The Dreaded Update

So, I’ve been dreading writing this, mostly because it comes with nothing but not-so-great news, which I hate to give.

Off and on for the last year, I’ve been really sick and having major issues with my hands (where they hurt so bad I can’t even lift a paper plate). A few months ago–around the time I vanished–things got even worse. I was sleeping close to 16 hours a day–if not more–and I’ve been to the doctor more times in the last 5 months than in the past 10 years combined. And then 2 weeks ago, I had surgery to have my gallbladder removed (something my doctor was hoping would fix at least one of my on-going issues so he could focus on other things).

I hate writing this post because it means I’ve failed y’all. It means I’ve failed to deliver two things I really, really wanted to have delivered already, and that’s the 3rd story in the Karma’s Witches series (Karma’s a Witch) and the 4th Breed Chronicles book. Neither of which will be released any time soon, unless something with my health changes drastically.

Some people might be upset by this news and they have every right to be. I’m upset by this. You guys have been waiting for these books for ages and I’ve been wanting to give them to you for ages. While I won’t say I want them released more than anyone else, I will say that I want them released just as much, because I do. Writing and publishing is important to me. It’s what I love doing, it’s how I pay my bills, it’s how I keep y’all–the readers and awesome people who help support me–happy, and I really love those things. More than that, I HATE disappointing people, and I know I’ve done that a lot this past year. For that, I’m truly, truly sorry.

When it comes to writing and publishing, I control a lot. But I can’t control my health, despite how hard I try or how much I wish I could. Mostly, I can–and do–work through horrible hand pain. I was up writing after my surgery (or trying to) before I was ready, and I didn’t do myself any favors with that.

Y’all deserve better than this and I know you do. So I want you to know that I’m writing as much as I can, as fast as I can, to get these projects out ASAP. I don’t have a release date for either of them, but the second I do, I promise to blast it everywhere.

19 Responses

  1. Shon

    I’m sooo sorry to hear about all that’s going on! that’s heartbreaking, and I know you must feel devastated. you didn’t fail us, you can’t help what happened.

    So even though some may be disappointed, your loyal fans (me among them) will just have to wait until you get better!

    praying for a full and speedy recovery!

    • Thanks for the understanding, Shon!

      A lot of people have been really supportive and understanding about what’s going on. I’m so thankful to have awesome people like you on my side. <3

  2. Jamie

    I hope you get better soon! As much as I am looking forward to the books releasing, I would rather you take care of your health first and foremost!! I used to have horrible health issues and I know you can only work so much through the pain and it is important not to let yourself overdo it and focus on recovery. Sometimes it is not easy because you would much rather be doing things you enjoy doing. One way to look at it, it gives you time to consider different types of possible future storylines or series. I hope you recover soon.

    • Thanks, Jamie!

      Health issues are horrible. I wouldn’t wish them on anyone–especially prolonged ones.

      I’m trying not to overdo things and to take it easy. Well, easy-ish, anyway. 😉 We’ll see how I do, lol.

  3. Cyndy

    Sleeping 16 hours a day? Did they check your thyroid? I was 3 years misdiagnosed as depressed instead of hypothyroid. Sluggish and sleepy all the time!

    Sorry to hear you are feeling terrible. Even though the update isn’t much, I personally appreciate it. Love the Breed series. Nice to know you don’t have writers block or just stopped writing.

    Feel better!!

    • That sucks about being misdiagnosed. I know how that goes, too. Glad they figured your stuff out, though! And yeah, I think my thyroid was one of the first of many tests my doc ran, but for other reasons. The sleep stuff is baffling to us both right now.

      No writer’s block. Just sleeping blocks! And I’d never just stop writing without saying something to y’all. That’d be beyond messed up. (Not that disappearing for months wasn’t mean, but to just stop writing without a word? I’m not that bad!)

      Thanks, Cyndi!

  4. Sherry

    Just take care of your health!

    We we all buy them whenever they are released.

    Your health is more important.

    • I’m trying to do that now, Sherry!

      My physical health is definitely important, but writing Breed is important for my mental health. Jade and the others are loud mouths. I need them out of my head somehow! 😉

      • Sherry

        Have your doc test you for an autoimmune disease. Specifically Lupus. Once I got the correct treatment life got much better.

  5. Tracey T.

    I’ve recently found your Breed Chronicles series and I’m enjoying them. After buying the first, I quickly went bought the 2nd and 3rd. I’m almost done with the third and I was looking for the 4th when I found your page.

    While I am disappointed it’s not out yet, I was sorry to hear about your health. I hope that you feel better soon. It must be stressful to not only be ill, but worry about income when you can’t work, much less pushy fans. We’ll be hear when you’re ready and able. Wishing you good health.

  6. cassie

    I hope you feel better soon i just started reeading your books and i love how you write i love your characters! You are great. But i also hope you get better pain stinks!

  7. Cheryl

    So sorry about your health. I also REALLY love your books. Can I suggest Dragon Dictation along with a really good microphone. That along with a good editor should enable you to get back to writing.

  8. Chelsea

    I am sorry to hear about all the horrible things that are going on! I hope that you get better!

  9. kitlina

    Lanie, although you have not published a million books, I want you to know that you are one of my favorite authors out there. I loved everything I’ve read so far. Please don’t strain your hands more than they can because you lose more than you gain. Maybe it would be better to get a speak to text app so you can just speak and that app does the typing. I hope you get healthy but not for the sake of others, just for you. I wish you all the good in the world and please don’t stress over us (your readers), we’ll be here whatever time it takes. Just keep us posted from time to time.

    Much love! And double chocolate chip cookies on vanilla and strawberry ice-cream with a cherry on top!

  10. Rene

    I have only recently discovered your books, and I love them. Hope you feel better soon. I think what Cheryl suggested is a really good idea. I know how it is to be ill, and I found that even small victories make you feel better. If it is possible for you to write (talk) one sentence for your computer to write, it may make you feel better mentally. Look after yourself.

  11. Cherise

    I’m sorry to hear about your health. I hope that they’ve had time to figure things out for you. And, yes, I’m going to ask, do you have a release date for Karma’s a Witch?

    I really hope the doctor’s have been able to figure things out for you and you are on the road to recovery! I love this series and can’t wait for your book and the full length stories in the series.


  12. Joanna

    I just found and read all of your Breed Chronicles books 1 -3. Love, love love these books!!! I’ll be reading all your other books next. Please take all the time you need to get well! I’ll pray for you.
    Your newest fan,

  13. Deb

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I was wondering if you have been tested for allergies. There was a time when I had a hard time staying awake and when I went for my first allergy shot I couldn’t believe the energy I had afterward.

  14. I missed a lot of comments and I’m so sorry! Thank you guys so much for your kind words and support. It means so much to me. I’m going to respond to each one shortly, but I just wanted to post this real fast.

    Y’all are the best readers an author could ask for, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! <3