- In case you missed it, The Case of the Wandering Wolves is out! It was released last week and has been receiving positive reviews overall. I really hope is everyone enjoying it!
- I've been working on the next book in my Trickster's Eye series. I've written 2k words this past week and I want to keep going. It's at about 5k words out of a total of 15k, so I'm hoping this will be my next completed story. No promises, of course, since I haven't planned the entire story out yet. I've got the basic outline, but some of the finer details are still eluding me. However, while working on the story I realized something: there is another story in between Case One and Case Two. The problem is, The Case of the Hopping Hare is being written as Case Two and I really don't want to change its dynamic as the second book. This series isn't like my Supernatural Consultant series where slotting in an extra book to enhance the overall plot is possible. That leaves me with the conundrum of a good bit of plot that occurred between the two books of this series that doesn't have a story to go with it. I'm hoping that I might be able to incorporate it into a prologue or a flashback in Case Three. What that means for Case Two is that while I have to mention the fact that plot happened, I have to find a way to do so without spoiling my future plans. It's a difficult line to balance, but I think I've figured it out so far.
- The copy edits for Ge-Mi: Part One have been returned to LT3. This story is ready for release. February 8th will appear really quickly, so make sure you get your preorder for a 15% discount in now: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
- I haven't heard anything else about any of my other stories. I'm waiting on copy edits for Dragon Soldier, the second round of edits for Dragon Adventure, release dates for Dragon Adventure, Dragon Home, and Justified, and I haven't heard whether LT3 will accept Dragon Spy (although since I just submitted it last week I don't expect to hear for a while). I also don't know when the audio books and Spanish translations for the first books in my Supernatural Consultant series will be released. The translations are up on Goodreads, but I can't find them on LT3's site. As soon as I do hear something about any of these, I will share it with all of you.
The Case of the Wandering Wolves
The Case of the Wandering Wolves is actually one of my oldest stories. Back when I was finishing up writing my Dragon's Hoard Series, I took some time to figure out what was next on the agenda. I eventually came up with a curious coyote and the mate that ran away. It was supposed to be a cute detective story with a little angst and a lot of romance. I wanted it to top at about 25k words, just a little shorter than each Dragon's Hoard book. I started working on Wandering Wolves immediately and I was just as quickly distracted. Road to Revenge was percolating, as were a half-dozen anthology and collection calls. Then The Oracle's Series came along and afterwards my Supernatural Consultant Series. With every new book, The Case of the Wandering Wolves was pushed further and further back on my to-do list until it was at the very bottom.
That was honestly okay with me. At the time, I had written about 8k words in Wandering Wolves and was stuck. I didn't know how I wanted the story to progress or where the twist was. The romance had fizzled out and the overall story needed some major rewrites. I was essentially looking at what I wanted to be a 25k story with only 10k worth of actual plot and about 5k that needed to be fixed. The story had turned into a dud, which I really felt was a shame. It was supposed to be the first book of an entire series, The Trickster's Eye Series, and I couldn't even get it past the first hurdle.
LT3 sent out a Satisfaction Guaranteed anthology call about the same time I was thinking of scrapping Wandering Wolves entirely and forgetting it ever existed. I guess my brain was stuck on the ideas in Wandering Wolves because I started pulling characters and plots from that original book and putting them into a new story. Orion and Denton weren't originally supposed to be part of the Trickster's Eye universe, but Heartbeat fit so perfectly into the overall story line. Suddenly, the series was off the ground. LT3 accepted Heartbeat and it was published on September 24, 2014. Now I couldn't simply forget Wandering Wolves ever existed; I had a book in the series already in my readers' hands. Yet, Wandering Wolves was still stalled and broken. Nothing I did helped revive it, so I returned to my other projects.
Then LT3 put out a new anthology call: Private Dicks, Packing Heat. I stayed away from it at first because I already had too much on my to-do list, but I did eventually read it. Light bulb! If I changed this bit around, shortened this, and reworked that, Wandering Wolves was back on track. The call was for a story between 10k-20k and it turned out that shortening the story to only topping out at 15k words was the answer. I didn't need a drawn out plot or extra twists. I could focus on one case and one romance and leave it simple and easy. I got the story written, sent it off to beta readers because it was still suffering a bit, got their edits fixed, and submitted it to LT3 last year. They accepted it!
Of course, they asked if it was okay to publish Wandering Wolves on it's own instead of as part of the anthology. I said yes, because I had a bit of an epiphany that there was another story in the series to write. The Case of the Hopping Hare had hopped into my brain, so publishing Wandering Wolves as a stand-alone was perfect.
It's so wonderful for me to see one of my oldest stories taking off. The Case of the Wandering Wolves will arrive in stores on January 11, 2017, just a few days away. It's available for pre-order right now, so you can get your copy today: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
Since 2016 was a year for change, I'm really hoping 2017 will be a year of stability. I want to get a firm routine in place for my day-to-day life that includes regular writing time. There is a lot I'm hoping to accomplish in terms of my stories in 2017, but I'll only be able to do that if all the craziness from the past year starts to settle down. Here's what I'm planning to do in 2017:
Stories I Want to Complete:
Stories I Want to Make A Lot of Progress On:
2016 was a crazy year for me. I got a lot of writing accomplished and a large number of books published, but I also got a full time job and moved to a new city. My entire life has completely changed as a result and figuring out how my writing fits in has been a struggle. I've slowly been able to find a new work/life balance and I think 2016 ended as strongly as it began.
Books Ready for Release:
So that has been my 2016. I sincerely hope yours was as full of accomplishments as mine and that 2017 will be an even better year for everyone. Happy New Year!
Some of you might have noticed that when Dragon Soldier was posted on LT3's website and on Goodreads, the release date was March 8, 2017. I noticed too, especially since I've been saying for months now that Soldier wasn't going to come out until April. I have investigated, and it turns out the new date is correct; LT3 decided to move the release ahead a month. That's great news for everyone anxiously awaiting the conclusion to Nickel and Platinum's two-part story.
I didn't mind the date change, except it now means that I will be releasing one book every month for seven straight months. Magnified started it off in September, then Dragon Detective in October, and Elemental Ride and Ner Li in November and December. I still have to complete The Case of the Wandering Wolves for January, Ge-Mi: Part One for February, and now Dragon Soldier in March. That's a heck of a lot of work to squeeze into the same time frame, but it's doable.
Then I found out why Dragon Soldier was pushed up a month: LT3 wanted to create some space between the release of Dragon Soldier and the release of Dragon Adventure, the next book in the series. Dragon Adventure is slated for a May release date (I don't know the exact date yet, but I have submitted an inquiry to LT3 to find out more). It was deemed that releasing Dragon Soldier in April was too close to the release of Dragon Adventure in May, so the solution was to move Dragon Soldier earlier. What this means is you will only have to wait two short months between books in this series, which I know is more great news for readers anxiously awaiting each subsequent book.
(On a side note, as of writing this blog post I only have approximately 10k words left to write in Dragon Spy. I have also started planning the story that comes after Dragon Spy, which will feature Nickel and Platinum again, and I am trying to decide if Alloy's story should be a full sized one or if it would be better suited as a short story like Adventure and Home. Needless to say, I'm really enjoying writing this series and I honestly hope you're enjoying reading it.)
The warning LT3 posts on every pre-order page on their website that release dates are subject to change is a very apt one in this case. Regardless of the change, I'm very excited about how things are going for this series and on March 8, 2017 I know you will be too! Until then, feel free to pre-order Dragon Soldier: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
Ner Li (I Have A Candle)
The Case of the Wandering Wolves
January 11, 2017
Ge-Mi: Part One
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.