(AP) — The Associated Press has received both internal documents indicating the proposed release date of the sixth book in George R. R. Martin's "A Song Of Ice And Fire" series, "The Winds Of Winter", and a galley copy of the long expected novel itself.
According to the internal memos - which were confirmed by Voyager Books spokesman Luke S. George - the publishing house expects an international release day of March 17, 2014.
"There is great marketing potential in releasing this book on a day that many bars and restaurants are looking for new and innovating promotions," a source at Voyager Books confirmed. "Is there any doubt that Tyrion would want any day other than the 17th of March for his new achievements to be celebrated?"
When contacted by the Associated Press, Martin had no comment except to say "The Giants have not kept their focus. When winter is coming I expect my heroes to be much better at managing the pigskin."
The galley copy obtained by the Associated Press contains many surprises. Among them:
Jaimie Lannister is not the brother of his long time lover Cersei, but is the older brother of Daenerys Targaryen.
Jon Snow - thought to be the son of series favorite Ned Stark - is the child of Stannis Baratheon and Lysa Tully, sister of the late Lady Stark.
The so-called "White Walkers" are actually an indigenous peaceful people who had a longstanding agreement with the Stark family that should Winterfell be attacked they would, like Sand People, come and attack in greater numbers.
Other details contained in the galley copy are being kept confidential due to an agreement between the Associated Press and their primary source.