I’m so happy. We’ve made it through another winter, and spring has officially arrived, at last. I’ve shared Snoopy and his little happy dance on Facebook, and I’m going to share him again here. Since this is the first full day of spring, it’s definitely time to celebrate.
The beginning of a new season is also a good time to do a little looking ahead. Life is a journey, so we always say, and it’s always good to know where we’re going — or at least, to have an idea of the direction we’re heading.
So, what’s on my agenda for spring?
- First, I’ll be wrapping up “No Regrets” — Book 4 of “The Sunset Series”. Although the release date isn’t until later in the summer, the manuscript is due to the publisher at the end of April. I’m thoroughly enjoying this story. You’ll remember William Howard Morse, Junior, from previous books in the series. He’s been a troublemaker in the past. Now, it’s time to redeem Willie, teach him a few important lessons about life, and set him off on the path to happiness. Watching his transformation gives me a good feeling and affirms my belief that love is a powerful force in our lives. His quest to become a better man is spurred by a lovely, dark-haired young woman, Hattie Mae Richards. Readers first met Hattie in “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not“. I’m sharing little excerpts from the story — along with the opening scene — at my “Snippets” blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
- I’m also thinking — that’s the key word — about re-starting my newsletter. If you’re one of my subscribers, you’ve noticed that I haven’t been sending out monthly updates to “Keep Up With Christina”. I couldn’t keep up with myself, you see. Life has been busy over the last year, and dealing with too many pressures and deadlines was taking its toll on me. Something had to give, and I made the choice to put the newsletter on hold for a time. I love keeping in touch with readers, though, so I’m thinking — again, that’s the key word — about starting back up with the newsletter, not on a monthly basis, but perhaps four times a year. Again, I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you enjoy author newsletters? Would you be interested in special, subscriber-only offers on books or goodies?
- Another idea I’ve been toying with is forming a Christina Cole “readers’ group”. For authors today, word of mouth publicity is essential. It’s important for me that I get people not only reading my romance novels, but talking about them, as well. Here’s what I’m considering. Before each new book is released from the publisher, I receive five “ARCs” — that means “Advance Review Copies”. Would you be interested in receiving a free copy of “No Regrets” shortly before publication? I’d like to get the story into the hands of five excited readers and then host an event where we can meet online and talk about the book. In exchange for the ARC, you’ll be asked to read the story, give me an honest review, and participate in the group event. Sound interesting? Right now, the idea is still in a formative stage. If this is something you might want to be involved with, please let me know. Just leave your name and email address — and any comment or suggestion you’d like to make. You’ll find a convenient contact form at the end of this post.
- Throughout the coming months, I’ll also be taking part each week in “My Sexy Saturday” and the “Sneak Peek Sunday” blog hops. I’ll be a guest author at Shanna Hatfield’s “Petticoat Ball” next month, and I’ll probably be participating in other features and events during the spring. You can always find updates and information by visiting here or by stopping by my official author page on Facebook: Christina Cole’s Love Notes.
Yes, it’s going to be a busy spring, so along with writing and marketing, I’m also planning lots of relaxing, fun times to share with my family and friends. Once the weather is a bit warmer, I’ll be pulling my little sports car out of the garage, putting the top down, and doing a bit of cruising. Gardening is another spring-time activity I’m going to enjoy. I’m also going to enjoy kicking back with a tall glass of lemonade, listening to good music, and reading a few good books.