SWIMSUIT BODY Takes the Plunge!

March 10, 2015

If you pre-ordered Book 2 of my Cypress Bay mystery series awhile back, you may have received a message saying your order was cancelled. Not to worry. SWIMSUIT BODY is coming to a pool…er, online stores on June 7th 20016. The change was due to an alteration in my own plans. Originally I intended to self-publish as with Book 1 in the series, BONES AND ROSES. Then sh&*%t happened, as it so often does in life…

I recently began experiencing shooting pains in my legs and arms. For a while it was so bad, I couldn’t work at my computer for more than 10 minutes at a time. I was freaking out, thinking I had some horrible wasting disease. My doctor assured me it wasn’t as serious as all that. He encouraged me to see an acupuncturist, which in turn led me to a chiropractor. Turns out I have compressed vertebrae in my neck and lower back from- you guessed it – all the hours on end through the years of sitting at my computer.

The word “ergonomic” used to mean buying the right sort of office chair. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about HOW you sit. The proper way is with your head seated squarely over your neck, not tilted forward, and your legs at a slight downward slant from your hips with your feet planted on the floor.

Sleep…another issue. I was a stomach sleeper who was married to her down pillow. Not good. I now sleep on my back with my head nicely cradled by my new orthodepic pillow. I bought the travel size, so it goes where I go. I can squash it into the sports sac I bought for it.

The good news? I’m about 60% better than when I started out and gradually working toward 100%. It hasn’t been easy. I have to constantly be aware of how I’m sitting/standing/sleeping. I do daily exercises to increase my core strength. I see the chiropractor 3X a week (thankfully his offices are right across the street). Regular massages (okay, I admit that’s not exactly torture).

Bottom line: I can’t spend unlimited hours in front of the computer like in the past. What time I do spend has to be used wisely. So I’m using it to write without any interference. All the extra hours gobbled up by self-publishing, which had me wearing multiple hats, I can no longer afford.  So that’s the shaggy-dog explanation for my decision to go with a traditional publisher for SWIMSUIT BODY rather than have it be another DIY project.

Not to worry, faithful reader. You will be the first to know when I have a new publication date. In the meantime I’m doing what God put me on this earth to do: Write.

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Wendy Marsh on Sun, April 05, 2015 at 7:13:01 said:

Thanks for the update Eileen! Get better!

    Eileen on Sun, April 05, 2015 at 10:17:15 said:

    Thanks, Wendy! Feeling about 75% better already.

    eileen goudge on Mon, March 07, 2016 at 3:16:32 said:

    Thanks, Wendy! SWIMSUIT BODY comes out the end of May 20016. New publisher, new look. I’ll send notice when the time comes if you’re on my mailing list. Good news X2: my arm is almost 100% healed.

Lee Emory on Sun, April 12, 2015 at 6:57:21 said:

I such an avid reader of all of Eileen Goudge books. Look forward to start bones and roses tonight

    eileen goudge on Mon, April 13, 2015 at 9:19:03 said:

    Thank you, Lee! I hope you enjoy your introduction to Cypress Bay!

Denise Svendsen on Sun, June 14, 2015 at 4:57:29 said:

Glad you’re feeling better, I am dying to read Swimsuit Body.  Any idea when it will be available? It’s been a long wait.

    eileen on Mon, June 15, 2015 at 7:05:19 said:

    Thank you, Denise! I appreciate the well wishes. Feeling much better. Back in the swim, you might say. SWIMSUIT BODY is coming out next summer. It swam the “English Channel” in the publishing sense, from self-pub to trad pub, thus the delay. But I hope you’ll find it worth the wait. The story behind it is a saga in itself!

Marilyn C Wendling on Tue, June 23, 2015 at 8:52:49 said:

Please email me when Swimsuit will be ready to order.  Love your books been a big fan since first novel.  Keep well

    eileen goudge on Wed, June 24, 2015 at 8:47:50 said:

    Will do, Marilyn! Did you sign up for my mailing list? If so, you’ll get notice when SWIMSUIT BODY is released. Scheduled for summer 2016.

Lisa Miller on Sun, July 12, 2015 at 3:08:54 said:

Hope you are feeling better.  Can’t wait to read Swimsuit Body!

    eileen goudge on Tue, July 14, 2015 at 7:45:19 said:

    Thank you, Lisa! Book launch set for next summer. This summer got eaten up by stupid arm surgery. Everyone keeps asking how I tore my rotator cuff. I have no idea. Now there’s a mystery.

Sandra Lee Emory on Tue, October 06, 2015 at 8:36:32 said:

Wondering, Swimsuit body will be available in paperback eventually? I have book 1 in paperback

    eileen goudge on Wed, October 07, 2015 at 7:32:54 said:

    Yes, Sandra. SWIMSUIT BODY comes out next summer (after some delays due to unexpected circumstances, like surgery, etc.) and it will be available in print.  Thanks for asking, and please let me know what you think after you’ve read it.  Working on revisions as we speak.

Nancy mcarthur on Fri, March 04, 2016 at 10:19:18 said:

Sorry to read about your health issues. I have read all your books and look forward to reading Swimsuit Body.
Take care of yourself.
A fan, Nancy

Pat Benz on Thu, April 28, 2016 at 12:36:38 said:

Love your books,  can’t wait for Swimsuit Body

    eileen goudge on Thu, April 28, 2016 at 5:37:10 said:

    Thanks, Pat! Pub date is June 7th.  I’ve gotten some nice advance reviews, so I’m pretty excited. I hope you enjoy it, too.