My Favorite Time of the Year by Paty Jager

While this year has been challenging in many ways, I have to say it has been rewarding for me as an author. I may not have been able to attend several conferences I’d hoped to participate in, however, the state of things made it possible for me to reach my word goal for the year, spend more time working on writing and writing related projects, and to see the path I want to take in the coming years.

I wrapped up my first mystery series. That book will publish in 2021. I’m sad to see this character go as Shandra was my mystery breakout series. The excitement over creating another character for a new series outweighs the sadness. 😉

My hero, Gabriel Hawke, will be protecting Wallowa County until he is retirement age or I can’t come up with a good murder for him to solve. 😉

Speaking of Gabriel Hawke. Book 6, Turkey’s Fiery Demise is available in ebook.

Accident or Homicide?

State Trooper Gabriel Hawke is called to a vehicle on fire. When the steam and smoke clears, a charred body is slumped over the steering wheel.

The Muzzleloader Rendezvous has attendees from all over the Pacific Northwest, but it’s the local club that raises Hawke’s suspicions. With the president of the club dead, rumors abound. If the gossip and tracking won’t reveal the truth to who killed the strutting turkey, Hawke’s focus on the truth will.

Moving into 2021, I’m filling out character charts for the new character and secondary characters who will be part of her life. I’ll be gathering the information I need for the next Hawke book, set on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, and digging around to come up with a list of murders that I can use for the two series.

I’ll also be throwing several Facebook parties, like my recent “Where in the world is Isabella Mumphrey?” I’ll be having a month-long event in May for my 50th published book. If you’re a reader, you might want to either follow my author page at Facebook, or join my newsletter to get in on all the fun. I’ll be posting here as well.

I love December because it is the last month of the year. It lets me think about what I’ve accomplished this year and look forward to planning for the next.  And that the month ends with two celebrations, Christmas and New Years, makes it the perfect way to end a year and start a new one. I have already written out my goals for 2021, in writing, publishing, and life. Not that the life ones ever completely happen, but I’m a stickler for getting my writing goals accomplished.

 Do you like December? Do you like to look back over the year and see what you’ve accomplished? Do you write out a plan for the coming year?

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Time of the Year by Paty Jager

  1. Congratulations on writing 50 books!! That is a real accomplishment. I am in the middle of writing my 14th book, which I plan to release in late spring, early summer. As far as writing out a year-long plan, I’m lucky if I can write out and then FIND my grocery list. But I do admire you, Paty!

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    1. Thanks Heather! While I’m not a plotter, I am a list maker and I like to check off the things on my list. So setting up projects through out the year is my way of staying focused and on track.


  2. Love your post. I love Christmas and New Year’s too–and more or less wrote what I’d accomplished in my Christmas letter. As for goals for next year, didn’t write any as I have no idea how much I’ll be able to do. My husband is at an age where he’s demanding more of my time and I’m at an age where I am much slower–darn it. I plan to enjoy every day to it’s fullest.

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    1. Marilyn, Thank you! Doesn’t if feel good to look back over what you’ve accomplished? I love that feeling. Have a wonderful Christmas!


    1. Thanks, Susan! I am excited about the new series, mainly because it will be very different from most mystery series. At least, that I know of. Have a wonderful Christmas!


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