My Word for 2017

Two years ago, I began this annual tradition.

In 2015, I ended a prolonged writer’s block by selecting Onward as my word of the year. In the twelve months that followed, I wrote articles and book reviews and released two novels—A Season for Killing Blondes and The Coming of Arabella. I also started several projects that were in various stages of completion by the year’s end.

Frustrated by these incomplete projects, I selected Focus as my word for 2016. I applied myself and finished editing Too Many Women in the Room (to be released in Spring 2017). I also wrote several short pieces and participated in NaNoWriMo, completing 50K words of A Different Kind of Reunion (to be completed in 2017 and released in early 2018).

As I contemplated my selection for 2017, I toyed with several words: upward, booming, soaring, flying, success, prosperity, and abundance. Clearly, I was headed in a very different direction, one less linear than previous years. Having proven that I can initiate and complete writing projects, I was now ready to raise the stakes. I also needed to cultivate a more trusting spirit and take more risks.

For those reasons, I have selected Thrive as my word for 2017.

I like this definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary…

1: to grow vigorously: flourish
2: to gain in wealth or possessions: prosper
3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances

And this quotation from Maya Angelou…

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

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Thrive ♦ Prosperare ♦ Prospérer ♦ Gedeihen ♦ Prosperar ♦ Trives ♦ Blomstre


Have you selected a word for 2017?


Character Interview

thecomingofarabella_200x300 (2)In Between Land and Sea (released in September 2013), I introduced Isabella of the Mediterranean Kingdom aka Barbara Davies. She returns in The Coming of Arabella.

Before starting to write, I like to interview the characters. Here’s what Isabella/Barbara had to say…

Continue reading on Carly Jordynn’s blog.


The Perfect Setting: Sedona

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Ex-mermaid Barbara Davies accepts an invitation to spend a month in Sedona, hoping to escape from her shattered life in small town Ontario and reinvent herself once more.

Anything and everything is possible in this desert paradise.

Today, I’m sharing ten interesting (and not so well-known) facts about Sedona.

Continue reading on Anastasia Pollock’s blog.


In the Finals

thecomingofarabella_200x300 (2)Thanks to everyone who voted for The Coming of Arabella in last month’s Creme dé la Cover Contest. I won and will receive a 1/4 page ad in the February issue of InD’Tale Magazine.

The Coming of Arabella is now competing in the finals for the month of January. The winning cover will be featured in a full page ad in the magazine!

I would appreciate your vote here.


My Word for 2016

2015 was a busy and productive year. Two of my novels, A Season for Killing Blondes and The Coming of Arabella were released within months of each other. In between edits and promotion, I started several new projects. By the end of the year, I had six storylines in various stages of completion and had succumbed to another bout of writers’ block. While many of my author friends can juggle several manuscripts at one time, I find my creative energy weakened whenever I throw too many irons in the fire.

The solution is a simple and straightforward one: Select one of the storylines and focus my time and attention on its completion. And say NO to new projects, regardless of how tantalizing they may appear.

For that reason, I am selecting FOCUS as my word for 2016.

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FOCUS ♦ MESSA A FUOCO ♦ CONCENTRER ♦ FOKUS ♦ FOCO

Have you selected a word for 2016?


Up for Another Award

thecomingofarabella_200x300 (2)Thanks to everyone who voted for The Coming of Arabella in last week’s Creme dé la Cover Contest. I won and will receive a 1/4 page ad in the February issue of InD’Tale Magazine.

The Coming of Arabella is now competing in the Creme dé la Creme Cover finals. The winner will receive a full page ad in the magazine!

I would appreciate your vote here.