We are super-excited to announce that THE BLACK FORTRESS has just gone up for Pre-Order over at Amazon!!!
AT LAST!! Woooohoooo! You can now purchase your e-copy, and it will automatically be delivered to your Kindle on the official release date of November 1st (aka, midnight on Halloween night for those keeping score—a little something to toss in on top of your newly-harvested Halloween candy!). We are incredibly excited. We thought this day would never come, but now the long wait is almost over. Thank you for your patience. We can’t tell you how eager we are for you to sink your teeth into this 650-page, 220,000-word monster of a book.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE.
We have other BIG news as well. And in all honesty, we’ve been a little hesitant to announce this because we’re not exactly sure how you’re gonna feel about it. We think you’ll love it, BUT… Well, here goes…
THE BLACK FORTRESS is NOT the final book in The Gryphon Chronicles series, after all. Although we had every intention of Book 6 being the grand finale, once we got three-quarters of the way along, we realized there was just too much story to fit it all into one book. So, there is going to be a Book 7, to be titled THE DRAGON LORD, that will come out in 2020. No long delays, lol. We promise! The Jake saga continues…
Soon, we will begin sharing some Sneak Peeks of the opening chapters of THE BLACK FORTRESS. Keep an eye on this blog! So excited for you to take your first look inside this twisting, turning story.
We hope you are as excited about all this as we are. Click HERE to pre-order your e-copy of THE BLACK FORTRESS. (FYI, you won’t see the pre-order button for Paperback/Hardcover yet, but those formats WILL definitely be available for you at the same time as the e-book – NOV. 1!) Thanks!
Starting this spring, Hachette Jeunesse is releasing The Gryphon Chronicles in French. How awesome is that?! This is the first foreign translation of any of our kidlit books. Check out the new LOST HEIR cover next to the original from 2012. Red the Gryphon is looking a bit more intense. AAARGH!!! Can't wait to see GIANT next. Fantastique! Love it...
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. Thank you for reading our books! We just received this wonderful illustration from one of our great readers, Gaby, from sunny Costa Rica, who created this Nativity scene from the one at the end of JAKE & THE GINGERBREAD WARS. She kindly gave us permission to share her artwork, and we couldn't wait to show it to you! I just love Archie peeking out from behind the stable! Here they're just waiting for one of the village infants to be brought in to play the Gryphondale Christmas pageant's Baby Jesus. :) Thank you, Gaby, and all the blessings of the season to all of our wonderful readers. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us!
Gael & Eric
PS: Hey, kids, if you draw a picture from the Gryphon Chronicles, we'll post yours here, too! Have your parent or guardian email it to us at email@example.com. :)
"WOO-HOO, IT'S SNOWING!!!"
Just a quick note to let you know that as we count our blessings this Thanksgiving, we'll be thinking of you! We sincerely thank you for reading our books. You've made our dream of writing middle grade/YA books possible, and we are deeply grateful for the opportunity.
We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday with friends and family. We two are just happy not to be the cooks this year! All we had to do this year was order a pie from the bakery and bring it along to the feast. I know some of you are whizzes in the kitchen, so best of luck with all your cooking. Maybe your turkey be juicy and your stuffing be moist, and may everything be ready at the same time, lol. And good hunting to you brave souls hitting the Black Friday sales. *g* Hope you find some good deals!
And speaking of deals, there are a few more days left on the big "KIDS LISTENING SALE" at Audible.com. Until Nov. 27th, you can buy THE LOST HEIR audiobook (normally $24.95) for only $3.95.
Here's a link if you are interested: Buy THE LOST HEIR Audiobook
Well, that's all for now. Thanks for visiting our blog and again, Happy Thanksgiving!
Eric & Gael
E here... I just finished reading The Maze Runner Trilogy and LOVED it. There is a fourth book (a prequel) that I have not read yet and another book (a second prequel) due out this September. I'm not sure if I will read the prequel books. I'm pretty satisfied with the story arc as is. I did three Facebook posts as I read the series, so I thought I would share them here for those of you that are not on Facebook and/or didn't see them.
By the way, we are fairly new to Facebook. You can check us out here if you like. We try to post something every day. I really enjoyed the series and I highly recommend it. Don't worry... There are no spoilers in the following reviews. :)
THE MAZE RUNNER (Book 1)
I remember a few years ago, it seemed like every other one of my students was reading Dashner's THE MAZE RUNNER. Even the boys (which is quite unusual--they don't read near as much as the girls). Well, I might be the last one to the party, but I finally got around to reading it myself this past weekend. WOW! It's excellent! The plot is intense, intricate, and well thought out. The world building fully realized, and the pacing lightning-fast. I am truly impressed. If you are looking for an excellent YA read, check it out. Have you read it? What did you think? I'm on to book two...
THE SCORCH TRIALS (Book 2)
WOW-weee! Book 2 of The Maze Runner Trilogy, THE SCORCH TRIALS, is even better than the first. Intense, compelling, and intriguing! Dashner is a YA dystopian master thriller writer. The world that his characters find themselves in is intricately designed. Like the series LOST, there is a wealth of backstory that gets released to the reader at just the right pace to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. Ridiculously addictive! I can't say enough good things about this series. Highly recommended! I just started book 3, THE DEATH CURE. I'll let you know how that goes...
THE DEATH CURE (Book 3)
Okay, I just finished the Maze Runner Trilogy. Excellent!!! I think the final book, THE DEATH CURE, was the best of the three. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that it was a totally satisfying read and the ending was awesome. If you haven't read this series, do so. You won't be sorry. Has anyone read the Prequel novel, THE KILL ORDER? Did you like it? I kind of wish I would have read it first, but it was released after the series and I didn't notice it. I feel like I know so much about what happened before Thomas was dropped off in the maze, that I'm not sure I would like it. Plus, there's another dystopian series I'm anxious to get started on call The Fifth Wave (also a movie -- to be released in a few days). Hmmm, what to do???
So, now I'm off the watch the movies. I always like to read the book first. If I watch the movie first, I always find myself bored since I know more or less what's about to happen. I hope you find The Maze Runner series as enjoyable as I did. Until next time...