This past month has been an interesting journey. As most of you know, I live in Texas, and we suffered a record-breaking freeze in February. A lot of areas lost power, and we were in one of those areas. However, we did get lucky that we only lost power for about 12 hours, regained power for 7 hours, then lost power again for around 8 hours. Aside from that, we experienced a few short flickers here and there, but otherwise made it through unscathed.

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Also, the gas company lowered the pressure, so our heater was only able to heat the house to the low 60s when we had electricity, although those were survivable temps. It didn’t give us much time to warm the house back up before we lost power again. The coldest we recorded inside the house was 43 degrees upstairs and 47 downstairs. I hung our spare blankets and sheets over the windows and doors in the family room, although we barely had enough. That was one thing we haven’t gotten around to fully replacing after the fire. It was a very interesting week, and one that we will better prepare for in the future. Although we had food and water stocked up, we never expected the power grid to fail the entire state. Such a sad (and avoidable) situation this storm caused.

As you can imagine, I did not get any work done that week, which put me behind. I did, however, finish my structural edit last week (yawn), and I’m ready to move on to the final polish before the audio edit. We’re getting close now!

In even more exciting news, I also finished the review of the audiobook of Fault, and it has been sent to Audible’s quality control to finish the final step. Although I don’t have a complete timeline for when I will hear back, I have my fingers crossed that it will be available within the month. In addition to that, work has begun on the Fuse audiobook. The very talented Naomi Rose-Mock is producing, and I can’t wait to share these with everyone!

Now on to some Pheonix news. I have not been able to put any new words into TPC, as it’s hard for me to switch from first person to third person POV, but I have been storyboarding. I’m thrilled to report that this gave me a couple big breakthroughs, not only for this upcoming book, but for books 7 and 8. This is a relief since I felt a little iffy on how the plot was going to develop, but at least that part of it is starting to come together. Now I just need to add the words to go with it!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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