Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year, New Books

Happy New Year!

Since we're starting off a new year, I thought I might dust off my blog a bit, give you some updates, a little news and such.

Whatever It Takes is being formatted this week and will release January 25th. I wanted to get this book out earlier, but it just wasn't happening. Since the Grey Justice books are much more of a mystery series than my Last Chance Rescue books, they require more pre-planning and plotting. Having been a 'write by the seat of my pants' kind of writer, this has been somewhat of a learning curve for me. Thankfully I've learned tons and am optimistic that the last two books in the series, Too Far Gone and A Matter of Justice won't take near as long to write. I adore the sexy and enigmatic Grey Justice and I admire what he and his people stand for. While the story lines are different from the LCR books, the characters in both series share a lot of the same noble characteristics and qualities.

Today I'll get back to work on the next LCR Elite book, Running Scared, which is Riley Ingram and Justin Kelly's story. I love these two together. They work so well as a team but have lots to learn about each other. I can't wait to uncover all of their secrets and watch their love story unfold.

Here are my upcoming book plans and what I'll be working on this year.

Running Scared, An LCR Elite Novel (Riley and Justin)
Too Far Gone, A Grey Justice Novel (Jonah and Gabriella)
Running Wild, An LCR Elite Novel (Aidan and Anna)
A Matter of Justice, A Grey Justice Novel (Grey and Irelyn)

I won't give you release dates. I can only tell you that I will write and release as many books as I can this year. Keep good thoughts that this is a good writing year for me!

After those four, I'm considering a spin-off series featuring Declan Steele, from Running On Empty. If you remember, he works for a secret government agency called EDJE (Eagle Defense Justice Equalizers). Of course Declan is married to LCR Elite Operative Sabrina Fox, so the possibility that you'll see a lot of Noah and the LCR gang is strong. Those thoughts are gooey and unformed right now, but I thought I'd give you a little insight to what might happen in the future.

2015 was a good year, with some ups and downs, and a few sideways trips, but that's life. I'm looking forward to 2016 and its bright promise.

As always, I so appreciate you reading my books and telling others about them through your reviews and social media. I also very much appreciate your emails and notes of encouragement. I save every one of them! I've always asserted that I have the very best readers in the world and that hasn't changed.

Stay tuned for more news as we move along through the year. And don't forget to pre-order Whatever It Takes at its special pre-order price!

Blessings for a wonderful year to you and yours! I'll see you back here on the 25th to share in the release day excitement.

Thanks to everyone who entered my Christmas newsletter giveaway. The winner of a $50 Amazon gift card is Patti Koenig!

And to start the new year off on a good note, comment on this blog and I'll choose 3 people at random to win a signed copy of either Nothing To Lose, Chance Encounter, or Running On Empty. (Winners' choice)

Winners announced on this blog Wednesday, January 6.

48 comments:

MikeandSusan Dolan said...

Thanks for the schedule! I will make note of it on my New Book Alert calendar for my FB page Between My Bookendz. I will make sure my review of Nothing to Lose goes up before Whatever It Takes releases!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Susan! So appreciate it!

Kris said...

I'm excited for Whatever it Takes to get out into the world!!

I'm looking forward to what 2016 brings in the book world, and I love knowing what's coming out this year.

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Kris. I am too! :)

Megan E said...

Can't wait to read Whatever it Takes! Love your books and re-read them often!

oklanannie said...

I am so excited for all that's on your 2016 calendar! I might add that I'm really anxious for Grey and Irelyn's story because those two have some secrets they've been keeping too close. But I'm not picky, just give me a book by Christy Reece and I'll be a happy camper!

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year! May 2016 be the very best!!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Megan! Can't wait for you to get Whatever It Takes. I'm thrilled you love my books. Thanks so much for rereading them, too. Knowing they're being read and then reread makes me smile.

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Anne! I'm getting anxious for Grey and Irelyn's story, too. They've told me a little of it and from what I can tell, it's going to be an emotional roller coaster. Might be a two hankie book! :)

So appreciate the good wishes and hope you and yours have an absolutely wonderful 2016!

Teresa said...

Love your books and have most of them in print. Now with downsizing and preparing for retirement I am buying on my Kindle. I see you are in Alabama, soooo just FYI the turn towards mystery makes me think about the Mystery conference called Bouchercon. It will be in Sept in New Orleans. So close to Alabama, I am hoping you might chose to attend. :-) Let me know if you are not familiar with the conference, I will get you more information. Would love to meet you, I have you to thank for many hours of reading pleasure. Happy 2016

Maureen said...

I adore you AND your books!

Your books are awesome so I'm ok to wait.

Thanks for being so awesome sauce!!!!

Happy New Year sweetie, you do you and I will always be in your corner.
💙

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Teresa! I love that you love my books! I've heard of Bouchercon but know almost nothing about it. Would love to know more. Happy 2016 to you, too! :)

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Maureen! Right back at you. And Happy New Year to you, too! <3

Lisa Parker said...

I am in the middle of Whatever it Takes and it is FANTASTIC!! I can't wait to read Gray and Irelyn's story

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Lisa! I appreciate you reading an ARC of Whatever It Takes for review. So happy you are enjoying it! And yes, Grey and Irelyn's story has me very excited, too. :)

Bridget Vandiver said...

Almost finished with What Ever It Takes, it is so good. Thank you and I am so excited about all the books you have planned.

Cindy O said...

Read Nothing to Lose over the weekend to get refreshed before Whatever It Takes.. Irelyn is going to certainly give Grey a run for his money..

sherri barber said...

Happy New Year! I'm excited about your upcoming books! :)

hughestw said...

Always look forward to your releases! Happy New Year!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Bridget, really appreciate you reading an ARC of Whatever It Takes for review. So happy you're enjoying it! :)

Christy Reece said...

Hi Cindy! LOL Yes, Irelyn is most definitely going to do that. Hope you enjoy Whatever It Takes!

Christy Reece said...

Hi Sherri! Thank you! I'm so glad you're looking forward to my upcoming books! :)

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Hughestw! I'm thrilled you always look forward to my new releases. Hope you enjoy Whatever It Takes. Happy New Year to you, too!

Norma Fraley said...

Thank you for the chance. Can't wait to read the next one in the series. Have read all of the books yu have written so far and loved them. Your characters come alive to me and I travel in their adventure.

Norma

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Norma! I so appreciate your kind words and I'm thrilled you're looking forward to Whatever It Takes!:)

Kari George said...

Can't wait to read all the new books. I am reading Chance Encounter now. Love all your books! Purchased some of your books back when Borders was closing and couldn't be more happy that I did. I love to reread books and yours are in my reread list!
Best of luck writing!
Kari

Teresa said...

Here is a link for the 2016 Bouchercon event. http://www.bouchercon2016.com/ New Orleans Sept 15-18. If you look at the tab for attendees you will see everyone that has already registered. * indicates an author. I was the registration chair for the one in 2015 in Raleigh, we had 1400 registered attendees, was wonderful to meet so many authors. You will see my name on your Facebook account as Teresa Smith Wilson feel free to Private message me there for more information. Hope you will consider attending. :-)

Sarah Luth said...

Sounds like uou are going to be very busy

Hi Kimmy said...

Thank you for the update! Cant wait to read it!! Hope ur warm Christmas here in bama was good along with your new year!!

bn100 said...

Happy new year

Christy Reece said...

Hi Kari! Thanks so much. Glad you're looking forward to my new books. Hope you enjoy Chance Encounter. Oh how I miss Borders! I used to work there as a bookseller and loved it. Thanks so much reading and rereading my books! Love knowing that they're being enjoyed.

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Teresa! I will definitely check it out and will be sure to let you know if I sign up. So appreciate the information!

Christy Reece said...

Hi Sarah! Yes, I hope so. Love being busy with work I love. :)

Christy Reece said...

Hi Kimmy! Thank you. LOL Yes, the warmest Christmas in decades and then boom the new year brought us winter. Hope your Christmas was lovely, too.

Christy Reece said...

Hi bn100! Thank you. Happy New Year to you!

Debbie Thoele said...

Love all your books and can't wait for the next!! Thanks for the update.
Happy New Year!!

Christy Reece said...

Thank so much, Debbie! Happy New Year to you, too!

Lisa Reigel said...

Wonderful updates! I'm back in my "groove" and eagerly awaiting Whatever It Takes Also been very interested in Riley & Justin for awhile now and can't wait to read their story too. And of course Grey & Irelyn has me guessing about their backstory. Love Declan so I'm excited about the spinoff series. And to add to your list of things to do - maybe a spinoff of the Midnight series??? Happy New Year!

Chicago John's Mystery Thoughts said...

I always love to enter contests so I can learn names of all those who have the good luck to have their names drawn. I enjoy the fun of see what others have to say. :-)

Chicago John's Mystery Thoughts said...

I forgot to mention I like the spin off idea and I am always amazed at how storylines and characters move back and forth to work together. How about the Elite groups working with Grey Justice Group to help catch a host of bad guys all over the world. :-)

sherry bauer said...

Awesome giveaway! I LOVE your books!

Unknown said...

Christy! Thanks for the schedule and the book opportunity. Everybody loves a signed book! I so look forward to anything new from you. Ill send happy vibes for this to be a good writing year for you, as always. Take care.

Fedora said...

Happy congrats, Christy! Great to hear all the good news coming this year :)

Christy Reece said...

Thanks so much, Lisa! So happy you're looking forward to Whatever It Takes. Lots of stories to tell over the next couple of years. Fingers crossed the characters are cooperative. I love Declan too and really think it would be fun to see him in charge of some special operations, with a little help from Sabrina and LCR from time to time.

Maybe some day those Wildefire characters will start talking to me again and lead me to another series. Who knows. :)

Christy Reece said...

Thanks, John! LOL Believe it or not, there's a strong possibility you'll see some LCR characters in a future Grey Justice book. We'll see!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Sherry!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Unknown. So appreciate the kind words and good wishes!

Christy Reece said...

Hi Fedora, thanks so much!

Christy Reece said...

Thanks to everyone who commented. So appreciate the good wishes. Congrats to the following winners of a signed book: Megan E., Cindy O., and Debbie Theole!

Winners, please email me at christy@christyreece.com to discuss prize delivery.