Secret Santa Winners and Indie New Year’s Resolutions!

Da da da! Drum roll please! The winners of the Secret Santa giveaways are:

Kelli, Diana, and Malvina! They will each receive e-copies of Winnemucca, Warriors of the Cross, and Of Sun and Moon! Merry ChristmaHanuKwanzika!

And the Grand Prize Winner is Vanessa Eric! She won a list of books located at, check it out!

The codes for the books will be emailed to the winners.

Now for the honored tradition of crafting resolutions for the New Year, in the hope that we’ll jolt ourselves to do something we’ve been putting off doing or failing to do that we really want to do. This is the time of year, beloved by gyms and sports stores everywhere as droves of resolved people flood the exercise classes and treadmills and vitamin shops, determined that this will be the year they get into shape and live healthier. I’m on year 6 of ‘the year I’m taking off the baby weight’…

But New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for health conscious people, they’re for writers, for artists, for people seeking an education who haven’t taken the plunge to apply for their bacherlor’s, masters, Ph.D, trade license etc. Or just for people who say, ‘Man, you know I’ve been more pissy with my family than I ought’, or  ‘Dude, I gotta stop worrying so much’. Resolutions are great because they give people a new start, the world over. In Jewish tradition, we do the same thing. We have Rosh Hashanah, Rosh means ‘head, Hashanah means ‘the year’. It’s the Jewish new year, falling at a different time than the Julian calendar, because we follow a lunar calendar. But it is the same principle. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur, which means Day of Atonement, are the 10 days of atonement. The purpose of these, which are among the highest holy days of the Jewish year, is to review the things we’ve screwed up on, and resolve to do better next year. Sound familiar? Because we’re Jewish, we have to add guilt-laden language like ‘atonement’ to the mix, but you get the idea. It’s the same.

We start over with a ‘new me’. The new me’s going to stop worrying about dumb things, the new me’s going to lose ten pounds (or thirty), the new me’s going to take a deep breath when my kid tests boundaries instead of getting impatient, and as an indie writer: The new me’s going to finish that novel I keep starting then giving up on.

I’m working on a novel, for now called Refrigerator Messiah, about an organism that creates a new species of human. More detail I’ll give when I’m closer to finishing it. I am going to finish it this year. That is my Indie New Year’s Resolution. And then I’m going to go back to another one I put on the shelf, called The Last Refugee, about the decline of the world of faery.

Stay tuned for these, and stay tuned for my upcoming novel, published in the spring by Journalstone Publishing, called Pazuzu’s Girl, about the teenage daughter of the Mesopotamian demon, Pazuzu. It is my debut novel!

What are your New Years Resolutions? See what upcoming works we can expect from fellow authors in the carnival! Danny Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews Patti Larsen, Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, the Hunted series, and the Hayle Coven novels. Courtney Cole, Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Wren Emerson, Author of I Wish and a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Laura Elliott, Author of Winnemucca. Nichole A. Williams, Author of Eternal Eden, and the upcoming Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles. Fisher Amelie, Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. T. R. Graves, Author of Warriors of the Cross. Cyndi Tefft, Author of Between P.J. Hoover, Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis. Alicia McCalla, Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free. Heather Cashman, Author of Perception. Abbi Glines, Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys. Cidney Swanson, Author of Rippler., Cheri Schmidt, Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden, Fire Dancer, Lexus Luke, Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga, Fire Breather, Suzy Turner, Author of December Moon and Raven, Dragonslayer, K. C. Blake, Author of Vampire Rules, Elephant Trainer, Gwenn Wright, Author of Filter, Ring-Leader, Kimberly Kinrade, Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind, Prestidigitator, J.L. Bryan, Author of Paranormals series- Jenny Pox. Tommy Nightmare & Alexander Death Darby Karchut, Author of Griffin Rising, and soon Griffin Fire Heather Self Bryna Butler, author of the Midnight Guardian series

What’s new this week?

What’s new this week

Coming December 16! You let us know why you’ve been naughty or nice and enter to win books at each carni’s booth all week, from 12/16 to 12/23. On Dec. 23, find out what books you’ve won!
‘Tis the Season of the Squeee!
In honor of our Cover Love theme, Bryna Butler unveils the cover art for Midnight Child, book 3 in my Midnight Guardian series which releases in Feb!
In preparation for December’s release of Guardians of the Cross, author T. R. Graves is sending out a coupon which will allow the most-recent edition Warriors of the Cross Click here to downloaded for FREE. Enter coupon LY87N good through 12/20/11. Guardians of the Cross will be released 12/24!
Check out the new trailer for The Midnight Guardian series by Bryna Butler!
Melissa Pearl, YA author of Golden Blood has just started a new blog called YAlicious. It’s a blog to celebrate YA fiction and aimed at teens and readers of YA. Swing on by and check it out!

Books I and II in The Raven Saga (Raven & December Moon) by Suzy Turner, are now available in paperback! Get your copy from Amazon now.

The Valkyrie Novels, a series of 3 novels- Dead Radiance, Dead Embers and Dead Chaos, by T.G. Ayer will be published in 2012 by the amazing team at Evolved Publishing. See T.G. Ayer’s announcement here!



3 Responses to “Secret Santa Winners and Indie New Year’s Resolutions!”

  1. Great resolutions Rachel! SO EXCITED about d Pazuzu’s Girl! Congrats:) Happy New Year!

  2. HUGE congrats on a big year ahead! Happy New Year!

  3. Pazuzu’s Daughter, a demon’s daughter! OOOHHHH, sounds very coo! Great resolutions! 🙂

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