A Big Shiny New Year

I just realized to my shame that I have been MIA for ages.  Well, since October.  Life has been hella stressful, and I just get lost in all the shit I have to do.  But I promise to be better about it (you've heard that before).  But let me catch you up on what's happening.

First, on Friday I get my shoulder replaced.  I've got AVN, which is some kind of necrosis, which sounds like a horror movie.  Dead bones, in fact, though no one knows why.  I've been in pain for a little more than a year now (it started hurting December 2014) and it cut into my productivity.  I had a hell of a time writing the second book in the fire series, simply because I had to stop and start so often.  But just when I despaired the book finally came together, thank God.

Since then I've been writing two things: Emma and Brandon's story for a fifth Rohan book (why did I ever leave them with a cliffhanger?)  and the third Fire book, with an assassin hero (my favorite kind).  Why do I love the bad boys so much?  My husband is the best thing that ever happened to me.  I'd probably slug one of my heroes if I met him in real life.  But oh, in a book they're irresistible.  

When I finish the Fire book, which has a deadline, I'll then finish up Brandon and Emma, work on the classic romantic suspense that I adore, see if another Fire book occurs to me, and start thinking of a way to tie up the Fallen series.  As well as revising oldies but goodies to have republished.  Lots of work.

My doctor says I'll still be able to use the computer, even though my arm will be immobile for 6 weeks and I can't pick up anything heavier than a cup of coffee.  Can't drive either, so that'll keep me from getting distracted.  First week after the surgery I'll just let Richie pamper me -- watch movies, read, cuddle on the sofa sipping herb tea and maybe, occasionally, sherry.

I've cleaned my office to make it easier for me to work when I'm ready, which trust me, was tough going.  I've been in such pain I haven't been able to do much more than type anyway (at least the ability to type came back around March or April).  Even surgery couldn't hurt any more than it already does.

So I'm ready for part one of becoming a bionic woman (this will be followed, eventually, by knee replacements.  I thought that would come first - but the shoulder came out of nowhere and trumped the knee.  Besides, you can't be on crutches if your shoulder doesn't work.

In the meantime, here's what's been happening.  DRIVEN BY FIRE comes out February 16th, and I'm not sure which reprints are coming next.  I think Belle Bridge will put out THE SPINSTER AND THE RAKE next. and St. Jessica, who handles the ones I do on my own, will have Blue Sage.  My agent just sold three books to Blackstone Audio (Lady Fortune, Moonrise and Ritual Sins, if I remember correctly) which thrills me, since I'm an audio junkie.  

But mostly I'm determined that it's going to be a really fine year.  Last year was fairly wretched, and while I suppose it can get worse I'm determined that instead it will be better.  It doesn't have to be glorious, though that's always nice.  But it's going to be a good one.

Hope the same is happening for you!