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Melanie Atkins
aka Melanie Noto

Writing Cops…It’s What I Do

Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, an editor for an online publishing company, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.

          Melanie is an active member of Romance Writers of America®, the Magnolia State Romance Writers (MSRW), the Published Author Network (PAN), the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), Sisters in Crime (SinC), the Red Dog Writers, The Gulf Coast Writers Association, Southern Writers, the Mississippi Authors’ Guild and the Byram Writers’ Group. She currently serves as Past President of MSRW.

- Bayou Bounty Hunters -

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Bayou Bounty Hunters Book One: Protecting Her Heart:

        Gemma Wade has always followed the letter of the law, so when her boss accuses her of embezzlement, she's floored. Then the boss turns up dead, and Gemma is accused of murdering her. She goes on the run to clear her name and is forced to turn to the one man she knows she can trust -- the same man whose heart she broke seven long years ago at her family's insistence.
        Ryder Magee is a loose cannon who lost his job as a cop in Biloxi. He now works for his twin brother as a bounty hunter and private investigator, and his latest task is to pick up his ex-girlfriend on a fugitive warrant. She swears she's being framed, but he doesn't believe her until a group of men tries to murder her, forcing the two of them to flee.
         Gemma and Ryder must band together in order to save themselves, and somehow, despite the cloud of danger hanging over them, find their way back to each other in a heartfelt reunion.

Bayou Bounty Hunters Book Two: Sealing His Fate:

         Miranda Gibson will do anything to find her children after her abusive ex-husband kidnaps them whisks them off to parts unknown. The cops won't help, because Harper comes off as a nice guy. A family man. He impressed the youth court judge with his fast talk, and the man gave him joint custody. So Miranda is forced to beg a private investigator to go after her kids.
          Riley Magee started Bayou Bounty Hunters, Inc. because he likes helping people, but he isn't a law breaker. So when a distraught mother asks him to find her kidnapped kids but tells him her ex-husband has joint custody, he refuses to help. Then he learns Harper has abused her in the past and changes his mind… only to balk again when Miranda insists on going with him.
          Time is running out. Miranda fears Harper may take the kids out of the country, so when Riley refuses to help, she decides to go after them alone. A phone call from Miranda's terrified son causes Riley to change his mind, as long as she promises to stay out of his way and let him do his job. To bring the children home safely, the two of them must forge a workable peace… a difficult, if not impossible, task.

Bayou Bounty Hunters Book Three  Unlocking Her Secrets

        Laura Leigh Bennett, a former debutante, used to the finer things in life, is accused of a crime she swears she didn't commit. In an effort to clear her name, she jumps bail and goes on the run as a common criminal. Her goal is to stay clear of the law and find the person she believes shot Gerald Wayne, but a wise-ass bounty hunter soon catches her and sends her life spiraling even further out of control.
          Gideon Blake has been bored ever since he left the military. He has family money, so he doesn't have to work, but he relies on the contract jobs Bayou Bounty Hunters, Inc. throws his way to keep him out of trouble. So when Ryder calls needing a man to hunt down a woman who's jumped bail, Gideon agrees. He catches the former debutante, but before he can haul her back to jail, the two are trapped together by a terrible storm.
          The electricity arcing between Laura Leigh and Gideon is as powerful as the lightning popping outside. Laura Leigh feels that visceral pull and uses it in an attempt to convince Gideon to help prove her innocence before he takes her back to jail. Gideon must decide if he'll stick by his guns, or sacrifice his integrity for a woman he's just met.

Bayou Bounty Hunters Book Four: Removing The Mask

      Cherry Anne Starr, a female bail bondsman, upset after her fiancé dumps her, soon learns that he wasn't the man he had claimed to be and that he had disappeared with much more than just her dignity. Suddenly penniless and about to be homeless, she turns to a prickly PI for help.
      Levi Walker has his own secrets to hide. Secrets that entwine with Cherry's and almost get them both killed. Their search for the man who betrayed her leads them down a dark path and forces them to face the truth about themselves and each other.

- Short Stories -

Heads You Win, Tails You Lose

A man tired of his wife's constant nagging goes to drastic lengths to shut her up.

Bleeding Heart

An unhappy woman finally breaks and allows the fury inside her to break free.

- Non-Series Titles -

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Haunted Memories

Olivia Bartlett is stunned to find her old friend, Deputy Tucker Hawkins, living in the house she has inherited, but she's even more shocked to glimpse her cruel stepfather lurking in the shadows. Has Walter come back to haunt her, or is he really alive--and trying to kill her? To survive, she must turn to Tucker, who not only stakes his claim to the old house, but also to her heart.

Valentine Vendetta:

Nikki Brooks never thought she’d ever see her childhood nemesis again after high school, when he played a heartless trick on her that got her kicked off the school paper staff and made her a laughing stock.  Until now, twelve years later, when she’s forced to trust her life to Marc Trapani, the strong-willed detective assigned to guard her when a murderer threatens her life—and he lays siege to her heart.

Voodoo Bones

Noel Galliano has always wanted her own business, so despite critics who believe she won’t succeed, she opens a tiny French Quarter voodoo shop. What she doesn’t count on is finding a dismembered corpse upstairs. Detective Mathieu Bergeron is considered a screw up around the district station, until he puts away the Bayou Ripper. Then another body is found mutilated, and both his arrest and competence are thrown into question. Matt and Noel must work together to solve this terrifying crime in the Big Easy...and along the way, they fall in love.

Skeleton Bayou

Savannah Love is emotionally and physically battered, but is determined to survive after escaping the hellish imprisonment imposed on her by her psychotic cop-husband. After seven months in hiding, she resurfaces at Mossy Oak, her ramshackle family home on a Louisiana bayou, and attempts to restart her life. The empty house provides shelter, but isn’t the fortress she needs when her cruel ex comes calling.
          Mack O’Malley, former cop turned handyman conflicted over a bad shoot on the job, comes to Savannah’s rescue when the psychopath draws them into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Fearful of Mack at first, she soon discovers that beneath his steely exterior lies a resolute defender with a heart hungry for love. Will their alliance save them, or will they fall victim to the Legend of Skeleton Bayou?

 Emily's Nightmare

Detective Emily Rawson doesn't want children; she's too focused on her career to give a family the time required. That is, until she falls in love with fellow detective John Cutter, forgets to take precautions, and winds up pregnant. She fights the idea tooth and nail before finally deciding that having a baby is exactly what she wants -- as long as the child is Cutter's. Then tragedy strikes. Will it bring them together or tear them apart?

 Flash Bang 

When Allie Robbins broke his heart, Noah Sterling couldn’t leave Hinton fast enough. He joined the military, then the FBI. Ten years later, a domestic terrorism case forces him to return, only to discover that Allie is now a widowed mother with one young son--and that she's suspected of aiding the group responsible for setting area churches ablaze.
          Allie can't believe her eyes. Noah is back in Hinton, and he’s asking questions. She's not worried about the investigation, because she's innocent. But she's willing to do anything to keep him from asking the one question that could destroy her life--a question about her son. Then the boy is kidnapped, and she must reveal the truth in order to save him by turning to the one man she can trust--and the only one who can take her son away. Noah. His father.

- New Orleans Trilogy -

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Blood Bound

Fueled by grief after his fiancée is brutally murdered, Detective Sam Walker focuses on finding her killer -- a calculating predator who binds books with human skin.  Dani Barrington, the newest member of NOPD's Victim and Witness Assistance Unit and a survivor of another frightening attack, helps him discover the terrifying link between the monster's known victims.  Despite his anguish, Sam is struck by Dani's strength and determination, especially when her inquisitive  nature makes her the killer's next target.  He must find a way to protect her or risk losing the one woman who can bring his dead heart back to life.

Above Suspicion

Jack Marsden is a volatile detective with no love for his ex-wife, but he didn’t kill her.  At least, he doesn’t think so, after waking up in her house to find her dead in the bathtub. He has no idea who killed her or how he got there. The lab finds evidence against him, however, and he is indicted for her murder.  He tries to defend himself and becomes a pariah -- to everyone except his beautiful partner, Mikki Baker, who is known for her grit and determination. The higher ups love her.  Her jacket is filled with commendations.  Yet when she goes to bat for Jack, nobody backs her play.  She is forced to risk her career -- and her life -- to prove his innocence.


Against All Odds

Sienna Wright has it all: an exciting career as an investigative reporter, a handsome husband who is a local ADA, and two beautiful children -- until a vicious murderer takes it all away and sends her tumbling into a terrifying black abyss. Now someone is after her, and she has no idea why. To survive, she must trust the brusque detective working her husband’s case, even though all she wants is to be left alone.

Detective Nate Lincoln’s job is his life, and he jumps at the chance to reclaim his gun and badge once brutality charges against him are dropped. His first order of business is to solve the heinous murder of a local ADA, yet the man’s widow refuses to cooperate -- until her life is threatened. Nate isn’t sure he can help her; her spiral into depression reminds him too much of the path his mother took when he was young. Yet he has to try. Solving the case means defeating his own personal demons and just might lead him to the love of his life.

- New Orleans Detective Series -

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Cherished Witness

Kelly Watson, aka Teresa Pastral, threw the Fifth Amendment out the window when she testified against her mob boss husband at his murder trial. Now divorced, she has begun a new life in the Witness Security Program.
          Only...the mob finds her, thanks to handsome ex-lawman J.T. Romano, who uses her as bait to lure the man who murdered his wife and unborn child to town. To ensure her safety, she is forced to trust J.T., the man who has betrayed her to the mob. But can she trust him with her heart?

Prime Suspect

February 2010 -- Desert Breeze PublishingNew Orleans Assistant District Attorney Marisa Cooper prosecutes murderers for a living, but the tables are turned on her when her ex-husband is found dead in her garage. To prove her innocence, she must team up with her former fiancée, Slade Montgomery, the detective who risks his career--and his heart--to help her find the real killer.

          New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Marisa Cooper prosecutes murderers for a living, but the tables are turned when her ex-husband is found dead in her garage. To prove she didn't kill him, she must team up with her former fiancée, Slade Montgomery, the detective who risks his career -- and his heart -- to help her find the real killer.

Chosen Target
Jadan Calloway’s latest night out on the town ends in the death of the man who charmed her off her feet. Now the people who killed Kent are after her, and the only man who can save her is Cole McAlister, the rugged, willful detective who believes she is behind his brother’s death. Together they become wrapped up in a web of terrorism and intrigue--and they fall in love.      

Beloved Captive

Detective Kevin Jacobs believes integrity is the most important trait a cop can possess, until a beautiful doctor accuses him of murder and he's forced to take her hostage in order to clear his name. Rebecca Daniels cooperates with Kevin, and soon finds herself in a fight for her very life--and her heart.

Unwilling Accomplice

Marcy Grant believes that anyone can be redeemed, until she sees her cruel ex-husband murder a man and is forced to go on the run with their young son in order to survive. The only person who can help her is Joe Riso, her former brother-in-law, a detective staggered by the loss of his wife and daughter. If he's going to protect both Marcy and her boy, he must first find a way to unfreeze his icy heart. Will he succeed?

          Marcy Moretti believes that anyone can be redeemed, until she witnesses a murder at the hands of her ex-husband and is forced to go on the run with her young son in order to survive. The only person who can help her is Joe Riso, her former brother-in-law, a detective staggered by the loss of his wife and daughter. If he's going to protect both Marcy and her boy, he must first find a way to unfreeze his icy heart -- and along the way find his own redemption.

Perfect Partner

Alarm bells go off in Detective Lexi Granger’s head when a gun linked to a cold case disappears and a veteran officer sweeps it under the rug. After she receives a death threat, she must turn to the one man she knows she can trust -- her ex-husband and acting commander, Chaz Trahan. Chaz is still in love with Lexi but won’t admit it to anyone but himself. He agrees to help her in order to exorcise his own demons concerning that gun – the only link to the man who killed his parents twenty years before. But can the two of them solve the crime before the murderer finds Lexi?

- Keller County Cops -

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Keller County Cops Book Seven: Code of Vengeance:

Keegan Riley, a court artist for Keller County, comes up with a murderous plan to avenge her sister's death, only to be thwarted at the last minute when someone else stabs her intended victim -- making her a witness to the heinous crime. Her attempt to melt into the shadows doesn't work, and she soon finds herself sparring with the sheriff, a man who intrigues her on many levels. In order to keep her plan of revenge secret, however, she must lie to him... and find it to be the hardest thing she's ever done.
          Keller County Sheriff Rick Blaylock wants to stay in office but hates campaigning, so he relies on his hands-on approach to tackling crime to help him defeat his devious opponent. Then a stabbing outside a local strip club threatens his perfect record. Hoping to close the case in record time, he corners an elusive witness and finds himself falling for more than her fictitious version of the events the night the victim died. Will her lies derail his campaign?

Keller County Cops Book Five: Written in Blood:

Detective Tripp Broussard longs to show his bad cop, ex-con father that he's a good cop, but time is running out. His father is dying. So Tripp risks his own life to go after a gruesome serial murderer -- anything to prove he's a better man than his dad. Angel Saint-Martin, a blood spatter expert on loan to the department, needs her father to accept her choice of a non-traditional career, and cracking this case will show him she can handle herself in a man's world. Driven by a common bond, Tripp and Angel band together to solve the case and put the notorious Vincent Delgado back behind bars… and along the way, they fall in love.

Keller County Cops Book Six: Trained to Kill:

Keller County precision marksman Cadence Holly, a member of the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, believes she doesn't have anything to prove to her new unit because her she's good at what she does. Detective Brody Remington, a former military sniper, along with the rest of their unit, disagrees. Brody spends most of his time berating Cadence, until she proves him wrong by taking a shot he can't make.
          Brody regrets the way he's treated Cadence. As he struggles to get back into her good graces, Eugene Dunham, a man seeking revenge for his brother's arrest and subsequent murder, targets Brody. Once Dunham realizes Brody and Cadence have formed a bond, he sets his sights on Cadence, setting up a frightening game of cat and mouse that can end only one way. Will Brody get to her in time?

Deliverance from Evil, Desert Breeze Publishing (e-book only)

Tessa Doucet chose to go into mortuary science because the dead can't hurt her. Then a monster from her past turns up on her embalming table, and she's forced to confront the demon she thought she'd put to rest. Disturbed by the case Tessa stirs up, Detective Cash Starkey finds himself falling for her, even though he swore to keep his distance. He doesn't want a relationship, especially not with a woman running from her past. Yet when Tessa's life is threatened, he runs into the fray, and together they defeat her demons and put the past behind them.

Quest for Justice, Desert Breeze Publishing (e-book only)
Abby Ryals goes behind the sheriff's back to accept an undercover assignment with another agency so she can avenge fellow detective C.J. Bowman's death, and is stunned to learn he's very much alive when he leaves witness protection and follows her undercover to keep her safe. Together, they race the clock to defeat a notorious drug lord before he discovers their true identities.

Marked For Murder  Desert Breeze Publishing

Detective Jonah McKee and his fellow Keller County Cops believe a beautiful amnesia victim is the key to solving a brutal serial killer case -- until a terrifying twist forces Jonah to hide his three year-old son and go on the run with the frightened stranger in order to save her life.

Shield of Valor   Desert Breese Publishing
Detective Mitch Ransom is in control of his life until he agrees to testify before the grand jury against a brutal serial killer. Then he’s kidnapped, threatening his appearance in court, and finds himself trapped with a woman he doesn’t like and believes he has to protect.
          Tiffany Golden, a police dispatcher, is trying to break the mold set for her by her stripper mother. She wants to become a cop and is on the road to reaching that goal when she’s kidnapped along with Mitch and is forced to help him find freedom.

Chilling Suspense & Southern Short Story Anthologies

by Melanie Noto

Endless Present

By Melanie Noto and Jerome Goddard

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Fireflies in Fruit Jar Anthology - Heads you Win, Tails you Lose
Available from Queenshill Press
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From The Sleeping Porch Anthology - Bleeding Heart

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Mad Dogs & Moonshine

Anthology of Southern short stories, which includes Noto's story Moving the Finish Line.

Moving the Finish Line” is the story of a woman who's fed up with her life…and her husband. When he has a heart attack and survives, she takes matters into her own hands and kills him herself.

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