I have finally met all pending deadlines, turning in the second rewrite of Very Bad Things last Friday (that's my YA mystery for Delacorte, due out in the fall of 2014). So I am free, free, free!!! I am definitely taking a break for the summer. I've been on deadline since 2002 without pause; and now that my life has changed considerably with Emily taking priority, I really want to have time to breathe and be a full-time mom. She'll be one at the end of June (can you even believe???), and this is such an amazing time in her life. She's learning so much, so quickly. She's feeding herself, refusing to sit in a high chair (it must be the booster seat at the table!), she's saying new words all the time, and she's about ready to take off running. I don't want to miss a thing because I'm chained to the computer.
I won't disappear from the face of the earth, and I will still post on Facebook so that you all know I'm alive. (Heck, I'll probably have more Emily pics to share than ever what with having time to go with her to the zoo, the park, the Butterfly House, etc.) And I still have a few events to do this summer, including speaking at the Wells Fargo Survivors Breakfast on June 14 before the Komen Race for the Cure.
But I'll mostly be playing mom to Miss Emily, and I'll be working hard to get the new house spruced up outside. There were lots of dead plants, and I'm itching to get my hands in the dirt! Maybe I'll even get caught up on some reading, too!
Speaking of books, The Truth About Love & Lightning should be available in Costco stores across the country this month. I believe Target has mostly sold out of its copies. But other booksellers (brick & mortar and online) can always get you a copy. I have some good news re: sub rights sales for Love & Lightning and Little Black Dress, and I'll give you more info when I can talk about everything!