I finally turned in my novel, MOONDANCE BEACH, which will be released in September. It is the third book in the Bayberry Island series, and my editor said it's the best thing I've written. (I'm not sure how that works. Is that like your mother telling you that you're the most beautiful and talented girl in the world? Hey, I'll take it.)
I have to say, these are the most stunning and cohesive book covers I've ever had, and I truly thank the people at Penguin/Random House for such excellent work.
And now the time has finally come for me to finish the books I was writing and plotting at the time I got sick. It is embarrassing to admit that these books were due in 2012 and it's now 2015. I'm talking about UNWRAPPING TAFFY, the third novel in the Bigler, North Carolina series, and the follow-up to UNBOUND (also released as A COURTESAN'S GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR MAN), which I'm writing with Celeste Bradley. The working title for that novel is BREATHLESS. So for all you fellow writers out there: the next time you fret about being late on a book deadline, this will help you keep your tardiness in perspective. THREE YEARS! THREE *&%@(@# YEARS! These novels will get done in the next few months and then I'll be on to my next project -- with a clean slate and a clean conscience. I may have some very exciting news to share this fall about the direction my career is taking. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I'm living and working in peace and quiet. Celeste rents out the guest house on the property as her writing studio, and comes up here during the week to work on her novels. We usually meet up once a day to chat over a cup of coffee, either discussing our current solo books or future co-written projects. Or, we just get together at the end of the work day, watch the mountain change colors in the sunset, and drink wine.
It's a good life.
I am beginning to believe that these last three years of darkness, struggle, setbacks, and pain are over, and I'm turning the corner. Keep your fingers crossed for me.