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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016: Year In Review

From where I'm sitting, this year has flown. I can't believe it's New Year's Eve. A fast year. And for me, not such a bad one. In fact, it's been my best author year yet, and I can't thank my readers enough for making it such a fast-paced, rewarding time to be a writer. THANK YOU, readers!! I've got lots planned for 2017, so I hope you'll stick around.

On the writing front:

I released five books this year. Walking backward:

On the reading front:
I read some really wonderful books this year, though most weren't published in 2016. In no particular order, my favorites were:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
by Michael Chabon

The Shell Seekers
by Rosamunde Pilcher

Coming Home
by Rosamunde Pilcher

A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

All The Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

The Ocean At The End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

The Martian
by Andy Weir

Happy New Year, everyone!!! I can't wait to see you all again in 2017.

Monday, December 26, 2016

HP Press Debriefing : Walking Wounded

HP Press Debriefing : Walking Wounded


*Author Notes and Insights*

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Walking Wounded debriefing. There will be some spoilers below, I’m sure, which is why I’ve put it under a “read more” cut. So if you haven’t read the novel, and don’t want to be spoiled, come back to this later. If you have read the book, I hope you’ll enjoy taking a deeper look at the novel through my eyes.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Dartmoor Christmas Part 6

A Dartmoor Christmas

Part 6

Christmas Eve

Ava woke up with a sore throat and a pounding headache. “Ugh,” she muttered into her pillow. Her limbs felt weighted as she rolled and reached for her phone. Her eyes were full of grit and she blinked a half dozen times before she could read the screen. Seven a.m. It was still dark out. And she felt like shit.

Thank God it was a holiday, she thought, slumping back down against her pillow. Mercy would be home, and he could help her with the kids, if she needed it. Which she would. In her experience, cold symptoms only got worse as the day progressed.

Speaking of Mercy…

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Dartmoor Christmas Part 5

A Dartmoor Christmas
Part 5

Not that she would admit it to her half-brother, but Raven always liked the old-fashioned, Dickensian look of Maude’s at Christmastime. She admired it a moment, leaning back against the side of her Rover, the sad colored lights tacked up around the windows, wrapped around a little tabletop tree inside, just visible through the condensation on the window panes. All the scene needed was snow. And maybe Tiny Tim.

She shivered against the chill in the air and pushed off the Rover. The bells overhead chimed when she entered the shop, and Albie lifted his head.

#MusicMonday - Walking Wounded Tracks

In case you missed the announcement this weekend, Walking Wounded is live on Amazon and B&N!

The paperbacks should be live tomorrow, and I'll be selling signed copies after the first of the year for anyone interested.

I haven't done a Music Monday post in a while, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite song picks for WW. In my mind, most of the soundtrack is comprised of alternatingly melancholy and hopeful instrumental pieces (secret life goal: write something worthy of an instrumental soundtrack one of these days), but there are a few songs that inspired the storytelling:

"Ever After" - Marianas Trench (this is *THE* song, for both storylines, just THE song, I just love it, okay)

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Dartmoor Christmas Part Four

A Dartmoor Christmas
Part Four

In her younger years, Whitney always thought being someone’s wife would feel drastically different from her regular life. As it turned out, it wasn’t so different after all. She lived in an apartment above a bakery, and she had this whole new family of in-laws…who were outlaws. And she, if anything, had more freedom than before; answering to a husband was nothing like answering to an overprotective sibling. But for the most part, her second Christmas with Tango felt a lot like every other Christmas – only enhanced.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Notes 12/11

  • One of my favorite books of this year (read for November's book club meeting), A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, contains an insightful mini-essay from the author as an afterward. I like to "debrief" my releases, but this gave me an idea to take it further. So...
  • Wed. 12/21/16: Walking Wounded debriefing on the blog. This will be my space to talk about favorites scenes, moments, and passages from the novel, and open the floor for questions.
  • This week on the blog: visuals and BTS stories from Walking Wounded.
  • Friday: ebook giveaway.
  • You can find Walking Wounded on Goodreads here.
  • A Dartmoor Christmas continues through Christmas :)
  • 12/31: my favorites reads of the year

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Dartmoor Christmas Part Three

A Dartmoor Christmas
Part Three

“I have no idea what to get Sam,” Aidan admitted, face scrunching up as if he was in pain. “Smart chicks are so much harder to shop for.”

“Plus there’s the fact that you’d never shopped for a woman before Sam,” Mercy pointed out. “You’re basically a rookie at this.”

“Thanks. That really boosts my confidence.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Dartmoor Christmas Part Two

A Dartmoor Christmas
Part Two

It wasn’t snowing, but it was both cold and humid enough to do so. Fat gray clouds hugged the treetops, crowding down between the branches like spray foam insulation. The breeze kept low, swirling around ankles and sending stray brown leaves scuttling under horses’ hooves, causing snorts and shies all down the barn. By the time Emmie hiked back up the hill to the house, she was more than ready to call it a day.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#TeaserTuesday: Walking Wounded

88,167 words
275 pages
M/M romantic relationship

Coming December 17th

Walking Wounded Copyright © 2016 by Lauren Gilley

Read the Prologue...