2018 in Review - What a Year!

Sorry it's been so long, friends! I haven't had a lot of book-related updates in recent months, but I'm hoping that will change in the near future! In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on what an AMAZING year 2018 was.

In February, I published my debut novel!! Even almost a year later, that fact still blows my mind. Since it's release, Common has reached so many readers and even won third place in the CWRC Reader's Choice Literary Lighthouse Awards! In March, I saw my first publication of a short story, "Threshold," in Mythical Doorways by the Fellowship of Fantasy. Readers' strong responses to that story have touched me more than I can express, with words like "This story is quite remarkable. It's a poignant, moving coming-of-age tale with a fantasy twist." and "The feels!!! This story was SO good, and that ending was SO worth every minute of not knowing which decision Heidi would make!" You guys sure know how to make an author grin. :)

Lately I've been incredibly excited and encouraged that many bloggers are making their lists of favorite books from 2018, and Common has come up multiple times!!! Eeeek! You can find it on:

-Katy Huth Jones' "The 10 Best Books I Read in 2018,"

-Jenelle Schmidt's "15 Best Books of 2018," AND

-Deborah O'Carroll's "End-of-Year Book Freakout Tag 2018!"

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has taken the time to read one or both of my stories - your encouragement and support make all the ups and downs of the writing journey so worthwhile! Hopefully there will be many more stories to come!

Last, I have a little favor to ask. The INSPY awards are now open, and I would love for Common to be a contender! But books have to be nominated by readers, and the more nominations a book receives, the more likely it is to make it onto the longlist. Here's the link: https://inspys.com/?page_id=1183, and here's the information you need:

Title: Common

Author: Lucking, Laurie

Publisher: click "Other," then type in Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing

Category: Speculative Fiction (it also qualifies for "Debut Novel," but their YA category doesn't include fantasy so it doesn't fit there)

Publication Month: February 2018

13 digit ISBN #: 9781943788279

A HUGE thank you in advance!!! I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start, I can't wait to see what 2019 will hold for all of us!

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