Guest Eliza Watson with Giveaway!

I’m so pleased to welcome Eliza Watson back to MM. Not only is she a friend, she’s a wonderful writer. She’s doing a giveaway for a lucky commenter, too. You can see the details in her post. I’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday. 

Congrats to Chelsea B for winning a copy of KISSING MY OLD LIFE AU REVOIR!

Who Moved My Brie?

BethI had the same computer monitor for years. It got to the point the screen was a funky gray color and it took ten minutes for it to turn on. One time when I was traveling for business, my husband called to surprise me that he’d bought me a new monitor. Rather than thanking him, I said, “Put my monitor back.” I completely wigged out. I returned home to find my old monitor intact. Phew. Disaster averted. My husband once again accused me of not liking change.

I will admit, like my cats, I am a creature of habit and I like routine. I cling to stability where I can because there is a lot of uncertainty in many aspects of my life. Eleven years ago I quit my full-time event planner job to pursue my writing. I left a stable income for freelance work, and I never know where my next paycheck is coming from. For each meeting, I am in a different hotel and city and have to adapt my eating, sleeping, and work schedules. And my writing life makes me even a little more, er, unstable. Will I publish my next book? Will I receive good reviews? And how about the sales???

It seems that when I do make a change it’s usually a major one, like quitting my job or purchasing a vacation cottage in Ireland. My husband has never been to Ireland and I never stepped foot inside the cottage, only viewed it from the outside on a recent trip there. Purchasing the home has been a roller coaster ride, but I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life when we visit there for the first time in September. I hope to pen several novels at our new cottage.

I try to remind myself that resisting change inhibits growth. Just like me, Samantha, the protagonist in my new book Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir, strives to maintain the status quo. When she escorts a group to Paris, her stability quickly deteriorates. It takes her life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life. Her story demonstrates that although change isn’t always easy, and can be very scary, it can open the door to amazing possibilities!

Do you fight change or welcome it?

I would like to thank Magical Musings for helping me celebrate the release of my women’s fiction book, Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir. Please answer the above question to enter to win an autographed print copy of Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir. (U.S. entrants are eligible for a print copy, and international winners are eligible for an e-book.) Thank you for stopping by!

Author Bio

Eliza’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.

When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Wisconsin working on her next novel. She enjoys bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.

Learn more about Eliza here:

Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir Blurb

Kissing My Old LifeEvent planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn’t foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn’t knock back beers with her clients. Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister’s whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha’s life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life.


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24 Responses to Guest Eliza Watson with Giveaway!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Eliza, thank you so much for being our guest today. I remember that I was a judge for a contest a few years back and gave this book a perfect score. 🙂

    As for change, I would have thanked my husband profusely for the monitor. If there was a learning curve involved, though – like changing my Windows computer for a Mac – I might have been more hesitant. I would have been willing to try, but I wouldn’t have been as happy.

  2. Eliza Watson says:

    Thanks for the perfect score Edie. 🙂 This book was a long time in the making. Oh, I don’t do well with software updates at all. Grr. Don’t like learning new programs!

  3. Amy says:

    Hi Eliza – nice post. I am one that makes little changes. Big changes freak me out, but I think a lot of that is because I was brought up in the epitome of stability. Never take chances unless you absolutely have nothing to lose. My husband takes a lot more risks and I have learned to remind myself that you always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take (saw that on a plaque somewhere). That is so true. So, while change can be hard and I fight it, I know that it can be so much better in some aspects and I need to welcome it. I have never been to Ireland…maybe I need to plan an event and bring a group of people to visit you at your cottage, right?
    Amy`s last blog was …Review: AGAINST THE DARK by Carolyn Crane

  4. Yay, Eliza!!!!!!!!
    Congrats on the book release – I’ve loved the sound of this story ever since you first mentioned it, and I’m really looking forward to reading it :).
    As for your cottage in Ireland, I saw a few of your posts on FB about it and think that’s not only incredibly cool, but it’s embracing change in a BIG way!! I can’t wait to hear all the details after your trip in September!

  5. Love the cover! I don’t mind change, so long as it works out in the long run.
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …Blood Swords in France

  6. Amy Atwell says:

    Welcome, Eliza! You know I love your cover, and I’m lucky enough to have had a chance to skim (though not the luxury to sit and fully read!) your book. The story looks like SO much fun. As for me and change, I try to embrace it, but I sometimes get that “deer in the headlights” reaction where I can’t decide how to cope with it.

    Best wishes on this release!
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Guilty Pleasures

    • Eliza Watson says:

      Thanks Amy! Yes, I’m sure you have caught bits and pieces along the way. Thanks again for the great formatting job. I couldn’t have done it without you!

  7. Eliza,

    The only way to not have change in a life is to die and that’s not something I want to have happen. Still too much to do. 😉

    But of course, some changes, like the really awful ones, would be great to avoid. But then again, they usually make me stronger and wise.

    Love the title and the cover of your new book.
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Summer Meltdown

  8. Lovely to see you here again, Eliza. When it comes to technology, I’m totally happy with change. Not for its own sake, which I think can be wasteful, but if something is no longer working right, I’m all for a new laptop / screen / keyboard 🙂

    I lived in Paris for a bit. I look forward to reading your book. 🙂
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …In Defense of the Queen Release Day

  9. Chelsea B. says:

    I welcome change but then when it gets here I’m like, umm, leave, please! 😉

  10. I love anything European so I bought my copy! Can’t wait to read it. And what a cute cover!
    Lori Brighton`s last blog was …Interview and Giveaway!

  11. Kristine R says:

    Hi Eliza good to have you here at MM. Let’s just say I fight change a lot. I really am a creature of habit.

  12. Tiffany Trumm Jorgenson says:

    I think change is hard. But often its for the best. I fight it and then think back on how dumb that was. Thanks

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