With final edits, last minute cover changes, and all the other details that go into publishing Indie- style the last quarter of 2017 was crazy. Crazy good! But I wanted to use this month’s blog post to thank my readers. The response to Darkness Before Dawn and After Sunrise has been overwhelmingly amazing, reaching far beyond anything I expected when I wrote the books. So thank you for taking a chance, and spending your time and money on my work. And especially for taking the time to review it so favorable on the various sights that mean so much to an author as Amazon, Good Reads, Book Bub, etc.
I am also so very grateful for my family who has been so patient and understanding as I wrote the series. It takes a tremendous amount of time to write a book and get it ready for readers. My family has been super supportive and helpful. We’re a bunch who I’d like to believe, if we weren’t related, would still be friends! I’m sure you know what I mean. Loud, somewhat opinionated, nosey. Mostly because we care so darn much and want to help anyway we can.
My husband surprised me with a wonderful trip to Hawaii for the holidays and it gave me the chance to take a deep breath, relax and review the past year. There were several highlights and I am unable to rank them in any specific order as each was a dream come true and equally amazing.
My little granddaughter has completely stolen my heart and I doubt the 16-month-old will ever give it back! Every point of her little finger, each wide-eyed “ooh” of discovery, and every time she calls me “Maga” instead of the grandma I’m working on….I love her more and more.
My younger daughter Lauren, (Name sound familiar?) graduated after years of hard work and study as a Nurse Practitioner. I couldn’t be prouder. I remember her playing doctor with dolls as a toddler, and rushing home from school each day to do homework until after midnight most of her life. Her patients are lucky to have her.
The third amazing bucket list item of the year was becoming an author! Yes, after reading avidly my entire life, I finally wrote my own stories! The first two books in The Never Lose Sight series are available now, the third will be published Feb 2018.
Today, updating my website, www.AuthorLeighRobbins.com I thought about goals and wishes for the new year. I did manage to lose 25 pounds in 2017, so that is one item off the 2018 list, of course I will write maintaining the loss on my new list, but it won’t be at the top.
This year, top of the list will be to live in the present. 2017 was a difficult year for many I care about. Friends have passed away and several others dealt with pain and illness. After my daughter was rear-ended on her way to work one morning, I was reminded how precarious and precious each day is. The accident could have been much worse, but the whiplash she sustained is painful. I was in Hawaii and when she called me in the wee hours one morning, crying from the scene of the accident “Mom, I’m okay.”, my priorities came into focus. The call could have gone completely different.
In my stories, the strong men and women experience how a moment in time can change everything. A step to the right or left, meeting someone by chance, or a stop for coffee on the way to work can change the course of your life forever.
I will not take another day for granted, nor miss another opportunity to let my loved ones know how special they are to me.
I have several writing goals for 2018 which include writing Hunters love story, currently titled “Into the Night”, and then continuing the series with Madison’s life. I’ll let my readers tell me if they want to know about Collins. A few months ago, I had an unbelievably sexy, dream that demanded 5 hours of furious note scribbling once I awoke. It was a new post-apocalyptic story of survival and a woman’s love of two men. (M/F/M ménage) It may need to be written.
Wherever the new year takes you I hope there’s time for snuggling into your comfortable reading nook with an exciting, romantic page-turner.
Thank you for your readership in 2017, I wish you all the best in the exciting years to come!