There were a lot of things about 2012 that made it one of the worst years of my life, but there were a few simply amazing things that happened, too.
1. After more than a year, things worked out so that I could finally work on getting Little Miss Lovesick into print. (I published it as an ebook in September 2011, just before we moved away from Sydney.) On the day after Thanksgiving, I was the happiest I'd been all year – I held a paperback copy of my first book in my hands for the first time!
2. Early in the year, my Romance Writers of America chapter decided to publish an anthology of short stories as a fundraiser. I'd already been thinking about using the original-now-cut first chapters of my superhero book as a short story, so I thought I'd help with the fundraiser. In August, Romancing the Pages came out in ebook format. “Hero In Disguise” is my first published short story – yay! And this month, the print version is out, too.
3. When John and I lived in Sydney, my RWA group there also talked about putting together an anthology. After a bazillion hours of hard work, we did it! Just before Christmas, Moonlit Encounters, a collection of eight romantic novellas, went up for sale. My story, “Rescue at Loon Lake,” is set in the same little Michigan town where my new series is set, The Strays of Loon Lake. Our ebook version has been on sale for 99 cents through yesterday, but you might still find it at that price today. And our paperback is now available for purchase, too.
I can hardly believe I can hold three different books in my hand that all have my stories in them! As soon as I get a print copy of Romancing the Pages, I'll put up a picture of me holding all three books. 🙂
Another first for me is coming up this Saturday – my first book signing! Yay! I'm going to try to get John to come with me to the RWA meeting and take pictures. I'll post those as soon as I can.
My book page here on the web site is broken as of today (has been for about a week) and I'm still working on fixing it. When it's fixed, you'll be able to order autographed copies of all three books from me.
Wow, I feel like a real live writer today! 😀
P.S. If you're interested in a class on goal setting and time management, check out my class that starts a week from today.