was a new beginning. She turned on the stereo and soft instrumental carols filled the air.

In the kitchen she put away the groceries, dumped the lasagna onto a plate, grabbed a fork and canned soda and then took her dinner into the living room. Kicking off her shoes, Tara curled up in the corner of the overstuffed leather couch. She rested the plate on her legs and turned the television to the local news with the volume down.

The lasagna smelled delicious. The flavors seemed to drift with the aromatic scent. She cut a corner off with her fork and slipped it into her mouth, savoring the rich tomato sauce and creamy cheeses. She closed her eyes, letting the texture of the flattened noodles tantalize her taste buds.

Ummm, better than sex.

She opened her eyes and looked at the television. A couple kissed in a vacation commercial. She couldn’t even remember what good sex was like. A year of celibacy would do that to you. She watched the man slide his hand down the woman’s back. Tara sighed. If nothing else, she was determined to step out of her self-imposed hibernation and involve herself with a man. What better time to start dating again than on the year anniversary of her failed engagement? With Christmas only a few days away she knew that finding someone she’d like to go out with would be hard but she was determined to keep looking.

The lasagna probably tastes so good because I missed lunch, she reasoned.

Goldstein and Powers International Bank was the most prestigious financial institution on Brickell Avenue. Every day was filled with interesting people. She loved the hustle and bustle of customers coming and going. But today had been torture. Four tellers called in sick with the flu which left the branch severely shorthanded.

I hope I don’t catch it. The last thing she needed was the flu during her vacation next week.
She placed another bite of lasagna in her mouth and glanced at the television. A live shot of her building was on the screen with the caption “Haunted High-Rise”.

What the hell?

 

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