October 27, 2015

Book 4 DOES EXIST!


You read that right… Book 4 DOES EXIST!

I’m sure many of you have completely forgotten about the Water Keepers or lost all hope that I would ever finish the series, but I’m happy to finally say that Book 4 is on its way. It’s not done yet, but it’s getting closer. I appreciate those of you who have shown so much patience and encouragement to me during a hard time.

I’ve been getting the question “Where is book 4?” for three years now, without a good answer to give in return. I used to answer every email and Facebook message I got, but it got to the point where I just stopped answering because I didn’t know what to say. I was tired of giving bad news. Believe me, I’ve been just as disappointed (probably more so) than most of you. I thought it was finally time to give an update and explanation as to why it has been so long since you’ve heard anything from me.

The short answer is this: I’ve been struggling with health problems. At this point I plan to spare you the details. All I will say is that the more sick I got, the more depressed I became, and it is crazy-hard to be creative and use critical thinking skills when you’re sick both mentally and physically. I started to believe that I would never write again, and that just made things even worse. I ended up in the hospital for a week this summer, which was a scary experience, but I’m relieved to say that ever since then, things have been improving.

Now… the GOOD news. I did start writing again! Book 4 is probably 50 percent complete, most of which I wrote in just the last three months. That means there is hope that Book 4 will be done in the near future. I can’t make any promises on a date, but just know that I am working on it and I haven’t given up. My goal is to be done before May 2016, that gives me a six-month buffer, although I’m really hoping it won’t take that long.

I’m not sure if this next announcement will seem like good news to you or bad, but here goes… Book 4 is not the last book in the series. According to the massive outline I’ve created over the last three years, there needs to be at least six books total to complete the story, maybe seven. I have no idea how long it will take me to finish this series, but darn it, I WILL FINISH!


I’m grateful every day to those of you who have given my series a chance! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope I have more good news for you very soon!

41 comments:

  1. Sooooo glad you are feeling better and writing again! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Thank you so much for keeping us updated :)

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  2. Hope you are feeling much better and I just reread the series for the second time! I can't wait for book 4!

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  3. So glad to hear you're feeling better and have some motivation to continue writing this enthralling series! Can't wait for the next installment!

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  4. Just finished reading book 3. Have so enjoyed the characters and the story line.
    So sorry to hear that you have been unwell and hope the comments here bring you a measure of happiness that people really love your book.
    Will wait patiently for book 4.

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments! I'm glad you have enjoyed the story.

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  5. I just finished book 3 tonight. Honestly the best series I've ever read. So glad to hear there is a 4th book coming. Is it possible to get a notification when the 4th book is released?

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    1. Wow, thanks! I'm so happy you liked them! You can definitely get notified when Book 4 is released. I have an email list. You just need to sign up. Here is the website link to sign up for the list. http://eepurl.com/QLtwT
      Let me know if you have any problems.

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  6. I'm glad to hear it. Water Keepers is a great series, original and fun to read, and very well written. It sits on my virtual shelf alongside worthwhile titles old and new in a special place the author will never see but should be truly proud of.

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    1. Thank you for your support! I'm so happy you have enjoyed them :-)

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  7. I just finished Books 1 to 3. I loved them and can't wait for the next one. Prayers are with you that your health returns.

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy to hear you liked them! Thanks for your thoughts. I'm doing well and making progress on book 4 :-)

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  9. I am rereading the series for a 3rd time. Rayne is a perfect character but not too perfect that it makes him unbelievable. I'm glad you're feeling better and I hope that your estimated time of releas for book 4 is not accurate. I'm hoping it's done sooner so I can finally read what happens next.

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    1. Hi Nikki! Thanks so much for reading the Water Keepers! I'm still making progress on book 4. Hopefully it will be ready for you soon :-)

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  10. I read the water keepers series when it first came out and truthfully, I almost forgot about them. Thank God there will be more books! I can't wait to read them. Feel better and write fast. ;)

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  11. You have no idea how happy I am to hear the next book will be coming out. I have read the first three quite a few times now and I am in love with your characters. I am glad things are going better for you and I apologize for being mad at you - I have checked often to see updates and was frustrated each time till now. Sending positive vibes your way!

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    1. Thanks for understanding Kristol! I know it's hard to wait. Thanks so much for reading my books. I hope book 4 won't disappoint :-)

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  12. Happy you are better and writing again! I am happy there will be many more books in this series. As with the Outlander series, I have fallen in love with these characters and want to read about them for a long time. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy you are enjoying the series!

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  13. I'm nearly finished with reading book 3. I was recently introduced to the series in a few weeks ago. I have to say that I am completely in love with your work! Keep working hard. I can't wait for book 4!

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    1. I'm so glad you found the Water Keepers, and are enjoying the story! I'm excited for book 4 too!

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  14. I just finished the third book about 10 min ago and it was amazing! I just started the series yesterday and I haven't been able to put my iPad down since! I am so excited for there to be another book to this series! I'm in love with the way that you write so much. I'm for sure going to post about this series on my blog. It's to amazing not to talk about!

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    1. Thanks for reading the Water Keepers! I'm so happy to hear you liked them! I've been working hard on book 4, and I can't wait to share it with you soon :-)

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  15. You have no idea how happy I am to hear that there will be six books. I absolutely LOVE this story. I am sorry to hear about your health. I feel selfish for wanting you to hurry up and write book four. I'm glad that you are better and I will purchase this book first chance I get. I LOVE this series more than you'll understand. Good luck, hun.

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  16. You have no idea how happy I am to hear that there will be six books. I absolutely LOVE this story. I am sorry to hear about your health. I feel selfish for wanting you to hurry up and write book four. I'm glad that you are better and I will purchase this book first chance I get. I LOVE this series more than you'll understand. Good luck, hun.

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    1. I'm so happy you love the story! I wish more than anyone that I could have written book 4 faster, but life happens. I'm excited to say that I'm getting very close to finishing it now!!!! Thanks for your patience and encouragement :-)

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  17. i definitely didn't forget about the series I re read them all the time I can't wait for the fourth book !!! I hope you enjoy writing the books as much as I like reading them

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you you have enjoyed them. The 4th book is getting closer to being finished!

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  18. Looking forward to reading the next installment. Take your time and make it great, we've waited this long, what's a few more months? I'm just glad to know it is on the way. I have a serious problem with stories left unfinished, they haunt me. Thanks for the update and I hope you continue to feel better.

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    1. Thanks for your support and patience! Book 4 is getting closer and closer to being ready!

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  19. I really love your books. I have re read them many times. I was wondering if you had these wonderful books on Audiobooks for those of us who travel a lot and want to continue to read (listen). I would definitely buy that.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoy them! Sorry, I love audio books too but I don't have the Water Keepers published to audio. My wonderful husband actually recorded himself reading my books to me out loud so I could listen to them anytime I want. But that version is not available for sale, haha.

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    2. Would you mind if I record myself reading it for my own personal use? (it will be for my kids and myself, no one else). I don't want to record if it violates your copyrights.

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    3. I don't see why not. Obviously it would be a copyright violation if you started selling copies or handing it out for free to everyone you know, but if you would like to record it just for you and your family, I'm okay with that.

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    4. Thank you so much. You are awesome. I can't wait for book 4. And if you ever decide to publish audiobooks I will definitely buy (I would rather listen to someone else. Lol)

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  20. Omg I am absolutely in Love with the books And I am so eager to read the fourth book. I just read all 3 book in a week because I was hooked by the first book! I really hope the fourth book comes soon! I'm so glad to hear your feeling better and back to writing! I just want to say for the record this is my absolute favorite book series I've ever read! Your amazing so never give up on writing it's a true gift you have so just keep at it when it gets hard because it will be all worth it to your fans!

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    1. Thank you, Carly! Your support means so much! I'm happy to say that Book 4 is super close to being finished. It's with beta-readers right now, so I just need to do final edits and formatting. I'm hoping to put it up for pre-order before the end of March, so keep an eye out for the announcement :-)

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