Skip to main content

Bang Bang!

So 2017 is done and gone—for better or worse, depending on how your year went. Time to stop dwelling on any perceived failures or reveling in the successes.

2018 is a blank slate, a fresh start, and there's nothing but potential in front of me.

As is tradition, I've made a New Year's resolution. This year, I'm focusing on my spending. Flynn will have another oral surgery to remove more teeth, and I want to rebuild my savings that were used for medical costs. So I will try my best to stop spending money on things I don't need. No more splurges on lunch at the office or impulse buys when I stop at a store for necessities. I allowed myself to indulge too much in 2017, because I was dealing with a lot of stress, and I will rein that in this year.

That being said, I have some big plans for the whole year, and I'll be starting off January with a bang. This Sunday, I'm going to my first ever NWHL hockey game! The Connecticut Whale are playing the Buffalo Beauts at the Lemieux Sports Complex here in Pittsburgh. That's any item I can cross off my bucket list, because I've been wanting to attend a game since the NWHL's inception.

Then, at the end of the month I'm setting off for Dallas, Texas!

I'm finally gonna explore the setting for my series, and I'll get a firsthand experience of the city. (If any readers are from the area, I'd love some suggestions of places I just have to visit.) I've been wanting to take a research trip since the series took off, and this is the year it's happening.

While there, I'll be taking in a Dallas Stars game—with three fantastic hockey romance writers and friends: Aven Ellis, Samantha Wayland, and Stephanie Kay. Seriously, I cannot wait to hang with these ladies and have an awesome time!

The stress of the holidays is over, and life is thankfully returning to normal. In fact, today will be Flynn's first day back on just kibble instead of a wet food/kibble combo, since he seems to be favoring it. Flynn is a total carby kibble junkie—just like his cat mom, who can't get enough carby treats of her own. This also means poor Anna will be limited to just kibble as well, since she's used to scarfing up whatever canned food Flynn leaves behind.

Of course, I'm planning to write so much this month, too, despite all the hockey fun planned. And I have a ton of author stuff planned over the coming months, like chances to win free tickets to my upcoming signings and signed books. Members of my Reader Group will get first crack, so you'll want to make sure you join so you can get in on the action!

Follow me on any of my social media accounts to get regular updates about what I'm up to and all things about my Comets.

Happy reading!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Dude. May. WTF.

May has been... an interesting month so far (and we're only one-third of the way through. Phew!).

If you're friends with some authors on Facebook or Twitter,  you've probably seen the insanity and the accompanying hashtags. It's not my intention here to go into the matter; there are plenty of places online to get the details. And while I did a little rage-venting on my own profile, I don't want to publicly feed into this riotous frenzy while the courts and attorneys are working toward a resolution. I do, however, want to take a moment to say that the indie author community is a supportive, close-knit group that I'm proud to be a part of. And it's because of readers like you, who choose to support not only myself but so many authors who work hard and try to give you the best possible books.

Okay, moving on.

So, what have I been up to? Well, I've been buzzing around, prepping for my trip to Philly this weekend. I'll be at Unmask the Romance in Phoeni…

Author Spotlight: Melanie Ting

Melanie Ting and I go way back, to when we were anonymous authors posting serialized stories on-line. We talked about writing and bonded over hockey and cats—which, incidentally, are two of Mel's favorite writing topics. She's just released her second full-length novel entitled Hockey Is My Boyfriend, Part One. The synapsis:

Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell exactly what a guy was like… before you went on a date with him? Kelly Tanaka can. After years of playing hockey with guys, she believes that how a guy acts on the ice is a good indicator of how he’ll be as a boyfriend.

So far, she’s only used this superpower to help her girlfriends, because Kelly’s not really into dating. However, when blond and beautiful Nicklas Ericcson comes along, her theories are put to the test. But then tall, dark, and smoking Phil Davidson insists he’s a better hockey player and a better potential boyfriend. What’s Kelly to do?

Hockey Is My Boyfriend is a smart and funny journey into…

Kissing 2018 Goodbye / Bring It On, 2019!

Listen. New Years always freaks me out. Any occasion that encourages me to look back at the past while simultaneously looking toward the future is just... super stressful. I've said it before (I say it at the end of every year!) that December is crazy between work and the holidays and social engagements.

My natural tendency is to think about all the things I didn't do and chalk it up as failing to accomplish my goals. As I reflected on my 2018, I went back to read last year's blog post about my 2018 resolutions, and I kept it simple last year: rein in my spending. And, in some aspects, I accomplished that. I cut down on ordering pizza when I felt too lazy to cook, I didn't add (very much) to my TBR pile by buying books I knew I wouldn't immediately start reading, and I only saw a handful of movies in the theatre (of course I made exceptions for Marvel movies, and my mom and I went to see Book Club because it looked too good).

But I totally fell flat on the writing …