New Years resolutions…..by Cherie Nicholls

Yeah don’t worry I hate those too….

I mean if I wanted to loose 3 stone (42 pounds) I would do it anytime of the year not just at new year.

I never plan on meeting that “special one” for two reasons. One: it’s far to much effort and Two: I have no heart, don’t get me wrong I clearly have a heart because you know…alive…but I don’t have a romantic heart…yep that’s right a romance writer without a romantic heart….shocking right.

So the only new years resolution I plan on making is to learn to Crochet…..it’s a skill that evades me like an oil covered eel….I will tame it if it’s the last thing I do!! *shakes fist at sky*

So today I am asking one thing….what’s your New Year’s resolution or if that makes you flinch how about the promise you made to yourself….I don’t mean the weight loss one or the new job one….but I know some of you have promised yourselves you’d do something this year….something you’ve been meaning to do for a long time maybe? Come on you know you want to share…..

Just before I go two last things

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! I really hope that 2014 is full of joy and laughter for you!

and finally….don’t forget that you got your partner that spanking paddle and those hand cuffs they asked for at christmas….now would be the prefect time to see if they are ready to give them their first test drive…..

 

New Year’s Goals – Lynn Lorenz

New Year’s Goals. That’s right, you heard me. Goals. Not resolutions. I have eschewed those ways.
No longer doing that. Been there. Have the t-shirt and the hat. And frankly, there isn’t any real teeth in a resolution.

But a Goal?
Now, that word has some power. And I love goals. Why? Because they are flexible. A resolution is definite. Solid. No leeway and no
wiggle room. That’s why they fail.
But a goal? You can have a little goal, a big goal or a medium sized goal, and you can make them reachable.

Resolutions, not so much. We just take that word and go all in. Hog wild. Balls to the wall.
And what usually happens? Well, I’m sure you know. Failure. And no one likes to fail. It sucks, depresses, and makes you feel like…a failure.
Why do we do that to ourselves? Beat ourselves up because we are “supposed” to make this “resolution” to do something big. Something most of us
can never do, not without a lot of money, or time, or more strength than we have, or help from others.

Goals can be set so they can be reached. Small, easy bites. Nibbles. Ever notice if you keep nibbling at a cake, eventually, it’s gone?
Goals are like that. And when you reach your goal, you feel great. Wonderful. Inspired. Ready to take on the next goal on the list.

So I’m setting some goals for 2014. I break them up into short (2-6 months), medium (6-12 months) and long (1-5 years). The long term goals I usually reserve
for my “Career” goals.

My Short term goals –
1. Finish Bayou’s Children by Feb 1 and send it in.
2. Start the next Werewolf Fight League
3. Start the Tales From the Salon novellas

My Medium term goals –
1. Finish WWFL and send it in
2. Finish 2 of the Tales From the Salon novellas and send them in
3. Start new m/f Dragon series book

My Long term goals –
1. Retire in 2014 *sometime around summer*
2. Write full time once retired.
3. Start teaching online writing courses in 2015

So there you have it. Easy, attainable goals. Small things, but when they all add up will make for a fantastic year! And for a great next few years.
And the thing that I really love is when you accomplish one goal, you can create another one. So you don’t have to wait until a whole new year rolls around.
You constantly meet those goals and set new ones. And feel like a success! Who doesn’t love that?

Now, will you forget about those stupid resolutions and make some goals with me?
Tell me…what’s your short, medium and long range goals?

Happy Birthday to Christy Gissendaner’s Dad!

Today is my dad’s birthday. So I’m dedicating this post to the man, the myth, the legend…Robert Gissendaner. I’m not  gonna lie. I was a total daddy’s girl. As the only Gissendaner girl born to my family, I was always a bit spoiled. I’m also the oldest granddaughter on my mom’s side, so needless to say I’m a grandpa’s girl as well. Explains a lot, huh?

My dad didn’t have an easy life. At three, he lost his father to a hunting accident. A couple of years later, he lost his mom to cirrhosis. He was shuffled from relative to relative, along with his two older brothers. So my father grew up never truly knowing a real home or familial unit.

At sixteen, he met my mom at a roller skating rink. Quite the story, I’m told. Mom has never, nor ever will be, good at skating. Apparently she once took out the security guard by trying to make a turn on the rink. Then she ran into a curly-haired, muscular young lad whom she likened to Richard Gere and John Travolta.  He skates up, all cool-like, during the couple’s skate and asks my mom to join him. My mom thought he was coming to ask her friend to dance. Instead he chose her.

It was love at first skate…err, sight. One year later, they were married and pregnant with my oldest brother. Then…joy of joys…they has a baby girl three years later. (That would be moi.) Less than two years later came the baby boy.

My father’s family was now complete. We were a gaggle of redheaded children, none taking after our dad with his dark ‘fro. No lie. Dude had the biggest head of curly hair you’ve ever seen. We have pics. I’ve seen the evidence.

In recent years, my dad has battled heart disease, including a heart attack and several bypass surgeries. It turned his dark curls to gray, but hey…he’s not bald! Not bad for a mid-fiftysomething year old, huh?

So, happy birthday, Da-duh! I love you!

New Year Cheer

Happy day after Christmas, naughty readers! I hope all of you had a safe and wonderful holiday! I am currently in a post-Christmas food/cookie coma, so I’ll be brief.

Happy New Year 2014 greeting cardThis is my last post for 2013. It seems strange, that another year has passed in the blink of an eye. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store. I foresee … Southern Heat, Game On-Book Twothe third Martin Family novelanother Love, Lust and Laptops FREE anthology (or two) … and a few surprises I can’t talk about yet. All exciting stuff!!

For those of you who don’t know, Rome is a part-time bartender, and New Years Eve falls on his regular night of work this year. So, while he slings drinks to the masses, I’ll be curled up, safe and sound, with a maple whiskey and Coke Zero, Titus, and a good chick flick.

What will you all be doing to ring in 2014?

Thank you all for taking this ride with us. I wish you all a safe and happy new year.

Until next time…

Merry Christmas from Love, Lust, and Laptops

I know, I know, it’s my day to post… But it’s Christmas, and that’s a special day, and I wanted to share it with all my LL&L sisters. So I asked them all for a Christmas wish to share with you. Merry Christmas from all of us! xoxo, V

From Rosanna Leo:

“I’d like to wish all our readers a wonderful holiday season full of peace and love. May you also find time this holiday for some hot reading, sweet loving and time up against the wall. Nipple clamps optional (wink wink). And if you’re feeling a little like Scrooge this Christmas, I’d be happy to send one or more of my heroes to bring you some Christmas cheer.”

From Monette Michaels:

“Happy Holidays from my family to yours. Whatever your success rate might be in keeping your New Year’s resolution, may 2014 bring you happiness.”

From Christy Gissendaner/Robin Danner:

“Happy Holidays from Christy Gissendaner and Robin Danner. May you have the best time ever with your friends, families, and loved ones. Here’s a few things to remember. Don’t eat too much. It’s the thought the counts (except in re-gifting). Beware the fruit cake. And above all else, may your season be merry…and bright (singing)!”

From Becca Jameson:

“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone from the home of Becca Jameson! I hope all our fans have a wonderful holiday. Eat, drink, and be merry! But not too merry…lol My favorite part about vacation days: more time to read good books! ”

From Vanessa North:

“Happy holidays, dear readers, from my home to yours. I hope your season is full of wonder, joy, love, and peace, and that the new year brings you more of the same.”

From Lynn Lorenz/Theodora Lane:

“May all your Christmas wishes come true and you enjoy a stress-free holiday. Happy reading!”

From Parker Kincade and family:

“We have a Christmas tradition in Kincadia. Instead of exchanging gifts with each other, we make a family donation to a charitable organization. We started this tradition when our kids were small, and it’s my hope they will adopt this tradition, in some form, in their own homes one day. I am so grateful to all the readers, bloggers and reviewers – your support of my work helped to keep our Christmas tradition going strong. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. ”

From Emilia Mancini/Marci Boudreaux:

“Wherever you are, whoever you are with, and however you are celebrating, I hope you have a happy, healthy holiday season. Be good, be kind, and, if at all possible, be a little bit kinky!”

From Jianne Carlo:

“Merry Christmas from Jianne Carlo who’s right now having a shark and bake on Maracas Beach in Trinidad. It’s warm, breezy, the family’s all here, and life is perfect. I hope your holidays are exactly the same.”

From Cherie Nicholls:

“Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have the most fun fill and enjoyable day! See you in 2014!”

Christmas release from Becca Jameson!

Ah, it’s Christmas, but that isn’t stopping me from releasing books! Hehe! The third book in my Durham Wolves series releases today, Christmas Eve.

Freedom in thFreedomInTheSmokies300e Smokies is the last book in the series, featuring the third brother in the family and everyone’s struggles against the local vampire that has been wreaking havoc in their lives since the Durhams moved to the Smokey Mountains a decade ago.

I hope everyone enjoys this last story! It’s available for download now from most venues.

Have a great holiday everyone. Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Creative Kids, Christmas Trees, & The Spirit of Giving

We recently spent a week on Hilton Head Island and the resort we stayed at featured in its lobby an incredible display of over a hundred decorated Christmas Trees. All the trees were created by the classes of one of the primary schools on the island. I later learned that all the trees would be auctioned at the Holiday office parties held at the hotel and the proceeds donated to local children’s’ charities. What a wonderful idea – don’t you think?

Every tree proved fascinating and the astounding creativity of even first graders amazed one and all. I spent many a morning enjoying the sumptuous details and, now, two days before  Christmas Day, share them with you.

Enjoy!

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Wishing you a happy, family-filled holiday!

Jianne