Alice in Wonderland

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

Lewis Carroll

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My Year in Review

Phew! 2016 flew by in a blur so before I jump into everything I have planned for 2017, I decided to take a moment and review some highlights from this previous year.

2016 held some heartbreak, some uncertainties, and many blessings. For those of you who weren't aware, we lost a very precious little member of our family. My nephew, only six months old, passed away. With no other reason given other than SIDS, our family was faced with a loss that was not only unexplained but also extremely painful and shattering. It left us feeling small and vulnerable. That damn question of "Why me? Why us? Why him?" drifted throughout our waking and sleeping moments. But in the truest form of unity, we grew together as a family and held closer to the love in our lives.

Then, just when we needed it the most, we found out that my husband's little sister was pregnant. The family welcomed new life in November and have found hope that the tragic things in life make you appreciate the blessings.

In May I released a book that had been stewing on the sidelines for the past 8 years. Wounded is a story of love and heartache, of the trials and rewards of military life. It's a life that I lived through long enough to know it's obstacles and it's benefits. It also represented my journey through the publishing world and features a cover of my own design.

In August I was invited to become a part of a fantastic publishing community. I signed contracts for all of my books with Marfa House Publishing and welcomed new editing and formatting for all of my previously released books. This journey then took an interesting turn of events when I was offered a job as a graphic designer and have since surrounded myself with authors, illustrators, editors, for-matters, and a team of graphic designers that I couldn't be more proud of. I have been given the gift of living out my dreams and creating cover art for some amazing stories and authors.

In a continued effort to help promote both indie and traditional authors, I hosted an array of author and artist spotlights on my blog throughout the fall and had the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented people.

Tim Baker
Kate Marie Robbins
Cambria Hebert
Brad Boyer
ZZ Rae
Chasity Tarantino
Cookie O'Gorman
Lee Mavin
Micalea Smeltzer
Regina Wamba
SN Garza
Wondra Vanian
Jamie Sterling
Susan Coryell
Lisa Pottgen
Ashlee Sinn
JL Leslie

There are teasers and sales links as well as some reviews - if you haven't read these posts, please do! They are amazing individuals and deserve all of the recognition they can get!

2017 is going to be an even more amazing year and I am excited for the things that I have brewing in my cauldron just waiting for those finishing spices needed to create real magic! Keep your eyes and ears tuned in and see what this new year has in store!

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