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Measure of Love… Excerpt and Cover

The new book, Measure of Love, is coming out in April… so I can finally start giving you guys a few heads up on what you’re going to find on the pages. So we’ll start with a brief excerpt.  I placed the full excerpt on the book site because it was getting long, so there’s a link below.

by Melissa Ford

I roll over in bed and let my hand rest on one of the creases in the sheet, a tiny mountain that my fingers curl over like the legs of a giant. I am alone, so it doesn’t matter if I gather all the blankets over my body or grab the second pillow on the other side of the bed. This is one of those benefits of being single, Rachel, my body purrs silently.

Wait. Except that I’m not.

My brain slowly swims closer to consciousness, taking in the fact that light is streaming in through the uncurtained windows. I am wearing a T-shirt—several sizes too big—that advertises some pizza place in the Hamptons as well as a pair of cotton briefs that I picked up three-to- the-pack at a warehouse savings store that looked semi-sexy in the packaging but not so much in actuality on my body. The other side of the bed has a small dip in the mattress, the memory of the body that occupied the space minutes ago. And there is water running from the bathroom shower head, a light sound like paper tearing.

I open my eyes and look around the room, still half-expecting to see my familiar loft apartment, but instead find myself staring at a door. With a knob. And luxurious-by-New-York-standards plaster walls as opposed to the screen I used to wrap around my bed to create the illusion of a room. The closet door is half open, exposing the bins that line the wall holding the yoga pants I prefer to wear while I cook or write. On the floor, kicked casually into the corner of the room, is a pair of men’s jeans and size 11 lace-up black oxfords. Remnants of the pre-sex shedding of clothes.

The water in the bathroom turns off, and the sound is replaced by some off-key whistling. The sort of mindless whistling one does when they’re excited for the day, when they’re actually happy that they have a functioning alarm clock. It’s a whistle I’m currently familiar with because I’ve done it myself as recently as yesterday morning, making my way through a few bars of “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” while I made toast. I didn’t mean to do it; I just suddenly realized that the sound that resembled something off a Wham! album performed by birds was coming out of my pursed lips. Which is a long way to admit that, at this moment, my life is okay. Actually, it’s better than okay. It’s pretty damn good.

Continue reading this excerpt on the book site (but then get your bum back here because there’s more to tell/show you.)

So, if you clicked over and kept reading, you now have a sense of what has happened since you last saw Rachel.  I’m still hanging out with Rachel daily as I finish the third book, but I’ve missed sharing her with you.  Because she’s sort of ours.  I mean, yes, she exists in my brain, but Rachel is sort of the everyblogger.  And she’s friends with all of us.

So… wanna see the final cover for the new book?

Measure Of Love Final Cover Blog

I am a little giddy over the idea that I don’t have to keep these moments of Rachel Goldman’s life a secret anymore. Hopefully you will enjoy the book’s three weddings… or not weddings… not going to tell you who makes it down the aisle and who doesn’t. But I can tell you that the book explores love, friendship, and what you owe your blog readers (especially if you’re a divorce blogger who is now getting married). More little details to come soon.

So what do you think? Cringing with excitement and nervousness.

Shout out: Huge thank you to Amy Elaine for uploading it to GoodReads!


1 Anjali { 03.12.13 at 7:57 am }

WOW! Mel, I love the cover! Congratulations. And the title is awesome! Way to go. Can’t wait to read it!

2 jodifur { 03.12.13 at 8:05 am }


3 Meghan { 03.12.13 at 8:13 am }

Yeah!! Can’t wait for the whole thing

4 a { 03.12.13 at 8:30 am }

Awesome cover! I’m going to go finish reading the excerpt, but I don’t want to because I can’t read the whole book RIGHT NOW!

5 Heidi { 03.12.13 at 8:36 am }


6 Pepper { 03.12.13 at 9:02 am }

Love, love, love the cover. Can’t wait to catch up with Rachel – I’ve missed her.

7 Chickenpig { 03.12.13 at 9:13 am }

I LOVE the cover. And this excerpt is such a tease. I want the book! 🙂

8 Lacie { 03.12.13 at 9:17 am }

I love your fiction. I love how you get the details (like marking the calandar, half throwing-up when you’re first dating someone). I’ve forgotten how those things feel and your brought me right back there. I like how you described mature love, like the holding of hands. I want more. Yay! Congratulations!

9 Kristin { 03.12.13 at 9:20 am }

Oh, wow! Love the cover and love the excerpt. Can’t wait to read it.

10 Rebecca { 03.12.13 at 9:25 am }

So excited for the new book!

11 Jendeis { 03.12.13 at 9:28 am }

So excited! LOVE the cover!

12 lostintranslation { 03.12.13 at 9:51 am }

And now I wonder why I never read ‘Life from scratch’…? OK, two books added to my reading list. LOVE the cover!

13 Amy Elaine { 03.12.13 at 10:00 am }

Whooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooo.
That cover is AWESOME.

14 Amy Elaine { 03.12.13 at 10:03 am }

I added it to goodreads for you 🙂

15 Kate (Bee In The Bonnet) { 03.12.13 at 10:17 am }

Excited! Coming out so soon!!!

16 {sue} { 03.12.13 at 10:24 am }

Seriously COUNTING the days…

17 Tiara { 03.12.13 at 11:29 am }

I am so excited for you…& me!! I can’t wait to get back into your head again, err I mean back into Rachel’s world again, lol! I miss her! But am also so very bummed that since I am in Canada, I will likely have to wait until summer before it’s available here 🙁 I don’t think I can wait! I see a day of cross border shopping in April!!

18 Carla { 03.12.13 at 11:33 am }

Fantastic cover! Can’t wait to read it.

19 Rachel { 03.12.13 at 12:21 pm }

When I was younger, I was obsessed with Sweet Valley High (remember we share that ridiculous love?) Anyway, as soon as I finished the book, I would call Bookman’s DAILY to ask if the new one came in. When they finally said yes, I’d grab my mom and make her drive me to the mall ASAP. The entire car ride was an excited Rachel chatting about where Elizabeth and Todd would be this installment.

That’s how I feel today! YAY!

20 Kathy { 03.12.13 at 12:30 pm }

Really excited for you and can’t wait to read the further adventures of Rachel!

21 Turia { 03.12.13 at 2:57 pm }

I’m really excited for you. I absolutely LOVE the cover. Can’t wait to read it!

22 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.12.13 at 3:08 pm }

The. Perfect. Cover.

And I loved reading the excerpt. Consider my appetite whetted.

23 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.12.13 at 3:33 pm }

Wait. Did my underwear make it into your novel?


24 jjiraffe { 03.12.13 at 3:51 pm }

Hooray!!!! Love the cover, love the excerpt, love the tag line. I can’t wait to read this 🙂

25 Sara { 03.12.13 at 5:48 pm }

Awesome cover! I’m so glad that you have not one but two books coming out soon, because I’m ready to devour this one! Laughing about Lori’s underwear.

26 Jo { 03.12.13 at 10:27 pm }

So unexpected! I can’t wait for more surprises.

27 jan king { 03.13.13 at 6:52 am }

can’t wait to read it.

28 loribeth { 03.13.13 at 12:09 pm }

Great excerpt; love the cover! (Except now I am craving cookie dough, lol.)

29 marwil { 03.14.13 at 12:55 pm }

This is very exciting and I love the cover!

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