Happy New Year!
My favorite way to ring in the new year is to leave town and head somewhere where I can see the stars and hear the coyotes howl. When this post goes live at midnight 1/1/13, that's where I'll be. :) While I'm there, I'll be thinking about my personal highlights of the past year and looking forward to the next.
A few days ago I put together a post full of photos showing the highlights of my 2012. You can check out the full post right here if you'd like, plus find out a little about my writing plans in 2013. Or, here are just a couple snapshots of a few of last year's highlights.
Having fun meeting readers & other authors at the RT Convention in Chicago...
Left: Me and authors Marie Sexton, Nichelle Gregory and Seranna DeWylde at the TEB publisher's dinner
Right: Me and author Angela Stone
Having fun meeting even more readers & writers at Lora Leigh's RAW in Pittsburgh...
From left to right: Sylvia Day, Carrie Ann Ryan, a lovely reader, Shayla Black, Lexi Blake & me.
My new puppy Nessie...
These photos are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what I loved about 2012, so probably needless to say, I really enjoyed the year.
What about you? What were some of your personal highlights in 2012? And what are you looking forward to in 2013? Tell me in a comment including your e-mail address & you'll be included in a drawing for some big prizes, as listed below...
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In 2013, I'm looking forward to meeting more readers & fellow authors at events as well as bringing new stories to readers (of course!), and especially to putting more emphasis on my contemporary romances (though I will still be working on my paranormal series too). Here's my brand new release which just came out in December, and is my latest contemporary...
Ryan Moore forged his own path when he defied his wealthy family’s expectations by joining the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After a period of service that’s cut short by an IED explosion, the lingering physical and mental effects of war result in an isolated struggle to exist in the civilian world. He throws himself into competitive MMA fighting – the one thing he’s still able to excel at, even if every match is a risk he can’t afford to take.
His first encounter with amateur female fighter Ally Rivera ignites a spark of desire he hasn’t felt since before a bomb left its marks on his life and his body, but his flirtation with her turns out to be anything but harmless. She’s struggling to hold together a family ravaged by violence – a feat that isn’t easy when her father has been imprisoned, leaving her vulnerable to relatives who run a local gang. Can two unrelenting fighters overcome challenges they couldn’t defeat alone, or do the wounds of war and crime run too deep for even love to heal?
Full-Length Novel. (Approximately 110,000 words.)
Read a free excerpt here.
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