Sunday, April 12, 2015

Art Project Giveaway

The artwork for Perri's sketchbook from The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals is being processed so it can be added to the ebook and print versions of the book. It was great fun to recreate main character Peregrine Storke's imaginative creations, watching as the sketchbook she fell into became a real, tangible thing. I'm happy to announce select artwork from both The Story of Awkward and In the Land of Tea and Ravens are available at Society6.

To celebrate, I'm giving away the winner's choice of a coffee mug or mini print. You can check them all out at any of the links below, but here are a few examples (Rafflecopter below).

The Story of Awkward is currently free at ebook outlets, where the sketchbook will be available as an update upon its release. Print books will not have the sketchbook until later this year. You can watch for that announcement here or from author R.K. Ryals.

Find The Story of Awkward at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble

Thanks to everyone who followed this project and cheered us on. You can see some of the art in progress for this and upcoming projects at my Instagram.

Enter below to win a mug or mini-print of your choice. Open to all countries Society6 ships to and where allowed by law. Bonus entries for follows and reposts :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Reign of Shadows Audiobook Release

Descendants Series book three Reign of Shadows is available now at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible. I'm thrilled to have narrator Khristine Hvam tell Brianna and Aern's story, which you can sample through the video or links below.

Descendants Series
Book Three
Cover Art by Gene Mollica

Brianna can see her future, but it's the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness. 

Unable to bear the idea of losing the footing they've so recently gained, she turns the soldiers of the Seven. But with shadows hidden among the ranks, can she overcome the path they've set in place, or is she blindly following their lead?

Available now at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.

Happy listening!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

King of Ash and Bone Release Day Blitz and Giveaway

Prism Book Tours is hosting the release day blitz for King of Ash and Bone! Check it out below and join the giveaway or sign up for a free review copy. Thanks for reading!

We're Blitzing the Release of
King of Ash and Bone
By Melissa Wright
The first book in The Shattered Realms Series.

Writing a book or series of books is a substantial commitment. Authors spend a lot of time and effort avoiding the temptation of shiny new ideas, because chasing other stories will never get you a finished manuscript. But the best inspirations hang around, waiting in the corners of your mind, tugging at your attention until they've grown too monstrous and delightful to be ignored. These are the stories that are most fun to tell, the ideas that will not be turned away.

I'm happy to report my newest title is just one of these monsters. King of Ash and Bone began niggling at me about midway through the Descendants Series as a simple idea: a magical apocalypse. A heroine with steadfast determination came in next, followed quickly by the handsome anti-hero who just might have what it takes to break her resolve. And of course he would have something to hide that might test them both. I found myself researching end-of-days scenarios in my spare time, gathering images of winged beasts and deserted cities as this new world grew and grew, forming its own brand of chimera and bursting into a second realm, complete with problems of its own.

The Shattered Realms series is certainly lined up to be the most complex I've ever written, and I can only hope it catches readers' hearts and imaginations the way it has mine.

Would you like to sign up to review King of Ash and Bone
Do so HERE!

King of Ash and BoneKing of Ash and Bone
(Shattered Realms, #1)
by Melissa Wright
YA Urban Fantasy, SciFi
February 2nd 2015

When flying monsters break through the veil into her world, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother has been taken, her future has vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. After discovering the breach the creatures used as a gateway, Mackenzie devises a plan to stop them, whatever the cost.

When she finds an injured stranger in the street, he just might be the key she needs to succeed. What Mackenzie doesn't know is that this stranger isn't the helpless boy he appears to be. He's one of the monsters. And he's got plans of his own.

Thrown into a dying city in another realm, Mackenzie is powerless to get back. With the gateway closing, time is not on her side. But the stranger is, and if they can escape execution, this girl and her monster might be able to save both their worlds.

You can read a teaser here.

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.

Blitz Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card
Open internationally
Ends February 9th

Prism Book Tours

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Story of Awkward Art Project

With the King of Ash and Bone release day less than a week away, I've been fortunate to have a number of projects keeping me too busy to be anxious. I'll pop back in on Monday for the big release day blitz with Tressa's Wishful Endings, but for now I thought I'd share some progress on the most enjoyable project I've been working on.

The Story of Awkward Art Project is thoroughly underway, and it's been a strange sort of delight to watch main character Perri's sketchbook come to life. If you missed the prior post, this is from the YA fantasy The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals, wherein poor Perri falls into her own childhood fairytale for an adventure with a onetime nemesis. Once the art is compiled and sketchbook complete, it will be added to the story in both ebook and print.

You can follow our progress on Instagram and YouTube (where I've recently discovered and fallen for time lapse video) or at author R.K. Ryals's site:

We've tried to make it more fun with Flipagrams:

And videos:

And we'd love to hear what you think.

You can download The Story of Awkward now at your favorite ebook retailers free (woohoo!), though the sketchbook will not be added until later this year (but will be available as an update).

Happy reading :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

King of Ash and Bone teaser

The King of Ash and Bone release is just weeks away! As promised, below is a little snippet of chapter one. You can preorder now at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, or find it online February 2nd.

Chapter One

It started with a crack. A roll of thunder. It might have been any other storm. It might not have been world-altering.

And then came the howl—the roar of wind like a train blasting past just outside—and the rush of air as it was stolen from their living room. Mackenzie opened her mouth to scream for her brother, to tell him to take cover, but they could barely make out the debris pelting the windows and the creaking shift of the house’s wood frame over the noise. He looked at her, eyes wide, and she had a remembered flash of terror, of a younger Riley calling her name.

“Kenzie!” His voice broke through, a desperate shout in the squall of the tempest, and she was running, both of them frantic as they headed for the safety of the basement. She shoved him through the hallway, his arms rising to cover his face as the kitchen door slammed open, throwing leaves and limbs and dirt onto a rain-slicked linoleum floor. The sight seemed strange to her, so unnatural against the lifelong image of it clean, its light gold squares decorated with tiny pink flowering buds. And there was something on the wind, some strange mix of ozone and cinnamon that burned her nose, that made her wonder if lightning had struck outside. But there was no flash. Only darkness. Wind.

The roar.

“Go!” she yelled, but Riley couldn't hear her. He was seventeen, but suddenly a boy again, shielding his face from a coming blow. She had to force him through the door that led downstairs. Her eyes caught on the wooden trim, the peeling paint and the worn metal of the lock chain. They hadn't stopped running, but it was as if every detail caught her eye, stretched time so she could afford its notice. And she would remember those details, those tiny, insignificant parts of that moment.
Because it was the moment their lives had changed forever.

Mackenzie Scott had covered her brother’s ears that night, shielded him from the otherworldly scream of uprooted wood and twisting metal as they crouched in the tiny alcove behind the basement’s heating system, huddled into each other, waiting for the fury to cease. She had no idea how long its rage had lasted, though she’d relived it in a thousand nightmares. She only knew one thing: it had been no true storm.

She stared into the wispy clouds outside her window now, alone in the house since the weeks had passed. She wasn't simply unaccompanied in their home, but the entire street, most of the neighborhood. They had run, all of them. She couldn't blame them, really. She’d have gone too if she’d had some place to go.

But she didn't. And she was alone. There was nothing left to do but face the facts: There were creatures outside her window, and there was no place safe on this earth.


Looking forward to sharing this one. Thanks for reading!  <3

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happenings 2015

The King of Ash and Bone release is less than one month away and while I've been happily distracted with several other projects, expect some teasers soon :)  For now, here's my writing inspiration playlist:

You can preorder King of Ash and Bone at Amazon, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble.

I've had the opportunity to hear the audio performance of Descendants Series book three, Reign of Shadows and am thrilled with how it came out. The finished audiobook should hit virtual shelves in February, but I'll be sharing the audio sample here in the coming weeks.

Big news for some other projects that I can't share just yet, but fun things are coming. In a quite unexpected turn of events, I've teamed up with author R.K. Ryals to illustrate her YA fantasy The Story of Awkward.

This is one of my favorite books by R.K. and I'm thrilled to be able to re-create the fairy tale sketchbook drawn by the story's young heroine, Perri. The concept is so fun, because she falls into her own storybook with the characters she'd drawn as a child, only now she's grown up and her childhood nemesis is at her side. You can download the ebook free at Amazon, iTunes, or B&N, but the artwork won't be inside until later this year (the update should automatically be made if you already own the book when the artwork is added). Below is a sample of some of "Perri's" work.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I Am A Reader Holiday Cash Giveaway

Hey guys! I'm sharing the two final giveaways I've sponsored this year:
I Am A Reader $300 Holiday Cash Giveaway (details and Rafflecopter below)
& the Spirit Filled Kindle Christmas Kindle Giveaway (link here)

The King of Ash & Bone preorder is up at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and I'll be sharing a few snippets soon.

Also coming soon is the Reign of Shadows audiobook. Expect a release date post in the coming weeks.

Thanks for all the support and a wonderful year! Happy Holidays <3

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