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About Melinda Hazen
Melinda Hazen was born and raised in the Southwest. She began writing stories about her dolls while in elementary school and graduated to writing romance stories by high school. Melinda has two contemporary romance novels on Amazon and a third one coming out in 2021. All her novels feature a beta hero.
When Melinda isn't working on her novels, she's working with students as a substitute teacher. Soccer mom is one of her many titles, but she lost the title "chauffeur" once her teen got his driver's license. Disneyland is her favorite place on Earth. And she believes everyone should follow their dreams, as publishing books was hers.
You can follow Melinda on Facebook at facebook.com/AuthorMelindaHazen/ on Instagram at melindahazen and on Twitter at @Melinda_Hazen
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I’m twenty-eight years old and have been trying to find steady work as a makeup artist in L.A. I’ve been subbing on any production possible to build my portfolio in hopes of one day getting that big break into the Hollywood scene.
My chance finally happened when I was called to the set of The Receiver—the sequel to a blockbuster movie. I expected to do makeup for the extras. But what I didn’t expect was to meet the lead, British heartthrob Evan Hutchinson, and do his makeup.
Evan is young, handsome, and funny. Really funny. And I have to secretly admit that I like how charming and playful he is—nothing like the conceited and obnoxious actors I’m used to working around. Evan is nice. And I really enjoyed the day we spent together while I touched up his makeup.
That night an unexpected call came. Evan’s agent offered me the chance to finish out the film as Evan’s personal makeup artist. I nearly dropped the phone from excitement and disbelief that my break was finally happening.
But soon I’d learn of Evan’s real reason for hiring me. Then, perhaps, making it big as a makeup artist wouldn’t be my first priority…
*** This is a contemporary romance/new adult stand-alone novel. No cliffhanger. Clean language. Due to sensitive subject matter (a trigger warning), and moderate steam, this novel is recommended for 18+ ***
My best friend Lauren and I were away at Camp Pines by the Lake before starting college in the fall.
It was exciting when I met Luke on day one, and he was definitely into me. Camp last year wasn’t enjoyable. So, spending the summer with Luke seemed like it could be fun.
Then just like that, who I wanted changed.
You know that instant when you see a guy’s face for the first time and he’s just so beautiful that it takes your breath away? Or what about that moment when your fingers brush against each other’s and you feel tingles? That was all happening to me every time I saw Devin, the guy with the longish surfer hair and crystal blue eyes.
I managed to get some intriguing information about Devin from my cabin counselor. After that, all I’d hoped for were some chances to be around him—so he might get to know me.
It was completely unexpected, yet thrilling, when we got to talk during a terrible rainstorm that’d left us completely alone together. I ended up sharing my feelings about being an adoptee and wanting to find my birth mom. And eventually, I learned of his own troubled past.
The problem is now I like Devin more than I should. And an even bigger issue is that my birthday isn’t until the end of July, which means I’m still seventeen.
*** Edge of Eighteen is a slow burn, beta hero, standalone New Adult/YA contemporary romance novel. It contains mild language and mild steam. It is recommended for ages 17+ ***