As I look back on 2015, my head spins. It’s been a wild and crazy ride for me. Of course most of you know that this year is when I went “the full indie” (which is like The Full Monty but with more clothing). I admit, I went into the year with a lot of trepidation. What if I failed? What if none of you bought my books without a publisher name on the spine of them. What if, what if, what if…
But as is often the case with such fears they ended up being unfounded. When The Other Duke hit shelves in January the response was instant and far beyond my wildest dreams. Thousands of copies rushed into your hands and the reviews were so positive and excited! I fell in love with the Flynns and you guys seemed to, as well.
That success built and culminated when my third indie book of the year, The Widow Wager, hit the USA Today Bestseller list. I had longed for that kind of success for years and been told I would never have it. Accepting it had been very painful and yet here it was, unexpected and entirely on my own terms. I was flabbergasted, just as I was when two more books hit the list (A Marquis for Mary and The Other Duke when it went on sale).
I’ve watched my income soar, my belief in myself skyrocket and felt my gratitude for my readers grow exponentially. So when I look back at this year professionally, it will be with a joyful heart.
Personally, it’s been a bit tougher. I’ve had some difficulties in my private life that have changed me. But sometimes it takes pain to grow. So I’m growing. I have a great partner to grow beside in my husband. That’s the luckiest thing I have going for me.
2015 was a very Big Year. And I am looking forward to 2016 even more. Happy New Year!
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