Wow, it’s December, the final month of the year. And also the final IWSG of 2016 too. It’s been a great year, and turbulent as well. Still, I’m blessed to have and give much needed support through this writing community. All made possible by ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh. So thank you Alex and thank you Chrys, Stephanie, Quanie, Toni and Ula. Thank you to everyone I missed. Thank you for making 2016 a little bit better with your words of encouragement. With sharing our highs and our lows. Don’t think I can say it enough, but thank you. And Happy Holidays!
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December 7 Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
Where do I see myself in 5 years? I have no idea. But I know where I’d like to be.
With at least two books published. Either through traditional or self-publishing means. More than likely, I’d still be working at my job and writing at the same time. Hopefully, after five years, I can write for a living.
Call it modesty or under reaching, but I see it as being practical. After all, I have two kids and a husband to feed. And what is it that they say? That you don’t really make a living off writing until your third or fifth book?
But then I can always get lucky and win the lotto in the next five years. It’ll give me plenty of time to write and publish to my heart’s content.
Still, that’s only if I’m lucky. Until then, I’ll write, revise, rewrite, edit. Find beta readers, start the process all over again. Enter some Twitter pitch sessions, query agents/publishers from my Excel list.
How about you? Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Today, I’m giving a shout out to author Leigh W. Stuart and her novel The 12 Dares of Christmas. I discovered Leigh Stuart on Wattpad where I fell in love with her novel Two Tickets to Paradise. If you like reading romance novels, be sure to give this author a read. Her newest book, The 12 Dares of Christmas is now available on Amazon.
The 12 Dares of Christmas
’Tis the season to be daring…
Lauren Hall has one wish for Christmas this year—raise money to build a new, no-kill animal shelter for the town of Sycamore Cove. And she is prepared to do anything to make it happen. Even dare a man she just met to perform a strip tease for the local knitting society.
Gabe Nicholson has one wish too—obtain the job of a lifetime to launch his career. Only his wishes get snowballed when his best friend’s little sister hands him a pair of stripper pants and a bottle of eggnog-flavored body oil.
It’s all sugar plums and mistletoe until a scandal caused by Lauren’s fundraiser threatens to ruin it all. With Gabe’s work opportunities disappearing before his eyes and Lauren’s fundraising efforts tanking, their game of dares stands to burn them both. Unless it ignites a spark of Christmas magic.
What readers are saying:
‘…a Christmas romance that leaves you wishing for your own sexy Ginger-man for Christmas!!!’ Jamie Slayton
‘The romance is smoking hot but retains its sweet innocence. This witty, charming book will win every heart.’ Ann Writes, author of Dork in Love
‘…sultry sex scenes…’ The Library Journal
‘This Christmas novel is a lot like the perfect Christmas pudding – fruity, steamy, and with lashings of good humour.’ Juliet Lyons, author of Dating the Undead
About the Author
Leigh W. Stuart was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter to an English teacher. Although she decided to be a writer by the age of six years old, she later talked herself out of it and went on to study French and German in college. She met her husband in Switzerland (or as she calls it, the Marvelous Land of Cheese and Chocolate), where she studied abroad one year, and they now live there with their two children. Love of reading inevitably transformed into a love of writing and she is thrilled to begin a new adventure as an author of romance. Connect with her at:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeighWStuartauthor/
And on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LWStuart
PS Did you know that Can You Catch My Flow? was released two years ago? Actually, it was first released on Smashwords on December 3, 2014. To celebrate, with a Smashwords coupon, the poetry chapbook was free that weekend. And now I’m extending my Rafflecopter giveaway, for the print book, celebrating this 2 year anniversary until Saturday, December 10. Good luck!