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Congratulations Winners of Mrs. Tuesday's Departure Giveaway!!!!

First, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who entered to win a copy of my first novel, Mrs. Tuesday's Departure. I am overwhelmed and thrilled by your enthusiasm for this first giveaway, I truly never expected to receive over twenty-seven responses here and several more on my Facebook account. Thank you!

As a result......

I am giving EVERYONE who entered a copy of my novel!

All you have to do is email me your email address at andsuzanne(at)gmail(dot)com, so that I can contact you and get your kindle version of the Mrs. Tuesday's Departure emailed to you this weekend.

Again, thank you for your great support, it's truly appreciated.

Kindle Book Giveaway!

On Friday, I am giving away FIVE copies of my first novel, Mrs. Tuesday's Departure. All you have to do is leave a comment below and then on Friday, January 28th, I will pick five winners of the kindle edition of my book.

Generating buzz for a book when you publish it independently, and as an ebook, is daunting...especially when like me, you're not great at being 'out there'. (After all, my idea of fun is being a recluse!) But my desire to get my book read is even greater than my desire to hunker down in my bunker...so please leave a comment below and be one of the five winners on Friday.

Thank you!

Re-Thinking New Year's Resolutions

I know, I know, we're more than halfway through January and I'm just getting around to posting my New Year's resolutions? It isn't that I haven't been thinking about them, actually I've given them a lot of thought and gone through more than a few revisions.

At first I thought of writing a laundry list of specific goals: lose 30 lbs., write another book, make new friends, post more often on my blog, get a job, etc., etc. But as I was unpacking all the boxes around here, I came across some vision boards I'd made over the course of the past few years. Not surprisingly, their predominant theme was my dream finding my own place in the mountains.  And then it hit me: now that I have accomplished that dream, which has occupied so much of my time and energy, what's next?

When I left my job on Wall Street in 1994, my goals were two-fold: to find a place in the mountains and to find a career that I loved. It's taken a long time, but I've finally complete…

Her Addiction to Romance Novels Continues

Back on August 30th, I wrote a post about my inexplicable interest in historical romance novels. At the time, I thought it would be a short-lived affair perhaps tied to the changing of the seasons, since I'd never before become enamored of a particular area of literature and instead read widely, moving from book to book as the mood struck. However, I did realize that others are fans of a genre, my sister-in-law, Kathy, is a fan of cozy mysteries, and my friend Julie enjoys action adventure. But I was convinced that this interest of mine would quickly pass and I would move on to other books.

Instead, historical romance novels have become my constant companions. Granted, compared to other avid readers of the genre, I am strictly a novice both in quantity read and knowledge of the breadth of authors and the mores of the era. And I am discovering that as with other sub-genres of the broader romance category, there are many 'specialties' within historical romance. Aside from t…

How to Get Unstuck: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Mind

In the comments section of my last post, my friend and fellow blogger, Larramie, asked how my brother John changed my mind about choosing this house. I thought I'd share that process with you because it taught me an important lesson about getting unstuck.

I first saw this house, my new house, back in September. I rejected it because I thought the ceilings were too low compared to the very high ceilings of the house I was renting at the time. However, I also sent my brother John an email brochure of the property since he was interested in our house hunt. He immediately liked the house and encouraged me to give it further consideration. So over the following months of October and November I went back to the house about five times, each time convincing myself that this was not the house for me. In particular, I didn't like the small room off of the living room that was being used as a dining area, because of its low sloping ceiling.

By mid-November, John was calling almost daily…