Monday, March 23, 2015

Updates and Stuff...

It has been a very long time since I posted any kind of update here. Mostly because there's not much to update you on. Still, I get a lot of emails and message and such asking about a lot of different things, so I thought I'd do a quick sum-up here:

My Health
I am feeling noticeably better these days. My doctors and I are fine tuning my rheumatoid arthritis treatments, both medicinal and otherwise, and are getting closer and closer to settling on the best combination for me.
  • I still dictate most of what I write but have been able to type for longer periods of time. This has been a huge shot in the arm of hope and excitement for me.
  • I'm more mobile and more active, which has been a goal of mine for well over a year. It's good to feel like I'm getting back to a healthier place and am learning to live my life happily and healthily.
The Jonquils/Lancasters/Folks of Hope Springs
The business side of publishing is so slow and painstaking sometimes.
  • The Jonquils & Lancaster families and their books:
    • I have three more books in these psuedo-series done, polished, shined up, and ready to go. I have two more drafted and ready for editing and fixing. I have the remaining family members' stories outlined and just waiting to be written. 
    • So where are they? On my computer. *sigh* I truly thought the business end of this would have been worked out by now, but sometimes the wheels turn super, super slowly. I will let everyone know as soon as I have something to pass along. I promise! And I hope it will be very soon.
  • The Folks of Hope Springs
    • A lot of people ask if I'll be revisiting Hope Springs and the townspeople there, especially the "guy who didn't get the girl" (attempting to avoid a spoiler just in case someone out there hasn't read Hope Springs yet). I absolutely do and have, in fact, already started writing that guy's book. There are no release timelines here because the book's not done yet. But, again, I'll keep everyone updated as I have things to announce.
Other News
This is going to be really, really vague. Bear with me.
  • I have what I've been calling my "Super Secret Project," a novel I'm super proud of and absolutely loved writing. It's fun and touching and is, of course, a kissing book. :) I hope to have news to pass along to you soon!
  • There's other fun stuff going on behind the scenes that I can't pass on yet. Soon, I hope! Soon!
Upcoming Events
While I don't have any signings scheduled at the moment, I do have some conferences I will be participating in...

Thank again, everyone, for your continued words of encouragement and support and for your patience while we all wait for things to move forward. You're the best!

29 comments:

Cathy Jeppsen said...

All very exciting news! So glad you're feeling better. And I really can't wait for a new kissing book!

Kate said...

I'm so, so happy you're feeling better.

Peggy said...

Thanks for the updates on your books and your health! Updates keep us patient and happy.

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Thanks for taking the time to update. I've been wondering.

Rachel said...

I'm so glad everything is going so well!! I canNOT wait for more books to come out :D

Emma E said...

Oh, yay!!! It's so great to hear that you're doing better! I'm sorry you're still having to dictate a lot (it's frustrating when I can't type out what I mean for myself) but I'll be praying for you to continue to get better!!
Ooh, very excited for the Lancaster/Jonquil stuff! I was re-rereading a few of those the other day, and enjoying them as much as I did the first time I met Adam, Philip, Athena and Clara and so on and so forth.
You're writing a new story?! Yay!!! That's great news! Thank you so much for telling us!

Jewel said...

You're just my favorite. That's all!

Morgan Brinkerhoff said...

Yay! It's all great news. I'm glad you are getting better and super excited for all of your new books!!! Thanks for the update:)

Amanda Knight said...

Thanks so much for the update. As someone dealing with chronic illness, I understand the difficulties of daily life. Please know that your books help pass the time. Take care.

Anika said...

You are my favorite. Thanks for sharing your writing with us, & I hope and pray you will be able to feel better and better!

Taunya Spaulding said...

Oh my gosh! All of this news just brightened my day!!! I am beyond ecstatic that you are continuing the jonquil series! I just love those brothers! ;) thanks for all you do!

Madison Myers said...

So excited for the continuation of the Lancaster family series! I absolutely love them! Your writing is phenomenal!

Dedee said...

I couldn't find any other place to let you know, so I guess I'll post here. I found the first Hope Springs novel at the DI recently (what?!?!) (does this mean you've arrived in some weird way?) (who throws away a Sarah Eden book? Who?!?) and grabbed it. I have been wanting to read it since I hadn't been been able to get it before.

I loved it. A lot. I love reading a lot of books by one author and seeing that book when their game steps up a notch. And with this book you definitely stepped it up a notch.

When I started reading all the finalists, I was so very excited. Romance was one of the the first categories I requested, in part because I knew I got to read book two.

Holy book, Batman. I thought you stepped up your game before. Turns out that was just the beginning. Book two was amazing. I am a violinist and you wrenched my soul. I cried through the last third of the book. That book was amazing.

At the Whitney Awards last night I wondered about who could win it all, and your name popped up in my head. I didn't make it through all the finalists so I wasn't sure though. But I was mostly sure you would win your category. You definitely deserved it. Your comments were brilliant.

When they announced that you won the award for best novel of the year, I nearly cried. I cannot imagine anyone more deserving. Then you started taking and I did tear up.

Congratulations. You're amazing. You deserved this. Thank you for making my life brighter. Well done!

Vicki W Austin said...

My daughters and I absolutely love your books. Please try to get them all on cd. I Ave Hope Springs but can't get the second on CD. I also love the Jon quilt series and have books 3 and 4 on CD but need 1 and 2. When they are on CD I can take them with me everywhere! I love that. My daughter listens to them while she works. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us. I so happy to know you are getting a handle on your health. God bless you.

Sarah M Eden said...

Vicki - I wish I could do that for you. The decision to put those books out in audio rests entirely with the publishers. I hope, really, really hope, they will decide to put those books out in audio form, but at this point I haven't heard that they are planning to. If I ever hear any differently, I will be sure to pass it along to everyone!

sherill said...

Hello Sarah, I am a librarian who is looking for a poem that was published in one of your books. She remembers the line as "breathe breath of me". She would like a copy of the poem and would like to know who wrote it.
Thank you very much for your help!

Sarah M Eden said...

Sherill--do you happen to know which book of mine the poem was in? The only poem I can think of off the top of my head that was included in one of my books was Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "A Man's Requirements," but that line isn't from that particular poem. I'm drawing a total blank!

Teah said...

Sarah I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your books. I am an avid Jane Austen lover. One day I came across a blurb about you on amazon and thought "wow sounds like the kind of books I'd like" It's really hard for me to find good books to read in my library here in Texas so the kindle books on amazon are my go to place. I started with The Kiss of a Stranger and was hooked on your books from there. I am so excited to see what you do from here. It's so hard to find a good, clean, well written book now days that it's a huge treat when I find one, and I just found a whole shop of them. :) Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us.

sherill said...

My patron thinks the book may have been a friends and foes or kiss of a stranger, but she is not certain. Does that help? My patron thinks the book may have been a friends and foes or kiss of a stranger, but she is not certain

Sarah M Eden said...

Sherill- I'll flip through my notes for those books & see if I can find an answer

sherill said...

Thank you Sarah, and my patron thanks you too! She is so impressed that I am speaking with you about this. She's an older lady who would never dream of reaching out to an author she admires.

sherill said...

Sarah, my patron found her poem and it was in a book by a different author! So sorry to waste your time but my patron says to tell you that you are her favorite author!

Sarah M Eden said...

I'm so glad she found it! I searched through my other titles as well and couldn't locate it. :) Out of curiosity, what book was it from? The line sounded so familiar!

Susie Sharp said...

Dear Sarah,

I just finished the second volume of Hope Springs and was so deeply touched by th depth and quality of your writing. I love the questions you ask at the end of each book. I have never seen this in a book of fiction but I think it is a wonderful idea. Yours is the first book I read after recently finishing a book by Geoge MacDonald (Scottish writer b.1824 - d. 1905). I thought it would be difficult to read the work of another artist after him. You quickly erased that notion. Your writing is wonderfully. The story line and particularly Katie's character have helped strengthen me to deal with my own health issues and other struggles.

I thank you with great affection and pray that you may find relief and healing from your illness.

Most sincerely,

Susie Sharp

Vicki W Austin said...

I absolutely love your stories, but I'm sorry that they don't all come out in CD format. I love to listen to stories while I work around the house or in the yard. My daughter loves to listen to stories while she works. but we have been unable to find some of your books in that format. What can I do to encourage the rest of your books to come out in audio?

Sarah M Eden said...

Vicki - I'm sorry that they aren't available in audio; I wish that they were. The decision to put those books out in audio rests entirely with the publishers. If I hear that they decide to make audio versions of the books that haven't been made yet, I will let everyone know, but at this point I haven't heard that there are plans to do that.

Amber Baker said...

I love your books! They are wonderful and clean and full of fun romance! Please say you'll revisit Adam and Persphone at some point!

beck252 said...

I just finished both Longing For Home books. I'm so sad it's over!! I loved them both and have been recommending them to friends. :) I came to your site to see if you were writing any follow-ups, especially for the one that didn't get chosen. I'm thriiiiiilllled to see that you are!

By the way, I was sad that you were unable to make it to the Ind'scribe Con. I was there signing books and was hopeful to get to meet you. Maybe next time? I will be at LDS StoryMakers as well, so maybe I'll get to meet you there.

Now I'm off to download some more of your books. xoxo

Becky Monson
www.beckymonson.com

Susie Sharp said...

That's exactly what I did Becky and have my sister reading them too. I love Sarah's writing! And I can't get enough!

Susie Sharp

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