Melodie Ramone's Best Selling Classic "After Forever Ends" and the Critically Acclaimed "Burning Down Rome"
Kindle Edition Publication Date: May 4, 2014
Published by: Gingersnap Press
Orphaned by her mother and brushed off by her dad, fifteen year old Silvia Cotton had lived a lonely life. That is until 1985 when her father moved the family from the Highlands of Scotland to the Midlands of Wales. It is there she was enrolled in Bennington, a private boarding school, met the charming and rebellious Dickinson twins, Oliver and Alexander, and her regrettable life was changed forever.
Locked into a fierce friendship with Alexander and lost to a whirlwind romance with Oliver, Silvia found herself torn away from everything she thought she knew. Married too soon, she moved with Oliver to a rustic cabin deep in a Welsh wood and embarked upon a life she'd never planned for, surviving on hope she never knew existed and faith she never knew she had. She made her way through university and onto a career, only to surrender her ambition to raising her children and living a life that was strikingly "normal". But what is normal? Certainly not what ensued in the wood.
True love, faeries, friendship, loves lost and gained. Old magic, fate, doubt, strength and courage, Silvia's story could belong to anyone, but it is her own. Simple yet extraordinary, told in retrospect with wit and candor, Silvia recalls a life of joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. As she unravels the tangled web of her days, she reveals the secrets that exist in an ancient wood, how hearts given freely can become the stuff of magic, and how true happiness was never any further than her own back garden.
Praises for the Book:
"A new favorite read by first-time author, Melodie Ramone...I was hooked after the first paragraph. Ms. Ramone's voice is melodic a she combines likable yet realistically flawed characters, coming of age, romance, magic, and family in a delightful way." - Jane Cowart
"Melodie Ramone has a way of expressing feelings through her writing that really do tug at your heart strings. The book is incredibly well written and Melodie's passion for her prose shines through on every page. I hope to read more from this author very soon!" - Lizzi McHappy
Paperback Edition Publication Date: September 25, 2014
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Kindle Edition Publication Date: October 7, 2014
The coming-of-age story of two lifelong friends who refuse to allow their dream to die. Joey Boldt and Aiden “Kid” Cade meet as children and grow up together dreaming the dream of becoming rock stars. The difference between them and so many others is that they have the talent to do it. Joining them on their quest are Cecily DeLuca, a wayward child of abuse seeking an escape, and Natasha Olejnik, a Ukrainian immigrant who has her own demons to overcome. Talent, determination and sheer force of will bring the four friends to the top of the rock ‘n’ roll world - but they experience the pitfalls of too much, too soon. They find the dreams they once had are lost in a whirlwind of relentless touring, personal betrayal, misrepresentation, and substance abuse that nearly destroys them. Burning Down Rome is the story of a rock'n'roll dream that became a nightmare for four unconquerable souls who nearly lost it all: Themselves, each other, and their passion... And who then reclaimed their destinies, and blazed beyond what the world said they were allowed to do.
Praises for the Book:
"Burning Down Rome by Melodie Ramone is a fast-paced coming of age story introducing readers to the lifestyle, highs, and lows of a rock and roll band. Melodie Ramone has a poetically lyrical style of writing that, simply put, can be described as tense. When reading Ramone's story, a reader can expect to not just simply read the story on the pages, but to physically feel the emotion of each character as they go through different struggles throughout the book. Needless to say, the character development and plot are both fantastically designed to lure the reader in on an expressive and relatable level. Recommended for all readers of the young adult age and above." - Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
"Full of heartbreak, excitement, and insanity, Ramone puts us right into the spotlight and doesn't let us leave it until she's ready." - Linda S DeVor
About the Author:
First published in literary magazines at the age of twelve, Melodie Ramone is a public speaker, Certified Kitchen Witch, and is the author of two novels: The bestselling classic AFTER FOREVER ENDS, and the newly-released BURNING DOWN ROME. Ramone is the owner of the popular blog "150", which can be found at melodieramone.weebly.com