For many of us, 2016 didn’t just fly by, but also brought a lot of sadness and shocks. I want to use this post to focus on some good things that happened to me in 2016, and to be grateful for having made it through another year.
In March, I published my 2nd international romance novel Seduced in Spain. It was another small dream come true, as I had always wanted to use Spain as a setting. I fell in love with the hero along the way (though Daniel from Saved in Sri Lanka appealed to me even more). This novel was all about second chances and being strong without losing all your vulnerability.
I used this year to try out another sub-genre (besides paranormal romance, romantic suspense and interracial romance): royal romance. It was a challenge but also wonderful to write. I had the chance to create my own kingdoms, using real countries as inspiration. And immersing myself in all the royal grandeur, swooning over modern-day princes and writing some of my strongest heroines to date was amazing. Book 1 (The Prince’s Special Bride) came out in July, Book 2 (The Prince’s Stubborn Bride) released in October, and I finished writing and editing Book 3 (The Prince’s Surprise Bride) too. It will release end of January, so I can carry a bit of 2016’s magic into the new year.
As usual, I wrote a few poems too. You can read one here. The others were posted on Facebook.
On a non-writing side, I also made many new friends online and had some lovely offline encounters with amazing people this year. First, I met a school friend from Germany whom I hadn’t seen in 10 years – and we had a lovely time, sharing old memories and making new ones. Then, throughout the year, I had the chance to welcome 3 visitors from India here (all of them not only wonderful Facebook friends but also writers). I’m hoping 2017 will bring many more visitors – especially as my husband and I are planning to finish and open our B&B.
Last but not least, I read a zillion books. Here are ten great ones that left a lasting impression (many others did too).
- Escape from Sudan (Lust, Money & Murder, Book 9) by Mike Wells
- Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
- Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride by Kandy Shepherd
- A Vow to Secure His Legacy by Annie West
- Long Way Home by Susanne Bellamy
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh
- Scavenger’s Mission by Liza O’Connor
- The Collector by Nora Roberts
- Second Chance at Forever by Summerita Rhayne
Here’s wishing that 2017 will also be filled with books and friends. Happy New Year!