The Year In Review & The Year Ahead

It’s difficult to phantom that another year has flown by.  It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017.

This past year has been a busy one with the release of The Price of Passion, a Portrait of Perfection, and A Christmas Mission. In addition, I did new covers for The Legacy Series and continued to update the old text with updated versions.

The poor and trampled upon The Price of Innocence continues to receive its critics on Amazon, but strangely enough, on other retailers, it does far better. The iTunes version has over 349 reviews averaging at 4.5, while Amazon has plummeted to 3.2 with 103 reviews after my BookBub advertisement. I take it on the chin because I know there are many who love the series but may be too shy to review. (The advertisement, however, gave me a huge sales spike for the series so I can’t complain.)

With my various releases under my real name and two pen names, I’m now up to fourteen books. Unfortunately for some, I have kept my Nora Covington novellas (Thorncroft Manor, Whitefield Hall, and Blythe Court) exclusively in Kindle Unlimited.  Eventually, I plan to pull them from KU in 2017 (because of reported problems on page reads at Amazon’s end) and release them on all venues.  That also includes my contemporary romance, Conflicting Hearts.

There are often times when I swear I’ve written enough books, but then my brain comes up with another story and I continue to live through my characters. Escaping into another world is as therapeutic for authors as it is for readers. I liken myself to the movie Anonymous, where the main character states, The voices! I can’t stop them. They come to me. I would go mad if I didn’t write down what the voices say.” Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford.  Really, though, I’m not that schizophrenic.

In 2017, I hope to release three works again – perhaps four, depending on my ambition.  Lady Isabella is finished and off to editing.  It’s scheduled for a February 1 release date.  Afterward, Lady Charlotte will portray her own scandalous ways, while in the background I’m going to work on my time-travel world back into the Victorian era.  Frankly, I’m writing this one for my own escape, but hopefully, you’ll take the journey with me and enjoy a rather light-hearted fall back into time.

I do plan on at least three books in the series of Ladies of Disgrace but doubt that I will get to the third in 2017.  However, you never know.

Of course, I am sure that you have your personal thoughts about the year past and the year ahead. Each of us reflect on our lives at year’s end and gaze hopefully into the coming months ahead.  As my readers who have enjoyed my stories, I am forever grateful that you have allowed me to entertain you with my ramblings on paper this past year.  May you close out this year with happiness and enter into the next with hopefulness.

All my best,