Mel Sterling


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


  1. You go girl! Whooooooo! Can’t wait till it’s out. (Don’t enter me into Grace’s giveaway, lol)

  2. Hello, I am looking forward to finding out more about your book. The cover and title have me intrigued. I am for Florida and was sent to look you up by Grace Draven who I love.

  3. Looking forward to reading Trueheart. I like things set near where I live, and this sounds really interesting. I’m in the US. I need to add Grace Draven to my TBR list as well.

  4. Aaaand, here I am, competing like a shameless fan girl, for Grace’s ornament. Just being honest. 🙂 That being said, I have been eagerly awaiting your book to come out, and will be happily one-clicking the moment it is. I read a couple of the excerpts and, it’s gonna be good!
    PS: I love exchanging comments with you on FB. And, remind me to send you some info on Shrubs. And not the kind you plant in your front yard.

  5. I will definitely be buying this book. Sounds so good. Glad it will be available on the Canadian book sites as well!

  6. Hello everyone! Lovely to see you. Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest!

  7. Congrats and looking forward to the release. Came here whist waiting for THAT book from Ms Draven. I’m in London.

  8. Pre-ordered! Can’t wait! WOOOOOOO FOR YOOOOOOOU!!!!

  9. This looks like it’s going to be an intense and original UF. If the first chapter is as good as the teasers Grace has posted, you can definitely count me in for getting it next year, though maybe not immediately: I don’t yet know how much Kindle cash will be in my stocking this year!

    For the MoC ornament giveaway contest, I’m in New York state, USA.

  10. Hey Mel!

    Your book truly sounds amazing! I honestly can’t wait to read it! I was sent here by Grace Draven for her giveaway. But you’re book sounds right up my alley and I find it amazing that you’re getting into self publishing! Good luck and know that I’ll be reading it! 🙂 oh and I’m from Canada! 🙂

  11. I kind of love that you are calm, cool, and collected while Grace is super hyped for you. I’ve been the hyped friend many times. Congrats on your new book! I’ll definitely be back to check out the sample. Looking forward to it!
    – Madison from CA, USA

  12. Love the cover. Pre-ordered, of course! I have been following you on Grace’s site. I just have to ask about the alpacas next door. Really? I would love that! Congrats on this book! I cannot wait to read it and just know it will be awesome! Enjoy your holidays!

    • I’m also interested in these alpacas!

      • Alpacas will LAUGH AT YOU when you are doing things they find funny, like trying to excavate the water meter near where they are watching on the other side of the fence. If your fanny is in the air, an alpaca will laugh at it. They make an extraordinary noise when laughing.

        • I feel like beyond the damage to the cars, the alpacas would make me smile everyday!

          • They are a ton of fun, and hysterically funny to watch. In the summer heat, they love to be hosed down and will dance in their water trough. Here’s a post about one of the alpacas from a while back. With pictures.

          • I loved that! My BAF, Ha! Had to share that with my fellow animal lover husband. Made him smile. We live in the tri-valley area outside of San Francisco. There’s a bunch of wild turkeys that live in our suburban neighborhood. They tend to greet me when I come home from work. They are generally silly. They even look before crossing streets! Makes me smile.

    • I forgot. I am in th US.

    • The alpacas live across the street. There are only three now, but there were nine at one point (six got adopted, never fear). The nine spent multiple summers grazing our yard and sleeping in our carport. Also having their angry alpaca cud-spitting battles in our carport. The Mazda has never been the same.

  13. I am excited for you, and can’t hardy wait to read Trueheart! I’m from North Carolina which can be considered foreign at times.

  14. Congrats on your first book! I just pre-ordered, it looks good. I love all of Grace Draven’s books and an ornament would be fun to have. I live in the U.S. Thanks for the chance.

  15. I live in the US, and the book is freaking amazing!!!

  16. This is on my “to order” list. I rarely pre-order because it takes Amazon sooo long to download it to my Kindle. Sometimes as long as 2 am when the book went on sale at midnight. Ask me how I know this! It can’t be because I’m awake at that time of night forcing my Kindle to sync, sync again, syn again. You get the picture! LOL

  17. Congratulations and you go girl!!!! Must be such an exciting time!!! Definitely be reading it.

  18. I forgot I live New York State, US.

  19. Your cover looks wonderful – can’t wait to read the book!! Congratulations on your new venture into self publishing, we wish you much success!
    Texas , USA

  20. Grace sent me! I ordered your new book. I’m from the USA and hope to win Grace’s prize. Looking forward to your book!

  21. Mary Ellen Hennessy

    December 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I’d trade my neighbors for alpacas any day! (Pennsylvania)

  22. I am glad the contest pointed me here. Your book sounds great. I am definitely going to head over to Amazon after getting my chance for the ornament.

    I am from the USA. Pennsylvania.

  23. From Missouri here in the US….

    Your book sounds amazing, on my list of gets when I get some Christmas reading gift cards.. LOL! Congrats!

    Have a wonderful holiday and a safe New Year…

  24. Congrats on the book! I look forward to reading it.

    I’m in the US.

  25. Helllloooo! I’ve been terrorized by a rambunctious three year old all day so am late to comment! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of your book and can’t wait to start flipping digital pages! I’m in the US and should get extra points for growing up really close to Portland, don’t ya think!

  26. Sent by Grace! Love her stuff and since she gives you praise you must be good! I’m in Tennessee.

  27. I did stop by for the contest, I am in the US, however with a half-fae and an unseelie court this sounds like it might be right up my alley.

  28. If Grace mentioned you, there must be something I need to check out! Pardon me while I look around. I’m in the US in the Atlanta area.

  29. If your writing is even half as entertaining as your commentary on Grace’s fb posts, I’m going to love this book! Looking forward to the release!

    U.S. (Mississippi)

  30. Hello Mel,
    Congratulations on the upcoming release of your book! Grace Draven pointed me this direction and if she is excited about the book, so am I. 🙂 Is paranormal romance your favorite genre to read?
    I am from the state of Louisiana.

    • Thank you, Cathy! I actually don’t read a lot of paranormal romance. I know that sounds odd, when it’s a genre I like to write. My favorite genres are romantic suspense, gothic, horror, and fantasy. And the non-fiction categories related to the research for all the above.

  31. Hi Mel,
    Love reading the funny happenings of the Alpaccas, they sound delightful to watch.
    I’m way down under – Queensland Australia- I follow Grace on Facebook and check out her recommended authors. I’ve pre ordered yours too, congratulations on the self publishing- woohoo, such a talented lady, and the book cover is amazing too; magic, mystery, darkness and light all rolled into one – love it.
    Best wishes for Christmas, Mary

  32. I like my neighbors, but am always happy with a couple extra alpacas in the ‘hood.
    Look forward to reading the first chapter!! Grace sent me: from Chicago, Illinois, USA

  33. Hi Grace Draven sent me here (all the way from Germany). Congrats and I’m always happy to find new authors-looking forward to a new read!

  34. I shall have to pre-order – all the teasers and the blurb sound so exciting! Congratulations on this adventure. I’m in the U.S – Texas, to be specific.

  35. I followed the link from Grace Draven’s blog and an so glad I did! It’s summer holiday time down here in New Zealand and I’m looking for new books to read. Trueheart looks like it’s going to be a fascinating read – I can’t wait!

  36. Originally came here from Grace’s site even though it’s probably too late to enter. If not, I’m in the U.S.

    Your book sounds quite interesting and I’ll be one-clicking as soon as it’s available. Congrats on the upcoming release and best wishes for its success.

  37. I live in Canada, not far from the border and only one state away from where your book is based, which makes me especially keen to read it!

  38. I live in the U.S. And this looks like a great book by the way. I will have to check it out.

  39. I’m in the U.S., a fan of Grace and you. After I post this, I plan to preorder on iBooks. Eager for January’s release. You live near alpacas, which are very cool and funny animals. I once wrote an article about alpaca poop. (Definitely not my idea!) Two questions: 1. How are you feeling right now about self publishing? 2. Do you knit? (Alpaca is divine for knitting. )

    Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday. I predict your 2016 is gonna rock.

    • Thank you, Vicki!

      The thing we noticed about alpaca poop was how ENORMOUS it became when swollen by our winter rains. And it retains its shape and integrity for quite a long time. But enough about alpaca poop (though it did make fabulous garden fertilizer).

      1) Self-publishing: Wow, is there a lot to learn. That said, I’m very glad I had a couple of trailblazers around to ask questions of. I’d happily do it again. It was a good process. (I have also been traditionally published by both small and large publishers, so I had something to compare the process to.) My bottom line: Golly did I need ALL my editors, and my cover artist.

      2) I crochet. The alpaca wool belongs to the neighbors, which is probably a good thing because otherwise I’d be spinning and weaving and not writing…

  40. Heidi DesRosier-Mathis

    December 20, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This looks really good and can’t wait to read it. I’m from Grace Draven’s site and located in the US.

  41. I don’t think I’ve read an Urban Fantasy set in Portland before. I’m always looking for new fantasy books to read and this one looks pretty interesting so I’ll definitely end up buying it when it’s released.

    Also, am I the only one who read the title as if it were being epically bellowed in a British accent? Only me? Alrighty, then.

    (Oh, and I’m from the US BTW.)

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