I always enjoy the start of a new year. It’s like what’s said in Anne of Green Gables – “there’s no mistakes in it – yet.” I’m not really one for making New Year’s resolutions, although in The Breakup Project I wrote about a woman who does, which includes (among other things) the resolution to not date a hockey player (that’s never been my problem- lol!), and the hilarious and painful results of that decision.
But while I, like Bree in The Breakup Project, feel like resolutions can be only a matter of time before I fail, I do like how we can start the new year with intentions to do different things. Which is why I’ve put my hand up for a few different projects this year. One of them is another multi-author series (more deets about that in a future post). Another is a new reader magnet, a freebie book for readers who subscribe to my newsletter. My Christmas novella Originally Yours has been a fabulous newsletter builder, and was designed to feed readers into my Original Six hockey romance series, but it’s time to add a new one, and I’m tossing up whether it will be another contemporary or whether I should venture back into Regency world and write one to feed into a new Regency series. And the other new thing is the opportunity to be part of an international reading challenge.
Now I have to admit, I’m not super awesome at reading challenges. I read lots, but (probably like most people) tend to (re)read my favourite authors / genres / settings, and even then I move on to reading the next book and don’t update my Goodreads shelves, etc. Reading challenges also usually require reading books outside of our comfort zones, which can feel a little daunting if you, like me, enjoy reading primarily as a way to relax.
But when an opportunity arose to be part of an international reading challenge I leapt at it. Partly because I have books set in different countries, and this would give opportunity to showcase some of those places (like Muskoka, Canada, and the small town of Trinity Lakes, Washington) and partly because I’ve always enjoyed travel and finding out about different countries. So with books set in Australia, various parts of the UK, Europe, Africa, North America and more, it’s going to be fun to explore the world via books. I’ll be kicking things off in the Around the World in Fifty Books (minus one) group next week with the various international settings that are featured in Love on Ice, which includes settings from Toronto to Detroit to Wollongong, Australia, Taipei, Seoul, and many more, and I can’t wait to introduce readers to this action-packed book!
It’s good to try new things, and to expand beyond the usual books, both as a reader, but also as a writer, as it helps to keep the reading / writing palate ‘fresh.’ After years of writing historical books I’ve loved writing contemporary, and now enjoy writing the occasional historical as a ‘refresher’ for my brain. I still have a romantic suspense locked in my computer (which actually won some awards!) so getting back into writing those types of books will be another good challenge for me one day.
Starting the new year is a good chance to refresh and refine and look forward to new things – including new books! And if you’re looking for something new to read, then you could try The Love Penalty, out later this month, or catch up on the Trinity Lakes series, so you’re ready for the next brand new book which comes out next month, with a new book each month after that. Heard about this hockey romance craze and want to try a Christian version? Then check out the Original Six or Northwest Ice series, and enjoy some books that might be a little out of your normal reading space, but which you may just enjoy. Whatever you choose, I hope that 2024 brings plenty of fabulous reading to you. Happy new books to you!
Let’s chat: what is a genre outside of your comfort zone? What parts of the world would you like to see a book set in? Have you done reading challenges? Do you do New Year’s resolutions? What new books are you looking forward to reading in 2024?