A Thrilling New Year Ahead

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.

Sarah Andre

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!

Carey Baldwin

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!

Sharon Wray

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.

Rachel Grant

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.

Gwen Hernandez

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!

Manda Collins

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.

Diana Belchase

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?

(HINT: Here’s an easy one…subscribe to Kiss and Thrill so you never miss another post! ;-))

Photo credit: CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR PARTY – RED & GREEN © Roxana González | Dreamstime.com

About Gwen Hernandez

Author of SCRIVENER FOR DUMMIES & the Men of Steele romantic suspense series. Manufacturing engineer turned writer. Scrivener instructor, runner, reader, explorer, Kung Fu sifu, AF spouse, mom, vegan. gwenhernandez.com

Posted on December 27, 2011, in Gwen Hernandez and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Awesome goals my fellow Kiss and Thrill Ladies. Since I was on deadline, I couldn’t contribute my goals in time for this post, so I’ll say a couple here. (1) never agree to a Christmas due date for a manuscript again! (2) help my diabetic daughter become more independent so she can realize her own dream of going away to college, and (3) prioritize my life better to have more time for my family. Now, along with my fellow K&T Ladies, I’m asking the same question-What are your 2012 goals?

  2. Lena, that’s good advice about not agreeing to a Christmas deadline. But I’m glad you kept it because I can’t wait for your new releases!

  3. Thanks for sharing your 2012 goals with the rest of us.

    2011 was a great year for me. After self-publishing my romantic suspense I was able to earn enough money through sales to quit my day job and jump into writing full time.

    For 2012 I want to find the balance in my life. Not just a good balance between my writing life and personal life, but a balance between the elements that go into forging a successful self-publishing career.

    So this year I will be focusing on striking the right balance between production, promo and networking.

  4. Trish,

    Great goals! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy New Year!

    Diana Belchase

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