I asked in my last post how you decide what’s worth spending your very precious and limited time doing. It’s a very personal choice. Did it prompt you to make any changes to your plans? Did you make any resolutions?
Like most people, I’ve never found “resolutions” to be very effective as a way to make a lasting change. So the last few years I’ve just made plans and set goals. It’s kind of the same, but with more of a road map on how to get where I want to go. Sometimes I fall short, but it gives me something to strive for.
We’re three weeks into the new year and so far all is going “according to plan.” This is a bit of a first for me. In the past, my behavior would have begun to diverge from my intentions by now. But so far, so good. I’ve been really busy, and enjoying every minute. (Well, almost every minute. Some days writing is like laying brick, as an author whose name I can’t remember once said.)
APOSTATE, Book Three in the Celestial Affairs series, is still in progress. I’m also working on a novella set in Alfheim, the world of the Vinlanders’ Saga. The working title is DARK WINTER’S NIGHT and it’s mostly about the Elves.
Speaking of the Vinlanders’ Saga, DANGEROUS TALENTS is FREE today. Many of you have already read it (Thank you!) but if you ever wanted to recommend it to a friend, today is a great day to do so. Actually, every day is a great day for you to recommend my books, but tomorrow DANGEROUS TALENTS goes back to its regular price.
On this first day of the new year remember: life is short. I don’t say that to be a downer. What I mean is, be alive every moment and live intentionally as much as you can. A lot of what we do everyday is necessary maintenance. We have to work, do the laundry, etc. The rest of the time we get to choose what we do.
Does that make you feel pressured to hurry up and accomplish or experience more? Or does it make you feel like you should relax and watch more Hallmark moves? Does it change your plans in any way at all?
Since I live in the desert I don’t get to build a snowman very often. Doing it is always fun, though, and it’s a perfect example of living in the moment. By it’s very nature, it won’t last, but there’s no one who’s done it who’d argue it isn’t “worth” doing. Sandcastles are the same. And sidewalk paintings. Mandalas drawn with sand. Obviously, for a lot of people, permanence isn’t necessary to make something worth doing.
What do you think? How do you measure what is “worth doing?”
At the end of my books I always say thank you to my readers for letting me entertain them for a few hours.
I really mean that.
Books have always been a refuge for me and if my readers set aside their concerns for a short time while slipping into the worlds I create, I’m honored. I know you have a ton of choices for how to spend your time.
To make that escape into another world a little easier, I’m offering FORBIDDEN TALENTS (Book Two in the Vinlanders’ Saga) at a steeply discounted price ($0.99) through Monday. The main characters spend a lot of time slogging through the snow, so now seems only fitting.
If you’ve already read FORBIDDEN TALENTS, thank you! I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes to leave a review. I love hearing what readers think.
BTW, some of you have asked if there will be more books in the Vinlanders’ Saga. The answer is definitely yes! I’m writing the third book in the Celestial Affairs series, APOSTATE, right now, but when that’s done I want to tell Fender’s story. I really like Fender. He grew from a “walk-on” character into a really great guy. I plan to give him his own adventure in a part of Alfheim we haven’t explored yet. I hesitate to say when that book will be out–my predictions tend to be overly optimistic. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you informed.
In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday surrounded by friends, family, and books!
I have a lot to be thankful for: my fans, the opportunity and ability to share my stories, and most especially my family and friends. I hope all of you do, too. I’ve had a few times in my life that things looked rather bleak, but most of the time I can look around and find something to appreciate. I hope that today you can notice what’s right in your life and celebrate it. And I hope you can also brighten someone else’s life today–and every day–even if only with a smile.
All the best, and happy reading!
November is a busy month. Hot on the heels of Halloween I have ten birthdays to celebrate (including mine) and Thanksgiving. But perhaps best of all is TusCon, a three day indulgence in various forms of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. Films, authors, art, dealers, anime, and gaming fill every moment from Friday afternoon through Sunday.
BTW, to celebrate, I’m giving away NIGHT MOVES: a Short Story Sampler over the weekend (Nov. 10-12). If you come to the convention you can pick up a physical copy, or you can download it from Amazon.
I thought this was worth sharing as a good example of writer-brain. I’ve had many a conversation with myself like this one.
Source: Why I Write Redux
Do you like FREE books? Of course you do!
I’ve just released a collection of three stories and I want you to get it for Free.
This is a way for me to say thank you for your support, so be sure to get your free copy of NIGHT MOVES: A Short Story Sampler either today (Tuesday) or tomorrow on Amazon.com. Two of the stories have never been published before so be sure to check it out. And if you have a moment, I’d really appreciate it if you’d leave a review. Your opinion can make a difference to someone who’s looking for something new to read.
Many thanks and happy reading!
In addition to my romantic fantasy and paranormal romance series I write the sensual Victorian Secret Romance series as Francesca Rose. (Some people have asked me why I used a different name for these books. I think once you read them, you’ll understand, but the short answer is because I didn’t want to mislead my fans into thinking that all of the Frankie Robertson books had the same level of sensuality.)
The idea of a romance with a Yeti came to me while I was on vacation. My writer brain started playing with the idea of how to create a story about a loving relationship with a big furry hero. Brainstorming over lunch with my husband, we designed an alternate Victorian world where Yetis live in a hidden Himalayan enclave, send diplomats to London, and sometimes serve in the East India Company Army. That conversation sparked the foundation for YETI IN THE MIST.
If you like a sensual and loving romance, I think you’ll enjoy YETI IN THE MIST. And right now you can enjoy this unusual romance for 67% off the regular price. Get your copy now and be sure to leave a review to let me know how you liked it. I look forward to hearing what you think!
Happy National Donut Day! My favorite kind of that circular sweet is a glazed old-fashioned donut. They are way too dangerous to keep around, so today I’ll offer you something just as delicious that will last a lot longer.
Today is Launch Day for GUARDIAN, Book Two in the Celestial Affairs series. Gideon is back to save a young untrained psychic from a terrible fate while trying to resist his attraction to her bewitching sister.
To celebrate, I’ve made LIGHTBRINGER, Book One in the series, FREE through tomorrow.
I hope you’ll enjoy both books and then leave an honest review on Amazon. Your reviews help me as an author, and also help other readers find new books they’ll enjoy.
And if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, do that, too! You’ll be the first to know about new releases and sales AND you’ll get two Free short stories that are currently available only to subscribers. Just tap on FREE STORIES! here or in the Nav bar.
I come from a military family. My dad was a fighter pilot and career Air Force officer. My brother also served in the Air Force. My husband’s dad was in the Army, my husband in the Reserves, my godson’s dad was Navy and his brothers Marines. I live in a town where lots of former military retire and the Air Force base is a big influence on the local economy.
Despite that, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Memorial Day parade or service. Military service was ordinary, just part of my family’s life. We never made a big deal out it. And yet when I stop to think about what those men chose to do, I realize how extraordinary and praise-worthy their choices were–and are. Some of their duty assignments were dangerous, others were supportive, but all were necessary.
I’m a little shy of saying it out loud, so I’ll say it here: I’m grateful every day for those who serve, including police and fire fighters, and I’m grateful when they come home safely.