Endure Update

Endure Update

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Author, News, Protector Series, Publishing, Writing | 7 comments

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the last book in the Protector series: when is it coming, is it really the last book, etc. So I’m going to take a few minutes to give you an update on all things Protector series and a few other tidbits.

First, when is Endure coming?

Endure is running a little behind schedule. I don’t have anyone to blame for this but myself. I didn’t stay very disciplined while writing this book. I started it in November of 2012 and then took all of December and half of January off. Once I got back to work, I found it very difficult to stay focused. I’d write for part of a day and then accomplish nothing for a week. Now that the book has been written, I feel a lot of that was due to it being the final book in the series. There was stress involved, a lot of fear, major lack of confidence, and I needed to get over all that while trucking along at a slower pace. The good news is that the book is done and I’m flying high with excitement. I’m currently waiting for the last few betas to get back to me and although I won’t say much, but based on current response, I will say you can be damn excited too.

Second, is this really the final book in the series?

Yes and no. As far as I currently have planned, I won’t be continuing this exact story arc. Endure closes off the story I intended to tell, however, it’s not the end of the Protector world. I plan to write some prequels that follow your favorite characters: Willy, Tiki, and Vincent. As it stands right now, they will only be standalone novels or novellas, but there is some series potential in a few of them. All of them will take place before The Protector series and will be more than likely entitled “The Protector Beginnings.”

There has been some interest via my Facebook Fan Page about other characters like Marcus and Rayna. I had never actually considered a book from Marcus or Rayna’s POV, but now that I see some demand for it, it’s piqued my curiosity. I have had a few ideas to write two other prequels as well. One revolving around Chase and his life growing up in the Circle up until his exile, and one that goes way back and shows how it all really started: The Great War between demons and humans and the rise of the Circle of Light (the birth of the hunters). Those are just ideas right now and I’m not planning on moving forward with them with any kind of certainty.

With all that said, I’m not going to be working on any of these stories yet. I’ve been writing The Protector for four years now and I want a break. So, that brings me to number three.

What’s next for M.R. Merrick?

While Endure is out with beta readers and then later, my editor, I’ll be working on the first book in a new series. It’s still early now as I’ve only written about 4200 words in the book, but it’s refreshing to work with some new characters and a new world. Because of that, I think I might start alternating the books that I write. One for one series, and then one for something different. The process might be two and then one, but you get my drift. The need for a break sometimes is the best way to go, as I experienced while writing Endure. Details on the new series will coming along once I have more developed, but you can expect to see something in the next two months, and hopefully the first book will be ready this Fall, following closely with a sequel just before or just after Christmas.

Now, if you’re a blogger and you’re wondering about a cover reveal and/or blog tour for Endure. Info will be coming later this month via myself and Stuck In Books. I’m not sure we’ll go as wide-spread as we did last time, so if you are interested, chances are you’ll need to be read up on the series thus far. The tour for Release was massive and it took up way too much time, so things will be a little more reserved this time around. So if you’re not up-to-date on the series and you want to be, check out the Books tab above for links. Exiled is on sale now and both Shift and Release are $2.00 off their usual price.

Oh, and if you didn’t know, there’s an Interview Me post up for the month of April. If you have questions about me, my books, or anything at all, drop it in the comments section of that post and I’ll reply with an update!

    7 Comments

  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhh! Give me a Rayna novella! I DEMAND OF THEE. 😛

    You rock, Matty!

    • I should’ve known, but I had no idea the demand for a Rayna perspective was so…in demand! Haha.

      Your comment love always makes me happy, Smash. I can’t wait to give you Endure! Then we’ll talk Rayna. 🙂

  2. Hm who’s vincent again? I think i know who’s tiki. Only the first book is available in my country,on the preview pages… i did check out the beginning of Shift. your target audience is the teenage market? it seemed more gory.
    Ah it’s normal not to be disciplined. Play with your cat and your children, might give some ideas. I don’t write daily either, but when the urge to, comes i jot down on paper and can go for abt 20pgs. I think it depends on style and not everybody can be focused for so long. what color is your cat? I love cats. :3

    • Hi Ilkar,

      The book is aimed at both the teenage and adult market. It’s not meant for early teen readers, which is why I have it classified as Young Adult. There is however some violence and gore in the books.

      My cat is gray. She’s also a demon. Haha.

    • haha! I see. I’m definitely a young adult, sometimes i like gore but after couple of war stories and novels I decide to vary my tastes. My Cat from Hell is indeed a good show. lols

  3. I just got through reading all three of the protector series books strait through because it was the first series in a while that captivated me. A little feedback – there were a couple things that I repeatedly thought about when I would take a break from reading and my mind wandered. The first one is what in the world tuned Chase’s Dad into what he has become? I don’t know if that’s addressed in book 4, but if on the off-chance it’s not, a novella about it would be something I’d love to read. The second thing is that Athaniel was an interesting and potentially amusing god based on the few things mentioned about him and further development of his character in another book would be a pleasant surprise.

    Very much looking forward to seeing how this ends. Thank you for your effort and for making something that I thoroughly enjoyed!

    • Hi dhtl! Thanks for stopping by the blog. You’ll definitely get a lot of answers in Endure, and my mind is constantly racing about different things I can do with some of the other characters. To be honest, I hadn’t given much thought to Athaniel, but now that you mention it, I just might. He does have a very cool story, as do some of the other gods! I can’t wait for June 5th, I hope you enjoy Endure as much, if not more, than the others so far!

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