'The Winds of Winter' release date update: George R.R. Martin is set to release a new book - it's not 'TWOW'

(REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)George R.R. Martin will be releasing a new book. Unfortunately, it's not "The Winds of Winter."

For the past few years, fans have been eager to get a copy of "The Winds of Winter," George R.R. Martin's upcoming novel and the sixth in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. However, it's getting clearer than day that it won't be arriving anytime soon.

A new report has also emerged, stating that the world-renowned author is set to release a new book. According to Business Insider, Martin is prepping for the launch of a new undisclosed novel. Unfortunately, it's not "The Winds of Winter" and fans will have to wait longer for the highly-anticipated book to hit bookstores.

The outlet clarifies that this upcoming book will be out by August 30 and is an anthology collection that Martin is working on as an editor. Titled "High Stakes," it is part of the superhero series called "Wild Cards." Technically, he just edited the pages, which doesn't really break his vow earlier this year that he won't be writing anything until he comes up with "The Winds of Winter."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from HarperCollins, Martin's publisher, recently slammed reports that the sixth installment in "A Song of Ice and Fire" will be launched in October, during the World Fantasy Convention.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Jaki Arthur, HarperCollins Australia's head of marketing and communications, dismissed rumors about Martin delivering the novel. "Speculation has been rife in Australia and across the world that George RR Martin is going to release Winds of Winter at WorldCon...but we don't know when it will happen," Arthur explained.

Arthur went on to acknowledge the prominent writer's efforts in delivering "The Winds of Winter" but he said there is still no publication date. On the other hand, he said HarperCollins will immediately make an announcement regarding the launch once Martin is finished with all the chapters.

Martin was supposed to be a special guest of the WorldCon but he pulled out last year. Instead, he will appear next month during the MidAmericon II convention in Kansas City, MO, which will be held from August 17-21.

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