Monday, February 1, 2010

Just Keep Swimming

I received some discouraging news. Whenever I hear bad news or I'm feeling down I think of Dory. You know, the little fish in Finding Nemo. I loved her. Here's a character that should be so down and feeling sorry for herself, but is she? No! She kept singing, "Just keep swimming." Well, I'm going to take her advice. Love this picture I found on google. Thanks Pixar and Disney! My sad news seems to have teeth just like this fish. But keep in mind Dory gets away.

There are many things in life that are just out of our control and all we can do is go with the flow, keep swimming, and hope that at sometime things will work out. And that's what I'm going to do. With that said, I'm sad to tell you that my publisher has decided not to publish the sequel to The Forgotten Warrior. Sales for book one weren't what they had hoped for. The economy has been very tough on everyone, book publishers and authors as well. BUT and this is a mighty big but . . . they are publishing another book in the series, The Stone Traveler. I'm very excited about this book. You'll be happy to know that it does NOT have a cliffhanger ending. Some questions you may have had while reading The Forgotten Warrior may be answered by reading this new book!

Take heart though, I'm not going to give up on book two of The Forgotten Warrior. I will do everything I can to get it published. There are several options, and I'll explore them all. But in the meantime, I've posted the first chapter of book two on my website. Some of your questions will be answered. Just go to, click on The Forgotten Warrior book. Two pdf icons will appear. Click on the "Sneak Preview for Book Two" and there you'll be able to read chapter one. :0)

Thank you to all my fans who have been so patient. Please hang in there. I'll keep you posted of other developments in regards to the sequel. This is where Dory would start singing, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

In the meantime, please pick up The Stone Traveler when it's released in June. If sales are high for that book, it will bode well for book two of The Forgotten Warrior. And it still might find its way to book store shelves.

Because Dory is such an inspiration of never giving up I've added a clip from the movie Finding Nemo.


  1. Kathi, that's disappointing. At least they're keeping the series alive though, and you have a great attitude!

  2. Thanks, Karen! It still stings, but there's not much I can do. And like you said, they're keeping the series alive.

  3. I'm very sorry to hear that about the sequel. I'm glad to know that Stone Traveler is still on the agenda and I hope it clears the way for the sequel. Hang in there. Keep swimming.

  4. Thanks, L.T.! I'm paddling as fast as I can. ;)

  5. I'm so sorry, Kathi. I really enjoyed The Forgotten Warrior and was looking forward to reading the sequel. I also need to thank you for this much needed advice. I've been querying like mad to sell my book and been flooded with rejection slips. This helped me realize I'm not alone in this writing world and that we all have our disappointments. I'll be quoting you on my blog tomorrow. Come check it out if you get a sec.

  6. That is so sad, I was really looking forward to the next book.

  7. Thanks, C.K.! I'm so glad you enjoyed The Forgotten Warrior. I loved writing those characters. And hey, I have a file folder full of rejections. And it still stings like the dickens. But remember, just keep swimming. :0)

  8. Anonymous...I'm so sorry. Wish I could do something. Check out the first chapter of book two on my website. That will help a little, I hope. And I'm not giving up. This is just a detour.

    AND...The Stone Traveler will be out in June. I really think you'll enjoy it!



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