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December 11, 2013: And here -- at last! -- is the news you've been waiting for:
The final volume in the HELLGATE series is due December 16th, 2013. Mel apologises to all for the delay in bringing the novel to you: "During 2012 and 2013 I've been sick a great deal, and writing has been a challenge -- much less writing something as complex as EVENT HORIZON! Also, the book overran ... a lot. I'd been thinking I could bring it in at 220,000 words and (what a surprise. You know me, right) it actually came in well over 80,000 words longer than this, which means a whole extra novel's worth was written, edited and proofed, before we could find ourselves in his position -- packaging the book this week, unploading at the weekend. To all who have been waiting for this novel, thank you so much for bearing with me through what have been the roughest couple of years of my life." More...
DreamCraft is delighted to announce that the paperbacks for both HOME FROM THE SEA and MORE THAN HUMAN are now available. They're coming online in the Amazon catalog this week, but we can give you the "buy now" links right here, to order the book direct from the manufacturer (which, incidentally, is great for both writer and publisher, since when you skip the storefront and buy "factory direct," a much sweeter royalty goes home to the creator)... Home from the Sea: paperback, $15.99; and More Than Human: paperback, $15.99.
Second piece of great news for this posting: we're starting to process through the entire Keegan list as Mobipocket files. The first experiments have been conducted with the advice of the lovely, friendly staff at All Romance eBooks, and it's "thumbs up" for the very first Mobi title -- Home from the Sea. See it at ARe right here ... we'd welcome your feedback on how the Mobi performs on your device. We've tested it in Adobe Digital Edtions on the laptop, and also in Cool Reader and FB Reader on the Android phone, and also in Kindle Previewer on the desktop PC. It's looking good, so we're about to work through the remainder of the list.
Progress report on HELLGATE #6: Event Horizon: almost there. Seriously! We're within striking distance not only of the end of the whole enormous novel (and it's huge), but also of the packaging and presentation. Bear with us just a little longer.
And wonderful news regarding MORE THAN HUMAN. After a year and a half on issue, it continues to be brightest light on Mel's list, so it's no surprise that as soon as EVENT HORIZON is "a wrap," MK's next project is to finish a novel entitled THE SKIES OF EIDOLON. The sequel to MTH was devloped at the structural level over a year ago. It actally exists in a skeleton form, just waiting for flesh to be added to the bones.
Watch this space: we'll keep you updated with news of forthcoming projects, and in particular EVENT HORIZON.
Mel Keegan is back at sea -- or close to it -- with a new historical novel launching in late June, 2013. HOME FROM THE SEA will be treasured by readers who enjoyed Dangerous Moonlight, The Deceivers and Fortunes of War. Set in 1769 on the south coast of England, the story centers on young Jim Fairley, a taverner who has given up on ever experiencing excitement or adventure ... and as the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for! Click here to know more, and order this new Keegan in Kindle, epub and PDF. And a quick headsup: DreamCraft is planning a paperback of this title -- stay tuned: it ought to be available in July 2013.
Introducing Mel's latest: MORE THAN HUMAN, launcing at this time! Here's a full-length novel you might have been keeping an eye on for some time as we shared tidbits about the production of it, and it's out now in epub and pdf, with the Kindle format due later this week. If you have a fancy for razor-sharp science fiction, exotic locations, romance that fairly sizzles and a thrill or two on the side for good measure, don't miss this one! Mel and Jayne DeMarco are collaborating for the first time since Umbriel, and the combination of talents is a winner. Click here to see that delicious cover at large size, read the first couple of chapters, and order up!
January 20, 2012
DreamCraft is delighted to announce the launch of Mel's latest, Shadow and Flame, which is new today. It's a fantasy piece, around half the length of a novel ... and one of the most delicious fantasies we've read in a long time. Great reading, for $2.99, in epub, PDF and Kindle formats. Incidentally, if you're reading on your mobile phone or Nook, all you need is the epub, and you're home free. Click here for info on the ebook, to see the cover at large size, and to read a generous sample online.
The biggest news is ... at last! ... HELLGATE #5: Flashpoint is out. Click here to sample it, and order. At this time, it's available in PDF and epub versions, and it'll be available direct from Kindle in the next 24 hours. The Stanza version (for your iPhone and so forth) will be out by the weekend, and the "due" icons on the paperback edition will change to "buy now" buttons early next week. You can read the first two chapters online right here ... it's a good, sizeable read, which barely scratches the surface of this immense volume.
Flashpoint is 250,000 words -- an epic which is impossible to begin to describe in something as flimsy as a synopsis. Here's the good news: even though the book is up to three times the length of an average ebook, and twice as long as many of the Mel Keegan titles, MK and DreamCraft are issuing it at the regular price of $9.99. Also, we've used the "relaxed" typesetting you enjoyed so much in the paperback versions of Cry Liberty and Probe. This makes for a paperback of 576 pages, for Flashpoint ... and both MK and DreamCraft are accepting a much lesser royalty to bring you the paperback at just $1 more than the cost of the other Hellgate volumes. You're going to love every moment of this one ... Check it out here
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Welcome to the 2011 revamp of Mel Keegan Online ... and yes, we're a little late with this project. Life has been hectic, and a great deal of work has been done behind the scenes in the last half year or so.
Long-time readers will be noticing some of the changes already. Not only is this a whole new site ... simpler to navigate, a lot more streamlined than the last ... but also, the whole MK "backlist" had been rejacketed with brilliant new CG art.
And there's more. We know that many readers have made the change over to the epub format for their ebooks -- and we couldn't agree more with this choice. Lately, epub has become my own format of preference. The old PDFs are still favored by a lot of readers, and it's a fact that when it comes to delivering graphics-heavy content, nothing will ever beat the PDF. But for a novel? The truth is, the epub behaves far better in a much ider variety of devices. So --
DreamCraft has already rendered most of my titles to the epub format, and in the coming weeks and months you'll also see NARC and Hellgate series appearing as epubs. Also rejacketed, in a brand-new series livery.
And as for Hellgate ... the fifth book is being prepped for publication as this 2011 rebuild of the main website comes together, and while I'm working on the sixth and final book in the series. With the whole thing complete, we'll also be working on a pet project of mine" The World of Hellgate -- more about that when it starts to take shape.
The sub-sites for the NARC and Hellgate universes are still under construction at this time of writing, but if you've been following the exploits of our resident artist, you'll have seen some of the most amazing CG art...
...so you can see how busy things have been, and continue to be, though we haven't been sending newsletters. rest assured, when there's news to be shared, it will be!
In the meantime, this build of the website brings everything up into "current" status -- including the contact information. Apologies for the recent dead mailbox syndrome." We got caught between the old site and the new for rather longer than had been intended!
Huge thanks are due to DreamCraft for their input at all levels, from the mechanics of this website to the continued marketing of books, many of which fall into the "classic" bracket now. The earliest titles in my list are well over 20 years old now, though it's impossible to even think of that much time passing by. Thanks in particular are due to Jade, whose art continues to astonish.
What's next for me? Hellgate #5: Flashpoint will be out in a matter of weeks; then #6 just as fast as I know how to complete it and get it to DreamCraft for editorial and packaging servces. Meanwhile, the NARC series is bound for Kindle in the immediate future, and I also have a flock of short pieces I'm working on, which will be along when time permits.
My gratitude goes to all of you who have been so patient in these last few years when life and work have made it difficult to keep up with book projects. My fingers are crossed that the near future will offer much more time to be devoted to writing.
Cheers from Mel Keegan, August 2011
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