Update: News, Releases, and Sad Stuff

AR21imageNEWS: It looks like my family will be having a Christmas funeral this year. I was waiting to post this until things happened, but I have a lot of ppl asking why THE ARRANGEMENT 21 was pushed back.

Please know that if a release is pushed back that you are going to hear some godawful news from me shortly after. I don’t screw around with release dates. I treat them like promises, especially once a pre-order has gone live. I do everything I possibly can to keep that promise, but sometimes life has other plans.

I wrote the final books of THE SECRET LIFE OF TRYSTAN SCOTT during a funeral a few years ago. It was the most emotionally grueling thing I’d ever done, because I couldn’t write how I felt. I couldn’t pour my pain onto the pages. I had a promise to keep and finished the series.

I never said anything until I was writing BROKEN PROMISES. All that pain resurfaced, and I had no idea it would. It blindsided me. If I hadn’t told you guys that the book was coming, I wouldn’t have written it. It was extremely painful even though it’s been two years.

No matter what’s going on around me, I typically work through it. I had major surgery last week and didn’t say anything. I didn’t want it to affect anything, and that’s my life. I’m always fighting through something. You guys hear about it when it affects you. Normally it won’t, but I can’t possibly write one of the final books of THE ARRANGEMENT right now. It’ll be torture for me and honestly, it’ll be better if I’ve had some time to mourn and write something that doesn’t have twenty books weaving together with a complex plot line. The end of that series is going to be kickass, and I won’t put something out that sub-par. This series concludes at book 23, so I’m writing toward the ending now.

So, this is what’s happening – the official release date of ARRANGEMENT 21 was pushed back to Feb. 29th (leap day!). Another title that was supposed to come out later, that’s already written, was bumped to the front of the line. I was going to start telling you about it next week–OVER YOU. It’s a stand alone novel that we’ve been working on for a year now.

Please know that if a date moves, something horrible happened. I know other authors change dates like they’re underpants, but that’s not me.

And if you pray, got extra juju to send, or just want to offer a thought for us, my family could use it. My mother in law is in her final days. My daughter is a wreck, and Mike the best hubby ever is very upset. We all are. Caner sucks. Loss is hard to endure and even more so to do it publicly.

The other platforms will update shortly to show the new release date for AR21. Teasers for OVER YOU will begin shortly. Melanie will be around helping answer questions. And I may be on hiatus for a while.

For everyone who has suffered a loss and is feeling it now, you’re not alone. I’ve lost over 20 friends and family to cancer and this time of year is bittersweet because all the memories of holidays past resurface. One day it will be sweet, not bitterness at all. Faith, hope and love will conqueror all and there will be no more pain and no more tears.

Peace to you and yours,

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