The Oracle's Flame is the first book in my new series and I'm super excited for its release on November 20th. I will then have three series for sale with LT3. The Dragon's Hoard was my first series. It was also my first foray into published writing. I never expected it to take off like it did and I really appreciate every reader and reviewer who loved my dragons and pushed me to improve with every word I put on the page. The short story compilation I've been slowly working on is in honor of them.
The second series I published is barely a series at this point. The first book, Road to Revenge, just came out this past July and book two, Road to Home, is only 50% written. I have a lot more work to do to make this a full series, but the challenge of writing such plot and research heavy books has made me love writing for the intellectual inspiration, a totally different reason than the Dragon's Hoard evoked. Road to Revenge doesn't have the same following as the Dragon's Hoard, but those who do read it love it. It's a spy thriller set overseas where the main aim is to catch the bad guy. The romance in the series is brief, but intense, and it ties the whole story together.
Which brings me to my third series. The Oracle's series has a bit of both of its predecessors in it, but in a way that I hope is original and fun. The Oracle is a prophetess who can foresee the evil in the world and acts to combat it. She has a protective following of people who immerse themselves in learning the powers of one element--earth, air, fire, or water--called Castes. The strongest Caste member is given the title of Dragon thanks to the dragon tattoo that magically appears on his (or her) back when they come of age. The Oracle sends her dragons out on quests to save the world, which is the basic starting premise for every book in the series.
Originally The Oracle's Flame was supposed to be a stand alone story, to be published in LT3's If You're Reading This anthology. LT3 rejected it, not because it was poorly written, but (if I may paraphrase the very lovely message they included with the rejection letter) because it had too much potential as a series. Had I ever thought of turning The Oracle's Flame into a series beforehand? Not really. I had flirted with the idea of a second short story for a future anthology submission, but Flame was supposed to be stand alone. The rejection letter started the wheels turning and everything changed. That elusive future plot for a future anthology became book two, The Oracle's Hatchling, and book three, The Oracle's Golem is in the process of being written.
Readers of The Dragon's Hoard will appreciate the fantasy elements of The Oracle's Flame. I've created an entire world centered around the Oracle and the Caste members who follow her. But I remembered from writing Melting the Ice Witch how difficult it was to tie the entire series together with only the setting and characters to add depth. I knew I needed a continuous plot for The Oracle's series stemming from book one that could carry the series through to the end. You'll have to read to find out what the plot is, because I won't give it away here. Writing Road to Revenge taught me all about writing a plot heavy book and the way intrigue could be used to pull a reader in to an entire series, which is the only hint I'll give away.
I've learned so much from all of my previous books. Similarly to how writing Hadash Aviv gave me the guts to put together Road to Revenge, having two engaging series from which to learn and grow made The Oracle's Series possible. I hope all my readers who loved The Dragon's Hoard and Road to Revenge will also enjoy my newest series.
March 21, 2018
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.