2014 was a difficult year. It was a hard year for me, personally, because of a couple of severe health problems that really got in the way of getting a whole lot of much accomplished. And I know it was a difficult year for the world, too; I think I was more stressed out by the news this year than I’ve ever been in my life, and I know it was the same for most people, at least in the US. It seemed like once a week, if not almost every day, there were stories of absolute atrocities, bad things happening to good people and people we thought were good turning out to be the worst.

I can only hope that 2015 is going to be better. I’m going to try to go into this year with optimism and excitement, and keep my fingers crossed that everyone’s luck will start to change.

So, with that said, I want to start the year off with an exciting announcement. I’ve been hinting about several upcoming projects that are going to be unleashed into the world in the upcoming year. A few of them still need to stay under wraps, but now seems like a good time to spill this secret:

I’m editing a YA anthology! The theme is Shakespeare retellings, and it’s releasing in June of this year—just in time to give you some fun beach reading for the summer!

In addition to myself, there are six other YA authors on board right now. The finalized list of authors will be coming closer to publication date—watch this space!—but one of the authors announced her story on her newsletter last week, so I think it’s safe to share this much:

One of our participating authors is none other than Alicia Michaels, bestselling author of The Bionics, The Lost Kingdom of Fallada, and the Sharing Spaces series! Alicia has a great voice and has written amazing fantasy, sci-fi and contemporary romance, so I’m really excited to see what her take on Othello will bring.

As the publication date gets closer, I’ll be sharing news, previews of the different stories in the anthology, and a first peek at our beautiful cover art, so keep an eye on this space! This is a project that I’m excited about just as a reader, so being able to work on it myself is a real treat.

Happy New Year, everyone! I have a good feeling that 2015 will be much brighter than the last, for everybody.

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