December 31, 2015

Farewell 2015! It's Been Real :)

I know you guys have probably been reading a million of these end of year I don't want to deprive you of one more :) But really, I just love taking a look back at the end of the year to see what amazing things have happened and to say goodbye with a bang!

And 2015 was an AMAZING year!! 

First and foremost, before I get to any professional highlights, I have to say 2015 will go down as one of the best years of my life for the simple and amazing fact that I got to marry my best friend in front of our families and closest friends! 

Truly the most wonderful and magical weekend I've ever experienced!

Okay, on to the author stuff :) And trust me, there is plenty of that too!

2015 was sort of a whirlwind year! I started two new series, ended another, published under a new pen name, got some amazing publicity highlights, and met a ton of new fans!'s my TOP FIVE Author Moments for 2015!

1) Gathering Frost was selected as a "Must-Read Romance" by the USA Today Happy Ever After blog! I have to say, this was just amazing! Never in a million years did I think I would ever get featured in USA Today and I was so ecstatic when they reached out to me! 

2) Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! was a top 200 bestseller in the Amazon paid store and I achieved a top 100 Amazon Author Rank in the contemporary romance genre! I'm not sure if I've ever had a paid book get so high in the Amazon ranking and it was just a pretty cool marker to reach -- especially with my new pen name, which I'm still in the process of launching!

3) I closed the A Dance of Dragons series with a bang! Let's see, 2015 was a huge year for this series! I published two new novellas from Leena's perspective and the final full-length novel, The Phoenix Born! I bundled the entire series into a discounted holiday package! I revamped and redesigned the covers for the novellas (and I have to admit I'm loving the new look!). AND the A Dance of Dragons: Series Starter Bundle was a top 5 bestseller in the Amazon free store!

4) I launched two new series and a new pen name! I'm so excited that 2015 brought two new series into fruition that I can continue to work on for the next few years! Saying goodbye to old characters is so much easier when I have new ones to look forward to writing about :) Gathering Frost is the first book in my Once Upon A Curse series and Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! is not only the first book in my Confessions series but is also the first book written as Kay Marie, my new contemporary romance pen name!


5) I published my books in the Google Play store! I had been looking into Google Play for a while but had read some good and bad things, so I hesitated. But this year I decided to take the plunge and it has been fantastic!! New fans, new sales, and all around awesome results :)

So that's a little highlight reel for the year!

See what I mean? Amazing!!

I've also read some fantastic books by other authors, and I love sharing my love of reading with all of you! So I thought this year I would also add something new to my year-end review...

My TOP FIVE Reads of 2015!

1) Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is a goddess! Two of her books made my top five for the year because they were just that good! I stay up the entire night to finish this book and absolutely fell in love!

2) Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Ditto to everything I said above -- amazing characters, quick pacing, mysterious and intriguing plot! I will probably read anything this woman writes!

3) Penryn & The End of Days by Susan Ee


I totally devoured this series!! Even though the end was a little underwhelming, I absolutely adored these books and characters!

4) An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Okay, technically I read this is 2014 but it came out this year and I needed to mention it! YA Fantasy at its best! Compulsively readable and I am so excited the sequel was announced -- can't wait!

5) Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have to say, this one took me by surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I couldn't put this book down and loved the exploration of the difference a single choice might make.

That's all folks!! See you in 2016 :) 


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