One Week & One Day

It’s been one week and one day since I sent off my manuscript for INESCAPABLE: The Beginning. Have not heard anything yet, but I am still feeling great about the request. It took twenty-one days after I sent my query letter for the request, so I’m still excited. Of course, I have everything crossed that I can cross (eyes, legs, arms, fingers, toes, etc) and that has been a problem walking, seeing, holding things and especially eating. (grin)

On another note: I will be attending the In’DScribe Author Reader Con in Palm Springs, California, September 17 -20. To celebrate my attending I have put the Kindle version of book one INESCAPABLE: The Beginning on SALE now through December 31 for 99¢.

Action-packed. Full of suspense. Romantic. Fiery. Just a few words used to describe the new Inescapable series by Madge H. Gressley. Add a little romance, murder, mystery, sci-fi, and a dash of evil and you have the perfect combination that will have you on the edge of your seat and begging for more.

Several of my fellow authors who are attending also have their books on SALE. Here are a couple….

WEDDING BANDS by Ev Bishop: RONE Award finalist. 99¢ on Amazon

A terrible misunderstanding separates high school sweethearts, Jo and Callum. When they meet again years later, will they be able to get past their hurt pride and old wounds, or will they go their separate ways permanently?

SOMETHING GOOD by Darlene Deluca–another new-to-me author and RONE finalist:

A mistake. A blessing. A tragedy.
And now, Mandi Evans has made it her goal to fade into anonymity. Once a straight-A student with her choice of colleges, she’s withdrawn into a life that consists of two jobs, an online class, and memories. Crippled by the past, she feels unworthy of a better life – until Lane Whitmore walks into the diner where she works six nights a week.


As the go-to wedding planner, Suzy can’t find her own wedded bliss and has one shocker of a wedding day. It doesn’t help that she’s still pining for her high school sweetheart, the one who got away. Handling neurotic brides is the best part of Suzy’s day until her son brings home a bombshell from Europe.


Day Two

Here it is day two since the most exciting day in my life happened. Yes, it even beats out my wedding day which was a very momentous event in itself! I am still flying three feet off the ground and get goosebumps every time I think about it. No, I haven’t heard anything yet, but then again, I’m sure the agent is extremely busy due to the amount of queries they get on a daily basis.

In the meantime since I reported my ‘great news’, INESCAPABLE: The Beginning and INESCAPABLE: Remembering have been hopping in and out of the Top 100 Best Seller List on Amazon. Have not made the #1 slot yet, but they will!

Book 3 INESCAPABLE: Tomorrow sales are good, and is moving ever closer to the Top 100 Best Seller List, too, but no reviews yet. I am anxious to know what my fans think about Tomorrow. Please write me a review and let me know.

Great News!!!

Just have to share with everyone my great news (at least it’s great to me), this afternoon I received an email from one of the many, many, many, many, query letters I have sent out seeking a literary agent. This agent asked to read the entire manuscript for book 1. I am so over the top!!!!!! I know it’s no guarantee that I will be offered reputation, but just the fact that they asked to read the whole thing is truly exciting. It took me 45 minutes to calm down after I read the email. I had no idea I would be so overwhelmed! Wish me luck and lots of prayers.

Review: Branches of Time

Branches of Time

Luca Rossi

I’ve finished reading  “The Branches of Time.” First let me say that it is not my general genre that I read, but all in all, I enjoyed it very much. It was a little hard getting into the story, but once I figured out the author’s writing style, it read quickly. I did have a little trouble figuring out what time frame and exactly where the story was taking place. Sometimes it felt Medieval, sometimes Nordic, sometimes futuristic, sometimes fantasy, sometime off world, so I’m still not sure. The author indicated that it took place on an island but, I never quite got that feeling. It would have been nice to be able to nail it down.

I liked the characters, especially Beanor—a true villain. The characters Nal and her brother, even though the author did not say, I believe they are the ones playing a game that manipulates the other characters.

As I said, I enjoyed it very much and would love to read the sequel to it.

Madge H. Gressley

Penned Con 2015 St. Louis

Over the weekend my editor Mary-Nancy Smith, and I went to the Penned Con 2015 in St. Louis. Had a terrific time! I met so many fantastic authors, especially, one of my all time favorite authors—Amy Bartol.

I picked up some great swag and increased my “must read” list by at least 50. As soon as I’m finished with the “ELE” series by Courtney Nuckels and Rebecca Gober, (BTW it’s a great series and a quick read) I will get started on all of the great books I discovered at the Penned Con!

We finished off the day with a very enjoyable evening meal with JD Nelson, Dannielle Bannister and Julie Cassar at the Spaghetti Factory. It’s located in a quaint section of St. Louis, but those cobble stone streets are crazy! Can’t imagine what a ride in the horse and buggy would be like traveling over those. It was bad enough it the car!

I will be there next year, September 23 & 24, 2016. Already reserved my table. Now just have to make hotel reservations.

6 Days to Launch!

WOW! I am soooo excited! Book 3—INESCAPABLE: Tomorrow—will be out on the 31st! Kindle version is live on Amazon for pre-orders NOW!

All pre-orders eligible for the drawing for a Kindle Fire HD7. Complete rules here: Deadline to enter midnight, CDT, July 31, 2015.

Join me on Facebook July 30, 7 – 9 p.m., for my Pre-Launch Party We will have lots of fun, games and prizes! We will have a special Ask the Author segment. Best question of the evening could win a special prize!

If you are in the area, I will be signing books at Reader’s World, 4 – 6:30 p.m., at Reader’s World in Sedalia, Missouri. Stop by and say “Hi!”

Tomorrow takes Darcey and Brad to a totally new phase of their inescapable adventure. Here is just a sample of what’s to come…

“A fairytale wedding she’d always dreamed about. An unexpected ‘Fairy God-Father’ she’d never imagined. A grandmother she’d never known. A deranged uncle obsessed with killing her. A job offer that could be ‘out-of-this-world.’

Leaving the Bio Dome in safe hands, Darcey and Brad travel to Morocco for their perfect fairytale wedding all thanks to Luis Vargas who has come to think of Brad as the son he never had and Darcey as the daughter he should have had with his lost love Saleem. Darcey learns of her heritage from her newfound grandmother, Aicha Kaddur, and is stunned to learn who her mother really was.

Darcey’s grandmother, knowing she is terminally ill, changes her will naming Darcey sole heir to the Kaddur fortune and businesses. However, danger arises as Darcey finds herself the object of her mother’s deranged brother, Ahmed Kaddur’s evil obsession to kill her. Not only because she is the heir to the Kaddur fortune, but more importantly, she is the wife of Brad Daniels who he loathes with a passion and blames him for derailing the plans to take over the Bio Dome off the coast of Peru.

When Brad learns that the Environmental Research Consortium (ERC) and ORCA are working against time to save Earth’s population from an ever-increasing crisis as the ozone layer diminishes, he accepts the top-secret job with ORCA to build Bio Domes similar to the one he built off the coast of Peru on…”

If you haven’t fallen in love with Darcey and Brad and their inescapable adventure, now is a good time to pick up books one and two  INESCAPABLE: The Beginning and Remembering to see how it all started and catch up to Tomorrow. The Beginning is on sale for .99¢ in the Kindle Store.