Sparkly Summer Reading

One of my favorite things about summer is reading on the patio. I might get a little hot and sweaty, but there is something undeniably magical about it. Despite all the unusual circumstances, I believe we can all find a little magic this summer.

It’s been a busy first half of 2020 with the dual releases of The Wild Mermaid and A Bigfoot’s Quest. But totally worth it. Now they’re here, ready to capture your imagination.

As for me, it’s time for me to look forward. There are two manuscripts I’m prioritizing: Wing Builder and A Bigfoot’s Destiny. I’m pretty thrilled to be sharing early blurbs for these with you today. Since these are still taking shape, I’ll give more concrete updates in my fall update.

That’s about it for me. It’s been fun to publish two novels in 2020, but now it’s time for me to lay a little lower and dig into first-drafts again. Stay safe and take care!

Happy reading,

Mel Braxton

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Wing Builder

Wren was a determined student with an ambitious five year plan. When a winged man rescues her from an assassination attempt, she is swept into a different realm where flight is necessary for life. To survive, Wren must navigate a politically arranged marriage, the intricacies of science-magic, and her own flightlessness.

A Bigfoot’s Destiny (Alice’s Shapeshifting Adventure, Book 3 of 3)

Volleyball is back in season and frenemies Alice and Lexi must work together for the sake of their team. Meanwhile, when both Bigfoots and classmates start disappearing, Alice and her friends will have to intervene.

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Spring 2020 update: stay home and read?

Hey readers,

I’m writing this with the hope that you’re okay during these dynamic times. I’m incredibly blessed that my publishing has stayed on schedule and here to tell you that The Wild Mermaid has been released.

That’s right. The Wild Mermaid is here! I love this story so much, and if I begin talking about why, then I’ll be rambling here for hours and I’m pretty sure nobody wants that… So I’m just going to say: I hope this narrative is entertaining (it is an awesome Atlantean adventure) and maybe even offers perspective on fighting for hope.

And in other news, editing for A Bigfoot’s Quest has begun! I’m pretty sure it’ll be published within two months. So yeah, get ready for some more Alice.

And those are the big updates from me. Take care, okay?

With love,
Mel Braxton

Cora was thrilled. Today she would reach Atlantis, and after a long migration she was eager to finish the journey.

But when the Queen appoints Cora as the next soloist, she must take an unusual medication called physic. As the drug reshapes her mind, Cora discovers Atlantis to be far more sinister than her daydreams.

To escape, Cora must navigate the Queen’s palace. Along the way, she is befriended and betrayed. She learns that myths can be lies and tragedies often leave scars.

It’s an adventure that’ll ultimately transform her into The Wild Mermaid.

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Paperback coming soon!

Cheers to those winter feels!

Woohoo! It’s 2020, and we made it into another year! (and decade!?)

In terms of indie publishing, three books doesn’t feel like much—but it was HUGE for me. One year ago, I was in the throes of a career crisis and realizing I needed to go forward with Plan C: begin writing full time. Admittedly, this wasn’t my Plan A, but there you go. Life doesn’t need to follow my plans to be awesome.

2019 is complete and I’ve got three publications to share: Living Without the Dead, A Bigfoot’s Gift, and Illiam. Furthermore, I have two more first drafts done: A Bigfoot’s Quest and The Wild Mermaid.

As for 2020, I’ve got so many goals that I’m hesitant to announce them, after all, life is chaotic. However, I will confess that both A Bigfoot’s Quest and The Wild Mermaid are into editing.

It’s gonna be a good year.


Don’t know about you, but I’m ready for that cozy fall weather

Hey readers,

I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made over the last few months — A Bigfoot’s Gift is out, Illiam is in beta reading, and A Bigfoot’s Quest is on pace for a spring 2020 release.

A Bigfoot’s Quest is proving to be a quick paced adventure. Alice is gets to meet her ma, and of course, nothing goes as planned. I’m really excited with how this narrative is pacing and how my writing style continues to mature. I really can’t wait to share this next adventure with you. 

Cheers and happy reading,
— Mel

Fall updates

  • A Bigfoot’s Gift was released! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet…buy it now! Or…inside scoop, wait for Oct. 11-13 because I’m running a promo and the ebook will be free.
  • Illiam is in beta edits and is currently free to read on Wattpad. Final version to be released December 2020. Read the beta version here.
  • The Wild Mermaid: This live first draft keeps getting more and more interesting! This is an underwater adventure about a mermaid learning the underwater realm is much darker than she expected. I’m estimating this will be completely online in late 2019.  [read here]

Whoa! It’s release day

…and happiest of Thursdays to you too.

I’m simply ecstatic to share this news with you: A Bigfoot’s Gift is now available! This YA fantasy is available through kindle and print, just follow this link.

To be honest, a lot of things had to fall apart before this book could be written. I wish I could say “it all fell together for the best,” but that’s not quite true. Instead, I’ll say: I’m glad to have made it here, there was a time I wasn’t sure I would.

Bottom line: I’m thankful to have this story to share.

Mel Braxton