Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 in Review



2018 was another wonderful year for me. Thank you to all my readers for your continued support. There will be more books in 2019!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Planning for 2019

Today is a statutory holiday here, so there wasn't a lot open--restaurants, theatres, gas stations, and the like. BUT the bookstore was open, likely because they have a Starbucks.

So after getting suggestions from friends, I spent several hours last night looking at the various planners available. I had no idea there were so many different types.



 I decided to go with this simple one I found at the local Chapters bookstore. Not only was it on sale, which is always a plus, it had the weekly layout I wanted. And stickers, too.



I'm going to give it a try and see if I can't get a bit more oganized in 2019.




Monday, December 24, 2018

"Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Happy December 24th!
 
A Visit from St. Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore
 
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
 
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
 
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
 
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
 
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
 
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
 
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
 
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
 
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
 
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Talking Holiday Traditions over at Delilah Devlin's Blog





We all have holiday traditions. Want to know some of mine? Drop on over to DELILAH DEVLIN'S BLOG.


 
 

 



Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all.

Being a writer is an amazing job, but I wouldn’t be able to do it for a living if it weren’t for all your support. So thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you who has bought one of my books this past year.

Every time you “Like” or share one of my Facebook posts, I appreciate it. When you help spread the word about my books, follow me on my various social media platforms, or leave reviews I’m grateful.

Whatever holiday you celebrate—and even if you don’t celebrate at all—I wish you all much happiness. And may you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!


Friday, December 21, 2018

Over at the Decadent Divas Blog...


 
Happy Solstice! I'm over at the Decadent Divas Blog. Be sure to drop by.
 


Happy Solstice!

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. From here on, the days get longer. Take some time today to stop and simply be. There is so much rushing around during the holiday season that we sometimes don't stop and breathe.




Happy Solstice! Blessed Yule! Welcome Winter!

Monday, December 17, 2018

5 Tips to Help During the Holiday Season

The holidays are here. And while this is a joyous time of year, it’s also filled with stress due to unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves to create the perfect celebration. Here are five simple tips to help you get through the season with your sanity intact.



1. Be realistic. You can’t do it all and trying to do it all just leaves you frazzled. Pick a few traditions that are important to you and your family and shoot for those. You and your family will enjoy the holidays more if you’re not all stressed.

2. Learn to say no. You don’t have to accept every invitation or fulfill everyone’s expectations. Say yes to the things you really want to do and politely decline the rest.

3. Delegate. Put your spouse or significant other and kids to work. They can pitch in with the preparations. Let go of how you would do something and let them do it their way. Too many times we are perfectionists and hold on to control instead of just letting go.



4. Take some alone time. Whether it’s five minutes before everyone else wakes in the morning or a solo walk around the neighborhood after supper. It’s important to be able to stop and take a breath, maybe work in a little exercise while you’re at it.


5. Find some non-holiday activity that reduces stress. Listen to music. Work out. Take a walk. When I’m stressed I read. You might not have much time, but even fifteen or twenty minutes can get you back on an even keel.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday--Discovering Dani

THROWBACK THURSDAY--Discovering Dani.
 
Here are some fun facts:
 
Did you know that Discovering Dani was the first book I ever wrote? It wasn't my first published--that was Annabelle Lee, now published as Uncovering Annabelle.
 
It's the first book in my Jamesville contemporary romance series.
 
It was originally written with the Silhouette Romance line in mind.
 
I wrote it in 1996.
 
I rewrote it many times and finally found a home for it with Samhain Publishing. When Samhain closed it found a home with Entangled Publishing.
 
 
I wrote The Way Home right after, so they were the first two books I ever wrote. Annabelle Lee came after that. So Discovering Dani and The Way Home are "sweeter" in tone than the rest of the series and the rest of my books.
 
Discovering Dani
 
Jamesville, Book 1
 
Dani O'Rourke is no stranger to hard work. She’s been raising her two brothers alone since their parents died and she owns and operates her own business, O’Rourke Cleaning Services. Spending all her time working and looking after her family means she’s never had time for men. And if she was going to look for a relationship, it wouldn’t be with an arrogant and cynical man like Burke.
 
A brush with death has successful businessman Burke questioning his priorities. He’s come to Jamesville for some peace and quiet to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Catching a woman breaking into his cabin certainly isn’t part of his plan, nor is being attracted to her after her finds out just how wrong he was about her.
 
Burke finds himself caught up in Dani’s family, but is there room in such a gentle woman’s life for a man as hard as him?
 
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Writer Wednesday--Sheryl Nantus and Warrior Nights

Warrior Nights by Sheryl Nantus is up for pre-order!
 
Warrior Nights
Odin's Bastards #2

Liam Wolfson, the professional assassin, is dead. His new persona, Jack Hammerson, lives in a small town in Colorado, happy helping out as many of the townsfolk as he can. It’s his way of working toward some kind of redemption for his sins. Until one night when an amnesiac woman falls into his arms, calling out his old name...

Kara remembers nothing about her previous life, only brief glimpses of an old lover and their time together... but she knows her fate is entwined with Liam's. Then there’s the familiarity with all things Valkyrie and Valhalla. She worries she might be going crazy.

Liam has worked hard to hide all traces of his old life, but Kara rips old wounds open as their old feelings for each other come rushing back. But it's not just Kara who's come to town looking for answers. When mercenaries arrive looking for Liam, he’ll need Kara to remember what she’s capable of if either of them is going to survive...
 
 






Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday Teaser--Drakon's Tear

 
It took every ounce of his self control not to shift and go on a killing rampage. The thought of some unknown man hurting Abigail made him want to roar, to lay waste to the entire city. No, the world.
 
Maybe a bit excessive, but he didn’t care at the moment.
 

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Gift of Shayla

'Tis the season to read a M/M/F Christmas novella. And only 99-cents!

The Gift of Shayla

One night to indulge their wildest desires…

Adam Lancaster has been in love with Rob McKeith—and attracted to Rob’s wife, Shayla—for years, but he fears their friendship would be over if they knew the truth. So he’s thrilled when his secret fantasy becomes reality and the couple offers him a very special gift: a sensual Christmas Eve in their bedroom…


Buy links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Shayla-N-J-Walters-ebook/dp/B005GFB7N8/
Harlequin: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781426892233_the-gift-of-shayla.html
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gift-of-shayla-nj-walters/1104327701
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-gift-of-shayla
ibooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-gift-of-shayla/id463745088
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/N_J_Walters_The_Gift_of_Shayla?id=yoleMCy_UjAC