I'm going to make this short and sweet, so I can get back to setting everything up and back to business!
1) My laptop screen fell out of the laptop. I ordered a new iMac when this happened. It was supposed to be here in July (due to whatever delays they have in getting supplies these days). While waiting, my laptop was still working (just had to keep popping the screen in to use it. Sadly, the last time the laptop was closed (by one of my kids who didn't know) - the screen fell out again and would no longer work. This was a Gateway laptop I purchased. Apparently, (wish I'd known this sooner) they are notorious for this happening. :(
My scheduled iMac purchase was also messed up and I was informed that it wouldn't be arriving until late August now. That was obviously unacceptable since I need SOMETHING to work on NOW! So, I was finally able to go to an Apple store (2 hours from where I live) to pick up a new work computer yesterday. I am getting that set up today. It is going to take a couple days to get everything set up and find a way to transfer files from my laptop to the iMac. It's being worked on. As soon as I am done, I will catch everyone up.
2) I am also recovering from a neck injury from a fall. It took me down for a while, where I wasn't able to sit up to type (even if my laptop hadn't been busted). Thank you to my two giant dogs and the cat they decided to chase, they pulled me off my porch and I hurt my neck, upper back, and right shoulder seriously in the fall. I'm doing better. Not my best. Things work well enough for me to work, once I get the new computer set up.
3) For those few readers who left NASTY messages for me about books not being released, while I was recovering from a neck injury and a busted laptop, I don't appreciate them. You will be blocked from my social media, and if you never read another book of mine - I'm okay with that!
I AM A HUMAN BEING - NOT A MACHINE. Things happen. I've had a horrible year that started out with a particularly nasty bout of COVID, my editor has had some medical issues as well, my son came home with an injury, and now this. It has put me very far behind where I planned to be for this year and no one is more disappointed in that fact than I am! That being said: I WILL NOT TOLERATE THE LEVEL OF DISRESPECT IN SOME OF YOUR MESSAGES! If you think being nasty and having an attitude will get you a book quicker, you're wrong. If I could stop you from buying my books altogether after those messages, I absolutely would! They were uncalled for, and you have ZERO clue what is going on behind the scenes to cause delays.
For the rest of you, thank you for patience. It's been an awful year, as I said. Between illness, injury, and some family things it has been very difficult to manage and keep up a positive attitude, let alone get work done. I do apologize for delays, but some things are out of my control. As they say: Shit happens. 2022 seems to be the shittiest of shit years so far. I hope like hell that we've seen the worst of it over here because I have a lot of books to get published and audiobooks that are in the works.
4) I will update with new dates as soon as everything is set up again. I had to order a USB to USB-C converter to be able to pull files from my laptop to my Mac. Once that's here, I should be good to go, as the files are the last thing I need. After Devastate Me and Evermore release, I will NOT give any further release dates for books. They will publish when they publish and you can find out about new releases via the website, app, Facebook, and newsletter. This is directly because of the nasty messages I received while recuperating.