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My debut novel is HERE!

Hi, friends! I have a few exciting announcements this week.

  • NEWS: A premature book release (hey, it happens…)
  • EVENT: Anniversary for the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco
  • EVENT: Book launch and signing on May 19, Copperfield’s, Santa Rosa
  • SNEAK PEAK: Maps!
  • Melissa’s shiny side quests

Announcing the EARLY RELEASE of
Nothing Left But Dust

I’m excited (and a little embarrassed) to announce that due to technical circumstances beyond my control, the paperback copy of Nothing Left But Dust is available NOW for purchase via Amazon!

The Kindle version is available for presale, but if you wait until it's released on April 18, it will be on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.

On April 18 you’ll be able to call your local bookstore and request it, so hold tight on that for now!

“Great relationships, both real and fictional, are often formed in great tragedy. Melissa Geissinger's debut novel is a gem, with two compelling and original young heroes finding love in their epic struggle to survive a monstrous catastrophe."

- James Dalessandro, author of 1906: A Novel


Join me at the 1906 earthquake anniversary

April 18, 2023 5:00 am

Lotta’s Fountain, Kearny and Market St, San Francisco

Every year on the anniversary of the great earthquake, a group gathers to remember the tragedy that changed San Francisco. We do it to honor the victims and the survivors, to celebrate those that came together to rebuild the city, and to never forget that disaster can strike at any moment. It’s really worth the trip.

I’ll be there. Hopefully with books to sell. But production timelines aren't going as planned. Best laid plans, am I right?

lottas fountain

Book launch & signing at Copperfield’s

Friday, May 19, 2023 7:00 pm

Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa

I’m so excited and honored to be having my first ever author event at my favorite local bookstore! The event will be a 35-40 minute talk followed by a 10-15 minute Q&A and post-event book signing. I hope to see you there!



Here’s a sneak peak at the map at the front of Nothing Left But Dust. Thanks to cartographer Nat Case for the artwork!


Melissa’s shiny side quests

I recently took a trip out to Colorado with my boyfriend, Scott. The catalyst of the trip was a spontaneous urge to see Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about astrophysics. I’m a huge science nerd, if you didn’t know already, and this turned out to be a very science-oriented adventure.

In addition to seeing Neil speak, we took a dinosaur tour near Red Rocks and visited the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado at Boulder campus to see a talk about the James Webb Space Telescope and the habitability of other worlds.

I also spent a good amount of time writing while Scott tore up the slopes on his snowboard, because a writer’s gotta write!

And let’s not talk about the fact that I almost passed out at the top of Pike’s Peak. #gotoxygen?


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