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Why 2017 rocked my world…and how I rocked it right back

Why 2017 rocked my world…and how I rocked it right back

by davincikittieDecember 30, 2017

2017 was a landmark year for me, and it absolutely slowed down my reviews and recommendations here on GraveTells. Wondering what took all my time? When I wrote all this out, it was a serious wall of text, so here are some nice, clean bullet points of all the random, crazy things I did this year:

Clearly I have too much free time on my hands…said I at no point in the last twelve months.

This is also only the second year I haven’t hosted the GraveTells Book Awards or Readers Choice Awards since I started blogging (see the 2016 winners here). Aside from this year, I have only missed one year of GTRCA in the last seven years, and I’m sad to miss it this year. But I am just exhausted. Something had to give, and I needed a break this holiday season.

So thank you, lovely readers. Thank you for reading my reviews. Thank you for visiting my site. Thank you for chatting with me in comments and live videos and on social media. Thank you for keeping me company when I wondered if anyone out there was even listening. Thank you for your words of encouragement. And thank you for sharing your love of romance with me. Romance is the literature of hope, and I hope some of the books I recommended this year brought you happiness and warmth and filled your heart with hope and joy.

If you’re a fellow book blogger—whether just starting out and trying to break into the spotlight or tired, jaded, and ready for a break, or whatever your situation!—know that I feel you. I get you. I’m right there with you. This is a hard job and it pays shit (e.g. it usually doesn’t pay at all), but there are people out there who care about what you have to say. So don’t give up out of frustration or loneliness. You can always start up a conversation with me, and I’ll be happy to commiserate, encourage, or give advice. The book I’m writing is for you, and soon, hopefully, I’ll be ready to share it with the world. So please know you can reach out anytime. <3

What does next year hold?

Well probably less podcasting, reviewing, and other assorted randomness, and a whole lot more editing. I’ll still be around here on GraveTells, but likely not as active as I was in early 2017. The thing I’m MOST EXCITED about is the 1001 Dark Nights Cruise in January. If you’re going, give me a shout out and I’ll have something special for you once we’re on board! <3

If you’re going on the January 2018 1001 Dark Nights Cruise, let me know! I’ll bring you something special on board! <3

All the best in 2018. Here’s to a kick ass new year and some steamy new romances!


What did you do this year?

What is your most proud accomplishment?

What thing-you-had-to-do took up all your time?

Did you start any brave new endeavors?

What do you want to see more of on GraveTells in 2018?

Leave me a comment and let’s chat!

About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • Betty Olsen
    January 1, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Oh my word, where do you find the time to do all of the things you do! I get exhausted just reading about it. 🙂 I enjoy your blog and reviews. I love reading, especially Paranormal Romances-they are my favorite at this time. Since I’m a senior on a fixed income, there are a lot of authors that I love, but unfortunately, their books are too expensive for me to read. This year I will have to get better with my reviewing-so far behind since I’m the caretaker for my husband. Sometimes just finding time to read is hard but I’m really going to try to do better this year. Keep up your wonderful blogs and reviews, they are so enjoyable and help with authors of the genres I enjoy. A very Happy & Prosperous New Year to you!

    • January 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

      I”m totally exhausted! So basically, I don’t have time to do all those things! Hence no end-of-year awards. Which makes me super sad. Thank you so much for your kind comments! And for visiting and sharing and liking my posts. I’m so glad you enjoy GraveTells. *hug*

      Happy New Year to you as well! <3

  • January 6, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Wow you have had an amazing year and I am in awe of all that you’ve accomplished! I wanna hear more about this book on blogging!

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