I was going to try to explain why it took me so long since I've posted the last pattern draft on-line when I saw that a couple of my fellow Manning authors already did that. See Roy Osherov's "Writing a book is like developing Software" and Fabrice Marguerie's "My Writing Experience". I have similar experience here -there are a few commonalities for software writing and it seems that the counter measures of shorter iterations, refactorings (which I guess writers know as rephrasing) and increased inspections seem to work here as well.
Finally, I am back to writing new stuff and I am completing Chapter 4 now. Chapter 4 deals with SOA security pattern, and I've decided to release the "Service Firewall" pattern as free draft. Note that it is a draft and it can change by the time it gets to publication for example the Edge Component, which I published a few months ago already went through some extensive rewrite (maybe I'll post the updated draft..)
The Service Firewall helps deal with malicious "service consumers" and protect the services from several types of attack including for example XDoS (XML Denial of Service), malicious content, preventing leaking private information from the service etc.
You can download the draft for Service Firewall pattern from here .