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What A Difference A Year Makes!

Wow, 2012 has been one big mass of change! It was a roller coaster year for my family, my work and my writing career! Here, let me show you:

January: my daughter Lyndsey, (y’all have met her here) was laid off from the office managing job she’d had for nearly 8 years. Talk about a kick to the stomach to start the new year. She and her hubby have 3 small children, which she would love to stay home to care for, but finances might not let her do that.

February: My friend Liliana Hart sat me down at lunch after a DARA meeting and told me “You have got to self-publish your GH books, KIDNAPPED and HUNTED!” We talked at length about the process and what would make them more successful. She ignited a spark of interest in me, then flamed it higher when she talked about cover design. An idea popped into my head, not one for making millions of $$ for my books, but perhaps a way for my daughter to start a stay-at-home business. Lyndsey is a graphic artist who loves romance novels, YA novels and Steampunk. 

March: Lyndsey and I collaborated on the covers for my two GH books and with the help of my friend Kat Baldwin of Inklion Books for the formatting of the books, we launched my first Indie book KIDNAPPED. If you’ve seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, then you know the scene where Harrison Ford is asked take a leap-of-faith and he’s sure he’s about to step out into a chasm with nothing to stop his fall. Yep, that’s what it’s like to decide to self-publish your own work. Not only did I launch my Indie pubbed business, but Lyndsey launched her cover design business. Now the question was…would anyone buy the books? Would people love her cover work as much as me?

April: OMG!!! People were actually buying KIDNAPPED!

May: OMG!!! KIDNAPPED made it onto the top 100 list of Kindle paid RS books @ #22!! (Who the heck is buying all these books?!?!) Lyndsey contracted to do book covers for several Banditas, (Thanks Jo and Susan for helping her build her business!)

June: Feverishly working to get HUNTED ready for release as an Indie book. Great cover, more sales coming in for both KIDNAPPED and my EC book, The Surrender of Lacy Morgan. Got my first royalty check from both Amazon and B&N. How cool! Then the bottom fell out of my world!

My father died.

I release HUNTED on the same day, because he was so proud of me, my efforts to be an author and all his family, I wanted something to always remind me of the exact day. The man who’d been there for me, the strength in my character and whose rare smile was worth any effort to achieve…was no longer going to be there to give a hug to or listen to a lecture from. I miss him so much!

July: Pretty much a blurr. It started with a fourth of July burial for my Daddy. Helping my mother start to cope. Supporting my sister in decisions she had to make for them both. Work is always demanding in the summer months and especially so this year. Seems there was a baby boom in North Texas and our 9 bed L&D unit started doing 250 deliveries a month. That’s a huge amount for our highly trained staff!! Then came the RWA National Conference in Anaheim. It was wonderful to get to end such a hard month with my critique partner, Sandy Blair!!

August: EC’s Blush line releases CANTRELL’S BRIDE. The story that started my writing career. How fantastic to see it online for people to read and enjoy. Nothing like a great Mail-order-bride book to warm hearts! OMG, KIDNAPPED and HUNTED both hit the top 100 Kindled>paid>romantic suspense list!! Another trip home to spend time with my mother, which was very good.

September: Gearing up for self publishing CLOSE TO HOME. This book is different from the two RS books and I’m a bit nervous. Lyndsey’s cover design business is taking off with requests from various authors! The income and no need for day care have strengthened her desire to be home with her kids more. A trip to Eureka Springs with my Texas writer friends, the Foxes. Great fun! 

October: My first time to host a table at the Richardson Library’s Buns & Roses Tea for adult literacy! How Fun! And I got to participate in the signing. I only sold a couple of books, but we, as a group raised thousands of $$ for adult literacy!

November: Another trip home to be with my Mom and celebrate our birthdays. My present to me? Release of CLOSE TO HOME! Three Indie books out and a total of FIVE!! OMG…it took years to get published and now with the revamping of self publishing, my books are being read by thousands of people!! How cool.

December: Usually, at work, things slow down in November and December in the baby birthing world. Not this year! Add on top of it the zaniness of the Lair and the 12 days of Bandita Christmas (which was a blast, wasn’t it?) and trying to get another book ready for release, I’m not sure how Christmas got her and past so fast!! But it did.

So…to finish off the year I have another book being formatted. Yet again, a different kind of book. This is an American historical EROTICA, novella. I put the word erotica in caps, so no one will miss it! If you don’t like highly sensual or erotic novels, please feel free to skip this one. However, if you love wounded hero stories with determined heroines who mange to find their HEA despite the odds and through their erotic encounters, you will love, Love, LOVE, BELLA’S TOUCH!

Here’s the blurb:

Michael Barclay, an artist with a promising career before him, came home from the Civil War a broken man on the edge of despair. Wounded and sure his life as an artist is over, he’s ended his engagement to his beautiful muse, Bella.

Arrabella Taylor arrives at Michael’s rural Ohio home uninvited, but with great determination to confront her former fiancé. She means to find out exactly why he’s broken their engagement and try to convince him what a mistake he’s made. When she discovers he’s not only wounded from the war, but broken in spirit, she takes drastic measures to reawaken the artist soul deep inside Michael and rekindle their love.

But is Bella’s touch enough to save not only Michael, but both of them from a danger in Michael’s past that threatens their future?

And here’s the wonderful cover for BELLA’S TOUCH. I hope to have it up on Amazon as a $1.99 read before the first of January. With more books planned in 2013. I hope you will love it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

So, dear readers and Banditas and Bandit Buddies, how was your year? Was it as crazed as mine? Are you glad it’s over or longing to have some of those memories back to live over again? Is there someone you’re going to miss? A place you wished you’d travel to? How was YOUR 2012?

In memory of my Daddy and with great joy at all the fun self publishing has been for me, I’m giving away a $20 gift card to Amazon for one commentor today!