I get emails like this every day and decided that you dolls were way past due for an explaination on why you're not reading Blood Moon already. I know you have been dying for the next installment of the Skye Morrison Vampire Series but life has been getting in the way of my creative process.
I'm a bit of a fickle writer. It's extremely hard for me to create worlds when mine is in upheaval. My little piece of planet needs to be calm, my mind needs to be clear and happy, and my emotions need to be stable. When things aren't Zen, my writing is complete shit...and that's if I can even type words on the screen. YOU deserve, Skye's world deserves, my absolute best. I don't want to feed you a substandard story. Each of you mean more to me than that. You deserve gold and I'm damn sure going to give it to you. That being said, I'm a pretty private person, that's why I haven't said anything sooner about what's been going on, but you dolls deserve answers and I'm going to give them to you...right now.
When I released Revelation of Blood (SMVS, #5) back in July, I had fully intended to release Blood Moon (SMVS, #5.5) and Retaliation of Sins (SMVS, #6) right after. Under normal circumstances, it takes me between 1-2 months to write a book, so I planned on having both out by the end of 2013. Well, life decided to crap all over my well laid plans in August. First, my husband Kenny got very sick. After extensive tests were done, and many sleepless nights, we learned that he had to have his gallbladder removed. Easy surgery and recovery time, right? Pffffft! Yeah, no, not so much. Hubby ended up having some complications and we spent the next 2-3 months having every test under the sun and seeing every specialist in Austin trying to get answers. About this time, we get the news that one of my "can't live without you's" (I've only got 6 of them) has cancer...the aggressive kind. I promptly freaked the eff out and devoted every waking second to research, statistics, and survival rates (in between doctors visits). They had surgery the day before Halloween and spent a bit in the hospital before coming back home (my home). Recovery went really well, further bad stuff wasn't needed, and life was beginning to calm down again. Well, wouldn't you know it, life decided that I could use a little medical drama of my very own and I got pretty sick. I've had mild type 2 diabetes for a few years but I guess my body decided that that was way too boring so it quit working with me. My doctor put me on daily insulin injections and after a few weeks, I was right as rain again. YAY!
So life is looking great now, everyone is doing well, I'm writing.... And then BOOM. Yep...wouldn't you know it...Hubby loses his job (but it's okay because he was tired of pulling the company on his own anyway). So, he puts in applications all over Austin and nothing pans out. A month goes by and I'm stressing majorly. (Kenny and I have been together for over ten years and he's never been out of work.) In February he gets a call from an acquaintance of his and he offers hubby a job with his company down in south Texas. Hubby has always wanted to live in this city (we vacation there 1-2 times every year) so I tell him to go for it, take the job. Cue weeks of us traveling back and forth on the weekends to see each other PLUS look for a new house. You wouldn't think finding a new house would be hard, right? Wrong! So very, very wrong. The city where hubby now works is a very popular vacation destination for fishing enthusiasts and a winter getaway for Northerners. Houses here are either vacation rentals or are for sale - starting at half a million dollars for a decent one. o_O.
Finally, after weeks of freaking out, of missing my rock - best friend - reason for breathing, we signed the papers on a house this past Saturday. I feel like I can finally breathe again...I feel like things are going to calm down now. Most importantly though, I feel like I can write full-time. (*squeeee*) Up until now, I've been putting down what I can on Blood Moon whenever my Zen decided to show up. Sadly, it hasn't been often. But, we move into our new house on the 28th and things are looking up. I've got my fingers crossed that they stay that way. These 7-8 months have been a roller coaster. Some times were manageable, but many were unbearable.
I'm hoping things keep steady in my life so I can finally deliver on what you dolls have been waiting so patiently for. I want Blood Moon out as much as you guys do, trust me! It's been hard for me to not have access to Skye's world -my happy place. Never forget that I adore you guys. You are never far from my thoughts. I'm really trying my hardest to finish Blood Moon for you and I'll keep you posted on its progress.