Hurricane-1, Dragons-0

Why yes, the dragons are a bit delayed… 

A number of you have asked about the status of Netherfield: Rogue Dragon. I said the book would be available Winter 2017. (foolish woman, tempting fate!) It’s record cold, we’ve even had snow on the Gulf Coast (along with a hurricane and an earthquake, thank you every much!) It must definitely be winter now, right?

Yes, Virginia, it is absolutely winter. And yet there are no dragons.

I should have knowing saying something like that aloud was a deeply dangerous and foolish bit of hubris. And yet, I did it anyway. Needless to say, I have discovered the depth of my error. The best laid plans of (wo)man and dragons have been thwarted by forces even a dragon cannot control.

My planed intentions had been to pick up with Netherfield as soon as A Less Agreeable Man was out in the world. Uh, yeah, great notion. But I failed to consult the weather reports . Had I  done so, I might have noticed we were entering the height of hurricane season and thought better of making long range plans. Then again, I might not.

Either way, we were walloped by a storm of truly epic force that devastated the Texas Gulf Coast. (You can check out the chronicle here.)

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Without rehashing all the detains, I’ll sum it up here: Hurricane-1, Dragons-0. Match to the hurricane.

Fear not, though, the dragons are not down for the count. They’ve relit their fires and are looking for a rematch! And since hurricane season is well over and done with (thank heavens!), they’ve got a fighting chance!

I’ve got my dragon world and research notes all set up (over 125 pages) and story notes in place. The first chapters are in draft form. The process is underway.

I know what you’re about to say. Get to the important part, woman! So when will it be done?

Seriously, you would ask me that? After the last time I attempted to answer the question, I’m not taking a chance on answering a query like that! The entire state of Texas might fall off into the sea and I’m just not willing to chance that!

But once I get half-way through the draft or so,  I’ll start posting chapters here. So watch for that and you’ll have a sense of the progress.

In the mean time I’ll be posting regular dragon tidbits to keep your appetite whetted for all things draconic!

Thank so much for all your patience, support, and well wishes as the dragons retake their rightful place around here.


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    • tgruy on January 11, 2018 at 12:24 am
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    Can’t wait! But don’t tempt fate, I wouldn’t want to be responsible for the entire State of Texas falling into the sea, or any other state for that matter. I will just take a deep breath and crochet while I wait for the dragons to make an appearance.

    1. Yeah, Texas falling into the sea might be a little noticeable, mighten it? LOL. Thanks Tere!

    • Glynis on January 11, 2018 at 7:08 am
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    What a coincidence! I also am crocheting (see the previous comment!) No seriously I have such a long TBR list that you could possibly take 12 months and I would still be reading. However that being said I have the first book which is on my TBR and I will get the other two when this is released so I can read them all at once. I do hope that you aren’t hit by any other extreme conditions and get to write in peace. 😊📕😊

    1. I love to crochet, but it’s been far too long since I’ve picked up my hooks! I have an awesome dragon blanket pattern I want to make my grandson. But I’ll get the book done first, I promise!

    • Mary List on January 11, 2018 at 7:40 am
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    Cannot wait, Maria. Until then, I ‘ll comfort myself with rereading the first two, & visiting my home away from home planet, Pern.

    1. Thanks, so much, Mary.

    • Sheila L. Majczan on January 11, 2018 at 8:09 am
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    I am so looking forward to more dragons but totally understand the unplanned for delays. Thanks for letting us know your situation. Having lived in Texas I remember a saying, “You don’t like the weather?…wait a minute.” I remember the very dramatic shifts in temperatures one could experience within 24 hours. That was without any hurricane. Good luck with getting this done and published.

    1. That’s so true about the weather! This winter has been nuts, 70 degrees one day, in the 20’s the next. Yeesh! Thanks, Sheila!

    • J. W. Garrett on January 11, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    I will wait and will be patient… no worries… the dragon stories are worth it. You have been through hell and back and lived to tell the story. Anyone who has followed your ‘Rising Waters’ know what you have been through. Did they [the critics] expect you to write as you were being evacuated… by boat… in the rain… from your home? Outrageous!! No, selfish people can wait their turn. You have earned a respite and I thank you for letting us know how you are recovering. Take your time, make it count and it will be better for it. Just breathe…

    1. I really appreciate the patience, more than you know. I hate to be late on anything! On the plus side, I’m now about 12K words into the third dragon book and I”m pretty please with how it’s coming together.

  1. Yay!!!! I can’t wait!!! I’m eager to begin proofing!! 😀 I’ve read the other two books probably five times each, and I’m so thrilled that you’ve started writing chapters!!! Yay!!!!

    Hurricanes may be powerful, but dragons will always win the day in the long run! 😉

    Warmly (and very happily!),
    Susanne 🙂

    1. Thanks, Susanne. I agree, eventually,the dragons will take the upper hand!

    • Anji on January 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm
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    I’m so looking forward to this! Obviously we understand that Harvey and that pesky thing called Real Life kind of got in the way of the mystery that surrounds Netherfield but, like may others “I am all anticipation”!

    1. Thanks, Anji, me too. I’m about 12K word in and already some unexpected turns are happening!

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