Shadow & Smite and everything nice

Happy release day! To celebrate, I’m sharing a map of the Isles of Fae!

This project has officially gone from my development goals of “I want to build a fae court system around islands” to thisโ€”a map and a book. This world is my playground, and this map inspires me every day. Shadow & Smite is only the beginning.

So without further ado, it’s finally time to introduce the Isles of Fae.

Welcome to The Isles of Fae

It’s been a while. And there’s so much to say. The Isle of Fae is ready for reveal.

Where to begin. This project is the biggest thing I’ve attempted. I’m working on two series. There’s a breathtaking map I can’t wait to show you. This is a world brimming with romantic adventures.

Shadow & Smite is ready for an August release.

This is the first book in an epic quartet following the adventures of Ayla and Zayne. When I first plotted this project, I looked at my plan and thought “if I can pull this off I’m going to be so proud of myself.” And apparently, I am proud (and that’s a very scary for me to say before a release. But hey, I’m trying to trust myself.)

I can’t wait for this to reach you. I hope you love it as much as I do.

“๐ผ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ.” โ€”๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘›๐‘’

A necromancer holds the strings to my sister’s soul. By rescuing her, I’ll save the Shadow Court.

I have a plan. Itโ€™s a longshot, but it is the best I have. Iโ€™ll draw the attention of undead Shades. The Shades however pursue someone else: Ayla, a beautiful fae I dismissed too quickly. Turns out, there’s something special about herโ€”I just don’t know what it is.

โ€œ๐‘†๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘›, ๐ผโ€™๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ.โ€ โ€”๐ด๐‘ฆ๐‘™๐‘Ž

Iโ€™m on the run, fleeing to the Isles of Fae. As a part-fae bastard, I want to escape my past. Maybe I’ll learn the truth of my heritage or find the Firewolf I see in my visions. Iโ€™m going. And nothing can derail meโ€”at least until Zayne ruins everything.

Because of him, I am branded by Shades. Now a gray blemish grows on my chest. With time, it will bind my soul, kill me, and raise me as an undead. I didnโ€™t escape just to be slain.

Zayne has a remedy, one he will shareโ€”if we save his sister from a necromancer.

My options are limited, and I join his quest. Only I have secrets, and I donโ€™t trust him. Yet every time he heals my brand, he touches my bare skin. With his palm pressed to my heart, Iโ€™m drawn closer to him.

Thereโ€™s no denying the fire between us. Or the obstacles. As my brand and feelings grow, I realize escape was a terrible plan.

๐ด๐‘ข๐‘”๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘…๐‘’๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘’ | ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐ป๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’

Winter Cocoons

Big developments happening over here. I have a brand new series that I’m developingโ€”it’s romantic, fantastical, and epic. The story is set in an entirely new world, and it’s a Fae enemies-to-lovers romance with some truly delicious plot twists. Basically, I’m in absolute love with it, and it’s really hard to keep my mouth shut while it’s in development. Release is expected for Summer 2022. Stay tuned, and I’ll say more as we get closerโ€”trust me, you’ll want to know when ARCs are available.

That’s the big book update from me! I’ll also be in a different cocoon this season, the surgery type. I have a genetic defect that puts me at high risk of breast cancer, and I’ve decided to go forward with a preventative mastectomy. All healing thoughts are greatly appreciated.

So that’s me, wrapped in a cocoon of bodily healing and writing.

I know the world is really messy right now, so please do your best to take care of yourselves, okay? Even if your best feels small, it’s enough. I believe in your ability to keep fighting another day. Even when it’s impossible to see, hope is always there.

With all my love,
Mel

The Becoming Alice trilogy is now available as a 3-in-1 edition with this shiny cover art I’m absolutely obsessed with. Want to try and win a digital copy? [Click here] to enter the Goodreads giveaway, open until Jan 20th. Otherwise, be sure to check out Becoming Alice in [ebook] [paperback] and [hardcover].

After June 2022, the original versions of A Bigfoot’s Gift, A Bigfoot’s Quest, and A Bigfoot’s Destiny will be ebook only. That’s right, these editions will be going out of print. This is the final step in separating the Mel Blooms and Mel Braxton pennames. After June 2022, the only way to have a print version of the series will be the 3-in-1 edition, so if you want a copy of the original prints, click to order [A Bigfoot’s Gift] [A Bigfoot’s Quest] or [A Bigfoot’s Destiny]

Giving Thanks for a New Release

Alice has a destiny. Her actions impact everyone: her friends, family, and the Bigfoot Village. Honestly, itโ€™s too much, and under the pressure, something has to breakโ€ฆ

It’s here. A Bigfoot’s Destiny is now available! The wait is over, and Alice’s series is complete.

I can’t begin to explain how proud I am of this story. This book became a love letter to myself. Questions of deserving affections, the challenges of self compassion, and the difficulty of differences rise again and again in Alice’s final adventure. Writing this was an emotional gauntlet, but I’m still here on the other side.

May you find strength from this storyโ€”I know I did while writing it.

With all my love,

Mel Braxton

Becoming Alice: A Bigfoot’s Trilogy

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A Bigfoot’s Destiny

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Alice’s adventure is coming to an end

Thatโ€™s right! A Bigfootโ€™s Destiny will be here soon. And upon its release, Aliceโ€™s Adventures as a shifting Bigfoot-human are finally come to an end.

This is a bittersweet release for me. Becoming Alice will be my first completed seriesโ€”a goal I have worked toward since I was fourteen. Iโ€™ve fallen in love with Aliceโ€™s character, and Iโ€™ll be sad to stop writing for her. However, I also have amazing projects in the pipeline, and I know this series has already influenced what is coming next.

Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll notice that this book is being published under a different pen name, Mel Blooms. This is still me. To help readers navigate my work, Iโ€™ve separated Aliceโ€™s middle-grade series from my new-adult novels like Wing Builder and Wild Mermaid. Mel Braxton will remain my main pen name and all my communications will continue from here. Thanks for your continued support!

Until next time,
Mel Braxton

Since spring break, Alice has struggled with her new identity. She believes she is a monster, but there is no time for self-pity, not when the Bigfootโ€™s protective boundary is threatening to fail.

Meanwhile, Daylen prepares to pick a new Bigfoot suitor, Mark pressures Alice to tell him the truth, and Payton wants to be more involved, putting herself in danger.

Alice is already pushed to her limits when catastrophe strikes.

Forced into her truebody, Alice must accept her new identity. Completing this quest will require all her courage. It will test all of her relationships, even the one she has with herself.

Hopefully she can do this one thing rightโ€”the future of the Bigfoots depends on her.

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