So, it’s probably time for an update, isn’t it?
A few of you might be wondering why LOST CAUSES (Elements #4) still doesn’t have a release date. Excellent question, and one I plan to answer… though not today.
I’d hoped to release it by December, then by February. Despite how optimistic I’d like to be, that seems unlikely right now.
I believe in deadlines. I believe that, even as an indie writer, it’s an excellent habit to get into, and I think readers should have some idea when the next book is coming out (particularly given the way I ended book 3, ahem). Unfortunately, this year all the good intentions in the world weren’t quite enough, and the book was delayed for a couple of reasons.
1. I’ve been open in the past about some of my health woes. Hell, it was the Year of Surgeries that led to me finally finishing a novel (nothing quite like a life-threatening experience to inspire you to finally chase your dreams). What I learned this year is how far-reaching health problems can be, and how they can linger and reform themselves in all sorts of insidious ways. After a few years of just getting by, I chose to make this a year of actual, long-term healing.
The good news is it’s working. The bad news is I lost several months of quality writing time in the process. I’m back in the saddle, so to speak (on the keyboard? in the chair?), but whereas normally I would rush as fast as I could to meet the deadline, this time I’m working at a more manageable speed. Part of that whole healing thing, ya know.
While I can’t offer a specific date, I can say this: barring any unforeseen delays, the book should be available no later than May.
2. The other reason for the delay is that LOST CAUSES isn’t the only project I’m working on. I’ve learned a lot about my writing process over the past few years and have discovered that I need to alternate between various worlds. Jumping right into book 4 after finishing TURNING TIDES really didn’t work for me. I needed to give the characters time to rest and give my subconscious time to figure out new ways to torment Aidan, Sera, and the gang. So, instead of rushing into LOST CAUSES before it was ready to go, I turned my attention to the still untitled adventure fantasy and made some significant revisions. I’m thrilled to say it’s finally where I think it should be, and while I don’t plan to publish it until the Elements series is done, it’s ready to go whenever the time and situation are right, which makes me stupidly happy.
I have awesome–and patient–readers. LOST CAUSES hasn’t been an easy book to write, and I’d rather take the time to get it right rather than just get it published. And hey, May isn’t *that* far away, right?