Running Behind But Getting There

This went out in my newsletter last week, but I figured I should put it here too. As many of you probably know, I started working full time at a “normal” job a couple of years ago which has put me way behind where I wanted to be right now with the release of the 3rd Raven Daughter book. Between the “normal” job, my family, and my critters, I had to figure out a whole new way to manage my time.

I admit, I floundered around quite a bit for a while there and while I was doing that, I knew one thing for sure, I had to make sure I took time out for my kids. So, my writing took a backseat while I learned a whole new routine and figured out how to write in a different way.

About the time I got that good and figured out and things started flowing smoothly again, Covid-19 had to come stomping in and shake everything up. I actually picked up more hours at work and have struggled at times to find my creativity when confronted with dire news about the state of the world every time I turn around. It’s been…interesting. But, in the middle of it all, I’ve managed to finally find my stride.

Anyway, all of this babbling on was to let you know that while I did stumble as I settled into doing things differently, my writing is still happening, the third book of the Raven Daughter series (I did change the title from Changed to Chosen) is still underway and finally nearing completion. Don’t despair. I haven’t forgotten to finish the series and although I sometimes feel like I’m running in fifty directions at once, I won’t actually make you wait forever for it.

In the meantime, enjoy this small snippet from Chosen:

“We need to get moving,” I mumbled.

“I don’t think that’s possible right now,” Caius said, his gaze on the branches above us.

“No, not right now. But as soon as we can…we need to be through the portal before nightfall.” The words tumbled out of my mouth before I could think of why I was saying them.

This time, Caius turned his head and regarded me. “Why?”

“I don’t know. I just know we need to be.” I sighed in irritation. “It doesn’t make any sense because I know next to nothing about this place, but everything in me is screaming to be away from here before the light fades.”

Caius considered what I’d said for a moment before nodding slowly. “If that is the way you feel, then we should get moving as soon everyone can manage it.”

Relief that he hadn’t disregarded what I felt or asked me to explain further washed through me. I just hoped everyone would be recovered enough to at least stagger forward soon. Somewhere in the trees above, the rustle of feather and snap of wings sent an unnamed fear through me that raised the hairs on my arms.

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