The publisher that picked up Playing With Fire has merged with another company. Inevitably, when things like this happen, some of the contracted books aren't going to make it across the divide, and unfortunately, mine was one of them.
Such is the nature of the publishing business. It's a bummer, but, what can you do? I'm disappointed, but it's not the end of the world. At least I know that I can write something that will catch an editor's attention enough to deem contract-worthy. Someone saw something worth publishing, someone else eventually will.
I also see this as a golden opportunity to take Playing With Fire, apply everything I've learned in the months since I finished it, and make it a better book. Any excuse to revisit Ian Black, right? ;)
Live, learn, and move on.