Fall leaves, cozy reads, and a new Wing Builder preview

Happy fall and big news! I’ve just finished the first draft of Wing Builder, and to celebrate, I’m sharing a new preview today at the bottom of this message!

The rains have started here and my burrowing-instinct has entered over-drive, desperate to make my home a little extra cozy. It’s been a great environment for the last stretch of Wing Builder’s first draft.

It’s been amazing to see this draft come together. This setting is breathtaking, these characters are complex with rich relationships, and the plot—oh, is it exciting.

There remains plenty of editing between now and publication—my first drafts can be pretty messy—but completing the first write-through is still a critical point in development. I’m already excited for the day I’ll share this story with you.

Hope you enjoy the blurb and wishing you cozy days of reading,
Mel Braxton

He has his wings, she needs to build hers.

Wren was a determined student with the 5-year plan to prove it. Silver-eyed and a little bit different, growing up hadn’t been easy, but now her plans are finally coming to fruition. Everything was going perfectly… Until the assassin attacked.

Ezal was head guard and had reached the end of his goals. Because of his gray-wings, evidence of Letharia’s Blight, it was the most he hoped to become. His fascination with Earthan science would never be more than a peculiarity.

When an assassin attacks Wren, Ezal saves her. He returns her to Letharia, the homeworld she didn’t know she had. Due to the mysterious deaths of her birth parents, she is now heir to her house and, despite her winglessness, must be established as Lady Bani.

But power comes with a cost. Wren must marry—and quickly—for she needs a winged spouse to carry her in the upcoming rite. Her pedigreed suitors are eager, but none have caught her eye—not the way gray-winged Ezal has.

As the assassination attempts continue, Ezal and Wren race against time. They must uncover the truth of their attackers—and the value of their love—before making decisions they’ll both regret.

Wing Builder is a sci-fantasy romance. Expect aerial world-building and a swoon-worthy romance torn by political agendas. This story features a competition between suitors, beautiful dresses, an unhealthy obsession with string theory, and so many feathers. Coming March 2021.

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.

Purchase the Wild Mermaid digitally:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0864YBJH9
CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0864YBJH9
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0864YBJH9
AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0864YBJH9

Paperback coming soon!