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November 17, 2012 / Cheri

Episode 53 – Melissa Brayden

That’s right, Super Pretty aka Melissa Brayden aka Crazy Helpful was our very special guest on this episode. Officially, we’re talking about Melissa’s brand spanking new book, Heart Block but she and I spoke about her first book, Waiting in the Wings, for just a few minutes while Andy ignored us. Not in a rude way, she just hasn’t read it yet so didn’t have much to say.

Anyway… Andy and I enjoyed Heart Block tremendously so the conversation is lively and Melissa was an absolute pleasure. This has been one of my favorite shows and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Melissa suggested our cocktail, Kentucky Mule, and it certainly was kicking us by the time the show was wrapping up. I was surprised by how tasty it was since I’m not a brown booze sort of woman. I highly recommend it!

1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
Splash of lime juice
Ginger Beer

Put a bunch of ice cubes in a tall glass, add bourbon and the splash of lime juice and then fill with the ginger beer. You’re supposed to garnish with mint leaves but Andy said mint leaves are for pussies, so that’s completely up to you.

As has become a tradition here at Cocktail Hour, our lovely guest author has offered up a couple of paperbacks to give to you, our lovely listeners. If you’re interested in winning a signed copy of Waiting in the Wings or Heart Block, or both, please let me know in the comments section of this post. And please be specific about which book you’re hoping to win, or let me know that you want both. I’d want both but I’m greedy and they were both pretty damn good books. So there. Comments must be posted no later than 11/30. Good luck!

You can pick up Melissa’s books on Amazon (where we’re an affiliate and all purchases using our link help to support Cocktail Hour) or at Bold Strokes Books. No matter where you buy them, we think you’ll like them.

If you want to see what Melissa is up to, check out her website: You can also email her at Ask her to yodel her reply, please.


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  1. nikkismalls28 / Nov 18 2012 11:30 am

    Oh those poor silly bastards that don’t know how to spell her name when playing Hangman…

    Tis certainly not me, of course…

    • Rev / Nov 18 2012 11:33 am

      Pretty sure I remember you giving at least one incorrect version… But we’ll keep that just between us.

      • Nikki / Nov 18 2012 12:39 pm

        Yeah wouldn’t want to make such a silly thing public…

      • Alena / Nov 18 2012 1:10 pm

        Greedy me wants to win another book! Please enter me for both. Yay for a prison book! I want to read about hot sex in the prison showers.

        • Rev / Nov 18 2012 1:32 pm

          But what about the yodeling??

          • Alena / Nov 18 2012 2:08 pm

            They can yodel all the want at the end of the shower.

  2. Pat Bane / Nov 18 2012 1:30 pm

    What a great show! You all seemed to be enjoying yourselves. I would love a copy of Heart Break if I was so lucky.

    • Rev / Nov 18 2012 1:32 pm

      Thanks, we certainly did have fun. Good luck in the next drawing!

  3. Nancyjean / Nov 18 2012 2:38 pm

    The podcast made me super excited to read Heart Block. Pick me! Pick me!

    • Rev / Nov 18 2012 2:45 pm

      I think you’ll like it, NJ!

      Good luck in the drawing!

  4. Susan X Meagher / Nov 19 2012 8:15 am

    Sounds like a great book! I haven’t read the new one yet, but I really enjoyed “Waiting in the Wings.” Of course, I like first person novels, and I LOVE theater, so it was in my wheelhouse. I was very surprised that WITW was Melissa’s first novel. It was very, very polished and mature. I’d highly recommend it.

    • Rev / Nov 19 2012 8:20 am

      Thanks for listening, Susan! You got loads of, mostly, great mentions in this episode. 😉

      • Susan X Meagher / Nov 19 2012 9:31 pm

        Mostly great is much better than mostly awful .

        • Rev / Nov 19 2012 9:39 pm

          I don’t think that’s anything you need to worry about with us. 🙂

  5. Susan Carr / Nov 19 2012 8:23 am

    I’m greedy. I want both. I have no shame.

    Great show, guys.

    • Rev / Nov 19 2012 8:25 am

      Thanks, Susan. You fit in just fine with the rest of us in your shamelessness.

      Good luck in the drawings!

  6. michelle holmes / Nov 19 2012 10:06 am

    I thought being greedy was required.

  7. Jenny / Nov 20 2012 10:08 am

    I would love to be put in the drawing for both books. Loved the show!!

    • Rev / Nov 20 2012 10:17 am

      Thanks Jenny and good luck!

  8. Andy / Nov 24 2012 7:21 pm

    I love being shameless and greedy! LOL Susan X. Meagher WE LOVE YOU!!! 🙂

  9. solargrrl / Nov 25 2012 12:17 pm

    I would love to be lucky enough to win Heart Block. Of course, I would also love to win Waiting in the Wings, but am willing to share the love. I’ve heard so many good things about Heart Block. Can’t wait to read it!

  10. texasshiva / Nov 26 2012 9:54 pm

    I wanna win because I have the hottest. hat. EVER.

    • Rev / Nov 26 2012 9:56 pm

      Tis true. I hope the random number generator agrees. I’ll hold up a picture of you in your hat right before I click “OK.”

      • texasshiva / Nov 27 2012 1:05 am

        Somehow I don’t think I’m gonna win. 😉

  11. Cheyenne / Nov 27 2012 7:52 pm

    Great show! I would love a chance to win Heart Block or Waiting in the Wings.

    • Rev / Nov 28 2012 8:55 am

      Thanks for the comment, Cheyenne, and best of luck in the drawing!

  12. Erin Saluta / Nov 29 2012 9:17 pm

    I want to be entered to win but won’t be able to listen to the podcast until Saturday.

    • Rev / Nov 30 2012 9:41 am

      No worries! Good luck, Erin.

  13. Cheryl Hanson / Nov 30 2012 6:03 pm

    Another terrific show! Both books sound great. I want to be entered for both of them.


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