Thursday, November 24, 2016

Giving Thanks...

Is a bit difficult when you've had the worst year of your adult life. I've been thinking about it and the only thing I was able to come up with was "life." I'm grateful for my daughters and for being alive. Not healthy, not in a good mental-space, definitely not in good spirits, but I'm alive, and that's the most important thing, right? It means I can keep working on myself...I can keep trying to get better. And that's great.

The year isn't over yet. Many things can happen in a little over a month, but you know what? I've decided to let 2016 go.

Looking back at the last eleven months makes me sad. There are so many things I wasn't able to accomplish—not as a woman, not as a friend, not as a professional, and last but not least, not as an author. Simply put, I completely sucked at everything day after day after day, and, as much as I'd like to, the fact is I can't turn back time. I can't change anything. And I can't keep stressing over all the things I was supposed to do but wasn't able to for one reason or another.  So this is it for me. I'm throwing in the towel on this year and using the remaining weeks to try to get to a point where I won't feel so disheartened anymore. Hopefully it will work. :-)

I'm sure no one reading this post will be surprised by this, but throwing the towel includes giving up on trying to publish anything in 2016. I can't. I don't want to. I'm a firm believer everything happens for a reason, and I'm convinced offering you guys a new story wasn't in the cards. So yeah, I'm not even going to try. I'm just going to start the new year with a bang.

Dreamspinners Press is releasing Six Degrees of Lust, Second Edition on January 2, 2017. That's good news for fans of my By Degrees series. It means Six Degrees of Agony will come out a few months after Lust. ;-)

As for Heavy does a late January, early February release sound? Is having back to back releases too much? What do you all think? Let me know. :-)

To those of you who have never stopped supporting me, and all the readers who have emailed me, messaged me, etc., etc., asking when I'll release some new material, I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You mean the world to me and your interest is the only reason I'm not giving up the writing gig. You all rock.

Have an amazing time with your families and friends on this special day. And take it from me—there's always something to be thankful for.




  1. I am so glad I found your blog. I keep searching on the different publishing sites and googling your name to find information about what is happening. I am sadden by some of the other sites that I see and the comments that have been posted.
    I do understand when there is no information that people get upset. I also understand that we reach a point in our lives where we just need to stop everything. I once asked a retreat director - does God sometimes want us to just do nothing... to stop... well amazing as it was to me ... I was informed "YES" just stop and take care of yourself - in what ever way you spiritually need to be fed.
    I hope that 2017 finds you spiritually and physically healthy.
    I hope you can put forward a realistic time table which is't about the expectation of others but what you can produce and still care for yourself, so you are able to feel good about your accomplishments.
    Take Care and I am looking forward to reading more of your books.... and may 2017 be blessed for you...

    1. Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind comments. My soul needed them. :-)

      I have no idea what is being posted around. Honestly, I'm afraid to look. I know some readers have expectations and set ideas regarding timelines and release schedules, and they think all authors should meet them. I can't. I'm not a full-time author to begin with, then there's the fact I write long, involved books that often require serious research. I can't produce a story every three months, specially when I'm going through personal stuff. :-/

      I'm still here, though, so that's good. And I hope anyone who decides to buy my next books feel they're worth the wait. :-)

  2. Quality writing will always have an audience so please take your time and put yourself first when you need to. I hope 2017 will be the start of a new chapter in your life, one that you can enjoy and look back on with happiness.

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment. :-)

  3. Hey Taylor,
    I wanted to share this with you as it's helped me. I wish you a fresh, positive and prosperous tomorrow! You will get there. I'm rooting for your success!
    Ezinwanyi (Oh My Shelves Blog)!

    TD Jakes advice on Overcoming obstacles in your life:
    1. Focus on what you have left and not as much on what you've lost;
    2. Strengthen what remains;
    3. Turn your scars into stars. Take what is working against you and make it work for you;

    1. Thank you so much for this! I love it. :-)

  4. I hope your 2017 is so much better than this past year has been {hugs}