Looking Back & Looking Ahead

I always get a little philosophical at this time year, when the previous year is about to draw to a close and the new one looms a little over six hours in the distance.  I think back on my plans for the year and wonder how I can make the next year even better.

I’ve been a published author since November 2011.  In that time, I’ve written 26 books in six different series, brought hundreds of characters to life, and published more than 1,000,000 words.  I can’t believe that I’m still doing this, because it’s like a dream come true every day I sit down and start writing.  I always wanted to be a writer, but like that old saying “A dream without a goal is just a wish,”  I knew I needed to take action, so I did.  I sat across from my husband at dinner in December 2010 and told him I wanted to publish a book.  He looked at me like I had lobsters growing out my ears, but said I should do whatever made me happy.  Here I am, three years later, a USA Today best selling author with fans and readers all across the globe.  I never imagined when I first published A Curve of Claw that anyone would want to read my books, let alone that I would make a best seller list with a book about two mountain lions and their albino panther mate.

2014 was an incredible year.

*Marking Melody showed that female mountain lions can love.

*Alpha Acksel (The Alpha’s Heart) got his head on straight.

*Bad-Girl Lindy found her truemate in a wolf/fairy (The Wolf’s Mate Book 7).

*A Slash of Savagery proved that even 1,000 year old vampires need love, too.

*I never knew the word carrot was so hilarious (The Protector’s Heart)

*Rue (Ashland Pride 4) became my most difficult and endearing character.  Her amazing story made it to the USA Today Best Seller list!

For the coming year, I hope to publish at least seven books.  While I don’t have firm publication dates in mind for these releases, I hope you’ll be happy with the list of upcoming titles.  Some of these books have been a long time coming, I know!!

The Omega’s Heart (Wilde Creek Four) (Available NOW for Pre-Order, Release February 7th)  Amazon  Amazon UK  B&N

Untitled Wiccan Were Bear – Daeton’s follow up story

Untitled Wiccan Were Bear – Alpha wolf Adam’s story

Untitled The Wolf’s Mate Book (Book 8:  Ben Snow’s story)

Saving Scarlett (Ashland Pride Five – Scarlett, Wes, & Ray’s story)

Every Blissful Moment (Hyena Heat Four – Bliss and her clan’s story)

The Scarred Heart (Wilde Creek Five – Kammie & Row’s story)

I wouldn’t be anywhere without some amazing people by my side.  To my faithful beta readers – Jackie, Joyce, Shelley, and Mandy – thank you from the bottom of my heart.  To my editors – Alexis at Word Vagabond and Jennifer Moorman – thank you for guiding me!  And to my awesome and talented cover designers – Valerie Tibbs and Ramona Lockwood – thank you for making such wonderful covers from my crazy plots!  To the Wild Shifter Babes Street Team – your support means the world to me! To my readers, fans, and friends – I hope you’ve enjoyed the past year with me and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings – thank you!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store.  I wish you all an amazing, happy, healthy, and safe new year.  Hugs, RE

26 Responses to Looking Back & Looking Ahead

  • Maria Agnes Kasza Hallis says:

    Dear Ms Butler
    Thank you so very much for writing your books. I have purchased every single one of them! You bring your characters to life and give unique personality to each of them! Keep on writing! I will keep on buying!

    • rebutler says:

      Hi Maria! I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed my stories!!! Thank you so much for being a supportive reader, I really appreciate it! All the best, RE

  • Judylee says:

    R.E. you have brought so much joy to so many. Your book “Linus and the Angel” was the first shifter book I ever read. It was YOUR writing, YOUR creativity,YOUR characters, that turned me onto reading shifter books. Ms Butler, I thank you! I hope that 2015 is a productive and blessed year for you.

    • rebutler says:

      Judylee, that is just the most amazing compliment! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed shifters because of Linus’s story!! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to 2015 and a great year to come! All the best, RE

  • Ann Ivey says:

    2014 was a great year! Lindy and the Wulfen (Crimsigh!) is one of my favorite books!! I can’t wait for 2015!!!

  • Thank you for letting me be a part of your worlds! 😀 Happy New Year!!!

  • Debra Kastenhuber says:

    Thank you for the updates and wishes. I look forward to another year of your books.

  • Roxanne Croskey says:

    Thank you so much for the updates! The books sound amazing! Can’t wait!

  • Christina Hernandez says:

    Dear R.E., you are an amazing writer! Every book you have written I have read and everyone I feel a part of their family or a close friend. Have a wonderful and safe 2015. I’m Looking forward to read your new books this year…

    • rebutler says:

      Hi Christina, thank you so much for your kind wishes! I hope that you’ve had a great start to 2015 and an amazing year to come! I’m so happy to share my worlds with amazing readers like you!! All the best, RE

  • Denise Stockdale says:

    You are awesome and I hope 2015 is even better for you!

  • Thank you for the fantastic books that you write. Thank you for being a friend to all of us. Happy New Year!!!! I am hoping it is the best one ever!!!!! Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!!!!!

    • rebutler says:

      HI Elaine! I’m so glad to hear from you! I hope you have had a wonderful start to 2015 and I hope you enjoy what my muse and I have in store this year! Hugs, RE

  • Shawnnita says:

    RE from the first time i found your first book curve of claw you had a fan and you have wonderful series that can relate to life in so many different ways. You always have a nice things to say to all of your fans and your series are just plan awesome no matter which book comes out its a wonderful read and you never disappoint your fans. I can’t wait for the new books coming out but like the song goes waiting is the hardest part. : ) LOL I hope your 2015 is even better than 2014 and thank you for giving us a piece of yourself and tell hubby we appreciate him sharing you with your fans because I know it can’t be easy on him or the four legged family : 0 ) See i do pay attention once in awhile lol. Have a great day


    • rebutler says:

      Shawnnita, I am always thrilled to hear from you! You’ve been a long-time, much appreciated fan! I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed my books and are looking forward to what I’ve got coming this year! I’ll be sure to share with my hubby that you appreciate him sharing me, lol! The dogs don’t mind – *snicker* – unless dinner is late. Have a fabulous weekend sweet lady! Hugs, RE

  • Jen Young says:

    Dear R. E, I have to tell you I started reading your books with Jason and Candence I fell in love with your books and your writing I’m the person checking in all the time to see if you have something else releasing because i just cant wait to read one more of your books I have to say I’ve read all your books and have told everyone I know that they need to read your books. so thank you for writing such wonderful books I’ll be waiting to see what else you have for me to read.

    Thanks Jen

    • rebutler says:

      Hi Jen! Thank you so much for reaching out! I’m thrilled to hear that you’ve enjoyed my stories so much! It’s notes like yours that keep me writing every day. I really appreciate you reaching out and thank you so much for the amazing compliments and sweet words! All the best, RE

  • monica m. says:

    Ms. Butler-
    Wilde Creek series I just discovered and love it. I was wondering though if you planned on doing a story about Mia, Brynn’s bff? I’m getting ready to start book 3 so I just was curious if it was in the plans at some point cause I just love her! 🙂

    • rebutler says:

      Hi Monica! I’m so glad you like the Wilde Creek series! Yes, Mia will be getting a story of her own as will several other characters. I’m not sure when her book will happen, but it won’t be this year – the next one out (Book 5) will be Kammie’s story. But someday Mia will get her HEA! Best, RE

  • Lin Johnson says:

    Doing a re-read of the Were-Wiccan series and just discovered that Awaken The Wolf has not been added on the series list at FictFact.com. you might want to contact them and ask them to update your list for that series.

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