Okay, it’s the third week in January, and I want to know:
(a) what were your New Year’s resolutions?; and
(b) which resolutions you have kept/broken to date?
I’ll be honest with you. I don’t make resolutions anymore. If I’m going to do something (like lose 10 lbs, ahem), I don’t want to wait for some arbitrary date. I just need to start while I’m motivated and the momentum is carrying me forward.
Flash back to the year 2005 when I was resolving to make some pretty serious changes in my own life. I got married, changed jobs, and moved, all within the span of a few months, and when I returned to my regularly-scheduled life, I realized a couple of things. First, I wouldn’t be moving back to New England, (as I had originally planned), because I was now married to an awesome guy whose work was squarely in California. And second, my new job wasn’t everything I hoped it would be. Longing for my hometown, and itching to flex my brain in a way that wasn’t patent law-related, I resolved to try something different. That something was writing my first book, a novel set on Cape Cod about a guy whose whole life is one big resolution.
Cole Grayson, the hero of that book (which eventually became Long Simmering Spring, the third book in my Star Harbor series) had always thought of himself as a disappointment. His father died when Cole was young, and after a youth of hell-raising, Cole cut out of Star Harbor to join the Army. Thanks to years of discipline and structure, he finally turned into someone he can be proud of. But when he returns to Star Harbor to become the town’s sheriff, some emotional baggage comes along for the ride. Complicating matters is the fact that he’s still trying to overcome his reputation as a bad boy, and some folks aren’t convinced he’s changed.
Cole eventually does a great job of convincing everyone that he’s changed. Everyone, that is, except himself. In Cole’s case, his resolution to change has truly happened, but it’s not until Julie Kensington, the local doctor, comes along that he can actually see his own transformation. His happy ending is hard-earned, and makes him appreciate it all the more.
I’m happy to say there was a happy ending for me, too! I switched jobs to one I enjoyed a lot more and kept writing, writing, writing in my free time. And the story that started it all will be released by Loveswept on May 13th. Hooray!
So tell me, what were your New Year’s resolutions? Which have you kept and which have you broken? I’ll give away a paper copy of Deep Autumn Heat (the first Star Harbor novel) to one random commenter. U.S. only, please.
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Raised in a sleepy little Connecticut town, Elisabeth draws on her upbringing to write small-town romances. Her summers spent living and working on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard were the inspiration for the Star Harbor series, which kicked off with Deep Autumn Heat and Blaze of Winter, and continues with Long Simmering Spring. Currently, Elisabeth lives in Northern California with her husband and three children. Her only resolution is to read more this year.
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About Long Simmering Spring:
Spring comes to Star Harbor, bringing unexpected passion for a sexy sheriff, as the next Grayson brother finds love with the town’s beautiful doctor.
Julie Kensington grew up in the same small town as the Grayson brothers and remembers when the boys were nothing but trouble. As teenagers, Cole’s rugged sex appeal set Julie’s heart ablaze, but she did her best to ignore it. Now a grown woman with a medical degree, Julie still can’t resist her searing attraction to the roughest, toughest Grayson. He’s ex-military, tormented, and sexier than ever, but are his wounds too deep to be healed by her loving, gentle touch?
Even back in high school, straight-arrow Julie had a way of making Cole think twice about his bad-boy lifestyle. When Julie decides she’s finally ready to embrace her wild side, Cole knows he is just the man to show her the way, unleashing years of pent-up desire. Neither of them counted on falling in love, but when Cole’s demons threaten to derail their relationship, it’s up to Julie to show him that together, they can overcome the past . . . and build a future.