2015 – What a Great Year!


2015 was a busy year for us here at Aussie Owned and Read. We managed to achieve some wonderful goals, so I thought I’d give everyone a recap of where each of us is at coming into the New Year.

Stacey had a few releases, and she gave everyone three books in the Oxley College Saga, Shh!, Wait!, and Pretend… Stacey also released Never Forgotten, the third book in her Collective series, via her publisher, Harper Collins.

Lauren had lots of releases as well. She published Eleven Weeks, The Problem With Heartache, How To Save A Life and The Twenty-One. Lauren signed at Fictionally Yours, Melbourne, and ARRC in Canberra, then ARRA in Melbourne. She also presented a workshop at RWA on fiction editing for the self-published author. Over the course of the year, Lauren was lucky enough to cuddle more than 250 puppies and kittens.

Cass had a very busy year and her publisher, TMP, released Isla’s Oath and Melpomene’s Daughter, the second and third books in the Isla’s Inheritance trilogy. Unfortunately, TMP closed its doors, but this didn’t stop Cass from self-publishing and rereleasing Isla’s Inheritance and Isla’s Oath. Melpomene’s Daughter will follow this year. Cass also released her adult urban fantasy, Lucid Dreaming, as well as finishing the draft for another fantasy novel.

Katie was busy, not only with writing and releasing books, but with bringing another little human into the world. While she was doing that she managed to release a novella called Loving Avery (Bearville Novella #1). Her publisher, REUTS, released Deceptive Cadence (Cadence #1) and Diverging Cadence (Cadence #2). Soul Mate Publishing also released Katie’s novel Dancing in the Athenian Rain. Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh hit an all-time high of #3 in the kindle store just before Thanksgiving. Other things Katie achieved include acquiring book 3 of the December People for Curiosity Quills, and she became a member of RWA.

Sharon released Divided: An Open Heart Novel Book 1 with City Owl Press, and she had her first year helping to organise Sugar City Con.

Heather signed with her agent, Carrie Howland of Donadio and Olsen. She has been working on her WIP and is currently on submission.

K. A. I had a really busy year with the release of Fight For Me, the second book in the Tate Chronicles. I was also lucky enough to be invited to participate in an anthology, and I had a short story called Suffering published in Losing It a Collection of V-cards. I went a little notebook crazy and released two of them, the Tate Chronicles notebook and the Immagica Notebook. My other achievements include continuing my studies towards my BA degree, and receiving the Executive Dean’s Award for outstanding academic performance. I designed more book covers, and in amongst all of that I managed to take a three month adventure holiday around Australia.

As a group Stacey, Lauren and I went to Readers and Writers Down Under, and you can read about our amazing weekend HERE.

We’ve made it to another year, and I’m so proud to be a part of this amazing group of writers. I’m sure 2016 will see all of us achieving more of our goals. We hope you’ll stick around, and come along on the journey with us.

 

K. A. Last is excited about 2016 and what lies ahead. She is the YA author of Sacrifice, Fall For Me, Fight For Me, and Immagica. She drinks lots of tea, is obsessed with Buffy, and loves all things purple (it used to be pink). K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while.

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