And everyone else out there. It’s a new year and fresh starts always get me excited in a non-sexual way (I think that needed clarification). For Christmas, my husband and I decided we should each choose one gift. Amazon had a sale on Kindle Fire, so my husband jumped on it, and I got a portable stepper. So while he sits his butt in a chair reading, I’ll be on my stepper getting rid of the holiday season’s extra pound violation.
What did you get for Christmas?
Which brings me to my next item—resolutions. I’m one of those people who want to start clean at the beginning of the year, and make resolutions I most likely won’t fulfill. Since I have five email accounts, it took me two days to clean and sort through all the emails, leaving a few in the main inbox and the rest deleted or moved to folders. After that, I felt refreshed and ready to tackle life and my writings. To be clear, I am a self-diagnosed lightly seasoned OCD person who rechecks things and circulates thoughts.
Anyway, my resolutions for this year are to continue to lose weight on my fabulous stepper (along with other activities), continue eating healthy, travel more, smile more, appreciate more, and love more.
Do you make resolutions? If so, care to share?
I’m going to start my blog year with a positive and heartwarming story. It has to do with the church we attend. Now I know not everyone is religious, but it’s always good to read about something uplifting instead of depressing. So it begins.
At mass, the priest informed the congregation to bring a candle if we’d like to bring the light of Bethlehem home. The Sunday before Christmas, we went to church with a candle inside a small glass lantern. During church services, a few men from Bethlehem spoke about the light. For many years, these guides have been involved in the peace light. The peace light originally began with the Austrian Broadcasting Company, but then scouts from different countries joined in. Each year, a child retrieves a light from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Then those children, with the help of guides, return to their countries and distribute the light.
I have never heard of this before, and it moved me. I wanted and needed to be a part of it. After mass, we went to the Bethlehem candle to receive our light. When we got home, we lit the candles on the advent wreath along with others in our home. It is such an inspiring thing to do, and one I am thankful for taking part in. Whether a believer or not, it’s wonderful to watch this peace light spread throughout the world. In today’s times, the world and each of us could use some peace.
For more information on the Peace Light.
New Year’s and Resolutions,
For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a safe and wonderful Christmas with family and friends. For those of you who do not celebrate, I wish you a much relaxing time off from work. From our house to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
It is a time for celebration, not only because of the holidays, but also for my 4th anniversary of publishing my first dark, psychological suspense thriller novel, Net Switch, on December 21, 2011. As I read many times, the best way to freshen up a book and its sales is by giving it a book-lift. So that’s what I did along with readjusting the eBook price to $2.99. The time has finally come to unveil the new cover.
I’ve learned a lot since publishing this novel, and noticed an improvement in my writing, however it has never diminished the pride and love I have for Net Switch.
At the time, I had plenty of things going on in my life to distract me from the story. The fact is I had no plans on writing such a novel. As one Goodreads reviewer said, “It’s dark, it’s sexual, it’s violent, and it’s not afraid to touch you in the bad places.” This story came out of nowhere, and it seemed to have written itself during NaNoWriMo. I thought I’d write more on the lighter side, such as romantic comedy, where the subject matter isn’t deep and dark.
In keeping with the dark, psychological theme, I worked with my cousin Brian Baer on the first cover to make it seem twisted, which it is in some ways. Brian came through for me regarding what I asked for. At the time, I figured a gray and white cover would look good. I didn’t do any research or peruse other thriller book covers.
This time around, I worked with a digital artist, Ana Cruz. I came across a discussion on Goodreads regarding book covers, and someone mentioned deviant art. That’s where I began my search. When I saw Ana’s work, I contacted her, and the rest is history.
To add to the festivities, I am celebrating my 4th anniversary of Net Switch by offering it free for a limited time. Christmas is oh so close, vacations and days off are here, so why not snuggle up with a good book or gift it. Although, I would advise you to keep the lights on. Here are a few ways you can win a copy of Net Switch. Both are opened to international readers.
1. Sign up for my Monthly Newsletter, which you’ll find on the right-hand side of the blog, follow me as an Amazon Author, follow me on Google +, or post a link in the comments of a review you wrote for an indie / self-published author. Make sure you let me know which one you did. First three comments and/or follows, win the three available copies.
2. If you would like a nice gift, or you need a gift to give to someone, please enter the Net Switch Goodreads Giveaway. This giveaway runs from Dec 26 – Jan 25, 2016.
This is the last post of the year. Thanks for your support. Keep reading and writing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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