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Elizabeth Andrews: Starting the Countdown (Giveaway)
Wednesday, December 28th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Debra Guyette!

Hello, everyone! I want to start by thanking Delilah for letting me come play here with you all again. I always have a good time when I visit.

So, about that title…my countdown to the new year isn’t in hours or minutes yet, but I am counting down the days. I love looking forward to a new year, don’t you? It’s always so full of possibility and opportunity, and all kinds of good things we can’t even imagine yet. It’s almost like getting ready to start reading a new book by a favorite author or seeing a movie you’ve anticipated for months.

I don’t make ‘resolutions’ for the year. I quit that a long time ago, but I do work out goals for myself every year, personal things I want to get done, and writing goals (still working on the new goals as I write this). ‘Resolutions’ seem so…inflexible, I guess, like passing a new law or something. Too daunting that way.

If I call them goals instead, they become something I want to do, not have to do, and I can break each one down, and figure out the steps and time needed to accomplish them. For example, most authors have a general idea of how long it will take them to write a book, so they can break that time frame down—if it usually takes someone three months to write a 90,000-word story, they can figure out how many words they need to write each week, each day to make their three-month goal on time, and if there is an off-day, they can adjust to make up for the words they didn’t get done that day. That sort of goal-setting feels to me more achievable than simply writing a list of resolutions for the year—ie, for the next year, I have to lose X pounds, organize my life, look for a new career, etc.

Besides getting my goals finalized this week, we have a family dinner to start the new year, so while the basics of the meal are always the same, I do need to figure out dessert. Something else I will do to wave the old year goodbye is write down a few wishes for the new year, and then near midnight on New Year’s Eve, I’ll burn that list and send the wishes to the universe. If our weather forecast for this weekend is right, I may have to improvise to avoid the rain, but I have time to figure that out.

I would love to hear how you bring in the new year…do you set goals or make resolutions? What other traditions do you enjoy? Everyone who comments between now and the start of the new year will be entered into a drawing for an eBook copy of one of my three books, winner’s choice.

Happy New Year to you all, and may all your New Year wishes come true!

About Elizabeth

Lifelong book addict Elizabeth Andrews fell in love with romance novels at an early age and now writes her own, full of sexy heroes and strong heroines. Her stories range from paranormal to contemporary, to who knows what her imagination might come up with along the way, but happy endings are a guarantee!

She is a married mother of two who’s got a room overflowing with her book collection and a garden full of herbs and veggies that needs occasional attention between writing and reading binges.

You can find out more at

16 comments to “Elizabeth Andrews: Starting the Countdown (Giveaway)”

  1. Stacey Kinzebach
    · December 28th, 2022 at 8:19 am · Link

    No resolutions!! At midnight on New Years Eve I message my son as his birthday is on the 1st.

  2. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 28th, 2022 at 9:10 am · Link

    Nice, Stacey! No pressure, plus a birthday to start the year is fun! 🙂

  3. Colleen C.
    · December 28th, 2022 at 12:30 pm · Link

    I do not make resolutions… I usually read for New Years.

  4. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 28th, 2022 at 1:13 pm · Link

    That’s a nice way to spend the holiday, Colleen. 🙂

  5. bn100
    · December 28th, 2022 at 4:56 pm · Link

    no resolutions

  6. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 28th, 2022 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Seems like we’re all on the ‘no resolutions’ boat, bn100! 🙂

  7. Debra Guyette
    · December 29th, 2022 at 6:00 am · Link

    I make some goals which I tend to keep ,more than resolutions.

  8. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 29th, 2022 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Do you make them for the whole year, Debra, or do you go a month at a time? Or something else?

  9. Vicky Burkholder
    · December 30th, 2022 at 7:46 am · Link

    I gave up on resolutions. Goals, yes. Resolutions, no. And for a goal, I also write down steps to reach that goal. Doesn’t always work, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

  10. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 30th, 2022 at 9:00 am · Link

    I’m lol here, Vicky! I do try to break down my goals, too. Sometimes it works better than others. 🙂

  11. Stephanie
    · December 30th, 2022 at 10:27 am · Link

    I set goals and make them realistic. After I meet those I continue to set more. This new yrs we are quarantined at home. Most New Years we spend them with our friends and play games eat good food and toast the new year in!

  12. Elizabeth Andrews
    · December 30th, 2022 at 11:19 am · Link

    Hopefully the quarantine will be short, Stephanie! And good luck with your goals!

  13. pc
    · December 31st, 2022 at 9:40 pm · Link

    I make a promise to be kinder, more patient, more understanding to myself and others. And each year I set goals to be more organized and sweep out the old to make room for the new.

  14. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 1st, 2023 at 10:52 am · Link

    That sounds like a good goal, pc!

  15. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 1st, 2023 at 10:58 am · Link

    And the winner is… *drumroll*

    Debra Guyette!

    Congrats, Debra!

    Please email me at elizabeth andrews writes @ gmail. com (without all the spaces) so we can get you your ebook of choice!

    Thank you again, Delilah for letting me come play, and thanks to everyone who commented!

  16. Elizabeth Andrews
    · January 4th, 2023 at 1:08 pm · Link


    Please email me so I can get you your ebook prize! 🙂

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