In my annual end of the year post, I have a lot to say. Since I’m a writer, I suppose that is par for the course 🙂 Anyway, 2017 was an interesting year to say the least. There were many surprises in store for me, things I thought would happen that didn’t and things that did happen that I wasn’t expecting. Where to begin?
On a personal note, my daughter finished off 8th grade on the honor roll and once again received a Presidential Achievement Award. She then started high school and is on track to once again receiving honor roll grades. She decided to bypass dance team this year and joined her high school’s cheerleading squad, which she is enjoying. She is still dancing and enjoying learning pointe, which I think might be her favorite to date. On the downside of things, my mother moved to California with my sister and I miss her terribly. But it looks like she will be back in 2018, which is a good thing. Additionally, we were not able to move like I thought we would, which was disappointing, and I am still practicing as a psychologist for IHS. I don’t anticipate that I will be leaving anytime soon but, I am taking it all in stride. I figure that I just haven’t finished what I was supposed to finish just yet. I don’t mind though as I love the community I’m working in.
On the publishing front, I found that the book world is extremely difficult to break into. I did okay but not as well as I thought I would. In 2017, I released four individual novels and one short story in an anthology.
The final books in my Adult Romance series, The Helios Chronicles, were completed and published in 2017. Helios Exposed, book two in the series, came out in February. Helios Renewed, book three in the series, came out in September, and the epilogue novella, Helios Forever was released in December. While I am extremely happy that the series was completed and is out there, I’ll admit that I’m a little disappointed it didn’t do as well as I thought it could have, which was likely a result of marketing issues on my part. We live and we learn! Although, I am happy to say that the series has recently begun to pick up steam. After all, how can you not love Helios and his beautifully tortured soul?
In addition to the remaining books in The Helios Chronicles, I also released my first crime drama this year, entitled, Brothers Forever, which is a mafia tale of two ‘brothers’ in the Russian mob. I really enjoyed writing that story and the release was a lot of fun. And with this story, my daughter found her first book boyfriend, in one of the main characters, Dimitri Komarovski. To say she was a little obsessed with him is an understatement. I’m still not sure how I feel about that, LOL
Finally, I once again participated in the Thrill of the Hunt Anthology, with a piece called When Death Calls. It’s the story of a young couple who visit a mysterious town called Whitebridge on the Summer Solstice, and get more than they bargained for.
Deanna and I did an awful lot this year. We attended several pow wows, in support of her title, but also, to sell Thirty Eight. In the end we raised $490.86 for the ride. Deanna and I also participated in a school program at Standing Rock Middle School, where we talked to students about the book. That was a lot of fun. Finally we attended Indie Bookfest where she was the best personal assistant one could ever ask for.
In 2017, I once again participated in the National Novel Writing Month Challenge, also known as NaNoWriMo. Initially I thought this would be super easy, since I had done it last year, but it proved to be much harder than I thought it would be. This year instead of just working on a novel, I finished up a few other stories, including last years entry, An Unexpected Gift. I finished the three chapters and epilogue of that story, then finished the last section in Helios Forever, and the last few chapters of an upcoming story Beyond the Beach. THEN, I started working on Book 2 in the Diakrisis Tales, The Gifts We Bring. I was able to finish the first seven chapters of it. So while I did finish the challenge, and wrote 50,000 words in one month, it didn’t quite feel like a win to me. But, I’m sure that’s just semantics on my part…LOL
While 2017 was filled with a lot of ups and downs, I’m hoping that 2018 is a little steadier. I have four book signings lined up. Indie Bookfest in August, Authors in Steel City in September, Ignite Your Soul Event in September, and the Indie Romance Convention in October. You can check out the information on these signings in the signings tab HERE. Hopefully, you can make it to one of them and come see me.
As far as writing, I will be working on three novella’s this year. The first is for the fourth Thrill of the Hunt Anthology, which is gonna be another fun one. Its an urban legend theme and this time around, I let Deanna pick my urban legend. Can’t wait to start on it. The second novella is going to be set in Oklahoma and while I am not 100% sure what I’m writing, it will be Native specific. The third one is going to tap into a story I thought about a long time ago but never wrote. It will take place in Tennessee and will feature a bull rider who meets his match in a visitor to the ranch he works at.
In 2018, I will be publishing three to four novels. The first three are already finished and ready to go. They just need book covers. The fourth is finished but final editing and formatting is not done. I am just going to play it by ear on that one, based on how my writing deadlines fall into place. The first story to be released will be a crime suspense called, Retaliatory Justice. It is the first book in my ATF series, The Talionic Files. It follows a group of elite ATF agents in Chicago as they solve crime and of course fall in love. It should be out in April. The second release is a romantic tale called Beyond the Beach. It’s about a surfer who gets his world turned upside down by New Yorker, Zoe. I know, I know, I have a thing for New York 🙂 It will be out in June. The third book is mine and Deanna’s paranormal young adult story, An Unexpected Gift. Book one introduces us to our main heroine, Parker Joseph, and how she must fight a great evil with a gift she didn’t know she had. If you all have read my short story, Horror in Grieselton, then you got a snippet of the story. I won’t talk about the fourth story, just in case it doesn’t happen in 2018.
So, that’s it for now. Please be sure you are following me on all my social media outlets. As you can see, there is so much going on, you don’t want to miss out on anything. I’ve also been working real hard to be active in my Facebook group this past several months, offering sneak peeks and giveaways. So be sure to join us there! Have a wonderful New Year’s everyone. May you be blessed with love and happiness in 2018.
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