Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: A Look Back

Currently Reading: I'm halfway through EZ Lovin', and yes, I am LOVIN' it! I have the print version, but you can also get the e-version at Swimming Kangaroo Books:) If I finish this today, my reading totals (see below) will increase by 1 or 2...depends on if I read Francine on Fire too:)

It was a strange year.

On the home front, my spouse was home for six months while the economy was sliding into the toilet; K got his driver's license and was ecstatic over the fact he could take his dad's car to school; S had a meltdown at school and thankfully was NOT suspended; W blossomed in his first year at Head Start.

I heavily promoted my second book and made 9 personal appearances at two colleges (3 if you count the one I missed due to two car problems!), two bookstores, and five festivals. Hopefully, I drummed up sales for Kelly, Dakota, Anny, and Barbara when I took their print books/promo items along for anyone who expressed interest in either Regencies, vampires, or a walk on the 'wild' side of romance:)

On the creative side, I only wrote two books, but also started five more. Two have taken strange turns; one is venturing into paranormal, the other into the M/M or BDSM scene. Brynn, Dakota, Cindy...I may be emailing you in the coming months for help!

Reading-wise, I went back and totalled up the number of books I read this year. I was amazed...
Print: 114 or 15
E-book: 116 or 17
Total: 230 or 232!
Wow...Has anyone else ever kept track for a year? And I may still have missed some...

I discovered several authors whose books I want to continue reading:
Brynn Paulin
Cindy Spencer Pape
Jacqueline Roth/Elyssa Edwards
Desiree Holt
Sloane Taylor
Phyllis Campbell
Mary Martinez
Lara Santiago
Dakota Rebel
Ashley Ladd
Cindy K Green
Samantha Gentry
Regina Carlysle
Kelly Marstad
BB Walters

And I will also continue to read Anny, AJ, Sandra, Bronwyn, Barb, and any others I have inadvertantly left out, whom I began reading in 2007! Keep watching the blue print at the top of my posts; there are more talented authors on my TBB list who will make their debut as any 'recommended reads'.

Financially, things picked up in the second half when D returned to work, and we were able to give the kids a decent Christmas after all. I can only hope and pray it continues, so that as bills come in we are able to pay them on time.

Strange Dream...
Maybe I'm still watching too much retro-90210? Had a dream last night I applied for a job at The Beverly Beat as a proofreader... Brandon hired me; Steve argued with me when I pointed out a typo, and then tried to sweet-talk his way into letting him spell whatever the word was his way! Crazy...and yes, I'm almost finished with Season 8. Only two more to go...and then I watch for the three episodes I missed, due to a faulty DVR set-up by my daughter!

Happy New Year!
Tonight, as the ball drops and we usher in 2009, be safe and I'll 'see' you again next year!


Kim Smith said...

Keep going! 2009 will be great!

MaryF said...

WOW, that's a lot of books! I will finish #62 today. My goal was a book a week, so at least I made that :) If I read as many as you, my TBR wouldn't be so huge!

JacquƩline Roth said...

I've never kept track of my books, but my SO does. In fact, Precious has a journal that goes back four years. I'm not disciplined enough to remember to write them down.

I too found a lot of great authors this year that I'd never read before. That's always the best.

Desiree Holt said...

Wow! What a lot of books. And I am so thrilled to be one of your favorite authors. Wishing you a wonderful, exciting and rewarding 2009. Happy New Year, Molly.

Brynn Paulin said...

This is a little late coming, but THANKS! Email any time.