So, this has been quite a year for me. At the very end of February, beginning of March I got what I thought was a run of the mill GI thing that the rest of my family got-and recovered from. But I never really totally recovered. In fact, in April, while I was in Chicago for the Spring Fling conference, it seemed to come back fifteen times more severe, with nausea so debilitating I had to come home on an earlier flight that last day. And it sort of got better, sort of. I went to the doctor, she gave me some anti nausea stuff just in case. Which turned out to be in May at RT when I got sick, AGAIN.
Essentially, through canceled trips, returning home early and the worry that my entire life was simply falling apart like my body – I kept on going through what felt like a million tests. Some of the medications were ineffective and some of them came with side effects more debilitating than the symptoms they were supposed to alleviate.
I missed deadlines and rescheduled them. My publishers have been AWESOME through this – I wanted to underline that. My readers have also been fantastic through all this, so thank you too!
I am recovering, though I’m still stumbling into the odd relapse here and there – as I did this last week when I had to cancel a retreat and a conference. What’s so frustrating is this is all super stressful because I hate disappointing people, especially readers who’ve come to see me and I’m not there. I’m used to keeping my promised and commitments. And stress makes me sick. It’s all just a gross cycle and I’m working on how I can get through and do everything I’m supposed to and even want to do (not traveling would break my heart, it’s one of my most favorite things in the world).
In any case – that’s some background to hopefully explain my absence, lack of reply to an email, etc.
As I’m so terribly behind I figured it might be good to answer some of my most asked questions this year and to give an overview of my (changed) schedule, some series updates, etc.
- Hurley Boys #3 – BACK TO YOU will now release May 26, 2015 instead of March.
- Metamorphosis Series – I’d meant to get the second book out much earlier this year but being ill has pushed that into late next year if not early 2016. ALL THAT REMAINS will be uploaded to retailers very soon as I’ve had it unavailable while I was getting better.
I’ve also had the rights for thirteen books I wrote early on in my career come back to me. I’m in the process now of getting new covers, writing new back cover copy, getting things formatted correctly, etc. I have a plan to get them all back up at all the various retailers but I have to do it around all the other things on my to do list.
- RELUCTANT, ENFORCER and TRI MATES will be going back up first because the other books in the series and series set in that world are available and I don’t want those to be unavailable any longer than necessary. These are CASCADIA WOLVES 1, 2 and 3.
- In early 2015 I’m looking to get ASCENSION and FIRE AND RAIN up.
- I’ll follow with the rest over 2015 including the entire Witches Knot series.
1. Stacie asked me if I had Wilhelm’s book (Federation Chronicles) on my schedule – I do actually. I wanted to get it out next year but after this year, it’s all pushed back to at least 2016.
2. Katie asked me: i know you’re excited about all of your upcoming books, but is there 1 in particular you’re excited for readers to get? – I’m excited about them all really! I think Rowan is headed in an interesting direction so definitely Blade on the Hunt. Always thrilled to start new series as well so that’s June for Ink and Chrome and December 15 for my Lost Lake (PNR) series.
If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments (here at my blog – if you’re reading this elsewhere, please pop over to the blog or I may not see your question)!
October 20th, 2014 at 3:21 pm · Link
Lauren so sorry to hear that you have been so sick. Maya Banks recommended your books to me. She’s been sick, too. God bless you & get feeling better soon!
October 20th, 2014 at 3:24 pm · Link
first and foremost I hope you have a diagnosis (celiac??) and feel better!!!……second I would rather you take your time and put out your work when it’s ready cause I will be right here waiting for it ????
October 20th, 2014 at 3:33 pm · Link
Thanks so much for the updates. I really hope you get better soon and can get back to normal as that can be so frustrating not being able to do what you want. I agree with Jill D take all the time you need to get well. I ‘ll be looking forward to your excellently crafted books.
Best wishes 🙂
October 20th, 2014 at 4:05 pm · Link
Missed seeing you in Bellevue on Saturday, but I’m happy to hear you are on the road to recovery and I hope they’ve figured out what’s been causing you to be sick so much! <3
October 20th, 2014 at 4:13 pm · Link
I am just praying that you findn out just what is causing your pain. Its awful being sick and they can’t figure out why. Modern medicine has made strides but some of the meds they give u are not worth taking. The risks outweighs the benefits. Concentrate on your health.. we will still be here for you when you are better.
October 20th, 2014 at 4:14 pm · Link
I’m sorry you’ve been so under the weather. Your books are definitely the ones I look forward to the most. You are a FANTASTIC writer! Get better and just focus on yourself. I love rereading your books anyway. I never get tired of them!
October 20th, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Link
I’m glad that you are improving. Your health is the most important thing. I can always reread your awesome books while I wait for more! Thanks for the update. Hugs!
October 20th, 2014 at 5:03 pm · Link
Thanks for the update. I hope you feel better and they figure out what’s making you ill. Love your books and can wait for you to feel better for more of your great work.
October 20th, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Link
Hope you find out whats going on soon. I’m sure the not knowing is NOT helping one bit.
Your fans aren’t going anywhere.
October 20th, 2014 at 5:59 pm · Link
It’s so frustrating and wearing to be sick and tired of being sick and tired!
Don’t you worry about us, your fans just want you to be well. 😆
October 20th, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link
Yay! So glad you have plans for the next Federation book. I really hope you are able to recover soon. Feel better!
October 20th, 2014 at 8:45 pm · Link
Glad to hear that your health is improving. I, for one, would rather have a slightly longer wait on new books if it means you stay in good health.
October 20th, 2014 at 10:25 pm · Link
Oh Lauren, I am so very sorry that you have been so sick. Please, just take care of you. As many have said above, we will totally be here and have plenty of excellent books of yours to read in the interim. You have my prayers.
October 20th, 2014 at 10:35 pm · Link
I’m so sorry this year has been so hard. And hopeful that you’re on the road to feeling better. Your health has to cone first, and your readers understand that. Hang in there.
Sounds like our patience will be rewarded :). Lots of good stuff coming!
October 21st, 2014 at 1:34 am · Link
Sorry to hear about your health issues. Sounds like you’re going through similar problems we had before my son was finally diagnosed with Crohns disease. Good luck with that. Family & health come before all, so you’re good and your loyal readership will still be here when you’re better.
October 21st, 2014 at 8:50 am · Link
Love your work and I hope you get better soon.
October 21st, 2014 at 3:24 pm · Link
Was very bummed you weren’t able to attend ECWC 🙁 But Megan did a great job stepping in to talk about sex with Victoria Sunday morning.
October 21st, 2014 at 8:03 pm · Link
I really love all your books and always look forward to the new ones. Your books are the ones I reread when I need a pick me up. Your fans love you and we want YOU to be healthy. We understand when you are unable to do everything. Please take care of yourself.
October 23rd, 2014 at 12:25 pm · Link
Dear Lauren, I’m so sorry to hear you have been suffering from ill-health this year. I think you should put your ‘to-do list’ aside and spend time with your loved-ones, relax and let your body heal. Your health is what is important. I hope you will soon be feeling better. Best wishes Chrissie
October 25th, 2014 at 7:34 am · Link
Thanks so much for taking the time to give us an update. Sounds like you have had a real battle with your health. You have my sympathy and best wishes for a full recovery. There is a reason they say doctors practice Medicene, half the time they are just guessing.listen to your body and restvwhennit tells you that you need it.
October 26th, 2014 at 8:59 am · Link
I’m so sorry that you’ve not been well. You’ve given hints of that and I know it’s been stressing you out. It’s so hard. Thank you for the update and I’m so happy that things seem to be on the upswing. I’m sending more healing thoughts your way.
October 30th, 2014 at 6:17 pm · Link
Thanks for the update, hope you figure it out and get better. Love reading your books.