Year In Review: 2014

2014 was a good year. Had more releases than in 2013 and wrote a lot of longer books instead of the shorts/novellas of previous years. My best year so far! May 2015 be even better!


2/26: Measured Doses (Their Circumstances)
4/30: Inner Demons (Their Circumstances)
7/02: Northern Lights (Arctic Love #2)
9/10: Summer Fever
9/24: More Than Anything (More #1)
11/26: Midnight Sun (Arctic Love #3)

Six releases to four in 2013. This is what I want to try and keep my schedule to, six releases a year. It’s quite nice, having them spread out like that.

Written and accepted books

More Than Words (More #2, started in 2013, finished in 2014)
Scarred Souls (Souls #1)
Inked Souls (Souls #2)
Broken Souls (Souls #3)
Imperfect Souls (Souls #4)

Four written books to four written books in 2013. I’m not counting More Than Words, because that one was written in 2013, then half of it scrapped and rewritten in 2014. Word written all-together in 2014: 482,628!

Most popular books in 2014

Like last year, I wanted to have a look at my most popular books, both in royalties and from copies sold. They’re also compared to the same stats of 2013, which is quite interesting.

More Than Anything is a clear winner in both categories: it’s sold more than any of my other books have in just a few months of its release!


Most popular books in 2013

2014 has definitely been my best year ever since I started out as a published author. I can only hope the year and years to come will see as steady a rise as I’ve seen from just 2013 to 2014!

Most Popular Books: 2013

I thought I’d write a post about which of my books were the most popular in the past year, looking at both copies sold and royalties earned from them. It’s also interesting to compare them to the same stats from 2012. The stats were quite interesting!

Most popular books: Copies

  1. Sakura Kiss
  2. How About a Boyfriend? 
  3. Skin Deep

Most popular books: Royalties

  1. Sakura Kiss
  2. How About a Boyfriend?
  3. Skin Deep

Exactly the same books in both columns. That’s quite nice! All three of these books were out this year. Considering I only had four releases in 2013, it’s quite nice that the new ones were the ones most popular. I wonder how 2014 will look like next year, considering I have a lot more books lined up this year.

Most populer books: Copies 2012

  1. Desert Fire
  2. Reunited
  3. Forest of Fenris

Most popular books: Royalties 2012

  1. Desert Fire
  2. Forest of Fenris
  3. Winter Love

Desert Fire was immensely popular. More so than any of my other books. I think people really dig fantasy. Sadly, I haven’t written any more fantasy since I wrote the three in the Legend & Lore series. Reunited was also very popular, but because it’s so short, I don’t get much royalties on it, so Winter Love outdid it in the royalties department.

Looking Forward: 2014

Last year I had some very specific resolutions as to what I was going to write and do this year. I think it’s safe to say that most of it didn’t happen. My muse is fickle and what I want to work on one month, is not what I want to work on the next one. So for this year my resolutions won’t be quite so fixed as to what project to work on specifically.


My goal for the new year is to write 365,000 words all-together. This equals a 1,000 words a day, roughly 30,000 words a month. On good days I can go way beyond 1,000 words a day, while on bad days it’s a struggle. Still, a 1,000 words a day should be manageable no matter what. And if I don’t one day, I’ll make up for it on a good day. If I can get 40K or 50K each month, it would be better, but in case of a four month absence again like I had in 2013, I think 365,000 words should be manageable. Considering I managed 300,000 this year with the absence, I’m quite happy with that goal.

Also, a very important goal this year: to finish what I start. No more skipping between projects and leaving something unfinished. If I do, I have to go back after the more shinier story is done and finish it up.


Ideally, I would’ve liked to publish something each month, but that’s not doable. I would like to have something published every other or third month. Maybe next year I can shoot for the release-a-month, if I get myself buckled down with the writing this year. I would also like to try my hand at self-publishing, but that probably won’t happen for months anyway. We’ll see.

I would also like to submit books to two other publishers. Two publishers that has been my favourites, besides my current one, for quite some time and which I would dearly like to be published by. I won’t name them now, but I can say so much that I have submitted a book to one of them already. So we’ll see what happens with that one.

I will do my very best with the books being released, and hope that they will be scheduled ahead of time, as some of the accepted books are quite far off now. It would be fun if they could be available sooner, as all but one of the accepted books are in already established series, and I really want to see more books published in them. The hope is that More Than Anything will be released ahead of schedule as well, hopefully this year, as that’s one novel I am particularly proud of. It’s over a 100K and I think it’s my very best book to date and I want all the readers to be able to read it as well as soon as possible.


Ideally, I would like to figure out how to better market myself. I was trying to do that this year, but with the four month absence, I haven’t been good at it. I would like to meet new people, which requires commenting, and I try to be good at it. I would like to do more guest posts, both at my own blog and on others’ blogs.

Real life

I want to study more, so I can get better grades. This will hopefully be my last year of studies, as I’m taking more courses than required and thus will hopefully finish my bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature by Christmas. Next year, I would like to start working in publishing or take a master’s degree. I would like to study more in linguistic and philology, but we’ll see what happens. First I have to write the bachelor’s thesis in the autumn.

Year In Review: 2013

2013 was actually quite productive, despite the 4 months where I was completely AWOL and didn’t write or read a thing. Despite this, I did manage to get a lot of words written, many stories submitted and accepted. It wasn’t as good as 2012 release-wise, but I’m happy with the releases I did have. I’m proud of those book, even if there were only four of them.


01/16: How About a Boyfriend?
04/03: Sakura Kiss (Seasonal Love #2)
08/28: Skin Deep (a Their Circumstances short story)
11/20: Yesterday’s Tears (a Their Circumstances novel)

Accepted books

Measured Doses (a Their Circumstances novella)
Inner Demons (a Their Circumstances novella)
Northern Lights (Arctic Love #2)
Midnight Sun (Arctic Love #3)
White Nights (Arctic Love #4)
Moscow Nights (Seasonal Love #2)
More Than Anything (More #1)

Submitted books

Summer Fever (stand-alone title)
All Tied Up (anthology call)

Written books

Measured Doses (a Their Circumstances novella)
Inner Demons (a Their Circumstances novella)
Maybe Tomorrow (a Their Circumstances novella)
More Than Anything (More #1)
More Than Words (More #2)

Word count

31,000 words
wrote Measured Doses

7,000 words
started Inner Demons
started Maybe Tomorrow

49,000 words
finished Inner Demons
wrote on Maybe Tomorrow
started More Than Anything

3,000 words
wrote on Maybe Tomorrow

MayJuneJulyAugust: Writers block and absent from everything online.

6,000 words
started up with More Than Anything again

69,000 words
wrote on More Than Anything

111,000 words
finished More Than Anything
started and finished More Than Words 

22,000 words
started the rewrite of Returning Home 

300,000 words

Out of my accepted books, Measured Doses, Inner Demons and More Than Anything were written this year. The other books were simply edited (or partially rewritten) from draft written before 2013. However, I did also write another Their Circumstances novella this year, Maybe Tomorrow, which is a direct sequel to Yesterday’s Tears and it features Adam. I also wrote the sequel to MTA, More Than Words. Both of these have to be rewritten some before they’re ready for submission. I also wrote some short stories, and started in on stories I haven’t finished yet.

All in all, I’m happy about what I’ve done this year. I’m happy to have finally gotten around to the editing/rewriting of the Arctic Love and Seasonal Love books, as well as Summer Fever. And I’m happy about the books I’ve written, even if two of them needs extensive rewriting and/or editing.

Despite the four months of absence, 2013 has been a good year writing-wise.

Favourite reads of 2013

I read about 84 books in 2013 and besides one of the books on this list (and my rereading the Harry Potter series), this year consisted entirely of contemporary fiction. I only read contemporary and I only wrote contemporary. This means that 2013 are hereby known as The Year of Contemporary Fiction. That being said, check out my favourites for the year:

If the Stars Fall by Diane Adams

I’ve enjoyed all the books in the Making of a Man series, and this one was one of the first books I read in 2013. It didn’t disappoint at all. It was darker than the previous ones, and longer, but there was also a lot of light stuff in here. Alex and Jared are such a perfect couple, and they go through a lot, but they come out stronger through it all. Alex and Jared were older here than in earlier books, but it’s so nice to see their path through the years.

Looking forward to more books in this series!

Aaron by JP Barnaby

I had plans on writing a long, proper essay on this books when I finished it, but it all fell of the way-side and now I can’t remember all my good points. Still, this book was a good one. It dealt with something tragic and it dealt with it realistically. It went a but quickly at the end, in my opinion, but that doesn’t detract from the realism of this book.

I know there’s a sequel/spin-off to this story, but that one’s BDSM, which isn’t my favourite thing to read at all. We’ll see if I’ll read it.

Fall Down the Mountain by P.D. Singer

I love the Mountain series! Jake and Kurt are an awesome couple, and I was drawn into their story and their relationship from the start of the very first book. This book didn’t disappoint at all! There were places where I was afraid something unforgivable would happen, but they got through it without it getting as bad as it could’ve done. Kurt’s a bit clueless here, but who could know what was really going on, right?

So looking forward to diving into the next book in the series!

Blue Notes by Shire Anthony

I don’t know much about music, or care, so I wasn’t sure if I would like this series as it focuses heavily on music. Especially classical music. How wrong was I? I ended up not being able to put the book down! Shira Anthony is a great storyteller and my attention was peaked all through the book. The main couple was wonderful, they fit so nicely together. Not to mention the brother! I’m looking forward to his book.

This was a wonderful beginning to a new series.

The Melody Thief by Shira Anthony

This is the second book in the Blue Notes series, and I read it directly after the first one. This one held my attention just as well as the first one. Maybe even more, considering Cary kept his secret through most of the book. I was sitting with the iPad plastered to my face seeing if the secret would come out soon! The two main characters were so clearly right for each other, and even the child was interesting, and I’m not much for children at all.

Wonderful second book, and I will definitely continue reading this series.

Fire Balls by Tara Lain

This was the second book in this series, and though I was a bit on the fence on the first book, this one drew my attention. And it drew my attention in a big way! Rodney was an amazing character and I instantly started rooting for him. He messed up majorly, but he tried to do the best he could. And in the end, a perfect HEA for Rodney, the tiny, flamboyant protagonist who had a black belt in karate and could take down men twice his size.

After this book, I was sold on this series.

Snow Balls by Tara Lain

Tara Lain writes such different characters from what is normally seen in fiction. From Rodney of Fire Balls, the tiny, flamboyant painter with a black belt in karate; to big, buff and flamboyant JJ, who pretends to be macho to catch the interest of his love interest. JJ was so sweet, and he tried his best to be someone he wasn’t, and when it all blew up in his face … well, it was a wonderful read! JJ is definitely my favourite character of this series, besides Rodney, of course.

More in this series, thank you.

Inherit the Sky by Ariel Tachna

A book set on a sheep farm in Australia. The premise was good, so I gave it a try. It was a slow build, which I like, since insta-love is a major turn-off. Even the sheep farming was interesting to read about. Also, the main character stutters, which isn’t normal in fiction, and I think it was dealt with wonderfully. It was so nice to see how Cain grew through his experiences on the farm. Cain and Macklin was a wonderful couple that I want to see more from again!

Wonderful beginning to a new series I will be following.

Among the Living

The only book this year that wasn’t a contemporary. I’ve heard about this series for a while and decided to give it a shot, and I do not regret it! I wasn’t in a paranormal mood when I read this, but that didn’t detract from it at all. The book was wonderfully written and portrayed, and Victor Bayne was such an amazing character. It wasn’t a long book, and I’m looking forward to continuing on to see what will happen to Vic next.

I will be following this series, that’s for sure!

Paris A to Z

I’d had this book on my iPad for a while, before I remembered I actually had it. I had to reread all the other books in the series, since it was such a long time since I’d read them, and once I got to this … wow. Loved it! It was great to see Zach finally dealing with what happened over 10 years ago with Jonathan. It was great to see Matt deal with his jealousy of Cole. Zach’s and Angelo’s relationship is awesome, I admire it. And Jon and Cole themselves, getting married. Such a good story!

I want more books in this series. More, more, more. Let it never end!

Home Again by Cardeno C

I couldn’t put this book down once I started it. It was so interesting. I loved the format, that Noah narrated the present, and Clark the past. I wish we could’ve seen Noah actually coming out to his parents, but that’s the only thing I can comment  on, and it doesn’t retract from the story at all. Wonderful!

I will continue this series, mark my words.

What’s Ahead In 2013?

New Years Resolutions never really work for me, but I do have some plans for the new year. General plans like write more, write better, write longer or personal ones like study hard and get good grades.

Writing plans for 2013:
★ write Maybe Tomorrow (sequel to Yesterday’s Tears)
★ write the second sequel
★ write more short stories for the Their Circumstances series
★ finish Returning Home
★ write Finding Love (the sequel to Returning Home)
★ rewrite Polar Nights
★ rewrite Northern Lights
★ rewrite Midnight Sun
★ edit Moscow Nights
★ write another story or two in the Legend & Lore series
★ finish Mist On the Moor
★ write something completely new

Other plans for 2013:
★ branch out and submit to a new publisher
★ keep the blog updated
★ do better at marketing
★ do giveaways and guest blogs

This should definitely tie me over in 2013. I probably had more plans, but I cannot seem to remember them right now. Something always seem to come up and ruin every good plan though, so this might change as new ideas come to mind. But for now, this is what I plan to be working on in 2013!

Year In Review: 2012

2012 was a good year writing wise. I can’t really complain about anything, except that my motivation disappeared for a few months during the year so I didn’t write as much as I’d like to.

Releases in 2012, in order:
Jan. 25 | Desert Fire (Legend & Lore #2)
Feb. 08 | Reunited (Kiss Me Quick Collection, Their Circumstances)
Feb. 29 | The Huntress (Vixen Anthology, Legend & Lore #3)
Mar. 21 | Winter Love (Seasonal Love #1)
June 07 | Legend & Lore (Print compilation)
July 11 | Polar Nights (Arctic Love #1)
Aug. 01 | Scarred Souls (Their Circumstances)

Accepted books, awaiting release in 2013:
How About a Boyfriend? (Kiss Me At Midnight Collection)
Sakura Kiss (Seasonal Love #2)

That makes the total of six books, whereas one was part of an anthology and one was part of a collection of short stories. My fantasy series was also compiled into a print book, making it my first ever paperback.

My one-year anniversary as a published writer was on September 13th. It’s unbelievable to think that I’ve been a published author for over a year by now!

I hope to be able to write more books, longer books, and better books in 2013!

The Year In Review: 2009

2009 has been a busy year, lots of writing has been done (except the couple of months I suffered major writer’s block. So I’m going to list the months, word count for that month and what story I completed that month. Also wrote on a lot of other stories, but they’re still not completed, so they don’t count. Only completed stories will be listen.

52’000 words
completed Polar Nights, which I started in December ’08
started Northern Lights

32’000 words
completed Northern Lights
started How About a Boyfriend?

27’000 words
completed How About a Boyfriend?
rewrote Scarred Souls
started Midnight Sun

33’000 words
continued writing Midnight Sun

24’000 words
finished Midnight Sun
rewrote Scarred Souls again
started White Nights

June, July, August, September and October were the months for the major writer’s block. However,White Nights was completed in one of these months. I think it might’ve been September or October, but I’m not sure.

52’000 words
won NaNoWriMo!
wrote Northern Skies

app. 60’000 words
wrote Winter Love
wrote Sakura Kiss
started Moscow Nights