When Broken came out last June I planned to jump right into writing the 3rd and final book in The Crystor Series, Beloved, and have it out by the first part of 2013. I'm usually a fast writer and because I have a great support system, wonderful critique partners, editors, etc, I knew I could do it.
Then life stepped up to bat and hit a few foul balls in my direction.
Every day I get emails, blog comments, tweets and Facebook posts from fans who love the series and can't wait to read Beloved. You've all been so patient and understanding, and made it . . . well . . . easier NOT to write. I felt I needed to take a break so I could deal with some personal stuff and the love and understanding oozing through the online media venues has made that possible.
I received an email from a fan who LOVES the series, but is extremely frustrated that I promised BELOVED would be out this month and it isn't. I have to admit, at first, I blew it off, thinking she just didn't understand the turmoil I've been dealing with. But now I realize she's right. If nothing else, I owe my fans a huge apology. So here it is . . .
Sorry for the inconvenience. Sorry for the constant stream of excuses, even thought they were valid. Sorry for ending Broken with such a cliff hanger and making the wait for Beloved agonizingly slow. And sorry I've failed to produce the epic ending to the series I promised not only my fans, but myself.
So, baring any further disasters in my life, here's the plan . . .
I am currently 21,000 words into Beloved, which means about 1/5 of the way through. I have the entire thing outlined and I know every scene, every character and how it will end. The cover is done and I will reveal it a couple weeks before the book is released.
Today is February 23rd. I hope to have the first draft of Beloved done by the middle of April which could mean a late May/early June release. I know that seems like forever, and I don't want to make a promise I can't keep, but I'm shooting for that date. If I can get it out earlier than that, I will send out a newsletter and let everyone know, so please be sure to sign up for my newsletter on the left sidebar.
Thanks again for your patience and understanding.
And thanks for all your wonderful comments, emails, tweets and Facebook posts. Please keep them coming. They've given me the strength to work through the issues in my life and helped me move forward.