I have 2 important pieces of news for everyone today. As the year has gone, this has been something I’ve had to think carefully about every step of the way.
The first thing:
I have left the Rituals and Runes Anthology. My story for it, FULL MOON MAGIC, will not be releasing this year.
While I won’t be in the anthology, please continue to support it. Those authors are working so hard to bring amazing stories to the world and I would be honored if you could continue to support them for me.
The second thing:
TAINTED BLOOD (Everly Abbott Book 3) has been delayed for October 21st, 2022.
I need the extra month to make sure the book is everything I want it to be.
Now for the small explanation of why both of these have happened.
I’m tired and I’m struggling with burn out. By this point, I imagine those who follow my blog know why. From surgery to a house flood and more I haven’t entirely shared publicly… I’m struggling with managing everything, writing everything, making everything. Last week, I had to make the difficult decision to end my relationship with my personal assistant and that hasn’t helped. I literally couldn’t do Everly Abbott and Full Moon Magic. I couldn’t. So I had to make a hard decision that leaves me disappointed in myself and I’m sure will leave many disappointed in me.
I’ve never had to cancel or move releases like this before, and I am so sorry for those who are really looking forward to them, especially Full Moon Magic. After the struggle with writing Bitter Discord over several months, my personal life continuing to spiral, and me coming to some tough decisions about my mental health and needs… I could barely write it and what I was writing, I wasn’t in love with. Beyond that, being in an anthology is a lot of work I can’t afford to do right now when I’m struggling to get done with the basics.
Example: I’m the reason there are no print editions done for Destiny. I do my own covers and that includes print editions. If it doesn’t existed yet, it’s because I haven’t yet.
I had so many plans for this year. I really did. Kaliya Sahni’s series was ending, which means I should be gearing up to write a new one. I might not. I might be able to slide an end of the year standalone out, but it’s highly unlikely. I wanted to share the story of Teagan and Olivia. I wanted Patreon to be a fun journey in shorts and exploring more of the world.
These decisions were difficult, but as many wonderful, kind readers have often reminded me, I can’t keep bringing you stories if I burn out and need to step away completely. This is me attempting to take care of myself, my physical and mental health, while I get back on track to doing the thing I love to do. Storytelling. I can’t take a full break because I’m my family’s sole income, but I can be kinder to myself and recognize I have more limitations this year than I did last year. If I’m better to myself now, the better future years can and will be.
Thank you all for standing by me. I hope there’s many stories in the future and 2022 will only be remembered as that one year where life kicked me in the teeth.