When Will My Next Book Be Published?

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I care. A lot. And the truth is, my lovely friends and readers, I don’t know when my next book will be out. I’ve had a bad year. Very bad. It’s ironic because I began with so many plans and so much energy and hope. I semi-retired from being a CPA so I would have more time to write. But in February, I had to have a medical procedure that led to a hysterectomy in August that turned into cancer. In March, I had a colonoscopy – not because I had a problem, but because my gyno nagged me to get one because I’m at that age when doctors say you should get one. I went in for a routine exam that became another health issue and began a year-long roller coaster – sick, very sick, then better, then very sick again. I mean the kind of sick where you can’t get out of bed, the miserable kind of Just Fucking Kill Me Now kind of sick. I’m having surgery later this week to fix the problem. I anticipate kicking this to the curb and emerging triumphant. Like Brunhilde.

You Go Girl!

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Okay, so I now have no uterus – and no cancer! Lemonade of hysterectomy is that they also took out all the cancer. It had not invaded any muscle, so I was diagnosed and cured in a week. Dude! That’s righteous.

 

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This week, I’ll have the part of my colon that hates me removed from my body and I’ve asked the doctor to step on it, burn it, curse it, and throw it in the alley. He won’t, because he’s a professional, but man, oh man, I’d like to murder it because it has been a ginormous pain in the ass – literally – almost this whole year.

What does all this mean for my writing schedule? It means I’m incredibly far behind. It means I am nowhere close to done with Mephisto 5 or the second historical romance in my Lennox series. I had such grand plans for this year. It just goes to show that you never know what’s right around the corner. All you can do is make the best of things and enjoy your life as much as possible. I have had some real bad luck, but at the same time, I am so lucky. I have a loving and supportive husband, two wonderful daughters, insurance to get the health care I need, and a brain. I figure I’m always good to go so long as I have a functioning brain. I mean, I could be an idiot. That’d be real tragic. Or maybe not – do stupid people know?

Anyway, I wanted to let my readers know. I am so extremely sorry. I’m absolutely devastated to disappoint you, especially when you’ve been so patient and supportive. I hope so much you’ll be patient a little longer and not give up on me or my books. As soon as I get rid of this body part, I am certain I’ll have a new lease on life and be dying to get back to writing. I miss my daily routine. I miss my characters. I miss the world I’ve built, and I am lost without that escape. Real life is sometimes just way too real.

My love to all of you and my deepest most sincere thanks to you for your patience and kindness and especially your eagerness for another story. It is truly humbling.

I promise I will update as soon as I have my life back, when I have a writing schedule I know I can keep.

Have a Very Happy Holiday. Be safe, be happy, go out there and rock it with all the love in your soul!

 

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11 comments

  1. I hope you feel better soon, Stephanie! As a patient reader I eagerly await your next book (once you’re feeling better) and I’m just glad to hear something of you. To be honest, because I didn’t hear anything and the date for the release of your next book came and went with no events, I thought that you had become a hermit and no one decided to tell the readers! But I’m glad to hear you’re on the path to recovery!

  2. I’m so glad for this blog; I had been so nervous and scared you weren’t going to continue the fifth Mephisto book. Your health comes first and I hope you get better and stronger! Take care,
    your biggest fan<3

  3. Danielle /

    I’m glad you are putting your health first. I absolutely love your Mephisto series and I cannot wait for the next one<3 Thank you for writing such an amazing story, it creates an escape from the real world even if it is just for a little while.

  4. OMG! I just asked you in goodreads! I didn’t know what you just went thru.. but ‘am sooo glad that you’re A-OK now and that you kicked the big C Away! More power to you and hoping to see and read your books in the near future! Stay safe and healthy! 🙂

  5. Livia /

    I hope you are feeling much better. Your readers will be happy to read book 5 whenever it’s ready. =)

  6. fabiha /

    So when is the fifth book of the mephisto series coming out?I’m going nuts.seriously. but I guess your health comes first. I love your work .and get well soon.

    • Stephanie /

      I’m working on it, I promise. 🙂 I’ll post here and on FB when I have a release date, which will be this year for sure. Thanks for writing!

  7. Letty G /

    Hi Stephanie! Let me begin with the fact how amazing u and ur creations are!! Omg I still remember the day I bought the first book of the Mephisto series.. I was a little kid with no idea whats going around me that time and with no intentions for the future. I had a wonderful time reading ur 3 book and now I’m going to buy the 4th one, but I’m afraid that after Crazy for you I’ll have to wait a lot for the 5th book.. And I hate waiting dear, but never mind. I just want to congratulate you and tell u how much i’m in love with ur f*ing gorgeous style in writing and ur books at all.. I’ve read about ur problem and I wish it hadn’t happened to such an amazing hardworking woman, but life is hard shit sometimes. So I pray for ur health and i ask u only to tell us , ur loving fans, when is the 5th book coming up? I’ll be veeeeeery happy if u answer my question i’d cry like for real <3 I love u Stepahnie!!!

    • Stephanie /

      Aw, thank you, Letty for such a beautiful note! I’m actually working on Denys’s book – Mephisto No. 5, right now. I plan to publish it this summer. I hope you like it! Take care.

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