The Year of the Dragon: Second Bundle (vols. 5-8) Release!


This is, most likely, the last solid bit of publishing news regarding The Year of the Dragon* series.

After finishing the series with The Last Dragon King, we’re now releasing the second bundled volume of the entire saga, containing Books 5-8:

5. The Chrysanthemum Seal

6. The Withering Flame

7. The Shattering Waves

8. The Last Dragon King

As with Bundle bundle2_thumbI (1-4), this one also contains some additional exclusive content, all the maps from the four books, and an exclusive new cover created by the same artist, the brilliant Collette J. Ellis. Fittingly, like my very first cover, this one also shows Bran himself, but for the first time with his faithful dragon, Emrys!

So this is it, friends. The final, final book. One day I might return to this world for another story, but for now I’m focused on a whole new, completely different project, of which I might start telling you in a few months.

HERE ARE THE PURCHASE LINKS:

Kindle Edition:
Amazon US |UK | DE | IT | FR | ES | JPCA | BR | AU
Also:
iBooks (coming soon) | Nook | Smashwords | Kobo 

*) ebooks. There will be paperbacks soon, I promise!

The Journey’s End – Final Chapter!


The evening breeze carried with it the scent of fresh peat and dew on wet heather.

In this somewhat clumsy way, six years ago, started the first draft of the first volume in what would later become “The Year of the Dragon” saga. Last weekend, I put the last sentence of the first draft of its final volume to the digital purpose – thus, at last, finishing the story.

Six years. Eight volumes. Seven hundred thousand words, give or take a few thousand. It’s been a long journey – the longest I’ve ever undertaken. And now I’m at the final stretch. All that remains is a couple months of editing and redrafting. Some details may change, some bits may be rewritten, but there will not be any major changes to the plot. That means that the history of Bran, Sato and Nagomi is complete. I finally know how it all ends. And in a few months – by Christmas, if nothing unforeseen happens – you will know too.

In the meantime, I’m slowly beginning work on a new project – one that, for the first time in six years, will have nothing to do with dragons…! Stay tuned for more details – and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter here – I’m hoping to get it a bit more entertaining over the coming months.

 

 

 

Finale Reveal – Title and Cover!


Well, here it is. The cover of the final volume of the Year of the Dragon saga.

I went for something special with this one, to commemorate this being the last volume cover in the series: I hired the services of the wonderful Collette J. Ellis of Flying Viper Illustrations. You might recognize the style from the cover of Vol. 1-4 Bundle. I don’t think there’s anyone who draws Asian dragons better, so she was a natural choice for this cover – and you’ll see why as soon as you scroll below.

With the cover, there’s also the reveal of the title of Book Eight: “The Last Dragon King”. I leave it to you to guess who’s on the cover this time – and who’s the Dragon King.

The manuscript is far from finished… This one is big: I’m already at 80,000 words and I expect to add at least a third more. I still aim at a Christmas release, though, so have just a little bit of patience! We’ll get there in the end.

And so, without further ado, here it is – the cover for the grand finale, “The Last Dragon King”.

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Plotting the Finale -Volume 8


Yes, you’re right, Volume 7 of The Year of the Dragon is not quite out yet – it’s in final redrafts now, hoping for a May release if all works well. But I’m already writing Volume 8 – the grand finale.

Since this is the last volume of the series, the plot structure departs from my usual “trees with many roots and branches” jumble. I have to wrap things up. Threads are joining together, number of POVs is being reduced as characters fall out of the plot one way or another, all leading to a climactic (hopefully) conclusion.

It’s not going to be too much of a spoiler to say that it looks like I’ll have a distinct three-act structure to this volume, with a pivotal moment in the middle. At least, that’s the plan. How it’s going to pan out in the months to come, remains to be seen.

My ambition is to release Volume 8 before the end of this year, together with a bundle of volumes 5-8. We’re at the end of March now. I have about 20k words of the first draft done, I’m going to need probably a hundred thousand more to fit everything in one book.

This could be an interesting year.

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