If it looks like I’ve fallen off the face of the planet, rest assured it feels that way as well.

Sending my 5th grader back to school and preparing my 5 year old for full-day Kindergarten while juggling the needs of our 3-month-old has left me a bit frazzled.

I’m working on some exciting things, one of which was approving the revised proof for Ring of Fire.

I have good news and I have bad news.

The good news is that the cover looks fantastic. It could stand alone as a work of art. If you ever find yourself in need of cover art I know a gal that will rock your world.

The bad news is there are still formatting errors. This is why physical proofs are so important. Revisions were made, and the digital proof seemed okay, but there is something about having the 3-dimensional product in front of you. All of a sudden errors explode all over the pages.

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(See? Errors. Yuck)

Is it unreadable? Not necessarily. Is it worthy of the story it tells? I don’t think so.

So while all that is gold does not glitter, I refuse to let my word-baby be marred by bad formatting. We are starting over with a completely new program. This is going to take time. How much? I’m not sure yet.

Silver lining: I have this proof copy, which is flawed but has a lovely story, and one of you lovely readers can win it, autographed.

“But how can I, amongst hundreds of other potential readers, get my hands on such a diamond in the rough?”

Details tomorrow, in honor of our original release date.