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Setbacks won't get me down

Sometimes, life throws lemons at you and, when it does, I bring out the tequila.

Not everything has gone smoothly over the past few weeks, but I have carried on, regardless, pushing through some of the tougher things life has thrown at me.

But, every now and then, the lemon is best served with tea, instead of tequila. I set myself a deadline for FORBIDDEN ELEMENTAL and tried my best to stick to it. Life happened along the way and I had to push the release date back to June and I was well on track to meet the target. Then, my mother-in-law had to go to hospital for surgery and ended up staying longer than anticipated due to complications. A week after she was discharged, my father-in-law ended up in hospital from complications with his heart and lungs. A dear friend of mine went into hospital for an op on her stomach and is now in an induced coma due to complications. I had to go to the ENT for an issue with my sinuses, only to find out that I have a bone growing into the sinus cavity and I may need an op myself.

So, all in all, things have not been great and I often find myself taking solace in my writing. I realized that it is my happy place and, although I am not writing fast at the moment, the story is flowing and keeping me from dwelling too much on things I cannot change.

After a chat with my editor, we are now hoping for a release date of FORBIDDEN ELEMENTAL by the end of June, but that is a very optimistic target. I will try my best to stick to it this time but, judging by the lemon tree growing in my back garden, July might be a distinct possibility.

To all my fans waiting patiently for book 3 of the Elemental Trilogy - thank you for being patient and when FORBIDDEN ELEMENTAL is released, I promise you it will be the best version of it I can write.

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