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!
Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.