Melanie Marchande Guest Post & GIVEAWAY

Melanie MarchandeLately, I’ve been thinking a lot about second chances.

We don’t always get them when we want them. Sometimes not even when we feel we deserve them. And we’re not always inclined to favor others with them, when we’re in the position to make that decision.

In my latest book, second chances come into play when tech mogul billionaire Daniel Thorne’s estranged father comes back into his life, and Daniel has to decide whether he’ll forgive him for a multitude of sins. It’s not just the one incident – his father’s disappearance – but a lifetime of belittlement and misunderstandings.

As you might guess if you read it, this has been somewhat of a personal struggle for me. When, and how, do you forgive? At what point do you put yourself on the line, risking your own comfort and happiness, in order to give someone else a second chance?

If there are any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there, you might remember this little tidbit of wisdom Giles offered up in the episode “I Only Have Eyes for You:”

“To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It’s not done because people deserve it. It’s done because they need it.”

Maybe this sounds silly, but I think about that a lot. Growing up I was always taught that forgiveness was a virtue, but I was never taught why. I was never taught to think of it in terms of giving people something – a gift – to relieve their burden of guilt.

I’m starting to see things a little differently now. But it’s not an overnight process. Deciding to forgive someone takes time, and a lot of heartache. And giving people a second chance, especially when they’ve hurt you or let you down in the past, is hard. I’m still struggling with some of those decisions today. I still believe that it’s not always necessary, or advisable, to give someone a second chance. But now, I’m not sure what merits that decision anymore.

Writing a book about forgiveness and second chances was hard. Especially because I knew it needed to end on a happy note – but I didn’t want it to be too facile. I needed a resolution that didn’t seem unrealistic. It was a fine line to walk, but ultimately I’m happy with the result.

Can you think of a time when you decided to give someone a second chance, and you were glad you did? Tell me about it in the comments! Up for grabs is a $20 Amazon Gift Card! Simply answer the question here and then click the Rafflecopter link to be taken to the giveaway page!

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I Married A Billionaire by Melanie MarchandeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N/AllRomanceEBooks/Kobo

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

This book is a standalone followup to the Top 100 Nook and Kindle Store bestseller I Married a Billionaire and I Married a Billionaire: Lost & Found.

Writing billionaire tech mogul Daniel Thorne’s official biography is no small task. His wife Maddy isn’t quite sure how it fell on her shoulders – but she’s not exactly complaining. It’s given her a rare opportunity to learn about the details of Daniel’s life that he’s never shared with her before. After a rocky beginning, their relationship has finally settled into something comforting and secure. After a while, Maddy begins to reconsider her once-staunch decision not to have children.

Then, one night, a ghost from Daniel’s past appears.

His father, believed to be dead, has come back in hopes of repairing their relationship. Daniel is devastated by the years-long deception, and suspicious of his father’s motives in reappearing after so much time. Old Mr. Thorne has his reasons for disappearing, but how can he possibly repair a relationship that’s been so badly fractured by distance and lies? Meanwhile, Maddy gets some unexpected news of her own, and she realizes she must find a way to reach her husband and his father, to knit them all together into a family again.


Melanie Marchande is a young writer who loves creating fun, flirty, and occasionally steamy stories about two people realizing they just can’t live without each other. If you’d like to read more from her, please leave a review letting her know what you liked about the book so she knows what to write next.

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  1. The time that sticks out the most was when my brother and I had an argument and we didn’t talk for over a month. Both too stubborn. But I missed him and went to his place and when he opened the door I just smiled and then we hugged and laughed about how stupid we were. 🙂 I’m so glad because we lost him unexpectedly a month later at too young an age.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. It took me about 10 years, but I forgave my first love for betraying me. We were both stupid teenagers with too many emotions, powered by too many hormones and got too close, too deep, too fast. Years later, we both realized the feelings were still there, and that’s why his betrayal cut me to the core. He and I had a very difficult heart-to-heart, as twentysomethings, and said everything we’d wanted to say then, but didn’t know how, including “I’m sorry,” and “I forgive you.” It was probably one of the most difficult, but beautiful, conversations I’ve ever had in my life.
    mmmazuros at yahoo dot com

  3. During a really difficult time at work, a good friend of mine really hurt me when I needed her support and encouragement. It took some years but the friendship is back on track.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

  4. I gave my high school friend another chance after she did some shady dealing asking my ex to prom just days after we broke up and attempted to hide it from me. We eventually lost touch but I was glad I reached out and got closure on the whole thing so it didn’t stick in my mind

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  5. I grew up in a physically abusive situation with my dad. I hated him for years. and years. He changed. I changed. He got help. We get along great for the most part now, but it took a lot of work on my part to get past things. Thanks! heather1974 at gmail dot com

  6. Hello Melanie. I’m sorry to say that the one time I decided I needed to give someone a second chance and did (to my mother, who had disowned me when I disagreed with her on how to raise my children)–I was turned down. She refused to take a phone call from me and returned a letter I had sent her with the letter all torn up in tiny pieces and stuffed into another envelope. I was in counseling over a year over that event. But I eventually got over it and decided that it was her loss that she suffered as a result of her cruelty…not mine. She never knew the two most beautiful grandchildren she could ever hope for. It is sad that sometimes second chances don’t happen. But I love stories where they do happen and where there are happy endings. I need the HEA’s that romances offer as they are so soothing to me. Thanks for the question!

  7. Wow, I can think of a few when I was not so glad I did. Sadly, I have become the once bitten, twice shy type of person. I do like reading the redemption stories in romance novels though!


  8. I’ve had to take a step back and study the situation unemotionally many a times when it comes to friends. When you call someone a friend, it’s hard to forgive even the smallest of betrayals. But when I thought about it, having them completely out of my life was much worse. I think forgiveness takes time, but if you really care about the person, then it’s worth it.

  9. I have arguments with my brother ALL THE TIME but still forgive him, because I think it’s better to get along with him than to not talk to him at all. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I can’t think of any major situation where my life changed my giving someone a second chance but I don’t like holding a grudge for too long. Thanks for the giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  11. Ya, I had a huge falling out with my best friend from Highschool. We didn’t speak for years until one day she reached out to me. We are now cordial to each other but I don’t things could ever really be the same but at least we keep up and see how the other is doing

  12. i’ve tried a few times but they never work out, once they know they can burn you they’ll just keep trying to take advantage

  13. Actually, my husband. When we first started dating, our first date was wonderful and before it ended, we made plans for 2 weeks after. I was so excited! A friend came over to help me get ready. It was getting late, so I called him and got no answer. As the night went on, I got sad and then angry. He stood me up! I said to myself, “Okay, if he calls me and has a good excuse, I will still go out again with him.” He called the next day after 5pm. He said that he left home because he got into a huge fight with one of his brothers and left his phone at home. He didn’t want to go back and get it and didn’t have my number. He profusely apologized and I accepted. He made it up to me! 🙂
    We have been happily together for 7 years!
    Thank you for sharing!

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