I promised June.
I promised early July.
I failed both times.
I missed my deadline. I'm sorry.
As many of my readers are aware, I am currently in the purgatory between two homes. I've sold my home in Indiana and am waiting to move into my new home in Pennsylvania. I intended to finish VALENCE well before the move, but I'm human and I failed.
One of my biggest character flaws is to assume I can do everything I set my mind to, just like the heroes I write about. I normally can manage it, but this time, I simply couldn't. I underestimated so many things around the move--the packing, the disruption of prepping the house for showings, the aftermath of the sale and getting all the little things fixed that the buyer required as part of the sale. I need to have mental energy to write and edit. Long days full of errands, supervising contractors, keeping children and pets happy and healthy just sapped me completely.
I'm still working on VALENCE each and every day as energy and time permits. I won't release it half-baked. I won't disrespect my readers or my characters like that.
As it is now, I can't predict when VALENCE will release because I have to reschedule with my editor. It may be months, but hopefully weeks. I promise to let you know when I know more.
Big editing houses do occasionally delay a release. It happens. And they normally have at least a year of buffer between when an author submits a final copy and the final release into the world of an edited novel. As an independent author, my deadlines are very different--I can release as soon as the book is complete, which makes situations like this more nerve wracking. I always try to give myself plenty of leeway, but sometimes a book takes longer to cook than anticipated. That's what's happening here.
Here's the good news:
The DRUID GENE AUDIO BOOK is finally here! Audie Award winning ROBIN MILES narrated this book and it is a truly wonderful performance.
Read more about Robin here. I first heard Robin reading NK Jemisin's The Fifth Season and her performance of that wonderful novel blew me away.
I approached her about working on the DRUID GENE and was so pleased to find out she was interested. It's worth listening to for her characterizations of the hymenoptera alone! Just brilliant! Robin's background in stage and screen performance really come through. She's trained, she's talented, she has the chops to make a book sing.
You can find the Druid Gene audio book on:
When I have more information about the release of VALENCE, I will post it here!
Thank you for understanding!
7/18/2017 01:41:32 pm
There is one axiom that those of us in the military never take for granted: "No plan, no mater how well prepared, survives unchanged after first contact with the enemy." This is true for most things in life. The bigger the plan, the more leeway and flexibility is needed to reach the end-goal.
7/18/2017 10:25:12 pm
"Do. Or do in a bit. There is no fail!"
7/27/2017 10:28:04 am
Writing a book is hard work and I can't imagine trying to do it while trying to take care of a family and dealing with moving! I'm sure all of your fans will just be happy to see the completed work in it's INTENDED state even if that means it takes longer. Take the time you need, I think we can manage for a bit!
8/8/2017 12:34:35 pm
You're doing great! Can't wait to get the next book!
9/9/2017 08:37:05 am
I'm sure you already know this, but we (especially we women) must spend some time each day counteracting the negative influences around us. So take this time to please send some care and forgiveness to yourself. Try to enjoy the chaos of your life right now. Live in the moment, even if your moment isn't what you want it to be. :-) And you CAN do anything you want! It just might take a bit longer to get done...Remember to speak to youself as if you were speaking to a beloved friend; sweetly, kindly, with lots of support. I eagerly await the next installment!
9/21/2017 01:05:15 pm
Do be hard on yourself for not getting the Valence out yet. You are a WONDERFUL writer and if you feel it's not ready, we, your readers, will feel it's not ready. That being said....I can't wait!
9/27/2017 01:50:41 pm
I've loved your fluency series Jennifer. I can see that you posted this back in July, about 2 months ago. You released you last book not long ago for the series though and a lot of books in a series take at around a year to bring out. Don't worry if you're a bit late, We're faithful fans that will gladly purchase the book as soon as it comes out. I listen your books as I don't have much time to read... Hope you are able to bring out the audio version shortly after the physical version.
Robert J. Knoll
2/5/2018 05:15:06 pm
In my 72 years I have read most if not all of the greatest science fiction writers ever. In my opinion you are well on your way to the top 5. So yes we will wait for book three maybe a little breathlessly but we will wait. Hopping that your move goes smoothly as it can be a ordeal. Thank you for the hours of reading pleasure you have given me and the many more I am sure you will give in the future.
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Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.
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