Welcome to my final blog post of 2022!
I'm writing this one, on a much needed vacation, from sunny Barbados, my home away from home!!!
The year has absolutely flown by! And what a busy year it's been for me and Deb (my wife, best friend, my rock, business manager, and partner in everything authorpreneur)! Another busy, wonderful year gone by, since we began this crazy but exciting journey of writing and publishing books!
In March, we successfully published The Last of the Atalanteans, book two in The Drowned Kingdom Saga, to very successful reviews, and strong sales. It's fascinating and rewarding to see people respond so positively to the sequel to the bestselling A Drowned Kingdom! The consensus seems to be, it's a great follow-up to the first book, for which I am very happy!
We attended our first ComicCon, in London, Ontario, and wow that was an amazing experience! We met amazing fellow authors, lots of great and passionate fans of various ComicCon events, and sold a record number of books!
I had two fantastic book signings at Canada's premier bookstore, Chapters-Indigo, in different locations! The staff at this book store chain were so supportive, and helped make this experience fabulous. I met lots of awesome readers, and once more, along with the networking and stimulating interactions, sold a lot of books! Thank you Chapters-Indigo!
My efforts as a blogger and assistant editor for Before We Go Blog www.beforewegoblog.com have met with praise for my reviews of some great books. I've also made the top 100 reviewers weekly on Goodreads several times in 2022, much to my surprise, and have been humbled by the recognition! As I've noted, it's easy to write reviews when the books are phenomenal.
The team the stupendous Beth Tabler has assembled at Before We Go Blog is second to none. What a talented, zany, lovely bunch of people! I'm having a blast with my blogging colleagues, and right now we're deep in judging the final round of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO) version 8! Thrilling times, as we work our way, in tandem with the other 9 blogging sites engaged in judging the contest, in picking from the ten finalists remaining, and choosing the ultimate champion for SPFBO 8!
PAGE CHEWING, a YouTube feature, on either the YouTube channels of booktubers Steve Talks Books or Maed Between the Pages (two of my favourite people, and the other co-hosts of Page Chewing) has become a rousing success! We're on track to surpass 40 episodes of Page Chewing early in 2023!!! Unbelievable, considering we only began this adventure mid last year! I've truly enjoyed chatting with the creatives we've had on the show, and learned so much! We hope you, our audience, have enjoyed it too, and judging by the number of views, you have! Thank you for tuning in, and we have a lot more great content in store for you in 2023!
Finally, Lord and King, book three in the seven-book Drowned Kingdom Saga, is in editing stage, with an anticipated release date of 2023! This book promises to be more explosive than even the previous two, and I can't wait to reveal what Othrun gets up to next!
Combined with our regular jobs, Deb and I need to recharge, and the holiday season, with one of our children and grandchildren, in beautiful Barbados, was the perfect place to do it. We all need a break, to rejuvenate, do some self-care. It's also a great time to pause and reflect on the past year, re-set goals for next year, and look forward to what's to come!
Remember, take time out of the busy holiday season to take care of yourself, rest, and ensure you're having some down time aside from the bustle!
May you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for a prosperous 2023!
Please feel free to comment on this and future blogs and I will be sure to get back to you. Chat soon!
P.L. Stuart's Blog
I am a Canadian high fantasy author. My debut novel, A Drowned Kingdom - first in The Drowned Kingdom Saga, is now available! Book 2 in The Drowned Kingdom Saga, The Last of the Atalanteans, is now available here!