Mel is a teenage and YA specialist. She’s had stories published in Loving, True Romances and several other titles that are no longer with us.

Her marvellous book  – Appearances  is available for order through Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle



15 year-old Kelly Faulkner’s family holiday destination turns out to be further away than she expected – at least in time!

Her new mobile phone, an excavated cellar, and unearthed babies’ bones, are the elements that conjure up the appearance, from the 1850s, of Handy Tanner.

Handy’s touch flashes them to Victorian Portsmouth where the unscrupulous baby-farmer Ma Chalmers, and the corrupt Redvers Hunkin, spread despair and misery.

Kelly’s trips are short-lived, and full of danger, as she uses her invisibility to help Handy.

Back in the modern world, she has problems of her own. A sleazy pair of foreigners show interest in her young sister, Amy, as well as Sweep, the guest-house owner’s powerboat. Their murderous plot is foiled by Kelly and the time-travelling, and unseen Handy.

This tale of unpredictable time-switching, corruption and betrayal, provides an adventure where APPEARANCES  are unreliable.