So Much To Be Glad About – Merry Christmas

Gavin Kees - best Pizza boy in town
Gavin Kees’ pizza spread.
(Picture by Jennie Jones)
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L-R: Jennie Jones, Juanita Kees & Lily Malone.

I’m finding myself filled with the joy of Christmas – especially so as I’ve just returned from a weekend in Perth, where I caught up with my great writing buddies and beta readers, Jennie Jones & Juanita Kees.

2013 has been some kind of year for me, here’s a quick recap:

a) In January, my family moved from South Australia to the fabulous wine region of Margaret River in the south west corner of Western Australia. My kids will now grow up in the same place as I did, ride their bikes on the same trails, and skin their knees on the same BMX track!

b) Thanks to the incredible people at Escape Publishing, I published my debut novel, His Brand Of Beautiful, in March.

c) I self-published my novella The Goodbye Ride in May.

d) Hubby and I bought a block of land, a half acre, in August, which settled in October, and upon which we now have the framework of our new house. (I wish those hard-working tradies didn’t stop for Christmas!)

e) I wrote and finally finished, my second full-length novel that will now release in January 2014, Fairway To Heaven.

e) I met so many wonderful people through this incredible writing and reading community I’ve found!

And in the end, it is the last point that has given me the most joy in 2013. I feel so blessed to have met and connected with some fabulous people on Facebook, and Twitter, at Goodreads and through my blog. I’ve met wonderful bloggers, reviewers, ninjas, authors, readers, editors and cover designers. And I would like to thank you all this Christmas for enriching my life the way you have. You are my greatest gift!

Thank you for supporting me in so many ways. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Love

Lily M

2 thoughts on “So Much To Be Glad About – Merry Christmas”

  1. Such a beautiful post Lily and I SO relate. I remember at a romance road show I had in Perth a few years back, I told the crowd (I was MCing) that even if I stopped writing, I’d still remain part of RWA. I have met SO many wonderful friends through my writing and the community just keeps growing and getting stronger and better! Congrats on all your successes this year. x

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