Update on Playing with Fire…and An Apology

This is a preemptive apology for a very long post I was supposed to post yesterday, but the day got away from me.

Let’s start with the good news–probably the only news that many of you care about. I know you’ve been waiting forever for Playing with Fire, the third Misfit book, and I am pleased to announce that we finally have a release date, which is March 10th. For the next few days, I’ll be posting a few goodies here and on Facebook to prepared you for that day.

Now, let’s get into some explanations. This book was due months ago, and the fact that it is just coming out now…I truly apologize for that. All I can say to explain the reason why that is is that I enjoy reading books. I enjoy reading my books. I sometimes go back and read them as a reader, and it is like the story is new for me all over again. Therefore, by me being a book lover first and a writer second, I’m never going to just put something out there that I don’t think is good enough or that I don’t enjoy reading myself just for the sake of selling books.

I can’t tell you (because that would be embarrassing) how many times I’ve scrapped and rewrote Playing with Fire. I’ll get down to the final edit, thinking I’m in the home stretch, and I’ll read it and didn’t like it or it felt off in some way, like it was missing something detrimental to the story. I couldn’t put my fingers on just what it was; I just knew that it didn’t feel right.

So, I rewrote and rewrote, set it aside for a few weeks, then came back and rewrote it some more. It came to the point that I didn’t think I’d ever get this book completed. Then something miraculous happened. A dream pointed me directly to where I needed to go with this book. I woke right up and went back at it, adding the missing pieces, and to my delight, they fit. As a matter of fact, they fit better than I’d ever imagined. So, I’ll tell you now, that Playing with Fire has a component that the first two didn’t, and the remaining books after this one may not have it either. I just know that it works for this book.

There you have it. That is my long overdue explanation for what’s been going on with me for the past few months. I’ve been so concentrated on the book and getting it right that I forgot to update you all on what was going on with it. That was my mistake, and it will never happen again. Not to say that a book won’t be delayed again–I still refuse to put out anything I don’t enjoy reading myself–but I will keep you all better informed about where I am in the process and communicate more through my website and social media.

I truly hope you accept my apology, and I know that you will enjoy Mercy’s story. I’m very proud of it.