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Okay y’all, here’s the dealio… I’ve got some sort of devil-germs in my body that have attacked me with exhaustion, nausea, food aversions, and alternating bouts of narcolepsy and insomnia. Not to mention the VERTIGO, which is new as of this morning.

This marks roughly one month of being sick with the DEVIL-GERMS.

Yes, I went to school today. Yes, I almost fell on top of some students. Yes, I almost curled up on a couch and told everybody to make sure the kids didn’t set anything on fire while I napped.

(I can FEEL some of you thinking, “She’s pregnant!” Let me assure you that I am not.)

(Do you hear me, Internet? I AM NOT. PREGNANT.)

I’ll be taking a little break from the blogging and the twittering and whatnot so that I can hunt the devil-germs down and defeat them. BUT, I do have some VERY important things to tell you before then. And here they are.

1) Only FOUR days before I pull The Clearing from publication! So if you wanna read it, pedal to the metal, peeps. I’m not saying it will NEVER be available again, but if I ever re-publish it, it won’t be anytime soon. You can find purchase links in the sidebar and also on the Novels page.

2) I am looking for book recommendations along the lines of Outlander. YA, adult, whatever. Mama wants more Scottish Time Travel Romance. (Or something similar.) Fire away in the comments, please.

3) I want to go to a writer’s conference but seriously, I do not have 85 billion dollars to spend on airfare and admission (I’m looking at you, SCBWI), and I get super overwhelmed when I Google “writer’s conferences.” So if you have been to a conference that is A) within driving distance of Birmingham, Alabama; B) affordable ($200 is my absolute maximum); and C) a good use of my time, please tell me in the comments.

Thanks, lovelies. See you all in a bit.

18 thoughts on “Devil-Germs

    1. Yes, they tested me for pretty much everything you can imagine. I’m supposed to call today to get the results of some other test, so maybe that will show something.

  1. Line of the day: “Mama wants more Scottish Time Travel Romance.” They’re not Scottish, but I’d recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife and Q.

    Also, I notice from your sidebar that you’re reading the last book in the Maze Runner trilogy. Is it worth reading?

    1. I’ve read TTW, but what is Q? Never heard of it, but I’ll definitely check it out! Death Cure is good. It’s not something I’m devouring, though; I’m mainly reading it so that I can find out how it all ends.

  2. 1) For the sickness, eat some garlic.

    2) I’m still pulling for VIkings.

    3) Maybe mono?

    4) I recommend THE CLEARING by Anne Ril…..wait……

    5) If you find a conference in New Orleans, I’ll split gas and a hotel with you, because I’m craving beignets.

    Feel better soon!!!

  3. The only thing I’ve found to follow up Outlander is Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati, which is actually blurbed by Diana Gabaldon. It’s not Scottish, and it’s not time travel, but it’s got the same sort of sweeping, well-written, well-researched saga with a crushable leading man and a relatable female protagonist. And it’s… what? 7 books now? Basically, it’s the story of Daniel Boone’s son, a white boy raised as a Mohican, and the bluestocking English schoolmistress he meets in the NY/Canada frontier.

    Feel better soon!

  4. It’s going to be hard to find something that holds a candle to Jamie and Claire (<3) but friends of mine have been RAVING about The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I have the books but haven't read them yet, they are on my March book itinerary though.

    It's only similar to Outlander in the historical fiction sense but I thought it was worth mentioning.

    I hope you get to feeling better soon! If you need baked goods, I'm your girl.

    It's a LONG way off (October) but the Auburn Writers Conference was fun when I went the first year. I'm thinking of going again this year. Plus it's close AND cheap!

    1. I will definitely check that book out! And I do want to look into the AWC. It sounds like it might be right up my alley!

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