With every New Year we’ve got a chance to accomplish what we may not have pulled off in the year before. We tend to think of it like hitting the re-do button. It helps us pick ourselves up, if we’ve had a tough year, and start over with hope in our hearts and plans on our calendars.
As for me, I need to get my diet back under control, and like most of the population on this planet, get more exercise. I’ve also got book deadlines to keep, and travel plans to carry out.
Here are a few facts about my upcoming year:
Though I’m writing like a madman, I’ll only have two books out this year. Miracle for the Neurosurgeon – Harlequin Medical Romance, May 2017, and my debut book for TULE publishing-TBA.
I turned in my 25th book for Harlequin to Harlequin Special Edition in October 2016, but the actual book won’t be out until early 2018!!! I am very excited about the Delaney Brothers trilogy, and can’t wait to share the stories with you. Please stay tuned!
I will be presenting workshops at two conferences this year:
California Dreamin’ March 24-26 – I will be part of a panel presentation Big Stories, Small Books – Is Category Romance the Right Fit for You? with three other fabulous ladies: Charlene Sands (Harlequin Desire), Carol Ericson (Harlequin Intrigue), and Robin Bielman (Entangled and TULE publishing), where we will discuss the specifics of the genre with emphasis on what publishers such as Harlequin and Entangled are looking for.
Desert Dreams Writer’s Conference – June 1-4 in Arizona. I will be presenting Redeeming Despicable Characters using the movies Identity Thief and Warm Bodies as examples of character growth arcs from despicable to loveable. And I’m really excited that Diana Gabaldon will be the Keynote Speaker.
I have big writing plans, and hope that you’ll understand that, though 2017 will be sparse on books, 2018 will be plentiful with publication dates.
I’m wishing each and every one of you a Happy New Year, and I’m hoping we’ll all take advantage of this clean slate in 2017 to do great things.
I love the Brad Paisley quote about the New Year – “Tomorrow is the first page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”
Until next time, make it a great one!