(I refer to Tyler and SEJ in this post because I’m cross-posting 🙂
I’ve started and stopped this post a million times. But here goes: Lots of family shit = unhappy writer. And my muse doesn’t like things like constant phone calls and hospitals. I can write through a lot of things, but this particular brick wall I ran into (aka my mother)—it just didn’t work.
She’s getting…better. Ish. It’s a lot of complicated shit and a long road ahead. Coupled with the death of my dad last year, it’s just been a lot. I owe a lot of people a lot of books, readers and editors alike. And writing in general has been challenging. I couldn’t write on some of the stuff I was supposed to write on and then when I did write on things I was supposed to write on, there were issues (and yes, I’ll get into those at another time).
So here’s the deal—in order to get myself back on the horse, I started working on things that were the most far along in the process. It’s not a matter of doing more Tyler than SEJ things (which is what some readers have been writing to ask about)—it’s about balancing the two names.
Which means, as of today, you’ll start seeing the first book in the Mirror series, Mirror Me, up for purchase. It’s up at Amazon right now —and the blurb is below. (FYI it’s a Tyler book—it’s an m/f but book 2 in the series will be an m/m. Oh and each book is very much stand-alone.)
Kayla Peters hasn’t been Claire Cooper for six years…but the past is about to catch up with her, and nothing will ever be the same.
Kayla’s in witness protection, being hidden from her twin sister by the U.S. Marshals Office. When Kayla moves in next to a former Special Forces operative, she discovers that he’s got a dark, dangerous past of his own..and that he might be the only person who could help her survive.
Teige doesn’t want to like Kayla. Since the death of his CO and Teige’s retirement from Delta Force, he’d been taking on the most dangerous jobs, pressing the luck he feels had followed him his entire life. He’s convinced it’ll run out, because he knows no one can be that lucky all the time. And when he discovers who Kayla really is, and what kind of trouble’s following her, he realizes he’s up against the most dangerous—and personal—job of his career.
Next month, Rule of Thirds (book 2 in the series—the m/m) will be out, followed quickly by Temperance: Defiance Book 4 (also an m/m by Tyler).
Why this order of things? Well, I’ve been working on Mirror Me for a long time in between other projects and it was in the editing stages already, as was Temperance. I’m also almost done with Irreplaceable: Section 8 Book 4 (also Tyler) — no new date with NAL on that because I need to hand it in to get it on the schedule.
Also, I’m slowly working on If I Ever (Prophet 4) because that book deserves care, and I don’t want to rush it. But it’s close.
But again, I hesitated to write this post, because whenever I got close to ‘getting ready’ to publish or get back out here, there would be another setback. I mean, I’m literally looking over my shoulder (and glaring at the fucking phone, daring it to ring) as I type this. I’d tell someone, “Things are much better,” and then it would be like, literally, the next day, “Oh look, pneumonia! Medication issue! Stroke! ER visit for a fall! Lifeline is calling…again.”
So just…be kind. That’s all I ask. And most of you have been—the letters I’ve gotten have been awesome and I appreciate all your patience and your want of my books. I can’t promise I’ll be out there all that much, because I’d honestly rather given my time to the writing, and I think you all deserve that too, but who knows.
What I do know? My son started Kindergarden…and the drop off / pick up shit? It’s like the hunger games meets thunderdome. WTF? Pray for me…
September 10th, 2015 at 3:42 pm · Link
Family always comes first! Wishing you peace and quiet times. Thanks for all the hours of pleasure you have given with your books….it helps us get through our tough times 😛
September 10th, 2015 at 3:45 pm · Link
All we want is you happy and healthy. Everything else is secondary. Hugs and love to you and your family. If there is any strength that we can lend do not hesitate to ask. Also, thank you for knowing what to prioritize. Family, always.
Hugs and love. It’s so damn good to see you, girl,
September 10th, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Link
I miss you, your jokes and your presence. Take care of you and your’s. We are still here waiting, and if anyone is unkind I’ll just send Jax after their asses 😀
September 10th, 2015 at 4:13 pm · Link
Love and miss you. <3
All the love to your fam.
September 10th, 2015 at 4:16 pm · Link
The biggest of big hugs to you. I am still so proud to be a supporter of yours. You are always more important than the books, and you know that the girls of Ask SE Jakes support you fully no matter what.
September 10th, 2015 at 4:36 pm · Link
Hehe, and boy now, Susan!
Well OJ’s more like a big, freakin’bear, but….
September 10th, 2015 at 4:42 pm · Link
September 10th, 2015 at 8:03 pm · Link
OJ can handle it LOL
September 10th, 2015 at 4:25 pm · Link
You focus on yourself and we will patiently wait for you. I am sending you tons of positive thoughts and tackle hugs though.
September 10th, 2015 at 4:30 pm · Link
Hugest hugs for all you’ve gone through. Take your time and work on you and the voices that speak first. I know I would rather wait for a book than see it rushed because of ‘time’
September 10th, 2015 at 4:44 pm · Link
Oh, and that was a fast trip to Amazon!!
September 10th, 2015 at 4:51 pm · Link
Hi SE, so good to hear from you!
Family always comes first, so hopefully things are getting sorted out.
Can’t wait to see you around Ask SE Jakes!
September 10th, 2015 at 5:09 pm · Link
Sorry to hear about life’s stresses. i wish your mom and you some health and peace of mind.
I hope life slows down to let you catch your breath.
September 10th, 2015 at 5:10 pm · Link
I’m glad to see you check in! Just remember to take care of yourself, too while you are taking care of everyone else!
September 10th, 2015 at 5:52 pm · Link
Sending you happy thoughts and well wishes. All your books are worth any wait. Life happens despite the best laid plans.
Those drop off/ pick up lines are killer. Beware. Lol.
September 10th, 2015 at 6:45 pm · Link
SEJ/Tyler… take care of you and yours. The books will come when they come and we will be waiting.
Yes!!! School drop off/pick up was my living hell. I survived, you will too…
September 10th, 2015 at 9:06 pm · Link
I am just glad to hear that you are writting again. As long as I know there will more at some point then I am a happy camper. Life happens to us all and there isn’t anything we can do about it. Thoughts and prayers for you and yours.
September 10th, 2015 at 9:49 pm · Link
Thank you for the update! I’m hopeful things will smooth out for you very soon. Prayers for you and your family. Take care of you!
September 10th, 2015 at 9:59 pm · Link
((hug)) Family always comes first!
September 10th, 2015 at 10:43 pm · Link
Sorry you are going through such a tough time. I hope things get better for you soon. Those of us that are your loyal fans, understand and are willing to wait for your next books. I’ll be honest, as much as I LOVE your SE Jakes writing, my TBR mountain is not lacking. 😉
September 10th, 2015 at 11:41 pm · Link
I’m so glad that you’re writing again, so sorry for the troubles you’ve had to deal with. My particular favourites are the Prophet series and I’m glad another one’s in the pipeline, but I’ll look for your others, too. I wrote to your publisher recently to ask for news, had a lovely reply – I guess they’ll be glad to hear you’re back in the saddle, too!
The school run? You’ll get used to it!
September 11th, 2015 at 7:49 pm · Link
Wonderful to hear from you ,SE but sorry things have been so tough. Your writing will be all the stronger for it and every word worth the wait. Big hugs and take your time, we’ll all be here when your ready.
September 12th, 2015 at 3:22 pm · Link
Family comes first! Most books (series) are worth waiting for. Hopefully it gets better soon.
September 13th, 2015 at 3:49 pm · Link
It’s OK! Just…. just… in the next decade, some more, please 🙂 you’re still one of my VERY few “I’ll read again” authors (yeah, I’m a read-it-n-drop-it gal)
The nice thing about kindergarten is that, um, soon it’s 1st grade (that’s where we are). So, different challenges. But the whole drop off/pick up gets better.
With you on the parent shit. Sigh. I’d recommend something banal like “breath!” but that doesn’t do shit for me. Hang in…
September 15th, 2015 at 5:57 pm · Link
I’m so glad things are getting better for you. Family should always come first.
As for drop off/pick up? I thought my friends were exaggerating, but it’s really, truly an evil, evil thing.
September 17th, 2015 at 7:14 am · Link
Do whatever gives you peace. Take care of yourself. I’m glad things are look up for you and yours, and I hope that continues. We can and will wait.
September 20th, 2015 at 12:45 am · Link
Just glad we know you’re okay! Also, thank you, thank you, thank you for the update! It’s nice not to wonder what’s going on, are you okay, will there be more Prophet and Tom coming soon, etc. Take care of yourself and I look forward to your next books. 🙂
September 20th, 2015 at 12:47 am · Link
PS — we literally just moved across from my kids’ school to make this easier. Ugh! Hang in there!
June 23rd, 2016 at 2:49 pm · Link
Hi, I’m brazilian and loved your books… Hope everything gets better! Take care…