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Hello, 2017!

The new year is upon us and I'm looking forward to 2017! Not even going to lie, the most exciting and equally dreadful thing about this year is that it's my final year of school. It's exciting because it's my last year. It's dreadful because I still have this one last year. 

But enough of that! Let's talk about other things I'm looking forward to as well as some goals.

I'm looking forward to traveling to Pittsburgh next month with my mom to go to the outdoor game (*faints*) and then we'll be back the very next weekend for the Angels and Sirens signing. Be sure to check out details about that! I'll be going to Detroit in March for a hockey game. I'll also be in Raleigh in August for For the Love of Books and Raleigh signing. At some point, I'm supposed to plan a trip down to Florida to visit my brother, too. That's all the traveling I have scheduled right now. I wouldn't mind adding one more trip. Maybe a cruise?

I'm hoping to have 6 releases this year. Most will be in the Carolina Rebels series. :) Y'all already know about Because It's You and I'll be announcing the next two soon. My writing goal this year to be more disciplined. I did semi-well in 2016 in starting to be more disciplined, but I can do better and I need to keep aiming to do so. I also want to plot a new series. Don't worry! It wouldn't start releasing until 2018 and all I'll say about it is that it won't be a hockey romance series. I have a little bit of everything in our future, but 2017's focus is more about planning those books while still focusing primarily on my Rebels. That's all I'm willing to say because things change too often and I'd rather not say too much until it's basically a sure thing. :)

Moving on!

My reading goal this year is 100 books. Since I couldn't meet the same number as 2015 in 2016, I figured my safest bet is 100 books. That's roughly 8 books a month and I think I can do that. I'm going to keep doing the Paperback Pick of the Month and I'm going to try to read an additional paperback per month to get through my massive stack of unread books.

The same goes for those ebooks I have. Let's not even disclose the number of unread ebooks I have. But I did discover that I usually read the books I recently bought/books that recently released, so when I couldn't decide and started my new system of choosing a random letter of the alphabet and then a random book on my Kindle that started with that letter, I read some books that I've had for way longer. I'm going to try to read at least three books a month with that method.

I'm hoping to bring the good habits I started in 2016 into 2017 and keep going strong. That's really it for me and 2017. What are your reading goals? What are you hoping to accomplish in 2017? Where are you hoping to travel?

2016 Goals & Plans

It's Day One of 2016, and I'm excited! As promised from my 2015 Recap post, I want to share my goals and plans for the year.

Reading Goals
Last year, my goal was to read 100 books, and I read 112. This year, I'm aiming for 120 books. That seems like a good increase that isn't too much higher than what I was able to read in 2015. I'm also hoping to read my Paperback Picks each month.

Writing Goals
IF all goes as planned, then I'll release five solos this year. I already have my YA Romance, Bending Under Pressure, pretty much ready to go. The next is Brittany & Trace's story, which will happen in two books and is an Anxiety/Depression NA Romance. After that, I plan to launch a new hockey romance series, Carolina Rebels, which will start with Noah & Meredith's book. And to finish off the year, a story where there's an age difference.

Last year, I experimented with having self-imposed deadlines. Turns out, deadlines are meant to be missed where I'm concerned. In 2016, I'm tossing out deadlines, but keeping my tentative plans. The key words being tentative and plans. I don't want to feel pressured or feel rushed. Considering I can make my own schedule, it only makes sense that I do so in a way that truly works for me. My goal for 2016 is to not freakout if I have to rearrange some things or if I'm taking longer than I'd like to get something done.

Traveling Plans
I'll be leaving for a short trip to Pittsburgh on Monday, and then Mary & I are hitting up Dallas in March and Chicago in the fall. I'll also be going on a Alaskan cruise research trip. Lastly, I'll be heading to Charlotte for Carolina Book Bash in October. I'm so excited about all those trips, and hopefully, I'll be planning a vacation at some point. It's going to be a busy year, and I'll need to make time to take a break.

Personal Goals
I have no idea what I want to accomplish personally. I'll be going to school part-time in the fall to be able to focus more on my writing. This allows me to keep going to school, but lowers the stress that comes from being a full-time student and a full-time writer. I feel like 2015 was a great year personally, and if I could just maintain doing well, then I'll be happy. I'm constantly growing and evolving, and I'm hoping 2016 is the year where I continue to do so.

That's it for me! What are some of your goals and plans for 2016?

2015 Recap

Well, today is the last day of the year, and what a year it's been! I'm going to jump right in and start with a breakdown of the year.

Books Released: 9 (2 solos; 7 coauthored)

Places I Went: Pittsburgh, Charlotte, St. Louis, Las Vegas, & Huntington.

Personal Highlights: Turned 21; saw my Penguins play in Pittsburgh for the first time; Upgraded my car; saw Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett in concert; went to a few hockey games in Raleigh; made plans to see all the NHL teams play a home game and marked two off the list (Pittsburgh and Carolina); & celebrated four years writing, Bartley's fourth birthday, and one year of living on my own!

Bookish Highlights: I read 112 books, and my goal was 100. I should probably deem 2015 the Year of Catherine Gayle and biker books, as I read all of the books in Catherine Gayle's Portland Storm series and got hooked on books with bikers. Also, I did 7 Paperback Picks out of 11 months. Hopefully, I'll do better next year.

It's been a really great year. December made it tough and pushed all my buttons, so I'm thankful it's over. I have a feeling 2016 will be amazing, and I can't wait to see what the new year brings. Tomorrow, I'll share some plans and goals for 2016!