New Release Books by Melanie Tem

Melanie Tem is the author of Absence (2021), The Yellow Wood (2019), This Child is Mine (2019), Making Love (2019), Witch-Light (2019) and other 16 books.

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Absence

release date: Sep 21, 2021
Absence
Nothing is simple in fifteen-year-old Casey’s life. She has two families and two houses and two rooms of her own. Sometimes this makes her feel lucky, but other times she feels practically homeless. She also has a brother with Asperger’s. He’s interesting to have around, and she loves him very much, but he’s also complicated. And speaking of complicated, Casey discovers she's a time traveler. She’ll be doing her Algebra homework, or on her way to work at the restaurant, when suddenly she’s in some other time and place, in some other body, and she’s supposed to do something. Help somebody. Fix some problem. But how?

The Yellow Wood

release date: Dec 03, 2019
The Yellow Wood
Alexander waits in his yellow-gray house in a yellow wood for his namesake daughter, the one who “of all my children ... has always stirred me most, with love, with rage and fear, with envy and disappointment.” He has summoned her. She is his prodigal child, and she is his scion, and it’s time. Alexandra left as soon as she turned eighteen, the only way she could keep from being swallowed up by her father, her only chance of having a life of her own. Alexandra grew up with her father’s voice in her head, his will on her in one form or another. Now, though she vowed she never would, she is going back. Because his voice came into her head, ordering her home. The longer Alexandra stays with her father in her childhood home, the stronger her suspicions that his control over her is more insidious than she knew. Her siblings are all oddly under his control, exactly what he made them, and she discovers evidence of what he has planned for her. “She fled to live her own life,” Alexander observes. “As if there ever were such a thing.”

This Child is Mine

release date: Aug 09, 2019
This Child is Mine
Essential reading for those currently adopting a child, thinking about adopting a child, or simply interested in the subjects of adoption and parenting older children, this concise handbook provides a unique perspective on the difficult and wonderful adventure of parenting older children. Based on both her professional experiences and her experience as an adoptive parent, Melanie Tem’s This Child Is Mine: What It Means to Adopt a Child introduces readers to “claiming,” the important process by which a parent says, once and for all, "This is my child." Illustrated with fictional vignettes inspired by her experiences with hundreds of parents and children, she illuminates the key issues that come up with children and their adoptive parents. The late Melanie Tem was not only an award-winning writer of fiction but a social worker in adoption for decades. Her paper “The Leap of Faith” has been used around the country for training prospective adoptive parents and professionals in the field.

Making Love

release date: Mar 24, 2019
Making Love
CARESS IN AN EMPTY ROOM Once Charlotte Tobias was a prim and severe schoolteacher, wielding her red pencil, writing to imaginary lovers and hiding the letters in a closet. Then, on the night of her fortieth birthday, Charlotte dreamed of love, and her life would never be the same again. He came to her, her own creation, bold and dark, naked and rippling with muscles. She named him Phanes. She game him poetry, and curiosity, and let him make love to her in ways and places she could never have imagined. She let him awaken her and change her and take her to the edge of her fantasies... But now Charlotte is losing control of her perfect lover. Her creation is leading her on a voyage through madness and anger and loss, revealing to Charlotte what truths lie just beyond her consciousness, what horrors can grow in the absence of a soul...

Witch-Light

release date: Mar 12, 2019
Witch-Light
Twenty-year-old Valerie Kittridge is horrified to learn that her father has had a stroke. As an only child and with her mother dead, her father is all she has in the world, and she leaves her life as a film student in California to nurse her father back to health. On her wild, late-night car ride to Duerme, the small town in New Mexico where her father lives with his girlfriend, she is besieged with a host of strange and terrifying dark omens and flashbacks to her childhood. For there is something waiting for Valerie at Duerme, not just her stricken father, but an irresistible stranger who had saved her life many years ago?the man of her dreams. In Witch-Light, Nancy Holder and Melanie Tem collaborate on the second of their fascinating demon-lover stories. The first one, Making Love, was a sensual variation on the Frankenstein theme. Witch-Light is the mesmerizing story of a dark, mysterious, devastatingly handsome man named Gabriel, a bruja, or male witch, who draws Valerie into a twisted romance that will take her to the very edge of love and obsession. Full of the magic and mystery of the Southwest, Witch-Light is a bittersweet, compelling mix of romance, horror and fantasy, a dark journey into a strange and wonderful world of folk magic, superstition, and obsessive love that knows no bounds.

Singularity and Other Stories

release date: Feb 28, 2018
Singularity and Other Stories
Singularity gathers award-winning writer Melanie Tem’s most important short fiction, highlighting her diversity and mastery of her art. The sixty stories collected here range from "Sitting with the Driver," a western with a dark woman at its center, to "Little Shit," a contemporary tale of a woman who uses her deceptive appearance and psychic power to trap those who prey on the helpless. The child in "Corn teeth" longs not only to become a part of an alien family, but also to become an alien. And in the title tale, a man studies singularities and strin theory to both understand and blind himself to the truth about the woman he loves. Although the story is not science fiction, its exploration of physics is as rigorous as that found in the best sf. Here you will find no triumphant warriors, no powerful and beautiful protagonists, no monsters from beyond the dark cold void or madmen bent on conquest. Tem's characters are mothers and siblings, orphans and lonely seniors. Her stories are often about family, and always about relationships. Even though Kelly is the only character in "Iced in," the bitter truth that lies at the story's heart is that she is doomed by her failure to maintain relationships. Melanie Tem's stories are often haunted by ghosts and monsters, ghosts and monsters revealed as all too human. In Singularity, she explores the love and terror that lie deep within all of us.

Desmodus

release date: Feb 13, 2016
Desmodus
VAMPIRE SON An opalescent sun sets behind the ragged black cliffs of the Northwest. The women, sated from a full season of feeding, hibernate while the precarious convoy carrying them moves south. The reckoning awaits. He is a creature of disappointment and disillusionment, one of the weaker sex, shadowed by a dream that will not go away. His one faith, his only faith, is family. But on this journey south his faith will unravel. In this twilight, the vampires tribe's caravan hurtles toward an uncertain future. Their fearsome legacy will be challenged by a son who must overcome his great weakness to save an innocent from the terrible secret of his blood brethren.

Wilding

release date: Jan 05, 2016
Wilding
EYES OF THE WOLF, EYES OF THE WOMAN On a moonlit night in Denver a young girl runs – half transformed, half starving, half innocent. Behind her stretches a legacy of strong women, each possessed by the girl and the terror of the changing. Save her, or consume her. Four sisters lived in four houses. Now their female descendants, steeped in blood and sacrifice and rage, cling to their essence and their ancient rituals while Deborah, runaway, uninitiated, threatens their survival. The family of hunters hunts her down – racing on all fours through the streets of the city and the canyons, gripped by their own quarrels and regrets and their desperate, essential love for one another. They are driven by the need to run, to hunt, driven by the insistent itching of the hair that lies hidden between the flesh and the skin.

Expiration Date

release date: Jun 29, 2015
Expiration Date
Nancy Kilpatrick has gathered together twenty-five original stories by Kelley Armstrong; Nancy Holder & Erin Underwood; Steve and Melanie Tem; Lois Gresh; Gar and Judy Reeves-Stevens; Daniel Sernine; Paul Kane; Sephera Giron; Kathryn Ptacek; Steve Vernon and others to look at the what-if’s of our expiring future.

Vagabond 001

release date: Nov 12, 2018
Vagabond 001
Fairy Tales are in our DNA. We think we know them. Read along to explore the familiar, the unique, and the undiscovered - re−imagination of the Fairy Tale. Eight authors explore what these words mean to them in stories ranging from the silly to the sublime. Join us for the first exciting issue in a new quarterly speculative fiction magazine.

In Concert

release date: Jul 01, 2010
In Concert
Horror's hottest writing duo, branching out into challenging and emotionally in-depth science fiction stories.

The Deceiver

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The Deceiver
For years, members of the Harkness family have received helpful advice at key moments in their lives from a mysterious, persuasive stranger. His influence on the family seems slight at first. But before anyone realizes it, the strange man is leading them down a very dangerous--and terrifying--road. Original.

Daughters

release date: Sep 01, 2001
Daughters
Four diverse characters collide in an ancient world of darkness and magic. Out of that collision comes an unforgettable novel of endings and reconciliations.

The Man on the Ceiling

release date: Jan 01, 2008
The Man on the Ceiling
Two haunting tales of love, loss, and family intertwine in a chilling story of how a family is bound together in the midst of incomprehensible tragedy, in a surreal novel that blends fiction and reality, in an expanded and re-imagined version of a story that won the Bram Stoker Award, International Horror Guild Award, and World Fantasy Award. Original. 22,000 first printing.

Prodigal

release date: Dec 01, 1999
Prodigal
A voice whispers in her ear at night, promising her a new life, urging her to let go of the reality she knows. The voice could only belong to one person, her brother Ethan, but his body, broken by drugs, lies cold in death. An invisible hand has opened the door for Lucy and her sisters and though Lucy questions her parents they have receded into their private existence where nothing can touch them. Lucy is quickly losing touch with her reality of white fences and pristine lawns. She is drawn beyond that door into the dark abyss where her brother waits and evil is hiding in the shadows. Each day the voice grows stronger, demanding that she journey far away to the place that stole her brother's mind and body. As the secret unfolds, the Prodigal emerges.

Slain in the Spirit

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Slain in the Spirit
Leila, who can only see the world in colors and shapes, is plunged into a realm of terror when she is kidnapped by Russell, a man who believes that her blindness is caused by evil and who will stop at nothing to cleanse her soul.

Revenant

release date: Dec 01, 1999
Revenant
Regret and denial haunt the ghost town of Revenant. It is the last chance for the living to give the dead the gift of freedom. The pedophile, the mother who talks to her dead children, the father with an image of his son before the accident, the little boy yearning for his birth mother, and a girl mourning her phantom aborted baby, all congregate in Revenant for the final judgment. Either let them go or spend eternity in a vast wasteland, endlessly floating. There is a presence in Revenant: ancient, powerful and hungry. To indulge her endless suffering, she must feed on the souls of the tormented. All she has to do is wait, and they will be drawn to her for a final kiss. Welcome to Revenant, enjoy your stay in the land of the dead.

Slain in the Spirit [eBook - Biblioboard]

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Slain in the Spirit [eBook - Biblioboard]
Leila Blackwell suffers from keratitis, a condition that, coupled with prior eye problems, is slowly robbing her of her sight. Nevertheless, she stubbornly tries to maintain a "normal" lifestyle, often forsaking the companionship of her lover Cathy to act independently, as any fully sighted person might do. It's thus that she finds herself alone in a public rest room when a familiar male voice penetrates the silence, saying, "Don't be afraid, I won't hurt you." Leila finds herself kidnapped and confined in a basement, slowly and steadily losing her site, as she is forced to engage in a batlle of wills with a man who beleives he is acting to save her soul. Through a series of harrowing escapes and confrontations with obstacles both real and self-imposed, Leila must try to survive to reach freedom, and her life, without losing her sanity in the process.

Desmodus [eBook - Biblioboard]

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Desmodus [eBook - Biblioboard]
VAMPIRE SON An opalescent sun sets behind the ragged black cliffs of the Northwest. The women, sated from a full season of feeding, hibernate while the precarious convoy carrying them moves south. The reckoning awaits. He is a creature of disappointment and disillusionment, one of the weaker sex, shadowed by a dream that will not go away. His one faith, his only faith, is family. But on this journey south his faith will unravel. In this twilight, the vampires tribe's caravan hurtles toward an uncertain future. Their fearsome legacy will be challenged by a son who must overcome his great weakness to save an innocent from the terrible secret of his blood brethren.

Black River

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Black River
Psychological horror. When one of Renata's children is found dead, she is wrenched by shock and grief into currents of reality of which she's never previously been aware.

Tides

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Tides
Many residents of the Tides nursing home see the past more clearly than the present. So when Marshall, an elderly patient with Alzheimer's disease, begins to see a mysterious woman named Faye, no one pays all that much attention. Even Marshall's daughter, Rebecca, the Tides' young administrator, writes it off as simply another sign of Marshall's deteriorating condition. But when Rebecca delves into her father's past, she learns that he was once married to a disturbed and dangerous woman -- a woman who he now believes, even in his lucid moments, has returned. As sinister and fatal accidents begin to plague the Tides, Rebecca fights desperately to survive a madwoman's dream. A dream that's stronger than death.
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