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IN HIGH COTTON Release Date Move

Some of you may have gotten an email telling you that the release date of IN HIGH COTTON has been moved to July 31. 

First, let me tell you that HELL IN A HANDBASKET, Rose Gardner Investigations #3, will now be releasing April 17 instead of late May as I’d originally planned. This move means you get the next Rose Gardner Investigations book SOONER. 

HELL IN A HANDBASKET (Rose Gardner Investigations #3) April 17, 2018
IN HIGH COTTON (Neely Kate Mystery #2) July 31, 2018.

This move has been in process since the beginning of December. Some of you have noticed I’ve been writing a new Curse Keepers book, OF ASH AND SPIRIT. I had originally planned to release that series over the summer, but I stalled big time on Neely Kate. And as I tried to figure out why that book wasn’t working, I didn’t want to waste writing time and worked on OF ASH AND SPIRIT instead.

Why didn’t I write Rose’s book instead while I was stalled? The answer is because I was trying to figure out what was wrong with Neely Kate. Once I put the book aside, I realized it came too soon after FOR THE BIRDS. There were too many questions left up in the air that just couldn’t be answered by Neely Kate.

If this news upsets you, I am truly sorry. I have NEVER moved a release date before. This was a VERY DIFFICULT decision, but I would have cancelled the book completely before I released the small amount I had written. I take pride in my books. I love my characters. And I love my readers too much to release a subpar book.


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As a person who likes well written and edited books, I say it’s better to do something well than to do something fast or shortened. Take your time and make them excellent. I think a sure way to get bad sales on something is to take liberties with quality. Most people who are willing to read a book rather than watch a video will harshly and ruthlessly judge that sort of thing. I am looking forward with a high degree of anticipation to both of the books on Rose and Neely Kate, so I really do want them to move… Read more »

Never apologize for valuing your process. You don’t give us crap to read, which is why you’re the best.


Good for you to have solved your problem without compromising the quality of the book. People, I think, would rather wait to read a good book than a quick put together garbage. I have read some books, not yours, and thought did they even bother with the subject or editing and been total disappointed with the purchase.