Every once in a while, I like to share a peek at my desk (and by desk I mean the dining room table or anywhere else I can find space to spread out).
I decided I’d share that peek now because I’ve been especially quiet on my personal blog as well as other places in cyberland. I don’t want friends and readers to think that I’ve taken an oath against social media or that I fell into a lake and drowned.
No, nothing that drastic. What I have is a slight case of work overload (and by slight I actually mean heavy). 🙂
Some time ago, when I was in the process of planning out 2016, I realized that I would have 4 books releasing. But the reality of what that would be like hadn’t really dawned on me. Well, it has definitely dawned now. Good-morning, 2016. Hello, beautiful new year—you’re going to be busy!
Within the first three months of this year I have two books releasing. In January, my lighthouse romance, Undaunted Hope hit shelves. So of course, I’ve been busy having lots of giveaways and interviews. I even got to make an appearance in Family Fiction magazine!
Next month, March 1, my second young adult novel, A Daring Sacrifice makes its way into reader hands. On the heels of promoting my January book, now I’m gearing up to let the world know about my newest medieval romance!
There’s always a LOT to do and a LOT going on during release time. But my launch teams help tremendously. I have one group for my adult novels and one for my YA (with some crossover between them) and special Facebook groups for both. These ladies are some of the most supportive cheerleaders and promoters that I’ve ever had.
In the midst of all the wonderful hoopla (and I do really mean wonderful!), I’m managing a couple of other big projects. The first is that I’m releasing A Noble Groom into an audio book. Last year I requested and was granted the audio rights on a few of my books that hadn’t been picked up by audio companies. I’ll be sharing more about this project later in the month once it releases, so stop back to hear more about the process!
A second exciting thing that I’ve been working on is getting my first ever indie book ready for publication. Yes, I’m tip-toeing into the waters of independent publishing with a fourth lighthouse book, Forever Safe, which releases in June 2016. I was having so much fun with the series, that I decided to write at least one more. Since I want to make sure this book retains the top-notch quality of my other books, I’m putting it through the same rigorous process of editing—content, line, and copy.
Meanwhile, in addition to all of the promotional stuff that goes with having two books release in such short succession as well as audio and indie projects, I also have one other responsibility. One, teeny-tiny job. Yeah, the writing of my next book. Go figure!
Actually, my writing always takes priority over all my other author responsibilities. I make myself finish my daily word count goal before I tackle any of the other projects. So, the story is well underway and developing some fun, unexpected twists.
So what am I currently writing, you might be asking?
It’s a brand new historical romance series for Bethany House Publishers that will release next year in 2017, starting with a free novella to kick off the three books. I’m not at liberty yet to reveal what the series is about. But I hope that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’m loving writing it!
So there you have it! A peek at my desk and all that I’m working on at the present. So who’s ready for a nap? (*raises hand*)