I've spent the last few weeks thinking hard about my career. Where I am. Where I'd like to go. One thing I know for sure. I'm going to focus more on what inspires me creatively. What truly sparks my passion. And I'm going to worry less about "breaking out and ahead" financially. I'm going to reconnect with the crazy kind of passion that makes my storytelling unique. I'm going to have FUN.
My new goal is to complete my two Indie romance series (Peacemakers: Old West AND Impossible Dream) by mid 2016. Peacemakers: Old West will consist of four books total. Impossible Dream will consist of five. Then I'll be turning my full attention and creativity to a story that has been in the works for some time. A story of my heart that received a lot of interest from the big NYC pubs, but was ultimately passed over because A) They didn't know how to market it or B) (in one very close but no cigar instance) was a little to close in concept to something that pub had already bought.
This particular story revolves around "The Extraordinary Quest of Zoe Albright". It's a fantasy mystery with romantic elements. Sort of like 'The Discovery of Witches"... but not really. All I know is I adore what I've written so far and honestly think Zoe is me at my very best.
In keeping with that Indie project, I'm working on polishing another fantasy mystery proposal for my agent to pitch to the traditional NYC publishers. I'd be ever so thrilled to remain a hybrid author albeit in a new genre. A slight shift from straight ahead romance and perhaps a risky move on my part but it feels right. So.... I'm going for it.
Based on all of the above here's what you can expect from me in the near and not so near future! (*not including a special project I'm simmering on with an extremely talented artist!)
- MARRY POPPINS (Impossible Dream--book 3) Sept/Oct 2015
- ON THE NAUGHTY LIST (holiday anthology w/Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, and Sugar Jamison) Oct 2015
- WANDERLUST (romance anthology w/Erin McCarthy, Kathy Love and Elle J Rossi) Nov 2015
- CHRISTMAS IMPOSSIBLE (Impossible Dream--book 4) Oct/Nov 2015
- LOVING A LEGEND (Peacemakers:Old West--book 4) Feb 2016
- NO PLACE LIKE NOWHERE (Impossible Dream--book 5) July 2016
- ZOE ALBRIGHT: THE ASSASSIN'S PRODIGY (An ESCA Novel) Oct 2016
Unless something totally unexpected puts a glitch in my oh-so-focused plan. ;)
Speaking of MARRY POPPINS, I'll leave you with this beautiful ad designed by my awesoemlly talented sister--Elle J Rossi of EJR Digital Art