Looking Ahead to 2014
Greetings from sunny and warm southwest Florida. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and hope you’ll visit often.
First, a little housekeeping to report on. As I’m ‘in between’ writing projects right now (waiting on my editor), I have a massive ‘To Do List,’ loaded with tasks of all kinds to keep me busy. One of the biggest tasks is this website. With everything else that happened in 2013, time for website housekeeping has been hard to come by, so I have to apologize for not keeping up. I’ve managed to keep up with the blog posts, for the most part, but the rest of the site … So, I’ve spent parts of the last several days updating pages.
I would be remiss to write this page without wishing one and all the best of holidays. This is a time best spent with family and friends, reflecting on what’s good in our lives. But, if you discover you’ll be alone during the holidays, please consider volunteering at a homeless shelter, or some other place that serves meals to the less fortunate in your area – not only will you be helping others, but you’ll be helping yourself, too. The feeling you get when you give of yourself is a very special kind of ‘high.’
‘Adelle’s Time’ (book 3 of my TIME Series) is currently being edited. I wrote the first 50,000 words of this book during NaNo 2012.
After that, ‘Logan’s Time,’ book 4. For those of you who’ve read ‘Janelle’s Time’ (book 1), you may remember Logan, the Scots Duke of Muileach – he crashed Richard and Janelle’s wedding. When Janelle’s Time was complete, he told me he wanted his own book. I agreed. Originally, it was to be book 2, but along came Janelle’s twin girls who had to have books of their own. Logan wasn’t happy about being bumped to book 4, but he’ll get over it.
During NaNo 2013, I worked on ‘Clarissa’s Time,’ book 5, which I hope to release in 2015. This was a hard book to write as it’s the final book of the series, and I wanted to end it in a special way. In the days just before NaNo began, I thought of a great way to, shall we say, ‘close the book.’ So, the first part of the book will be about Clarissa and Damian Gerard – although there’s a sneak preview in ‘Adelle’s Time.’ The second part of the book will revert to Janelle, who was in her 20s in ‘Janelle’s Time,’ but now is 70, and has been married to Richard for almost 50 years.
So, what’s ahead for me in 2014? Early in the year, I’ll be wrapping up editing on ‘Adelle’s Time,’ then sending it to the publisher. At that time, at least for a while, I can work on ‘Logan’s Time.’ Once ‘Adelle’s Time’ is released, I’ll be busy with appearances, which I’m already lining up, and, at the same time, working on ‘Logan’s Time’ with the hope I can release it in the last quarter of the 2014.
I believe ‘Logan’s Time’ will be the best book of the series. It’s got all the right stuff … a western islands of the Scots Highlands locale, a larger-than-life Scots duke main character, a centuries-old castle with a secret passageway, a mother who blackmails her father and abandons her husband and children, lots of problems for Logan, the love of his life, a bunch of kids, maybe an old flame, and so much more. I’ve always seen Logan as looking something like the Italian male model who graced over 400 romance novel covers in the late 70s and 80s, Fabio (remember him?) … but give him red hair and blue eyes, make him larger by several inches … and, above all, give him an attitude.
My TBR pile is getting bigger and bigger … I’m adding books faster than I can read them! There are so many books I want to read, but so little time … I really miss hunkering down with a book and letting the real world pass me by while I live in the world in the pages.
On the non-writing front, while I’ve been retired for several years now, my husband, Pete, just joined the ranks. It was not, however, his choice. The company eliminated several jobs in the office, including his. He got the word one day that he was out, just 3 weeks before Christmas, and just 8 months shy of his actual retirement date, after 21 years. While the compassion of his former employer is stunning, I’m delighted to report that he’s doing well transitioning from a work-a-day guy who has never been unemployed in nearly 50 years, to being retired. Of course, I have to adjust, too. I haven’t worked (a conventional job) in 10 years, so it’s going to be a change for me to have him around all the time. I figure he’ll chill for a few weeks, or maybe a couple of months, then go find himself a part-time job to fill his time.
That’s about it for now. My plan is to write new material here a lot more often than I have. Whether I can make that happen … well, stop by now and then to see, OK?