Updated 6/17/22 to add the links to Amazon and Audible!)
(Updated 4/19/22 to add the Apple link.)
(Updated 5/17/22) to add Google Play and Storytel. Audible will be coming very soon!)
The Vengeance audio book is finally going live!
There were some technical difficulties, communications issues, illnesses, coursework, and much, much more that got in the way of this going live (and that was just on my side of it).
But, it's finally underway. Below, you will find some links to various audio book sites. I will update (daily, as needed) as more of the sites populate.
NOTE: Audible may be among the last to upload because they do their own quality control check in addition to what has already been done through Findaway books (they may take as long as 30 additional days).
Barnes and Noble
In 2018 I published Vengeance, book 5 in the Confluence series. And nothing since. I get emails and messages daily asking me where book 6 is.
I understand. As a reader, I'd wonder too.
But it's not written yet. I have lots of ideas, outlines, and so forth, but very little in the way of finished content.
I wish I knew for sure. Whatever has gone wrong with me is complex. Since 2018 I've seen a lot of doctors and therapists of various types.
Here's what I know:
I have three sleep disorders. I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea just before the pandemic. I am 100% compliant with CPAP therapy, even for the briefest of catnaps. The second sleep disorder is called Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). I also have delayed sleep phase disorder which in my case means my brain has trouble setting a normal circadian rhythm.
In January of 2021 I was diagnosed with ADHD. Apparently I've had this all my life, but have managed it pretty well. But the complicated problems I currently have exacerbated it, thrusting it to the forefront. I currently experience problems with time blindness, time management, procrastination, and motivation.
Just last month I was diagnosed with severe menopausal symptoms and was put on hormone replacement therapy. This particular issue may actually go all the way back to 2009--assuming that what I had been calling "strange sweats" were actually what is more commonly called hot flashes. I think I can be forgiven for not immediately thinking menopause since I was 38 at that time (now 49). The symptoms--many of which I had no idea could be from menopause--have worsened severely over the ensuing 11 years. The lack of common knowledge on menopause is CRIMINAL.
I have been working on a long and detailed blog post on the unspoken topic of menopause, but at this juncture I'll say this: Based on the recommendation of (an older female) counselor who was helping me with my ADHD symptoms, I sought out and met with a local menopause expert (a gynecologist that specializes in menopause) and according to her my symptoms are classic. She said that many women my age, at the height of their careers, leave work altogether because they feel like they are losing their minds.
She said, (I'm paraphrasing), "You may have been wondering if you're developing early-onset dementia. You're not."
I had been thinking that.
Since this difficulty with writing manifested/solidified in 2018 I've posted several times on this blog that "I'm feeling better. I'm writing again." But those feelings were always short-lived. (I'm an optimist.) I will not promise anything right now. I am feeling better, but I don't know if it will last. I'm only 3 weeks into the HRT.
I'm currently in the middle of my 3rd of 5 semesters of an MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. Getting this degree will give me the qualifications (along with my previous publications) needed for teaching at the college level, which is something I've always wanted to do. This program has been a struggle, considering I decided to enroll at the height of my symptoms, but I'm getting through it. As a side benefit, I'm writing a novel as part of the coursework. This novel is NOT Confluence number 6, nor is it even in the same universe. I didn't want my professors to have to wade through a series as part of my education, so I started something new. I have no idea when this novel will be published.
That's it for now. More updates when something changes.
4/12/2022 01:33:08 pm
I'm so grateful for your update. We fans worry about you personally, not JUST because we're looking for our next literary "fix". I hope you find some relief from your symptoms. And maybe your openness will help someone else to get help. Best wishes!!
4/12/2022 03:27:29 pm
I'm glad you're working through your health issues. All the best in your endeavor to teach at the college level. I did something similar mid-career and taught for 7 years at a community and technical college. It was a very enjoyable experience in the classroom and working one-on-one with students. I enjoyed watching the maturing from the first year students to the last. All the best to you and please know I am looking forward to your next publication.
4/12/2022 03:37:56 pm
I'm so glad along with many others who have been concerned about you to hear how you're doing!
4/12/2022 05:16:51 pm
I love the world you created in Confluence and will enjoy further sequels or adventures in this universe as they come. And if we don’t get another sequel, that is ok too. Thanks so much for all the enjoyment you work brings!
4/12/2022 06:32:24 pm
Wow. Glad to hear you’re doing well. Look forward to someday reading your novel. We all just have to adjust to what our world is. Take care.
4/12/2022 08:07:38 pm
I have worried about you as well, and I’m so glad you decided to discuss these things. My wife has been dealing with somewhat similar problems, and I am dealing with Crohn’s disease and kidney function. We all are broken and sharing our stories makes us friends and gives us hope. Do artists, writers and performers OWE their public anything? The gifts you have already given are precious and totally unique to you. Bravo, thank you and be proud. I’ve read Asimov, Clarke, Varley, Willis, etc., and you belong in their rarified air. The Confluence series is an absolute jewel.
4/14/2022 04:53:36 am
I cannot put my feelings any better than those who have commented but add my gratitude for your openness. I also add my love and support for what you’re dealing with. I’ve told you from the beginning that your writing is on the level of Clarke, you have always been and STILL ARE a brilliant writer and if I never get to read another word from you It will be OK because I already have a masterpiece and appreciate you so much. Be well, take care and thank you for everything.
4/18/2022 08:18:53 pm
WOW! I learned I ADHD at 32, I know what it is like to adjust to this new yet old reality. I take tumeric 500 mg, me and several others I know with ADHD have found it helps you not lose track of thoughts, and recall previous tracks of thoughts Thank you for the update you certainly have had a lot to work through. I look forward to getting the Audible audiobook. Hang in there, and good luck with your schooling.
Robert N Ayres
5/3/2022 07:15:59 pm
Hi Jennifer, I just read the first book in the Confluence series a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. Since then I have read books 2,3,4, and am about to finish book 5. I went to download book 6 and was dismayed to see it doesn't seem to be published yet. I see from your blog that you have some medical issues. Good luck with them. I hope you overcome the block and complete the series. If there is some mailing list for notifying readers when it publishes, please put me on it. Hope you are doing better.
6/1/2022 10:06:51 am
Thank-you for the update. I have enjoyed reading your books and short stories. I wish you well with all that you are dealing with.
6/7/2022 12:15:02 am
I'm so glad to hear you're hanging in there. It's kind of you to share personal details, and like the others who've commented, I'm way more worried about you than whether you get a book out. You've certainly earned your way into all of our hearts out here. That said, I'm looking forward to book 5 at audible. And, circumstances permitting, other books will be lovely if/when you get to them. Don't set goals that aren't achievable, but don't think no one cares either. As someone with a linguistics background, I have a special fondness for the idea that a linguist could be the hero. And I also find the politics of the series to be refreshing. You have a unique and valued point of view.
6/19/2022 08:39:53 am
Lady, you have had a hell of a time of it. Hoping the HRT helps you! I've been dealing with some medical shit myself, so I can relate. Whenever that may be, I eagerly await what comes next because I'm invested in the world you've created. Most importantly, though, take care of yourself!
7/19/2022 11:56:50 am
7/19/2022 12:14:18 pm
Bret A James
3/15/2023 01:36:02 pm
I cannot convey the level of frustration that I’ve experienced over the past hour after finishing book four of the Confluence series, and seeing that there is a book 6 that was due to arrive a few years ago, and I didn’t have it. I searched everywhere for it, which led me here. Immediately upon reading your message above, my frustration evaporated (don’t get me wrong, I’m still very invested in finishing the series), because I can definitely relate. Right before COVID disrupted the entire world, I blew out my knee, then broke two vertebrae, and an arm. Recovery hasn’t been ideal, but it’s been my headspace that really struggles. The chronic pain is debilitating, and frustrating. I used to be extremely active, traveling, climbing mountains, skiing, and now the walk up the stairs to my bedroom does me in. I started seeing a therapist because I found myself struggling to get motivated to do anything.
5/4/2023 10:38:06 am
I hope you will soon feel better. Take care of yourself. I have thoroghly enjoyed your writing so far.
5/4/2023 07:52:11 pm
I mis-clicked on the wrong link in your email and it unsubscribed me. (You might not want to make unsubscribe the first thing in emails you send, since it's the LAST thing most of us want to do.) It looks like the only way to get re-subscribed is to comment anew, so here I am doing that. Apologies for spamming all your faithful fans in the process, though I won't be offended if you have a way of blocking that.
Thank you for sharing your trials and tribulations. It seems many of us have those during our 50s. I hope you recover and continue writing. I enjoyed your Confluence series and I am looking forward to more fun and adventure if you have some to share! Someday I will publish something, but it seems as of right now, all my characters die in 5 pages. humph.
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Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.
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