One Fell Sweep has been out for less than a month. We don’t even know how many units have been sold yet. Will you please, please ease up on the Innkeeper IV emails? 🙂 We’re trying to finish Hidden Legacy 3 – in the final chapters now – and once we are done, you know what I am planning to do?
That’s right, you heard it here first. I’m going to do big fat nothing for at least a couple of months. I’m going to tinker with proposals for the new series (nothing to do with our previous worlds), putter around, paint, have fun, and that will be that. We are not going to start Kate 10. We are not going to start Innkeeper. We are going to have vacation until my brain relaxes enough to where I don’t want to rip my hair out when I think of writing something and until Gordon finishes up the taxes and all of the paperwork that generally goes with them.
That’s it. I’m damn tired. I’ve been working for the last two months pulling 60 hour weeks with very little breaks and there will be down time. So thank you for your emails, we are very glad you enjoyed Innkeeper Chronicles, but we’ve got to breathe. 🙂
Jaime Woodring says
Good for you! May you have a great time and a good recharge!
Hear! Hear Jamie! That what I was thinking when l read her post! I can’t believe fans are asking about the next book already! I’m glad that Ilona have posted this! Hopefully this post will squash those emails from bugging her for awhile. Just because she said couple of months doesn’t mean asking them on 15 March 2017 when the next book will be out! Ilona is pretty good letting us know when they are planning to do anything. So please be patient and understanding that they needed a long over due break to spend with their love ones and away from writing! Kids grow up quicker than you think and time they spend away from writing isn’t going to kill us. We do want the best quality from them by letting them get a well rested vacation without asking about the next book!
Please wait until they mention it to us first about the next book they are working on before asking them any questions about their series!
Thank you for all you do for your fans!
Wayne Robb says
Good for you ! Life is to be enjoyed. Thank you for the enjoyment your writing has given me. Wayne
I am glad you will be taking time for yourselves, to breathe and relax. I hope that when the exhaustion settles down a bit you will be able to do some fun things, maybe a bit of travel if you enjoy that, play on the beach, whatever makes you happy.
Melissa B says
Totally agree and understand. You all need to take as long as you need! Just watching your schedule over the last three years has been amazing but worrying too for all the obvious reasons. Nothing matters in life but your relationships’s and peace of mind. You all deserve a break and good luck on the taxes as that’s stressoul (I’m a tax CPA…so that’s why I read books to destress during tax season). Dont feel bad on taking time because there is another author who took about a two year hiatus from her book series and we waited. Plus Kirsten Britain takes about three years between her books in the Green Rider series. Thus we will wait for you all no matter what because your all books are so well written. Cheerio!
Are taxes ever really done?
Enjoy some time off. Going anywhere fun for spring break with the girls? That should be coming up soon for college kids.
Whatever happened to house hunting in Florida? Did you guys find a place?
You know what, that sounds like a fantastic idea. You two have been work non stop for over a year, so you deserve a break. I say have fun, and we’ll see you when you come back up for air. Enjoy!
Nelson Wood says
Certainly you need to take some time to de-stress. The last year has been tough on you and the family, what with deaths and lightning strikes, sickness and storms, you really need to take some time off and relax. Be assured, the “Book-Devouring Horde” will still be eagerly awaiting your next books, and we will still be doing the famous “One-Legged Rain Dance” waiting for more. I suggest the Horde start bugging the publisher – what the heck is taking them so long to publish the Hidden Legacy series?? It’s a guaranteed best seller, and they need to get off the dime and get the books off the press! And yes, I have the hidden legacy books on preorder (Have the first one, thank you).
I’m sorry that you’re being pressured like this. Some people seem to think that they’re entitled to everything, including dictating your writing schedule. 🙁
The most important thing is to always take time for yourself and to look out for you mental health. It looks like you’ve been working non-stop, so I’m super glad that you are able to take a time out.
I hope that it is fabulous 😀 and that you and Gordon rest and have a great time.
karen h says
You deserve a break! I’ll be here when you are writing again.
Good for you!
Patricia Schlorke says
Ignore the idiots who think they can control your writing schedule. If you and Gordon need to breath and take a step back…..do it. You are not robots. Burnout is the worst thing anyone can get. If you and Gordon get burnout, we readers will really be up the creek without our paddles (remember Book Devouring Horde….no Sgt. Teddy, Dina, Rogan, Nevada, Kate, Curran, etc. if our authors get burnout). I would rather have you guys take as many breaks as you need than burn out.
Have fun on your well deserved “time out”.
Melissa B says
Off topic- I love to read Patricia Bridges blog too. Her husband,Mike, is the blogger and I love to read what he has to say. It just feels like he is talking to you from across the table at a coffee bar…plus I love Montana…anyway I love his last post about handling student requests for interviews. It made me chuckle. I don’t mean any offense by mentioning it here, but just thought you might like it too. Ciao for now!
I love Patty’s books too! She and Andrews are my favs!
Melissa B says
Melissa B says
Wait my top three are the Andrews, Bridges, and Frosthe and I refuse to rank them 😉
Who are Bridges and Frosthe?
Patricia Bridges. I wonder if Frosthe was a mistype for Frost, as in Jeanine Frost, Ilona’s BFF?
My favorites, in alphabetical order, are Andrews, Bishop, Briggs, Frost, Harrison, Singh, and Wilks. Pretty much buy all of theirs as soon as they show up on Amazon, sometimes even before the plot is posted.
Oh, sorry, it’s Patricia Briggs, not Bridges. Not sure who Bridges is.
You do what you need to do for you. Relax, veg on entertainment that is not serious. Get your craft on. Take a spa week. Build a action figure city in the back yard. Read cheesey books. Just drop us a line every once in awhile so we know you guys have not been kidnapped by raccoons. ??
Please take all the time you need. It’s your generous nature and creativity that needs to be re-charged. I took some time off to look at the snow today and take some photos, just for me. You need some me time,rest,play, hang with your pets.Take a break , we understand and wish you a relaxing time off.
It’s been said before. Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.
As you wish! 🙂
As you should! Enjoy as much time off as you can possibly stand, and know that your adoring fan base will be here when YOU want to write again. You are not Paul Sheldon to our Annie Wilkes.
In the mean time, I’m enjoying your Eloise James and Jayne Castle recommendations, and rereading all things Andrews.
Happy New Year!
Hey! Thanks for writing everything we love. You owe us… NOTHING!! Enjoy a good long relaxing rest, delegate all the email and the Facebook and the blog and just enjoy what you have done. We’re grateful and appreciative. You deserve a rest. And thank you, thank you, thank you!
Theodore D. says
Damietta Armstrong says
So….the Lamassu was just a co-inky-dink, right?
Theodore D. says
That’s not a lamassu… as this picture features a leonine head on the body…
The symbol is actually one of the Lion of Saint Mark… check here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_of_Saint_Mark
Oh what a lovely few months to look forward to. I’ll look forward to seeing your artistry, when you’re ready to share. And in the meantime we’ll be devouring Hidden Legacy. Wonderful.
Plus there are other authors in the world. Your hoarde has other people we can go pester. But we’ll always come back.
Good, you guys need and deserve a break
Fan in California says
And it’s not like we don’t have the two Hidden Legacy books to look forward to this year!!! Take a break, recharge — you guys deserve it!!!!
I second that!
Thats what I was thinking!
OFS – awesome as always – your writing has such style – but you are so DUE a recharge period — enjoy and then come back to us ! Will use the time to REread many of your books.
¡Write, I have a water gun and know how to use it, arrrrrrrr!
Well, you know you are famous when you have crazy fans threating you to keep working xD. Try to ignore it, of course every human neds a vacation.
¿Have you tried pastel paint? They are a mess with all the dust sometimes, but very fun.
Enjoy your vacation! And thank you for all of your hard work!
Please take as much time as you both need.
We ( the book devouring hoarde ) have new books appearing this year. Your work schedule would have driven me nuts …. Good luck with taxes etc . Thank you for everything you both do. I hope you fit in some knitting time during your break from us and work.
I’ve run on that kind of schedule before, so I definitely know how much you need that time off. *Hugs* Take care of yourselves. Enjoy the vacation and have fun!
Drew Doll says
Good for you! Take all the time you need. Get lots of rest and recharge.
Enjoy the time off – you guys deserve it!
Lizzy G says
Glad you are taking time for yourself!!! Please rest and relax!!!!
Absolutely! Sorry to hear you’re being pestered when you’ve already given us so much, take care of yourselves during the remainder of this intense writing period and enjoy a wonderful break ?
Refresh and rejuvenate!!
You guys soooo deserve a break! I hope you are able to escape somewhere fun and relaxing where you will be able to refresh yourselves. 🙂
So glad you’re going to take a break. Soak it up. Enjoy yourselves. No one deserves it more.
Hugs to you both.
Why not start a “one new book per year” schedule? You are so amazing creating so much wonderful content every year (including this blog) that u have spoiled us. A regular schedule helps to manage expectations. ….. I know. I know. another goofy telling you how to run your truly amazing show….. Vacations are good. Come to FLA its blue skies sunshine and my silly azaleas are trying to bloom in Jan!
Sue Padgett says
Doing nothing is vastly underrated. Enjoy your well-deserved down time!
What’s the line from “Office Space”? “I did absolutely nothing all day and it was everything I always thought it would be.” Personally I can’t make it past 3 days of vacation before doing nothing drives me nuts. I’ll bet a stuffed ferret Ilona’s on a new project by Valentine’s.
Auntie M says
Just want to throw this out here – I love your work. I’m super excited about the Hidden Legacy books that are coming out this year. Just got done reading Innkeeper 3 and while that ending left me going “AAAAAGH!!!!!” (in a good way!)…I can hold my horses. Please don’t let the well run dry!
Mike Cooper says
Hope you enjoy the time off!!! Not that you need to hear it from me but in my humble opinion you have more than earned it!!! Relax and recharge!! Looking forward to when you get back!! Thank you so much for all you’ve done already to brighten and entertain us!
Enjoy the vacation!
It’s so easy to get caught up in the grind and forget just how much you need a break.
Selfishly, if I had to guess I would suspect that the quality of your work is going to be much higher if you’re coming into it with less stress so I benefit too 🙂
Erin Burns says
Whoohoo for vacations! Rest and recharge!
Most of the authors [ie: all but you] on my personal must-read list publish ONE book a year. One single solitary book. No snippets, no teasers. Minimal – if any- blogging.
You have spoiled us, and we have gotten greedy.
Thank you for your hard work, and all the extras you shower us with.
Enjoy your vacation/downtime.
We humbly thank you for what we have already been given. Stop and enjoy some time off. We would love to have you come out to Guam. We have the best beaches in the world and no crowds on them.
Tinker! Have fun, play some games and knit (as long as the knitting is not taxing on your brain).
So enjoy your works. Thank you for creating all your worlds and pulling us in for the ride.
Good plan! Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy your downtime. You both earned many times over!
I’m glad to hear that you’re planning to take some time off to recharge. I hope you’ll enjoy your down time, treat yourself to JAK books, do something fun with all the lovely yarn you got for Christmas, and take all the time off you could possibly need. Your readers aren’t going anywhere and will wait for your stories, whenever you feel like telling them.
Just a thought since you’ve mentioned liking coloring books: if you haven’t tried it already, you might enjoy digital colorizing in Photoshop. To destress, I like to colorize old photos; it’s pretty fun and relaxing. You don’t need any art supplies, can easily make changes and undo mistakes, and you don’t need to put too much thought into what you’re creating.
It doesn’t require all that much artistic skill, either—the key to making it look like a real color photo is to use many color variations, especially when colorizing people. The common beginner’s mistake is to give someone’s entire face the same color. In real life, people usually have redder cheeks/ears/fingertips, dark circles underneath their eyes…etc. Only the Simpsons have the same skin color all over.
It can also feel very gratifying to bring color to people in historical photos and get a better idea of what they might have looked like in real life, like the Russian royals you posted a few months back. It almost feels like bringing them back in some small way and restoring some of what has been lost to time. It can be surprisingly rewarding at times.
I love the Simpsons. Homer is my hero. *burp*
barbie doll says
Burnout is so nasty. Just knowing that you can rest and not do really helps. I am always so surprised how short a time that I need to be away when I have had it. Enjoy your time and get yourself resettled.
Hope you guys have a spectacular vacation planned! Everyone deserves a few do nothing weeks in the year.
We, the reading hoard, will always want more. However, that means while there will always be wishful thinking (wouldn’t it be fun to have a new Jim book and a new innkeeper and ooh a new universe sounds divine) at the end of the day we want you to do what every you want/need to rest and recharge and keep writing (hopefully for years to come). We will probably keep asking for more but think of us like the cats – we will always politely (or not so politely) inquire about the empty bowl but we are really just fine waiting for dinner :). Enjoy your break.
You go and have your brain and recharge vacation. Everyone needs it. You will be better off for it, and so will we. I love your work. Have fun painting.
Thank you for your amazing works! Rest up, relax and put on good music while you do taxes(only way to not tear your hair out).
You deserve every second. We are getting 2 Hidden Legacies this year. (So excited!!!!!) If you don’t take the time now the crash you have in the future will be longer and less restful. That will make everyone sad, so enjoy your time off. 🙂
enjoy some quiet time ?and some fun time ? ? ?. Thank you again for hours of enjoyment.
Take time to rest and recharge. I would rather wait between books than have no books from you to look forward to. Ignore all whining and demanding, it is your life and health. All work and no play causes stress. Mental stress impacts physical health. Go play in the sun, laze on the beach, take a trip, paint to your hearts content….do whatever you need to do to recharge. Then come back.
All I can say Ilona is it is about time. You deserve a mental vacation. Relax, enjoy life, do something fun…lots of somethings, sleep in, whatever is best for you. Come back when you are ready,
when writing is fun again, not something you have to do. We will all be here when you get back in the writing groove.
Dont get sick, take your time to rest 🙂
Sabbaticals are good. Have fun!
It absolutely blows my mind that people contact you to bug you about when you’re going to start another book. You guys have a ridiculous amount of output for traditionally published authors. And, as always, quality over quantity. A tired, burned out writer isn’t going to be able to create what we love to read.
Amy J says
I am just so thankful that we are getting the Hidden Legacy books this year. I plan on reading and then rereading a few times. Enjoy your vacation when it comes. You guys deserve some rest and fun!!!
Have a great rest! We will be here when you are ready. May your taxes be light and easy, and all the documents easy to find. For something to try reading, try Georgette Heyer. I would start with Venetia or A Civil Contract, or my favorite, These Old Shades. Enjoy and thank you both!
<3 These Old Shades. But really, I totally disagree – start with Frederica, detour to Cotillion, and giggle over The Unknown Ajax, and finish off with The Talisman Ring for dessert.
Yes, those are good too! Can’t really go wrong with any of them. Or the Masqueraders, or Arabella. Most libraries let you rent the e-book so you can try them for free.
I love Venetia. And I love Sylvester. And The Corinthian . . .
I just looked on Amazon and quite a few of her books are available on KindleUnlimited including Arabella and The Corinthian.
Yes! How about The Grand Sophy, and Faro’s Daughter, too?
<3 <3 The Grand Sophy! My absolute favorite Heyer.
(I do have somewhat mixed feelings about Heyer, as her writing tends to reinforce ideas about class that I find problematic – whereas Austen who wrote about one of these time periods as a contemporary critiques it – which tends to lead to this kind of subliminal fingers on the blackboard thing with some of the books, but I can't deny them for sheer fun.)
Yeah they might. But in 1820 there was a very broad difference in class, and women did not have the vote 🙂 I learned good manners under any circumstances from these books. I also solidified my concept of feminism reading these books (thank goodness I can vote and work out side the home !!!)
Enjoy your down time. It is an important thing to take. I would be very sad if you burnt out and decided to stop writing.
Thank for the wonderful books. 🙂
Well bless your heart! We prove time and again we are the book devouring hordes with an insatiable appetite. You and your family have a well deserved vacation from the madness. See you on the flip side!
We can wait until you get into writing mode again. Your health (mental, emotional, and physical) is more important than us getting a new Ilona story a month. I found some old books that I haven’t read for decades, I can work on those.
Enjoy your holiday and take as long as you need to feel refreshed and ready to work again. Your health is more important than any disappointment your fans may have. I’m excited for both new Hidden Legacy books.
Good for you! Burnout on something you love (at least I hope you love writing) sucks. Take all the time you want to take care of yourselves and your family. Your fanbase will be here when you get back.
You are a victim of your success! The absolutely truest statement I ever read about building a business, and you are a business, is that you lay down the foundation and the rest of the building is built on your back. With your success comes greater stress and expectations from yourselves, your fans, and your publishers. It is up to you to set realistic goals because God knows life happens! Enjoy your time off.
Have you heard of Unicorn Spit? Fabulous gel stain with a huge following on Facebook. Some gorgeous work done on wood, glass, canvas, and nearly anything else with the proper prep.
You are among my favorite authors! I love your books because of the humor, plot, and fleshed out characters.
We already are in for a treat this year with two Hidden Legacy books!!!
I am extremely grateful for what you dodo.
Snicker. “Do do” or “dodo” *giggle*
VaCa rules!! Everyone requires free time. Enjoy, disappear until you are ready to come back
Thank you for all that you do, amazing Authorlords! Even though we are anxious for more, more, take a long break and relax. You are in our thoughts and may good things come to you.
Kelly M says
I am sooooooo excited that we get TWO WHOLE BOOKS about Nevada and Rogan this year. You guys are awesome. Rest, relax, refresh, take a long-ass vacation, maybe drop by the blog and keep us entertained with random pics of your pets now and again… 😉 (non-writing type things!)
Thanks for the heads up! Of course, new reading material will be missed, but that just leaves more time to re-read and re-re-read all of your books. On a selfish note, if you discover any great new authors during your down time, I’d sure love to hear about them. So far every one you’ve taken the time to recommend (especially S.K. Dunstall, for me) has been wonderful!
Anne-Marie Cerce says
have a great vacation!
Claire M says
Please keep breathing! Breathing is important 😉
Seriously. You guys really deserve the rest, and I hope you get the downtime you’re after. No one can just keep going and going. And all future books will be the better for the break too.
You go girl!! Rest, relax and rejunevate!
Melonie Brown says
Please take care of yourself! We will be here when you get back from your well deserved vacation.
I love your books, and I am looking forward to reading more of them. So, take a long deep vacation, because there won’t be more books if you break yourself. Have you ever been to Glastonbury? or York? Both great places to unwind and and wander about and putter through small shops filled with cool stuff. Destin Fl is also pretty great in January – the crowds don’t show up for another month or two.
Berry is right; January is a great time to visit the Emerald Coast. The weather is usually fantastic (February, maybe not quite as gorgeous, but still usually very mild and pleasant) and no huge crowds to deal with. Panama City Beach can be a lot of fun, too. Rent a house on the Gulf, pour yourself a tall one, find a big floppy hat and some sunglasses, and sit on the deck with your feet on the rail. Bury yourself in a good book and listen to the waves coming in. Breathe. Snooze in the hammock. Walk in the shallows and bury your feet in the sand. Breathe some more.
And bring the kitties. A lot of those houses are pet-friendly and they probably need a little vacation, too!
We’re a bunch of greedy guts, aren’t we?
Yet another amazing, amazing book is out, you also gift us with a free weekly e-serial, PLUS you give us delicate, tasty little tidbits of the latest creation then we cram down our greedy gullets, and are we satisfied? Well yeah, for what prob fees like a nano-second, you two’ve barely started cleanup when we’re already banging on your door, roaring like slavering, Viking hordes, “Give us MORE, author lords, we demand it! We cannot wait! We want it nowwwwww! Yet still we HUNGERRRRR! ”
We ARE grateful, tho! Just super greedy! 😉
Let me just add that I was NOT one of the ppl clamouring for Innkeeper IV, I just thought I’d help in seeing things in a funnier light!
Yay for vacation!
Thinking about Authorlords, story pacing, Burn For Me, John Rutger, Nevada, Rogan, Kate, Curran, Dinah, Sean, and adrenaline after the roller coaster here of car accidents, heart attacks, and tornadoes. Y’all tell a mean story, both in the sense of intensely good and intensely grueling for your characters. I hate to think how grueling such stories are for you Authorlords to put together.
-Please- have a wonderful, boring, vacation. YAY for vacation, rest, and boring times.
All I know is I love your writings. I of course would love them faster, but I would rather they just keep coming. Please, I beg, just keep them coming. If that means, taking time to breath. I know if your not breathing I will never find out what happens next, so breathing is good. Just request that you keep us updated, on life. Hate not knowing what my author lords are up to, comments and photos like “the hole I dug”, would work for me for a month or so, throw in snippets. I can survive, until White Hot, might even make it to book 3. Thank you for that by the way, I had already replace burn for me. So thank you for all your hard work.
Way, way better to pull back than to burn out – enjoy your break!
I love your books and your blog! The unfortunate consequence of those fans demanding more is that you’ll eventually cut everyone off to get a break. I hope they smarten up and let you finish current projects without the distractions so you can then kick back and relax!!
PS I second Georgette Heyer’s Cotillion. Freddy is such a wonderful character!!
You go girl.
Kathy Parker says
Enjoy your vacation and ignore us for a while. Everyone needs an extended vacation, especially folks who work as hard as you do.
Gosh. Here I was thinking you wouldn’t be starting anything new until at least after Wildfire is out. We will check the blog for updates and tidbit that you may share.
As busy as this year is for y’all so far, take the rest of the year after Wildfire to yourselves as needed to recharge.
Overdrive from your public library is an awesome way to read ebooks. I know yours stay checked out at my library.
You are one of my favorite authors as your books are very fun to read. I get to learn about so mythologies of other cultures too. 🙂 It’s your right to take a step back and recharge. Though the wait would be agonizing, it’s for your mental health and also not to take away the fun for you in writing these awesome stories.
I’m glad you’re getting the chance to take a break Ilona, you and Gordon work your asses off to create these amazing stories that we all love but if you don’t take time out occasionally to relax and enjoy yourselves then you’ll end up burning out and I’d hate for that to happen.
I hope you manage to get Wildfire written quickly so you can start your break ASAP & I hope you come back from it feeling refreshed and excited about writing again.
Well, I’m glad you told the mice no more cookies for the time being.
Awesome rant. Well done. Italian opera, Russian ballet, and Ilona at the end of her rope.
So does this mean no snippet?
*ducks behind file cabinet*
Kelly M says
Sounds like a great plan!!!! Enjoy this time off when you can get to it!
You’ve both more than earned it.
* seconding what J said.
We will love your stories whenever you feel like writing them. Rest, relax, have fun, enjoy life. We’ll still be here.
P.S. I’ve been waiting years for Espeth Cooper to finish her 4th and final book in her Wild Hunt series……so I can be patient.?
Carmen Quall says
Hahahahaha……much to our dismay when our favorite authors take breaks :). So glad you are going to take care of YOU, however.
I LOVE your writing, the Innkeeper series and Hidden Legacy and …..will need to be patient. Please know your fans will be patient and send our love!
Excellent news, I am glad you are taking time off to take care of yourselves and does that mean you will be playing Mass Effect: Andromeda at the end of March? 😀 I remeber you posting about DA:I and Witcher 3 last year and as I am currently playing W3, the Slavic atmosphere just tickles me and I had to think about you both and your A+ monster writing.
Over work causes illness, everyone needs a break sometimes, that’s why most of us have weekends maybe when you are writing, you should consider at least having one day a week to rest your brains, just tune in to a 6 day week Enjoy your break, we’ll be her when you are ready
Have a great vacation!
Good for you!!
We love you anyway!! ♡♡♡♡
Maybe pull the plug on the blog, email and facebook during your vacation. That way no one can nag you about anything!!
You will be sorely missed Oh Masters of our favourite Universes! ! 😉
Bill G says
Do it, for us. Come back full charged and wanting to send out more amazing sagas.
Thank you for what you give us.
Sharon Sherry says
Dear Ilona and Gordon
Of course we will always be going “more, more, more”. We love your work.
That said – we understand that for you guys to be able to deliver the top quality stories that you do, the brain needs to recharge, the body needs to relax and the Muse to be heard.
Have a great break for the next couple of months and we will look forward to reading about Nevada and Rogan in due course.
Take care, travel safe if you go off somewhere and enjoy the down time.
Thank you for such great stories.
Susan Linch Ravan says
You have been generous to a fault. Sorry for those who have bugged you. Rest, relax and recharge. We’ll wait and behave-promise!
Meryl Markowitz says
You deserve a break. Time for a recharge. Enjoy doing nothing.
Karen Eckardt says
Smile,, yes, please take some time off,, in saying that I miss the Friday story… Thank you for being such a huge part of my day,, I love your books, and i look forward to each blog.
I want Neveda and Rogan to go on like Kate and Curran,,
Thank you again for the joy you bring to my life.
I echo the comments of others who are aghast that you are getting pestered for more (??!!??) books…. don’t they realize how lucky we, your fans, are to get on average 2 books every 18 months or less?? Not to mention blog posts, snippets, short articles about writing, etc. etc.
Don’t just take a staycation– as part of this hiatus go on a vacation, somewhere where you can feel the breeze in your hair and listen to non-human noise (you can also take your knitting along, bTW). If you stay in your house it will be great… but daily life will inevitably intrude, the water heater or some other part of the house will break down, something will happen with pets/kids/car/friends/family, and next thing you know 3 months will have passed and you will wonder why you don’t feel refreshed.. I know of what I speak as I just got through a massive contract and am not working for a couple of months to take care of all the stuff I pushed to the side (kids, husband, medical, house, etc.). I do NOT feel refreshed– i am just as tired every night when I fall into bed as when I was pulling 60 hour weeks to finish the project! Different muscles, to be sure, but just as tiring.
Humble suggestion… as part of this break plan a trip to somewhere you want to go see, and perhaps part of that can be walking around outside on the beach/in the woods without an agenda?
I recommend a beach. No where to go but a beach. Margerita’s too!
Forest bathing! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/05/17/forest-bathing-is-latest-fitness-trend-to-hit-u-s-where-yoga-was-30-years-ago/?utm_term=.fa9b46cba5a4
Alex R. says
Soooo…. This theoretical “vacation”. How long do you think it’ll be? 2-3 days at the most, right? Right.
Ok. We’ll give you the 3 days. But that’s it! And we want the next 5 Kate books done after you come back.
Pretty sure she said months….
have a great vacation and break doing what ever you two want to do!! We are so grateful for what you do for all of us (spoil us) and you need to spoil yourselves…,
The knitting… don’t forget all those beautiful yarn! I don’t knit, but even I was a bit moved to take up the needles looking all all that yarn Gordon got you.
Yes, we will wait. Take a break, in fact, take your time. Life is too short to not enjoy it. As an author, you should fall in the lucky group of those who enjoy their work. Don’t let yourself be badgered till you dread it.
Thanks!! Really, thanks for giving us such great books. Your guys are by far my favorite UF author. Even your snippets are better than everyone else’s. Nobody else can have us all crack up, yearn and want to reread a book within 3 short lines. Thank you.
Steps to find out when the next innkeeper is up.
1. Go to innkeeper website
2. Check for new book
If it isn’t up yet and you wonder when it will be up, wait and then repeat steps 1 and 2.
Asking when does not speed up the process and if you think about all the frivolous emails someone has to sort through it rather slows down releases. ?
Philda Todzaniso says
You guys deserve to take a long break and relax. Take care .
Thank you, you two are the best. When you get your break, ENJOY!!! We will be here to benefit from your creativity.
Andrea B says
Your fans are like pets, and your books are our treats. We are insatiable. But like pets, we love you even if we don’t get them! Just ignore the sad eyes, we’ll get over it.
Wow I love this analogy!
DeeAnn fuchs says
Especially for these two who have lots of pets!
Charis N. says
Oooo good one AndreaB! But now I fell like a small (cute) yappy dog jumping up and down, barking “where is it? Where is it? Where is it?”
Glad you are taking a chance to breath and relax. To be honest I think that is probably the most important thing for anyone who has a career that requires you to have a steady flow of creativity. Though I hope you will still continue to share your misadventures with us from time to time 🙂 Such as your knitting projects and gaming experiences. They are oh so interesting.
I am also happy to hear that you have other project for other worlds that you are exploring. When I first discovered your kinsmen series I was through the moon with happiness at discovering a new world of yours!
Sherri C says
Take your time. Enjoy life…
Good, everyone deserves a break!
I`m lost for words-emails?Whats wrong with these people!
Part of every job is good and proper rest.
Come to Asia, with a stopover in Singapore. I can show you the sights, take you to dinner… you are always welcome.
Yes this, Singapore was glorious. Clean and filled with friendly people.
What is the matter with you readers?
Some authors only publish once a year or every other year, give them a break!
Ilona and Gordon are some of the best prolific writers I have ever encountered!
All artist need time off so the creativity wont get stonewalled.
Some of the best ideas come not when your working but when your actively doing something else.
So you guys have some wonderful time off, it is well deserved!
Waiting requires patience and patience is a virtue in short supply these days. While I am not a virtuous woman I do have some patience. Time is yours to do what you will with it. Enjoy your time. I will be happy to read whatever you write whenever it is available. 🙂
Sherri VanNatta says
I am so glad to hear that you are going to take a vacation!! Relax and above all have some fun 🙂
Good for you! It takes time, effort and a lot of thought to put out what the two of you do. You are not machines but flesh and blood which is reflected in your every book. People need to learn patience and anticipation and to back off with pressure. I have never seen outside pressure get good results. Please be good to yourselves. You more than deserve it.
I’ll certainly be glad to wait as long as needed. Both you and Gordon deserve a long vacation. Thank you for giving us all these great books. Looking forward to when any new ones come out. Yes, yes must wait for the precious :-):-)
Vanessa Hinson says
Please enjoy some down time! You totally deserve it. Love all your work hope that you rest so you can come back to writing happy. ?
It’s wonderful to be loved, especially as an author, as much as you are. Fan love is a great thing, but it overlooks the fact that authors are sadly, only human. What? Vacation? Break? Are you nuts? those things are only for people with real jobs, not writers who sit around the house 24/7 writing, thinking, planning, worrying, having anxiety attacks, meeting deadlines, signing books, oh my…….
have a glass of wine, go to a movie, dinner, read a book, take a deep breath, then get your little tush back to work LMAO.
Thank you so much for the update! I hope you enjoy your VERY well deserved vacation and it helps a very great deal to have a time line and reasoning. I want Innkeeper IV badly but I completely understand that you’re in the middle of something and then NEED a vacation. Enjoy it. I will wish you the very best and await your return with relish.
Some people have no manners…
When your current obligations are done, take a loooooooong and relaxing vacation. We will wait…
Come on up to San Antonio for a break 🙂 The River Walk – my favorite area is La Villita with all it’s craft and artisan shops. The Spice and Tea Exchange store is downtown as well. For something different – the San Antonio Stock Fair and Rodeo is coming up in February… I’ll even put you up on a horse if you guys want to come visit 🙂
Karen the Griffmom says
Don’t forget the Alamo. I went and was not expecting to be moved to tears.
Charis N. says
Darn Catherine, haven’t been there in years but you bring it all back. Best country fried steak I ever had. Mission tours were wonderful too. Nice place to hang out, San Antonio.
Go for it, Darlin’. It will all be here when when you are feeling better. And so will we.
We’re like little kids going “Are we there yet?”. We’ll be there when we get there and not before.
Quit yer bitchin’, ya’ll!
Oh, uh, you will let us know you’re still alive with a blog post or two, won’t you.
We worry when we don’t hear.
Thanks a bunch.
Yay for doing nothing! I work two jobs (2.2 if you count the weekend hours I help another office out with secretarial support for about 3 hours a week), for a fun workweek of 64-75 hours and I TOTALLY support the idea of taking time off to get your breath and enjoy home life. And maybe clean the house … oh, wait, that’s what I need to do, not you. Never mind. Ahem. Anyway, lots of support waves coming your way!
Chris Schanck says
Go forth and chill. You’ve given so much joy to so many, go enjoy yourselves.
Nancy C. says
taking some time off is a GREAT idea, a break is clearly WELL DESERVED & MUCH NEEDED.
I’m really sorry to hear people have been poking and prodding ask for more and more. You are not machines, you are authorLords – there’s a difference. Whenever you have a new book out, I will buy it. Whenever it’s ready, no rush no need to not live your lives. Thank you for everything you do, thank you for sharing your creativity (& book reviews!) with the world.
Hey, I just want to say thanks. You and Andrew make my days better than they would be otherwise. So thank you. Enjoy the downtime.
Every time you write this kind of post gently reminding people to cut it out, I’m always surprised for some reason people do it anyways. You guys aren’t George RR Martin and take ten years off between books so I’m not to worried. Everybody deserves a break. Enjoy!
thank you for the update.
while I haven’t actually emailed you, I do click hopefully on the blog every Friday, because around the time you finished #3, you made an off-the-cuff comment/post/something or other about starting the new innkeeper right after the new year. I wondered how you were going to pull it off, with everything else going on…
be well, enjoy your vacation. maybe you’ll find your florida dream home, but either way, have a great time!
Good for you. Take as much time as you need. But, as a retired person, I have to agree with those who want you to take some time away from home. A “staycation” will have everyday life intruding until you are just as frazzled trying to juggle life chores as you would be trying to juggle these same chores with your work added in. Nature fills a vacuum. So if you drop writing, something expensive will fall off the house and you will frazzle yourself trying to fix that while still juggling the life chores.
Karen the Griffmom says
Been there, still there, and have the long underwear to prove it. (It’s cold in Michigan!)
Angela Shikany says
Take your time and breathe. You’ve earned it.
Go someplace with an ocean view, your honey bunny and no computers. We can wait. Batteries need to be recharged and souls need to be soothed.
Good for you. And you were very kind. I would have been frothing at the mouth! Obscenities may have also been involved. Rest, relax, enjoy..No more 60 hour weeks!
When reading your post about taking a vacation, all I could think about was the song by the Go-Go’s “Vacation” So now I have a tune wedgie.
In all seriousness please do take some time to smell roses, paint, knit or whatever. You two deserve it. Enjoy your time off.
Good Luck on finishing the book and doing your taxes
FYI, in my neck of the woods, they call the song you can’t get out of your head an ear-worm.
I have heard that phrase too. Either way it is still stuck in my head, especially since I am avoiding household chores to mess with the internet
Jackie B says
Enjoy your break!! Have fun!!
Suzette M. says
Doing nothing sounds wonderful! Why don’t you guys take another beach vacay where you can lounge by the water all day? I find sleeping near the ocean relaxing. Whatever you do or don’t do, take care of yourselves.
Lisa Smith says
Have a wonderful time. You both deserve it. Ignore the impatient numnalls. No one is going to die of they have to wait a little longer for your next amazing book.
Of course we’ll wait!! As long as you need it.
You have no obligations to us, we are lucky that we can read your books!
Thank you. Thank you for working so hard and being so prolific. Thank you for writing such awesome stories. Thank you for your generosity in publishing free serials for us. Thank you for your patience with all of our greedy requests.
You spoil us. Now, go spoil yourselves. And, please–no more 60 hour work weeks! Waiting a little longer for your next book won’t kill us, no matter how much we might whine about it. Just keep metaphorically swatting us on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper when we get too demanding!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Amen. I’m trying to sell a house, move to another state, plan an 8th grade field trip, plan to put on the musical Mulan Jr., plan for the last 2 quarters of the school year for middle school literature and elementary music, plan a talent show, plan an Easter break, plan an 8th grade graduation, fill out 23 recommendation forms making sure each child has SOMETHING good said about them, and somewhere in there I will be the mother to my kiddo and the wife to my husband. All while finding time to play trumpet in a side band and plan a choir spring concert.
By the time we get to the end of June I will have turned into a babbling pile of human goo. I get you!
DeeAnn fuchs says
That sounds wonderful. Enjoy yourselves (maybe not the taxes so much) and relax. We’ll all be patiently waiting for whatever you want to do next. I love all your stories so I don’t even care which you get back to. Have fun!!
I am glad to hear that you are not continuing with this mad writing and publishing schedule! It really was quite mental so good on you for taking a break and not doing anything. Go and enjoy life again!!
Personally, I am so much looking forward to Hidden Legacy 2 & 3 that I don’t mind waiting for Kate 10 and Innkeeper 4 as long as it takes.
Colleen Hodge says
Huh. I thought you and Gordon were book writing autobots.
Jocelyn Malone says
Good for you! Don’t burn yourselves out more, recharge while you can and make the most of it :-). I hope it’s restful and wonderful for you. May the light at the end of the tunnel shine brightly until you get there!
Alecia M Register says
Absolutely, go on vacation. When you’re ready, I’ll still be here to read whatever comes into your head next. During your time off please check off a few of the following suggestions: 😉
Go somewhere beautiful (whether close to home or far away)
Knit or paint something fun (pictures please)
Play video games (I hear a new rpg is coming out in March)
Have a spa day
Go on a date with Gordon
Sleep until noon if you want
Charis N. says
If Gordon has to fight thru the EOY and tax stuff, there is something to be said for time to spend catching up on life stuff. Cleaning house can be very satisfying if the end result is nice clean sheets and clean floors and clean laundry and things where they are supposed to be and no weird melting lettuce in the fridge etc. Not that it ever stays that way long, sigh…. So then you go away somewhere and let other people cook and make the bed and clean the room while you sit in the sun and snooze.
Ariel Harris says
Awesome. Sounds like a great plan. X
Love you authorlords! Go relax and de-stress! Iceland, DR, Alaska, Bahamas, Paris France , etc.. are all fabulous and relaxing around this time of the year.
Kelly Jacobs says
My stress relief for the last month.
I’ve caught/hatched all but 6 of the released Pokemon & am up to level 30.
Gym battles are very simplistic.
You might like it.
Sounds lovely. And well- deserved.
Thank you for everything you have written. Please take as much time as needed to recharge so you can come back happily.
Athena M says
You guys are too good to us. I love your books and are one of a tiny list where i read all the series written and not just one. I will patiently wait until you guys are refreshed and ready to go. Hope people ease up ,
Take all the time you need. You don’t want to burn out. Family and health come first.
Carolyn C says
Don’t forget to knit!
And Do Nothing!
Monina Cabanada says
🙂 have a healing vacation and stay off the grid for as long as you want. I hope that the time away will replenish you and give you enough time to miss the Horde. That will give us all time to reread all the Kate, Innkeeper books that we have.
Thank you for being you! <3
100% agree! Recharge and renew – know that your fans press for more because you do it right – and that can’t happen if you don’t take of yourself first – so relax and enjoy- we’ll still be here when you come back!
Be good to yourself….we get to enjoy the results! ?
kat w says
I’m very excited to hear you’re almost done with Baylor series. I’m looking forward to 2 and 3 this year. They will help balance the negatives in 2017.
kat w says
Also! Nothing wrong with breaks! Enjoy!
You guys deserve a big fat BREAK!! In the word of Patricia Briggs/Mercy Thompson go NUDGE <3
Ha ha, love it!
Enjoy doing nothing!!
You both truly deserve it.
Frisco ready to read says
I feel your pain… I have been driving through blizzard conditions and snow storms for my vending route and I actually have people complain when the weather wins.
” I know it is a blizzard but I want my stuff now and it should be here regardless.”
I can only shake my head and try not to lose my cool. Sometimes people are incredibly rude… it is all about them and no on else.
You deserve whatever break you can take because you are self- employed and when you are in that position you can’t call in sick or call in for a day off. When you are the boss you have all the commitments of a staff of people and it boils down to you to get it done.
I figure with two books coming out this summer… that is a feat. I have several favorite authors and some of them is one book every July… that is it.
So thank you for doing all the work… not just writing but all that work that entails a finished product.
People are so funny. I used to work for a laboratory with couriers who picked up samples at the phlebotomy stations. When weather was bad (as in Fed X was not driving) we had to send an email that said “our couriers will be driving the road conditions, not their schedules. Please help by having your samples ready when they arrive’. No email and they would get snarled at. With email they had happy customers!
Drive the road conditions Frisco! Thank you for the books Author Lords!
Enjoy the break, recharge and come back to writing refreshed. Just a thought, but you might try looking at the info requests as proof of a job well done. Innkeeper in particular is wonderfully addictive. So there is a horde of Pavlovian conditioned addicted fans with access to keyboards, who can’t wait for their next fix.
Good luck, and rest.
Good for you. We know you were running yourself ragged. You’ve more than earned however long you WANT, not just what you need. Enjoy!
While that does make me sad, you surely do deserve a break, so enjoy!
Lol, now you’ve done it…I can see the emails now: “What’s the new series about?! When’s it coming out? Is it fantasy? Will there be sexy fun times? PS When does inkeeper 4 start?!!!1!”
Robin L Moore says
It is easy to forget that writing is work. Especially when we readers zoom through the books. Congrats on the last innkeeper. The final version lost nothing beautiful during the editing process and is better than the original you posted week by week. I know how hard you work and appreciate it very much.
I feel for you and hope that you’ll be able to relax. Honestly, if those who nag don’t like it, then they can write their own damned stories in their own effing speed.
I love your books but I value your sanity and health more. There are authors who write o n e book per year. You do so much more.
Heather Fritz says
I am glad you are having a brake, take some pitcher if there funing or inspired to so us please but only show them when you are bord i know you have important travels ahead.
Judy R says
You deserve a relaxing break! The work you have produced has been so enjoyable that you really can’t blame us for being unreasonably greedy for more. While waiting for the next books, I — and many others — return to your earlier books and happily re-read them. Have fun while you recharge!
OMG, have fun! A well deserved break!
Your writing is a gift. I would rather wait for (another) awesome book than push for several hurried one. I’ll just reread everything …again, while I wait! Take time, recharge and we’ll all be happy in the end.
You deserve a Vacation. You enjoy it. We are not going anywhere:-D
C’mon, everybody deserves a vacation. Even readers. You. Me. We can go to the library, read some other stuff and relax. Once in a while we’ll check on Ilona Andrews and wish them well.
I mean that I don’t wait to lurk here all the time while biting my nails anxiously. I didn’t express that well. Sorry.
Hope you have a relaxing break!
Good for you! I hope you enjoy the break and are able to truly rest.
So glad to hear you are taking a vacation – we all need them, and it sounds like you’ve had a pretty insane year. Enjoy! May you have lots of lazy mornings, fun projects (knitting, bead trees, ect) and quality family time!
If you need a new game, Mass effect 4 is coming out in March. Once it drops, my husband has been informed that I will be useless for at least a week 🙂 enjoy your vacation!
Katie S says
I completely understand. Last year I worked 70 hour work weeks all summer. Then, my body just stopped. I caught every cold, flu, virus that came along. I got bronchitis and a whole bunch of other stuff. My employers finally gave me some help. Do what you need to do. We will still be here when you have recovered from the last crazy months!
Enjoy your vacation!
HERE HERE!!! or HEAR HEAR… both really 🙂
Chris T says
Did you see on Goodreads ( https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/1216?utm_medium=email&utm_source=romance_newsletter&utm_campaign=2017-01&utm_content=lib&ref_=pe_2776820_223210510 ) that Eloisa James says that the book she looks forward to reading most in 2017 is White Hot! Me, too! So get your rest, re-connect with family, friends, and hobbies, and feel good to write good. I know, it’s “write well,” but I’m tired . . .
“If it takes forever…”
Yay for nothing!
Good for you!
GOOD JOB! Please take a break before burnout becomes inevitable & irreversible.
I think it is so awesome that you are taking time for yourself after this grueling schedule! Burn out and continuous stress is horrible for the health and sanity. I do hope you’ll continue writing your blog posts when you feel like it, sharing your other creative endeavors (like the painting, knitting, tree making). I will be looking forward to reading the Hidden Legacy series and re-reading it throughout 2017!
Terrific. You deserve every moment of your break. It will make the next installations all the sweeter!
I’ve read the books, but I have BFM and Innkeeper audiobooks in the queue to keep me busy. 🙂 Enjoy the recharge.
I too am disappointed that some people would hassle our favourite writing team about when Innkeeper IV will be happening. Folks, it will happen and when it eventually does we will enjoy the further adventures of Dina et al and the lively discussion and commentary that occurs after each episode. In the meantime let us hope our dear Authorlords have had a nice relaxing break to recharge their batteries.
There have been some suggestions regarding what people could read in the interim. Here are some more:
If you like urban fantasy and have just reread all the Kate Daniels books, try Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson or Alpha Omega series or try Kelley Armstrong or Carrie Vaughan. I’m not quite sure how to categorise Jim Butcher but he is another author who is addictive.
Someone mentioned Georgette Heyer who wrote such excellent historical romances and underpinned her writing with research about the manners, mores, fashion etc of the era. I would also recommend Carla Kelly though her stories are less lighthearted and much grittier than GH. Another recommendations are Mary Balogh’s Survivors’ Club series, Sheri Cobb South’s John Picket series and the late Roberta Gellis. If you like Jane Austen you will enjoy Sherwood Smith’s books. My favourites are “Danse de la Folie” and,for fans of “Persuasion”, ” Fair Winds and Homeward Sail” – Sophy Croft’s story.
For those of us who love world building like Anne McCaffrey did in her Dragons of Pern series I also thoroughly enjoyed 2 SciFi/ speculative fictionseries: LoisMcMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series and Sharon Lee & Steve Miller’s Liaden series. I defy any fantasy/ speculative fiction enthusiast who starts at book 1 of either series not to want to gobble the lot.
If you want more sci fi romance / space adventure reading , try Linnea Sinclair ( when will that lady write another book?!!). Ilona recommended Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy and I enjoyed it too.
Ilona has mentioned she likes Jayne Ann Krentz and she is one of my favourites too, especially the futuristic paranormals she writes as Jayne Castle. Nora Roberts ( writing as J.D. Robb) has a series of futuristic police procedurals , the In Death series, which are also excellent.
So may I make a suggestion. instead of hassling our favourite Ilona Andrews writing team about when they will start writing a new Innkeeper, why don’t we members of the book devouring horde fill in the waiting time till “White Hot” is released by suggesting other authors to try, along the lines of ” If you like Lee Child, try Vince Flynn” . We all love reading and we all love the Ilona Andrews books so probably we would enjoy other authors in common too.
Sheena Leith says
Totally agree. Other suggestions Anne Bishop, Kim Harrison, JC McKenzie, Devon Monk. I need to read between IL and Patricia Briggs too. Thanks for all your suggestions.
Great ideas– thank you!
I have also enjoyed Thea Harrison’s books (I think they would be classified as paranormal romance?–heat level is HIGH, writing is strong), and Kim Harrison has done a good job with her “The Hollows” books, which feature demons, witchcraft, and some very strong heroines in an “Magic Has Returned” alternate reality world.
Alecia M Register says
I agree. For current authors, I enjoy Michelle Sagara, Patricia Briggs, Jayne Castle/Jayne Anne Krentz, Nalini Singh.
I found an author I enjoyed in my amazon recommendations a few weeks ago and the kindle editions of her books are fairly inexpensive, Ella Summer. Nora Roberts is always a good pick when you run out of books to read, she always has something new out.
Glen Cook’s Garret Files series is a hilariously funny take on the Noir PI crime novel set against a fantasy backdrop. His Black Company chronicles are more dark fantasy than UF but quite good. Both series are complete as far as I can tell with ten or more books in each.
Kelly McCullough had a series a few years ago where computer programming was magic for the gods and their descendants, started with Web Mage and has about 5 books in it.
For historical romance, I like Stephanie Laurens, and the older books by Susan Johnson. She would leave postscripts at the back of the book that would tell you about the actual historical events or people that inspired the marked characters, or events in her story. They were written in the 80’s/ early 90’s so some characterizations and hero actions are not as acceptable in more modern stories.
Okay, I’ve probably rambled on enough. I’ll add some more later.
You have good taste in authors. 🙂
I second Mary Balogh’s Survivors’ Club series, very good regency series. Elosia James is another good regency author.
Vince Flynn is really good for a spy thriller. I am sad that he is no longer with us to continue the Mitch Rapp series.
For Urban Fantasy style I will add in Kalayna Price’s Grave Witch series, Seressia Glass’s Shadowchasers series for consideration. Shannon Mayer has a couple of connected series out that are worth your time to read. She isn’t quite up to the level of our authorlords or Nora Roberts class, but she is still a good author. Speaking of Nora Roberts, she just finished her Guardian’s Trilogy. It is magical, literally. She has several trilogy’s that have witches, demons, vampires, etc in them if you like your romance spiced up with “other”. She also has some great standalone books that are murder mystery style. As well as her In Death line under J. D. Robb. I would recommend anything she writes. As she has over 200 books out, it will keep you busy while waiting for the next release.
If you want just a light romance, Lauren Layne is good, I would start with her Sex, Love & Stiletto Series. The Oxford series is after that and interconnected. Heather C. Leigh “Famous” series is always a fun read.
Authorlords, have a relaxing break and take as long as you need. We will be here waiting on you. Impatiently, but your break is more important that our lack of patience.
Another author to consider that I love is Yasmine Galenorn. she has several really good series. just her ‘Otherworld’ series alone has 18 books with Dragons, Witches and gorgeous men. ‘ Indigo court’ series is awesome, too. Do not forget the authors Karen Chance, Allyson James, Jeanne C. Stein, and Jeaniene Frost. I also think several of Nora Roberts books have strong well written paranormal storylines, my favorite is the ‘The three Sisters Island ‘ series.
I would much rather wait than have either of you burnout. The waits have been useful because I get a chance to read the older books again. These second or third reads are full of discovery. I miss so much the first read that it is embarrassing. But I also have the pleasure that comes with reading a book that I have not seen for a while. In many ways it is like meeting an old friend.
Amy Y says
Good for you. Enjoy your time off and we will be waiting until you feel ready to start again. I’ll miss Kate and Dina especially but can enjoy re reading until the new stuff is out. Have fun and unwind
Christina Shirley says
Good for you!!!
I just watched Blazing Saddles for the 500th time and all I could think of was you doing the I’m Tired bit! I know you aren’t German but that bit gets me every time and your post reminded of that scene. Enjoy your well deserved break, I hope someone gets a spa day because that always makes me feel relaxed. Your rabid fan base ain’t going anywhere and mute the impatient ones.
Do what works for you to unwind. I am an addicted quilter which works for me. As you are crafty don’t get lost on pintrest but have some fun.
Now that Wildfire is finished, I hope you’re able to take the time off that you need! We all deserve to have a break, and I’m sure that strongly applies to people who do creative work like you do.
You’ve spoiled us, now it’s time to do a little spoiling for yourself. We’ll survive!
good for you 🙂
Please enjoy a well deserved rest! Your fans will be here waiting and rooting for you!
I am a tax accountant in a federal tax update this morning. The seminar speaker this morning suggests that the IRS this year will be looking closer this year on 3 particular industries: farming businesses, arts & entertainment, and beds and breakfasts, particularly those B&Bs where the owner lives on the presence. The IRS is particularly interested in how expenses are allocated between the personal and the business square footage. Hmm. What about those B&Bs that are alien in nature and can change that square footage? Is the IRS a true threat to an innkeeper that can send the agent to another planet? For tax planning, I hope this innkeeper has formed an s-corporation!
That is why we do not deduct home office. 🙂
Alex R. says
Then whoever is doing your taxes isn’t doing a good job. If it’s a legitimate expense, then you should absolutely take the deduction. It’s a bit easier to pass through the expense if you are incorporated, but even if it’s just a regular schedule C, a home office expense is perfectly fine.
Yikes. How did real life enter this conversation? Sheesh
Karen Morris says
I am so, so glad you’re taking a break! Do nothing. Watch bad tv. Putter. 🙂 Come back when you’re ready!
Kat Rodman says
Good on you… take a break, do something different, refuel your inner 4 year old, you inner artist. We will be here when you get back.
Jenna Wallis says
Have a lovely break, and thank y’all for all y’all’s hard work!
This right here is pretty much why I love you guys. Yes, your writing is great too, but it’s a rare author who tells their fanbase to butt out when we’re being overwhelming. I take my hat off to you.