2014 is officially done and over with [insert sigh of exhaustion].
For some, New Year’s Eve is a night for excitement – dancing like you don’t care with old friends, enjoying a few cocktails, and generally behaving like you’re an undergrad again. I’m not saying I’m not one of those people, just that while I’m polishing off that bottle of champagne and dancing on the coffee table wearing my Hello Kitty pajama pants, I’m also using that time to reflect upon the previous year and figure out my strategy for the upcoming twelve months.
I received the contract for my series, The Regency Blooms, in early summer 2013 with my first book released that November. With that said, I didn’t really begin to appreciate what all of that meant until the start of 2014 when my schedule began to feel a like a freight train having jumped the track, hurdling down a mountain with no readily accessible brakes. In May, I attended my first Romance Times conference where I learned that everything I’d ever heard about Bourbon Street was absolutely true and that even the most unexpected romance fans will flash for swag. On a more personal note, my husband and I upgraded from a travel trailer to an RV in 2014. We planned out a decade of fun-filled road trips, exploring America with our three and nine year old girls. After one trip to the Ozarks, we quickly learned that the wilderness could easily kick our butts, hotels are a lot easier, and use of the term vacation when speaking about the RV was a bit optimistic. I’m also happy to report that I’ve maintained many of the healthy habits I learned from my involvement with the American Heart Association Better U Challenge. Granted, I still have weight to lose, but some of it’s from overeating healthy foods and not just hamburgers.
This year will be much of the same. My first release for 2015 is coming February 25th. Chasing the Other Tisdale is the third in the Regency Blooms series, with the final book coming sometime late summer. I will also be releasing the first in my new series, The Regency Ribbons – romance from the other side of the ballroom. Instead of focusing on wallflowers, this series follows London’s most beautiful and popular ladies. I will also be participating in a collection of novellas with other Embracing Romance authors. Even though I will not be attending any major conferences, I will be participating at more local events. I look forward to connecting to readers on a more personal level and meeting more authors in my area (my area being within a five hour radius).
And of course, there will be plenty of family fun in the new RV. Despite my constant nagging, my husband still hasn’t sold it, so it looks like I’ll be heading out for a trip to South Dakota with the kids. But that’s a whole other blog.
So, what are your big plans for 2015? Any big vacations?