Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Post Christmas exhaustion

Compared to usual, it wasn't a crazy, chaotic Christmas. We didn't have to cram all our visiting into one day, and managed to get it all done without having to post pone anything due to illnesses. (One year we didn't see my grandparents until February.) Both of our days of traveling were capped by really treacherous drives home (finally got the damn snow the kids had been asking for).

I had set only a few Christmas goals this year -
1. make figgy pudding. CHECK! It was actually pretty good. Kind of like carrot cake.
2. remember to give out pictures of the kids from school. Almost got this one. I forgot to take some to my grandparents but I'll be going back up there in a few days.
3. Don't make so much baked goods that it all goes to waste. CHECK I didn't actually bake much this year, so this wasn't an issue. There just wasn't time. Last year I spent a whole day making half a dozen different types of cookies, 4 types of brownies as well as little tarts and squares. Then realized only a few of each kind would fit in the tins I'd bought, so I had dozens of everything left over. I froze some, pigged out big time, and ended up throwing a lot of it away.

But now that the main rush of the holidays are over, it's time for the dreaded new years resolutions. As I type this, I'm surrounded by candy (turtles, dark chocolate mint truffle kisses, a few donuts and some jam tarts) so I'm thinking eat healthier should be on the list. Maybe a bit of exercise wouldn't hurt either. Actually, I hope to improve the strength of the muscle around my knees so I can manage the hikes when we go camping without wanting to throw myself off a cliff.

On the writing front, yeah big time plans there. I have at least 4 more stories I want to write for the Tiara Islands Inn series, plus several stories that fit in the Highlands Hills town where the Inn is located. Let's not forget the Dragons that have been giving me guilt trips now for 5 years. So much writing to do! I also want to commit to actually doing a monthly newsletter this year, having monthly giveaways, creating better promotion methods, and being more active in the social aspect of writing.

And keeping my desk clean is pretty big too.

What are your resolutions for the new year?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Figgy Pudding Disaster is out!

A very merry tenth day of Christmas to everyone! Figgy Pudding is available now from Red Rose Publishing.

This story was written very much off the top of my head, with no planning, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. It's all about traditions, and second chances. I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, December 16, 2011

News on Figgy Pudding

Five days into the twelve days, and I haven't blogged about the releases! I'm so bad! I can tell you Figgy Pudding is scheduled for release on the 21st, along side Aline de Chevigny's A Master for Christmas. I've just finished edits and am awaiting line edits.

On the personal front, Christmas shopping is almost complete. Again, spent way too much money and will regret it horribly come January. Next year I am making a vow to do all my shopping super early, and online so I don't have to face the crowds in the malls. Maybe I can manage to get something for everyone on my list at the Apple store. That would be awesome.

How's everyone else doing on their shopping?

Monday, December 05, 2011

A New Cover!

So, before I left for the weekend, I got the cover for my Christmas story, The Figgy Pudding Disaster. It's very sweet and old fashioned, like a Christmas card, which fits perfectly with the story.

What do you think?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Christmas at Tiara Islands

I'm the first to admit, my motivation to write in the last few years has been rather lacking. A week and a half ago, I started writing a Christmas short on the off chance I'd finish it in time to send it in for the Red Rose 12 of Christmas submission call. I didn't, but a few days after the deadline, I was asked if I had any Christmas stories. I managed to finish the story within 2 days and send it in, and it was accepted. *whew* I've never started, finished, subbed and sold a story in about a week.

The Figgy Pudding Disaster is the second of the tales set at the Tiara Islands Inn. When I started it I had only two goals...write a christmas story set at the Tiara, and somehow include figgy puddings. I've never had figgy pudding...but I love the name. It always makes me smile.

The story is about Dizzy, a single mom who lost contact with, Dean, the love of her life before she could tell him she was pregnant with his child. When she and her son travel to The Tiara for a Christmas vacation, she finds him working there, only he doesn't seem to remember her. An injury sustained while serving over seas has left Dean with jumbled memories, but the one that's always been clear, is of a blond with green eyes, he just can't remember who she is.

In other news, I just finished the rough draft on Family of Four, another story set in the same town as Jewel of the Highlands and The Figgy Pudding Disaster. I'm hoping to have it polished up and submitted soon.