Updated May 15, 2017
My recent experiences have shown me that I am either the worst predictor of when something will be ready to be released, or my Greek God problem has reared its head once more.
[My problem with Greek Gods emerged when my kids were in an after-school care program and had to be picked up by six. I was supposed to work until five but rarely got out before 5:30 and I was a half hour away from their school if I was lucky. On those days with the potential to be late picking them up, I’d hit every light on red. I began to picture the Greek Gods sitting on Mt. Olympus looking for a human to mess around with, and I was it. If I got upset, it got worse, with an accident or a traffic light out or lanes closed for construction. If I let it roll off my back, the lights would turn green, the accident turned into a near-miss, and the construction barriers remained piled at the curb because the Greek Gods decided to pick on someone from whom they could get a rise.) Every time I predict a date for publishing, things start happening to eat into the time I devote to writing. I swear I let it roll off my back but they haven’t let up yet (e.g., my basement has flooded three times in the last two weeks.) And today they’re continuing with the expected publishing of Partings (see below).]
Partings, Book 9 and the final book in the Valerie Urniak Mystery, is ready for publication and I thought I’d be doing that today, except for one little word I wanted to check on in the manuscript. I can’t do that at my office because although I use compatible versions of Word (10 on my work computer, 13 on my home computer), I will end up with a larger file size if I make a change on the manuscript at work (13 apparently compresses the file). So I have to wait until tomorrow to publish. I’m unable to publish from my home this evening as I am possibly the last household in the U.S. that doesn’t have the internet. (A very long story there about Comcast’s inability to install it and cable TV, which I also don’t have, without destroying my extensive flower garden, running black wires up my white house and drilling holes into my house in four different places. Thanks, but no thanks.).
Bottom line: This book should be out by the end of the week barring those gods deciding to pick on me some more
The fifth book in the Helen Wiels Mystery series, Fatal Matters, now has a generic publication date of summer 2017 (which will hopefully avoid the aforementioned Greek God problem).
I also have two upcoming stand-alone books that are a bit of a departure for me. They are not dedicated mystery-romances but books that contain elements of those things.
The first is:
Inventing Margery Kempe is the story behind The Book of Margery Kempe, the first known autobiography written in the vulgar (English) during the Middle Ages. (No prior knowledge of The Book of Margery Kempe is necessary for the enjoyment of this novel.)
It is not a retelling of The Book of Margery Kempe, but a speculative novel on how that book came to be. (Outside of what is contained in The Book of Margery Kempe, there is very little know about the actual woman, even whether she did exist. The original manuscript of her book has never been found; only a copy was found in the early 20th century in the attic of a manor in England.)
The anticipated publishing date is before the end of this year.
The second is:
Images is the story of a rock band in the 1960s that changed the world.
The expected publication of this book is by the end of this year or early next year.
It’s all vague but I’m trying to keep those Greek Gods off by back.