OFF THE LAUNCHING PAD
Rula and I decided to start the New Year with innovation. That’s what a new beginning is all about, isn’t it? Change? So, this blog will be my own and in March, Rula will write her own blog when her next smashing book, After the Silence, is published.
January, as dreary, cold and dangerous weather-wise it can be for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this has always been a favorite month of mine. To answer Anna Adams’s post of a few days ago, I don’t do much with resolutions any more. January is too exciting of a month to bog it down with diets and self-inflicted pains of my own broken promises to myself when I am not able to be better organized, more methodically-paced or spend more time reading Greek Tragedies. I will pray more. That I can do.
But for this particular January, I am enthusiastic because Heartwarming has an “official” one year under its belt. I have read nearly all of my fellow Heartwarming authors and haven’t been the least bit disappointed yet. Some were down right spectacular and I will continue in the New Year to pat you all on the back. Good job, Ladies! I also want to say that in my thirty-six years of writing and publishing, I have never met a more cohesive, supportive, understanding, sharing, caring, empathetic group of people in my life. The support I have seen for those who have weathered a tragic 2014 is rare. Because of who we are and the bonding I have witnessed, I believe there is something nearly mystical about our associations. Yes, our stories are unique. Yes, our characters have a great deal of heart and soul, but so do a lot of novels in a lot of lines. Something happened when Victoria gathered us all under her wing and set us on this sturdy path and it is a wonderful gift.
That is why I strongly believe our future is glittering. This road may not be gold yet, but with the kind of hard work, attention to details both in our writing and promotion, and OUR support of the line for all, we will reach our goals. This January is just the beginning of good things for us.
January, too, is the launch of my third book in my Indian Lake series, A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE. See self-serving photo below.
My story is set in a vineyard in Northwestern Indiana. We are only six miles from the beach at Lake Michigan and all along the western shore are vineyards. The research I did was a hardship. I just HAD to go to all those vineyards and check them out, right? Frankly, when I first devised my fictional town of Indian Lake, the story of Liz Crenshaw leveling a shotgun at devastatingly handsome and aggravating Gabe Barzonni, who is stealing samples of her precious soil, sprang to my consciousness like I’d stepped across a dimension. Gabe DOES want Liz’s land—until he realizes he wants Liz and can’t have her. It’s a mess---complete with a decades-old Barzonni family secret that finally is exposed. I just love stories like that---everything is far from what it should be. Everybody gets rattled and confused until love cracks things open and illuminates the truth.
January is the best time for looking forward and making plans. The bigger the better. We can make adjustments later if we have to “downsize” our goals, but for me, right now, we have to rev our engines, supply ourselves with more rocket fuel and shoot for the moon. For me, I’m re-considering all kinds of approaches to my marketing and publishing plans. This of course, includes writing more hours than there is in day! But, hey, I really DO think big. We all like and believe in happy endings. I believe in writing the script of our lives, so why not make plans for the best?
For all you readers out there, I’m giving away three free copies of A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE for your comments to my question: “Do you prefer to read novels in physical books or on e-pub?
Comment here and tomorrow I will announce the winners. I will need your snail mail address!
Happy NEW Year!
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