Resolutions? Um, No


“Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?”

It never fails. Every year someone asks me this question, and every year it gets harder and harder not to roll my eyes. I’ve never made any type of resolution with the change of the calendar year. Never. Seriously, I just don’t see the point of them. Every day I have goals that I push myself to meet, both big and small. A specific date on a calendar doesn’t change that.

For instance, my goals for today: hit the revisions on the follow-up to HOUSE OF PAYNE: PAYNE, a massive project that is the longest book I’ve ever written, HOUSE OF PAYNE: SCOUT. Get bloggers lined up for a cover/blurb reveal for Scout’s book. Watch Downton Abbey. Get a good night’s sleep so I can start the process all over again at my own snail’s pace.

If I started making resolutions on top of all that, I’d be getting in my own way.

Another reason why I don’t do resolutions is because they seem to set people up for failure. Inevitably most folks forget about what they were resolved to change as “New Year Fever” wanes. Most people drift back into their old habits, and that’s when the self-loathing creeps in. It’s a vicious cycle.

I’ve got a newsflash for you. January 1st isn’t a magical date. It won’t change who you are. You change who you are, so if you’re genuinely resolved to do something that’ll change your life, that can be done 365 days a year. When you look at every day being an opportunity for growth and change, ordinary life suddenly overflows with possibilities, doesn’t it?

Instead of resolutions, I’d like to suggest plans. For example, here’s my plan for the rest of the year:


*Punch out the last of HOUSE OF PAYNE: SCOUT’s revisions and be ready to share this book with the world on the 19th of this month

*Get HOUSE OF PAYNE: TWIST done by May

*Have three figure skating competitors at Adult Nationals and not go insane

*Release a novella in the PAYNE series (currently in development)

*Self-publish a Christmas anthology involving three separate romance stories, located in the same small town (this one is a HYOOOGE project, but I’m going to go for it!)


So there you have it, my plans for the upcoming year. No pie-in-the-sky New Year’s resolutions, like becoming a supermodel, giving up the F-word or turning into the Mother Teresa of Texas. No way, y’all. My life is what I make of it, and I’m determined (or should I say resolved? 😛 ) to make the most out of every moment in 2015.

Do you have any plans for the upcoming year?

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Life is supposedly what you make of it, but that’s crap as far as 3D artist, Becks Delgado is concerned. She never wanted her brother to die in a car accident… or to be the one who was behind the wheel. Her external scars are nothing compared to the raw wounds inside, and there are times when death seems to be the only way to find peace.

Sebastian Payne took the concept of a tattoo parlor and transformed it into a sophisticated gallery of living art. House Of Payne now caters to the rich and infamous, has garnered a worldwide following and is run by Payne with an iron fist. He knows Becks is exactly what House Of Payne needs, but there’s a problem. The accident that changed her life left its mark on him as well, and whether he likes it or not, it’s time for Payne to put his House in order.

**This is the first book of the House Of Payne trilogy, but each book can be read as a standalone. Not intended for readers under the age of 18 due to adult language and sexual content**






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