Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome, 2010!!

Well, the chaos is over, the decorations are put away, the New Year is here, the headache is almost gone, so it must be time to get back to the old grind!

I had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you did too. As many of you know, I am now in Provo, Utah and we have no family here, but it was nice to start a few of our own traditions!!

As is customary for everyone, I feel I should make a few New Year's resolutions as well. Of course, there's the resolution to lose some weight and excercise more! There's also the resolution to have more patience with my children and husband. And then there's the resolution to manage my time more effectively. I have been told that I really have things figured out or I wouldn't be able to raise my children and have published a book and do everything else I do. The truth is, I don't do it. I get on these tangents. I will write until I'm burned out on that story. Then I will read until I can't read anymore. I'll cook until I don't feel like every cooking again. Do you see a pattern here? So my resolution this year is to manage my time more effectively. To spend only an hour or two writing, an hour reading and an hour cooking. So that way I can get it all done without getting burned out. And maybe, just maybe mind you, I'll get more done!!!!

Now, onto our contest for January! This month, I am giving away a copy of...

Running for her life, Bri finds herself in a situation she cannot escape-under the power of Adam Prestwich. Returned to the clutches of her money-hungry family, she tries her best to endure the petty cruelties and indignities inflicted on her by her family and her betrothed. When the abuse becomes too much, she must rely on her friends to save her even though she has done everything in her power to drive them away. Adam Prestwich is keeping secrets. Owning a title he'd rather not acknowledge is the least of them. Falling in love with a woman he despises quickly becomes the worst of them. When the actions of her family once again place her in his care, he must distance himself to avoid an entanglement that would cause nothing but misery.

I really enjoy this book! It was the first one of Jaimey Grant's that I read, however, it is not my favorite! Still, it is well written and worth reading! You'll enjoy it!

So, now, how to enter. Leave me a comment and tell me your New Year's resolutions! I'll close the contest on the last day of the month and announce it (hopefully) the first of February! (Make sure to leave an email address or some way of contacting you if you win!)

Happy Kisses!


Tressa said...

Hey, you don't know me but I am a new ANWA member. I have read some of your book excerpts and they look fun! Anyways, my resolutions this year are many but my main goal is to be a better mother: to spend more time with my children, to be more patient, to teach them the Gospel more, etc.



Rebecca Irvine said...

Glad to hear you had a nice holiday season! My resolutions are to submit my manuscript asap and to work through a list of home improvement projects I have made.

Kari Pike said...

Happy New Year to you! This was our first Christmas in Utah too...we are just down the road in Highland. My New year's resolution is to get the Central Utah ANWA chapter organized and under way, spend time writing something everyday...hopefully more than just school papers...manage my time more effectively, and most of all, acknowledge and show gratitude for daily blessings.

Bonnie said...

Happy New Year! I have lots of resolutions, but the ones I'm most excited about are my writing and reading. For writing, I'm shooting for 10,000 words a week (unless I'm revising) and reading at least four books a month. Also to finally join the blogging world! I'm excited to take a look at your book too. I believe we're buzzing about it this week. :) Oh, contact info there's always facebook or email, :)

Tamara said...

I'm new to ANWA and happy to get to know you. Love your blog and looking forward to reading your book. As for new year's resolutions, I usually don't make very many. I try to only choose one -giving myself a better chance of really doing it (or not doing it). This year: arrive 5 minutes early wherever I'm going. Thanks. Tamara

Tamara said...

oops. I forgot to leave my email - sorry about that.
~Tamara Passey, Skyline Scribblers

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you had a good Christmas and are starting new traditions.

A New Year brings new thoughts. I realize I set unobtainable goals for 2009 and am trying to change that for 2010. Time for genealogy, time for reading, time for writing and time for doing absolutely nothing that has been allocated time. This nothing time will include talking to my dog, Hope, calling a friend and talking for an hour, taking a walk with no real destination. In other words, doing the things that will help to keep the "timed" things from becoming mondune. I want to live life to its fullest by being a friend, an ear, and a giver of help when needed.

The book you are givng away this month sounds interesting and I would love to win it.

Thank you,
Barbara B

M. Gray said...

Ha! You sound like me! I do everything to extremes too--obsessive, what can I say? Good for you, working to strike a balance.

My goals? I just blogged about this so I'll cut and paste:

Finish editing my book and see it in print
Finish renovating my house
Read scriptures more
Expand my Goodreads bookshelves
Finish writing my Ava and Logan story
Be nicer to my husband/kiddos
Balance time better for my fam

Anonymous said...

I'm generally not into romance novels, but "Betrayal" sounds interesting and I'm sure my daughter would love it.

As for my New Year's Resolutions (which I keep separate from my writing goals...otherwise, the writing might not get done):

1) To win "The Biggest Loser of the Parker Sisters" competition (there are three of us)...deadline June 30th.

2) To have lunch with my younger sister once a month (she lives 2+ hours away), weather permitting (we're both up in the Northwest and sometimes the highways get closed this time of year).

My email is

Shelli said...

I have two main New Year's resolutions. 1. Become healthy again (may seem a little vague, but I know I need to keep flexible to attain it). 2. Write every day (a means to an end -- I want to be a published writer!).

Lynn Parsons said...

Like most people, I was going to plan on losing weight, but I've decided to focus on healthy eating & exercise rather than on numbers!

Lynn Parsons

Sherry Ann Miller said...

My New Year's Resolutions went by the wayside this year. I'm just trying to survive one day at a time at this point. I'd like to enter the contest, though. This one sounds like a good one.
Sherry Ann Miller

Janelle said...

Well what can I say? I have so many things I would like to improve in my life. I've felt for a time now that if all my actions, words, and thoughts have nothing but love, humility, and charity behind them, then all the areas in my life that feel like there is a void, will make me feel whole and happy! My resolution is just that!

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I need to get out and exercise more often. I read in my bed lots so I need to get out more often and associate with more people and have fun doing stuff other than reading.

Rachel Rager said...

I love all of these resolutions. Each time I read something, I think, 'Yep, I need to work on that too.' But I'm afraid I'll become overwhelmed. So, I'll stick with what I have for now.
And I truly love this book, so I wish you all the best of luck!

Bev said...

OK Here is my New Year's resolution which is really more of a goal than anything and will probably last the rest of my life. I'm trying to see the good in other people. I know I make fun of people who are too "Pollyannaish" but I'm way too far the other way so that's my goal. Every time I see you-know-who in our ward, I look for the good and remind myself to try to be a Pollyanna like her! Now that is one huge goal! Oops! I think I just goofed up!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

A few goals

~Read 50 books in 52 weeks
~Learn something new.
~Sew at least 3 projects.

In 3 weeks and on book 4. Signed up for an advanced cake decorating class and just got my sewing machine fixed. I hope this good streak lasts all year. :)

Anna del C. Dye said...

May resolution for this year is to super edit A Kingdom by the Sea. I will submit it to Covenant as soon as I am done.

Tifferz said...

Happy New year my resolution for the year is to cook more for my family and to go to bed earlier! I like to stay up reading!