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My first new release of 2024 is up on Amazon and a few other retailers. The rest are still processing, but for anyone interested in my fun new contemporary rom-com series set in Cupid's Bottom, CT, a little fictional town inspired by my love of Gilmore Girls, it's here!

There's lots of yummy donuts, a stud muffin, a disgraced celebrity food critic and her possibly rabid sister, someone out to destroy the family business... and penis cakes.

I had lofty goals for 2023. I wanted to release two Hellacious books, 2-3 Shylyn Ray Books, and about 3 books in my new Elvis Purrsley Mysteries cozy mystery series.

I did not.

But I had other accomplishments.

I pushed through pain left over from my Halloween 2022 trip to the ER, pain that sometimes left me unable to do anything but lie flat and just suffer through. Pain that still persists but is getting more manageable. But I still wrote as much and often as I could so I'm not going to be hard on myself for not getting as many books written as I'd wanted.

I did release the 7th book in the Twice Bitten series, one that had me so emotionally involved and so anxious, I literally made myself sick writing the last chapters and had to take a break from Danni's story, hence the June 2024 release date for book 8. There was no way I was immediately diving back into that world.

I did release the first book in the Hellacious series and reviews have been good. Sales haven't been as impressive as I'd hoped for, but I hope that changes as I release more. I have two more covers ready for books... and I'll see how sales do on those and decide from there if Dulce is going to have a long story or a quick wrap-up.

I did release one Shylyn Ray book, continuing the Cook County series. Thanks to a BookBub featured deal, I've gained many new readers and "Shylyn Ray" is doing very well.

I did release the debut in my Elvis Purrsley series to EXCELLENT reviews. I had more preorders for it than I have ever had for a series debut and thanks to Elvis Purrsley and my Shylyn Ray books, this year marked the first year my sales haven't tanked in November & December which is normally the slowest sales part of the year for me. I've sold more print books for Elvis Purrsley than any other series.

On the personal side, 2023 saw me FINALLY getting my dream vacation: a trip to Walt Disney World for my birthday, thanks to the royalties accrued from you wonderful readers in 2022. I got to see NCT Dream in concert with my youngest. Mr. Man and I finally legalized this thing we've been doing for 25 years by getting married at the Wedding Bell Chapel in Pigeon Forge, TN. And I had my first grandchild.

Had my car stolen, but recovered it.

Big stuff.

I tried new things. I've tried writing 3 books at once which was a cool little experiment. I got a lot done on two and one took the lead and got published. I released a coz mystery, not completely sure I could pull off that genre, but according to reviews, I really did!

So, what's next? Hopefully, publishing and making enough income from writing n 2024 to finally get out of this terrible neighborhood I'm in, buy a new house somewhere nicer, and FINALLY get to do what I love for a LIVING.

I'm going to push myself, keep that dream in focus, and release more books. Writing every day, even if I have to write multiple books at once in order to do it. Due to the toll they take on me, I may only release one Twice Bitten book this year (Sorry, but they really take a lot out of me. I am DRAINED after I finish one of them) but I have plans for:

A new Cook County book

A new series debut from Shylyn Ray (Cupid's Bottom) early in the year and possibly a 2nd book from that so minimum of 3 books total from Shylyn Ray in 2024.

The 2nd book in the Elvis Purrsley Mysteries will release in November. Depending on how many books I get written this year, I may start releasing 2 of those a year in 2025.

1-2 Hellacious books.

Possibly a new series launch. I have SO MANY series waiting to be written.

I have only one trip planned for 2024 and that is to Graceland. The rest of my day job vacation time will probably be writingfests, basically just weeks I take off work to crank out words and get books published faster.

Oh, and I want to build up my newsletter subscriber list so I'm trying to think of what short stories I can write to give away FREE to my subscribers. Maybe some prequel or little side stories from some of your favorite characters.

So, that's my year in review and my plans for 2024!

Happy New Year, Y'all!

Crystal-Rain Love aka Shylyn Ray aka "C. Love" or just plain Rain. ;)

𝑯𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 𝑪𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒋𝒐𝒊𝒏 𝒂 𝒃𝒐𝒚 𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒅, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑨𝒍𝒆𝒙 𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒏'𝒔 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒊𝒓𝒍 𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒅.

𝑴𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒆 𝑮𝒐𝒐𝒅𝒘𝒊𝒏'𝒔 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒌𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝑨𝒍𝒆𝒙 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒎𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏, 𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅𝒏'𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒕𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉. 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒅 𝒖𝒑 𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒆.

𝑨𝒍𝒆𝒙 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒗𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒖𝒑 𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒅𝒐𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒔𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒚 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔, 𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒔 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒂 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆. 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕, 𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒅𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔.

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