Dragons, Gargoyles, and Scarecrows, oh myyy

It’s a cover reveal sort of day.

Cursed with the Dragon Prince is shiny and nearing publication. To celebrate, here’s a cover and blurb reveal! Keep scrolling to learn more about Monster’s Duet, my coauthor project with Naomi Lucas.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง. During a storm at sea, Iโ€™m tossed overboard and my family abandons me. Stranded, I wake on a beach with black sand, discovering Iโ€™m far from my human home and marooned on the Isles of Fae.

Iโ€™m found by a dragon fae, a powerful prince, who upon seeing me, is consumed by rage, chasing me into a dark cave.

Despite his terrifying strength, I learn he is as lonely as I am, and soon, he craves for me as I lust for him. Except we remain divided, bound to the roles expected by his clan.

They call me the Blessed One. Their deity has cursed them for their kingโ€™s transgressions, but if I survive the rites of queenshipโ€”surrendering my future, risking my lifeโ€”I can end their curse.

My family ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘‘ abandon me. The offer ๐‘–๐‘  tempting.

๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž.

๐ถ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ท๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ผ๐‘ ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐น๐‘Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘’. ๐‘ƒ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿr๐‘’๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ . ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘–๐‘๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘  18+

Excited to announce my coauthor project: Monster’s Duet! I’ve teamed up with Naomi Lucas, my awesome friend and editing client (Naga Brides) to write two monster romance novels.

Two heroines will be chased, spooked, and ultimately loved by their beastly men. Together, these characters will face dark forces in their chaotic worlds. Set in a small town, these somewhat cozy, somewhat horror, romantic adventures mix survival and mystery. And of course, every adventure ends with a HEA.

These monster romances will NOT be for exclusively sweet romance readers. Consider this your first (of many) warnings.

To ensure these stories are everything we dreamed they could be, we’ve been pushing ourselves and each other to become our best author selves. And now the preorders are live. Can’t wait to share these with you next fall!

More Books from the Isles of Fae

It’s been about two months since the launch of Shadow and Smite, and I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this launch! As an author, it is an honor when my books reach their readers, and I’m eager to send more stories your way.

Cursed with the Dragon Prince will be my next book. This is a standalone romance set in the Isles of Fae universe, focusing on the isle of Wisp and the dragon fae who live there. This story is deeply transformative and beautiful in its expression of curses and blessings. If you’ve enjoyed the throne and land-as-deity concepts from Isles of Fae universe, you’ll love this story.

You can preorder Cursed with the Dragon Prince [here]. I’m aiming to publish this in February/March.

In other news, book two of the Shadow and Smite quarter is in development. I’ll share chapter one in January! I’ve got a surprise bonus epilogue in the works too, featuring Rhett and Eleanor.

Thanks again for your support! I’m excited to get my next books to you soon!

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]