Friday, July 10, 2015

A Different Direction

You know how it is. Just when you find your groove and get to a point where you can really make some progress on a project, life throws you a curve.

But, really, we all know life is *all* about dealing with the curves. Life is all about Plan B.

As most of you know, Bryan lost his job at the end of April. I also went through two pretty major sicknesses while he was job hunting, which I attribute to stress. It took me a while to get my head on straight, pull up my big girl panties, and just start dealing with stuff. I'm not going to bore you with the mess I was in, because that's over now. But I've had to make some tough choices that affect you, my readers.

Tough choice number one: I have to prioritize working outside the home right now. Not forever, but for a while. Bryan has struggled to find gainful employment--any employment, really--and that's been hard for him. He's looking at changing careers, getting out of the truck for good, and going into nursing. What type, exactly, he's not certain of. But I'm behind him. I'm always behind him. And if that means I have to work for a while, then so be it. This is a partnership, after all. To me that means I do what he can't, and he does what I can't. We complement one another, making our marriage run like a finely tuned machine.

Tough choice number two: Writing has to take a back seat again. It may be relegated to the trunk for a while, to be completely honest. NO, I'm not happy about this. Not even relieved. Not remotely. Writing is one of those industries that you have to keep a toe in at all times or you fall hopelessly behind. I will be writing, working on projects, but my progress will be considerably slower. It could take me a year or more to finish my next book. That makes me super sad. I've really enjoyed the momentum I've been able to carry from the end of 2014 all the way into July of 2015. It's been great. But the family has other needs, too, needs that writing and publishing can't meet. And I'm all about family.

The good news, for you, is that I'm going out strong. Birthright, though not picked up by Kindle Press, will still be available to readers before the end of this month. And, in August 2015, I will release City of Light. This is a faith-based high fantasy novel with demons, black unicorns (know how those are made? I do), servants of darkness, and people of Light. I'm completely in love with this story, and I just know fans of my Peasant Queen series will love this book, too.

I've given you a peek of this cover before, when I was certain I'd be able to release the book (a few years ago). So here you go:
Completing this book makes me all shades of happy, so it's a very good thing for me--and for you--that I'm going to be releasing it next month.

In a nutshell, that's what's going on. Check back periodically for updates, so you don't miss out on anything exciting--like when I offer Birthright FREE to thank everyone who voted for it during the Kindle Scout campaign.

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