I've made some wonderful progress with my writing in recent months, and I was feeling like I've finally conquered the beast (at least until a new one shows up). I did my cover reveals, had my holiday sales, did more reveals, updated my blog and website a bit, and reserved editing slots for all my current works in progress.
The celebratory bubbly (apple cider, I'm strictly non-alcoholic) went from storage to the fridge in preparation. We always toast a new release in this house. I even thought it'd be fun to incorporate my niece's birthday (Jan 31) into my launch stuff, and make The Lost Princess available for pre-order on that day.
You've likely noticed it's, um (checks calendar--I wrote the wrong date at my kid's school yesterday) February 10th, and there's still no pre-order option for TLP. If you've been here for any part of my journey, but particularly The Peasant Queen series journey, you know that every time I try to finish and publish a book in this series my entire life gets turned upside down.
And nothing's changed, folks. I had computer problems, which is probably the worst when you're trying to write. And then the computer magically fixed itself, but I spent days with that "I'm going to be writing something EPIC and it's going to crash and I'll lose it all" paranoia until finally I just said to heck with it and started plugging (and saving) away.
But I'm not going to list all the crap happening right now, because overall life is still good. It's just a huge, epic time vacuum.
So I have to say that as of right now, no, you won't be reading The Lost Princess on Feb 17, which is--incidentally--my 19th wedding anniversary. I like using dates that have meaning in my life when releasing books. I'm pulling a few all-nighters and some late nights and busy days to get the story done and to my editor so that she has something other than the pathetic bare bones document I sent her last week.
But I have not given up. I'm finishing the book and releasing it ASAP. My goal right now is to have the ebook in reader's hands by the end of this month. I'm seriously working as hard as I possibly can. I have no idea when the computer will freak out again. I have lots of doctor, orthodontist, and dentist appts for my kids in the near future, but overall I know I have time to get the book done and to the editor, maybe even by the end of this week.
I am not, however, opposed to you sending some prayers heavenward on my behalf, if you are so inclined. It may not take a village to raise a child, but it takes a freaking army to publish a book!