Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: The Year of Amazing Highs...and Devastating Lows…

It has been a roller coaster ride of a year and while there were some amazing highs—there were some devastating lows—so all in all, I’m not sorry to see 2011 end. 

2011 was a year of change—both good and bad, but I’m choosing to focus on the good. It was an amazing year of “firsts” for me, for which I am so grateful.

There are so many people who were a part of making these “firsts” happen for me. I know I am leaving a few of you out, but only because my brain’s still recovering from a double deadline last week. Anyway, here are just a few of the wonderful people in my life that I’d like to thank:

Thank You:  to the amazing Sourcebooks team: Publisher, Dominique Raccah; Editor, Deb Werksman; Editorial Assistant, Susie Benton; Administrative Assistant, Cat Clyne; and Publicist Danielle Jackson. 

I'm delighted that DYLAN is releasing January 2nd and will be giving away signed copies of him during my Virtual Blog Tour. There will be plenty of chances to win, check out the dates:

Mia Marlowe’s blog / 
Casablanca Author’s blog
Romantic Crush Junkies
Thoughts in Progress
Coffee Time Romance
Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee
Emily @ AAD12 Blog (Authors After Dark Blog)

TYLER, the first book in my hot cowboy series for Sourcebooks was not only my tenth published novel, but my first mass market paperback—one of the goals I set for myself when I started writing over a decade ago. 

TYLER would not have been published without the insight and encouragement of my fabulous editor, Deb Werksman.

Thank You: to my fabulous agent, Eric Ruben. With his guidance, professionalism, and expertise, I have sold another three book deal to Sourcebooks. This time, it will be a trilogy set in Purity, Ohio—Small Town USA. The first book, A WEDDING IN PURITY, will release in November 2012.

Thank You: to Anne Elizabeth for being my sounding board for so much more than plotlines and character development!

Thank You: to my publicist, Judy Spagnola for her friendship, encouragement, and expertise.

 Thank You: to Lori Foster and Lora Leigh for including me in the group of authors participating in their Reader Events. These ladies are not only very talented prolific authors, they are amazingly warm-hearted women. I was delighted to have been a part of their events.

Thank You: to JoCarol Jones for always thinking of me – you and Johnny and wonderful people! Dave and I can’t wait to see you in Chicago!


Thank You: to Kim Rocha and the Book Obsessed Chicks Book Club for embracing me and inviting me to attend one of their meetings—I had the BEST time and loved getting to know all of you.

Thank You: to Natalie and Kim for reading my rough drafts at the last minute and giving me feedback in time to make changes and meet my deadlines!

Thank You: to Tara Nina for kicking my butt back to Jazzercise and so much more!


Thank You: to my family…for believing in me and giving me the time and space I needed while I worked toward meeting my December deadlines. 


Where would I be without all of you? My guys: Hubby Dave and son’s Phil and Josh, our daughter Jessi, son-in-law Tom, and gorgeous grandbaby Jack. 

We had to say goodbye to our faithful friend Ginger after 12 years, but were able to rescue another dog in need of a good home—Josie was born in a shelter and spent the first ten months of her life in a cage. 

After a week of loving attention—and a lot of coaxing—she’s coming out of her shell. She’s so sweet with me, but showing signs of aggression with the men in our house. We are trying to work through this situation, but each day she grows more comfortable in her home and less trusting of my guys. 

I’ve put out a call to help to a local trainer; the shelter where we rescued Josie, and posted the question on Facebook, hopefully someone will be able to help. I don’t want to have to surrender her, but cannot allow this problem to escalate our precious grandbaby visits often and Jack is only 11 weeks old.

It’s obvious now that when the shelter volunteer said we needed to let the men take a more active role in Josie’s transition, there was just a tidbit of information that they neglected to tell us…specifically her fear of men…but then again, they didn’t tell us about her skin condition or worms until after we’d adopted her.

I’m hoping that Josie will turn around and learn to trust my guys…they are so loveable and miss Ginger so much.  

Even though 2012 is off to a rocky start on our homefront...I am hopeful that things will improve.

So for the coming year, my wish for you is that you open your arms and your heart embracing life to its fullest—the rewards are priceless.

C.H. Admirand

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