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My 2013 in Review

Today is the last day of 2013, which is totally bittersweet. I had a GREAT year this year. It was so amazing and it’s hard to see it go, but it’s also fun to see what awaits next year.

Here were some of my highlights this year that would have NEVER happened without my awesome readers:

1. I published five full-length books!

His Jilted Bride
His Brother’s Bride

The Officer and the Bostoner
The Officer and the Southerner
The Officer and the Traveler

2. Six Audiobooks were narrated and released.

His Contract Bride
His Yankee Bride
His Jilted Bride
His Brother’s Bride

Her Sudden Groom
Her Reluctant Groom

(More to come in 2014)

3. I hit 1,000,000 books sold!

After MUCH tabulation this past week, I discovered that I have sold well over 1,250,000 books since February 8, 2011 when Intentions of the Earl first came live on Amazon. (Note, these are paid books, free books would have pushed me over the 1,500,000 mark.) This includes ebooks from across all platforms–Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords (and their channels), and several other smaller bookstores.

4. I was actually recognized at a conference!

In 2012 when I went to RT, nobody had heard of me, or if they had, they didn’t remember me. This year, I had someone come straight up to me pause in front of my table, point and say, “Liberty!” Indeed. It’s tough to claim at times, but I take full credit (and blame), I am the one who dreamed her up and if that’s how I’m remembered, so be it I was totally floored and humbled that someone recognized me and I will forever remember that.

5. I started Parchment & Plume, LLC

For anyone who doesn’t know already, earlier this year, I finally took the plunge and started my own publishing company. http://www.parchmentandplume.com

6. I got to add “Award Winning” to my bio.

Honestly, I know my stories are…different. They aren’t what mainstream loves. I don’t have rakes and simpering misses. I don’t have a lot of drinking or swearing. Heck, I don’t even have a book where the two had sex before marriage and all but four of my heroes were virgins (and two of the four who aren’t, it’s really never mentioned one way or the other, just assumed). They don’t always adhere to the staunch time period and while that displeased a lot of people, I never expected any of my books to ever win anything. But His Contract Bride won the Silken Sands Star Award and His Yankee Bride was a finalist in Colorado’s Award of Excellence. Once again a very humbling moment for me.

I know I say this every year, but it doesn’t make it any less true. I know for certain that I wouldn’t have any of this success if not for my readers. I want to personally thank everyone who liked me or any of my posts on FB, commented on a post, tweeted something on my behalf, reviewed one (or more) of my books, told a friend about my books, bought one of my books, gave away my swag, came to see me at RT or any of the other conferences I attend, read my blogs, and most of all believed in me and my stories. I appreciate it very much and know without doubt I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for all of you.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years and I shall see you in 2014! (For another dose of Wicked Wednesday, of course!)

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14 thoughts on “My 2013 in Review

  1. I have bought and read every one of your books, and will continue to do so in 2014. I am always eager for next one, and I try to read the book slowly to savor it because I know it will be a while before your next one comes out and I hate to leave your world. When I know you have a new book coming out it always gives me something to look forward to, which I don’t have a lot of these days. So thank you for giving me this wonderful world I can go to and escape my ordinary life.

    • Pat, I am so thankful for you! If not for people like you, all these stories would be rattling around in my head instead of on paper. I’m the one most thankful, believe me.

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I did have to grin at the part about reading each book slowly to savor the story. I love that!

  2. What a stellar year. I am so proud to know a woman that has accomplished so much. I love all your books and am a Rose Gordon “groupie” now and forever (-but then you knew that). May the year 2014 bring you all the health, happiness, joy along with another outstanding year of creation and publication. Who knows maybe these books are the stuff that Hallmark movies are made of….we can dream can’t we…..All the best to you now and in the future, thank you for sharing your stories both real and fiction and making my life a little better for it.

    • Thanks, Linda! I have had a stellar year, but I still love my groupies!

      It’s funny that you mention Hallmark movies. Last week we had our annual “Cheesy Christmas Movie Marathon” and after each movie, my husband looked at me and said, “You could have written a much better movie.” Of course he’s said that about most movies we’ve seen in recent years. It always makes me smile, but then again, you never know!

  3. I’m so happy that you had a great year. No one deserves it more. I celebrate your success! I’ve read most of your books and plan to read the rest in 2014. I hope next year is even better for you!

  4. My year hasn’t been the greatest, in fact it’s been one of the worse years of my life. But I found Rose Gordon’s book “Her Sudden Groom” and well the year became a little brighter and filled with more romance! Congrats on all that you have accomplished this year and I look forward to all that you will do in the coming year. And I can’t wait to start my year off with a Wicked Wednesday Rose style!

  5. If anyone can make a publishing company succeed, it’s you. You’ve accomplished so much. Major congratulations on hitting the million book mark!

    I’m impressed you were able to write six (counting the book you’re editing) books in one year while doing all the other stuff you did.

    What an awesome year. 😀 Hope the next one is even better.

    • Thanks. I did have a great year, but I know it would have never happened without my awesome readers–many of which we share!

      I have NO idea how I managed to write so many books as it always seemed I was being pulled away from writing to do this or that or focus on something unrelated, but I did!

      Also, thanks so much for your vote of confidence regarding my publishing company. I certainly appreciate it.

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