A big sigh for me because I have released the final volume of the Highland Loyalties trilogy. It is available on Amazon for anyone who wants to know how Robbie and Jane’s story finishes off (working on uploading it to Kobo, too). But even though I am relieved to have completed it, the end is bitter sweet. I have lived with the characters of Dunloch for so long now—contemplating their thoughts, shaping their dialogue, determining their destinies—that it feels like I’m saying goodbye to some really good friends. It’s the way I feel every time I finish reading a book, I guess. Anyone else feel like that or is it just me?
But, now that I’ve finished that major project, I’m sitting here flexing my fingers wondering what else I can do. I thought I was going to take a break for a month or so (I have a beautiful ball of yarn and a great knitting pattern that’s been begging me for attention), but I have to be honest, now that I’ve got no book on the go, I’m getting anxious to get stuck into the next one. And yes, I already know what it is! I’ll fill everyone in on the details once I get underway ...
In the interim, I’ll be working on promoting all three volumes of the Highland Loyalties trilogy. Anyone who’s ventured into the writing world knows that self-promoting is an exhausting business. We indie authors are fighting each other for elbow room in an already saturated market. As much as we appreciate and want to support each other, we are each other’s competition for attention. And then, of course, we’re also up against the powerhouse names, those well known and well loved authors that have realized the dream which we writers are all trying to achieve. So getting ourselves noticed takes up a good deal of our time.
To that end, I have no idea when I’m going to be able to put out my next novel, but I can promise that it will be my first stand-alone. And like Highland Loyalties, it will be a love story which focuses on the love first and foremost. I can promise that it’s a story idea about which I’m excited, and which develops more and more each day in my head. I can’t wait to put it on paper and see how it turns out.
I’ll be updating my website with occasional posts from time to time, and I am also going to at least try and commit to posting a newsletter-style update like this one each month, so check back and see what I’m up to. And I am always on Facebook and Twitter, so check in and ‘like’ me or follow me at @VeronicaBale1. I do read and appreciate all your comments, and always look forward to hearing from you.
Well, until next time ... cheers and happy reading, as always.