Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Year in Review

With 2017 coming to an end in just a few days, I thought it was a good time for the annual what-have-I-done-with-my-writing discussion. I’ve been so engrossed in the new book I’m working on that I honestly had to stop for a minute to think about the books I’d published this year.

I finished a series by publishing the last two books. To be fair, the Kinkaid Brothers was only a three book series, but with it being a spin off from the Taking on Love series, it felt a little bit longer. Heading for Home, the second book in the series, was released in January. It’s the story of Reese Kinkaid and his long held crush on his little brother’s best friend. What happens when Reese has the chance to get everything he’s ever wanted? If you’ve read Heading for Home, you already know.

Triple Play rounded out the Kinkaid Brothers series. This one came out in April, and I’ll admit I was a little nervous about how it would be received. Truthfully, I’m nervous every time a new book comes out. I want readers to love it as much as I do. With Triple Play, that feeling was magnified times ten since it featured a set of identical twins looking to find a woman to settle down with, a woman they could share. Not content to stop there, I threw in a little bit of twincest. Nothing too major, but enough to make me bite my nails in fear that my readers would be disgusted and give up reading anything else I ever wrote. Turns out, I worried for nothing. I’ve got great readers who give everything I read a fair chance, and they seemed to like this book.

With the Kinkaid Brothers finished, I took on two group projects this year. One was another Sapphire Falls Kindle World novella and the other was a novella in the Chandler County romantic suspense series.

I was excited to be back in the Sapphire Falls world create by the amazing Erin Nicholas. Nobody can write a scorching yet sweet page turner quite like Erin, and the fact that she lets other authors share her characters is both wonderful and inspiring. For my second Sapphire Falls book (the first one came out in October 2016), I released Going Even Wilder. It picked up where the first story left off. 

In Going Even Wilder, Jillian Somers is fed up with waiting for Jackson Wilder to propose and decides to take matters into her own hands. There’s just one problem. Jackson is ready to propose, and he’s got it all planned. This is a romantic comedy of sorts as readers get to see how these two try to outmaneuver each other. There’s also a side story with Jillian’s sister, Shelby, and the hot Marine she’s fallen for.

Erin Nicholas has some rabid readers, me among them. Being part of her world is an honor, but it’s also scary. I didn’t want to let anyone down. Thankfully, Going Even Wilder was well received and reviewed. I even had some readers reach out to me to ask if I’d write a full story for Shelby and her hot Marine. Time will tell!

Finally, in November, I took on a new genre for me; romantic suspense. When I first signed on to write a book for the Chandler County series, I didn’t realize what I was getting in to. I thought I could write my romance the way I wanted. For the most part, I could, but it needed to be suspenseful. The book was a challenge but one I had fun tackling. Missing Out was the final book for me this year, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

There you have it. It was a busy year for me, and now I’m ready to take on 2018. Tune in next week to find out what my future plans are for my writing. See you next year!