Attention: (Update 3/21) Thank you for your patience as my books are slowly republished. Each series or book page has specific information regarding their status. Please check there for further information. ~Mell
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Mell Eight is an author of LGBTQIA original fiction, primarily M/M.
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If that is not your thing, hit the back button, otherwise welcome and enjoy!
June 28, 2021
Road to Revenge
August 9, 2021
I have been working with Nine Star Press since August 2019.
I worked with Less Than Three Press from December 2011 to July 2019.
Supernatural Consultant Volume One received this award.
Ground of Insurrection was Nominated
Hadash Aviv was Nominated
Cover Reveal: Road to Revenge http://melleightsblog...cover-reveal-road-to-revenge
Coven, the first book in my Witch's Circle series, was accepted for publishing at NSP! We haven't officially signed the contract, but I'm super excited. By the time Coven is released (best guesstimate is the end of 2022), I will be done with reprints. I can't wait to return to a more normal writing and publishing schedule, and Coven is the first step in that process.
Hunter, the second book in the series, is also completely written. I was in the process of giving it one last edit before I format it for submission, but I had to pause temporarily because I received more edits. I hope to have Hunter submitted for consideration with NSP within the next few weeks. I am still writing Witch, the third book. I am stuck on the final sentence for the book, and then I have to write a quick epilogue, which I already have planned out. Hopefully I'll be done writing it soon!
Unfortunately, that's it for the writing front. I haven't had time to work on anything else. June was incredibly busy both at work and in life, and I've spent the first half of July catching up on all the little things that fell by the wayside, i.e. laundry. The latter half of July is mostly open, so I hope to finish Witch and return to working on some of my other languishing works in progress. However, that depends on what edits I receive.
I recently completed the second round of edits for Ground of Resurrection. That means editing for all my upcoming releases through October are in progress. I am waiting on edits from the proof reader and copy editor for all those books, which is a good sign they are on schedule for their respective release dates. Road to Home is currently scheduled for November, so I expect to start working on the first round of edits for that book soon. As long as the edits continue to go smoothly (and as long as my real life isn't too busy) I will hopefully be able to get in some writing time as well. Maybe by the end of 2022, my publishing life really will be back to normal!
The past few months have been crazy with book releases. One after another, until I could barely keep up with my promotional posts. I finally have a bit of a break, so instead I want to let you know about everything else I've been working on.
I can't believe how much editing I've gotten done. We're well past the halfway mark for getting all my books re-released, and we're also finally getting to some of my older stories. As you saw last month, Finding the Wolf, my OG book, was re-released. We've also started working on the edits for Breaking the Shackles, book two in The Dragon's Hoard series. One of my other early series, Road To, is also in the editing process. Road to Revenge is almost ready for a July release and I expect to start working on the second book's edits soon as well.
Don't worry, my editor and I have been working on some of my newer stuff too. We've made a lot of progress editing Ground of Insurrection, so that will be ready for release in August. That also means the book I know a lot of you have been waiting for, Ground of Resurrection, has also started the editing process. I am almost done with the first round! (For those of you who remember, Resurrection was supposed to come out the day before LT3 closed, so readers have been forced to wait an extra two years to get their copy.)
I'm still writing, but not the books I need to be focusing on. I have finally come up with a series title for the circle stories I've been working on. I'm going to be blatant and call it the Witch's Circle Series. I submitted Book One, which I've decided to title Coven, to NSP. I hope to hear yea or nay soon. Book Two, which I've tentatively titled Hunter, still needs to be edited one last time, but it's close to being complete. I was working on what I thought was the epilogue for Book Three, tentatively titled Witch or Wolf (I haven't decided which yet), but it's gotten so long I think I'm going to make it another chapter instead. This means I still have to finish the final chapter and write the epilogue, but the story is turning out really good, so I'm excited to be finished with the trilogy.
Similarly to many of you, I love rewritten fairy tales. (Hence why A Little Fairy Dust exists.) I recently came up with an idea for two more stories, and have decided to therefore start a brand new anthology. The first story is a Beauty and the Beast rewrite set in the same world as Red Apple Witch. I have the basic idea fleshed out, but I haven't figured out the villain yet so this story is still in the planning stages. The other will be the title novel for the anthology, called Shiver and Quiver, My Little Tree. Although I wrote a number of Cinderella stories in Fairy Dust, they were all based on Perrault's version of the story. This one will be loosely based on The Brothers Grimm version instead. I'm a third of the way through and loving it so far. That said, A Little Fairy Dust took me five years to write and two of the stories were reprints. It will definitely be a while until you see the final product.
What about Dragon Spy, you ask? I haven't written anything more just yet, but it is definitely next on my to-do list. Hopefully I'll get to it soon!
Out Now: Elemental Ride http://melleightsblog....out-now-elemental-ride
Cover Reveal: Elemental Ride http://melleightsblog...cover-reveal-elemental-ride
Out Now: Finding the Wolf http://melleightsblog...out-now-finding-the-wolf
History of Finding the Wolf:
I mentioned this in the cover reveal for Finding the Wolf, but this story is literally the start of my writing career. Finding the Wolf is the first story I ever finished writing, the first story I submitted to a publisher, my first accepted manuscript, and my first published book. If you've ever wondered why I became known for my dragons, magic, and romance, this book, and this series, is it.
Finding the Wolf started as a faint idea of a dragon who had a lovely hoard, but who realizes after he meets a strange prince that perhaps there is more to hoarding than just gems and precious metals. The plot bloomed from there, into a society ruled by hoard law, and how humans, dragons, and other magical creatures fit their species' needs into that requirement. And then my dragon Nyle came along, innocent of how the human world works and sent on a quest to a place he doesn't understand to find a missing prince.
Finding the Wolf will always have a special place in my heart, which is why I'm incredibly excited it is being re-released tomorrow. You can get your e-copy now at NSP, and it will be available at most major retailers in just a few short hours.
Cover Reveal: Finding the Wolf http://melleightsblog...cover-reveal-finding-the-wolf
Out Now: The Coup and the Prince http://melleightsblog...out-now-the-coup-and-the-prince
The Coup and the Prince is one of those books that just randomly happened. No planning occurred prior to my starting to write it, rather I instead had this crazy thought: what if one of my characters swears a lot and is a bit crude? Longtime readers know my characters don't tend to speak like that. Sometimes that's because the book is YA or the characters are younger, sometimes it's because the characters simply never learned to swear. Not that I have anything against people who swear, I just hadn't had the opportunity to write a character with that vocabulary; I wondered what a character I wrote who swore a lot would be like.
The people in my life who swear the most all spent time in the military, and that's where I got the idea for a country recovering from a military coup. Aiden, one of the main characters, is from the guard and he swears. He's crude, he's rude, and I had a ton of fun trying to stretch my writing wings to create him. The rest of the story sprang into life around him and I'm really pleased with the results.
The Coup and the Prince comes out in ebook on May 17th at most major retailers, but you can get your copy today at NSP: https://ninestarpress.com/product/the-coup-and-the-prince/ I hope you like it!