Back from the dead, assholes!
All joking aside, I apologize once again for dropping off the face of the Earth for so long, especially since those of you who might’ve been looking forward to the release of High Risk are probably wondering where it is. I know that I’ve gone into detail before about why it’s taken me so long to finally put out a book that I’ve been promising for months and months, and to put it bluntly, a large part of why this release has taken me so long is that depression and anxiety have been kicking my ass especially hard in recent times. Trying to juggle a regular job, graduate school, family obligations, and other writing interests outside of romance with maintaining my romance pen name is a struggle that I often doubt I’ll ever fully get the hang of. And with my mental health
It certainly doesn’t help that even though I promised myself (and you) after the release of Strictly Business that I’d stop putting the pressure of strict deadlines on myself… and yet I kept on making promises of release dates that I couldn’t stick to. And every time I overshot an anticipated release date due to one setback or another, I grew more depressed, and the more depressed I was, the harder it was to motivate myself. I’m not trying to make excuses for myself or ask for sympathy; all I can do is apologize, and hope that when High Risk is finally ready for reading, that it’ll have been worth the
So, when can you finally expect High Risk to come out? Tentatively, I’m planning on an April 22 release, though at the latest, it shouldn’t be out any later than this time next month. The conclusion to the duology can be expected sometime in June, July at the very latest.
As for the rest of my upcoming releases… well, I think it’s time I finally make good on my promise to not make strict promises about release dates. I’m still very excited to share the continuation of Tera and Eric’s story with you, and I will say that I hope to have Tangled Love ready to publish in late summer, though it may end up being released in early fall. I had been hoping that 2019 would be the year when I hit my stride and I’d be able to put out books much more frequently; my plans included releasing books three and four of The Loft, as well as starting a new series and publishing a standalone. But as to whether or not my actual output this year will be able to match my ambition remains to be seen. It’s a harsh truth that there’s a lot of pressure in the romance industry to churn out books as fast as possible. But as much as I love writing and just want to be able to share my stories with all of you, the fear of burning myself out is always there. And I would rather take my time and put out the best books possible than push myself too hard. Because as much as I would love to dedicate myself to my writing full-time, the reality for me right now is that other aspects of my life must take precedence, and my mental health must come first even before that.
Once again, I want to give a heartfelt thank-you to all of you who have stuck by me and continue to wait so patiently. Without your support, I wouldn’t still be here, pushing forward and pursuing my passion for writing through all the shit life has thrown at me. You guys are the best.