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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

Under the Razor Wire

You ever have one of those days when you wake up and suddenly realize you have four deadlines all converging at the same time?

Yeah, I had one of those mornings recently.

You know what happens when you decide to run a $200 laptop as a $2,000 super gaming rig?

Nothing good.

So my little laptop got an engine knock the other day.  Thank God I had literally backed up everything not five minutes before.  I was able to revive it (don't know how, but it still works), but things are a little squirrelly.  My little laptop now has gremlins.

Who cares, you ask?

Well, the only thing I can't back up are the Audiobooks and the Videos because they are enormous files, and I just use a little zip drive.  Videos are whatever.  They're easy to redo if I have to.  Audiobooks take a little more time and dedication.

I was three chapters from being done with Tick Tock when the engine knock started.

I got my stuff in gear and finished the recording just as fast as I could and got it uploaded.

So Tick Tock is safe.

Next thing to note.  My recording set is also taking a crap.  I didn't expect it to last as long as it did, honestly, but it decided to poop out at the worst possible time.

I have a shiny new mic on order, which I admit I do need.  I just don't know if it was my actual set that went bad, or if I blew up something in my laptop because I rag on it so hard with my gaming.

All this to say...

In the Hands of the Enemy as a novel and ebook is perfectly safe.  It is backed up, locked up, and just about ready to go.  Barring catastrophe, it will release on December 4 as planned.

As an audiobook, I don't know.  If my laptop holds out and my mic comes in on time, it's a go.  Otherwise, it might be a little late in coming.

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, so if you're planning on a Ithote audiobook for Christmas, stay tuned but don't be surprised if it doesn't go as planned.  Sorry.  I don't like gremlins, but I don't want to hide it either.

It's just been one of those days...

...in one of those months...

...in 2020.

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