It's been a good year. If I could freeze time, I probably would. But apparently, I am not magic. With the New Year fast approaching, there's a lot to look forward to. This year, I'm going to just try to be excited about the good things on their way. I sometimes drown out the good by coming up with negative things that could happen. Sometimes. But this year, I'm going to try not to. Already scheduled to be highlights of 2016:
Book Two in The Second Circle Series, The Fractured Heart, will be released on January 5th. I've already had the pleasure of reading it, but I'm excited that others get to start off their year with a great follow-up to one of my now favorite books (The Strongest Steel).
Scarlett has awesome characters that pull you in and make you care about what happens to them. Though there are suspenseful undertones, at the heart of it, the book shows how letting someone in can change your life for the better. Even if doing so is scary. Plus, Drea and Cujo are funny. And sexy. So there's that.
I am very excited that Lucy and Alex's story, FALLING FOR HOME, is finally going to be shared. I wrote it a while ago now and it's scheduled to be release from Penner Publishing on February 9th, 2016.
The second of my co-authored books (with Kara Leigh Miller)JADED LOVE is scheduled to release from Anaiah Press on February 23rd, 2016. This story follows up on the best friend of Alessa from Dangerous Love.
A fairly personal story for me, DAMAGED will be released from Penner Publishing in March of 2016.
I know, I skipped a few and while I'm sure something exciting will happen in those months in between, I am very excited that I will be going to New York City this summer. When I was 21, my best friend won a trip for two to New York City. Even though she has a brother and a sister (who are very cool), she chose to take me with her. That was a very long time ago now. This summer it'll actually be 19 years since we went. So to celebrate my 40th birthday, we are going to get our fill of Broadway Plays and Times Square. And maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll get to meet my agent, face to face :)
Who knows what else 2016 will bring? Some exciting things for sure, but mostly, I hope it brings the same things I've been lucky enough to have so far: a happy, healthy family, great friends, a safe house, and lots of laughter and hugs. I hope 2016 brings you and your family something magical. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
It's always nice when people read your books. It's even better when they like them. Yesterday, in the midst of edits where I was wondering if I even knew HOW to write....I saw this lovely post on Twitter from A Southern Girl's Bookshelf.
Day 17 of 25 Days of Christmas: Forever Christmas by Jody HolfordForever Christmas by Jody Holford
Published: December 10, 2013
Format: free Kindle read
When Anna Meyers purchases the home that her late mother grew up in, she’s determined to prove her independence to herself and to her well-meaning father and brother. She’s been lovingly sheltered and protected for all of her 26 years, but now she just wants to live her life- on her own terms.
Sam Gardner hadn’t given much thought to who would move next door to his small Angel’s Lake bungalow. Once his neighbor arrived, however, he could think of nothing and no one else. When Anna makes it clear that she’s not interested in having a man around, he invents a girlfriend to put her at ease.
Thinking that, Sam has a girlfriend makes it easier for Anna to be herself and open the door to friendship. He frustrates her, makes her laugh, and challenges her, but he never tries to step on her independence. The more time they spend together, the more she realizes that whoever has Sam’s heart is a lucky girl.
The only girl that has Sam’s heart is Anna, but there’s no way he can tell her this when he started this friendship on a lie. Things take a turn for the worse when Anna mistakes a nightmare client as Sam’s fiancée. Anna came to Minnesota to fight for her independence, but she ends up fighting for much more.
Sam meets his new neighbor Anna when she is trying to put up Christmas lights and from then on he is a goner. He tries to go over to help but soon finds out that Anna is one stubborn woman who doesn’t want any help. We find out that she has bought this house that once belonged to her mother and is determined to show her father and brother that she isn’t a little girl anymore and that she can do things by herself. She is trying to fix her up her house before Christmas to show them that she was good on her word.
Soon Sam and Anna start to get to know each other and Anna tells him that she isn’t ready for anything and that it’s best that they don’t hang out so much. So Sam decides to fake a girlfriend so that he and Anna and continue to spend time together. Well you know lies are never a good thing they just lead to more lies and soon Sam’s feelings are too much and he knows he just confess everything to Anna. Christmas doesn’t go off as planned for Anna her family comes in and they continue to treat her the same and she finds out Sam’s lies which make her look like a fool.
I get that lies aren’t a good thing, but I thought Anna went to the extreme with her reaction. I would be upset but in the grand scheme of things, there could’ve been worse things that could’ve happened. But aside of the romance with was great what I loved most of all was how Anna was so determined to gain and show her independence. I always loved how she wanted to reconnect with the spirit of her mother by buying the house she grew up in. This is one story that showcased more than romance and that spoke volumes.
Labels: 2015 Christmas reads, 4 stars, Jody Holford, review