Melissa Wright

Publisher info

Melissa is the author of more than a dozen YA and fantasy novels including The Frey Saga and Between Ink and Shadows. When not writing she can generally be found talking with an author friend about a book, painting something from a book, or tucked between headphones listening to a book. It’s kind of a theme. She loves reasonable heroines in unreasonable situations, noble--if brooding--heroes, slow burn and sweet kisses, a lot of havoc, and a little magic. Stay updated on works in progress at Instagram or contact her through the web at www.melissa-wright.com

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Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to choose. I always love stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Rainbow Rowell, George RR Martin, Laini Taylor, Neil Gaiman.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There's very little that I spend not doing something book related, but I love to get outdoors, or to paint and draw. I'm learning digital art lately and spending a lot of time in Photoshop. It's a challenge, but not the stressful sort.
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Where to find Melissa Wright online

Series

Rivenwilde
Slip into clean, slow-burn romance with a properly stabby heroine and the low commitment of a standalone series in these light regency fantasy romps for fans of Enchantment of Ravens and Little Thieves.
Beyond the Filigree Wall
Price: $4.99 USD.
Between Ink and Shadows
Magical contracts, blood-debt accountants, and a deadly game. A dark and twisty fantasy that pits magic against kings, perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and The Shadows Between Us.
The Frey Saga
Dark magic. Fierce heroes. The fate of the kingdoms hangs on Frey’s next move.
Bad Medicine
Witches. Sisters. A curse gone wrong. Practical Magic meets Forces of Nature in this PNR standalone series.
Shattered Realms
Two worlds collide as fae-like creatures break through from another realm in this magical post apocalypse adventure.
King of Ash and Bone
Price: $2.99 USD.
Queen of Iron and Blood
Price: $2.99 USD.
Descendants Series
She's the Chosen. He's her protector. Together, they'll take on destiny.
Bound by Prophecy
Price: Free!
Shifting Fate
Price: $2.99 USD.
Reign of Shadows
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Beyond the Filigree Wall
Series: Rivenwilde. Pre-release—available July 14, 2023. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A dark curse. A deadly secret. The ill-fated girl at the heart of both. Slip into clean, slow-burn romance with a properly stabby heroine and the low commitment of a standalone series in this light regency fantasy romp for fans of Enchantment of Ravens and Little Thieves.
Between Ink and Shadows (Books 1-3)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 164,950. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Nimona Weston has a debt to pay. Her father’s dealings with the dark society known as the Trust cost Nim her freedom. There’s one way out of the contract on her life and that’s to bide her time and pay magic's tithes. But when the Trust assigns Nim to a task in the king’s own castle, her freedom is not the only thing she’ll risk. (Three book set.)
Beneath Stone and Sacrifice
Series: Between Ink and Shadows. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,570. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Nimona Weston has fallen into a game from which there’s no agreeable way out. The stakes have risen, putting everyone she loves at risk. As she uncovers old secrets, the dark magic resting in the foundations of Inara begin to stir. She’s running out of time. If Nim can’t find a way to stop the queen, the Trust will rise like the river of beneath the kingdom, devouring everything in its path.
Before Crown and Kingdom
Series: Between Ink and Shadows. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,570. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Nimona Weston’s debts are paid. Her contract with the dark society known as the Trust is broken. But the magical ties that bind her to a long-ago bargain are rooted deep. She’s thrust back into the life she was forced from as a girl and now her every move is under the watchful eye of the king. A king who wants her dead. But fate has plans of its own.
Between Ink and Shadows
Series: Between Ink and Shadows. Price: Free! Words: 61,760. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Magical contracts. Blood-debt accountants. A deadly game. Nimona Weston has a debt to pay. Her father’s dealings with the dark society known as the Trust cost Nim her freedom. There’s one way out of the contract on her life and that’s to bide her time and pay the tithes. But when the Trust assigns Nim to a task in the king’s own castle, her freedom is not the only thing she’ll risk.
Seven Ways to Kill a King
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,320. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
She was born a princess. They made her an assassin. Princess Myrina of Stormskeep should be dead. The seven murderous kings thought she was killed in their massacre. But Myrina lives, and while she draws breath, she plots their end. But vengeance rarely goes according to plan. Sweet and slightly stabby, this YA fantasy is perfect for fans of Shielded and The Princess Will Save You.
The Frey Saga: Books 1-6
Price: $16.99 USD. Words: 339,020. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Frey lives in a world where humans are fairy tales. A world where her power is faint, her magic is broken. But that life is a lie. Secrets unravel to reveal a dark history, a danger to not only her life but the tenuous peace of the realm. With the aid of seven strangers, she must mend the shattered bits of herself, even if it means breaking her mind along the path to redemption.
The Frey Saga (Books 4-6)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 154,000. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A dark history shadows the realm, holding the tenuous peace between its people by a thread. As secrets unravel, Frey's kingdom is threatened at every turn. But old bargains cannot be broken and only she holds the fate of both the fey and elven lands in her half-blood hands. This collection includes The Frey Saga Book IV: Venom and Steel, Book V: Shadow and Stone, and Book VI: Feather and Bone
The Frey Saga Book VI: Feather and Bone
Series: The Frey Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,770. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A bargain with a fey lord cannot be unbroken. Frey holds the fate of both the fey and elven lands in her half-blood hands. The encroaching darkness has crept past the boundary and claimed a life as its toll. If she doesn’t discover a way to end it, the next casualty could be one of her own.
The Frey Saga Book V: Shadow and Stone
Series: The Frey Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,390. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
After a perilous clash with the fey, the changeling who betrayed the paramount of their laws and threatens the safety of both realms has gone into hiding. Frey and her Seven are running out of time to find him, and to cure the darkness poisoning the fey lands before it overflows into the rest of the realm. But ancient bargains begin to unravel, revealing more forces at play than it seems.
Blood & Brute & Ginger Root
Series: Bad Medicine. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,910. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
Diana Coulton doesn’t have time for love. She’s got the family herb & book shop to tend to, not to mention her chaotic sisters and censorious cat. No matter what she might want, romance is on the backburner for this Coulton sister. Until the night well-meaning Bernie decides to fix all that. But magic used to spur romance has a tendency to go haywire, and before long, Di has a hex on her hands.
Shattered Realms: Books 1-2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,570. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Magic, Monsters, and Mayhem This Shattered Realms Box Set includes KING OF ASH AND BONE and QUEEN OF IRON AND BLOOD When monsters break through the veil between worlds, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. She devises a plan to stop them, and finds an injured stranger that just might be the key. But he's not the helpless boy he appears to be. And he's got plans of his own.
Queen of Iron and Blood
Series: Shattered Realms. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,190. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mackenzie Scott is trapped in another realm, but that’s the least of her problems. Magic runs through her veins, and even now she can feel herself changing. Worse, Mackenzie’s not just a monster. She’s their queen. Hunter had one job: open the gateway between worlds to keep his realm alive. He hadn't counted on a king's betrayal. Now he's caught in a war of worlds, fighting for beast and man.
Reign of Queens
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 168,830. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Magic, Maidens, and Mayhem Three Full-Length Fantasy Series Starters from Author Melissa Wright This collection includes The Frey Saga book one: Frey, Descendants Series book one: Bound by Prophecy, and Shattered Realms book one: King of Ash and Bone
The Frey Saga Book IV: Venom and Steel
Series: The Frey Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,240. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
No one to trust. It’s dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can't decipher the clues, one of her Seven might pay with their life. But winged gods and high fey tricksters are plotting to steal more than a Halfling. If she can’t regain her guard and get a grip on her powers, the fate of the lands will rest in fey hands.
King of Ash and Bone
Series: Shattered Realms. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,840. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
When monsters break through the veil between worlds, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother is marked, her future is gone, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. She devises a plan to stop them, and finds an injured stranger that just might be the key. But he's not the helpless boy he appears to be. And he's got plans of his own.
Reign of Shadows
Series: Descendants Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,550. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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. Unable to bear 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?
Descendants Series
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 145,110. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Box set includes: BOUND BY PROPHECY -- Aern's only job is to protect the chosen. Emily just wants her sister back. Together, they'll take on destiny. SHIFTING FATE -- Brianna Drake was born to save the world. Logan was sent to watch over her. Neither expects what fate has in store. REIGN OF SHADOWS -- They thought they'd set things to right, beaten the prophecy. The shadows have other plans.
Shifting Fate
Series: Descendants Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,610. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Brianna Drake was born to save the world. Trouble is, she doesn't have the slightest idea how. Her visions should have given her the answer, but they’re beginning to shift, making the danger too unpredictable, even for a prophet. If she can help her sister restore their hidden powers, she might be able to stop what’s coming. But an old enemy returns and he’s got plans for Brianna and her visions.
Bound by Prophecy
Series: Descendants Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 54,220. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Aern's only job is to protect the chosen. Things are tricky enough, but when her sister shows up to take Aern hostage, all bets are off. He discovers she's working toward her own prophecy, and he's got no choice but to keep her safe. When the opposition descends, their only hope is to stick together, but the truth unravels, and together might prove the biggest complication of them all.
The Frey Saga (Books 1-3)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 185,290. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(2.00 from 1 review)
Includes Book I: Frey, Book II: Pieces of Eight, the short story Molly, and Book III: Rise of the Seven. Bound from magic and hunted by council, Frey is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But as her magic and memories return, she begins to suspect the band of strangers are not what they seem. They help her destroy the bonds, but securing her rightful place will take more than magic alone.
The Frey Saga Book III: Rise of the Seven
Series: The Frey Saga, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,620. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
As Frey works to regain control of the North, a small silver dagger nearly brings her end. She raises her guard and proves her abilities, but another attempt on her life, from what appears to be fey, reveals not all are pleased with her return. If she could only figure out the force behind the attacks, she might be able to relax enough to decide what to do about her other problem... Chevelle.
The Frey Saga: Molly
Series: The Frey Saga, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Molly dreamt her whole life of living in a world of magic... until the day she walked into one. This short story falls between The Frey Saga Book II: Pieces of Eight and Book III: Rise of the Seven.
The Frey Saga Book II: Pieces of Eight
Series: The Frey Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,240. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
After revealing a dark past, Frey is forced to join with a group of strangers whose pasts seem to intertwine with her own. She struggles to regain her memories, her full power, only to find there is more danger on the other side. And now, there is no turning back.
Frey
Series: The Frey Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(3.50 from 10 reviews)
Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she's ever known.

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Smashwords book reviews by Melissa Wright

  • Black Woods: Book 1 (Black Woods Series) on Feb. 19, 2012

    In the interest of full disclosure, the author is my aunt. That said, I was surprisingly pleased with the story. The heroine (and her side-kick sister) are in their sixties, something I found refreshing. The story centers around her and her family, their love of mushroom hunting, and a mysterious being in a section of the woods they hunt. Their fear of the creature is put to the test when four hunters go into the black woods and can't all make it out. It is a quick and easy read, but what I loved the most is that, every now and again, the author used a turn of phrase that made me laugh out loud. For instance, when a carload of young men are teasing each other, she says, "laughter filled the car like poisonous gas." It was a fun read.
  • Redemption (Redemption Series Book 1) on June 05, 2012

    Redemption was one of the best books I've read in a long time. When Dayton (Day) suffers a painful loss and is forced into an unhappy situation, she pretty much numbs herself to it, until she turns seventeen and she's unexpectedly pulled into a world she didn't know existed. Handsome strangers appear in her life and suddenly no one, not her family or trusted friends, is who they seemed and she's forced to rely on the one person logic says she shouldn't. Thrown together against their will, they must fight for their lives as she realizes she's part of something bigger (and more dangerous) than she could have ever imagined. It's good stuff! I literally couldn't put it down. Plenty of action, a little romance, tons of suspense. The whole series is fantastic.