Thursday, December 31, 2015

THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF 2015



To paraphrase Charles Dickens in the opening lines of A Tale Of Two Cities, 2015 was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Yet when I look back and think of all that happened, I’m surprised to see how much I accomplished with my writing.
 
The year started off with the release in January of OH, WHAT A KNIGHT (Peninsula Heights series) Griff Walker is homeless, jobless and stranded miles from anywhere when motorist, Shane Walker, stops and offers him a ride, a job and the chance of a whole new life. http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2110-Oh-What-A-Knight.aspx
Also in the Peninsula Heights series was the release in April of FINDING THE TRUTH - http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2162-Finding-The-Truth.aspx in which P.I. Marcus D’Angelo continues the case he started at the request of the local police chief in Looking For Answers and finally discovers what’s behind the rumors of extortion and shakedowns that have plagued Little Italy for years.
A paperback collection of the first three Peninsula Heights stories is now available: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2250-Peninsula-Heights.aspx.
 
In April I completed my second year of the A-Z Blog Challenge - http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com. Blogging on a different subject every day except Sundays for the entire month of April is not the easiest thing I’ve done, but the sense of accomplishment when I hit the “send” button on that last post makes it well worth the effort. I also posted something most weeks for MySexySaturday - http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ which I’ve found to be a great way of finding new friends and promoting my books to a wider audience. 

In April my daughter suffered the reoccurrence of a health issue that almost took her life. She says hopefully it won’t happen again. I prefer to think positive and say it won’t.
 
In May I started a new series, Hennessey Falls. This series revolves around a group of bars, clubs and restaurants, owned by Noah Davidson and the Davidson Restaurant Group, and the employees who work there. The opening story came out in May - THE REPLACEMENT -  http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2181-The-Replacement.aspx Noah has just lost his lover to kidney failure and is having difficulty in moving on with his life until Gavin Murray applies for the job as the Group’s general manager. Noah’s attracted to Gavin, but he tells himself he’s not ready for someone new, he’s still mourning Brett. If he had any sense he’d turn down Gavin’s application. Instead, he agrees to give Gavin a three-month trial by convincing himself Gavin is his only option and business comes first.
In June, THE GHOST MAKES THREE http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2199-The-Ghost-Makes-Three.aspx the second book in a series I co-wrote with KC Kendricks was released. Michael Brooks’ life took an unexpected direction when he found the Taylor mansion, a two-story Colonial perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. An untenured college professor, he suddenly became a successful entrepreneur. And best of all, he met sexy deputy Colin Jefferson and they hit it off in a big way. He’s even made friends with the resident ghost. How the ghost came to live in the B&B is a mystery Michael and Colin need to solve. It’s the only way for their resident spirit to find eternal rest. But until then, the ghost makes three...
I joined the IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) blog hop in June - http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html. The writing life is full of insecurities from worrying about deadlines, to burnout, to convincing yourself you’ll never write another word, to a million other pesky problems both large and small. Just knowing there are other authors out there who experience the same thing, know exactly what you’re going through and are willing to offer their support means more than I can say. It’s comforting to know I’m not all alone, banging my head against a brick wall and crying in the dark for the inspiration that eludes me or the Muse that’s MIA.
The Hennessey Falls series continued in July with NO ONE’S PERFECT (a best seller at All Romance EBooks, btw) -http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2230-No-One-s-Perfect.aspx Thanks to an ill-timed joke and a thoughtless action, Terry Miller (who had a brief appearance in The Replacement) not only lost his job, he also lost Liam, the man he loved and expected to spend the rest of his life with. A year has passed and Terry knows he should either find it in his heart to forgive Liam for his part in what happened, or forget him and move on. But he can’t forgive and he can’t forget. As far as Terry is concerned, Liam’s the one who owes him the apology.
September and October were two of the hardest months I’ve known. In late September my eldest kitty, Toby Diamond, developed vertigo. I was terrified I would lose my baby, but I should have known better. Toby’s a fighter. He still has the head tilt and his balance is tricky, but otherwise he’s fine. But then two weeks later, at around 5:45a.m. on October 13, the phone rang. It was a nurse at the hospital to say my husband had taken a turn for the worse and to come immediately. He was actually gone when she called, but they don’t tell you that. He’d finally lost his battle with congestive heart failure and passed away in his sleep. We met as teenagers and were together a long time. He was my honey, my lover, and my best friend. I miss him terribly, but his strength was gone to the point where he kept falling and could no longer stand by himself. Family and friends have helped enormously, but this is something that takes time to accept even though I know he’s now in a much better place—he’s on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge with three of his brothers, his parents and mine, my sister, and the furkids we’ve lost over the years. I know for sure he won’t be lonely. I can hear them all now, trying to outshout one another in an effort to catch up on all the news.
As you can imagine, the rest of 2015 has passed in something of a blur. But in November STILL MISSING http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2286-Still-Missing.aspx made an appearance. This is part of the Amethyst Cove series and the sequel to Missing, But Not Dead. - Ever since Greg Stewartson, ex-cop, private investigator, and half-owner of Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations, first met Ash Tyler, a handsome and very sexy nurse, he’s been trying to find Ash’s biological family—the one Ash says he had before he was taken into care and adopted by the Tylers more than twenty years ago. Greg and Ash are now a couple. Greg’s leads have all turned into dead ends, so Ash told him to let it go. Then one night a half-drowned man is brought into the urgent care clinic where Ash works. He says he’s looking for Jack Smith, the man Ash knew as grandpa. Suddenly Greg is up to his ears in new information and new leads. Will he finally get Ash the answers he so desperately wants or is he being conned by a pair of clever hustlers determined to conceal the truth? 
Chocolate Mix at Literary Nymphs gave STILL MISSING a 4-nymphs review.
 
The above books are also available at: ARE (www.allromanceebooks.com), Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
 
 
Only time will tell what 2016 holds for me. THE GHOST GETS EVEN, the third and final, at least for now, story in the series I co-wrote with KC Kendricks is due out in the early part of the year. And I have several stories in progress, including the follow-up to STILL MISSING and a couple more additions to the Hennessey Falls series.
 
 
All that’s left now is for me to wish everyone, family, friends, fans, readers, fellow authors and bloggers the very best of everything for the New Year. I hope we all have the health to enjoy the good, find the courage to deal with the bad, and to remember that whatever happens life still goes on.

Happy New Year and Blessings to us all.

 
Christiane
 
 
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