3:15 p.m.

So two exciting housekeeping details concerning the books to start - there's a Goodreads giveaway underway for the ARC of WHEN SHADOWS FALL! Scroll down the page to the middle, that's where the giveaway is. Bonne chance, mes amis

And ... iBooks and Amazon are both running a special on the ebook of A DEEPER DARKNESS for $1.99. What a bargain!

Yesterday was a great writing day, 3400, just how I wanted to start the new year. Today hasn't been as good. I'm a bit distracted -- I had a doctor appointment this morning with my orthopedic surgeon to see about my sore shoulder, and the verdict is -- torn labrum. Which I already knew, because I've been through this before. The big bummer is, it's my GOOD shoulder, not the one that's already had multiple surgeries. Ack. So off to physical therapy I go, to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder and see if surgery can be avoided.

It's amazing how the littlest thing can send me off course. This is why I've been preaching WORDS FIRST -- so unexpected, unwelcome, or even exciting news doesn't derail the day. My Muse is a fickle creature, who wants to look at Pinterest and watch weather videos and generally mope when things aren't perfect. So getting the work done first, that's the key. But I'm going to dive back in and see if I can't rack up some more words today. I already edited what I wrote yesterday, and I like how the unexpected scene played out. So, back in a bit...

5:38 p.m.

OK, stopping at 1700. It could have been better, but it's better than nothing! Off to make some dirty rice and try to make Randy feel better from afar -- he's got a wicked nasty cold, and I really don't want it. It's very chilly in the house, the kittens are all curled up, and as much as I want a fire, I don't want the flue open overnight. So it's snuggle under the throws time, and lots of vitamin C. 

Sweet dreams, and stay warm!


J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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