Hi! Thank you so much for reading my newsletter
I'm hoping that you've all had a wonderful Christmas and have been enjoying the holiday season, whether that be glorious sunshine and beaches, or inches of snow and a roaring fire. The most important thing about the holiday season is that we get a chance to spend time with people we love. That we get a chance to rest and recoup after a hard year. My whole summer break was spent over a keyboard as I work my way through more edits. Phew, it's hard work!
I don't do New Year's resolutions, I find them much too easy to break, but I do make goals though, and 2017 is no different. Included in this newsletter are some New Year's resolutions and goals from some authors who you may or may not of heard from before. There is a nice mix from romance authors to those who write thrillers. I hope you enjoy hearing what they have to say and perhaps you'll end up finding a new author you like.
I love giving away stuff. (I think it's why I love Christmas so much!) I have made the draw for the great tee shirt I picked up over in Vietnam and the winner is: Drum roll! - Belinda Sweeny. Please email me Belinda with your mailing address and size tee you'd like. If I don't hear back from you within 7 days, I will make another draw. I am also running another competition too, details at the bottom of this newsletter.
I am so excited to be able to tell you that the cover release for my new novel, The Nam Legacy is only a couple of weeks away with The big reveal on the 1st February. It's starting to look exciting and I can't wait to show you all. The Nam Legacy is an epic love story set during the years of the Vietnam War and I hope you'll like it. A cover seems to make it all real.
Cover reveal coming!
I decided this year that I was going to set three goals rather than make resolutions.
Are you owning your year?
1. I am taking ownership of my year. Yay! I've decided this year isn't going to dictate what I can and can't do. I'm going to own it, and this statement is going to influence all my decisions this year.
2. I need to have a better work/relaxation/health balance.
3. I aim to get my new book out to as many readers as possible.
Number 1 will take a lot of effort on my part. There are a lot of contributing factors to take into consideration. For example I work full time and have to do my writing during lunch breaks, at night or on weekends. I have gardens that constantly need weeding and one hundred and one other obligations. I am going to be pulled in lots of directions at once. However, I'm taking a firm stance on this. I want to be responsible for where I go and what I do this year and I have to learn how to say no.
Number 2 is going to be a hard goal too. I'm a shocker when it comes to disconnecting from the computer. My goal is to swap out a small portion of my relaxation time for exercise. I have also reduced the amount of sugar and carbs I'm consuming and have already lost five kilos! I'm not strict with what I eat, but I eat very little bread, almost no potatoes, rice or pastas and a quarter of the biscuits and cakes I used to eat. But if I feel like eating a chocolate biscuit or a doughnut, (my absolute favourite), then, because I own this year, I'm going to eat it!
Number 3 will probably take more effort on your part than mine. You see that's how people find out about a book you've read and enjoyed, you tell people and you write reviews. It's really the best way of saying thanks to an author if you've enjoyed reading their work. I'm going to do my best to tell everyone about my book, but I might need you to help me. I am going to be pretty excited and most likely, a little uncontrollable when my book baby comes out so you'll have to forgive me if I goo and ga for a while and don't make any sense at all!
Here are a few authors who have shared their resolutions for you. Hope you enjoy reading about them.
John Ling, New Zealand author of fast paced, white knuckle thrillers writes:
"The beginning of the New Year is always a time for us writers to take stock of where we've been and where we're going. We want to be more disciplined. Brave our doubts. Polish our craft. Write more stories.
That's natural, right?
But for 2017, my resolution is to do something a little different. I want to make an extra effort to reach out and communicate with my readers. I want to understand their hopes and dreams. Share in their joy and tears. And find out exactly why they read and how they read.
Sometimes, amidst the mad rush of self-imposed deadlines, it's all too easy for us forget that our readers play such a central part in our careers. Well, for 2017, I want to make it a point to remember my readers. After all, without them, I wouldn't be writing in the first place! They fully deserve my eternal gratitude."
John's offering subscribers a free e-book, visit his website to sign up for it: http://www.johnling.net
Paul Corrigan, New Zealand author writes:
"I don't do NY resolutions. Haven't done for decades.
But I do want to go to Europe - specifically Germany - to try to do some on-the-spot research for a novel I started six years ago.
I put it aside when other projects - Maria Goretti and Me then a relook at The Goal Kicker - assumed priority. I have nothing on the go and want to do the trip before I get too old for it. So is that a resolution?"
Here is the link to Paul's newest novel, The Goal Kicker: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0473370166
Catherine Mede, New Zealand author writes: "My writing resolution for this year is probably the same as other writers, to try and write more often. I want to spend an hour a day having written something, even if it is not worth keeping, it is there for forming a habit. I also want to publish two books this year - and neither of them are romances! I have a chick lit book I want to write, and a kids adventure book based in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds."
Running Away was released in December. Here is the link. http://amzn.to/2iSAFde
Jennifer Barraclough, New Zealand author writes: "My resolution is to overcome my phobia of marketing. I’ve published both fiction and non-fiction books. The most popular one in New Zealand is Carmen’s Roses, a short mystery/romance novel set in Auckland." It’s available from the usual online sites. You can find it here: http://a.co/96b35u4
Jo Brierley, Australian author writes: "I wrote my first novel Chasing Butterflies, as a way of explaining my experience with breast cancer, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I'm trying to steer away from a resolution as such, but as we now live in Bali, I'd say I hope 2017 brings us a healthier, simpler life." You can find Jo's book here:
Sarah Gates, Australian author writes: "My 2017 resolution is to to write often, but not put pressure on myself, as I don't want to lose my joy or motivation this year. Writing should be fun, and I need to remember that even when the story gets tough. My debut novel, Love Elimination, came out in July 2016." You can find the link to Sarah's book here: http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/product/9781489210647
Tess Woods, Australian author writes: "My New Years resolution is to find more balance. I'm a workaholic by nature but this year I vow to take some time out every day for me - whether it's just to sit and knit or to have a swim or a walk - one thing a day no matter how busy I think I am."
You can find Tess's book here: http://www.tesswoods.com.au/buy-links.html
Janet Elizabeth Henderson, New Zealand author writes: "I have a list,
- Give up sugar. I don’t have high hopes for this one. I eat so much sugar that I’m pretty sure my blood is 90% sucrose.
- Write four books. Which is one more than I wrote last year. To achieve this aim, I need to read less, fart around on facebook less and stop worrying about what every celebrity on the planet is getting up to.
- Learn to swim properly. I’m fed up being mocked by my 11 year old daughter, who swims competitively. She says she’s never seen anyone who can exert so much energy while swimming and yet stay in same place. It’s humiliating!
- Adopt NO more animals. We’re overrun with other people’s unwanted pets. This is the year I learn to say no…hopefully…maybe…
- Encourage other writers as much as possible. Writing is hard. Getting word out about your books, without sounding like you’re constantly blowing your own trumpet, is harder. This year, I plan to help as many authors as I can." You can find Janet's latest book here: http://amzn.to/2gNwHyF
I'll share some more authors with you in my next newsletter.
In this issue I'm giving away two copies of the love wee desk calendar I made from my photos of Vietnam.
So what do you need to do to enter the competition? Absolutely Nothing! Just leave your name on my mailing list. That's it and you could win one of these calendars!
I'd like to once again say a huge thank you to those of you who are coming along for the journey with me. If you ever want to get in touch, drop me an email, (the address is below), or pop on over to my author Facebook page, I would love to meet you.
If you're looking for a great read, don't forget to check out my book A tide too high. You can buy the paperback or e-book here, or if you would like a signed copy, drop me an email and I'll only to be happy to send you a copy for NZ$20 plus postage.
Until next time,
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