The Year In Review (With Giveaway)

Update: Our gift card winner is…Nadene Reynolds. Congratulations, Nadene! I’ll email you with prize claim information today.

It’s happened again. Another year–all but gone.  As we prepare for the hustle and bustle of Christmas at my house, I can’t help but think about what will come *after* Christmas. The end of the year. The start of 2013.

For a lot of people, the end of the year is a time of reflection. You look back over all of the things that you did (or didn’t do–cough, cough–like that language I was *supposed* to learn–I’ve been making a resolution to learn Italian for the last four years!). You also look ahead and plan for the things that you want to accomplish (Italian, dang it!).

2012 was a very busy year for me.  Quite honestly, I can say that it passed in a haze of writing. But that’s what I want. I want to spend my days writing books. I get lost in those books. I find new worlds, new characters, and they make me happy.

So what do I want for 2013? The same thing, please. I want  to be able to write more books!  I want to release more vampire tales, more werewolf tales, more serial killer stories.  I want to push my imagination and see what comes from the shadows in my mind.  If I can do that, then 2013 will be grand for me.

And, in the “extras” column, I’d sure like to:

1. Go zip-lining. What? It sounds fun!

2. Take a cake decorating class.  You should see my cakes–wait, no, maybe you shouldn’t. Not until *after* I take my class.

3.  Head out & go river-rafting. I think 2013 will see me grabbing tightly to my sense of adventure–and to the raft.

4. Travel to some place that I’ve never been before.  The world is big, and I feel so small. I want to see more!

5. Learn that dang Italian!

What about you?  What would you like to do in 2013?  I’ll pick one random commenter to win a $20 gift card. 

Happy holidays!! I wish you a season filled with wonder, magic, and good times!

About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty-five novels and novellas. More information about Cynthia can be found at
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48 Responses to The Year In Review (With Giveaway)

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I want to write, write, write in 2013. When I’m not writing, I’ll be doing something with family and/or friends. I think I enjoy it all!

    In 2014, I might slow down a bit. We plan to go to Scotland, and that should be wonderful.

  2. Amy R says:

    Those sound like fun goals, Cynthia! I would like to come up with an adventure of some sort and go after it as a family. I would also like to have my whole family run in at least one 5K race together. I have enjoyed getting to know a lot of author’s this year and want to grow my new blog to support those fantastic authors in anyway I can. I plan to do a shout out to MM this Friday since you have all helped me so much with your blog posts. One of my biggest goals would probably be to meet at least one of the authors I have read! Not a lot happens in central Illinois but maybe I can get up to Chicago or another city for some book signing event!

  3. CrystalGB says:

    Your goals sound great. I want a peaceful year without any tragedy. 2012 has been a hard year for my family.

  4. Nadene Reynolds says:

    For 2013 I would like to spend more time with family and friends, discover new authors, traveling and most of all I would love a year where love and peace will take precedence.

  5. Becky B. says:

    I would like to learn Spanish along with my daughter (freshman in H.S.) so I could help her practice at home. The fact that we’d be able to drive my DH crazy would just be a bonus.

  6. cynthia garcia says:

    I want to finish writing my book

  7. Taylor Z says:

    I want to be healthy, lose weight, and make everlasting memories, no matter what they are!

    -Taylor Z

  8. Sandra Timmins says:

    I am hoping to spend as much time as I can with my Mom as she is dying of cancer. I want to build as many memories as I can with her so that when I remember 2013 it isnt all sadness.

  9. Linda says:

    I´d like to finish renovating our house and get my driving license. =/ things i like to postpone =) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!

  10. Nicole Laverdure says:

    I want to find some new authors to add to my reading list. There are so many authors to choose. thanks for this nice giveaway. Maybe, I will choose one of your books! Joyeux Noël! Happy Holidays!

  11. CateS says:

    I’m working on the weight loss…

  12. Lisa says:

    I want to spend more time with my kids & grandkids, write more, & worry less. Cynthia, don’t worry about the cake classes, my oldest is a wonderful decorator & would be happy to teach you. On the flip side, if you don’t take classes you could also make yourself even more famous on the Cake Wrecks website 😉

  13. Savannah Miller says:

    In 2013 I would like to fix up my house, start a new hobby… drop said hobby a month later 😉
    I want to go on family vacation with my kids, learn something new and useful, make a difference in someones life….. And heck I’m a woman so of course lose some weight is on my list lol

    Oh also in 2013 I would like to read lots of Cynthia Eden books!!
    Happy Holidays everyone <3

  14. Delphina says:

    I have not really thought much about it. I would love to travel with the kidlets a bit. I should probably think more about it.

  15. blodeuedd says:

    I want to…travel a bit maybe. What I will do though is move 😀
    blodeuedd`s last blog was …Review: Just a cowboy and his baby – Carolyn Brown

  16. Merry Christmas, Cynthia!!
    And LOL about the Italian… I took a semester of it once, years back, and all I remember now is how to say hello and goodbye and how to order two chocolate gelato cones. Granted, these are the essential phrases… 😛

  17. Jane says:

    I would like to travel, too. I also want to make sure that I’m not bogged down by stress and just let go of the things I can’t control.

  18. My goal is to learn how to decorate cookies 🙂 ..and to make more quilts 🙂 have a very Merry Christmas everyone!!!
    mandy schneider`s last blog was …Rejoice

  19. Brenda Hyde says:

    Hi Cynthia! Wow, you are brave– I will not be doing anything remotely related to a zip line. LOL Well, in 2013 I would like to finish and submit a novella, plant a new herb garden and finally, have a weekend away with my husband, sans kids. 😆
    Brenda Hyde`s last blog was …Fathom: A Captivating YA Tale

  20. I’d like to write a lot more than I did this year, and I really would like to finally take saxophone lessons. 🙂

  21. winnie says:

    What I’d like to do in 2013 is to graduate and get my degree! Then I want to be able to do some traveling in Europe 🙂

  22. Cynthia Eden says:

    Yay, Winnie! I want to go ahead and offer my graduation congrats to you!
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …DALE MAYER is taking over… (With a GARDEN OF SORROW giveaway)

  23. Chelsea B. says:

    I want to do more (risky) things I want to do. I don’t want to get older and say I wish I’s done that, or that, or that… I want to be able to say, oh, I remember doing that! It was awesome! 😉

  24. Kimh says:

    Be here, happy healthy, more sleep, les soda, more fruits , read more ggreat,books, congratsnonmyou,r books,mehooo
    Have grea t week,all

  25. Diane says:

    I would love to be able to retire and read as much as I like! 😛 😛

  26. Misty Evans says:

    I’ve said for many years that I’m going to brush up on my French and learn Italian. I start and then I stop. Start and stop. Maybe the language thing will be a lifelong goal.

    You had an amazing year of books, Cynthia, and I look forward to reading all your new ones in 2013! I’ll keep writing, but I might try something completely different next year as well. The possibilities are endless.

  27. Jolene A says:

    I would love to go back to work! I’ve been a stay at home mom for almost 7 years now. I’ve seen every first, and nursed every owie. I’m ready to join the adult world again 🙂

  28. Barbara Elness says:

    In 2013 I will take a trip to visit my sister and friends in California, I had so much fun on my last trip earlier this year. I’d like to take a cruise as well, living in Florida there are lots to choose from, and read lots of books (pretty much a given). 😀

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