Wow, so...2016 was something, huh?

In a year of losses, some distant and some close to home (Bowie, Cohen, my elderly cats), I can look back with some satisfaction at my professional life. One year ago today, the first Harmony Black novel debuted, and proved that my publisher's faith in a spin-off series was well founded. Subsequent months brought the first Harmony sequel; Queen of the Night, the conclusion of the Revanche Cycle (but not the last word for a few of its characters...); and The Castle Doctrine, Daniel Faust's sixth full-length adventure. This was my first year as a full time writer, and while the hours make my time in the corporate world look like a year-round vacation, I love the work.

So, my new year's message is one of thanks. I've only been able to do this because of your support, your readership, and that's something I think about every single time I sit down at the keyboard. I will never take that for granted, and I'll always strive to keep my promises to you: to keep improving my skills and learning, trying to make each book better than the last, to finish what I start, and to keep the stories flowing.

Here's what's coming down the pike: Glass Predator, the third Harmony novel, will be out on 3/28. They're printing the paperbacks now, the audiobook is being recorded, it's almost a done deal. I'm aiming to have the next Faust novel (tentatively titled Surface Tension, but that might change) out in May or June at the latest. Because I kinda have to wrap my plans around my publisher's timing and decisions (and certain business talks happening behind the scenes), I can't say much about the second half of 2017 just yet, except to say there will be at least one more book and probably two before the end of the year. Including, I dearly hope, the new super-secret trilogy I'll be telling you all about as soon as the time is right, which I'm incredibly excited about sharing.

The Daniel Faust TV series is still a solid maybe. Everything in Hollywood moves at the speed of molasses, doubly slow during the holidays, and there's nothing new to report on that front.

And I'd better get back to work. I hope this message finds you safe and sound, and with bright hopes for the year to come. We got through 2016. Whatever 2017 brings, we can get through that too. And with a little bit of luck and a little bit of courage, we can do it in style.

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