Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Rockin' New Year Hop - $300 Grand Prize

Chance to win a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet plus $300 Gift Card

 I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. Every year I used to create this psychological test that I’d invariably fail. Perhaps it’s because resolutions are whimsical desires framed with negative words like lose, stop or quit.
About ten years ago, around the same time I met my husband, I changed the way I viewed life. Now I focus on what is most important, how to improve, and living authentically without regrets.

For me, I write down my top three priorities and I’m not afraid to say “no” to something not on my list.
Here are my top three for 2013:

3. Connect with readers. Since I’m currently promoting the upcoming release of my paranormal romance, Kindred of the Fallen, connecting with readers is vital for me. I also enjoy making real connections with people. I want readers to get to know me and I want to hear their thoughts on anything from my book to their favorite TV show.
2. Make time for my family. My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan, so it’s pretty easy to be a good wife right now, lol. I put together care packages with a few naughty pics, video our six-month-old son so hubby doesn’t feel as if he’s missing out on everything, and drop what I’m doing to chat when he calls unless what I’m doing involves the baby.

1. Be a good mother. Ultimately, if I can be a good mother, I’ll have absolutely no regrets.
I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year. And remember to live with no regrets!

One lucky reader will win an e-ARC of Kindred of the Fallen & a $10 gift card from Amazon or BN. The winner will be chosen using random.org on 7 Jan. To win my prize please enter on the rafflecopter.
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To be eligible to win the GRAND PRIZE below you MUST leave your e-mail address in your comment!
Carrie Ann ,the host of the hop, will pick 1 winner from all comments across all participating blogs on 7 Jan.  Everything except for the heavy swag is international.

What are your top three priorities? Do you live without regrets? How do you plan to ring in the New Year?

Kindred Chronicles, Book 1

Serenity’s soul-reading ability lets her easily create custom tattoos. Everything else in her life is a struggle, from trying to make it work with her best friend, Evan, to nightmares and visions that make her question her sanity.

Then she meets a man who sharpens her craving for something more, but her commitment to Evan means nothing beyond sparks can exist between them.

Cyrus has been watching Serenity, preparing to claim her as his Blessed mate—the other half of a split soul that, once reunited, is his only chance to break the curse that plagues his people.

One moment, Serenity is confronted by armed militants firing questions she cannot answer. The next, she is safe in Cyrus’s arms, reveling in his burning kiss…and learning she isn’t even human. She is Kindred, blessed with preternatural powers, cursed to suffer the twin horrors of the blood rage and the dark veil.

Their union is the greatest hope for redemption in a thousand years, but not all Kindred want to be saved. A dark secret could snuff out their lives before love has a chance to unite them…and redeem the Kindred for all time.

Warning: Contains a headstrong soul-reading tattoo artist, a sexy alpha hero who knows how to get what he wants, adrenaline-packed action, and explosive sex that literally shatters bulletproof glass.

   Samhain   Barnes & Noble
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  1. 1. More time with kids
    2. More time on health
    3. More time outdoors

    I try not to regret, only learn.

  2. No time for regrets. Life for now and fix things.
    1. Health
    2. Help my daughters
    3. Books to read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. This is the first year I didn't have any use for them. My goals are the same as last year - get healthy, do a lot of writing, and unspaz a little (stop drinking so much coffee and get some sleep.


  4. 1- relax a little more
    2- read more books
    3- be happy

    Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  5. 1 - Enjoy the small things in life more.
    2 - Finish the books on my to read list (before it keeps growing).
    3 - Finally take that dream trip I have always wanted to do.

    Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your top three priorities for the new year!
    twinsgirl33 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. 1 - Be healthier. I really let go in 2012 and that needs to stop.
    2 - Finish crafty things that I start.
    3 - Read more books :)

    Thanks for being in the giveaway!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  7. I try not to have regrets, and three goals for this year:
    1. Travel.
    2. Read.
    3. Write.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Elizabeth L.
    etrabelsie AT gmail DOT com

  8. I too try to live without regrets!!
    1. Read more
    2. Spend more time with my family
    3. Attend more book signings
    Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope you have a great New Year!!

  9. 1. earn more
    2. get a new job
    3. read more

    I don;t waste my time on regrets.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. Regrets are a waste of time and energy.

    For 2013, it's the usual -- Lose some weight, exercise more, relax more.

    For NYE I hung around the house with a couple of good friends and a bottle of 18 year old scotch!

    Happy New Year & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  11. Eat healthier.
    Pay the bills off.
    Exercise more.

    I try to live without regrets because it's not worth beating yourself up about something you can't change.

    My husband and I usually stay home on New Year's eve.


  12. one let me say your book cover is awesome. 1) make the most of time i am given for friends family and good books 2) be a better wife, mother, and friend 3) try new things jacobsonlr@yahoo.com

  13. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop.


  14. For me 2013 is a time to begin anew and just improve myself. My top 3 goals are:
    1. Laugh more.
    2. Love more.
    3. Read more.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  15. I try to live without regrets and i get a little better at it each year.

    for 2013 my goals are
    1. Write more
    2. have more 'fun' time
    3. find a new job


  16. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! So here goes:
    What are your top three priorities?
    1) spend more time w/ friends and family
    2) Make More "me" time
    3) Rest and relax more

    Do you live without regrets?
    I try!!!

    How do you plan to ring in the New Year?
    I went to a party and while it was fun, there were some drunk drama llamas who kinda spoiled it :(

    Happy New Year!

  17. Find a job~ Finish college with a stable head~ Help out more. Maybe even start writing again, in the journal and make an outline for a short story~?


  18. I try to not have any regrets but, I seem to be failing at that miserably lately. *sigh* Real life has been sending me endless (in your face) curve balls this last year to the present. But I'm trying to let go and move on. Although it's really hard to do right now.
    1) I hope to hit my reading goal set for this year.
    2) Find a job.
    3) I'm praying this year will be the year I'll be able to move back home to West Palm Beach.

    I didn't do anything for new years this year.

    Happy New Year!
    DeAnna Schultz
    sacredmoon1 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  19. Happy New Year. My new years resolution 1:is to lose more weight. I have lost 63 lbs so far and plan to lose 50 lbs more. 2:be a better mother. Trying to listen more. 3: just be more social (whether in person or on web.)

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  20. 1) Stay close with my family
    2) Be good to my friends and myself
    3) Right now-study and finish college.

    No one has no regrets, bu I do my best and New Year was well celebrated with my friends.

    Happy New Year!


  21. This year I'm trying to 1. Read more 2. get a job I love 3. be more social.

    Happy new year!

  22. lose weight, family and blog :)

  23. I like the person I have become so I can't really regret the actions or occurrences that made that possible ;)


  24. Without regrets
    1) Be a good mother
    2) Be a good wife
    3) be a good daughter
    and try to be happy at the same time :)

  25. 1. Family is always my top one
    2. Work harder on my home business
    3. work on be healthy

  26. I do not do resolutions either but every year I strive
    1. stay family focused
    2. Enjoy life as much as I can health wise
    3. Dont take life for granted


  27. Resolve conflicts.
    Better income.
    Stay healthy.
    Happy New Year.
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

  28. Get a job
    Lose weight
    Get healthy


  29. I do really do resolutions, but I have goals which include,loosing those stubborn 10 pounds, spend more time with kids and be outdoors more.

  30. I plan on paying my credit cards down.
    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  31. Top 3 priorities: family, my health, learning to relax and destress.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  32. Top 3 priorities? Finish school, find a job, and work out. (Hey, I got that gym membership for a reason, and I'm using it! lol)


  33. I've decided not to make any resolutions this year, as I never keep them! :)

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  34. Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!


  35. Family, Health, Career


  36. Top 3 priorities: Family,health, no more stress


  37. Happy New Year! My priorities for 2013 are: Read more, blog more, and tweet more. I love with some regrets but I am working on forgiving myself. I rang in the New Year with my children. We watched movies til midnight and then went to bed. Nothing too exciting but very satisfying.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a wonderful giveaway!

    bonafidereflections (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. 1)diet

  39. my top 3 priorities:

    continued good health
    be & stay happy
    travel more

    i try not to live with regrets, but there are days when it is tough...

    rang in the NewYear my usual way: datenight w/DickClark/RyanSeacrest.......

  40. Get my health in order, little problems are showing up.
    I'm happy so keep it that way.
    Take care of hubby, he's getting older too.

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  41. My three top priorities are to get back to exercising regularly, finish my current WIP and pub another title in 2013. I rang in the New Year with optimisim and hope to continue that way :)

    Happy 2013!

    maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

  42. I really don't have anything big right now!
    1. want to gain some weight to get Healthy been really sick!
    2 what to read more books :) Don't know anymore!
    Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net


  43. My resolution is to eat healthier, lose some weight and get back into shape at the same time spend more time meditating and finding something each day to be thankful for in my life.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  44. The three priorities are
    1. My son
    2. My DH who came back into my life again and that corrected on regret in my life.

    3. Quit smoking.

    My only regret is now over, I fixed that and now I am super happy.

    Dawna N.


  45. The book looks great!! Love the cover art!
    1- Read more books on my Amazon account that were free reads
    2- Take my Gran to a book convention
    3- be healthier eating and exercise


  46. 1. My kids
    2. Getting healthier
    3. READING :)

    Regrets are pointless... if you can't change it try to move on!


  47. 1. read more
    2. catch up on bills
    3. spend more time with family

    regrets r lessons that we should learn from to better ourselves.


  48. 1. Better job
    2. Read more
    3. Write more so I can improve my skill


  49. 1. read more
    2. catch up on TBR pile
    3. get more organized

  50. 1. Read as much as I can.
    2. Don't buy many books until I get my TBR list down some.
    3. Get healthier.
    I try to.
    I spent it at home.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  52. I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  53. My goals is to have more me time, get an accounting job before october, and spend more time with my family.


  54. Top 3 priorities?

    1. Live another year.
    2. Enjoy that year.
    3. Bring in 2014.

    So long as 1 and 2 go okay....3 will be a chinch....lol

    Happy New Year!!!

    Deb T

  55. (1) Personal growth (2) family (3) that's about it.

    Regrets...oh boy.

    Happy new year :)

  56. Happy New Year!

    1)Spend more time on myself
    2)Spend more time with my kids
    3)Get at least a few books out


  57. 1. Spend more time with family & friends
    2. finally finish my novel
    3. quit smoking
    Do you live without regrets? I have a ton of regrets, however if I had not made those mistakes I may not have had my beautiful daughters, So I guess u call that a catch 22....lol Because I wouldn't give them up for anything.
    How do you plan to ring in the New Year?
    I spent it with just my man, snuggling in front of the tv, watching movies & getting that oh so important Kiss at midnight :D

    Thanks for the giveaway & hop
    Big Hug & Happy New Year
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  58. Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.


  59. My priorities : books of course!
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  60. 1) Family
    2) Friends
    3) Saving money

    I live without regrets mostly. I am a worrier but I don't think I regret anything I've done. For new years I just stayed in an relaxed

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  61. My top three are:
    1.) Release my debut novel
    2.) Move to a new city
    3.) Be more patient with my son

    For the most part I am pretty easy-going and forgive the second something happens, but for some reason my son gets under my skin too often. So, I need to learn to chill. LOL


  62. 1. Get healthy
    2. Go to school
    3. Better my relationships
    I try my best to live with no regrets :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  63. I like your attitude -- I'm a firm believer in "no regrets". Hope your 2013 is good one.
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  64. 1. eat healthier
    2. read more book
    3. exercise more

    try to
    with family


  65. 1. Stay active
    2. Volunteer more/get internship
    3. Read as many books as possible

    Thanks so much for the chance.


  66. Pay it forward. That is my biggest goal for 2013.

  67. 1. Continue to take the best care of my family.
    2. Read, Read, Read.
    3. Get outside more.

    I try not to live with regrets, but I do sometimes.
    Happy New Year.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  68. - To read more
    - To exercise more
    - To be more adventurous.

    I don't really live with regrets. They can just eat you up.


  69. My top priority is my health.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  70. Top 3 Priorities this year:
    1. To study, I want to earn good grades for this semester and other following semesters.
    2. to read more than what I've read last year and do more book reviews.
    3. To always appreciate every blessings I received.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


    Twitter - @blissfulriz18

  71. 1) to get myself 'out there' with my books and to publish a lot more.

    2) get healthy

    3) surround myself with positive people

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!

    xandrajames AT gmail DOT com

  72. I don't make resolutions anymore either, never could seem to keep them anyway. I just give thanks that I still have my family and friends. I do promise myself that I will continue to be a good person.

  73. My priorities:

    2. Church
    3. Job

    no resolutions, i just break them ;)

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  74. Happy New Year! 1. eat healthier 2. spend more time with family 3. get organized at work


  75. To eat healthier.
    To exercise more.
    To be more patient.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  76. My priorities are family, friends and helping others.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  77. My priorities are job and family :)
    Happy New Year!
    movie1997 at live dot it

  78. My priorities 1 My Lord Jesus
    2. My Mom
    3 My family
    No I don't live without regrets.
    We watched the Dick Clark's Ball drop!
    I added you my gr shelf but have no Idea how to do that url thing; I have been trying!LOL!!
    Happy 2013!
    Thanks for the hop!
    deethomas291 at gmail dot com

  79. I am hoping to spend more time with my 4 boys and husband. I would like to broaden my horizons this year and try new things. My family is the most important thing to me. I don't live with regrets because there is so much in life to experience so why do you want to look for the negative.

  80. Happy New Year! My New Years traditions are easy, I spend time with my family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. My resolutions this year is as always to loose a few pounds and spend a little more time with my family.


  81. Hi! Happy New Years! I spent the day with my family. We watched movies, put together a puzzle and toaster in the new year. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  82. I don't really make resolutions, rather tasks or goals I want to accomplish.
    1. Find a better job. Freelance hasn't been cutting it on the financial front lately.
    2. Finish editing my current novel.
    3. Read more than I did in 2012. I had other stuff going on last year, and I didn't read nearly as much as I would've liked.

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  83. My MAIN resolution is To find a job I love!


  84. 1. spend quality time with my son
    2. be more active
    3. save up for a car

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  85. My priorities: 1- My family 2- My faith 3- live life
    Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  86. 1 family 2 read more 3 stress less
    thanks for the hop

  87. I spent New Years with my boyfriend on the couch. Thanks!katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  88. My three priorities are:
    1. Read at least 100 books
    2. Organize my book collection
    3. Join a reading group


  89. I've never really thought about my top 3 priorities.
    I want to workout more and keep better records of all the books that I read. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  90. I do have regrets. And I spent the New Year staying in.

    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  91. anne.j2 (at) gmail.com

    My top 3 priorities for this year are:
    to be a mother - copied from you :)
    to go back to school
    to save more

    I do have regrets but I consider them lessons in life. Next time I face the same situations, I will know better.

    Our New Year was spent with family. We shared food and stories while counting down for the new year. Happy 2013!

  92. I have several regrets and need to realize how to learn from them and move on -

    My priorities this year are to man up to the changes needed in my life, home and health, especially my weight loss and working with my son on his job improvement!


  93. My regrets and priorities are too personal to share here but one thing I can share is the promise I made to myself of having no less than 8 books published by the end of the year.
    I spent a quiet night on the eve of the new year.


  94. My top priorities are recovering from this back surgery and getting my life and career back. That's three! I spent New Year's Eve with my husband at home, and I think everyone has regrets. It's just whether or not you choose to dwell on them, and I do not. What's done is done!

    1. Aaaand I forgot my email.

      dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

      thanks for the great giveaway :)

  95. Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  96. 1. To do the things I've been putting off
    2. To try new things
    3. Spend more time with friends


  97. 1. Be patient with my family
    2. Stay in touch more with my friends
    3. Save money


  98. I've challenged myself to read 250 books this year.

    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  99. 1. Read lots of books
    2. Do good in school
    3. Fly

    Have a great New Years!!

  100. i try to live without regrets or at least not dwell on them
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  101. My top three priorities are to spend time with my family, move up in my career, and improve my health (physical, emotional, and spiritual--boy, that's a broad one!).


  102. 1. Get my finances in oder
    2. Get healthier
    3. Get out of the house more.
    Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. Hope you have an awesome 2013!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  103. 1. family
    2. friends
    3. my 10 pomeranians
    preciousyipperbear uses gmail

  104. What are your top three priorities?
    1- Family
    2- Writing
    3- My health
    Do you live without regrets?
    I try to.
    How do you plan to ring in the New Year?
    I rang it in quietly with family this year. Every year I do something different. It just depends on where I land.


    Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  105. I try to live so I don't regret not trying something. That doesn't mean I don't have regrets, but at least I tried. My top priorities are my family and friends, my health and being true to myself.

    Happy New Year!

    craftgirl83 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  106. My top three priorities?

    1. God
    2. Family
    3. Everyone Else

    My regrets? I regret falling down on the ice last week and breaking both of my ankles last wed. I wish I would have just gone out through the front door and not the garage....

    Happy New Year! Your Kindred of the Fallen book looks good!!!

    ashwayvpa (at) aim (dot) com

  107. 1. Family
    2. Friends
    3. Job

    I try not to live without regrets, but that's easier said than done.
    I do New Years at a bar with friends in a sparkly dress.

    This is a great giveaway!



  108. top three priorites
    1. family
    2. getting healthier
    3. job.
    Try to live with no regrets or as few as I can.
    do New year eve at home with family and something friends too. Nice peaceful and fun.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot ocm

  109. Well of course I managed to leave the comment in the wrong place LOL Nutbunny brain at work here, although that probably fits well with the three top priorities for me; 1) Laugh, 2) Read some good books, and 3) Laugh some more - whatever happens it goes better with a smile. Thank you for your generosity and Happy New Year.

  110. My top three priorities: family, staying fit, eating healthy.
    i try not to have regrets.
    try to relax.
    sprocket 215 at g m a i l dot com