Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking back on 2014

The new year is knocking on our doors...and it's time to say goodbye to the old one. 
But first, let's have a look at what 2014 taught us. This year was a journey that held a lot of changes and challenges for me. Some of them expected...others not really.

2014 started with me moving to Ireland. A country I had always dreamed of visiting - what writer wouldn't, right? 

Green hills, dark beer and...yes, gray skies. 
It turned out to be a place I needed to go to, to find myself and wonderful friends along the way. Friends who left a mark, helped me, and that I hope will accompany me through the next year as well no matter the geographical distance between us. They came into my life when I least expected it but needed them the most and for that I will be forever grateful.

Thanks for coming into my life... a vibrant woman that will inspire every female character I write in the future. They will hold a piece of her charm, wit or beautiful spirit. Bubbling with life, she is a ray of sunshine. a fellow writer. Authors always have the tendency to use more words than are actually needed. This one showed me just how powerful one simple word can be. another woman who stepped into my life recently and with whom I share a passion for words and photography.

To all of you...
Thank you for being there...
and I wish you a healthy and Happy New Year!

As for books, my other best friends...
I was happy to publish Ivory Guard (The Guard Duet #1) early in February, and although that means only one publication this year, but happily working on Ebony Fight (The Guard Duet #2). The experiences this year brought will surely benefit my writing and therefore your reading pleasure in the year to come. Speaking of pleasure, I'm very glad that H and B Edits accepted a big project I've been dreaming of for quite some time now - together we are busy editing all of my books!
Yay! Quite an interesting way to start the new year with blood dripping from the freshly edited pages. ;)

Just as I thought these are quite a lot of changes and projects to work on, little did I know that the biggest one was yet to come.
I packed my bags called...and I went to South Africa.

So with a bit of rain as my faithful companion, I left Ireland, sat down on a plane and watched Dublin disappear from land some time later in a warm Johannesburg.

The wild beauty and people I have met there, quickly wormed their way into my heart. Oh...and not to forget the food and wine, of course! ;)

Those of you who have followed me know that I'm quite the wanderer. I suffer from itchy feet. However I have always believed that one day I would find the place I've been homesick for.

I think I was right, and I discovered that home has a heartbeat.

Cherishing that new-found knowledge, I'm visiting my family for the holidays before I return, and hope that you are with loved ones too - be it family, friends or your favorite book buddies.

I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Last but not least...a short list of songs that marked some of the changes or inspired me this year:
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Free by Rudimental ft. Emeli Sandé

Maybe by Birdy

Get It Started by Pitbull ft. Shakira

Interlude by London Grammar

...and a list of books that opened my eyes, touched my heart or that I simply couldn't let go of:
by Mario Saincic
(Contemporary Romance)
My African Dream
by Mario Saincic

(Romantic Suspense)
by Sandra Brown

(Historical Romance)
The Demon Trappers
by Jana Oliver

(Young Adult Paranormal)
The Emperor's Edge
by Lindsay Buroker



  1. Beautiful post, Natalie! Love the pictures.

    1. Thank you, Patricia. I really enjoyed taking the pictures. I connect some very special moments and discoveries with them, not only regarding the beauty of nature but also life itself. :)