Barb here. This is always such a strange time of year for me and JC. With the way our publisher works, we need to turn in the draft for "next year's book" in the same month "this year's book" is released. When Dhampir was first released in January of 2003, we knew nothing about the publishing industry, and we had no idea that we'd gotten fairly lucky with our release month — in early January. Tons of folks have Amazon and B&N gift certificates, freshly received from the holidays.
So… since then, every January, JC and I have "the next book" due on our editor's desk. Right now, we are eagerly awaiting the release of The Dog in the Dark, and at the same time, we are trying to get ready for the holidays (buying gifts, writing cards, decorating the house, and planning a holiday party), while we are finishing up the first draft of a fat Noble Dead novel that is due right after Christmas. I tend to write in the mornings, but sometimes at this time of year, I go all day and then play catch-up on other things in the early evening.
And… I drink too much coffee (smiles).