Happy New Year!

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixWelcome to 2016!

The first order of business this morning is to thank all of you for starting off my year so well. Gaston and Ysmaine’s book is sitting in a lovely position this morning, thanks to all of you who picked up a copy during this week’s sale.

At Amazon.com, The Crusader’s Bride is #1 in Medieval Romance, #8 in Suspense and #227 overall in the Kindle store:Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.28.01 AMAt Amazon.ca, The Crusader’s Bride is #1 in Medieval Romance. #8 or #9 in Historical Fiction and #51 overall in the Kindle store:Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.29.19 AMAt Barnes and Noble, The Crusader’s Bride is #18 in the Nook store.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.31.23 AMAt Kobo, The Crusader’s Bride is #3 in Historical Romance, #13 in Historical Fiction and #7 in Romantic Suspense.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.33.46 AMAt iBooks, The Crusader’s Bride is #2 overall paid in the iBooks store.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.35.35 AMThank you, all! This is a wonderful way to start the year and I hope you enjoy Gaston and Ysmaine’s story. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, the sale goes through January 4, then it’s back to the regular price.

And now, the rest of my post for the new year! At the end of each year, I tend to sum things up, take stock of what worked and what didn’t, then make plans for going forward. After the summary, I do some culling and sorting. I ditch what isn’t working and make lists of what I want to change about how I’m doing things. In this publishing environment, that means assessing what’s working (and not) on a personal level, as well as what’s changing in the marketplace. (We do live in interesting times.)

One goal coming out of that for 2016 is that I want to take better physical care of myself. Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent too much time at my desk. The New Girl and I have been taking a long walk each day this fall, and I now have Chelle managing my newsletter for me. Angie continues to manage some of the other promotion – especially for audio. I also some other schemes to mix up my daily schedule a bit. Less computer time also means less internet time, because I want to focus on writing.

I also want to knit down some of my yarn stash and finish those lingering projects – that means more knitting time, which is great thinking and plotting time. All of these come together to increase my focus on writing new stories. The next cover reveal comes up in February and it’ll be in my newsletter first. It’s for Simply Irresistible, which is the launch title in my upcoming contemporary romance series called Flatiron Five. I’ve wanted to write another contemporary romance series since finishing The Coxwells, and this group of five friends have really snared my imagination. I’m also collaborating with another author, connecting her linked series to my linked series, and will tell you more about that in February, too.

I’ll announce the other new series launch in May, first at Romancing the Capital, in my newsletter, and then here on the blog. Things are going to change on the website this year, too, with some series having their own subsidiary sites. It’s just a question of how best to manage so many titles in so many sub-genres.

The good news is that my sharper focus will more stories and more books. I’ve redone my calendar for my bulletin board and it’s crowded! I have some fun projects lined up for 2016 as a result of doing this review last year, and have added a few more surprises in the last month or so. I feel that I’m back in my writing groove again, and am having a fabulous time planning out new series. The Champions of Saint Euphemia was my first new series in a long while, but there will be several more new series launching this year. Woo HOO! It’s going to be a great year for writing for me, and I’m looking forward to it.

What resolutions or plans do you have for 2016?

3 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. All your new plans sound great for this year. 2016 for me means continued changes and all for the better. As you know I had a stroke in August ’13 and have now recovered about 90% but it is time to fly solo. All I had was about 6 weeks of rehab at a stroke and brain injury center in So Cali. They literally got me walking and talking again and more. Everything since has been 100% all me. I also got sick last year in Feb. ’15 with 2 weeks of IV Meds that literally killed all the probiotics and more in my stomach. Got better but lost 50 lbs in less than 4 months. I have now lost 85-90 lbs but has a 100+ goal and am within about 15 lbs. Always a bigger gal I am down to my lowest in 30 years. No dieting involved. Stomach shrunk plus eating no protein before Noon daily and no hot or spicy foods. My stomach is better but not there yet.
    My true goal is lose the 100 lbs, get clothes that fit, start really exercising to get toned and hope and pray my Social Security case of 2+ years is approved and all settled soon. Wants my total independence back not stuck in this care center 1 day more than needed, ever. Just be me totally, normal, independent and with no slight limp from stroke and getting rid of any health device from using a wheelchair, then walker to a cane to nothing ever again. My goal is both physical, mental, financial and an absolute doable one. So wish me luck. HaHa I am alive, strong, stubborn and a Stroke Survivor. I Can and Will Do This for 2016. My SSA court case hearing is 3/31 after that I will be free and me.

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  2. Deb Happy New Year to you!!
    Sounds like great resolutions, mine is also to take better care of myself. I’ve been clocking about 1.5 miles a day but then during the holidays it seems all I did was shovel in goodies 🙂 oh well the holidays are over!
    I hope you top all your goals
    Congrats on The Crusader’s Bride success I loved it and of course can’t wait for more stories from you!
    xo

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