The beginning of a new year is a time for fresh starts, resolutions, and optimistic planning about the future. But also a chance to reflect on the year that just ended, wonder where the heck it went, and whether or not you considered 2011 a "good year".
Overall, I would describe 2011 as pretty spectacular. I signed my first book contract and got "published." I became pregnant with my second child. I learned a lot of lessons about my work ethic, my family, and my friends…who supported me, and most eye-opening…who didn't. Some people in my life I found incredibly inspirational. Some (strangely enough) were inspired by me.
Unfortunately, the one resolution I had every intention of keeping for 2011 got shot to crap in May of last year. What was it, you ask?
Drink more champagne.
I figured life is reason enough to celebrate. Plus, my spectacular group of girlfriends is particularly dedicated to trying new champagnes. Peach champagne, one of our favorites, pops up regularly in our refrigerators. As does every imaginable combination of mixed drink made with sparkling wine. Mimosas, bellinis, poinsettias, you name it—we drink it. Yum-O.
Then, I celebrated my eighth wedding anniversary in May. Hubby and I went to Las Vegas. And I got pregnant. Hello, baby. Goodbye, champagne resolution.
I don’t mind admitting I had a few mixed emotions. After all, this was the first New Year's resolution I'd ever made I felt confident about keeping all year. But fate intervened, gifting me something precious instead. Quite frankly, getting knocked-up was the only thing I can possibly imagine that could have made me break my resolution.
So here I am, at the beginning of another year, pondering what to resolve in 2012. Surviving my second child's newborn-hood, that's a gimme. Writing the third book in the Four Realms Series, that's a must-do. But I need something fun, something to embrace. Something I can grab on to with both hands with childlike excitement like I did my Champagne Resolution. Quite frankly, I need some ideas.
What are your resolutions this year?
Here's my Blurb from Murdering Eve:
Eve Moore is very likely going insane. In one week’s time, she has clear memories of surviving a murderous attack by her dead husband’s mistress, teleporting to another Realm, learning her best friend isn’t human, and uncovering the existence of trolls, titans and mythical Gods. If she hadn’t gone off her nut, Eve wouldn’t be coming to grips with the fact that her mother had an affair with an immortal and she is apparently their love-child.
But since she’s getting pretty comfortable with it all, she figures she’s probably strapped down somewhere cold and antiseptic with drool dribbling down her chin. Except if she’s locked in sanitarium, as she must be, why is she so damn scared of the God of War who threatened to send her soul to the Underworld? And why does the mere glance from a gorgeous man, one she was tasked to find and return to Olympus, set fire racing through her veins?
Whether it’s reality or lunacy, Eve has no idea, but she is on one hell of a ride. If only she could get that red-headed harlot who tried to kill her the first time to cease and desist on the murder attempts, she could enjoy her psychosis in peace…
Thanks to the Plotting Princesses for having me as your guest! Happy New Year everyone!
Kelly's debut novel, Murdering Eve, won the 2011 Reader's Favorite award in the Romance / Fantasy – SciFi category. She can be found at www.kellyleefiction.com, and would love to hear from you. Check out the Blurb and Cover from Murdering Eve, available for download at www.amazon.com on Kindle, or www.barnesandnoble.com for Nook. Also available in paperback!