Sorry about this
Among the many things we have to be thankful for this time of year, I hesitate to introduce a note of the opposite (what in my youth would have been called a â€œdownerâ€) but Iâ€™ve had judgment on TOUCHSTONE, and Iâ€™m sorry to say, it wonâ€™t be out in 2007.
This is due to a number of circumstances, all of them beyond the reach of a mere author, beginning with the delay caused by my husbandâ€™s illness (much improved now, for which Thanks are given) and continuing through an already packed-full Random House schedule for fall 2007. As it turns out, the best time for the book appears to be winter 2008–that is, some time between January and April. I hate, absolutely hate not having a book out in 2007, but I reluctantly agreed with my editor that it would be best to delay it.
And itâ€™s not altogether bad, because it means I will have time to make the book what I want it to be. TOUCHSTONE is a book I donâ€™t want rushed into print, and this way Iâ€™ll have the time to polish it in a further draft. (Sour grapes are better than no grapes at all..)
I am sorry to disappoint all of you who are so eagerly awaiting the next LRK, but this is one of those times when plans and life crash headlong, and as we know, life always wins.