AND ALL THE BEST FOR 2016
Now that the festivities are over, (even if I’ve yet to take down my Christmas decorations), Pam and I wanted to wish you all the most amazing year ever from Ellie Campbell.
We’ve also been looking over the events of 2015 and realizing what an action-packed crazy year that was for both of us! I think the collage below gives just a hint.
We published our fifth Ellie Campbell novel MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION in April, thrilled by its positive reviews. There were some exciting moments in March as WHEN GOOD FRIENDS GO BAD reached #1 in Amazon Australia and then in May became a #1 best-seller in Humor and Dark Comedy in the UK charts. In June, TO CATCH A CREEPER soared into the Amazon UK Top 100 and LOOKING FOR LA LA was in the Amazon Canada Top 20. MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION got its turn in the UK Top 100 in July and reached #112 in Amazon US.
There was fun and laughs working on our new Cathy O’Farrell novel, MEDDLING WITH MURDER, the third in the Crouch End Confidential mystery series which began with LOOKING FOR LA LA. We also got invited to be part of a brand new five author blog. Expect to hear more very soon…
In our other lives, I (Lorraine) attended a wedding in Costa Rica in February while Pam headed to Innsbruck, Austria, proving the biggest hazard on the ski slopes.
In Spring, while I assisted Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in saving 23 horses headed for slaughter auction, nursed my husband Gary through two ankle surgeries and acquired a new kitten and six baby chicks, Pam was traveling through Vietnam and Cambodia, encountering our nomadic sister, Jo, along the way. Next stop, Paris, for Pam, venturing out solo by Euro-star and bus to meet her husband who was leading a group of cyclists from Redhill, Surrey on their annual charity bike ride.
In June as we hosted a wedding at our ranch, Pam took part on a 3-day 160-mile bicycle challenge from Redhill to the fairy-tale medieval town of Bruges, Belgium. July started for me with an amazing Alaskan cruise, followed by a horse-hauling trip to Oregon and a family visit to Indianapolis, only days apart. Meanwhile Pam cycled 700 miles to Avignon and up the infamous Tour de France mountain, Mont Ventoux for another charity challenge.
August found me supporting horse whisperer Anna Twinney at a ROTH Holistic Horsemanship clinic while Pam joined a group of fundraisers walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall. Pam arrived a few days in and just managed to struggle through the last twenty miles before collapsing with cramp. Still she refused a kindly policeman’s offer of a ride to the finish line.Then, just for a change, she and her husband took a holiday in Belgium – yes, you guessed it – cycling again but this time just for fun. She swore she’d never ride another bike again!
In October Pam travelled to Barcelona to watch her fitness-crazed husband compete in an Ironman contest – full marathon, ocean swim and 90 km bike ride. November for me involved muchas margaritas in Mexico, and the usual 25 people arriving for Thanksgiving dinner back in Colorado.
In December while Pam was catching lots of little Santas at a Santa run I tried my luck at craps in Las Vegas. For us the holidays featured a white and bitterly cold Christmas, more turkey, and our usual zany white elephant gift exchange game. If anyone wants one of these fine discarded presents, they’re up for grabs. The flying pig might be a particular favorite.
Sadly 2015 also saw the passing of my 27-year-old Egyptian Arab, Sylvarr, who was my true wonder horse and the best of all steeds.
Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Wonder what 2016 will bring?
Happy New Year to all!