Author M. L. Rhodes
Fabricator of Fantasy & Romance Fiction

Works in Progress

Works in progress by m/m romance & fantasy author M. L. Rhodes. Books I'm currently writing or will be in the future.

Works in Progress

Books in the works and/or coming soon...

Dark Magick Rising
*Book 5 in the Draegan Lords series

The direct sequel to An Unexpected Magick, and the lead-in to Circle of Ariend. Chronologically, this story takes place shortly before the end of the Lords of Kellesborne (Book 2) and finishes around the beginning of Circle of Ariend (Book 6). I call Dark Magick Rising Book 5 but it’s almost concurrent with Fires of Ballian, which is Book 3.  Yeah, complicated.  My advice…just roll with it.  :)  If you read the whole series, you can read An Unexpected Magick and Dark Magick Rising after you read Fires of Ballian.  But you’ll definitely want to read Unexpected and Dark Magick before you start Circle of Ariend when it’s released. Because there’s a lot of content in Unexpected and Dark Magick that will be important in Circle of Ariend.
(High Fantasy/Shapeshifter)
Projected length:  Extended Novel
Main protagonists:  Wen Daneson and Wesley Brannock
Setting:  The fantasy world of Velensperia
Progress:  Currently at 125,000 rough-draft words (out of 140K??). Almost done! (I say "rough draft words" because some of the rough word count will definitely be cut during the editing phase.) 
Release date:  TBD in 2018


Circle of Ariend
*Book 6 in the Draegan Lords series

(High fantasy/shapeshifter)
Projected length:  Extended Novel (100,000+ words)
Main protagonists:  Gaige Rizik and Keiran Hareldson
Setting:  The fantasy world of Velensperia
Progress:  This one has been partially written and rewritten many times, but eventually I realized the scope was just too big to get everything into it that I needed.  Which is why An Unexpected Magick and Dark Magick Rising came into existence. Those have allowed me to cover ground and important information that was necessary to the plot of Circle of Ariend, and the Draegan Lords series overall, but that didn’t easily work into Circle of Ariend without making that book too unwieldy. Once Dark Magick Rising is finished, I’ll be diving back into Circle of Ariend again. My plan is to keep the first couple of chapters of Circle that I had originally written, and pick up from there writing fresh.
Tentative release:  TBD 


Hometown Hearts

Projected length: Novel (50-60K words)
Main protagonists: Hunter Breckman and Jay Marshall
Setting: Colorado
Progress: About 15K words (out of 50-60K)
Tentative release: TBD in 2018

Also in progress or planned for down the road...

(In no particular order… I pretty much work on whatever project strikes my fancy at any given time. Also, don’t be surprised if you see some of the titles below move up to the “currently working on” list, or vice versa, or if you see totally new titles added to either list.  These lists aren’t set in stone and are meant to be used only as general guidelines.  Creativity…she be a fickle goddess!  LOL!)

(Contemporary fantasy)
Main protagonists:  Logan Collins and Kelric MacGregor
Setting:  Colorado
Progress: About four chapters into it (15,000-ish words)

COME PLAY WITH ME (working title…probably will change)
(Contemporary fantasy)
Main protagonists: Elijah Graves and Christopher “Kit” Redman
Setting: Colorado
Progress: first chapter

*Sequel to Out of My Mind
Progress: a couple of chapters into it

(Contemporary Fantasy)
*Sequel to Falling
Progress: planned out/copious notes made

*Sequel to Vertigo & Shattered

*Set in the same universe as the Draegan Lords series…this one’s about the elves. Also directly related to The Elf And Shoemaker