LAST NEW YEAR
Did I mention I like being busy? Maybe I should have grown up to be a juggler. But I didn't I grew up to be a fiction writer. Last year about this time I had a couple of science fiction novels and a foodie thriller for sale. Then I published my first romance late last year (okay, my first romance that was actually good).
As 2012 opened, Sourcebooks brought out the first of my "Night Stalkers" series and a second one in August. I look back at that young author, so filled with hope and fear, never expecting the wonderful reception awaiting his work.
Booklist -Top 10 Romance 2012 Booklist starred, RT 4 stars
Now that's something to be thankful for!
Then, because I like juggling and being busy, and I just couldn't stand not being immersed in my "Night Stalkers" world, I gave myself a gift. An indulgence. A chance to go back and play with a character I'd loved, who never got his dream of love. In The Night is Mine, Daniel Drake Darlington III was the First Lady's chief assistant. In I Own the Dawn, President Peter Matthews had elevated him to White House Chief of Staff. But how to fall in love while having one of the busiest jobs on the planet? Well, Daniel is a creative man and flies into Christmas full-tilt in his short novel.
I now wonder just how I'll feel when this crazy round of holidays arrives next year. For one thing, many more books shall arrive. "The Night Stalkers" series continues in February with:
Where Dreams Reside will expand the "Angelo's Hearth" series. And who knows, perhaps another Christmas book will be peeking around the corner come the high season.
As I mentioned, I love being busy. There are many things I could focus on that would drag down the season, a list of life rolls and changes that, at the moment, is hectic and challenging to say the least. But that's not a choice I make. I choose to focus on the good parts of being busy, a few of which are listed above.
I choose to celebrate life.
I choose to revel in my time.
With so much to be thankful for, to give, to enjoy, to share, that's what makes it so fun and worthwhile. I wish you holidays and a year as overflowing with bounty and joy as mine has been!
All the best,