Sunday, January 4, 2015

About Those New Year’s Resolutions…

Congratulations to 'Laney4', the winner in Colette's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

January is here, and that means resolutions. For years I’ve threatened to start smoking, or to eat more Oreos—something I could easily maintain—but I’ve never followed through. (Okay, maybe I ate more Oreos.) I’ve pretty much done a swan dive off of the resolution train, but some of you good people out there have made fine resolutions. Good luck! Many of you will keep them and adopt new, more desirable behaviors. Some of you will keep them for a while, then slack off (that was me when I’d repeatedly resolve to go the gym). Part of my new novel BRANDED takes place on an über-romantic New Year’s Eve, but it’s not until the end. However, the beginning features an unusual resolution of sorts from heroine Cordy Sims. Let’s take a gander, shall we?

Days after leaving her own wedding, she heads to Aspen for work. She meets the beyond-delicious Jack Cormier, and decides to let loose for once in her life. It’s Friday night, and they’re in Jack’s luxury suite where the conservative Cordy is about to embark upon her first-ever wild weekend:

“I guess we should start. The sex, I mean.”
Jack smiled, then shook his head. “We don’t have to, if you’re not sure.”

“I’m sure.”

“To be on the safe side, since I don’t know how far you want this to go, let’s pick a safe word.”

Cordy realized she must have looked horrified, because Jack’s expression went from amused to alarmed and he said, “I’m not planning to hurt you, but I’d feel better if we have a safe word so there are no misunderstandings in the heat of the moment.”

“Do you have one that works well?” Suddenly she was feeling out of her depth with this apparent lothario. She worried he’d be disappointed when he discovered she wasn’t some sexual she-beast who could match him stroke for stroke. Oh God, did I really just think that? Stroke for stroke?

“No, cher, I don’t have one. I want you to know that nothing’s going to happen that you don’t want to happen. But you’d better think of one fast; you are quite alluring.”

“Why can’t we use ‘no’? Or ‘stop’?”

“What if you want me to keep going even if you say that?”

“Why would I say ‘stop’ if I wanted you to keep going?”

“What if you want to be pushed? Suppose you want to feel a little bit naughty?”

No one had ever said anything like that to her before, and as the meaning sunk in, her core quivered oh-so-slightly. In for a penny . . . “Okay. Okay. Um . . .” Nothing was coming to mind. Cordy had to hunt around in her vocabulary to find something that meant stop. “Okay. Halt at X.”

“That’s not a safe word. That’s a sentence.”

“Three words. Halt. At. X. And one of them’s a letter, so it’s really like two words, and it’s only three syllables. The other one I was thinking of was Poughkeepsie, and that’s three syllables too. Anyway, it’s my safe word. Stop judging.”

Jack smiled and Cordy felt her heart shimmy. “That’s fine, darlin’. Halt at X. Got it.”
 I’ve been told that shockingly, not everyone who will read BRANDED knows about dressage, an equestrian sport Cordy loves (as do I). Here’s an inside horse joke: “Halt at X” is a term used in dressage competitions. Now you’re in the know! BRANDED is the final book in my Aspen Valley series, published by Pocket Star and available from your favorite ebook retailer.

Now then. I’ve got a $10 Amazon gift card to give away to make someone’s New Year brighter. Just reply with your best (or worst) New Year’s Resolution. And may your 2015 be filled with lots of splendid contemporary romance!
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  1. Happy New Year Colette! I've found the best way to stick with a new year's resolution is not to make one. That way I don't set myself up for failure, although I could certainly eat more Oreos or chocolates if that was part of my resolution! :-)
    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

    1. I know--isn't it annoying that some of the most delicious things in the world are also not terribly good for you?
      Have a wonderful 2015 anyway. And thanks for stopping by!

  2. I guess you'd call it a resolution. I try to focus on one "word of the year". In 2013, my word was Ruthless, as I was ruthless in sorting our worldly possessions as much as possible into piles for garbage/recycling, our annual yard sale, and charity. In 2014, my word was Balance, as I tried to work hard and play hard, plus volunteer but not to the point of exhaustion (by learning to say No). My word for 2015 is now Cleanse, as in following some feng shui "rules" (by keeping a cleaner house/windows, by not having obstacles like a couch in the middle of the room blocking our feet/energy), but also by cleansing myself of negative energy from "friends". This one is more difficult, as some people have been friends for over 35 years now, but I really feel like these people are dragging me down, and I'm sick and tired of it after all these years.

    1. Wow, you have great idea with the Word of the Year! You may have just inspired me. Thanks for sharing your creative and original idea.

  3. What a great excerpt :) Definitely makes me want to read the book.

    As for my worst NY's resolution, I always resolve to be more social & outgoing but somehow fail it. I guess it's due to the fact that I inadvertently set up myself for failure. Let's hope this year I'll do better!


    1. Glad you liked the excerpt! Hope you like the book.
      And good luck this year--although as a writer, I certainly have an introverted side, and certainly understand not wanting to be more social. Nothing wrong with that!

  4. Well that was a great teaser!
    As for resolutions... I never make them... probably because I know I would not follow through. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks!
      Yep, I'm on your wavelength with the resolutions. So good for you for sticking to no resolutions! Cheers!

  5. My best New Year's Resolution IS my worst. More exercise and less booze! ;0)

    Loved the excerpt! Can't wait to read this!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tammy!
      Ah. See, I always get those two confused and end up with less exercise and more booze. Damn.

  6. don't really make any

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. I don't know if it's a resolution or word-of-the-year, but mine is Relax. What happens, happens, and what doesn't, doesn't, and I don't need to be stressing in either direction.

    And then there's catch up on my reading, but that ain't gonna happen, not if I keep buying books faster than I can read them!

  8. I'm supposed to lose weight and to save up for my sister's wedding as one of her maid of honor. I just can't get myself started to accomplish this obligation and didn't end up as one of my sister's maid of honor due to my weight.


  9. My worst resolution has to be losing weight to get healthier. It's a yearly battle to remind myself being fit is for the best but it never seems to stick!

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com


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