My New Year’s Resolution
I’m thrilled and delighted to see the end of 2014 and yet it brought some clarity mixed with a ton of “I actually did it”.
This blog was started January 30, 2014 and I have posted 86 times including Blog Tours, Year in the Life, Spotlights, Conventions, Giveaways, Cover reveals and occassionally My Thoughts. I’ve stretched and read over 206 books, 33,773 pages with 47 books being reviewed here. I have read contemporary, erotic, paranormal, sports, cowboy, sci-fi, menage, vampires, bear, angels, demons, dragons, BDSM, inked characters, and motorcycle heroes.
But what stands out is the journey that each story has added to my life. Some of them were hard to read because they were direct parallels with my life eg Carrie Ann Ryan’s Delicate Ink. My life was suddenly hit with a close family member being diagnosed with Cancer. But then there have been other books that have brought inspiration into my life like Ann Mayburn’s Casey’s Warriors along with Evangeline Anderson’s Brides of the Kindred series. These helped to fuel my imagination and resulted in my own book, Male Order Brides that I wrote during #NaNoWriMo. While other stories just made me laugh out loud and remember to breathe. Milly Taiden’s series Paranormal Dating Agency and Eve Langlais’ Kodiak’s Point series have had me laughing so hard I woke my poor dog from a sound sleep.
But most of all this blog has allowed me to connect with the woman and handful of men who slave tirelessly to bring us the books every day, the other passionate readers that also write and share their loves and sometimes dislikes about different stories being told and finally other readers. Every last one of you is important. You bring your life experiences, challenges, triumphs, joys, and heartbreak to the table. Every conference I have met more amazing woman. Some have overcome tragic relationships, heartbreaking loss or another view to the world. It has been my true pleasure to have you join me on this journey.
This year I will be focusing primarily on polishing, editting, and beginning the whole process all over again for my own romance novel. I’m hopeful that by my June birthday I will have a manuscript that I will have submitted to a few publishers. I will continue to post here but it will be more random and depend on how busy my day job is this year. I know I also promised to let you all know once a pen name had been decided. I have talked to a few people and pretty much had the all clear on this one and it makes me very happy. So with out further delay my pen name is Shy Bridges.
I wish you all all best and may we make 2015 a year where we encourage and uplift each other because we can change the world one book at a time.
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My other posts for a Year in the Life of a Romance Review can be found at the following places:
January- My 5 stars books from 2012
February- How I came to be a review in the first place
March- 5 tips I use to write reviews
April- 5 lessons I’ve learned as a review/blogger
May- Time to check out Audiobooks
June- 5 top reasons to attend a book convention
July-5 things to do following convention or signing
August-5 reasons to say No
September- Making Time for Life
October – DNF Guilt
November – NaNoWriMo Here I Come
December – New Directions