What a Year It’s Been!

2015 is fast coming to a close. Where did the time go? All in all, I have to say that it has been INCREDIBLE! New paths were taken. New opportunities were offered. And Dreams were realized!

At the beginning of 2015, I was writing the rough draft of my book, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, my father was battling cancer, and my mother was dealing with health issues of her own. For a little while, I entertained the thought that maybe, just maybe, Veil would have to be put on the backburner. Savannah blew that thought out of the water by signing us both up to sign at the Great Lakes Book Bash in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Talk about holding your toes over the fire! It was official. My name was on the banner. My book was going to debut in October, so I had to quit pussy footing around and get not only busy but serious. There was no guarantee this opportunity was going to come around again, so if I wanted it, the time was NOW to act.

It was tough. I’m not going to lie. Working. Taking care of my parents. Racing back and forth to the hospital. Seeing to the needs of my son. Writing. There were days where I didn’t know whether to wind my butt or scratch my watch.

My rough draft was completed a couple of weeks before I made the journey to New Orleans. Oh, what an exciting time that was. The authors, bloggers, and readers who found out I was approaching the editing phase of getting Veil to publish were so incredibly supportive and encouraging. That in of itself was an amazing boost. I also got to meet and spend time with fellow author Madison Granger. What a great time we had exploring Nola.

Back home, one set of edits done….another (what I refer to as the sea of red) was on its way, and I was offered a position where the work I would be doing would actually matter. There was a hiccup after the interview process….a delay between the “you have the job” and the “we want you to start on…” Did I mention that patience wasn’t a virtue I have in abundance? The universe keeps trying to teach me the lesson of being patient. I think it should just chalk me up to a lost cause as far as that lesson goes. lol

Within a week, my book went to publish and I was officially given a start date for my new job. It was euphoric!

October came…my debut was AWESOME! I was able to sell twice as many books than I was desperately hoping I would sell and  I got to share the experience with my friend and mentor, Savannah. A week later, I started my new job.

This year has been a lesson in perseverance for me. It would have been easy to throw in the towel, to take the circumstances of my parents’ health and use it as an easy out, and I seriously considered it…lol. (shhhh….don’t tell Sav, Aedan, or Abyrne), but I didn’t. Partly because, I had the incentive of my name being on a banner for an event, but also because I WANTED it…and I wanted it to be good.

2016 is around the corner, and I can’t wait to see what surprises and opportunities it has in store. Look for Veiled Path to Destiny, Book 2 of the Veil Series to come out. No date has been set yet, but you’ll be the first to know when it is.

In looking back…I want to thank everyone that has followed, encourage, supported me, my dreams…and bought my book. Thank you for taking the time to come on this journey with me!

Sooo….until next year….Happy Reading! happy-new-year-2016-images-new-year-greetings-1024x758 ~Jolanthe~

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