Monthly Archives: December 2011
Do you make New Year’s resolutions, or do you avoid them like Aunt Myrtle’s fruitcake? Got any big dreams for 2012?
Today, seven of the Kiss and Thrill ladies are dishing on their goals and plans for the New Year.
This is a Big Birthday year for me, so if I don’t check myself into a sanitarium babbling cliches like ‘but I don’t feel that old!’ and ‘where did time go?’ this is how I’d like the year to unfold:
MY GOAL: To completely revise one manuscript and create/finish/edit a new romantic suspense novel (plot and characters currently unknown.)
MY RESOLUTION: To stop procrastinating…any suggestion on how would be super helpful (please?!)
WISH # 1: To finally get The Call from my agent that one of my manuscripts has sold to a NY Publishing House.
WISH # 2: I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
I am one of those people who love New Year’s resolutions. I mean what could be better than a clean slate and a pocketful of dreams? This year, in addition to my usual list, I’m adding something special.
Along with three of my closest friends, Tessa Dare, Leigh LaValle, and Courtney Milan, I will train for and walk 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-day event. Our team, The Bodice Rippers, is hoping to raise a significant amount of money for breast cancer research. Please click here to learn more. Here’s wishing that 2012 will be your best year so far!
Each January, instead of resolutions, I choose a word. This word represents what is coming, what is wished for, the difficulties fading away. Last year, I chose Gratitude. Since 2007-2010 had been particularly hard, I wanted 2011 to be infused with the lessons of gratitude, for my children to understand true thankfulness for what they have, for what they never received. For 2012, I chose Courage. As the dark winter approaches, I see events which will require both sacrifice and hope. And I know, with love and courage, my family won’t just prevail, we’ll thrive. I hope you all have a Happy New Year and wish you all the best for 2012.
Between writing and critiquing, I don’t get nearly enough reading for pure enjoyment time. I have a several books in my Kindle waiting for attention, but even scarier is the quantity of print books in my to-be-read pile–some have been waiting for years. The stack got so big I had to banish it from my nightstand and moved it to the office where it takes up a significant amount of real estate. This year I vow to read or give away every book in the print pile by year’s end.
2012 is going to be the year of renewed discipline for me. For good chunks of 2011, I let other things take priority over writing, and only recently got back on track. I can’t control whether an editor or agent likes my work, but I am in charge of how much time I spend writing, revising, learning my craft, and submitting manuscripts for consideration.
So, this year, my goal is two new, polished manuscripts by year’s end.
Beyond that I want to make more time for my husband and kids, exercise daily, eat well, and travel as much as possible.
I hope that 2012 is good to you!
My birthday falls right after the first of the year, so I always think of New Year’s as a time to reflect on how far I’ve come, as well as to think ahead to the future. To me it’s not about successes and failures, it’s about growth. This year I’ll celebrate the release of my first book which will actually be the culmination of a lot of hard work I’ve put in over the past two years. I’ll also be planning out my next project, which I’m really excited about. It’s all cyclical, with one project wrapping up while another one starts. Which I love.
The heroine of my book is a spy.
Trina climbs tall buildings, socks it to the enemy, and fearlessly pilots a plummeting plane.
Me? Well, I can’t even get on a roller coaster without becoming a nervous wreck. But my imaginary heroine has taught me a few things. She lives every day as if it’s her last, doesn’t mind getting dirty, and believes herself capable of almost anything. I’d like to be like that, too.
So, in 2012 I’m going to worry a bit less, go where life takes me, and stop nagging at my husband the minute he accelerates to 60.
Well, perhaps the last is beyond my ken, but I’m sure going to try.
Best Wishes for 2012!
Those are our plans for the New Year. What are yours?
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Readers, yesterday you heard about SEAL OF MY DREAMS a collection of stories by a group of 18! amazing authors- so there’s something for everyone. Remember ALL proceeds go to a nonprofit foundation supporting veteran’s medical research.
You can buy it and read SEALed With A Kiss by Cindy Gerard. I dare you not to smile when you reconnect with Luke and Val (protagonists of WITH NO REMORSE) and when you meet Tango. The story is short and sweet so I won’t spoil it, but be warned, there may be man-poetry involved :-). Bring your scuba gear and take a wild dive!
Tomorrow we are thrilled to host HARLAN COBEN. With 50 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last four consecutive novels, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His first Young Adult novel SHELTER was just released this fall. His books are published in 41 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries. (Bio from www.HarlanCoben.com)
WINNERS! Remember you must contact us within 10 days at Contact@KissandThrill.com to claim your prize. Please send your email address where you wish to have your e-book gift notice delivered.
The winners of an e-book for kindle are as follows:
WITH NO REMORSE- Kris Gilson
SEAL OF MY DREAMS-Tasha Clanton
LAST MAN STANDING (to be delivered as soon as it is released)- Donna Cummings (please note this will be delivered as soon as it is available).
The Kiss-and-Thrill ladies would like to thank Brenda Novak again for posting on our site this week. We so enjoyed having her and look forward to reading her amazing books for years to come! And thank you again, Brenda, for offering a trilogy from your Last Stand series to three lucky blog commenters.
Now, it’s time to announce the winners!
(Note: Only commenters with a U.S. mailing address are eligible, so if anyone announced below does not provide a U.S. mailing address, we will choose another winner.)
Each of the following commenters will receive the The Last Stand trilogy books The Perfect Couple, The Perfect Liar, and The Perfect Murder: Emily Tarde, Melissa Lamb, and Kelly Louise!
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What’s next you ask?
December 13th, we host author Cindy Gerard!
New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today Bestseller, Cindy Gerard, is a 6 time Rita finalist and is proud to display 2 RITAs in her office. Cindy writes fast, sexy, action-adventure romantic suspense featuring former Spec Ops warriors and is proud to count many military families among her readers. Catch up on Cindy’s news at www.cindygerard.com.
December 15th, we are hosting Harlan Coben.With 50 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last four consecutive novels, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. (Bio from www.HarlanCoben.com)
December 20th, we are hosting Jessica Scott (http://www.jessicascott.net). She’s a career soldier (a company commander), a mom, and wife of a career soldier. She served in Iraq and blogged about it and has just published her first novel in a trilogy about a soldier coming home.
Kiss and Thrill would LOVE to compile questions from our readers to give to Jessica in advance as part of her interview.
If you have some burning questions for Jessica, please use our contact page to send them to us!
See you next Tuesday, December 13th, when we host the fabulous Cindy Gerard!