The finals for the two covers I mentioned in my last post have arrived and they are gorgeous! The Coup and the Prince is set in a city ravaged by the aftermath of a coup. The rebuilding process and the struggles the characters have to endure are perfectly exemplified in the broken castle. Heartbeat is a reprint, but this is its first original cover and I have to say the artist outdid themselves. The purple and gold are striking and the moon and the wolf provide the last bit of oomph. I really do love everything about these covers!
I don't have any official information about release dates. The Coup and the Prince will be pushed back, but the new date has not been decided as of yet. It is available for pre-order at LT3 if you're interested in reserving your copy. Heartbeat also does not yet have an official release date. It's still a few months out from that information becoming available. Until then, I hope you enjoy the covers:
The cover for If A Butterfly Don't Fly is here! It's a lovely autumn scene, but for those of you that read Kelpie Blue, you know the mushroom is a big hint of what's to come. I also really like the blue butterfly. This book has music and magic and quite a bit of faery danger. I think you'll all really enjoy it.
If a Butterfly Don't Fly is currently scheduled to come out on July 11, 2018. It is currently available for pre-order at LT3. Please check it out: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
Today I have for you the cover of Ground of Insurrection, the first book in my Wizard Wars series, which is coming out on June 13, 2018. I took one look at the cover and went "yes!". It's basically a snapshot taken directly from the book, with the prairie stretching on for miles. I admit the prairie wouldn't have left a bit of food like the skull lying around like that, but the skull is very dramatic and provides the context that no matter how pretty the prairie might be, it's deadly. This cover definitely reaches the top of my favorite covers list.
Check it out:
Ground of Insurrection is currently available for pre-order at LT3. Normally there's a 15% discount, but LT3 is turning 9 this year and the combined sales mean you can get it for 40% off instead. It's a great deal, so make sure to get your copy today: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
LT3 and I have been sending emails back and forth. I've asked far too many questions and probably annoyed the heck out of them (sorry!), but it was very productive nonetheless. I now have lots of news to share with you. First, the cover for Supernatural Consultant, Volume Two has arrived! Volume Two is the second print compilation in the series and will include Dragon Detective, Dragon Soldier, Dragon Adventure, and Dragon Home. LT3's plan was to try to get it to the printer today, so--barring human error and unforeseen circumstances--it should be for sale sometime next week. I will let you know when it's up on LT3's site. I know Amazon and some of the other online stores take a bit longer, but at least you'll know when to start looking.
Second, Volume Two has been included in the list of books to be turned into audiobooks. I believe it is currently third on the list and audiobooks take time to make, so look for it to be available next February, March, or April. I'm hoping to be able to pin down a more exact date when the book is sent to the voice actor.
Third, LT3 and the editor for Kelpie Blue conferenced and came to the same conclusion I did: a January release date for Kelpie Blue--given the extent of the edits--just wasn't realistic. LT3 provided me with a new release date instead. Look for Kelpie Blue to be in your hands on March 21, 2018.
And, don't forget to pre-order your copy of Hadash Aviv, my short spy thriller. It will be released in just over a month, on December 13, 2017 and (if you haven't read it before) I think you'll really like it. It's a reprint, so check your ebook libraries to see whether you already purchased it, and then if you haven't go grab your copy today: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
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!
Ge-Mi was one of the rare stories that I actually knew what I wanted on the cover. Most of the time I have absolutely zero idea and I hem and haw and generally drive LT3 and the artist crazy. Ge-Mi was the exact opposite. The image of Nevada, the main character, naked with his back to the viewer and his tail curled to hide his modesty was one that stuck with me from the first moment I started writing this story. Of course, I probably drove everyone equally crazy by being too precise in what I wanted, but I'm really happy with how the cover turned out.
The Case of the Wandering Wolves is one of my older stories. I started writing it about the same time as my Dragon's Hoard series (this was late 2011), but I hit a roadblock and wasn't able to finish it. Luckily, that road block recently cleared up and Wandering Wolves was completed. It's the start of what I'm hoping will be a fun series that's more lighthearted romance than what I usually write. The cover definitely reflects that, in my opinion.
The Case of the Wandering Wolves comes out on January 11, 2017, but is already available for pre-order from LT3 for a 15% discount. Get your copy today: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/...
Dragon Soldier is the second half of Nickel's story that began in Dragon Detective and it also concludes the first arc of the series. I had some second thoughts when I was thinking about what to do for the cover for Dragon Soldier. The story is about Nickel and Platinum, yet every time I reread the book one of my favorite scenes was one where Chrome and 'Ron knock down a tree in Dane's backyard. I liked the scene and the idea for the cover so much--and I know I won't be writing a book with Chrome and 'Ron as the main characters--that highlighting them here just worked for me. Let me know what you think!
Dragon Soldier comes out on April 5, 2017. I'll let you know when it becomes available for pre-order. Be sure to read Dragon Detective first, which is available right now.
If A Butterfly Don't Fly
March 13, 2019
The Sentinel's Prophesy
April 3, 2019
Cover Coming Soon
The Coup and the Prince
May 22, 2019
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.