Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Year of Accomplishment

Well, what a difference a year makes!

First of all, I must apologize, once again, for neglecting this blog and keeping everyone in the dark on my progress. Unfortunately, I have the kind of mind that only focuses on one thing at a time. It is not, perhaps, the best way to get followers, but I have learned through the years that if I don't focus exclusively on one thing, I tend to overwhelm myself with obligations.

That being said, my focus has served me well. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, we (with my co-author, Carley Bauer) have been accepted for publication and we are currently going through the second and (hopefully) last edit prior to publication in early February of 2013. So please keep your eyes open for "No Gentleman is He", part of the Sons of Liberty series with Tigearr Publishing. We are also working on Book 2 of the series, as yet untitled, which will continue the saga of our characters as they enter into the American Revolutionary War. The first book is set in 1775, where there was tension but still a hope of reconciliation with the Crown for their rights. Book 2 is set in spring of 1776, when almost all hope of successful negotiations, aka the Olive Branch, are all but gone, and hostilities break out in earnest. 

We have striven to write romance books that are not only traditionally character driven, but also have strong plot lines, with excitement, tension and strong research to titillate the reader. We feel readers have become bored with the standard makeup of traditional romance stories and demand stronger stories and real plots to engage them. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me through this journey, namely my co-author Carley Bauer who pushes me to my best, my publisher Kemberlee Shortland who is the most author friendly publisher I have ever had the fortune to work with, and my best friend, Violet, who always encouraged me, understanding when I went weeks without contacting her and always picking up any conversation like we never had that break. She had faith in me even when I doubted myself, and always made me feel like I could accomplish whatever I strove for as long as I worked for it. 

Last, but not least, my husband. He made suppers when I was so immersed in work, I would forget to eat, cleaned up when various rooms almost disappeared due to neglect, and fielded phone calls so I wouldn't be distracted. He was understanding, tolerant and supportive, even if he still doesn't completely understand this peculiar obsession of mine. We adore each other and can't conceive of being separated for any length of time, no matter how much we exchange loving barbs. 

This has been a year of accomplishments, but is only the beginning. The coming year will be one of even more hard work, more messy rooms, more forgotten meals, and satisfaction! Various projects are in the works as well as Book 2, and various personal aspirations are to be met. 

I want to thank all those who have stuck by me through my long neglect. Like my best friend, you have been enormously patient, and please believe me when I say "I am truly thankful". 

New Year with Old Acquaintances 

Forgive me lest I glow in pride,
As year ahead briefly breaks its stride.
Ambitions I have striven for,
And once again step up for more,
Have come to my bid
And destructive doubts hid.

When snowy New Year morn breaks free
I dance with friends who lofted me.
We share smiles, camaraderie all
Aflame in our hearts the constant call
For love and support. Oh, friends indeed.
Our spirits soar, our true lights we heed.

S.L. Bartlett, Dec. 2012

May you all have a Happy New Year, and rich blessing through all the year.