Forget what lies behind, and reach forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13
Happy New Year!
I hope you are experiencing the fullness of joy while spending time with family and friends this holiday season. My holiday season has been bright with people I love around my table in both Wisconsin and Illinois, and I am grateful. Loving and supporting my beautiful mother, as dementia continues to plague her, is both a challenge and a privilege. I was by her side for much of the holiday season—and I now have enough material for a whole new series! Having also had the chance over the holidays to bask in the beauty of waves and whales on my now semi-annual writing getaway—I am brimming with great news on the writing front.
A year ago today, we were just concluding my very first book release party for Alabaster Vases at Dalton’s Cakes in Grayslake—and many of you celebrated with me. 2015 proved to be a wild and wonderful ride as I cut my teeth at book signings and events— and I am so grateful to you for joining me in the journey. I am thrilled to share that the second book of the series, Shattered Masks, will be released with a new publisher on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. We will also be presenting a relaunch of Alabaster Vases in April in anticipation of the release of Shattered Masks. I am just now in the final throes of catching the killer (oops! Spoiler alert!) in book three, Sacrificial Basins.
And no one was more surprised than me to discover over my holiday writing break that there will indeed be a book four!
As we begin the new year, I am grateful for the opportunity to share my stories and my writing adventure with you. Please know that as a subscriber to my newsletter, you can expect to receive six editions from me this year—two more than last year. In addition to general book information and special giveaway promotions, I will share a few fun facts, excerpts from new books, and some items of special interest. I would very much appreciate your help in spreading the word about this newsletter. Please encourage any interested friends to sign up here.
Several of you know that I am also writing a non-fiction book on leadership. This book includes interviews with several top-notch leaders at the local, county, state, and national level and continues to be a joyful and humbling experience. At some point, I will very likely offer two different main branches on my website, allowing readers to pursue either the fiction or the leadership content. More on that in the coming weeks.
As we jump into an exciting new year together, know that I appreciate each and every one of you and I look forward to seeing you in 2016. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Oswald Chambers:
Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.