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Goodbye, 2020...I'm Looking Forward to a Better Year

 2020 Memories and What to Look Forward to in 2021

I'm sure we're all thinking the same thing. When can we just forget the past year? It's time, right? Yes, too much chaos happened to us, to...well, everyone, actually. But before we throw out 2020 just like we did with last week's trash, let's have a look at some of the things that went on this year. And I don't mean all that stuff you saw on the news.

With the onslaught of all the Coronavirus craziness, some of you might've missed my newsletters, perhaps even updates about new releases and such. To help out, I’ll do a brief overview of events that occurred in 2020, offering highlights month by month. Because of space and time constraints, I won’t be able to go into everything, however. For more details you can check out my author newsletter archives here, join our mailing list on this blog, and you’ll also find more information by following my website and looking at the Updates/News page over there. That will always give you a good sense of things.

In any case, let’s get started, okay?

Author News from 2020


On January 2nd, Blue Vision was nominated for the Book cover of the month contest on AllAuthor. And the same book was nominated for the Critters Annual Readers Poll, a contest for titles published in 2019. From the 1st to the 14th, readers could vote for books. Votes were tallied, and my sci-fi romance was a TOP 10 FINISHER IN BOTH the Romance and Science Fiction categories! ♥♥♥


Author Awards 

That reminds me. You can also still vote for Blue Vision in TCK Publishing’s big 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards contest. Blue Vision was nominated, voting is valid through mid-January! Scroll through to Category 7 – ‘Romance’ and vote for my book. Yay!


Additionally, voting is now open for the 23rd Annual Critters Readers' Poll(You’ll notice nominations for my books and yours truly in the following categories: Romance Novels, Romance Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories, Book Cover Artwork, and Authors. The categories cover all relevant works, authors, editors, artwork/artists, and services which were active or published in 2020. )

On January 19th of 2020, I signed a contract with Foundations Books, and Upon Your Return was set to come out sometime this year. Additionally, the publisher took on the other two books in the series. Woo hoo!


Starting the next day, a huge event on Writing in the Modern Age began. Readers could participate in an awesome mega book and swag giveaway, comprised of different formats and book genres. The contest ran for a week. Nice, right? 😉

On January 27th, there was a nice, new five star review for Blue Vision on Amazon. 


From January to March, another opportunity to win a copy of my science fiction romance, Blue Vision, came up. Readers could headover to Tina Donahue’s blog and participate in her big Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the launch of her sexy new romance release at the time, Thrill Me. With a chance to win $55 in gift cards and tons of ebooks, it sounds pretty cool, right?




On February 10th, I learned that yours truly was listed as one of the top 5 ‘authors who write compelling romance’ on Awesome, right? And seriously, the accompanying promo video is awesome! ;) 


The next day brought a guest post by Rebecca Siggers on ILRB, as she gave us seven romantic winery destinations to visit all over the world for Valentine’s Day. Some travel ideas for future reference, anyway. Tuscany looks especially lovely! On the 13th, Angela Burks offered some great tips on boosting those romantic feelings while traveling with your sweetie. Check out her article on my romance blog here


In my newsletter, and in honor of Valentine's Day in 2020, I offered the following tips to make your romantic partner feel truly special. I think we all get so bogged down in the hectic chaos of our lives that we often don’t slow down to appreciate each other, to show why we feel connected to that person in the first place. 


Here are those romantic ideas…and they might help too, if your love life together is starting to feel a bit stagnant. Or, this could give you some inspiration for that oh-so-special holiday coming up in February. 😉

1.      Make his/her favorite meal. This could be breakfast in bed, or a special romantic dinner for just the two of you.



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Goodbye, 2020...I'm Looking Forward to a Better Year


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