Hey, Champions, I’ve got some bad news to share today, so I’m just going to rip off the bandage and jump straight into it: I’ve had several dentist and doctor appointments and found I’m going to need another round of teeth procedures on top of some other health procedures/surgeries, so all books–excluding Magiford trilogies–are getting pushed back by one year.
This means Second Age of Retha Book 4 will be out in 2023, the final Elves of Lessa book will be out in 2024, and Angelique #5 is now 2025. IMPORTANT: It’s not that I won’t be working on these books–in fact the next project I work on is still going to be Retha #4. It’s simply that with all of my health issues, there’s no way I’ll be able to complete them as fast as I usually do, and the Magiford books will get priority for reasons I go into down below.
Obviously these changes are a big deal, so I wanted to tackle some of the comments/questions you’re sure to have.
Are you okay? Yes! About half of this is the same as it was last year, and none of these procedures are life endangering. Everything is just very tedious/painful, and I essentially have weekly appointment for the next year and a half between my dentist and the surgeon for x-rays, the procedures/surgeries, recovery follow ups, etc, on my teeth, and my doctor for some scans, different procedures, tests, etc for a few other health issues that have popped up in the last few months. I’m hoping the additional health problems will be solved by the end of the year, but I know officially that all the mouth fun won’t be over with until fall of 2023. (Remember how I said I would likely need either two or three mouth procedures last year? HAHAH, now I’m likely gonna clock in at six. Woohoo!) Also, now I’m drinking milk like a baby cow and popping vitamin D supplements like a cave dweller because my bone isn’t growing as fast as the professionals would like, so Moo to you all. 😉
What are these new health problems? Again, it’s nothing serious, just painful and tedious to address. The long and short of it is that I pushed myself too much the past few years and I ignored health problems that I should have addressed immediately, but I didn’t. Now I HAVE to address them, or they’re going to turn serious, which I need to avoid. I’ve already started undergoing tests and scans, but I will at bare minimum need additional procedures to fix these issues, which means more necessary recovery time–and that’s what made me decide to officially change my schedule.
Why do all of the books have to be delayed? As I mentioned above, it’s the recovery times. I can’t write on pain meds or while I’m in the hospital, which means I’ll be losing quite a bit of time in the next year. I tend to write on a fairly tight timeline, which means losing even two weeks would delay a book launch. And writing books is like dominoes, if one gets delayed and pushed back, it nudges back all the books behind it. I can’t take shortcuts and make up for last time. (Or rather, I refuse to take a shortcut, because it would mean releasing a subpar book, which I’m not willing to do.)
Why aren’t Magiford books delayed? Honestly? It’s because they sell best. And with all of these procedures ahead of me, I need to be able to pay for my dentist’s kid’s college, and my doctor’s mortgage by the time it’s all over. The Magiford books hands down are my best sellers. As long as I get them out, I won’t have a problem affording these procedures for my mouth or my other health issues, so finances are the honest reason of why they’re the priority. (This means there will be a Magiford trilogy in which book one will launch sometime in December of this year, more on that in an upcoming post.)
I’m really upset/sad about this. Me, too. This isn’t what I wanted, and I’m not looking forward to any of this. Unfortunately, it’s out of my control. I need these procedures, or things are going to get uglier than they already are for me. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be sad by this unfortunate turn of events. You’ve been waiting so patiently for these books, and now they’re getting delayed, that’s disappointing! Don’t feel guilty for being sad about this–in fact, we can be sad as a community. However, our emotions about this situation won’t change it. Blasting me with an angry email isn’t going to make it so I suddenly don’t need these procedures. No matter how angry/sad/upset we are about these delays, it’s not something that will change.
Are there any upsides to this? We’ll try to look on the bright side and say there will be a few. While I can’t write while on meds, my team and the companies I work with have proven to be very kind/understanding if I tend to ramble or say weird things, so I’m using the various recovery times and hospital visits to kick off a few projects that have been sitting around forever. This year I’ll be working with Bee Audio again to get you some more audio books, we’ve got new covers on the way for some of my old books, and I was FINALLY able to go through the edit of Robyn Hood that a very patient Champion did for me so the edited version is available now–for the first time ever with the same pretty formatting as my other books. I also have a few little tricks up my sleeve that I’ll share with you all later this year to soften the blow for all of us, starting TODAY!
In an attempt to try and make this post not 100% depressing, I’ve got the short you Magiford fans have been waiting for: A Bowling Alley Romance (Click here for the PDF) It’s about Chase and Chrysanthe, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
And with that, I’m going to end this post. Thanks for your support, Champions. It means so much to me. <3 I hope you enjoy the short story, and starting with the next post we’ll be back to some Magiford themed topics.
Take care of yourself – I will happily read your books whenever they release. You might want to consider Metagenics D3/K (5000 or 10000 IU) if vit D is low – some people, like those in my family, don’t absorb D3 well unless there is sufficient vitamin K as well. But get periodic blood tests as advised by doctor to make sure you don’t exceed healthy D levels. Also, Bone Builder is a good calcium source – especially the one with magnesium unless you tend toward high magnesium levels already.
First and foremost take care of your self, the books can wait. Rest take time for you, and the rest will sort itself out.
Sabrina Nelson says
I don’t know Kitty. Book from you while you’re on pain killers could be pretty funny. You could call it “Kitty in Wonderland!”🤣. But seriously, I really hope you get better and ask these procedures and Dr visits will give you the desires results of good health again. We love and appreciate you and your talent!
Carl Schierhorn says
Just get healthy. More important than any book, even ones I enjoy as much as yours.
Adored the short, and sending you healing energy as you work through your various challenges. Will be patient as we wait for you to have the time to create for us!
Mary Miller says
I am so sorry to hear about your health problems. I pray that you are restored to full health and that it will be a distant memory before you know it. I love your stories and will enjoy whatever you can write in whatever order you can write. I also pray that the whole health issues aren’t as bad as you are anticipating
. Take care of yourself and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
I’m so sorry this is happening! We all hope your recovery is speedy, and as painless as possible.
Also, here’s your reminder that ice cream has Vitamin D.
Take care of you! We can wait. I’ve already bought all of your series; you’re pretty much on my automatic buy list. Is there anything else we can do to support you?
Sarah Figment says
I wish you the best. I’m only disappointed in the timeline because of how amazing you are and how much your books speak to the heart! I hope you continue to recover well after each surgery and that your health continues to improve now that you have a plan. PS. I think your Magiford stories have the most success because you’ve built on your author skills since you’ve started. It’s due to your hard work and advancement (and you’ve said they’re easier and faster to write than say Retha, which is a super intense series!) Much love and success to you!
Lisa Nadal says
thank you so much for the update. your health comes first.
loved the short story!
I’m so sorry you have to go through this, but I’m glad you are taking care of yourself. Teeth issues are hard. I can’t imagine having other health issues along with the teeth. You are in my prayers that everything will go smoothly and you will recover well.
I really enjoyed the short story. Finally those two progress!😂 you are an amazing writer, but as wonderful as your writing is, you are an even better person. We love you, Kitty!
Geoff Ferris says
You have already given me so much pleasure with your books, please just concentrate on your health for now.
I echo what everyone has already said, and I just want you to know that we love your books but your health IS A PRIORITY!! I hope you feel better soon and that your procedures aren’t too painful! Stay safe! Ohh and the short was soo cute! <3
Thank you for the short story! It was a delight to read. It was fun to have all the awkwardness in there. I hope that all goes well with your procedures and recoveries. Take care of yourself. We can wait, though maybe a tad impatiently, until you are back and able to write again. Your stories are well worth the wait!
Kitty, I am so truly sorry you are having to go through all of this. I am glad you are able to get the care you need to be healthy and relieved the Magiford books will support you financially. Please know you are in my prayers. I look forward to reading everything you write- whenever you are able to get them out. ☺️
On the upside, I might actually be able to make a dent in the list of books I have on my kindle that I haven’t read yet. Maybe even start a project, or finish a project or two. Who knows. All I know, is no matter how long a break you need, I will take the day off to read your newest release whenever it comes out. I love that you absolutely refuse to release a sub-par book. It’s one of the reasons I love your books so much, so take all the time you need.
By the way, thanks for letting us know so that we know what to pray for you about, and thanks for letting us know why the Magiford books will be prioritized over the other books that take longer to write. It really helps with the patience factor when there is an understanding of why a decision was made the way it was.
Hoping and praying for your speedy, and thorough, recovery. 🙂
Kitty, I don’t think you realize how amazing your writing speed is. I would normally expect to wait 4-5 years for a book the length of the fairytale enchantress series, and you get them done in 2 years! I hope you get better soon, and I love the Magiford Magic series, so I’m glad they’re still coming out. Also, thank you so much for the short!
Leslie Scott says
Aloha, I wish you well in all your upcoming medical procedures. Yes, I’m disappointed in the delay, but please take care for yourself and for your family. That’s the most important thing to focus on.
I really appreciate you saying why you’re still doing the magiford books and not others. As someone who been with the timeless fairy tale series since beauty and the beast came out it’s frustrating, but knowing why you’re picking to write the books you are helps. I hope your surgeries go well and that these issues are fixed so you don’t need any more!
Susie Shen says
Please don’t push yourself too hard, Miss Kitty! I love all your books, but your health is a priority! I’ll be praying for you!
I’m so sorry Miss Kitty! I’ll be praying that your surgeries aren’t too bad and that you recover quickly. And anyone who even thinks about sending you evil emails over something you can’t help can take a swan dive out of a tree! Or have tons of mouth surgery and see how well they can function. Please take all the time you need to rest, read lots of books, and take care of yourself as much as possible. <3
Praying for you Kitty!! I hope all the procedures work and get you back to full health with no more pain. And I don’t mind waiting for new books! I’ll just re-read all your other ones…. again! 🙂
Jocelyn Malone says
I’m so sorry to hear things are harder on the health-front than predicted! That’s always terrible to find out. Take the time you need to get healthy and we’ll be happy to see books whenever they’re ready!
Dawn Faulkner says
I will pray for your health! Just get better. It is a priority. Am I disappointed? Well, you are 1 of 2 of my favorite authors, so I am going to go through withdrawal! 😛 But seriously, I really care you take care of yourself.
First, I just want to say I’m sorry for all these health problems. You poor thing. You don’t just have readers…but a support group. You’ll be in my prayers. We love you!
That short was AWESOME Kitty!! Thank you! I’m so sorry to hear that you’re still going through painful complications; please put yourself and your health before getting books out, you’re more important. And I sincerely hope you don’t get many “Evil Emails” as you put it, that would be frustrating and painful. I’ll try to wait patiently for Retha and the rest of your lovelies!! Again, thank you!
Chelsey Packer says
I’m so sad that is happening to you, please take care of yourself, We need many more Amazing books from you:)
I am sad about this news, because I LOVE your books! But I definitely think your health is WAY more important! Let us know how we can support you, whether it’s a super long pre-order or patreon or whatever you need.
Please continue to take care of yourself! Do what you need to do for yourself. We need your fabulous stories and we’ll wait patiently (and re-read your current canon as much as needed in the meantime) and pray that your time for writing and creating content is more productive than normal so you get things done sooner than you forecast.
Have you ever thought about “story time with Kitty” where you just verbally tell a story? Maybe one of the ones you want to do but realistically won’t get to until you’re like 80? That could be so fun!
Oh Kitty, I’m so sorry for you! This must be so frustrating for you. I will go cry in my corner in disappointment, but I don’t blame you and I hope you get no evil emails (those people should be kicked). (I will not lie though, I’m terrified to tell my teenager that Retha won’t be out this year!)
I hope your procedures all go well and you bone regrows more quickly! We’re sending all
our love and prayers for you!
That’s really sad news for you. It’s unfortunate that you have such an extensive health problem.. I sincerely hope that the procedures are not very painful and that you get entirely well soon.
It’s also sad news for us, but compared to your health and well bring, it’s a very minor issue that we will face some delay in reading all the wonderful books that you write. It’s great that you take the time to update us all so frequently. Hope you get well soon.
Hey kitty, Your health is the top most priority. We’ve waited for the books for so long, a few more months won’t kill us. Just focus on getting better.
Wish you a speedy recovery.
Hugs from Texas💕. Take all the time you need for taking care of yourself and DON’T worry about us….we’ll be fine. What an amazing person you are! Even in the midst of crazy health issues, you give us a gift of an awesome story…..thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Laura Forecki says
Even your bad emails make me laugh. Be sure to pay off our national debt once your doctor’s mortgage is written off. I hope your recovery is easy and that everything goes as smoothly as possible. And remember, there is also vitamin d in ice cream.
Take care of yourself! We would much rather wait for your books and have you be healthy, so don’t push yourself for us when you don’t feel well 🙂 We love you!
You are the best Kitty. Get healthy! And stay healthy! Like the 5 fingered man said – “If we haven’t got our health, we don’t have anything.”😉
While I’m sad I’ll have to wait a bit longer for your books I can wait as long for as you need to complete them. Please take all the time you need to focus on your health. That is much more important to me than a frequent release schedule. 💖
Don’t worry about us Kitty. I see this as an opportunity for us fans to give back to you. I think we should do some fan-generated-fun to give you a break. Take some time for yourself. We’re just so grateful for the books you’ve already given us and the community you’ve cobbled together.
I’m sure I speak for all fans when I say, I’d rather have you around longer than have a new book right now. I’ve appreciated how many books you’ve given us recently, but I’m sad that it was at the expense of your health. As someone who has a lot of health issues herself, I completely understand how frustrating having to take time off from life to deal with them, but I also know how important it is to do so. You are very very awesome and we love you very very much. Take the time for yourself and please don’t add any stress on our behalf (behalfs? behalves?).
I’ve just had MINOR tooth work, and that was bad enough. Please please take care of yourself. There is only one you! Book releases are not as important as you being well. We will wait.
Take care of yourself Kitty! We care about *you* even more than we care about your amazing books.
Get better Kitty! We may love your books, but they come from your heart. You are so much more important than any deadline!
Please focus on your health Kitty! Honestly, I would have been fine with you just taking a mental health year off! You definitely spoil us with book releases, I’m more used to authors taking 3 or 4 years to release a book, so please take the time you need so you can rest and recover. You are amazing and we will be here patiently till you are ready!
I really hope everything works out for you. It is very sad that you have to go through this situation… I send you strength from here! On the other hand… THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SHORT! I have always hoped to hear more about Chase and Chrys! I’m very happy! Thank you very much for all your work… I will continue to support you in everything!
Please give yourself a real break and spend more time with your family, friends and pets to ensure your full recovery. Have a holiday and go and visit some places you’ve always wanted to see – it will do you the world of good. I’ve always been surprised at the speed of the books you’ve written and will appreciate the next one even more for the wait. You must take care and not put so much pressure on yourself trying to satisfy your readers – they never will be even if you wrote a book every couple of months. Your books are enjoyed so much you will have people routing for you worldwide.
Take care, Kitty! We all love you. Get well soon!
Ooh and thanks for the short story!
Take all the time you need to get better. You’re well-being and health are a priority so that we can have you keep writing. Your books are worth waiting for.
Dude, take your time. Get better. I hope all your procedures go well.
We love you, Kitty!