We’re jumping into the new year a day early. Screw last year!
The past year has been rough, full of ups and downs and piles of steaming crap that resemble dead famous people. But this coming year, the year of 2014? It’s going to be good, and I’m jumping in with both feet. To start off that wonderful year, I just wanted to take a moment to say a few things to all of you incredible people.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for all the support you’ve given me, and all the strength you’ve donated. You’ve made the hard times a little easier, and that’s no small feat. In the past few years I’ve published four books and brought a close the main story line in The Protector. This series has reached an audience like I cannot believe, all because of the great reviews and all the help in spreading the word that you’ve offered me. You’ve made a dream come true for me, and there are no words of thanks or appreciation to tell you what that means to me. And the story is still growing! I’m reaching new readers every day, and there is a core audience of amazing fans that are responsible for that. You.
I’m extremely thankful for the all the opportunities I’ve been granted over the years, most recently the chance to be featured in my local Chapters book store. The books have been flying off the shelves, and my mind has officiously been blown…again. This year I want to get out there and approach more bookstores. Seeing my books on the shelves in a real book store was pretty awesome, and I want to expand there and see what I can do on my own!
Some of you have reached out to me with kind words of support, and some with ideas for future growth in The Protector. I’ve had a lot of ideas for The Protector and the characters inside it, and the fact that people are asking for more books means I’m on to something, and because of that, in 2014 I’ll be working on something special regarding a specific character or two, but I won’t tell you who just yet. You have to stay tuned for that 🙂
2014 is going to be an amazing year. I want to work hard to grow the audience I’ve already found, because you all have been so amazing, and it’s a surreal thing to have people tell you how much they love something you’ve created. I want more people to feel that way about my books, especially teens, the audience I originally wrote it for. I want to find a way to get more young people reading this year, because I wrote Exiled originally to be the book I never had growing up. That book I could have related too, the characters I could have understood, and the magic and adventure that would’ve got me hooked on reading at a much younger age. I want Exiled to be that book for others, and now that the series is done, I really want to work on getting it out there in the world. I want to give more people the escape I tried to create.
This coming year, this is what you can expect from me:
Two new books in a new series which will be announced early in 2014, where I’ll give you details and a taste of what it’s all about. Perhaps a sample? I want to finish Book 1 in The Nova Chronicles, and get started on book two. And I want to put together a true boxed set of The Protector, and perhaps have a few really amazing giveaways. And if I can really kick it into high gear, I want to publish one other novel that I hinted about above.
Why am I posting this publicly? Because I need to be accountable for what I want to accomplish, and by telling you, I feel as though I’m signing a contract of what I can deliver. I want to be as committed to my readers as they have been to me, and I’m a man of my word dammit, so lets create something special!
This journey is a roller coaster and an honor to be on, but having connected with readers like you has elevated this adventure to another level. It made it real, yet at the same time, more of a dream than I could’ve ever imagined on my own. This year is going to be the first of many where I get the opportunity to say “Thank you” with new books, awesome magic, fantastical monsters, insane adventures, and quests of epic proportions. There will be stories, book tours, cover reveals, massive amounts of swag, badass giveaways, ridiculous and outrageous Story Time posts, and a little bit of randomness thrown in the middle. We’ll have discussion posts, we will have a few book reviews, and we will connect around the common love of books and the written word. 2014 is a new year for all of us, and I hope above all else, that it’s an exciting journey for you.
Happy New Year, my friends. Have fun, stay safe, and shoot for the stars.