Sunday, January 1, 2017

Top Moments of 2016 Plus a Contest!

Top 10 Moments of 2016

Let’s face it. 2016 has been a hard year and many of us are ready to start 2017. But before we jump into January, I wanted to take a quick minute to celebrate some of the high moments I’ve experienced. It feels like a good omen before a brand new year, and I hope it will get you thinking about the joys YOU experienced this year too.
Without further ado, heres my list of 2016 top moments!
1)     Signing a new literary agent! I got an amazing agent and she has changed my life. I feel like I’ve got a real teammate for the first time! When I was first getting started in this business, I was young and inexperienced. This year, I knew I had to be brave and make a change. It wasn’t easy but now I have someone who really supports me and who isn’t afraid to shoot for the moon! Learning to stand up for myself and my career was an important lesson I learned this year.
2)     Taking the plunge and self-publishing my first full-length book. I’d done two novellas on my own, but they weren’t as scary as releasing a full book. Sometimes you have to go after your dreams, even if it’s scary and unfamiliar! As a self-published artist, this means grasping publicity, marketing, design, formatting and sales techniques. There’s still so much to learn but I’m proud of what I accomplished this year.
3)     Meeting and working with some amazing new cover artists!!! My mission this year to find great artists that didn’t break the bank and I was successful! I hope my other author friends will do the same!
4)     Winning a contest to write a book in a castle for the month of November in Southern France.
5)     Signing a 3-book dragonshifter series with St. Martin’s Press. (I can’t wait to write them!)
6)     Spending Christmas with my grandparents and discovering old family films from the 1950s that my great-grandfather had made and getting to see my grandparents when they were teenagers in rural Nebraska. Sometimes it’s easy to forget where you came from when you are always looking forward in life. Watching these old movies and seeing my family’s past in a rare and priceless way, learning of their struggles and their lives, it reminded me of where my own strength comes from and it made me even more determined to keep fighting for my dreams.
7)     Rescuing a new wheaten terrier puppy, Evie, and making her a part of our family.
8)     Growing the League of Rogues fan page with so many amazing new fans who are all becoming good friends! I’m one of the luckiest authors there is to have so many readers who love my characters as much as I do. Getting to chat on Facebook with these readers and sharing my writing life with them has been incredibly special. It’s so easy for writers to feel lonely but knowing I can pop onto Facebook and chat with my team is simply the best part of my day!
9)     Finishing a rough draft on a sci-fi romance, which I something I’ve wanted to do for ages but finally had the courage to write. It was quite a challenge! I try to never let something intimidate me for long. If I have an idea for a book, even if I’ve never written a certain style before, I go after it. Life is too short to let fears and anxiety rule you. I’ve been pushing to be this stronger, braver version of myself this past year.
10)   Reading each and every email, Facebook message and text message from fans who love my books, especially the League of Rogues series and mailing over 300 Christmas cards to fans including fans countries like Croatia, Belgium, Austria, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, Brazil, South Africa, China, England, Canada and France!!

I cant say enough how much readers and fans have made a difference in my life this year; many of the items on this list would not have been checked off without you. You all have changed my life, made it amazing in ways I couldnt have dreamed before now and I feel blessed and honored that were taking this amazing journey together as I write and you read. Its magical and special and a gift I can never thank you enough for.

Let’s make 2017 amazing! 

**Giveaway** 5 winners will win one signed print book of their choice from me. International Winners will receive an ebook.
To enter: Share one wonderful top moment from your 2016 year in the comments below!


  1. I had several top moments in 2016!

    In April, I finished my first obedience title on my corgi Celeste. I have shown in conformation for many years and transitioning to obedience was difficult. Celeste was up for the challenge and we spent hours training and finished our title in three trials.

    In May, I interviewed and was hired for a full time position within my company. I had been looking for about a year and feel blessed to be in a new area learning everyday!

    September was a busy month. I finished a grand championship on my corgi Greg-
    GCH Tri-umph Top Billing RN CGCA CGCU. Had a fabulous vacation week with my family.

    I am looking forward to 2017-- Celeste and Greg are training for more obedience titles and we may work on a herding title.

    Lauren-- you made a lot of positive changes -- good for you!
    I am looking forward to reading more League books!!!

    Happy New Year!

  2. I read my first Lauren Smith book in 2016!

  3. Not a great year for top moments but I'd have to say finding a six-month consulting job is definitely one of them. I'm looking forward to what new books you come out with this coming year. Happy New Year!

  4. I surpassed my Goodreads goal of reading 356 books and read 380

  5. I was able to leave my job and start a new adventure with my parents

  6. My daughter announced that she is pregnant. This will be our first.

  7. Attending the first HRR event! The Historical Romance Retreat was amazing, with many favorite HR authors that attended and meeting some many cyber readers/bloggers.

  8. Visiting my brother in Arizona twice in 2016

  9. After a long time, many hours a week, and busting butt with two jobs, 2016 made me feel like I was finally financially confident. I can breath knowing bills are paid, I actually have a savings and things are less stressful. I'm not rich by no means but it feels great not living pay-check to pay-check.

  10. This year was a rough one for my family, but we got to spend the holidays together :)

  11. For our family it was January husband received his heart transplant and after 5 months in hospital came home. The rest of the year has been one speed bump after another, but we are always grateful for the blessing of him still being with us and the very special gift.

  12. I graduated with an AA in May! I am very proud of myself and am now working on my bachelors!!

  13. WInners are Lori P, Nisha Tissoo, Sue Gorman, Jenny Harris and Allover_u Please email me at with your choice of print book and your mailing address. if you live outside of the US please choose an ebook and let me know if you want amazon, nook, kindle or PDF!

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