I realize it’s still early December (and probably a bit soon for all those year-end wrap-ups) but since this is my last slot for the year, I figured I’d go ahead and share now. Plus, I’ve got a new release to tell you about and a cool freebie opportunity, if you’re inclined to read to the end of this post!
So, back at the end of 2017 there was a thing going around on Social Media about choosing a word to be your guiding star for the upcoming year rather than setting a bunch of resolutions that no one keeps anyway. I decided to hop on board this new tradition. The word I chose was Mindful.
According to Mirriam-Webster, the word mindful is defined as: inclined to be aware.
What I hoped was to live my life making better choices—in everything from food to finances. To real consider the long-term impact of whatever decision I was making instead of doing things on the fly, as is a bad habit of mine.
Did it work?
Sure, in some ways. I made a budget and stuck to it. I began cooking at home a lot more and meal-planning. I tried hard to stop and be aware as often as I could about what I was doing, why I was doing it, how I was feeling about it so I could choose where to go next.
Do I sometimes still find myself mired in doubt and depression, wondering how in the heck I ended up crying in the corner of my couch with a tub of frosting in one hand and some sappy movie on TV? Yep. But I’ve also learned (by being mindful) that it’s okay to feel those things. It’s also possible to make different choices in the future to ensure I don’t end up there again.
Will I be choosing a new guiding word for 2019? I will. I’m thinking maybe Purposeful. Which is probably good, since I just signed on to write 3 more Medicals books over the next year, so I’ll need all the discipline and time-management I can get!
How about you? Are you a resolutions type person or have you tried the guiding word? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Now for a bit of a shameless plug…
Do you love sweet, small-town romances? How about quirky librarians with the hots for their older brother’s best friend? Maybe a touch of unrequited love stirred in for fun? Then try my debut release with Entangled Bliss, HOW TO SEDUCE A BAD BOY! It doesn’t release until January 14th, 2019, but it’s available for pre-order now at the link below. Here’s the delicious cover and blurb:
Melody Bryant has heard it all before. Sure, she’s the epitome of the stereotype for a librarian. Loves order. Loves rules and deadlines. Loves books. But what she doesn’t love is still being a virgin at twenty-four. Unfortunately, the only guy she’s ever been interested in turned her down flat. And then left town. Eight. Years. Ago. Ugh.
Now her birthday is fast approaching and she just can’t take it any longer. She’s finding a guy before her birthday in five weeks or she’s adopting two more cats and fully embracing becoming “the crazy cat lady.”
But when her latest date ends in epic failure–everyone thinks of her as the “proper librarian,” she realizes what she needs is to ruin her reputation. And she knows the perfect guy to help her: the baddest bad boy in town. This Army vet won’t know what hit him…
And finally, for those Medicals readers who enjoyed my debut book with the line, ONE NIGHT WITH THE ARMY DOC, and want to read more in my Anchorage Mercy world but can’t wait for the next book in my Anchorage Mercy world releasing May 2019, then here’s a special present just for you! I’ve written a holiday novella, featuring Bobby Templeton—the hockey-star patient from ONE NIGHT WITH THE ARMY DOC—who meets the woman of his dreams just before Christmas. You can get a copy FREE, just for signing up for my monthly author newsletter. Cover, blurb and link to sign-up below:
An Anchorage Mercy World Novella
Their first holiday together could be their last…
Six-foot Candace Kaine has always felt like a giant, like an outsider looking in at everyone else’s normal-sized happiness. In her professional life, she’s a dedicated, hard-working, confident ER nurse, but in her personal life—after a horrendous break-up—the thought of opening herself up to another man terrifies her. Then larger-than-life hockey star Bobby Templeton convinces her to bid on him at a local bachelor charity auction, and more than snowflakes are falling between them.
Bobby wants Candace from the first moment he sees her, but when he’s injured in a game right before Christmas, he’s forced to admit he needs her help too—if he wants to keep his promise to the at-risk child he mentors and remain on his feet, since he requires round-the-clock observation for his concussion.
From decorating the tree to taking in a local production of A Christmas Carol, Candace and Bobby’s feelings for each other grow and deepen as the hours pass. But when Bobby receives a dream offer from his agent that will change his life, Candace is forced to confront her fears about relationships and must decide how far she’s willing to go to achieve her goals.
Cheers and Happy Holidays everyone!
May all your fondest wishes and wonderful dreams come true in the New Year!