On the Topic of Poor Planning…

When I started writing about Emelynn Taylor and her Gift, I had no idea so many people would love her as much as I do. It’s such a thrill for me to learn that readers want to know if there will be another book.

The answer is YES! I’m happy to confirm that I’m currently working on a fourth book featuring Emelynn…but it’s got me in a bit of a conundrum.

The-books-of-The-Gift-TrilogyWhat do you call the fourth book in a trilogy?

The Gift started off as a stand-alone before it grew into a trilogy and now a fourth book is emerging. Clearly my foresight in this area isn’t stellar.

And the ideas just keep coming (some of them fueled by readers!) I can see Emelynn and her covey heading for a heap of trouble, and with the upheaval in the Tribunal, and their secret exposed, there’s no end of potential fodder. That is NOT a complaint; I love writing about Emelynn and I’m quite happy that The Gift Trilogy laid the groundwork for what may follow. The conundrum is what to call it?

Talk about poor planning! Book four cannot, obviously, be part of the trilogy. I could rename it a quadrilogy, but that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? And what do I do if yet another book comes calling?

I could really use your help. So far, I’ve come up with the Covey Chronicles (yuck), and The Gift Series (yawn).

Your input would be greatly appreciated. In fact, if I use your suggestion, I’ll give you credit in the book as well as my unending gratitude! Give it a thought…

And if you’re curious about what started it all, you can download a copy of The Gift: Awakening with one simple click here. Buckle up…your adventure awaits!
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About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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23 Responses to On the Topic of Poor Planning…

  1. Karen says:

    What about this: The Gift – The Emelynn Taylor Chronicles
    This sounds a little less like yuck and yawn. 😉

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  2. Sue Cox says:

    How about the Gift that keeps on Giving……lol

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  3. Mike Grant says:

    I love Sue’s comment but I agree with Karen. “Chronicles” infers a saga, an ongoing story line with a history and a future.

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    • JP McLean says:

      Thanks Mike. Yes, Sue’s suggestion had me in stitches. I’m trying to recall where that line came from? An ad of some sort, I think. I like “Chronicles” too. Thanks for your input.

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  4. Brian Snook says:

    I know you’ll figure something out, I’m just about redemption

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  5. Hi JP, what about Anthology or Opera Omnia. I think the later as a nice ring to it (referring in in Latin) to a complete works. I think there is flexibility in that it is neither a trilogy or quadrilogy. My flash moment of intuition!!

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  6. I loved the first book. Emelynn Taylor IS a great character. I need to add the next two on my overloaded kindle. Getting lost in a good fantasy is just what I need! My first thought when I read this was not to define the series at all. Book Four: The Gift Redefined. Good luck! It all sounds very exciting.

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    • JP McLean says:

      Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It never occurred to me not to define the series? This whole 4th book in a trilogy has been needling me for ages. But maybe you’re right. I’ll give it some thought. Thanks so much for your input.

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  7. elainecanham says:

    The gift package? Maybe too silly. Just couldn’t resist the pun. Good luck with it anyway.

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  8. Book Four: The Matrix Continues The Gift: The Epiphany(Koine Greek: ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation”, ) The Gift: The New Generation

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  9. One more: Book 4: Eclipse

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  10. olganm says:

    I like Chronicles too….Maybe you should do what they had suggested (and seems it might happen with Star Wars) and plan on several trilogies within the same overall theme…

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    • JP McLean says:

      Thanks, Olga, and yes, Chronicles is a strong contender. I’ll have to do some research on “Trilogies within” and see what I can borrow there. I appreciate your input.

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