Mel Sterling


New Release: Wordless — Pink Sofa Secrets, Book One!


I’m so excited to bring you Wordless, the first in my Romantic Suspense series Pink Sofa Secrets.
Read on for more details and purchase links below the cover image.


Wordless: Romantic suspense. First in the Pink Sofa Secrets series. Available October 17, 2016.
Ebook (ISBN 9780997139181): ~ | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |iTunes iBooks | ~

Trade Paperback (ISBN 9780997139150): Coming soon!

Disaster reporter and internet celebrity Jack Tucker is disillusioned after a stint embedded in Iraq. The IED that destroyed his team’s Humvee brought him tragedy and regret, robbing him of the joy he took in his job—or anything else. He spends his days in a small Camden bookshop, struggling with writer’s block, until the elderly proprietor dies, leaving him adrift.

Lexie Worth abandoned a promising career to keep her uncle’s beloved bookstore alive. But the store’s tabby cat hates her, local poets invade twice a month for scurrilous readings, and she knows she shouldn’t get involved with sexy, troubled strangers like Jack. When the FBI comes knocking, with suspicions of fraud and racketeering, Lexie realizes someone’s after more than a first edition or two.

Someone’s been using the bookstore to hide their crimes. Someone dangerous—maybe even deadly. Jack wants to protect Lexie—if he can believe her. And if she doesn’t find out exactly who he is…

Wordless, Book One of the Pink Sofa Secrets series.


New Novella Available: VOICE OF THE KNIFE

Hello again! Just popping in to report that my novella Voice of the Knife is available as part of the Teeth, Long and Sharp anthology!  I’m so excited to be a part of this anthology. A set of six tales to put you in the mood for Halloween.  For those of you who’ve followed me a while, this is the story about the paranormal woodpeckers I used to joke on Twitter about. It turns out, those woodpeckers are no joking matter. In fact, they’re downright dangerous and more than a little creepy.  Read on for more details.

Teeth, Long and Sharp: A collection of tales sharp and pointed. Featuring authors Grace Draven, Antioch Grey, Aria M. Jones, Jeffe Kennedy and Mel Sterling. Short stories and novellas featuring the paranormal and strange, vampires, mermaids and monsters of all sorts. Dark Contemporary Fantasy Romance. Available October 6, 2016.
Ebook only. (ISBN 9780997139143): ~ | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |iTunes iBooks | ~

Here be monsters. With teeth, long and sharp.

IVORIES by Aria M. Jones – Eleanor resents the afternoons sacrificed to piano lessons and a disagreeable teacher who gloats over her failures and humiliations. Today, it’s Mrs. Lundemann’s turn for a sacrifice of a very different nature…

NIGHT TIDE by Grace Draven – Something hunts the surf at night, luring villagers to their deaths with a lullaby of sorrow and the torture of nightmares. Blessed with the gift of water-sight, Zigana Imre senses the presence of an ancient predator possessing a taste for human flesh sweetened by grief. With the help of a child of earth, she will battle a spawn of the sea to protect a loved one and save a man who will one day save a world.

THE NOISE OF FUR by Jeffe Kennedy – The first time, it came at night…

In the forest, a Thing prowls, picking off members of young Raven’s tribe. If they flee their home, they face starvation. If only Raven can answer the question of what kind of fur makes that noise.

VENETRIX by Antioch Grey – A merchant and a poet come to the City, seeking justice for the murder of a relative, and if justice cannot be found, they will have revenge. They collude with vampires, negotiate with mermaids, share ale and meat pies with gargoyles and navigate the prisons, waterways and court system of a city ruled by a Master possessing long life and even longer teeth.

The City will make you a fortune, or it will kill you, but it will always change you.

THE VAMPIRES OF MULBERRY STREET by Aria M. Jones – Living the simple life in small town Indiana, Mrs. H has everything she could possibly ever want: a cozy house, peace and quiet, and a garden that is the envy of Mulberry Street. But when sinister outsiders disrupt the tranquility of her neighborhood, it might be time for her to come out of retirement and take up tools more deadly than pruning shears and a trowel.

VOICE OF THE KNIFE by Mel Sterling – Biologist Charles Napier doesn’t mind getting lost in a Florida swamp—it’s part of a scientist’s job. Logic and training will get him out safely. Except lurking in this swamp, there’s a monster Napier’s science can’t explain…a lonely, exquisite, desperate monster.

~Foreword by Ilona Andrews~








Cover Reveal! Wordless, first book in the Pink Sofa Secrets series!

Here’s the front (and also ebook) cover of Wordless, coming this October. Sexy romantic suspense set in a bookstore!

Many thanks to the fabulous Skyla of Indigo Chick Designs for her patience, diligence, and endless searches of stock photos to make it just right.

We’ll be back soon with the full wrap cover for the print version. Meanwhile…a little taste to whet your appetite.

When Uncle Horace died, Lexie inherited everything.
One small-town bookstore.
One crabby bookstore cat.
A dozen questionable poets.
One ugly pink antique sofa.
One sexy customer with a secret.
Two angry FBI agents after millions in stolen data…

…and one hell of a problem.


Announcing a new romantic suspense series, coming this fall!

WORDLESS, the first in my new romantic suspense series, PINK SOFA SECRETS.

Wordless: Book 1 of Pink Sofa Secrets

Wordless: Book 1 of Pink Sofa Secrets

More details soon!

New (re)Release! No Accounting for Magic is live!

I’ve just revised and republished two shorter works (a novelette and a novella) together in a single volume. These were written under my pseudonym Nina Merrill, which I use for the more spicy romances I write, where the intimacy levels and descriptions are high. Please welcome No Accounting for Magic, containing the tales “Genie, No Bottle” and “Paint It Black.” You’ll find buy links at the bottom of this post and on the book page elsewhere on the site. Scroll past the cover image for the book description.

Special introductory price of $1.99 everywhere!

NoAccounting 6x9 cover from Lora

Here’s the description:
No Accounting for Magic – What happens when straitlaced accountants find love–and magic? Mel Sterling, writing as Nina Merrill, brings these erotic tales together for the first time, proving that playing by the numbers, sorcery, guacamole, and a few too many tentacles can be delicious indeed.

Genie, No Bottle – Being cursed with a genie is bad for your dating life. Now that accountant Laura Jayne is ready to settle down, her family’s ethereal servant Samir has started acting up. He’s her best friend, and Laura’s determined to set him free. But what happens when your genie wants something else entirely?

Paint It Black
– When Mason Whitlock swears he’s being haunted, neighborhood psychic Cassandra Farris doubts him entirely. Who would haunt an accountant, especially one so buttoned-up and conventional? Mason’s desperate, and Cassie begins to believe him. Good thing she’s a whiz at protective magic.

Unfortunately, only fire fights fire–and this haunting is a powerful erotic spell. Ridding Mason of it turns out to be more pleasure than work. Except once Cassie pries its victim away, the hungry, furious spirit seeks a new target: Cassie herself.

Ebook (ISBN 9780997139129): ~ | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |iTunes iBooks | ~


Coming this month, No Accounting for Magic, a collection of two of the shorter works I published as Nina Merrill a few years ago. The rights have reverted to me, so I’ve tidied the stories up a bit, given them a fun new cover, and soon they’ll be available in ebook format! No Accounting for Magic contains the paranormal erotic novelette “Genie, No Bottle” and novella “Paint It Black.” More details coming soon, but meanwhile, meet the besotted, beloved and bejeweled genie, Samir. Many thanks to my fabulous team for all the help with the cover art!

NoAccounting 6x9 cover from Lora

4 Stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews for TRUEHEART

So excited to share with you this wonderful review of Trueheart from Romantic Times Book Reviews! Four stars!

Jill M. Smith has this to say about Trueheart:

Fantasy romance is making a welcome resurgence and adds a talented new voice with Sterling’s launch of her Portland After Dark series. … Sterling brings a fresh and edgy style to this story that introduces both the heroine and readers into a violent and dangerous world. An extremely compelling start to a series with a ton of promise!

Click to follow this link to the whole review on Romantic Times.

~ Find Trueheart at these retailers: | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |iTunes iBooks | ~

Excerpt: Chapter One of TRUEHEART

Happy New Year! And to start things off with a bang, here’s the first chapter of Trueheart for your entertainment! Pre-order links are at the bottom of the chapter, just in case you find this little taste to your liking and want to read more. Trueheart is available starting January 12, 2016.

Trueheart Copyright © 2015 Mel Sterling


Murder, mayhem. Torture and titillation.

Thomas would do, and had done, anything she asked.

He bowed his head enough to be respectful, though he kept his eyes on the Queen’s. The band circling his left arm below his biceps grew warmer, as it always did in her presence. When she was displeased with him, it burned and throbbed like the stings of a hundred wasps. When she wished him before her, it tightened until he came to her side. As a motivator, it was effective. After two centuries, it was appreciably thinner than it had been when she first wound the filaments of gold-laced bone around his arm. Each strand represented a task, the Queen’s bidding to be done. Only when every strand had snapped and curled away like a broken harp string would Thomas be free again.

He had never dared to ask what kind of bone it was. He wasn’t sure, even now, that he wanted to know. Knowledge wouldn’t change a thing as far as Thomas’s bondage was concerned.

“Those are my possessions. I will not have them taken from me.”

Thomas knew he could not ask the question the Queen’s statements begged. Why was she keeping precious things at the goblin market? Why not somewhere here at court, safe from thieves? The Queen had her reasons, and it was not his place to question them.

But it was appropriate to ask what had been stolen.

“What do they look like, these possessions, my Lady, so I may guard them properly?” Continue reading

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TRUEHEART available for pre-order!

I am delighted to announce that Trueheart is available for pre-order! The official release date is January 12, 2016. Meanwhile, here’s a little taste from the back cover to give you a feel for what the book’s about.

If you’re here visiting from Grace Draven‘s Master of Crows ornament contest, just drop a comment stating whether you’re in the US or outside the US. From the comments here, Grace will choose one winner from each of the two categories! You do not have to pre-order Trueheart to win (though of course we’d be thrilled if you decide to do that!). Pre-order links are at the bottom of the page.


Loyalty. Desperation. Grief.

Eight months ago a mysterious drug killed Tess Gordon’s brother, and now it’s spreading through her rehab counseling clients. They all claim they’re not addicted, the drug leaves no trace except its drained victims, and the cops aren’t interested. Aching with loss, Tess vows to find the source. What she finds instead is Thomas.

Slavery. Duty. Enchantment.

Thomas, the half-fae guardian of the goblin market, has plenty of problems—and just got another one. Pressed into the service of the Unseelie Queen, all he wants is his freedom. But Tess won’t go away, and the human girl is in way over her head.

One perilous late-autumn night, the fae and human worlds collide. Tess’s and Thomas’s separate tasks are inextricably tangled. Now, a half-fae and a human rehab counselor must walk the knife-edge of obligation, love, death and transformation–with the entire Unseelie Court, including the malevolent Wild Hunt, out for their blood.

Welcome to Portland, After Dark…

Check back in a couple of days! I’ll post the first chapter of Trueheart for you to sample.

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UPDATE 12/20/2015 6:55PM Pacific Standard Time – Contest has closed. Winners will be randomly chosen via numbers generated on Grace or I will be contacting the winners via the email address you supplied when you commented. Thanks for visiting, everyone! It was lovely meeting you all. –Mel

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