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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

NAKED EDGE — an update


Why do you think they call it deadline?

Thanks to Lucy Abarcia from Ever After-The Romance Book Specialists in Wollongong, NSW, Australia, I found out that a great many people are expecting Naked Edge to be released in April.

Wow, do I feel awful or what? D'oh!

Sadly, the book won't be out till November, and that's if — and only if — I hurry up and finish it. As many of you know, last year from May on was one catastrophe after another in my personal life. Two kids in serious car crashes. A tornado that destroyed my roof. And so on ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Though 2009 has been a better year so far, we've had some serious health problems in my family, and I'm very, very behind on the story. This weekend I reached the official halfway point, which is where I should have been last May.

I just wanted everyone to know that the book is not going to be out next month and that I will write as fast as I can, but not so fast that the book stinks. I really never want to rush a book. Both my readers and my characters deserve better. If I ever felt like I let either of those groups down, I'd feel terrible. Readers trust me to tell a good story, and my characters entrust me with their very lives. That's how it feels to me, anyway.

So I really am trying. I am not sitting around watching TV and eating bonbons. I don't have TV, and I'm not sure what bonbons are. I write every single moment I can, though I do try to maintain my blog and keep up with email. (I'm only behind by 58 reader emails now! Woohoo! My Inbox had more than 1,200 messages on Monday morning.)

My agent has been concerned enough about my situation to send cards and care packages to cheer me up. My editor, who knows what's been happening this past year, has been very supportive and just wants me to take care of my kids and my family first and then write the book when I'm able. And, really, I haven't had a choice. My kids and family have to come first. That's part of what romance novels show us, right?

But things are looking up! (AT LAST!)

THANKS for being so patient! I promise to torture you with excerpts and photos of sexy rock climbers (like Gabe, my hero) as often as I can.

14 comments:

Barbara said...

((hugs)) Pamela. From what you've given us already, Gabe is worth the wait ;)

Thanks so much, Barbara! That's so sweet of you to say! I hope so with my whole heart.

Linda A. said...

You've got it right, Pamela. The book will get finished when it gets finished, and you can bet we'll be here to read it. By the way, I finished EE and loved it. Kara and Reece were great. And Gabe does sound hot enough to be worth waiting for. Glad things are looking up!

Amanda said...

*hugs sweetie* it will totally be worth the wait!

You and your family have to come first!

There is no point in rushing things and then being unhappy when you get it done and wishing you could have more time. I for one don't mind in the slightest for the wait!

Debbie H said...

You know your loyal readers will wait for as long as it takes you to write it. We love you and want you to take care of your loved ones first.

Hugs, Sweetie!

haleigh said...

Yep, family has to come first. We'll wait, and I for one am much happier to wait a few months for the awesome story I know Kat and Gabe are going tell us, than get a rushed effort you're not happy with in April.

Good luck, relax, and have FUN writing it! :)

Lori said...

Hang in there. You know we'll all read it when it comes out. If you don't have your ducks in a row, you won't be writing what you feel good about, and you won't feel good about what you're writing.

Kaye Manro said...

Nice post, Pamela. You have to take care of the people in your life first. I can't believe you can even write at all with everything going on. Take care, girl. It'll get done when it does. All will be waiting...

Jane said...

Good luck with finishing "Naked Edge." Ooh, can't wait to see pics of some sexy rock climbers. I'm eagerly awaiting the next excerpt.

KarLynP said...

In truth, you could write a book a week and it wouldn't be fast enough for me. :-) As much as I want another Pamela Clare book in my hands, I don't want to read a rushed story that the author isn't proud of. I have no doubt it will be worth the wait, and when the book finally arrives I will be screaming with excitement!!

Bo said...

You haven't got it in you to write badly.I will take a sharp,tight story any day that I've waited years for,over something that is sloppy,rushed and half-assed.Authors that do that insult their readers and their own talent and I believe it catches up with them eventually.

Somedays I feel as though I can barely balance being a working mom and trying to read a story now and then,I can't even imagine the pressure of being a working mom and trying to craft a story while keeping your editor and fans happy too.And family always comes first.It just has to.

We have re-reads to tide us over until NE is done.I'm thinking Iain might keep me occupied for a while,take my mind off waiting *G*

Anyways,relax,and we'll be here!

flchen1 said...

Yes, hugs, Pamela! Take care of yourself and your family--as much as we love your books, we know what your priorities need to be! Thanks for keeping us posted, and blessings to you and your loved ones!

Judy said...

Pamela, I agree with all the other posters. I would rather wait and read a well written book than have the author rush and not do justice to the storyline. I just finished reading a book this morning that felt like it left me hanging. I won't mention the author or the book. I am just happy that I got it from the library and didn't pay for it. Please take care of yourself and your family first.

Tena said...

Sorry I havent been on my internet was down :( but now its up :) I just want to say thank you for all the books you have given us your family should come first and if other things come up that keep the book from being out when you wanted it was meant to be in order for the book to be as wonderful as all of your other books have turned out to be. I want to wait for it as long as it takes for you to get it the way you want it thanks

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