Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Resolutions and Smoochies at Midnight: Happy New Year!

(from USA Today
by Joyce Lamb)

Today's featured authors: Lori Wilde, author of Somebody to Love; Candis Terry, author of Sweetest Mistake; and Cara Connelly, author of The Wedding Favor. We're talking New Year's!

Lori Wilde, author of Somebody to Love

Three resolutions from the past that I'm proud of keeping:

• Losing 35 pounds and finally keeping it off for good. This is the third year in a row that I've not had a New Year's resolution to lose weight. Yay!

• Hitting the New York Times best-seller list. Of course, I made this resolution every year for 20 years before it happened. Now my resolution is to hit No. 1 on the New York Times list. You always have to keep raising the bar.

• Opening myself up to new experiences. Each year I pick something new to learn. One year it was learning how to knit and I got The Sweethearts' Knitting Club out of the experience. Another year it was to volunteer at the local domestic abuse shelter and I ended up volunteering there for three years. Last year it was to finally visit the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and I ended up writing my Cupid, Texas, series from that experience and I got to see the mysterious and elusive Marfa Lights. This year, my resolution is to become more mindful with daily yoga practice.

Here's the blurb for Somebody to Love:

New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde invites you back to Cupid, Texas, where love is only a heartbeat away ...

Sexy cowboy-scholar Jericho Chance always knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. And after sauntering back home to Cupid, he's shocked to discover that he wants Zoe McCleary. After years from home, he takes one new look at his bubbly best friend, with her lightning smarts and luscious body, and it hits him like a bolt: she's his somebody to love and he's not leaving town again without her.

Settling down always seemed like a time waster to Zoe, a man magnet with a trail of broken hearts behind her. She's not meant to settle down—but how can she resist someone as persuasive as Jericho? There's no way they can ignore the explosive chemistry seething between them ... even if it means risking their friendship ...

Find out more at www.loriwilde.com.

Candis Terry, author of Sweetest Mistake

Three of my New Year's traditions:

From year-to-year we celebrate differently. Sometimes it's a quiet evening at home and sometimes we spend it out with others. But whether we're at home, a friends' house, or a downtown hotel party, there are three things that remain consistent to our celebration:

• Dancing.

• A kiss at midnight.

• And fireworks.

Sometimes the kiss at midnight leads to the fireworks. But that's another story for another day. The dancing can be either to our favorite local oldies band or Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve. The fireworks always come from the biggest, brightest fountains available. Most of the time, we have snow on the ground, and the reflection of bright lights and colors make it even more breathtaking.

I'd like to wish you all a happy, bright, and spectacular new year!

Here's the blurb for Sweetest Mistake:

Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he's learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He'd just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later she's back and he's battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can't keep his lips-or his hands-to himself.

When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas and comes face-to-face with Jackson-her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She'd cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?

Find out more at www.candisterry.com.

Cara Connelly, author of The Wedding Favor

Three of my New Year's resolutions:

2013 was a fantastic year! Family members who'd been dealing with serious illnesses came out on the other side of them healthy and happy, close friends had babies, got promotions, or retired to move on to their encore careers. And I saw the publication of my first novella (The Wedding Date) and my first novel (The Wedding Favor). Just a great, great year!

But as I often tell my near-perfect husband, there's always room for improvement. So with the goal of making 2014 my best year yet, I'm going to start it with a few resolutions.

• To live by the Golden Rule. It's a classic for a reason. Like a compass, it always points toward true north. So I resolve to do unto others as I'd have them do unto me. To be kind and forgiving and generous with the blessings that have been showered upon me. To lend a hand and an ear. To take the time to be present.

• To respect my body by moving more, my spirit by playing more, my heart by loving more, and my brain by reading more (and spending less time on Facebook!).

• To not beat myself up when I falter on No. 1 and No. 2, or for any other reason. Accepting my own shortcomings is the toughest resolution to keep, but in 2014 I resolve to be as kind, forgiving and generous to myself as with those around me. I've actually managed to do this from time to time, and my husband can attest that it makes the world a better place for those around me, too. Imagine a whole year of living kindly — maybe I can make it a lifelong habit.

Those are my resolutions for 2014 — wish me luck! I hope all of us have a year to remember!

Here's the blurb for The Wedding Favor (coming out Tuesday!):

In her deliciously sexy debut, Cara Connelly gives a whole new meaning to crashing a wedding.

Before the wedding... Tyrell Brown wanted to get the hell out of Houston and back to his ranch. Instead, he's stuck on a flight to France for his best friend's wedding. To top it off, he discovers he's sharing a seat with Victoria Westin, the blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who's been a thorn in his side for months.

At the wedding... Victoria can't believe it! How can she be at the same wedding as this long, lean cowboy with a killer smile? So what if they shared a few in-flight cocktails, some serious flirting, and a near-miss at the mile-high club? She still can't stand the man!

After the wedding...The wedding disaster's in the rearview, but the sizzle between these two is still red-hot. They tried to be on their best behavior in France, but back in the States all bets are off ...

Find out more at www.caraconnelly.com.