IT’S A SIGN!!! – Moon & Sun Book 3: The Emerald Sun

A long time ago (back in 2006-2008), I wrote two novels I loved and younger readers loved.

The Ruby Key: Moon & Sun Book 1

The Silver Door: Moon & Sun Book 2

I’d started work on the third one, The Emerald Sun: Moon & Sun Book 3…

And then Scholastic told me they weren’t going to continue the series. It would end with Book 3, and they would only want the third book if I took a massive pay cut.

I couldn’t afford to take the pay cut. We were already just squeaking by.

So I stopped working on the series, and wrote a bunch of writing books instead. Mugging the Muse: Writing Fiction for Love & Money, Create a Character Clinic, Create a Plot Clinic… and a long list of other books and classes I’m not going to name goes here, but that kept a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.

Meanwhile, however, I kept hearing from the kids who wanted to know what happened next with Genna, Dan, the Cat…

And now those kids are adults.

The rights to the first two books have reverted to me. Today I start the read-through of the first one to get back into the world, to get the voice back, and to find and take notes on any toys I left on the floor that I can pick up for Book 3.

And after I did the first run of reading, I got an unexpected gift.

During a Hard Drive Move (which is never anyone’s favorite thing) years ago (which I think coincided with our move from Georgia back to Florida, I lost track of the Book 3 outline and early chapters.

My older computer had become massively obsolete. I moved the backups to a new computer, and when I did this, Moon & Sun had already become a dead project, so I didn’t check to make sure I could find it.

Forward a bunch of years to when I wanted to find it, and I couldn’t. Realize… Macs have excellent backup, and really good search, and I knew what I was looking for. And no search term I had brought me to those manuscripts.

Today, on the day I started this project, I dug into an unrelated folder looking for something else, and found the entire Moon & Sun project in there, including the start of Book 3. Wasn’t where it was supposed to be, but everything opens, everything is readable, everything is usable.

It’s a sign. Time to write Book 3, time to get the first two into print again, time to bring this world back to life.


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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

108 comments… add one
  • Jill Sep 16, 2022 @ 14:59

    I read the first two books with my daughter in elementary school and loved the series. I’ve looked every couple years to see if the series would be finished. I’m also waiting for Song of Fire and Ice books which I read before the tv series was even thought of. So sad that these great stories aren’t being finished! They become more popular when they are a completed SET by the way… Who wants to sit down to read a 2 out of 3 series with no hope of an ending??? No wonder the books aren’t as popular right now. Finish and they will become popular! I can even see movies made out of this wonderful imaginative world! Leap of faith… The entertainment industry is too flighty. They only take completed works seriously. (I’m a retired microchip layout engineer, stay at home mom, elderly caretaker, and science fiction lover!)

  • Lauryn Jul 6, 2022 @ 10:40

    Hi Ms. Lisle!
    I’m thrilled to find your email list and Ko-fi, I joined moments ago. Moon & Sun was my favourite series as a kid, I must have read those books fifty times. They came with me on every road trip I ever took—I would read The Ruby Key on the way there and The Silver Door on the way back. I held out hope for years of another chapter in your story but figured that it wasn’t meant to be. I’ve now read about your journey back to this series and really admire your perseverance. I’m foaming at the mouth to read The Emerald Sun, and wanted to thank you for your dedication to all the kids like me who loved the world you created.

    • Holly Jul 6, 2022 @ 11:36

      Thank you so much, Lauryn. The dream of building a block of time in which to write The Emerald Sun is scooting closer. I’m hopeful.

  • Belinda Loew May 29, 2022 @ 11:22

    I really hope you write a third book! I got the first two books secondhand at a bookcase and I read both of them in two days. I was looking up the following books in the series and was crushed and heartbroken to find that they aren’t written yet. The books were incredible and it’s disappointing that it’s been a struggle for you to continue the series. Personally, I would love to gain some closure about the countless loose ends that I feel the second book left! I will recommend the books to friends and I hope to get them on your email list!

    • Holly Lisle May 31, 2022 @ 11:28

      I’d love to gain some closure, too. With luck, the five-book Ohio Series will buy me some time to write it.

  • N. Daniel Apr 30, 2022 @ 12:32

    I have been looking for the third book online and in stores for ages. My children and I loved the first two books and they will still randomly quote lines at me.

  • Nidhi Nallasivam Feb 5, 2022 @ 1:06

    The amount of love I have for this series is such that I am very glad that even the possibility of this happening creates much joy in my life. While I really want it to happen, I also understand all the constraints you have as a writer. All I would request is, please don’t close this project. I will try my best to bring out truly how many people are into this book series- most in their twenties, much like me must be very awash in the huff and puff of general life, I don’t think they read your blog. And hence would be a lowly estimate. Give it time. Please let us know if there is any community effort we can contribute to to make it happen. Either way, you’re the best, and we’re with you <3

    • Holly Feb 7, 2022 @ 10:55

      Thank you. I believe it will happen. I believe I will find enough people who want to read it.

      And I want to write the last one so much.

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