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 this—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.
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.
Big developments happening over here. I have a brand new series that I’m developing—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 closer—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]
Alice has a destiny. Her actions impact everyone: her friends, family, and the Bigfoot Village. Honestly, it’s too much, and under the pressure, something has to break…
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 story—I know I did while writing it.
That’s right! A Bigfoot’s Destiny will be here soon. And upon its release, Alice’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 series—a goal I have worked toward since I was fourteen. I’ve fallen in love with Alice’s character, and I’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.
I’m sure you’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, I’ve separated Alice’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!