Gargoyle Scourge (Island of Fog Legacies #3) is published!
Posted on March 1, 2017 (Subscribe to Blog)
It's true, I tell you! Gargoyle Scourge, the eagerly awaited and slightly overdue third book in the Island of Fog Legacies series, is out now on Amazon, Nook, Apple, and Kobo:
(Island of Fog Legacies #3)
Eleven-year-old Melinda Strickland is setting out on her first mission as a shapeshifter – to save a town from unruly gargoyles. The ugly stone creatures have been perched on the rooftops of Garlen's Well for decades, warding off evil spirits, but lately they've grown mischievous and downright destructive. Somebody needs to talk to them, find out what's going on, and persuade them to be more respectful of private property.
That somebody is Melinda, daughter of famous shapeshifters Robbie the ogre and Lauren the harpy. But what kind of creature will she get to be?
Travis Franklin accompanies her on the trip west, though Melinda is keen to point out she's in charge, not him. He's only a dragon, after all.
Nothing ever goes as planned. What promises to be a fairly routine mission turns into something quite deadly...
GARGOYLE SCOURGE is the third installment in the Island of Fog Legacies series.
Available on Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo Books | iBookstore. See also Goodreads.
It's also available in paperback for $11.95 on Amazon.
Whenever I finish a book and am in the process of publishing, I'm usually thinking about the next one in the series. That's the case here, too. Book 4 is called Haunted Fortress. It's already planned out, and I expect to start writing shortly. An excerpt can be found in the back of Gargoyle Scourge.
Wait – an excerpt for a book I haven't written yet? "How is this possible?" you scream. The truth is, once the story has solidified in my head, writing a scene that works as a teaser is surprisingly easy. I write it specifically with "teaser" in mind, so the sample has a natural opening, a suitable hook, and a "cliffhanger" closing. The excerpt gives the reader enough information to understand where the book is headed without giving away major plot details. In other words, it's just right – because, as I said, I write it specifically to be used as an excerpt.
But I'm also aware that I need to drop this excerpt straight into the novel itself. I pride myself on getting it right first time, in other words not changing a single word when I eventually weave it into place. I'll write the novel as I always do, from start to finish, and somewhere along the way – fairly early on but not necessarily at the very beginning – I'll drop the excerpt in and continue on afterward. You won't notice the seams.
This method is working well for me. It gives me a sense of direction going forward, and kind of concretes my plans, like sticking a post in the ground and building from there. Plus, it gives the reader something to think about, and they understand that the next book is definitely on the horizon.
I'll talk more about Book 4 in a future post. For now, though, check out Gargoyle Scourge, available in stores now!
Another fantastic adventure from Keith. Can't wait for Haunted Fortress. I'm sure it will keep up with the previous standard of your books.
Thanks, Graeme! And thanks also for your kind review on Amazon. :-)
Credit given where it is due. Ever since I read Island of Fog ive been hooked. Then Sleep Writer and Fractured, kept it going but my favourite is Quincy. I feel like ive had days with Quincys luck, haha, minus the magical aspects.