Sunday, March 28, 2010

Good News, Goals, and a Giveaway

Hi All,

As the title up above says, today I'll be chatting about some good news, checking in on my goals from last week, and giving a little something away.

First, let's start with the good news! My author copies of Wild Wedding Weekend arrived on Friday! I wasn't expecting them for at least another week, so it was a wonderful surprise to see the UPS man deliver two boxes to my front porch. I immediately hustled them inside, tore them open, and happy danced around my books for a good ten minutes!(Oh and I hugged and squeezed my hubby, too!) In other good news, I was invited to be a regular at the Heroines with Hearts blog. I'll be posting there on Thursdays, so be sure to come check it out. We have a lot of great topics coming up over the next couple of months. And on a personal note, today is my anniversary. I've been married to my wonderful hubby for twelve years!

Okay, now onto those goals. Last week I was on Spring Break and wanted to accomplish a bunch of things. So I wrote myself some goals. Let's see how I did:

*Write EVERY day. I am a third of the way done with my WIP and would like to be done by the middle of next month. To be specific, let's say I'd like to do at LEAST a hundred pages. Okay, I did write everyday, however I did not do a hundred pages. (So we'll go with half credit on that one!)

*Finish up at LEAST two more interviews for my upcoming mini-blog tour in April. Yes!

*Design the bookmark for This Can't Be Love. Yes!

*Get on the treadmill three to four times during the week. Yes!

*Paint the back/kitchen door stoop white. It's been grey forever, and every time I look at it I think, "This thing really needs to be painted." As does the one small spot of grey on the ceiling of the back porch where we removed a pole when we redid the back stairs...eight years ago. No, but this one's not really my fault. When I asked the hubster to leave me paint, he told me I didn't know how to do it the right way - he is a professional painting contractor, so I couldn't get too upset with his assessement of my skills - and he'd take care of it. (I'm still waiting....)

*Have lunch and go shopping with a friend. Yes!

*Have dinner with my Goddaughters. Sort of. I didn't have dinner with them, but I did get to spend some time with them one morning. Does that count?!

Okay, so all in all, not too bad. Yes, I could have done better, but I could have done a lot worse, too. So we'll chalk it up to a successful goal week.

And now onto that giveaway...which is why you're reading this in the first place, right?...we are celebrating our third birthday here at Acme (Happy Birthday to Us!), so I'd like to give someone a present! One commenter on today's post will receive a PDF copy of my first book, This Time for Always. Be sure to leave an e-mail addy so I can get in touch with you. I'll check back in toward the end of the day and choose a random winner.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Morgan Mandel said...

I can hardly wait to get my hands on Wild Wedding Weekend tomorrow night at our Chicago-North RWA meeting!

Good work on your goals!!

Morgan Mandel

susan said...

Wild Wedding Weekend sounds good and sure hope I get to read it. I love the cover too. Yes, I judge a book by it's cover.soo sorry but it usually proves to be a good way for me. susan L.

Debra St. John said...

I'll have one for you, Morgan!

Susan, judging a book by its cover is a great way to go. We are fortunate to have amazing cover artists at Wild Rose. I haven't been disappointed yet!

Author Roast and Toast said...

Well you got me wonderin' what made the wedding weekend wild!!
Is the western a time travel??
Good luck Debra, congrats sweetie!

Debra St. John said...

Hi Mary,

"Always" is a contemporary romance with some western elements, thus the cowboy hats on the cover!

Thanks for stopping by!

booklover0226 said...

I just discovered this blog and look forward in reading the posts.

Tracey D

Monique DeVere said...

Hi, Debra!

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Hope you had a fabulous wedding anniversary.


Debra St. John said...

Tracey, thanks for visiting. Glad to have you follow along!

Terry Odell said...

Congrats on the good news. Holding that baby for the first time is special.

I'm enjoying being closer to family now that we've moved, although how close remains to be seen once we find a house.

Goal - finish my taxes. This year's return is too complicated, I fear, what with hubster's retirement.

Debra St. John said...

Hi Terry and Monique,

Thanks for stopping by.

Good luck with those taxes, Terry.

Monique, My anniversary was lovely!

Debra St. John said...

I'm in a bit of a pickle here for my giveaway! No one left an e-mail addy.

If you happen to check back in and have previously left a comment, e-mail me at for a chance at the book. The first person I hear from will get the PDF copy of "This Time for Always".

Margot Justes said...


I don't have my copy yet, but will soon.We have a new reader-Tracey D welcome to Acme.

Margot Justes
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