New Year and Back Again: An Author’s Tale #MistletoeMadness

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Can you believe 2013 is drawing to a close? I can’t. It feels like just yesterday we were counting down to close out 2012 and ring in 2013. In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be bidding 2013 farewell and dashing into the new year. It seems wildly appropriate to kick off this hop on Friday the 13th as we countdown to saying goodbye to 2013 (at least for me), as 13 is my favorite number. To honor the occasion, I wanted to share with you 13 things I am proud of this year. They are in no particular order:

13. I released 24 titles this year, that’s a rate of two per month. Included in those releases were books in 4 different series. (Okay, I need to take a minute to hyperventilate).
12. I paid my mortgage for the first time off royalties earned on my releases. This is huge. As authors we don’t always like to talk about the money end of things, but being able to support myself and my child is a huge accomplishment for me.
11. Of the 24 titles I released this year, 14 were in the Always a Marine series (15 if you count the book that released quite literally on the tail end of 2012).
10. Of the 14 Always a Marine titles I released, eight of those were earmarked to have a portion of their royalties donated to charity.
9. 5 of those 14 titles include the holiday Marines and a portion of those proceeds are going to Toys for Tots and will for as long as people are buying them. Titles include:

Whew! This is fun!

8. During my Coffee Happy Hour at Readers and Ritas in November, my readers brought over 90 toys to be collected for Toys for Tots!
7. In February of 2013, I did a 5k run (okay so I walked it), but I still did it and I had a great time!
6. In March of 2013, I weighed in 85 pounds lost since May of 2012. As of this writing, I have kept it all off (and I am freezing my arse off this winter, but it’s worth it).
5. I got to see Thor 2. Yes, I know this isn’t really an accomplishment, but it was damn cool!
4. I wrote nearly as many books as I published this year and I realized that for the first time, my editorial calendar stretches into 2016.
3. In my Fevered Hearts series, I planned to write a bridge novella that would take readers from book 5 to book 6. That novella grew to be another 120K book, the second in the series to be that long.
2. I logged a little over 10,000 miles in travel this year, and most of it I did in my car.
1. I grew, I achieved my goals, and I set new ones. I also became the mom to a teenager this year…what can I say, I like a challenge?

So what’s next?

In January, I’m launching a new series that I am over the moon excited about, it’s called Some Like It Royal. Consider this your invitation to join us for the release party on Facebook. 2014? It’s gonna be a blast!

So how was your year? And what are you most looking forward to with the new year?

Don’t miss the rest of the hop, there’s some great prizes to be won and I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon so use the rafflecopter for that one!

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  1. thx u for hosting..
    happy holiday 🙂

  2. Amiee Ryan says:

    I got to meet my friend from the US for the first time this year!I met a group of ladies on a book fanpage on facebook we started are own group and talk to each almost every day they've become some of my best friends and getting to meet just one of them was great I hope some day I'll get a chance to go to the US to see them 🙂
    Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway!


    • Heather Long says:

      That awesome! In February of this year, I actually got to me two of my crit partners for the first time in person. One I'd known for three years and the other for two. So that was a pretty cool experience overall. Thanks for dropping by

  3. Kati says:

    This year has been all sorts of crazy awesome filled with friends, family, fabulous authors and the occasional eye candy 🙂 I'm looking forward to New Orleans among other things and starting a new venture with one of my best friends.

  4. CBarton says:

    This year hasn't been a particularly good one, I'm sure it could have been worse but thank goodness it wasn't. I am looking forward to next year being able to start over. Thank you for the hop.

    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Heather Long says:

      Oh I hope it is much better next year. I know that in past years, when the year before hadn't been that great I always told myself I have nowhere to go but up. So here's looking upwards and onwards! Happy holidays and thanks for coming

  5. Donna Newman says:

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  6. Mary McCoy says:

    I followed you here from the Smutketeers, thanks for the difficult task of picking just one of your books (for now) and Happy Holidays!

  7. burbanette says:

    I love seeing you at the book conventions! Love your books!

  8. lorimeehan says:

    Great post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Megan says:

    My youngest became a teenager this year, my eldest started driving. Next year the middle child will start to drive too…eeek I'm looking forward to renewing my vows with my husband in vegas before we go to RT14 in NO

  10. Jen Barnard says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. This year wasn't too exciting, but I'm hoping to go to a book convention this year which should be fun.

  12. Congratulations on all those fantastic accomplishments! I hope the next year is even better for you. Happy holidays! michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. Cathy P says:

    Congratulations on all your wonderful accomplishments! My year was not a good one at all. My DH of 39 years passed away from cancer on August 1st, and since we never had children, I am alone except for his family and all my friends. Hopefully next year will be much better.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  14. Spav says:

    Congrats on all your accomplishments!
    Happy holidays!


  15. Book Attict says:

    2013 was much better for me than 2012 was….and I hope 2014 is better still.

    Happy Holidays and thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  16. This year hasn't been the greatest but it was better than last year. I hope next year will be much better! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  17. amy bowens says:

    Sounds like you have had an amazing and busy year. My year has been ok nothing to complain about. Have a Merry Christmas!

  18. Kim Pinch says:

    Congrats on your successful year! Hoping 2014 is even better.

  19. joye says:

    I like these blog hops since I get introduced to a lot of authors I have yet to read. Your books sound like the kind I enjoy.

  20. Shelia says:

    I see quite a few books to download.

  21. Tia Dalley says:

    I have had a rough year. I am hoping to improve my health in 2014.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Dovile says:

    My year wasn't bad, but not especially good either. I'm looking forward to things improving in the next year.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  23. Heather says:

    Happy Holidays!!

  24. Evie says:

    I am looking forward to reading more books next year. This year was just ok for me so I hope next year would be better 🙂

  25. What a in creditable year you have had! You go Girl. Happy Holidays everyone.

  26. Eva Millien says:

    A very good year for you! I spent my with my granddaughter and reading. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season! evamillien at gmail dot com

  27. This year I won some great book giveaways! I'm a happy cat ;p
    Hope next year will be as prosperous ;p

  28. bn100 says:

    Interesting books

  29. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Holidays!

  30. JanD says:

    Congrats on the weight loss! I've maintained the same weight for the whole year with less workouts (which I really should get back to soon) and just watching what I eat. I do get cold more easily now.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  31. Krista says:

    Wow, you've had one amazing year! I hope 2014 is just as prosperous for you and your child.

    My year was pretty uneventful and 2014 doesn't look any more promising.

  32. Donna says:

    I just want to know when you sleep? Next year the DH retires so my life will be changing, how I'm not sure but it will be different. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

  33. Stephanie says:

    Nice to meet you and congratulations on all your accomplishments! Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy Holidays! *<}:-)

  34. Congrats on such an amazing year!

    I finally finished my dissertation and completed my Ph.D. in school psychology at the end of 2012. My husband received a promotion in the spring and we moved over the summer, so it's been a big year for us too!

  35. Shadow says:

    Hi! Sounds fantastic! Thanks for being apart of this great hop! Im having a blast! Thank you! Happy holidays!

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