I can hardly believe another year is almost gone! But here we are hitting the end of 2012! And my 4th Cedar Key Series novel was released a few weeks ago! It seems like yesterday that I received that long awaited phone call from Kensington, offering me my first two book contract. And yet.......that will be 5 years ago this coming February! And oh, what a journey it's been! I've had the wonderful opportunity to meet so many fans all over the country, to hear YOUR stories, and share in your lives. So thank you for allowing me to be a part of that.
As most years are, this one has been bittersweet. August marked the first anniversary of the death of my son, Shawn. I've lost many people in my life, but nothing compares to the loss of a child. Shawn would have turned 46 next month, so I feel him extra close to me right now. Smokey, his dog, continues to do great! She is such a comfort to me, making me laugh with her antics, and giving Ray and I a lot of affection. It still amazes me how well she settled in our home and she's certainly etched a spot in our hearts. Smokey will turn 9 yr. old in March.
Some of you might remember my very handsome Maine coon cat, Marcel. Unfortunately, we lost Marcel on Oct. 15, to liver cancer. But he gave us 13 1/2 years of love and joy and although he is greatly missed, we have good kitty memories.
If you don't follow me on my Facebook page, then you might not know......I was offered another two book contract this year from Kensington, for books 5 and 6 in the Cedar Key Series. I've been quite busy working away on book 5. My deadline is February 1 and once again, I'm hoping to get the manuscript submitted to my editor by mid-January.
In addition to my writing, I've managed to fit in time for both reading and knitting. I not only mastered socks this year, but I recently taught myself how to make them on 2 circular needles, rather than double pointed needles. The best part? When I'm finished, I won't have that "second sock syndrome" because I'll be DONE and have a completed pair! AND my friend, Alice, was down here visiting me for a week during my Cedar Key Series Knitting Retreat in September and taught me how to knit a scarf with beads, which is working up so pretty!
Speaking of my knitting retreat.....a crowd of my fans arrived in September for the retreat and we had a great two days together! Knitting, discussing my books and characters and just plain having "girl time." It was such a huge success, that I'm pretty sure I'll be hosting another one next year. If you think you might like to attend, drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you're interested. Details and info will follow after the first of the year.
With the year drawing to a close, that means that Ray and I will be leaving for our beloved Paris on December 27. We're going over to celebrate his big 7-0 birthday and New Years Eve in our very favorite place. Needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to our trip!
I think that brings you up to date and again, I apologize for not posting here at Island Writer as much as I used to. But I do post daily over at Facebook on my personal page. With being so busy, it's much easier for me to do brief daily posts there, plus it allows me to interact with all of you with comments back and forth. So maybe I'll see you there.
I'm wishing you a wonderful holiday season! Good health, lots of laughter and make your dreams come true in the coming year!