Saturday, December 8, 2018

Books for Christmas!!

There is still time to get your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, daycare kids, etc some books for Christmas!!  You can purchase my books at great prices!

Email me at to get SIGNED copies of my books at a discounted price (plus shipping costs)...OR order through Amazon or Barnes and Noble (you can also get the Kindle versions).  And please leave a review.  Positive reviews mean a great deal to authors.

Thank you for your support!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Children's Christmas Book - Soon To Be Released

Another book written by my friend, Tracy Kushwaha, will be released in time for Christmas!  It's an adorable book called A Nose for Teddy. You won't want to miss a chance at getting this for your little one.  You can stay tuned for updates by following Tracy on Facebook at Tracy Kushwaha Author.

You can also find her first three children's books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  She has written Harriet and the Spaghetti Snake, Harriet the Brave, and Hope's story.  Please visit Amazon or Barnes and Noble and give your children the gift of cute books!  And be sure to leave a review.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Support Small Businesses

Be sure to visit my author and editing websites for more information about me, my books, and my editing business!
And, if you purchase any of my books, please leave a review.  Authors love reviews!! My books can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I appreciate you sharing my information for my small businesses. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

My Shoes!

I have had no luck with shoes this weekend.   Honestly, I should have walked around barefoot.
On Saturday, I was walking my dog and he stopped to pee. Before I realized it, he was peeing on my foot!!  So not only did I have a soaked foot, I had a soaked sandal as well.  Of course those went in the trash {shudder}.
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And then!  This morning I was walking down my very steep stairs and when I got to the curved part at the bottom, my foot slipped and down I went…coffee and all.  My foot twisted and coffee got everywhere, including on my oldest dog who was at the bottom of the stairs!!  Thankfully the coffee wasn’t hot, but both Luke and I smelled like coffee.  Oh and did I mention that coffee spilled ALL over my nice slippers as well?  Yeah. Well, those could be washed, thankfully.

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Last but not least…I put on my OLD sandals and when I walked out back to play with the dogs, the strap snapped, causing my foot to come out of the sandal and me to trip.  I’m not hurt…just my pride.

So this was not a good weekend for shoes and slippers, and the worst part is, the weekend isn’t even over!!

Maybe I’ll walk around barefoot until Monday.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My Books!!

Have you read my children's books yet? If you haven't, you won't want to miss out. You can find them on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I self-published Hammy's New Home in 2015 and have been writing ever since. I have always loved writing stories and when I published my first book, my dream came true! I have, since, published two others and have another being released this fall.

Please visit my Facebook page for updates at Melanie Lopata - Author/Editor and follow me on Twitter at Melanie Lopata.

Hammy is a fun-loving pig who sometimes gets into mischief on the farm where he lives. You'll definitely want to meet Hammy because he is making a return this fall!!

Have you ever dreamed of being someone - or something - for a day? The little boy in my book, If I Were A Duck, sure did. Find out why he wants to be a duck for one day.

I love rescue animals and have four of my own. I was inspired to write my third book, Annie to the Rescue, because of a great animal rescue organization called Pause 4 All Paws Animal Rescue, Inc. of Herkimer County NY and a very sweet little girl named Anicia. This is a sweet story about a girl who loves animals and saves the day!
Thanks for taking the time to look at my books. If you make a purchase, please leave a review. Authors love reviews and they are helpful! Also visit my editing website, Get It Write Editing Co. and share with others.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Meet Children's Author, Tracy Kushwaha

My friend, Tracy Kushwaha, recently published her third children's book, Hope's Story.
I especially love this book because I have a huge heart for animals...especially those left behind, abused or given up. If you love animals - especially dogs - you'll love Hope's Story. It has...well, it has hope. There is always hope no matter how bad things seem to be. And Hope, in this story, found that out.

Tracy has written two other children's books; Harriet and the Spaghetti Snake and Harriet the Brave.

These are charming books about an adorable little girl who hates vegetables and has a big imagination. Your children will get a kick out of these (and they may just end up eating their veggies!!).

You can find Tracy's books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also please visit, like, and share her Facebook page Tracy Kushwaha - Author

Sunday, July 1, 2018

God's Blessings

This week was a rough week for me in many ways, but God decided to drop some blessings into my life and I want to share some with you.

I received a children's book in the mail called Super Sushi Adventures – The Fun Begins, by a 10-year-old girl named Krithi Munagala. 

Krithi's mother hired me to do editing on the book and not only was she wonderful to work with, but the book is SUPER fun!! It was an honor to receive her book and be mentioned in the Acknoweldgements.

You can find this book on Amazon (don't forget to leave a review!) Super Sushi Adventures on Amazon, and also please visit Krithi's website, Kreative Krithi.

Next blessing was that I was named Children's Author of the Month for July for Wildfire Publications Magazine! It's always an honor to be recognized as an author.  Please check out their July issue by visiting!!

And last but not least, today my husband and I went up to Cooperstown, NY, to grab an iced coffee and walk by the lake. To my delight, the local library was having an outdoor book sale!!! I was in my glory. These are my finds.
Since I'm an author and editor, I'm never opposed to gaining more knowledge, hence the book Extra Grammar and Writing Exercises.

The Mary Higgins Clark book is neat because it's a memoir of her childhood and since she is one of my favorite authors, I know I'll love to read about her!

I collect old classics so I picked up Three Great Novels (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) by Robert Louis Stevenson, Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson, and Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. And of course A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare.

Along with continuing to write my children's books and novels, I'll be happy to read my fun finds (all $1.00 each!).

So no matter how bad my days/weeks are going, I'm always going to try to see God's blessings because to me, these certainly are.

If you'd like to know more about my writing, please visit my website at
And for any editing needs, go to my editing website at Get It Write Editing Co. 


Monday, June 11, 2018

The Couple Next Door

Interesting title.  Without giving away anything, I will say the title doesn't fit.  Yes, there was a "couple next door" and they had a little bit to do with the plot but not enough, in my opinion, to denote the title, The Couple Next Door.  I would say something like The Lies That Find Us or The Lies That Bind Us would be more appropriate.  Maybe even Tangled Web or Web of Deceit.

Anyway, I recently read this book.  In fact, I read it in less than 2 days.  Read for about an hour one day and finished it the next.  At first I was thinking it was boring, silly, and "do I really want to finish this?"...but give it a few chapters and you'll get into it.  I really liked the story.  In fact, I loved it!  Lies, betrayal, was all good!  It was really neat to see the lies getting tangled up, one right after another, with several different characters.  The author is quite clever!

So I give this one a 5 star rating...except the title!!  Let me know if you have read this and what you think the title should have been.

Find this book on Amazon by clicking this link...The Couple Next Door


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My Beauties

I love plants and flowers!  I don’t have a flower garden or even a vegetable garden, but I do have some plants and I love taking care of them and seeing them thrive.

I didn’t always have an interest, though you’d think I would, what with growing up with a family of plant lovers.  My mom, sister, grandma and aunt still plant flowers and have beautiful gardens and/or plants.  In fact, I recently found out that my stepdaughter likes plants now (especially succulents) so we had fun going to Lowe’s and buying some!!

Here are three of my plants….a geranium that my mom bought for me when it was very small.  It’s growing beautifully!  The orchid in the middle, and my roses on the right.  My grandmother bought me the rose plant and all but killed it this past winter, as she had crushed it accidentally.  I revived it and it’s thriving!!


I had once tried an orchid but failed miserably. I felt awful, but I just couldn’t keep it alive.  In a recent conversation with someone who has good luck with orchids, she gave me some pointers and I decided to give it another try.

This is a plant I have had for awhile and don’t even know what it is.  I bought it at Home Depot because it had been small and vulnerable-looking and I just had to have it!  It grew so much I recently had to re-pot it.  Any ideas what this is??

And this is another my grandmother bought for me.  Don’t know what this one is either, but it’s beautiful!  She had left it out in the snow and it died, but as usual, I brought it back to life.

Those are my beauties. They make me smile, they make me happy, and I love looking at them.  What are your favorite plants?