- I have begun writing book seven of my Supernatural Consultant series. I'm almost finished with the prologue, which will connect this new story to the end of Dragon Spy as well as fully connect the new arc started in Spy with the hints I dropped in Dragon Deception and Dragon Dilemma. Unfortunately, the prologue is the only part of the story I have planned out at the moment. I'll need to return to planning the rest of the book once the prologue is completely written. I haven't figured out a title for the book yet either. What I do know is Nickel and Platinum will be the main characters. There will still be considerable input from Lumie, but after what happens to him in Dragon Spy, Lumie needs a bit of a break. Right now I'm expecting book eight to return to Lumie's point of view.
- You won't believe how many questions I've received about when the second half of Ge-Mi will be released. It's almost as many as when readers have asked for more Tori or more Lumie. The reception this story has gotten is amazing and has galvanized me into starting work on part two. There is a lot of work to still do for this story, but putting together the overall plot and much of the research was done for part one. I'm hoping that means writing part two will go faster, but I can't make any promises.
- Most of my writing time has been spent working on some of my fairy tales. I am currently writing three different fairy tales and am hoping to rewrite a fourth. If I combine those with my two fairy tale stories that recently went out of print, I feel like I could have a nice compilation. There's still a ton to write, but I'm really enjoying putting these stories together so I hope to have some of them completed soon.
- I have been wracking my brain, trying to figure out what to do with Hadash Aviv. For those of you who don't remember, Hadash Aviv was my cute little contemporary crime thriller that recently went out of print. I absolutely adore this story and I want to get it reprinted, but it's too short. LT3's (and most publishers) minimum word count for stories they'll accept is 10k, but Hadash Aviv is only 7k. I've read through the story and I'm concerned that adding another 3k words will ruin the flow. I could release it as a free story, but that isn't fair to the people that purchased a copy. I thought about pretending it was a Beauty and the Beast inspired story so I could slip it into my fairy tales, but it's really not. Hadash Aviv will unfortunately continue to sit on my computer until I can come up with a solution.
There are many reasons why I shouldn't guess potential release dates for my upcoming books, the main reason of which is that I'm usually wrong. In this most recent case, I was very wrong. LT3 has provided me with all the upcoming dates they were able to schedule this far ahead of time and pretty much all of my guesses proved to be way off. Here's the official dates (which are subject to change, but should be mostly accurate at this point), so mark your calendars:
The only book that LT3 has accepted for publishing that is not on that list is Kelpie Blue. If I might guess (and at this point you've hopefully realized that my guesses aren't worth much), I would say December 2017 or January/February 2018.
In other news, Dragon Soldier, Dragon Detective, Dragon Adventure, and Dragon Home will be released in print in Supernatural Consultant Volume 2. This print compilation continues from where Volume 1 left off and should be released around the same time as Dragon Home in August.
Supernatural Consultant Volume 2 is also being considered for release in audio. The decision hasn't been made just yet, but I have been told it is on the list of potentials.
And the last bit of release news is that once the edits for the reprint of The Dragon's Hoard series are complete, the series will be submitted for translation into Spanish.
If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably noticed the three new covers I got this week. For those of you who don't check Facebook, here they are!
Some of you may remember my telling you that my Dragon's Hoard Series will be going out of print this June and that I was working with LT3 to renew the contract. I have finally gotten confirmation from LT3 that this is going to happen. All four books in my Dragon's Hoard Series are undergoing edits right now. Once the editing process is complete and a new contract is signed, my Dragon's Hoard Series will be reprinted.
What does this mean? Honestly, since this is the first of my books I've renewed a contract for, I'm not entirely sure. I know the series is being re-edited, but I don't believe there will be any substantive changes to the overall story. I'll be able to say that for certain once I see the edits, of course. I don't know if there will be new covers for the series, if there will also be a reprint of the print book, or how the new version will be made available to readers that own copies of the old version. It looks like I will find all of that out as it happens, so check my blog postings for additional information as I learn it.
What I do know right now is that I promised my readers a short story collection for this series four years ago and I have yet to deliver. There couldn't be a better time to debut those stories than when the reprint goes live. I've therefore put aside everything else I've been working on in order to focus exclusively on getting the short stories completed. At this point, I have finished writing four of the six stories. The last two are the two most difficult ones. The first is focused on how White and Eldest met, but I haven't started writing it yet. The second is about the long-awaited day when Tori is considered an adult. I've written about 2k words for it, but am a bit stuck on how to keep the playful vibe when Tori wants to grow up so badly.
If I can get both stories completed this month, and get the entire set edited and ready for submission, hopefully these stories will be in your hands not too long after the reprints come out.
March 8, 2017
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June or July 2017
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.