These long summer days

Hey there! I hope that you are enjoying the summer transition and long sun-soaked evenings. After some pretty big shake-ups, I’ve found my routine. It’s time for me to chase the sun with some dedicated writing and editing.
– Mel Braxton / Myra Bates

June Updates

  • A Bigfoot’s Gift: My feedback is in! I’ll be deep in edits for this story in June. After another round of editing, it’ll be off to proofreading. Reaching the home stretch for this story about a teenager Bigfoot attending high school. Coming to the market this summer!
     
  • Illlium: the Lost World:  First draft  is nearly done! This novella is about a woman stranded on a sentient planet and is on schedule for a fall release.
     
  • The Korai Book:* My traditional-publishing hopeful has been sitting on my shelf for 6-months. Developmental edits are in and it’s time to hash out the next draft for this story.
    *Too many working titles here to simply pick one. Possibilities include: The Psykik AcademyCollapsars RisingJourney from Eden, and (best of all) Jayne and Jude go to Space!

May is an adventure of transitions

Hi readers, writing to you today from a new home! My books are still in boxes, (boo!) but the rest of the home is turning out lovely. Can’t wait to put my new office together, finish settling in, and dig into my summer projects!
– Mel Braxton / Myra Bates

May Updates

  • A Bigfoot’s Gift went through two revisions and is now in the hands of editors! It amazes me how a draft comes together in revisions. Expect this to hit the market in June/July!

    When Alice reached her fourteenth summer, she knew her life was going to change. She was an adolescent in the Bigfoot village and her parents would choose her first suitor.  However, Alice didn’t expect to receive a gift from the Fae – a gift that allows her to take a human form, forever changing the direction of her life.
     
  • Introducing Illium: the Lost World. This is a little novelette I’ve been daydreaming of for over a year now. The first draft is in the works with plans to release in late summer.

April showers will bring … summer publications?

Welcome to my blog post! Hopefully, this will be the first of many monthly updates. This will be my place to not only keep readers up-to-date on recent happenings but a place of personal accountability. Thanks for your support in this crazy and awesome lifestyle.
– Mel / Myra

P.S. If there is any content you are looking for in these posts, feel free to let me know. I’m open to suggestions.

What happened in March:

  • Living Without the Dead was released! I’m incredibly proud of this final product and happy to share it with readers.

    Due to the highly intimate nature of this piece, the final stages of production were un/surprisingly draining. However, the feedback I’ve received suggests I succeeded in my goals and wrote something cathartic!
     
  • The first draft for A Bigfoot’s Gift was completed and this book is on pace for a summer release. While writing, the plot took some twists that made the story better. I can’t wait to share this narrative. Synopsis below:

    When Alice reached her fourteenth summer, she knew her life was going to change. She was an adolescent in the Bigfoot village and her parents would choose her first suitor.  However, Alice didn’t expect to receive a gift from the Fae – a gift that allows her to take a human form, forever changing the direction of her life.

Plans for April:

  • I’ll finish the big-picture editing for A Bigfoot’s Gift before sending it off for external editing and fine-tuning.
     
  • My personal life will be a touch messy: we are moving to our first house! Budgeting an unfortunate amount of time for housework and the move – but no worries – I’ll hit the ground running once my new office is set up!