Melissa releases her debut novel with a Cover Reveal and EXCLUSIVE Pre-Order Merchandise!


The day has finally arrived! Honestly, I've been waiting for his day for a very long time, years even. If you've been following me on social media, you'll know that during lockdown I wrote a novel. Let me back up and tell you why.


It was the first day of the first UK lockdown after COVID-19 (Coronavirus) had caused havoc in countries from all parts of the globe. I was on my way home from work, due to be working from home going forward, when I received a call from my foster carer. I had been in care for eleven years and was worried when he said that something had happened with social services and that I needed to get home as fast as possible. I sat on the train nervously and tried not to think about the situation at hand. You see, in foster care you never know what will happen. One day you could be at school, or with your family and friends, having a blast of the time, and then next you could be moved out of your care home with no plan, no money and no support. Unfortunately, that is what happened to me.


I walked through the door and within the first 5 minutes I was told that I had to leave my home that day, within the next few hours even. As you can imagine, I was traumatised. If it weren't for my boyfriend and his family who kindly suggested I stay with them for the time being, I truly don't know where I'd be, most likely on the streets. My worst fears came true. Naturally, I became depressed. I mean, who wouldn't when that happens to you? Waking up to the news, telling me that thousands of people had died from Coronavirus didn't help either. In times like this, I find writing to be the best therapy for me. I spent hours and hours of each day in my bedroom writing, sometimes even eating dinner late because I was so immersed in this new world and story I was creating.


Thus, Cloaked Shadows was born! Cloaked Shadows is a YA (Young Adult) Fantasy novel which revolves around a 20-year-old girl who discovers that she has magic. Here's the blurb:

Ikena Ralliday is plagued with nightmares of her father's brutal death at the hands of a monstrous Sinturi, those abominations which feast on humans to survive. They snatch children from their beds, infect animals with their darkness and serve one purpose only - to overrun Nevera and destroy the magical Cloaks.


When Ikena - a human - discovers that she herself is a magical, she should obey the law and report to the Cloaks. But that would mean never again seeing her home and all those she loves. She can hide her magic away, but it's becoming impossible to control. Besides, no matter how much she resists, Ikena is drawn more and more into the heart of the endless war between the Cloaks and the Sinturi.


It seems her fate is tied to Nevera's and darkness is always lurking.


Love the cover! Show me the pre-order incentives!


I hear you! I have some truly AMAZING pre-order incentives for hardback and paperback pre-orders! If you pre-order Cloaked Shadows in either one of these formats and send me an email or message on social media with your order confirmation, you'll be sent the following:


  • Hand-written letter from the author

  • Signed bookplate

  • One randomly selected character drawing, which one will you get?

  • One Class of Magic pin badge, which one will you get?

  • A5 poster of the cover

  • Cloaked Shadows corner bookmark

How amazing is that! It's my simple way of GIVING BACK to all you WONDERFUL readers out there! Unfortunately, this is only available to UK addresses for the time being, but in the future I'll definitely be hosting international contests and giveaways for everyone to enjoy. Incentives will be sent on the official release date which is 28th February 2021.


*UK addresses are applicable only. Items are only available with paperback or hardback pre-orders only - eBook pre-orders are not applicable to receive any incentives. Items are subject to availability.


So, how can you help?

Being a self-published author means I need as much support as I can. Here's a few ideas as to how you can help support me with my debut novel's book launch!


  • Pre-order a copy of the book

  • Like, comment and share my social media 'cover reveal' posts

  • Refer the book to friends

  • Spread the word!

  • Leave a positive review on Amazon, Nook, Barnes and Noble or another online retailer where the book features.

Sounds great! Where's the links?

All links to where the book can be brought is on this universal link: https://books2read.com/cloakedshadows


This is honestly a dream come true, and I can't thank my beta readers, family and bookish friends enough! Here's to a fantastic book launch and a bright future!


© 2020 MELISSA HAWKES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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