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MelindaDozierAuthor  I’m excited to have Melinda Dozier back, undoubtedly to break a few more rules.  In fact,  since Melinda’s a little irrepressible anyway, she just offered to take over for me and explain her favorite addictions.  If she’s talking addictions, I bet her addiction to writing and her current romances, Breaking the Rules and Love and Other Games will come up.  So I’ll just  step aside and let Melinda take over for me.  Enjoy! 

Hi Leslie! It’s great to be at your blog today. It’s been a year now since I officially became a “real” romance author and I’ve learned so much along the way. Want to know what my favorite parts have been? Check out my crazy list!

My Favorite Top Three Author Addictions

1.   Twitter

 I never thought I’d love Twitterverse as much as I do. Not only is it fun, but it is also educational. Anytime I have a question, I can update my status and – BAM – an author friend has an answer. The amount of knowledgeable romance authors on this social network is amazing.

Twitter also has a wealth of chat parties where I’ve met amazing people or had the best laughs. A few chats you might want to check out are THURSDAY night’s #ChickLitChat , or my favorite MONDAY night’s #ManCandyMonday.

I also love to “stalk” my favorite celebrities –ahem— Ryan Gosling – cough cough – Chris Hemsworth – grin.

The amount of possible activities you can find on Twitter is insurmountable. You can do anything on Twitter, but my favorite part of it has been the relationships that I’ve formed.  Are you on twitter? How about following me… @melindadozier


2.   Hunky Men

Okay, I’m blushing at this one, but it’s true. With romance writing comes the inevitable hunky men. It’s a tough life, but somebody has to do it. **wink – wink ** A romance writer must do research and with that research comes the photos.

Be it Pinterest, Twitter, Google, other blogs… hunky men are everywhere. And yes, I am working hard at finding the perfect heroes for my readers. You can thank me later. J

My not-so-secret crushes have been Ryan Gosling and David Beckham. You can find their own private boards on my Pinterest account:

3.   Coffee

Late nights (or early mornings) go hand in hand with caffeine. Without coffee, I wouldn’t be able to survive. I have to admit that I’ve always been addicted to coffee, but now I have the perfect excuse: “I’m tired and need to write.” My favorite coffee? I love a good combination of strong dark roasted coffee with a bit of creamer. Starbucks anyone? My faves are Cinnamon Dolce Latte or White Chocolate Mocha. Yum!

I love talking to readers! You can find me at:



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Now it’s your turn to share. What is your favorite addiction? Leave a comment below! 

Thanks, Melinda.    To find out more about Melinda and Breaking the Rules, read on.



A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who—even strapped in a cast—has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.

Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk.

Sensuality Level: Sensual



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Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd.  She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at


He shook his head. “I can’t believe we’re doing this.”

“Doing what?” She looked around, confusion in her eyes.

“Talking about the weather.” He scooted closer to her, making her back up toward the railing.

“Colin—” A warning came from her mouth.

He scooted her all the way back. “You can’t go around saying stuff like you did back there and just pretend nothing’s happening.”

“I’m sorry, Colin. I didn’t think before I spoke.”

He put his arms around her, holding onto the rail. “Sometimes it’s better to just speak what’s on your mind.” He lifted one hand and caressed her cheek. “Damn it, Hope. Life is too short to ignore the truth and the truth is that we are extremely attracted to each other.”

She opened her mouth, then closed it before saying anything. He was right, but she didn’t know what to do about it.

“Don’t deny it.” He brought his thumb down and touched her bottom lip.

Leaning into his touch, she said, “Remember we’re just friends.”

He shook his head. “To hell with friends, Hope. I haven’t felt like this in so long.” He placed his forehead on hers and leaned in more. Enough that she could feel his quickened breath on her chin.

“Me too.” She sighed. Leaning back, she looked in his eyes. “I know it’s not fair, but we can’t.”

“I’m not going to lie—this is freakin’ frustrating.” He scraped his hand over his face. “I mean, I haven’t been on a date in months, because I just don’t feel it with anyone. Then, when I do feel ‘it,’ I can’t do anything about it.”

She looked down. “I feel the same way and I’m frustrated, too.”

“Then why are we ignoring it? Even the tarot card lady said we should be more than friends.”

She rolled her eyes. “Oh, and she is a knowledgeable source to trust.”

“Just hear me out, Hope.” He stroked her hair, causing her heart to beat faster. “We’ve had an amazing afternoon together.” He pointed back and forth between them. “This is who we really are. You. Me. Hope and Colin. Just two people having an incredible time together. See how much fun we can have if we forget all the labels? No principal, parent, doctor bull crap. Just us.”

She sighed and looked into his eyes. “It has been a great day.”

“You need to just stop thinking about all the reasons why we shouldn’t be together and look at the one reason why we should.” He held her chin up. “Us.”

And for more Melinda Dozier, why not take a peek at Love and Other Games, showcasing love at the Winter Olympics?

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One thought on “Breaking More Rules: Melinda Dozier on Addictions

  1. *waves to Melinda* I’m a fan of rule breakers, too…there is just something about a bad boy!


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