Book Tour: Ciao by Bethany Lopez

It has been a very busy week here @ Kissed by Ink!

Not only is this book tour #2 for the week, but I also participated in WriteOnCon, began writing my second manuscript, continued to query, held a pool party for the boy and friends, and am now getting ready to go back to work. Whew! Believe it or not, I have caught up a bit on my reading too! Since I never read any of Bethany Lopez’s first two books in the Melissa series, I had three books to read for this tour. Below you will find summaries from for all of the books AND my brief review of the series. I hope you enjoy…now I am going to pause and take a very much needed breath:)


Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now! and xoxoxo are available now. Book three, Ciao, will be released in Aug 2012.


Ta Ta for Now!

(Stories About Melissa #1)

Melissa begins her freshman year with one goal in mind, getting Brian Jackson to be her boyfriend. She will soon learn that things don’t necessarily turn out the way you plan them, the value of true friendship, and the importance of family.



(Stories About Melissa #2)

Melissa has learned a lot since her freshman year began, but it isn’t over yet! Her world is about to change again with the birth of her new sibling, and she has to figure out how she will adjust to being the eldest of five kids. She, Jess, and Jimmy are inseparable, and she is having a fantastic time although she can’t help but miss Brian as she tries to learn how to deal with his relationship with Layla. Everything seems to be happening at once and that is when she is introduced to Ben Campbell, a senior at Dearborn High, who becomes an interesting distraction as he helps her deal with the new developments in her life.



(Stories About Melissa #3)

Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?


What did I think?

The Good: Okay, admittedly it took me a bit to get into this series, but in the end I enjoyed reading about Melissa. The stories are fantastic for middle schoolers! Not only are the stories short, but they deal with real-life situations with no hairy language or sexual situations. This is a win-win for young girls!

The Meh: The TWO things that I thought about as I read through the entire series is that the journal entries were way too long. I thought back to my journal writing days and never did I write that much about the events of a day. Also, the story moved from the journal form to dialogue in real time. Maybe I am a little off base, but that was my observation.

In the End: A great series that girls ages 12-14 will enjoy. Easy to read and very short in length.


Want more? Check out these other sites:

Stories About Melissa Series
Webpage –
Twitter –!/BethanyLopez2
Facebook –
Pinterest –

Posted on August 15, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this series! I appreciate it.

  2. Greetings!

    I’m hopping over from GUTGAA and wanted to start visiting some blogs early! Nice to meet you…you have a lovely blog!

    Donna L Martin

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