A Story Starts from the Heart

COME BACK TO ME has been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Happily Ever After, and featured in Hagerstown Magazine. An international love story/tragedy, Come Back to Me will take the reader on an emotional ride and leave them breathless.

A Story Starts from the Heart

Life comes at us pretty fast sometimes, and often times, those events that throw us for a loop are the ones we find the most inspiration in. This was definitely the case when my husband was told that he was being deployed to Iraq. We had plenty of notice, so our lives were not turned upside down, but my worries sure ate away at me.

The summer before he was to leave, I was jogging down Route 6 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and, as I always do when I jog, I was thinking. I wondered what each day would be like while he was so far away, and how the kids would get along without my husband. My mind wandered further, and I thought about where he was going, and the risks involved during his pending deployment. My husband is a physician, so I knew he would be in a fairly safe location. However, somehow “fairly safe” did not sit well with me, and I was hounded by thoughts and worries of the worst case scenario–what if he did not to return?

I’m a big believer in intuition, so it was easy for me to carve out my own belief–I would know if my husband were dead. I would feel it–and parlay that to my character, Tess Johnson. There is no doubt that my husband’s looming deployment played a major role in the inspiration for COME BACK TO ME, and the deployment also offered the perfect avenue for thorough research. I was able to gain information from local Iraqi residents as well as visiting soldiers.

Every aspect of life feeds my curiosity. What feeds yours? Visit Melissa’s website

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels, Megan’s Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She has also been published in Indie Chicks, an anthology. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and the World Literary Cafe, a literary community. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’sWay and hard at work on her next novel. View Melissa’s Books on Amazon

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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