I realized today that I haven’t blogged at all since Deny released. Not a good way to go about keeping up my social media presence.
At the beginning of December, my carpal tunnel syndrome started acting up again in my right wrist. I’m still not sure what set it off. You’d think spending 11 to 12 hours a day on the computer to get Deny out into the world would’ve caused problems, but it didn’t. But when I cut back my time on the computer to give myself a break, then it got bad again. So I cut out even more computer time (including blogging) until my wrist no longer hurt. Thankfully, the pain is gone now, so I’m back. 🙂
It’s the day after New Year’s, so it’s as good a time as any to look back and reflect. God did so many amazing things in my life this year, I’m still blown away. Especially once I started making a list.
This time last year, I had just finished writing three manuscripts for what I had called The Blades of Acktar. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them or what publishing route God wanted me to pursue. I was waiting for my first professional edit to come back on Dare from Nadine Brandes, an editor I was just beginning to get to know. I’d just connected with Angie Brashear online and began pestering her with questions on indie publishing. And I’d just heard of Jaye L. Knight. I’d only had a blog for a few months, and I wasn’t even on Goodreads yet, much less most of the other social media sites.
Crazy, when I think about it. Now I have so many writing friends online I’m blown away. I connected with the wonderful Kim Moss through a book launch team we were on together. Angie Brashear became a prayer warrior who helped pray Deny into existence. I don’t know what I’d do without Nadine as a friend and mentor. And Jaye’s encouragement has been amazing. All the other bloggers and fellow authors who volunteered for my launch team: Claire, Shantelle, Hope, Alyssa, Abigail, Jessica, Gabriela. Sierra, my amazing critique partner who helped so much. All the fans who have contacted me or written reviews or simply interacted in some way on line. I can’t believe that a year ago, I didn’t really know any of you.
I now have two published book and a third in the process of publication. My three book series turned into four. Dare hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for Christian Fantasy (sharing the list with such estimable writers as Jill Williamson, Jaye L. Knight, and Patrick Carr. Seriously never thought I’d see my books anywhere near theirs on a bestseller list!). Deny hit the #1 Hot Newest Release in Christian Fantasy for the first month after its release, and both Dare and Deny are still bouncing around in the top 20 on the Christian Fantasy bestseller list. I am so blown away by the response to these books.
I’m excited to see what God does with 2016.
Posted in Christianity, Writing Blogs, Writing Life and tagged 2016, A Look Back, Angie Brashear, Dare, Deny, Jaye L. Knight, Kim Moss, Nadine Brandes, New Year, Shantelle Hannu, The Blades of Acktar, Tricia Mingerink by TriciaMingerink with 4 comments.
ONE WEEK until Dare‘s release! I have some fun stuff planned for the next couple of weeks!
First, a number of wonderful authors and bloggers have volunteered to be part of a blog tour to celebrate the release. Below is the tour schedule that will kick off June 2, the day Dare releases.
- Tricia Mingerink – Announce Release and Kick Off Blog Tour
- Jaye L. Knight – Author Interview
- Kim Moss – Author Interview
- Jansina on River Shore Books – Author Interview
- Nadine Brandes – Author Interview
- Tricia Mingerink – Inspiration for Dare – Setting
- Shantelle Hannu on A Writer’s Heart – Author Interview
- Jaye L. Knight – Character Spotlight (Leith Torren)
- Kim Moss – Character Spotlight (Renna Faythe)
- Alicia Ruggieri on A Brighter Destiny – Author Interview
- Faith Blum on Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Character Spotlight (Shadrach Alistair)
- Nadine Brandes – Character Spotlight (Brandi Faythe)
- Tricia Mingerink – Q&A with characters
- Kathrese McKee – Author Interview
- Gillian Bronte Adams – Character Spotlight (Blizzard)
- Tricia Mingerink – Q&A with characters
- Jansina on Thilly Little Nothings – Character Spotlight (Harrison Vane)
- Claire Banschbach on The Over Active Imagination – Author Interview
During the blog tour, I will be holding a Grand Prize giveaway to celebrate. The giveaway will open June 2, and you’ll be able to enter at any of the blog tour spots.
The Grand Finale to all this excitement will be a Facebook party the night of June 10 from 8 to 11 PM EST. The winner of the Grand Prize will be announced there. There will also be additional giveaways, inside peeks at the book and characters, and lots of fun. You are all officially invited.
I can’t wait to share Dare with you, and I hope you all enjoy the celebration. I know I will! 😉
What is your favorite part of a book release? The blog tour, the Facebook party, or actually getting a new book in your hands?
Posted in Announcements, The Blades of Acktar and tagged Angie Brashear, assassin, Dare, Faith Blum, Gillian Bronte Adams, Jaye L. Knight, Kim Moss, Nadine Brandes, Shantelle Mary Hannu, The Blades of Acktar by TriciaMingerink with 8 comments.