Wednesday, January 8, 2020

New book release...with a free book give away!

Happy New Year!

I hope this finds you all in good health, with great goals and a happy outlook for the coming year.

Have you set any goals for 2020?  I don't mean New Year's resolutions, but concrete goals. A newsletter from a local doctor's office suggested the following:

1. Make five short-term goals. Write "due dates" for each one on your calendar. Add five more when those are done.

2. Make five long-term goals.

3. For each goal, list three action steps that you can take.

4. Print a document listing all of these goals and post it where you can see it every day.

I've been working on two short-term goals already--decluttering the house after the holidays, and clearing out and organizing our cupboards.  One of my long-term goals will probably take me until the end of summer--reaching the healthier weight I was at when I was thirty.  :)  Thirty pounds gone, but still far to go.

What are some of your own long-term or short-term goals for the coming year?

 On another note,  I am so excited about the release of my new Love Inspired novel, SNOWBOUND WITH THE COWBOY, which appeared in Walmarts, book stores, and online on January first.

I so loved writing this one and was sad to say farewell to the characters when I typed "The End."  And I adore the cover.  I always have dogs and/or a variety of other animals in my books, and perhaps it was just a subconscious thing when I added a golden retriever mix and a stray border collie to this one--but it was a poignant moment when I first saw my author copies a month or so ago.

I proved some generic dog photos from a photo site online, as an example. The cover artist painted two dogs that look exactly like our two rescues...and those books arrived just a day or so after we had to say a heart-wrenching farewell to our beloved border, Elmo. I will treasure this cover forever!

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful year!  Leave a comment, and you'll be entered in a drawing for a free e-copy of SNOWBOUND WITH THE COWBOY!

Wishing you a year of happiness,
Roxanne Rustand


  1. Hmm. I never thought of goals like this and didn't think I had any.But, after reading the post I see that I do have some. Not sure about short term ones yet. A few long term ones would losing weight and cleaning and organizing the shed. (I've been wanting to do that for a couple years but have to wait until my daughter is available to help. I can't lift the heavy boxes out there.)

  2. I don't usually make a resolution for the new year. I've seen many sites that are using a word or quote for the year, which I also don't usually do. I like the idea of using a word/quote or making realistic goals rather than a resolution so I may give that some thought in the upcoming weeks. The cover of the book makes me want to dive right in and read it!! ctopp(at)richhill(dot)k12(dot)mo(dot)us

  3. I like the idea of short and long-term goals. I think I'm going to try that! I love the cover pic too!!! Thanks for having the giveaway!

  4. don't make any
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  5. I have short-term goals based on my long-term goal of losing 25 pounds slowly. My short-term goals are by each Sunday to have gone down another half pound. I figured that small amount should be more realistic for me to maintain. I lost my Morkie right after Thanksgiving and am looking to get a rescue dog. I do love when dogs are written into stories. :)

  6. My goal is to let go of things especially clothing I hold on to because I’ve lost everything before. I just filled two kitchen size garbage bags to give to the homeless program a local church runs.

  7. What a nice remembrance of the dog. I set both types of goals.
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  8. I don't set goals, well, sometimes my goal is to just get through the day, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  9. I really didn't make any "resolutions" that I put down on paper, but I always have one to try to be a better person. I have been feeling better since October on new medicine. I feel more like my "old self", which is a miracle to me, considering how awful I have felt the prior 2-1/2 years.

  10. I don't set many personal goals, as most of mine are simple and work on my daily to-do lists. My business goals get organized in my business binder, and I work from that.

  11. My goals are much like yours. I need to organize and declutter my bathroom, bedroom and closets. I too want to lose weight by the summer if possible.

  12. My goals are to:
    1. Become more patient.
    2.To Stay Healthy.
    3.Write my draft of my 4th book by the end of 2020(I'm an unpublished author).
    4. To eventually finish my 1st box set.
    5. To read more books in 2020.
    Great post and goals.

  13. My goal at the beginning of each year is to completely clean a drawer or shelf each day. Some years I get farther than others! I am also trying to listen to Christian sermons or music more during the day to keep my mind on God. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. My one goal for the year right now is to get all of my paperwork scanned. There is a ton of it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Thanks for sharing these suggestions. I don't make resolutions but goals seem more attainable.
    Congratulations on the release of this newest book.
    Happy New Year!

  16. My goals are exercise more, lose weight, de-clutter, and spend more time relaxing & resting after the de-clutter is finished.

  17. I worked in special education for many years, and goals had to be observable and measurable, and of course they were reviewed at our clients' annual meetings.. Yes, I've set 3 goals for this year... one day at a time! I have my goals posted on the wall in my bedroom, and at the front of my journal!

  18. I'm a Full Focus Planner junkie using Michael Hyatt's system of SMARTER goals. Though I tend to focus on quarterly goals, since I'm in a position that is changing. FYI if you're not familiar with Hyatt's framework: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Risky, Timebased, Exciting, and Relevant.
    Thanks for offering this book drawing, Sounds interesting!

  19. Hi, my goals are to keep on going to the gym and to drink more water, all for my own good and better health. The book sounds very good and the cover is super cute! Have a Great weekend. God Bless you.

  20. I love the cover. Can I have the goal to be snowbound with a cowboy? Just thought I'd ask. I'm retired. I don't really make resolutions or goals.