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Celebrating New Year’s Eve – With a Little Help From My Friends!

It’s not New Year’s Eve without a party, so I invited my friends to share their New Year’s Resolutions with us – or, in some cases, the reasons why they don’t make resolutions. I hope 2013 brings lots of exciting things your way!

In my own case, I tend to avoid resolutions, for the simple reason that I rarely keep them. The resolutions tend to stay the same from one year to the next: 1) Write/Revise/Complete the Darn Book(s)! and 2) Get More Exercise/Lose Weight. This year I really should make some resolutions – the same as above, plus 3) Get Organized.  (Since I moved to Chicago a few months ago, I’ve become the Queen of Disorganization.)Home for the Holidays better image

I did accomplish one task I’d resolved to do in 2012 – I was published in fiction! Three of my short stories were published in an Ohio Valley Romance Writers Christmas anthology.

Enough about me – let’s hear what my friends have to say!



Checkmate_My_Lord_-_FINAL-300 (1)Tracey Devlyn: It’s been many, many years since I made a New Year’s resolution. If I need to make a pact with myself, I don’t wait until January 1st. Why? Because I’ll either forget by the time January rolls around, or it’s something that shouldn’t wait. I’m a Git-R-Done kind of gal. Waiting kills me.





Anna Campbell TWW_low_resAnna Campbell: I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions – I’ve learned from bitter experience that they’re generally history by, um, about lunchtime New Year’s Day. Happy 2013, everyone!







Virginia Kantra: I’ve given up on New Year’s resolutions.CarolinaHomeCover Partly because most of the things I’d change I have absolutely no control over, but mostly because there was a depressing sameness to my annual list: Lose ten pounds. Write faster.

So now instead of making resolutions, I try to give thanks. To  my husband, who loves me no matter how distracted I am. To my editor, who lets me write the stories I love. To the writers whose friendship I cherish and whose stories inspire me.  For the readers who post on Facebook and buy my books. Maybe that list doesn’t change much year to year. But it makes me feel good!


BluestockingChristmasMonica Burns: I never make resolutions because it’s a setup for failure. Instead of resolutions, I just tell myself to take it one day at a time.

Everything is a lifestyle change, whether it’s eating, being a better parent, writing that next book or just dealing with whatever life throws at you. Resolutions have a way of making us crazy, and as a writer, I’m crazy enough, I don’t need added incentives.


Gabriella Edwards:Keiras_Promise_final_lyn I usually don’t make resolutions, but I am this year.  I’m determined to complete at least two projects, I’ve placed on hold, for publishing. This is a year of milestones for me, so I truly need to be constructive and get this done.

Vicky dreilingVicky Dreiling: My New Year’s Resolution is to work smarter, not harder. I know it’s a cliché by now, but it makes sense to me.



Anna Patterson: New Year’s Resolution: To build and strengthen things: friendships, creative gifts, worthwhile projects! Anna Patterson book cover


Mary Anne Landers: I’m determined to become courageous in every aspect of my life. Yes, that includes writing. What’s been holding my back is fear that nobody accept my works for publication if I go the traditional route, or read my works if I self-publish.

I make no bones about the fact that I don’t care for the usual romance formulas. Despite the popularity and endurance of writing according to the rules, to me it’s just not romantic. And let’s face it, the last thing romance readers and the industry need is an author who writes about power for the heroine, redemption for the hero, and mind-blowing sex for both—when her heart isn’t in it.

So I must write my own way. I deal with the beauty, power, and wonder of love—real love, not a power fantasy. About love that can overcome tremendous obstacles and daunting odds. And about focal figures who are able to give real love and worthy to receive it. Maybe nobody will read my works. Maybe I’ll start a trend. There’s only one way to find out! Happy New Year to you and yours!


Donna MacMeans:  I don’t really focus on new year’s resolutions.  Mainly, because I lack the discipline to make those resolutions reality (grin).  Yes, I give lip service every year (or I should say – every decade) to losing weight and cleaning out my office, yet I end every year much as it began.  So instead, I use the new year to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year, to remind myself that I’m not standing still – even if it feels sometimes like I am.

One of my 2012 accomplishments was the release of The Casanova Code – a new release is always worthy of celebration – and going to Scotland as part of the research of the next book in the series.  Hey – if I stay active enough pursuing my writing passion maybe I’ll end 2013 weighing less than I do at the end of 2012!  (Not much hope for a clean office though) One can always dream (grin).

Maya Rodale: My resolution: to write MORE! Maya RodaleHaving mastered writing diligently every day (except weekends) my challenge for 2013 is to see if I can perhaps double my daily word count leaving me more time to focus on revisions and to create more stories for my readers.

fortunes_foe_1000 (1)Michele Stegman: I heard this idea from friends and thought it was a good one.

I have a jar and every time something fun, good, interesting happens we’ll write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, we’ll empty the jar and read all the notes!

 Macy Beckett (also w/a Melissa Landers)I typically don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I set small goals throughout the year. But this time I’m making an exception. With three manuscripts due in the next eleven months, I need to find a better work-life balance. (I’m starting to forget what my family looks like!)sultry new

This year, I resolve to set “business hours” for myself and stop writing when my day is done. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Let’s see if I can turn off my inner taskmaster. She’s relentless. 😉

Carrie Spencer: I’m generally not a big resolution-er. Last year however, I resolved to brush my teeth every day, and that turned out pretty well, so this year I’ll bump it up a step. This year, I’ll learn how to finish the story. No more plot holes or alien armies appearing in the middle of my romance, 2013 is the year I’ll plot and finish writing a book(s) through to the end. Kind of a big step up from brushing my teeth eh? =)

stone kissedKeri Stevens: My resolution: to Get Things Done.

I’ve become a convert to David Allen’s GTD productivity principles so I’m trying to apply them both personally and professionally.

Diane J. Reed: Sometimes we’re inspired by how our own characters bravely face challenges in life. Since my YA heroine Robin used to live at a boarding school before her family hit the skids and she started robbing banks, I’d like to be similarly innovative!robin_prod_img_small_-_with_icons

I want to commit all kinds of CRIMES in the name of fiction—go left when everyone else goes right, dream up unique heroes & heroines that don’t fit the usual mold—just to see how far I can push the envelope. Original, fresh, and crazy-as-hell fun are going to be my mantras.

Oh yeah, and I’d like to lose weight, too ; )

Nancy Northcott: renegade_finalMy New Year’s Resolution is twofold–first, to make a series bible for the Protectors and second, to keep it current as the series grows.  I’m realizing I need one to keep up with all the characters and with small but matters like their like eye and hair colors.  And who knows what about the mages–a “what do they know and when did they know it” thing. *g* Happy New Year!

Tawny WeberTawny Weber: I’m not a resolution kind of gal, but I am a hardcore goal setter.  I always work better with a target in sight, whether it’s writing with the dark moment in mind or exercising while visualizing a cute outfit that I can only fit into if I’m in shape.

So I sit down the last week of each year and look back over my years goals to see how I did, ask myself why some didn’t work out and rethink them.  Then I get to work on the next years goals, setting them for all of the areas of my life, from my physical goals to my career goals to my spiritual goals.  This year, I’ve added a new twist by asking myself what I want to feel, too.  What’s my primary emotional motivation for the goal?  That’s really forcing me to take it deeper, to evaluate why I want the goal, and is empowering me with a lot more energy to make it happen 🙂

I hope everyone had a fabulous 2012, and that 2013 is blessed with WONDERFUL joy and success!

Robin Covington: santa baby newMy resolution is to fill a jar with a note everyday of something positive that happened each day. Then at the end of 2013, I can read them and see what great things happened to me.

Vanessa Kelly His_Mistletoe_BrideVanessa Kelly:

My resolutions:

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  I’ve gotten a little better with that every year, and there’s always a corresponding uptick in my peace of mind.

 2. Kiss my husband at least three times a day.  Life can get very busy sometimes and it’s all too easy to let the romance in our own lives slide by the wayside.

 3. Get off the darn internet.  A hugely valuable tool, and a huge time suck.

 4. Read more novels.  See resolution three.

Amy Atwell: I just released Ambersley in paperback about a week ago.  My resolution this year is to complete the sequel–titled Portman Square, recently added as an excerpt in the digital book.Ambersley200300.001 Amy Atwell

731D60E8-E4C2-4879-91D1-42B3B3A11AD0[150]Kelsey Browning: Happy New Year!

I don’t really make resolutions, just goals for the new year. Another thing I’ve been doing lately is posting a short list of priorities (usually by quarter) close to my desk. That way I know each day if I’m spending my time on my biggest priorities. The answer isn’t always yes, but it helps me refocus (usually :-)). Personal Assets, coming August 2013


Leigh Duncan: I’m a firm believer in goal setting and I take a couple of days at the beginning of each new year to put mine in writing.  Usually, my contracts determine how many books I need to write and how long they need to be (for instance, a good year’s work might be one single title and a category romance…or three category romances).  But as we ring in 2013, I’m waiting to hear back on several proposals.  Some are category romances; some are longer.  And until I know for sure what my editors will want, I’ve had to adjust my goals somewhat.  Instead of books, I’m focusing on word count.  And my goal for 2013 is…Rancher's_Son_Front_Cover

Write 1500 good words a day, at least five days a week for 24 weeks.  For me, that means sketching the scene (or a part of a scene) in the morning and spending the afternoon layering and polishing.  Achieving that goal will result in 180,000 words for either three new books for Harlequin American or a single title and one category romance.  Since that only accounts for half the year, I’ll devote the rest of the time to creating detailed outlines for the stories I intend to write and, of course, editing.

TK Never Tell 600x900 72dpiTonya Kappes: New Year’s Resolution – Connect with readers on a more personal level than I already do!

Lori Foster: Resolution: I plan to tame my insane schedule and somehow find more time to just relax. What_Chris_Wants (2)I want to keep my writing deadlines, I just don’t want them to be so crushing and all-consuming. 🙂

FINAL_RAIN_cover_hi_defRoxanne St. Claire: My resolution this year is to Love More. Really, I just want my immediate reaction to every situation to be driven by love — to my family, for my job, even to strangers.  I want 2013 to be the year I stop wanting everything to be better and LOVE what I already have!

Adrienne Giordano: My resolution is to take better care of myself by giving my brain a rest once in a while. (And I’m not kidding!)relentless pursuit

Brenda Novak: My first New Year’s resolution is to get out of debt. It’s what I wish for our country, but since I have no control over that (and the government doesn’t seem to be cooperating), I’m taking better control of my personal finances. LOL


Beth Kery: I resolve not to make rigid New Year’s resolutions for the simple reason that it might actually restrict me in my writing career versus motivate me. So I always resolve to do a daily word count and to try and cultivate my writing skills through conferences, reading, etc.

But if I were to say to myself that in 2013, I will have XYZ books published, it might prohibit me from taking advantage of certain opportunities that can pop up in this industry. If opportunity knocks in this field, you have to be ready to reply…and it may not Beth Kery be the opportunity for which you’d planned or sought.

For instance, in April of 2012, I’d never thought of a serial novel, let alone considered writing one. I’d certainly never had an inkling about the novel that became Because You Are Mine. I had to be willing to listen when my agent and editor proposed the idea to me and spring on it when it occurred. 

As a result, a project that I’d never considered in the spring of 2012 had become a New York Time’s bestseller by August of 2012. If I’d stuck to a rigid plan, I’d never have had that unique, rewarding experience.


P McLinnPatricia McLinn, writing as P.A. McLinn: My 2013 resolution:  Beside my “To Be Done” list, I’m going to keep a “Got It Done” list and celebrate it!

TimesTwoBoxSet600Jennette Marie Powell:I don’t make resolutions, because they always fall by the wayside by February! Resolutions are an all-or-nothing mode of thinking, and that never works for me. I do make goals, though, and this year, I want to release two new novels. Last year, I had three – a novel, a short story, and a boxed set ebook.

DaryndaDarynda Jones: My New Year’s “Promise” to myself is to get on a frickin’ schedule. One of the tips from some of the biggest authors out there is to write at the same time everyday, so I am going to try to do that very thing. I am so random in every way. LOL.

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What about YOU? Tell us your New Year’s Resolutions in the comment field below. 

Join us on Wednesday, when Luke Young gives us a A Man’s Eye View of Self Publishing in RU’s first post of the new year!


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46 Responses to “Celebrating New Year’s Eve – With a Little Help From My Friends!”

  1. I gave up on New Year’s resolutions long ago. So I resolved not to make them – that one, I’ve kept.

    If I did start again (which I’m n.o.t.), I’d resolve to count my blessings (Robin’s jar is a great idea), keep better track of, well, everything, and write more faster.

    So we’ll see how my non-resolutions progress as the year goes by.

    Have a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year, everyone!

    Posted by Willa Blair | December 31, 2012, 1:09 am
  2. I’m not big on “resolutions”, but I am a big fan of setting and achieving goals.

    One of my goals in 2013 is to make my progress (or lack thereof, lol) public, so I’ll be posting it on my blog.

    Congrats on your 2012 successes!

    Wishing everyone a happy and productive 2013!

    Posted by JB Lynn | December 31, 2012, 6:00 am
  3. This list helps me! Our family has decided to come up with some quarterly goals and help each other work towards them. I have yet to define mine. I used to come up with the standard ones many people come up with but this year I want to be more serious about goals and actually work towards them. Good luck to those of you that set goals/resolutions and Happy New Year to all!

    Posted by Amy R | December 31, 2012, 8:27 am
  4. Looks like we’ve got an awesome list of resolutions AND non-resolutions! And an ever awesome-er list of RU friends to contribute. =)

    Best of luck everyone with your 2013 goals!


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | December 31, 2012, 8:40 am
  5. Since I sent out the request for resolutions with little notice (did I mention how disorganized I’ve been lately?), I’m still getting responses from author friends. So, if it’s okay with you all, I’m going to continue to add them to the post. Come back and check for more!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 9:29 am
  6. Hi Becke,

    My resolution is the same every year: relax and enjoy. I live in a hurry, so I try to slow down. If I make it a week into January, I’m good.

    Happy New Year, RU!!

    Mary Jo

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | December 31, 2012, 10:03 am
  7. These are ALL SO GOOD!!! My NY resolution is to CALM DOWN. I’m type A (some days to the nth degree!) and I want to realize that a) God’s in charge and B) Worrying doesn’t help anything and C) I’m blessed and need to now be a blessing TO OTHERS.

    Roxi, I love yours especially. Beautiful!

    Posted by Jessica Lemmon | December 31, 2012, 10:12 am
  8. I loved reading everyone’s resolutions! Here’s to a spectacular 2013! ::clink::

    Posted by Macy Beckett | December 31, 2012, 10:37 am
    • Oooh, yes – a 2013 with sprinkles on top! Thanks, Macy! ::clink:: (It’s five o’clock somewhere…or should we wait until midnight?)

      I always feel like I should watch When Harry Met Sally on New Year’s Eve.

      Do any of you have special New Year’s Eve traditions? Have any of you been in Times Square when the ball dropped? (I’ve been to Times Square many times, but never on New Year’s Eve.)

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 10:39 am
      • We’d might as well toast now, Becke. I’ll be asleep long before midnight! lol! No NYE traditions for me. I hit the sheets by 10pm and sleep through the ball dropping.

        Posted by Macy Beckett | December 31, 2012, 12:42 pm
      • Thanks for asking, Becke. Sad to say, this year we won’t be able to ring in the new year with Dick Clark, except on YouTube. Dick is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on.

        I typically get together with my friends to celebrate the holiday. This time is no exception.

        I live in a small town in Arkansas—a long way from Times Square! I’ve never been there, on New Year’s Eve or any other day of the year. But even if I lived in NYC, I’d probably prefer to watch the ball drop on TV or streaming video.

        No matter how each of you marks the holiday, Happy New Year!

        Posted by Mary Anne Landers | December 31, 2012, 12:52 pm
  9. Becke, congrats on your short stories! That’s great news.

    Thanks for putting this together. Reading everyone’s resolutions and/or plans is interesting. Vanessa Kelly’s #3 particularly resonated with me. The internet can really eat up huge amounts of time but leave me with little to show for it.

    Posted by Nancy Northcott | December 31, 2012, 10:38 am
  10. What a great post. It’s so interesting to see everyone’s thoughts on resolutions.

    I typically don’t make resolutions but I made one this year and I’m determined to stick to it!

    Posted by Adrienne Giordano | December 31, 2012, 10:48 am
  11. Do any of you have special plans for tonight? My husband are having a quiet New Year’s Eve at home. We’ll probably watch a movie. (I STILL haven’t seen “Magic Mike” but somehow I don’t think he’ll want to watch that with me.)

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 10:58 am
  12. Happy New Year! I loved reading your resolutions, especially Roxanne’s – to love what she already has. That’s a great one! Next year will be an exciting one for me, as my first novel, The Silk Romance, will be published in May. So excited! Have loved reading the posts on RU in 2012 and they’ve really helped with my writing. Best wishes to all at RU for 2013.

    Posted by Helena Fairfax | December 31, 2012, 11:40 am
    • Becke, I should’ve added a resolution to be more like you. I don’t know anyone who is better at keeping up with (or supporting) her friends better. Another resolution of mine is to maintain a better balance between home and work.

      Posted by Brenda Novak | December 31, 2012, 11:45 am
      • Thanks, Brenda! I need to maintain a better balance, too, but next year I need to let work weigh the scale down more than it has this year.

        With our move to Chicago and our wonderful new grandbaby, I’ve let my writing slide. Next year, I hope to find a way to spend time with the baby every day AND write! (I’m in awe of authors with young kids who still manage to meet deadlines!)

        I’m looking forward to your auction, as always. May seems like a long way off, but I’m sure the time will fly!

        Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 1:21 pm
    • Congratulations, Helena! That is VERY exciting news!

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 1:19 pm
  13. My goals (somehow the word “resolutions” does not motivate me) are to get the two new books out (a two-book series), start the next one that popped into my head abut two weeks ago, and somehow get my house clean. The first two may mean the third is impossible. Oh, well.

    I’m particularly thankful for this wonderful blog and the people on it!

    Happy New Year to everyone!!!

    Posted by Ann Macela | December 31, 2012, 11:47 am
  14. LOL – here I thought I’d be in the minority saying tha I don’t make new year’s resolutions and it turns out I’m in good company.

    Whether you make resolutions or not – Happy New Year, everyone!!!! Looking forward to great things in 2013.

    Posted by Donna MacMeans | December 31, 2012, 12:59 pm
    • Hi Donna – Happy New Year! Much as I love Chicago, I miss my Ohio romance writer friends. And I just realized I will miss Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together in 2013 because my niece is getting married that weekend. I hate to miss the Get Together, but I can’t miss the wedding!

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 1:25 pm
  15. Happy New Year, everyone! Becke, what a fun way to usher in the new year (it’s already 2013 down here in Australia). As Donna said, I’m surprised I’m not unusual in not making resolutions! Actually this year, that’s wrong – this year, I resolve to have a great 2013 and I resolve that all my friends will too! x

    Posted by Anna Campbell | December 31, 2012, 1:14 pm
    • Anna – I can never get used to the time difference between us. If I remember correctly, you’re 13 hours ahead of us. (Let me know if I’m wrong about that.) You’re living in the future, from our standpoint here in the U.S. How does 2013 look so far? I hope it’s bright and shiny and studded with glitter!

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 1:27 pm
  16. Becke, thanks for the great post! Loved reading everyone’s thoughts on resolutions.

    One thing I am determined to do this year is go on a family vacation. We haven’t been on one in several years and it’s time! 🙂

    Have a joyous and healthy 2013, everyone!!

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | December 31, 2012, 1:31 pm
    • Ooh, that sounds like fun! What destination do you have in mind? Our family vacations usually end up in Orlando, camping on my daughter’s couch. (This is not a BAD thing, just sayin’…)

      Banff tops the list of places I’d like to revisit. Also Portland, Oregon – for the first time. I’ll be fulfilling that wish when I go there in September for a family wedding!

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 1:37 pm
  17. What a fabulous post! I’d love to be more organized this year. I’ve had a very roller coaster kind of year so being better organized would help me roll with the punches. After some research for my current ms, I’m on a quest to make the perfect pie crust. I’m making apple tarts every other day. The crust is improving and so is my time on the treadmill. But most of all, I’ve decided not to worry about the small stuff and count my blessings.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Posted by Jennifer Tanner | December 31, 2012, 2:18 pm
    • Jennifer – I wish I had your cooking skills! Growing up in a family with five kids, I learned 500 ways to make casseroles but that’s about it. Oh, and give me a can of soup and a pound of hamburger, and I’m good to go. Pie crust? Above my pay grade. Maybe that should be a resolution – learn how to cook REAL food! Nah, my husband would die of shock!

      Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 2:34 pm
  18. I should note, I posted one book cover for each participant, but clicking any of the names will take you to their blogs, websites or Facebook pages. Lots of good books at those links!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 2:42 pm
  19. It’s just past midnight in the Eastern Time Zone – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | December 31, 2012, 11:04 pm


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