Guest Post – Cover Reveal for Melanie Moreland’s “Beneath the Scars”

The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.
The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.
Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.
Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.
All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.
Until she enters his life.
She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.
A story he keeps buried below the surface.
Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?
Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.
Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?


My good friend, Melanie Moreland, has written a new book. It’s called “Beneath the Scars” and I’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak peak.  It’s a beautiful story of love and trust,  about two people on a journey to discover themselves, as well as each other.  Zachary and Megan are two characters you can really care about, and their story is written with warmth and feeling, a touch of humour, and is rich with vivid imagery.  When I asked Melanie if she’d be happy to join me on my blog to answer some questions about her book, she agreed 🙂


It’s a stunning cover image.  Can you tell us a little bit about it?
The cover symbolises so much. There is a painting in the book that figures very much throughout the story and this image you see of the stormy waves is how I saw that picture.  The powerful image also represents the turmoil that is caused when Megan enters Zachary’s life.  The upheaval and chaos she stirs are like the constant pounding of the waves against the rocks, and the outside world is like a storm that threatens to tear them apart.  But within the ocean’s tumult, is beauty, and the colours that swirl in the water are the colours she brings to his life.


Where did the inspiration for Beneath the Scars come from?
There is so much emphasis placed on beauty these days. I started wondering what would happen if that was all you felt defined you…and that was suddenly taken away.  Could you learn to accept your real beauty was under your skin?
And Beneath came to life.


Do your characters ever deviate from where you want them to go?  And if so, do you try to pull them back in toline, or let them go and see where it takes you?
They usually deviate. I’ve given up trying to keep them on the straight and narrow. Now I write as they direct me and adjust my thinking to them, rather than try to adjust theirs.LOL – Because that never works.


Do you have a favourite place where you like to write?
I have a spot in my family room by the fire place. It’s warm and cozy in the winter, cool in the summer and when I need a break I look at the window and watch the trees sway and dance in the breeze.


The story is touching and emotional and makes us looks beyond the surface, to what lies beneath.  On a lighter note, after cleaning up after a party once, I found of blob of green jelly lurking beneath a sofa cushion.  Have you ever been surprised by something that lurks “beneath”?
OMG – YES! Today I was standing in the garage, talking to my husband, and something caught my eye. There right by my foot, peeking out from under the mat was a tiny frog. Scared the crap out of me and I screamed like a girl and ran. Matt laughed so hard he almost cried. Apparantly it’s been living there for about 2 months. There is a small break in the concrete and it hides in the dark, damp there.  UGH.


Mm…  think I’d rather find green jelly under the sofa.

Thanks, Melanie!  🙂

“Beneath the Scars” will be available for purchase in October.  For info and updates, check out Melanie’s Facebook page, Melanie L Moreland

Sea Glass

Sea glass plays a small, but important, role in my new story.

You know sea glass.  Those broken bits of glass you find washed up on a beach, their edges dulled and rounded, the surface scuffed and frosty from being tumbled in the waves and rubbed against the sand.  I’ve always thought sea glass was a bit mysterious.  Little shards of history that could be decades, even centuries, old, washed in from foreign lands, with a story to tell.

I went looking for sea glass a couple of Sundays ago, as research for the book.  My husband and son came too and we drove to Balmain, which is a Sydney suburb edged with a few small, pebbly harbour beaches.

Our son asked why we weren’t going to a proper beach, with cliffs and sand and waves.  I explained that the sandy beaches didn’t catch so much stuff, I needed somewhere with more rocks and pebbles.  Somewhere with places for these mysterious shards to get trapped.

“So, you want to go to a polluted beach?” he asked.
“Well, um, I suppose…in a way…”
“Where will the glass come from?”
“Oh, well it could come from anywhere!”  My imagination took over.  “It might have been swept in from the other side of the world.  And its journey could have started hundreds of years ago – a bottle dropped overboard from a ship travelling the Silk Route to China.”

At this point, my husband joined in.

“Basically, we’re helping Mum look for broken bits of beer bottles that have been tossed into the harbour by drunks on a night out.”

Okay, so his version was probably more accurate.  But I liked my version better.

We did find some sea glass.  And yes, most of it was beer-bottle brown.  But that’s alright.  Beer’s been around for a while, so who knows.  Maybe these had been ale bottles, dropped overboard by convicts transported to Australia on the First Fleet back in 1788.

Yes.  That would be it  🙂