Hello 2019!

I know, I’m super late on my end of the year/start of a new year post. I’ve spent the past month or so trying to play catch-up on some things I kind of let go in 2018. I had a lot of obligations that I had to step back from because of family issues. I’m trying hard to make up for that now that things are somewhat normal in my life.

I can’t believe it’s already 2019. I swear it feels like only yesterday when I was typing the end of 2017 post.

I published two books in 2018, Finding Alex and Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. Well, three if you count Taking Lance (The Complete Series) where I combined all the books into one edition. Ending the Taking Lance series was bittersweet, but it was long past time. I’m happy with how the series ended with Alex and Dean and being able to finally get Lance and Rick married. They were my first published guys so they’ll always be special to me.

Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate was fun. I always have a great time revisiting Willy and the gang. I’ve already started book #6 and hope to have the first draft completed by April or May. The plan is to have it up for pre-order in late September or early October for a November 1st release date. I have a title and know exactly how the story will play out. It’s just taking the time to get it all written.

For those who have asked – and several have – no, the plan is NOT to end the series in 2019. Santa Claus will need to have his own book that will tie up a lot of loose ends. How #6 plays out will decide if Santa’s story will be in 2020 or if I’ll go another direction before he gets his. The only way the series will definitively end in 2020 is if the readers lose interest. I don’t want to be one of those authors who continues a series long past its expiration date. I’ve read a lot of those series. I don’t want to be ‘that girl’. 

Personal Stuff

In my real world I had to deal with a lot of stuff that pulled me away from pretty much everything. A lot of you know that I had a rough couple of years. 2016 until mid 2018 were difficult, to say the least. I lost my 2nd sister in 2016. My mother got sick literally the day of her funeral and gradually got worse as time went on. Very long story short, everything to do with her became my responsibility.

The constant being on call and being forced to listen to things I shouldn’t have had to listen to day in and day out took a toll on not just my emotional health but my physical health as well. Both my sisters were gone so I didn’t have them to turn to or to help take some of the load off. When I was forced to take a step back and focus on MY health, that didn’t go over so well.

My mom died in May.

Even now, several months later, I’m not sure how I feel. I suppose it’ll take awhile for me to finally get that I’m only responsible for me now. The holidays were a start but I’m missing my sisters that much more. That’s something I’ll have to deal with and I will. I have an amazing husband, 3 great sons, and a best friend who listens without judgment.

A lot of you have followed me from the beginning (almost 5 years, if you can believe that) so I wanted to let y’all know why I only published 2 original stories in 2018 when I have several in various stages of editing. I’ve had to take a step back to try to process some of what has happened in my life over the past couple of years. I can’t write my best stories if my brain is all over the place.

I’ve always said that writing keeps me sane. It does really. What better place to escape to when I’m having a bad day than to the crazy North Pole with kinky elves, hot reindeer, and Willy silliness? 😉 That series is different. It pretty much writes itself. All others had to be put on hold.

My health is much better than it was. I’m slowly getting there emotionally.

Looking Ahead

2018 was spent with me traveling a lot. I’m hoping to do more in 2019.

I barely read anything in 2018. An avid reader, I’d never gone more than a few weeks without picking up a book. I’ve already read several just in the past few weeks and I have a lot on my Kindle that I’m eager to jump into.

I’ve already mentioned Willy the Kinky Elf, #6. It’s coming along nicely.

3 years ago I wrote a Christmas story that was never published. There was a title, a blurb, and even a cover. It was complete. It’s about a mall Santa and a mall elf. I’m a big fan of books with children in them, though I’d never written one before. This particular story has 5-year-old twins. The story wasn’t published because I was iffy about how I handled the twins’ mother. I hope to fix that and make it available for Christmas 2019.

This is NOT a Willy the Kinky Elf story. I hope when it’s published that the readers will go into it with an open mind and not compare it to that series. They’re not even remotely similar. No shifting reindeer or kinky elves in this one unless you count a kinky mall elf.

I’ll update later in the year.

Okay, what else?

I guess here is where I should mention how my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide suddenly forgot how to play football during the National Championship game against Clemson. Or maybe I’ll just leave it at that? 😉

I hope everyone had a nice time during the holidays, and I hope the new year has started off great. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Maybe someday I’ll finally write Cupid. Cupid won’t be a sequel to Eros, but it’ll be in the same world. Eros and Sy will have to make cameos because Eros kind of threw poor Cupid under the bus in his story.

I’ll be celebrating my 5th publishing anniversary in early April. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing to celebrate yet but I’ll keep you all updated. If you have any suggestions, shoot me a message.

Thank you to everyone who has stuck around, even when I’ve disappeared for awhile to handle personal stuff. I swear I have the best readers in the world.

Until next time,

Candi

P.S. The guy in the photos is Sergio Carvajal, my inspiration for Cole Crawford in ‘Dylan’. I’ve posted one photo in a previous blog post. I had to add more. Can you blame me? 😉