Stone Signs Multi-Book Deal with Behler

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Fantasy author Scot R. Stone has signed a five-book deal with Behler Publications for his series "The Snowtear Wars."

Fantasy author Scot R. Stone has confirmed he has signed a new, five-year contract for his popular growing series, The Snowtear Wars, with Behler Publications. Based out of California, Behler previously signed a contract with Stone only for only the second book in the series, The Ice Shadows of Arna, which was officially released in August, 2005. After seeing how well the second book did in just the pre-release stage, Behler decided to pursue getting the entire series under contract, including the first book.

Book One of the Snowtear Wars, The Chimes of Yawrana, was originally published by a print-on-demand publisher. The first book will immediately go into Behler's publishing queue to be revised and re-released as soon as possible, in a new edition. "Behler will make Book One even better than what it was before," Stone says. "They will add the updated maps from Book Two to Book One, will put the book through their own editing process, and will alter a majority of the cover design to distinguish it apart from the previous edition."

In addition to the acquisition of Book One, Behler will also be printing the future first American editions of Book Three – The Hollows of Candlewick, Book Four – The Mirrors of Methalis, and Book Five (name to be announced in 2006). "I couldn't be more thrilled that Behler got the entire series, including Book One. I believe they will help with its continuity and will keep the fans happy by producing a quality product with each new release."

Stone says Books Three and Four in The Snowtear Wars have already been written and both could be released in 2006. However, he quickly adds, a book could take up to two years or more to get released into the market. He hopes this isn't the case with the future books in the series. In the meantime, Stone is trying to stay ahead of the game. Starting in 2006, he will begin writing the final book in The Snowtear Wars, and should have it completed by the end of the year. Each of the first four books averages approximately four hundred and seventy-five pages. Book Five, he predicts, could go over seven hundred. "It will be the crowning on a series, which I think, is very complex, containing many abstract concepts and intertwining subplots. All questions that haven't been answered, will be answered in Book Five. There'll be a great sense of fulfillment for my readers when they come to the end of the series, and will be one many will come back to read again and again through the years. People will not be able to fully appreciate the scope of the series until it's done, I think. There's so much more for the fans to learn before it ends."

Only time will tell if Stone's optimism comes true, but at least the road's been paved for it to have its chance, and that's all any author can ask for.

To keep up with the developments in Stone's Snowtear Wars series and his other future projects, visit his website at http://www.scotrstone.com, and be sure to visit his publisher's website at http://www.behlerpublications.com. Stone's books may be purchased through all major bookstores and book-selling websites.

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