Goodbye 2017. Thank God you're over.

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I have to be completely honest: I'm glad 2017 is coming to a close. It has been a rollercoaster of a year, professionally and emotionally. Everything that is going on in our country has distracted me to the point that my writing suffered and made the book I worked on one of the worst writing experiences of my life. It was damn hard to write, to get motivated to write. I took procrastination to an entirely new level this year, which stressed me out and made writing more difficult. My very own ouroboros.

The good news is I've finished the book and it is awesome. I am so excited for the world to meet Margaret Parker, Hattie LaCour, Grace Trumbull and Joan and Stella Elbee, and go along on their final adventure. If you liked the Sawbones series, you'll like this book, though I'm sorry to say there isn't nearly as much grit and blood in this one. Rest assured, it's still a feminist western and keeps its focus squarely on women in the West and their experiences. Though it isn't a sequel to the Sawbones series, some familiar characters will make cameos.

No, there isn't a title yet, and the release date is still October 2018. But! We should have a title, cover, book description, release date and pre-order button at the beginning of next year! Trust me, you'll know as soon as I do!

2018 is shaping up to be pretty darn good! Besides the book release in October, my events calendar is filling up nicely. But, there is always room for visiting Book Clubs! Attending book clubs has definitely been one of the highlights of 2017. I have met so many amazing people, had in-depth, fascinating discussions, and drank enough wine to...well, I probably shouldn't say. If you would like for me to visit your book club, click here and complete the contact form.

FYI, the Kindle version of SAWBONES will be $2.99 through the end of December. In January, the publisher is setting the Kindle price at $4.99 permanently! If you haven't read SAWBONES yet or have a friend you want to gift it to, now is the time!

As to news on the JACK MCBRIDE Mystery Series front: The good news is January 1st I will start work on the third JACK MCBRIDE mystery, tentatively titled, MAN OF THE YEAR. It's a tentative title because no one ever likes my titles! The bad news is, I don't have a publication date yet. Jack and Ellie fans will have to be patient for a little bit longer, but I promise you a third book is on the way!

I want to extend a very sincere thank you to all of you, my readers. You are what kept me going, kept me writing, this year. I appreciate every email, Facebook message, tweet. Thank you for coming to my events and making me feel like I am touching lives in some small way. You humble me and make me want to be a better writer. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

See you in 2018!