Finally, I can say I am done with a couple of books I had been working on, pretty much simultanously at times the past few months:
Exam Ref 70-762 Developing SQL Databases (https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/exam-ref-70-762-developing-sql-databases-9781509304943)
I wrote the first half of the book, with Stacia Varga finishing things out. It was a challenging project for several reasons, but I am very proud of the final product. If you are studying for the exam, you should find what you need in the book to help you pass the exam (no promises, and you shouldn't think the book is all you need… experience is important too!) It was interesting to get back to working with exam material. My favorite contract work I have ever done has been working on exams, writing questions and objective domains (the outline of which became the backbone of the book.)
Pro SQL Server Relational Database Design and Implementation (http://www.apress.com/us/book/9781484219720)
Finally, the book is versionless. We (Jessica Moss reprises her role of contributor writing one of the chapters,) cover many new features in SQL Server 2016 (Memory Optimized Tables, Columnstore indexes, Dynamic Data Masking, Row Level Security, etc), but the core of the book is still relational database design. In the future, we will consider a new edition when things change tremendously. Fortunately SQL Server 2016 SP1 came out as I was making final edits, so the changes in licensing were removed (if you don't know what I mean, read this blog from Aaron Bertrand https://sqlperformance.com/2016/11/sql-server-2016/big-deal-sp1). You may also know that SQL Server vNext CTP 1.1 is already out (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt788653.aspx) so things are moving more and more rapidly so writing books to keep up with minor (if awesome) new features is almost impossible. But I still feel that books are the best way to learn a complete concept.
After the holidays, I will be kicking into gear again (SQL Saturday Nashville coming up just after the first of the year where I will be presenting), and several other writing tasks I will be starting. But for now it is awesome to sit on my couch and experience the output of other writers (on my TV, naturally). Happy Holidays to everyone!