'Winds of Winter' release date rumors: January 2017 release of the book confirmed?

George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones", gestures during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel July 10, 2014 | REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Fans are quite disappointed that the TV series, "Game of Thrones," will be released in less than a week, while the "Winds of Winter" book of George R.R. Martin or GRRM still does not have an official release date. However, new reports suggest that the book will finally be released in January 2017.

According to a report by the BitBag, the much-anticipated release might happen in early 2017, if not late this year.

Fans have been waiting for four years for the book to hit the shelves but up until today, there is still no definite details provided by GRRM and his editors.

In a report by Cross Map, nothing is set in stone as of the moment. It was reported that the "Winds of Winter" writer has sought help from "American Gods" and "Star Dust" author, Neil Gaiman, to take him out of an alleged writer's block, which GRRM claimed to be the reason for the delay.

According to Latin Post, everyone that is currently working with the book is frustrated with the delay, including the editors. It was also reported that the manuscript will be done by March 2016, but that did not happen.

GRRM has also cited numerous distractions that delay the availability of the book.

"You can blame my travels or my blog posts or the distractions of other objects and the Cocteau," said the famous writer. "You can also blame my age, but if truth be told, sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn't."

With the arrival of the sixth season of "Game of Thrones," it will be interesting how fans will receive the book once it hits the market.

The best-selling author wanted to have the novel released before the TV show but for some reason it did not work out that way.

"I wish it was out now. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I'm turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done," GRRM said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.