As I’ve gotten older, I find myself in a reflective mood this time of year. The current year is drawing to a close, the New Year is just over the horizon. Since I’m such a lesson-oriented person with a tad of goal-making obsession thrown in, I wanted to look back on this year at the highs – and lows – and see what I can learn to guide me into 2020 with a brighter, enthusiastic mindset. At the end of 2018 I made some goals for myself for 2019. Of the 7 things I listed, I only stuck to 2. More about that on tomorrow’s blog.
For now, since being positive is such a good thing, let’s start with the good things that happened this year.
- I had 3 books published through 2 publishing houses and I released my very first indie pubbed book into the world ( the story of how this came about is detailed on tomorrow’s blog, so check back.)
- I celebrated my 59th birthday and my 32nd wedding anniversary. No small feat, either of them.
- I never wrote them all out together until now, but I won ALL of the following awards this year:
- 2019 NERFA Winner – Contemporary romance 40k-56k CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS
- 2019 Book Buyer Best Top pick of the year – Contemporary Romance – DEARLY BELOVED
- 2019 Book Buyers Best First place in Mainstream Romance: CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS
- 2019 International Digital Awards – Winner CONTEMPORARY NOVEL – CHRISTMAS & CANNOLIS (this is the second year in a row I’ve won this division, so YAY!)
- 2019 Golden Quill Contest – Winner Contemporary CAN’T STAND THE HEAT
- 2019 Maine Romance Writers Strut your Stuff Grand Prize Winner DEARLY BELOVED
- I finaled in a bunch more contests, but the wins have a tad more cache ( hee hee)
- I sold more books than ever before this year, so I hope that means I gained some new, loyal readers. That’s the goal, anyway!
- I joined a fabulous Blogging Group called the ROMANCE GEMS where I get to blog to the masses once a month ( more if I want a special day!) The support and love in this group is astounding.
And of course, there were things that weren’t so great that happened and need to be listed.
- I was dropped by one of my publishing houses after book 1 of a 3 book series was published due to low sales. I never realized they wanted me to sell 1,000,000 books right out of the gate. And yes, if that sounds bitter….I am.
- I received some not very flattering reviews for a few of my books ( and yes, they were outnumbered in droves by the positive ones, but the negative ones are the ones you ALWAYS remember)
- I tore the rotator cuffs in both arms, the bicep tendon in my right and had to have surgery to fix the right arm so I could function like a human being again. ( Left arm is next year)
- I continue to see my parents deteriorate with age and that truly saddens my soul.
- Several of my friends lost their parents this year making # 4 a reality for me to come.
- The world around us is very dark and scary right now and I truly am sick and tired of seeing another high school or mass shooting, or another home-terrorist attack every time I look at the news. I am trying to be hopeful for the future, but it’s hard.
I am happy and hopeful, though to see that there were more good things listed above than bad things.
So, I look forward to starting 2020 renewed, recharged, and delighted with the potential happiness the year will bring.
Happy New Year, peeps ~ Peg
It’s almost a new year and I’ve a great way to kick off your 2020 Reading Challenge!
I’ve teamed up with 30+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Steamy Contemporary Romances to 2 lucky winners!
Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader? 😁
You can win my novel IT’S A TRUST THING, plus books from authors like my Wild Rose Press sistahs Clair Marti and Donna Simonetta.
Enter the giveaway by clicking here bit.ly/SteamyRom-Dec2019
Good luck and enjoy!
Nell Newbery has trust issues. It’s hard to trust when you’re the daughter of a fallen financial scion who bilked people out of billions. Nell’s done everything in her power to keep away from men who see her as their ticket to fortune and fame. All she wants to do is run her ultra-successful business, HELPFUL HUNKS, in peace.
But it wouldn’t hurt to find a guy who doesn’t know a thing about her father’s felonious past; one she can give her heart to and trust it won’t come back to her battered, bruised, and broken.
Is Charlie Churchill that guy? On the surface he seems perfect, all polished manners and quiet mirth. Nell’s convinced he knows nothing about her, other than she likes superhero movies and views junk food as a food group.
Can she trust him to be what he appears to be? Or is he just pretending?
For Nell, trust is everything in life…and in love.