I almost always do a “year in review” post on this blog, discussing the highlights and challenges of 2015, as well as my hopes for 2016. I intended on having this post ready to go up yesterday, but that didn’t happen between physio and yes, I’ll be honest…Minecraft, the xBox game that the kids got for Christmas that I’ve found myself playing along with them and am nowcompletely invested in. I have
three eight tame wolves and I basically live in a castle.
Anyway, back to what we’re all here for…my recap post.
2015 was an incredible year. I re-published my first two novels with my publisher, Booktrope, and released two more books (the final Collide series book, Collateral, and Damaged Goods, the first book in my all new Damaged series). The sequel, Reckless Abandon, comes out at the end of January, and you can pre-order it now while it’s on sale for $1.99. HOLY SALES PITCH BATMAN, sorry. I’ve had a lot of caffeine this morning…
Anyway, where was I?
In June, I did my first ever signing at the Sexy in the City event in Toronto, and shortly after I attended another — the Ignite Your Soul Author Event in London, Ontario. At these events, I met several incredible readers and authors that became fast friends of mine. Some friendships even bloomed into working relationships too (I scored my personal assistant/book manager, Chelsea, at the Toronto signing).
It was the year that I started getting recognition for my work and seeing my name and books mentioned in shout out posts on Facebook. That was surreal — it still is. Every time I’m tagged in something, I can’t help but pinch myself. Is this for real? Is this really my life now? I’ve been dreaming about being a writer since I was a little girl, and it’s now a reality.
I also received an invitation to sign at the Romancing The Falls Event in Niagara Falls in 2017, and I was completely blown away that I was wanted there. I’m going to be at an event with some of my freakin’ idols, and I’ll be signing my own books along side of them! How weird is that? It’s like I’m really doing this now. I mean, I was doing this before, but now I’m really really doing it.
In 2015, I started writing articles for the MHE Coalition and the OCH Literary Society. I wrote for Hasty Words, Rachel Thompson, and The Lithium Chronicles, and was featured on Psychology Today. My essay on living with chronic pain was included in the Stigma Fighters Anthropology.
So, lots of stuff in the book/work world happened. In my “personal” life, a lot of things happened too, both good and not-so-good. My youngest son started Kindergarten, and he’s excelling and enjoying it. We had to rehome one of our dogs, and that was heartbreaking but I know it was for the best. Since then, from the help of an incredible local trainer and rescue Ivy has found a new home that fits her needs better and she’s doing wonderful. We still miss her, but knowing that she’s safe and happy is a huge comfort.
We wrapped up 2015 with a surgery (mine) and the news that our landlord was selling our house and we’d have to move. Both things on their own kind of suck, but considering they happened with in days of each other, I had to buck up and figure out a solution.
We have a place to move to, and I’m going to make 2016 The Year Of Financial Responsibility. I’m not going to cut chips and junk food out of my diet for my health or shape (because fuck that, ha!) but I will limit the amount of money I spend on that crap because it would be nice to actually save up for a house one day. Or a vacation, or more signings in the states. Whatever it is, I want that savings account fat and juicy.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ll be a new me — I’ll still be the same me I’ve always been, just hopefully wiser and more aware of my surroundings.
2015 was good to me and I’m sure 2016 will be too. Now, it took me an overwhelming amount of time to actually type this stuff out, so I’m gonna call it a day and move on to a shameless self promotion plug about a sale I’ve got happening now, because if you’re here you’re likely one of those people who likes to read books. If you like books, you probably really like saving money when buying them.
So, without further ado…sale stuff.
The entire Collide series is on sale right now. Get the first two books for 99 cents and the third book for $1.99 — five bucks in savings, which means five bucks in additional book spending money. SCORE!