I am still planning on releasing this book this summer. I want it done as much as you want to read it. But I'm finding myself a little sad as it comes to a close. Layla Justus was not the first character I ever created, but she is special to me. The Beacon was the first book I ever shared with anyone and the first book I ever published. I knew it was going to be THE ONE when I just couldn't leave it alone all those years ago. I was elated when it was finished, but I wasn't so excited while writing The Porter. I had so much physical and emotional pain happening in my life that I felt the overall tone of the book is very bittersweet. Layla rises above her situation, but at a great cost to herself and her loved ones. While writing The Lariat, I have been seeking redemption with myself and with my characters. Like everyone else, there are transition periods within their lives and I have felt this book bring this transition period to a close. I won't go into weepy details, I was just surprise while looking back how much the overall feel of each book reflects my life, even though I have said numerous times that these books are not about me at all.
As much as I'm ready to write something (anything!!!) different, I guess I'm not just as ready as I though for this ride to be over. I hope you'll pardon my drippy nostalgia. I'll try to get over it quickly.