I published three successful books - Touch, Breakthrough, and Against All Odds. and received contracts for two more through Bold Strokes Books. I’m smack dab in the middle of Temptation, and anxious to start the next one – Lucky. Writing is a part of my daily life. Even though I work in corporate America, my true love is and has always been writing. At some point, I’d like to write full time, but having a steady paycheck right now is pretty important.
I said goodbye to a few toxic people in my life. Peace is the most important thing to me and I just had enough. I made several new friends, readers and writers, who make me laugh and make me feel good about myself, so the trade off was a positive one. Side note: I read Nikki Small’s FB post about 2018 and what to look for in 2019. I stand by her and everything she said (so I won’t repeat it here).
I helped a few friends adjust to a different life for them. It’s hard to be middle aged and start over – with whatever – life, romance, job. But every experience, whether your own or someone else’s, is an opportunity to learn and grow.
I lost Buzz this fall which was really hard for me, but I know he had a good life and I know I did the right thing. Doesn’t help with the heaviness in my heart though and I talk to him every morning on my way into work just to let him know he’s missed and loved. Lately I’ve been checking out the shelters for two bonded female kitties for me and Molly so I know we’re about to add to the family.
I am a fortunate person. I have both of my parents (who just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary) and they are in good health. I FaceTime with my mom every day. They live about 25 minutes away so it makes me smile that she gets so excited to see me every time she calls. I play it off like – Mom, you know what I look like – but secretly I love the attention. My sister lives down the street from me and we get together a lot. She’s my complete opposite, but I challenge other siblings out there to be as close as we are.
I look forward to 2019. Even though it’s an odd year, I have high hopes. I have two books – Listen in February and Falling in May – that I think are good, meaty romances. I know I am growing as a writer and I appreciate every single time a reader reaches out to me and tells me my stories have filled their heart or have given them hope. I love the connection I have with readers.
So here’s to a successful 2019. I hope you all had a good 2018 and approach the new year with love and ambitious and peace in your hearts. Always be strong. Always be true.