Out with the old, in with the new…

How are all you fine people doing this evening? I hope you had an amazing holiday. We had a pretty low key Christmas around the Michelau household. Both sides of our family decided that early celebrations would work better for us and to be honest it was nice to be done before the big rush happened. Unfortunately, my daughter was sick for a full two weeks which made for a pretty tired and grumpy girl. Thankfully, she’s on the mend and returning to her easy going and fun loving self.

So, are you guys counting down the days until 2016 hits the dusty trail? Because we definitely are in my household. Fingers crossed 2017 doesn’t hit us like the freight train 2016 was.

So, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve last posted here but honestly it’s been a pretty slow few months. Nothing too exciting has been happening on the author front but with the new year rolling in, I’m determined to double down on my writing.

I’m not a fan of making New Years Resolutions but I feel like my quarterly goals are a perfect way to keep me motivated.

So, without further ado… here is my last massively failed round of goals.

  1. Complete 10 Harry Potter Project of Doom Blocks (Minimum)
  2. Set up author talk in Camrose
  3. Finish cleaning and setting up workout room
  4. Make book posters
  5. Write another 15K words on Unbearable (total 30K)
  6. Mortgage renewal
  7. Winterize trailer
  8. Clean up yard before winter
  9. Declutter around wood stove
  10. Outline novella (Izek)
  11. Organize and file documents
  12. Declutter office closet
  13. Purge V’s toys
  14. Set up Xmas decorations
  15. Finish sewing minky blankets
  16. Purge kitchen and pantry cupboards
  17. Deep clean kitchen
  18. Reorganize filing cabinet
  19. Make vet appointments for Fat Cat and Shesh
  20. Hang art in office.
  21. Participate in NaNoWriMo

6/21…So honestly I could definitely done much better, like they always say, you win some, you lose some. I’m not going to make any excuses, just accept it and move on.

** But I’d like to add that I did get a bunch of canning done and my husband and I put new flooring in our porch. So it wasn’t a complete loss if I add that. **

Quarterly Goals (Jan-Feb-Mar)

  1. Write another 15K words on Unbearable (total 30K)
  2. Complete 5 Harry Potter quilt blocks
  3. Finish cleaning and setting up workout room
  4. Outline novella (Izek)
  5. Put away Christmas decorations
  6. Clean barn
  7. Organize paperwork
  8. Hang art in office
  9. Market book related content at least 3 times a week
  10. Add books to Kobo, iTunes, B&N
  11. Contact Vic about cover art and editing
  12. Find advertising
  13. Plan garden

So for this round I decided to take it easy with the amount of items I listed. I wanted to make sure I caught up and finished as many as possible. How do you stay focused and on track with your goals?

So what are you guys looking forward to the most in the new year? Are you planning a trip? New job? Moving?

Anyways, I will end this post by wishing you all the best in the new year and I will begin posting regularly again come January.

If you’re interested in checking out either of my books my buy links are below.

 

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Blurb

Jess Baker thought being a leopard shifter in the small town of Blackford was the most exciting thing that was ever going to happen in her life. She wandered through life blissfully unaware of the dangers that lurked behind the seemingly peaceful façade of her hometown.

Her world is flipped upside down when the mysterious Caleb Marsh waltzes into her family’s diner. Little does she know that the intriguing stranger will be the key to her survival.

Caleb Marsh is a man on a mission. He’s been charged with the job of finding the men responsible in the deaths of shifters throughout the country. When he stumbles upon a local shifter willing to assist in any way she can he can’t help but be compelled to see where the path leads. The lines between duty and love begin to blur and Caleb must do what he does best to protect not only her but the shifter community as well. Will their bond be severed or strengthened?

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Cherry Newman hasn’t been home in years, her successful career with Keystone has kept her away from her family. A panicked phone call from her mother has her rushing home to help in any way she can. Little does she know that what she thought would be a simple investigation turns into much more. Her brothers mysteriously disappear and she can’t help but suspect the worse. She recruits the devilishly handsome Jericho Trewes to help her with her with her mission.

Jericho Trewes had been looking for a pack to call his own ever since the tragic death of his parents. He thought he’d found it with the Moore’s but his whole world comes crashing down once again when the enticing Cherry Newman saunters into his life. Her questions leave him doubting everything he’d been told. She makes him believe he could have a family of his own but at what cost?

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Guest Post: Bayou Bear Blog Tour for Lila Felix

Burden (Bayou Bear Chronicles Book 1)
In the depths of the Louisiana swamps, clans of bear shifters roam freely. Hawke Turnclaw, the Alpha over all of his kind, is drowning in the legacy left to him by the Alpha before him, his own father. When he goes on a rescue mission to save a rogue Black bear from the clutches of a Grizzly clan, he finds more than just a Black bear, he finds his mate.

Echo has always been told she’s an anomaly, a fluke. She’s the only bear of her kind and that makes her a hindrance to her clan. She’s tried to run away, but they keep her tethered through guilt and a shock collar around her neck.

And then someone shows up claiming he’s her mate.
Now belonging to a new clan, will she ever be able to understand that she’s so much more than just a burden?

Hearten (Bayou Bear Chronicle Book 2)

Determined to be the best Beta he can, Rev has made sure to keep his distance from Martha, the female he knows to be his mate. He’s not sure he even knows how to be a decent mate to her. All that changes when the Alpha and the Coeur conspire to make sure that Martha and Rev both face what they’ve known to be true for so long.
One look is all it takes, but there is so much more to being a mated couple than facing the claim. Martha is not ready to give up anything in her life, not even to make room for him. Rev is ready, but only as long as his female bends her life to fit into his. Pushing and pulling, each one will have to decide which is more important—the life they’ve built, or the one they could have together.

Engraven (Bayou Bear Chronicle Book 3)

Tarrow Rivers is determined to wait on his mate, he scents her in the swamps, can see her in the trees, but he knows she’s not ready to meet him. Yet fate has other plans.

Dahlia Branch has been groomed for an independent life since birth. Clans are something she’s always been warned against. She knew she would never be a part of one…until she finds Tarrow, who is not only a loyal clan member but one of their Betas.



Beholden (Bayou Bear Chronicle Book 4)
Will be released Tuesday December 13, 2016

Aspen has done the unthinkable-the unforgivable.

He was the last one she wanted.

And now he has to earn a place in her heart.

In the final installment of The Bayou Bear Chronicles, hearts are shattered, alliances are tested, and the strength of the mating bond between Acacia and Aspen is on shaky ground.


Lila Felix is full of antics
and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take
a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle
school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University
because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now
her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in
Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of
course, her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall
extraordinarily in wild, true love. 


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Guest Post: A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss

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Blurb

Have you ever dreamed of a Christmas wedding?

Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.

Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.

They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?

Excerpt

Grayson sighed. She wasn’t going to be denied anything apparently. It was too late to save her from herself. Very well, he’d deal with her and then send her on her way. He turned and sucked in a breath momentarily stunned. A silhouette of pure beauty greeted him. Her midnight tresses were wound up and bound neatly into an elegant chignon. His fingers itched to unwind it and see it flow over her luscious curves. All of this and he’d still not seen her face. When she finally turned to meet his gaze he lost all ability to breathe. Those sea-green eyes kept him riveted in place. He should stand and greet her but his body refused to function. She was the last person he expected or wanted to enter his home.

“What no words?” She raised an eyebrow. “And I thought you were noted as the witty duke amongst the ton. I must say I’m rather disappointed.”

Grayson drank in the sight of her. He wanted to remember her as she stood before him for the rest of his days. She was glorious, proud, and fearless. “Didn’t your father teach you better than to enter the lion’s den?” He lifted a brow mockingly. “You could very well get eaten alive.”

Her lips tilted at the corner. “I rather like my chances.” She moved further into the room. “After all I tamed a lion before.”

“There’s a difference between a young cub, and a full grown male, Jules,” he explained. “One is more docile and willing to cuddle. The adult wants to be petted—in other ways.” He stood up and gazed directly into her eyes. “A bite can be pleasurable or….” Grayson crossed over to her side and leaned down, whispering in her ear, “painful depending on your preference.”

Juliette took a deep breath but remained where she stood. He’d give her that much. She’d always been a stubborn girl, and apparently she’d not grown out of that trait. If she didn’t take a step back soon he’d be forced to make a choice. Either he pulled her into his arms and kissed her the way he craved or he put distance between them respecting her innocence. It was a hard decision and warred deep inside him, but he did what was best for her. Turned out that some things were ingrained. Protecting her had always been his first instinct.

“If you’re done trying to intimidate me I have something I wish to discuss with you.”

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Author Bio

Dawn Brower works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. While she loves all genres she focuses most of her writing on historical and contemporary romance.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.

For more information or to contact Dawn Brower go to her website: http://www.authordawnbrower.com

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