Monday, January 2, 2012

What's My New Year's Resolution?

from Mia Marlowe...

If you want to learn mine, you'll have to visit me at the Brava Blog, but unfortunately, it looks as if that site's been hacked.

But I can tell you here that my heroine in SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER, Elspeth Stewart, would resolve to open herself to her gift of Sight more often. She fights against the Gift and as a result, she only receives snippets of disjointed visions. And they never seem to come in a timely enough manner for her to actually affect a change. If she'd paid attention to the warnings, she might have Seen that woad-painted warrior crashing through the kirk doors and galloping up the aisles to snatch her from the altar.

My guest blogger for this hour of the Blog Bash is Sidney Ayers, author of sinfully snarky paranormal romance! Be prepared to share your resolutions for 5 chances to win a short read from her or a long one from ME! Sidney is also offering a GRAND PRIZE of a $10 gift certificate and signed copies of her DEMONS LIKE IT HOT and  DEMONS PREFER BLONDES!

Sidney Ayers: If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s procrastinating. I am the queen of putting off things. I’m not really sure why. It’s something I’ve always done. I’m pretty sure it’s my subconscious trying to set me up for failure. Heck this blog is going to be posted tomorrow, and lowandbehold, I’m just getting around to writing it right now. Silly me.

Procrastination is a really nasty habit, one that can get you into a lot of trouble if you don’t nip it in the bud. So I’m making a promise to myself this year. I am going to destroy this procrastination bug if it kills me. And I say IF, not when. I know I can do it.

But how, you ask?

Easy. Follow these important rules:

1. Put off the fun and games until the important stuff is done. That being said, an hour of fun and relaxation helps keep the stress down too.
2. Reward myself when I meet a goal. A Starbucks mocha latte when I finish a chapter is a sweet incentive, eh? Then again, so is chocolate.
3. Don’t push myself too hard. That will only lead to more stress, which can prove more fatal than procrastination.
4. Get adequate amount of rest.
5. Eat at least three balanced meals.
6. Keep myself motivated. Document my successes. Seeing all those achievements is a good way to help your ego
So there’s my New Year’s Motivation! What are your goals and resolutions for 2012? One lucky commenter will win a $10.00 Amazon Gift card, and an autographed copy of both DEMONS PREFER BLONDES and DEMONS LIKE IT HOT. 5 commenters will also win a free PDF copy of AN ABSOLUTE MESS, a short silly story I wrote a while ago and decided make available online.
Happy 2012!
 Wow, Sidney! That's an impressive pile of loot you're offering. Allow me to sweeten it with winners' choice of my eBook versions of TOUCH OF A THIEF, A DUKE FOR ALL SEASONS or MY LADY BELOW STAIRS 

To enter this hour, please remember to put your email in your comment so we can contact you if you sin...oops, I mean win! Typos are my curse. Also take a minute to scroll back to catch my other guest bloggers and leave a comment for each one so you'll be entered in their drawings too! And be sure to take minute to pop over to my website contest for your chance to win a NEW KINDLE!


  1. Okay, I don't believe into new year's resolutions, but I have one goal this year to finally finish my own book

  2. I want to become more healthy and fit physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially!


  3. Wow Sydney, that is a lot, hope it works out for you. The only resolutions I have made, have to do with reading. I want to read at least one book a month that has been on my shelves for over a year, and I want to read 2 cozy mysteries a month. They make me smile, and are a good break from the more heavy paranormals I adore also.

    I love autographed books, thanks for the chance to win.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  4. Excellent resolution, Danny. Set intermediate goals with page count and drop dead date. You can do it!

  5. Robin, your goals are what I'd wish for all of us!

  6. Hi Aurian, I like your reading goals. I'm usually picking my reading up on the fly--one of the reasons I love reading on the Kindle app on my phone.

  7. Danny,

    Great goal to strive for. It's how I got my first novel finished.

    I need to do that as well. On all the same aspects. Great Resolution/promise/goals!

    I hope so too. Love the reading resolutions. I try to read in between the writing. I tend to avoid the genre I'm writing in though. So I'll probably read some historicals.

  8. I'm a pack rat so getting rid of clutter (so I have room for more books) is my biggest resolution.
    Thanks for the contest!


  9. And while I'm here, congrats to Mia and Connie on their new release. I do love me a good highland hero every so often :)

  10. I don't make resolutions persay because I don't like setting myself up for failure.

    So, I make promises. This year I promise to forgive myself for past mistakes, to enjoy more time with our little ones (4 and 6 years old,) and to take time to enjoy the simple things of life like sun sets and the smells of fresh baked cookies.

    refhater2 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. catslady, if you're not into clutter, I can offer a kindle or Nook copy of the books if you prefer.

    But I know about clutter. I've been banned from buying books or bringing new books home from conferences. But what they don't see won't hurt them. I'll just buy the kindle copy. The free books I get from conferences I usually end up donating or giving away on my blog.

  12. Refhater, I know I usually don't do resolutions for that same reason, but lately I've noticed I've been slipping where it really matters. I have to do something about it. :)

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  14. I'd like to find more time to read, stop being such a hoarder, and exercise more.


  15. This year, I resolve not just to write more but to submit. Submit the stories, that is. And maybe to do something about all the books in the basement...

  16. My new years Resolution is to break them. Life is too Short. Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss Slowly, Laugh Uncontrollably, and never regret anything that feels good, and makes you Smile.

  17. I don't really have a New Year's Resolution. I always fail when I call them that so this year my goal is to become better organized, stop procrastinating and exercise more - even if I only add in some additional walking.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  18. I don't do New Year's resolutions to well. I forget them by the end of the first week. However, I am a fairly disciplined person thanks to my early childhood.... since my parents had 9 kids... discipline was necessary. Happy New Year to you!!

  19. Thanks for the advices Mia & Sidney!

  20. My resolution is to be more frugal with my finances.

  21. I love your comment about "If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s procrastinating!". It sounds like my husband actually! :)

    I didn't really make any specific new yr's resolutions... I think I make plans and schedule daily/weekly anyways!

  22. Hi all ! My new year resolution is to be a better person than last year. To be a person that smile more than angry and now seems like I find new resolution because of Sidney ' story of proscratination , I decided to stop procrastinate for this year. Need to be better in 2012, achieve many new things. Cheers Mia n Sidney :). Aretha zhen ,

  23. My goal is to continue doing what I've been doing since last year, keep up my weight loss and exercise program, and read at least as many books as I did last year. I did pretty good, lost almost 40 lbs and read over 80 books in 2011. Now on to 2012!

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  24. I always break my resolutions, but I will try to keep this year's, which are: sleep more and procrastinate less. And maybe do a bit more yoga, at least once a week ;-)

    Thank you for the terrific giveaway and good luck with keeping your resolutions! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. To get a job, to get rid of debt, and to stop letting people bother me with their negativity.

  26. My resolutions is to continue my weightloss program and spend more time with family and less time stressing about the things I can't change... like work.

  27. I don't have any resolutions but my goal is to be a more patient and understanding mother. The kids have hit thier teens.

  28. this is really great question, my goal for this year : read more book, find new better job, do more charity and the important thing is make my mom happy ;)

    thanks for the giveaway =D

  29. I have to keep my resolutions simple, or I just disappoint myself. So this year my resolution is to read 20 more books than I did last year. Pretty reasonable, right?! I should be able to attain that one!

    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway opportunity!!

    Happy New Year!

    Gena Robertson