Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 16th Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #memories #lookingback

Christmas Tree Blog 2017

2017 has been the year for some big changes and exciting moments. There have been a few not so great moments, too. I thought I’d look back on some of the highs and lows.

Highs ~

RAGT was a success. I sold out of my books, had a great time and my presentation went fabulously. I’ve never had a book launch and Madison Sevier made out book launch for the Faeries spectacular.

Another high was writing not one but two books in the same world as Madison Sevier. She’s one of my best friends and when the Halloween antho we were in fell apart, we decided to run with what we’d written, but in her world. How cool is that? The stories worked well, we work together well and it was just a lot of fun.

I also have an announcement to make. He he he!! The first book in my former Ellora’s Cave series, Celestial Mates, has been accepted by Evernight Publishing. I’m excited to announce that. I’ve been sitting on it for a while, but now I can shout it out! I’m working on more stories for Evernight and hoping they’ll like the rest of the books in the Celestial Mates series. That series didn’t really get any traction since it came out when EC was going down big time. I wish they’d have had better traction since I love those books.

Unfortunately, for every high there is a low (Like that Sword in the Stone reference?)

Some of the lows for 2017 ~

The closing of Loose Id. Okay, so they aren’t closed yet, but still. That’s a crushing blow. I love Loose Id and working with them. I’m sure Crystal, my editor there, is probably tired of me, but she’s always been great to work with. I’ll miss them all. But the good news is that I’ll continue my Cedarwood series and Battle Scars won’t end, either. It might take me a little while to get back to them, but they aren’t done.

The biggest low of 2017 was losing my grandfather. He’s always been that strong presence. Want to get something done on time? Send in Pawpaw and it’ll go on in time. What if there’s a dinner that has to go off at a certain time? Send him in. He had a big heart and big voice. He stood taller than all of us for a long time (until a few of us–not me–got taller). He loved us all and is missed. I wish cancer hadn’t taken him. One day, no cancer. That’s what I want.

I’ve had some great times. I’ve sold a lot of books, had fun times, written some fabulous stories and made great friends. I’ll miss 2017, but I’m looking forward to the challenges of 2018. Here’s to a wonderful 2018.

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