I am so pleased to welcome Shannon McKenna to Read-A-Romance for the first time! And while I am including her Amazon bio at the end, I encourage you to visit her “meet Shannon” page on her website and learn how she met her Italian musician husband at a Renaissance Fair, how she started her first book during a temp job, and other interesting tidbits on her fascinating life. You can find that here. As for her New Year’s post, I just love what she shares, and I hope you do too! (Notice she mentions The Power of Now, which was one of my January Book-A-Day 2015 titles. Great book!) Her newest book, and the final title in her popular McCloud series, went on sale two days ago, plus all of the previous titles are on sale in their e-published versions. The first one, Behind Closed Doors, is only $1.99. I’ve read a couple of these, and they’re really good! Enjoy. ~ Bobbi
Happy New Year with Shannon McKenna
Happy New Year! Are you an “I Love New Year’s Resolutions” person, or “I Resolve to Avoid Resolutions” kind of gal? If you like resolutions, do you have any set resolutions for this year? If no, do you do any special goal-setting or reflections at the start of a New Year?
I love resolutions! In fact, I’m a total aspirational lit/blog junkie, and spend way too much time reading about improving myself and somewhat less actually trying to do it. So far, not a whole lot of what I read has stuck to me, but I’ll keep trying . My resolutions tend to repeat themselves–take better care of myself, i.e. diet and exercise and sleep and mindfulness, getting organized, washing my dishes as soon as I use them, etc, etc! But this year, I’m going to look deeper than just a list of rules to keep me on the straight and narrow, and try to keep my deepest core values in mind, and let them inform everything I do. I want to do things more deeply, more completely. I want to eliminate the noise, and listen more closely, to myself as well as others.
A friend of mine once challenged me to come up with one word that encapsulated my goals/hopes for the coming year. I found the activity to be thought-provoking and empowering. I invite you to do this too and share your word with us.
I can’t possibly choose a single word to encapsulate my goals and hopes for the coming year–I’m a novelist! For God’s sake, I can’t even Tweet! That format’s just too damn short for me. How about three words? LOVE THE PROCESS. That’s what I want. To be unattached to the results, unafraid of failure, unconcerned with success. Just content with being down in the thick of it, the mess of it. Living there, comfortably.
Do you have any special rituals or traditions that you and/or your family do to celebrate the New Year?
Not for New Years, no, but whenever I’m lucky enough to get back to my family of origins for Christmas, we have a quirky Christmas tradition–we always watch the Terminator movies! The old ones, the classics, particularly One and Two. Yes, I know, it’s wacky, but sometime back in the eighties we did it, and then we did it again, and then it because something we just had to do. Go figure. I can just hear that aggressive electronic music of the first movie in my mind’s ear–and associating it with pumpkin and pecan pie, and sage and onion stuffing!
What is your favorite aspect of New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?
I love looking at my kids, who are growing so damn fast, and reflecting on how much they have developed and changed in the past year. That moves me, every year, seeing Time, marching forward in double-time.
Is there a book that you read every year at the beginning of January? Or Is there a book you are really looking forward to in the first few months of 2015?
I love to reread Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power Of Now every year, and sometimes even more often. It reminds me that I am not the clattering noise in my head, that I am something bigger, calmer, more connected than that, even if I can’t always feel it. It always gives me a lift, and a nudge back into the right direction, if my steering has gotten a little wonky.
Shannon McKenna and Kensington are generously giving away a copy of In For the Kill. Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm on 2/5 for a chance to win. Also be sure to use the Rafflecopter entry below to enter the Kensington Month of Romance drawing to win 31 Kensington titles! U.S. only, apologies to international friends. (You can also enter to win on the previous Kensington New Year, New You posts: Susan Fox, Alexandra Ivy and Kimberly Kincaid.)
Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of over ten action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she’d ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. She loves to hear from her readers.
Visit her at her website, shannonmckenna.com.