I don’t know about you, but somehow the end of the year snuck up on me without my realizing it. Life got crazy there for a while, and I never got around to making my EOY post, which is fine because I hate doing those kinds of reflective summaries anyway. I never seem to have been as productive or as successful as I might have hoped, you know?
Most of you who follow this blog know I like to create a power word or phrase for the coming year, and that looks like it will be a bust this year as well. I chose fearless for 2019. It was audacious for 2020. Resilent for 2021. I think maybe it’s time to retire power words for a while, don’t you?
I had a Tarot reading done for 2021 heading into 2022. The Tower and Judgement cards were major players in my life in 2021 (sadly, this could apply pretty much to every year since 2016), with the Devil and the Fool being factors in the upcoming year. I can overcome if I play to my strengths and ditch my issues with self-confidence and self-sabotage. Sounds ominous? I think so, too. 😉
I was recently exposed to Covid through the workplace, which led to a scramble to get tested. I’m negative at the moment, but isolating from my high-risk family members to be on the safe side.
All in all, I’m surprised I’ve gotten anything accomplished this month!
But the good news is I finished the draft of the second Ginny Reese book: The Dog Days of Murder! It’s off to editing soon. Look for a release date late winter, early spring! If you are signed up for my newsletter, you’ll get a sneak peek at the cover before everyone else! The gang’s all there: Ginny, her dog Remy, Ming the Merciless, the Siamese cat, as well as the cast of characters living in Greenbrier, including her mother, the indomitable Julia Reese! Ginny’s plans to open her own vet practice go awry when a newcomer swoops into town with mysterious financial backing AND a connection to Joe. Of course, this new veterinarian winds up getting murdered, right? 🙂
I did a fun interview with Marcia James about pets in books and why I include them. Be sure to check it out and see some great pictures!
Tomorrow, I’m participating in a big release day bash for Kerry Blaisell’s latest release, Damning the Dead. There’s going to be a Facebook party with 13 other authors, with games and prizes galore. Not only are you invited, but you should invite your friends too! It’s Jan 5 from 4-7:30 Pacific Standard Time, so be sure to join us!! Join the group now so you won’t miss a thing!
Here’s the schedule:
Schedule of participating authors:
- Jeff D. Ellis ~ 4:00 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Bob Herold ~ 4:15 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Tena Stetler ~ 4:30 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Dan Rice ~ 4:45 PM PACIFIC TIME
- McKenna Dean ~ 5:00 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Hunter Skye ~ 5:15 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Pamela Thibodeaux ~ 5:30 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Shelly Chalmers ~ 5:45 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Theresa Finn ~ 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Augustina Van Hoven ~ 6:15 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Janet Raye Stevens ~ 6:30 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Anna M. Taylor ~ 6:45 PM PACIFIC TIME
- Sally Brandle ~ 7:00 PM PACIFIC TIME
And now that I’ve finished the second Ginny Reese book, it’s time for me to go back to Bishop and Knight’s story. When we last left them, Rhett and Peter had become very close, but they’d also been fired from Redclaw and hired by the competition: Rian Stirling! We all know that Rian has his eye on Rhett as well, so this doesn’t bode well for our intrepid duo. Sometimes, however, you must form an alliance with an enemy to defeat a more powerful adversary. No spoilers, but we’ll find out the source of all those mysterious artifacts and why the planet has been seeded with them…
Maybe I should chose a power word after all. How does confidence sound? 🙂