Friday, January 1, 2016

A Look Back and A Look Ahead

Is it just me or has 2015 gone by at warp speed? Seriously, wasn't it January, just yesterday? And, yet, here it is nearing midnight (in the Central Time Zone) and I'm reflecting on what the year held.

When I reflected on the past year, I found very little to write about. I go to work, come home, have dinner, and then write until bedtime (or until I fall asleep in the recliner. Whichever comes first.) At first it concerned me that the year had gone by so quickly and left behind so few memories. My "year in review" will only take a minute.

Let's see--I published three short stories, three novels, and re-published six previously-published novels. Maybe that's why the year went by so fast and I missed it? I was busy. On a sad note, one my publishers--Turquoise Morning Press--closed its doors. It was a good run and I'm forever grateful for the way they treated me and my work.

Here's a glimpse of my new 2015 publications.

The previously published books, some in shiny new covers, all with stories that have been updated and tweaked:

Two of my books, PROTECTION and RESCUED were produced in audio:

PROTECTION finaled for the 2015 EPIC eBook Award for Romantic Suspense.

So, what's coming up in 2016?

You can look for at least two new novels, a couple of short stories, and two or three republications of previous work that I've retained the rights to once again. In other words, it will be another busy year.

But I'm determined not to have 2016 slip by so fast I barely see it. I'm not one to make resolutions. Why set myself up for failure? I prefer to have hopes. I hope to write at least one book that takes my breath away. I'd love to have one of my books contracted for a TV movie on Hallmark or Lifetime and plan to pursue that. I hope to get to at least one good writers conference this coming year. I do plan to find time for a writing retreat with some of my writer friends. And I'd love to take a real vacation, go someplace I've never been before.

As the shades are drawn on 2015, I take this opportunity to thank my readers and all of you who support and encourage my writing. I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that, in 2016, all of your hopes and dreams come true. 

And remember: Life's an adventure--wear comfortable shoes.