Looking back at 2019, I think things were reasonably under control when I published the paperback of the third Hive Mind book, Hurricane, back in February.
After that, the second book in the Scavenger Exodus series, Scavenger Blood was published in June as an ebook, with the paperback following in August. That was the point when a family bereavement followed by illness made me go well behind schedule on writing my fourth Hive Mind book, Borderline. The situation wasn’t helped by the book insisting on being an extra long story.
My deepest apologies to people who were asking about release dates for Borderline. I couldn’t give a firm answer, because I didn’t know if the book would be out before Christmas until the very last minute. The problem with a Christmas release is that some sales outlets have the equivalent of a last posting date for Christmas and it’s quite early in the month. Releasing after that date can mean a book gets caught in a shut down period and doesn’t appear on the sales outlet until January.
Borderline made it out in time though! I’d like to thank everyone who bought it themselves or requested it as a Christmas present. I hope you enjoyed joining Amber and her team to solve another mystery in the Hive. An especial thank you to everyone who found time in the busy Christmas period to send me encouraging comments or write reviews. Reader support is vitally important for authors, making it possible for us to keep writing and publishing books. I deeply appreciate yours.
My plans for 2020 are a little hazy. I’ll be working in the Portal Future for the next few months, and hopefully getting something completed and published in the summer. I can’t predict exactly what I’ll be publishing, because I’ve got several projects in varying stages of being written, and it all depends which the creative side of my brain decides to work on next. The creative side of my brain has a bad habit of getting distracted by new ideas and running off shouting “Oooo shiny!”
At some point I will swap across to writing Hive Mind 5 with the aim of getting that out in December 2020, though there’ll be the usual risk of it slipping into January 2021.
Happy 2020 to you all!