Everything will be delayed

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As you all know, I have been working on the 9th book in the Rise of the Iliri series.  I had planned to get it out in April.  Well, if you look at the calendar, you will see that’s not going to happen.  It definitely wasn’t intentional!

Two weeks ago, my father went in for a routine health test, and was immediately hospitalized.  It seemed he needed a quadruple bypass.  Multiple complete blockages, serious concerns about the risk of a “widowmaker” heart attack, and a very terrifying thing for my family.

I’m happy to report that my father came through surgery just fine.  He’s now in the recovery phase.  (And he’s very not happy about all the things he can’t do.)  The downside is that my mother is unable to care for him on her own.  As the closest (physically) relative, and the one with the most flexible schedule, I’m at her beck and call.  Doesn’t matter if that’s heading over to help lift him from bed, running around to fill prescriptions, or anything else.

After all, this is my dad.  While I know that all of you are waiting with bated breath for a book, my family is more important.  I’m not even sorry about it.  The doctors expect his recovery to take 6 to 8 weeks, possibly more.  This means that my full days of writing have become minutes instead.  I’m still going, but I’ve done a LOT of cutting out some pretty pathetic prose that was written when my mind was elsewhere.

And none of us want a bad book.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The book will be released when it’s done.  This is true for all of my books, and I’d much rather make you wait than give you a bad book.  So, while I could probably whip out some crap and publish it for money, I will NOT do that to either my readers or my characters.  It’s just not worth it to me.

But it’s still coming.  There are still some pretty intense revelations in this book.  I hope y’all are prepared because the angst of worrying about my own family might even translate into the story a little.

So, while I still don’t have an ETA on the release, I will say that we’re planning a preorder, so you’ll have at least a month’s notice.  I’m late.  I’m sorry I’m late.  I’m most definitely not sorry that I’m putting my family first.  I think that all of you understand.

I’m just happy my dad is going to get better.  Eventually.  I might kill him before he gets there, but we’re all going to make it through this!

6 thoughts on “Everything will be delayed

  1. I love the Rise of the Iliri series and I’m really looking forward to book nine. I’m definitely prepared to wait as long as it takes. Family absolutely comes first and I’m sure I’m not alone in agreeing with that.

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  2. I’m really glad that your dad came through the surgery etc. Ok. I hope he continues to get better and that (if you watch ncis) you don’t have to have too many Gibbs moments of hitting him upside the head to keep him on the recovery track.

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  3. I know what you’re going though. My Dad had a similar thing happen to him almost 2 years ago. His only symptom was a shortness of breath at the gym (he’s in his 70’s). He went in for tests and wasn’t allowed to leave. The widow-maker position being where there is no chance of resuscitation.
    The thing that took the longest to heal was where they harvested the vein in his leg. We were very lucky with getting a fantastic surgeon.

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  4. I realize I am very late with this, but, I hope your father and family are doing well. I have just finished Resilience (binge reading for 3 days while also working ☺) and followed the link while waiting for the next to load. Have to say that while I am going to be dying for this series to continue (probably even after it is complete) I agree that family should ALWAYS come first. Thank you for the marvelous trip through yournimagination!!

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