I was telling Surfer Guy I would always remember 2011 as the Year of the Broken Leg and I decided I didn’t want to root my memories in that. So I’m reflecting on other things I have accomplished and that revolve around my passion for reading and writing.
2011 is the year that I recommended over thirty-six books via my Romance column for the publication BookPage. It is available at libraries and at retailers and you can also read it online at bookpage.com. I love this gig! Imagine, every month a box of advance copies of my favorite genre are delivered to my doorstep. I can only highlight three books a month (in February, I do more) but I read more than that each month and count myself so lucky. I cross sub-genres, so there is something for everyone in the column. You might want to keep an eye out for the publication–they have recommendations for all kinds of books.
2011 is also the year that I helped organize a charity anthology that is raising money for veterans medical research. What started as a casual tweet became an actual cause and I feel extraordinarily pleased by what we nineteen authors accomplished with the excellent help of Bell Bridge Books.
If you haven’t already, please consider purchasing it in digital or paper form! It would be a great way to end 2011 or begin 20012. The stories of SEAL of My Dreams are short, so perfect for enjoying between bouts of baking or eggnog-imbibing! At Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/u5ugzx and at Amazon: http://amzn.to/rZXVBO
2011 is the year that I ended one trilogy and began another. My Three Kisses trilogy, set in the wine country of California, came to an end. It’s always sad to say goodbye, but I was gratified that in 2011 the first book, Crush on You, was named Contemporary Romance of the Year (for 2010) by RT BookReviews. The second book in the trilogy, Then He Kissed Me, is nominated for the 2011 award! I’m working on a new trilogy for HQN Books, set at a beach house in SoCal…am loving the sand and surf! The romances will come out back-to-back-to-back in 2013, so in the meantime, a Christie Ridgway writing fix will be found in a novella for Kensington Books that I wrote this year.
The anthology is titled Kiss the Bride, and my story came from an idea I had knocking around for years. It’s titled “Weddings, Ink,” and the heroine writes wedding vows for a living. I ended up loving this story and hope you will too…it comes out in May.
Finally, 2011 is the year that three of my holiday-themed books came back on the market digitally. My holiday duet, Must Love Mistletoe and Not Another New Year’s are available as well as my novella, Out on a Limb, now a steal at 99 cents! Hope you have a chance to enjoy. For Nook: http://bit.ly/tFq8Uq and for the Kindle: http://amzn.to/t4qfPy
Tell me about your 2011! Did you slip getting in the shower and break a leg like me? (Hope not!). Did you start a new hobby, get into a new TV show (me: The Good Wife and Revenge), find a new food you can’t live without? Or go ahead and say the first thing that comes to mind when you finish this sentence: “2011 is the year that I…”