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End of Year Rap

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Health: This was our year for health and you might remember our fasting journey over Thanksgiving 2017. It literally changed our lives and in 2018 we were able to live clean, healthy and happy. We drank green juice every day and 6 months ago I went fully plant based. Again, it’s changed my life. DH is a little behind me and continues eating some animal products, but he says it’s only a matter of time. I also started http://thehealthygrandma.com blog which will see more activity in 2018. Overall, I lost 80 pounds, I now work out at least 10 hours per week, and I love my new body which I haven’t seen since my early twenties. I didn’t diet or have surgery (not a jab at weight loss surgery), I changed everything about how I look at food. I’m no longer addicted and I can’t believe the difference it’s made in my physical and mental health. Look out 2019!

Wealth: This goal needs improvement. The book industry is fickle and I’ve been around a long time and seen so many changes. I’ve got things in the works for 2019 and #1 is writing more books. My goal is 6 new books for the new year and one rewrite. You can cheer because I always hit my goals ?

My book release schedule:

Shadow – 2/12/19 Genetically Modified Series

Warrior – 3/5/19 Genetically Modified Series

Street Fight – TBA Hotter Than Hell

Swelter – TBA Hotter Than Hell

Title TBA – TBA Genetically Modified Series

Title TBA – Something from my heart that I really want to write that’s not part of the GMS or HTH series.

Happiness: Being healthy is the number one thing I contribute to this year’s happiness. We stayed active and achieved major goals. Our grandchildren are growing older and it’s fun getting text messages from them. They’re the only ones I don’t say, “On deadline” to because their messages are so precious. I learned to make vegan butter and almond milk this year too. Tastes so good and I don’t need to give up some of those foods I love which makes me very happy!

A thankful year: There were so many incredible people in my life this year beginning with Holly’s Wicked Warriors, the best street team in the world. A special shout out to Tara, Amanda, Dinah, Michelle, Wendy, Bobbi, Linda, Melissa, Bethany, Sharon, Stephanie, Haleigh and Laura, thank you! To my husband, the mad green juicer in the house keeping filled with micronutrients. You’re my rock. I love you. To my writer friends who help stay me sane, thank you for your encouragement even if it’s just to say, “Stop whining and fucking write!” KC, Jodi, Theresa, Teresa, LK, Pamela, Connie and so many more. I’m a better writer with you in my life. To my editor Michelle and my incredible proof readers, Michelle (different Michelle), Sally, and Carol thank you for making me a better author. To all the readers who buy my books. THANK YOU!!!!

Loss: I lost an incredible friend in the book community this year. She was my second editor and her death hit me hard. Pat, I know you are hording the best books and looking down when I’m writing and crying because I no longer have you to lean on. Thank you for so many years of learning and joy. You inspired me to always be better and your legacy is that you still inspire those you touched.

2019 Goals: This year we are concentrating on mental health. Exercise relieves my stress and I want to increase my workouts to 20 hours per week and gain a set of six-pack abs while doing it (yep this grandma has it going). More walks in the mountains and more meditation time to stay level headed. I also want to watch movies/television with a positive message. I find it relaxes me more than say watching Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper. This doesn’t mean I’m cutting Dwayne from my life. I’ll just intersperse mellower shows with the bad-ass ones and I plan to do the same with books. My next goal is trying out for that roller derby team I’ve been procrastinating over. I’ve put it off long enough and this is the year. The worst they can say is no. We’re also remodeling the gym in our house, adding mirrors, carpet and new equipment. The projected end date for the project is Jan. 18th in time for my writer’s group to come visit and workout. I can’t wait to get the project started. I’m also adding kickboxing into the mix with a Wednesday evening class along with my Thursday morning private training session. Look out world, Holly’s on a kick-ass rampage for 2019!

Have a wickedly Happy New Year and many, many more!

An Open Letter to Barnes & Noble

I went into a Barnes & Noble store for the first time in years.

Occasionally I shop online at their store for books because I have the nook app, though I’m sorry to say, I prefer reading on my Kindle. When B&N went off the deep end and stopped supporting their devices, I never bought another because their marketing was just too iffy. You sent way to many mixed messages that basically told consumers to jump ship. I did.

So, the store. I took my 3-year-old grandson in to buy a book. In my mind it could be a boxed book with a small toy or stuffed animal to go along with the story. We were both very excited.

What I didn’t know is that B&N has added an entire toy section totally unrelated to books.

Toys like you would find at Walmart or Target. We walked out with a Power Ranger toy. No book for us to read because my grandson had his heart set on PR and I’ll be darned if I forced a book on him.

My daughter told me her and her three children spent a lot of time in B&N stores and they loves walking out with their books. It was a treat. But my daughter stopped taking them because all they wanted was overpriced toys and the actual excitement over books went out the window.

So here’s my problem… B&N you cannot keep up with the Jones (Amazon). Just get it in your head that you cannot. What you can do is go back to your roots, BOOKS! Not toys, or alcoholic beverages for people who don’t buy what you should be selling.

I get it. Amazon takes a huge bite out of your market but have you really looked at your clientele? Honestly they’re a little pickier than the average Kindle reader. They like shopping small and they loved the sense of “class” B&N gave them as a consumer.

I owned a small independent bookstore for twenty years. I had to change with the times and I did. It’s funny because I can look at B&N with a business eye and see exactly what they should be doing. Independent authors run the navigation of the tricky publishing dilemma daily. We adapt.

B&N you don’t adapt. You hire CEO’s who have NO book background to look at your business and move into the future. You’ve failed, so how about go back to a general manager who has worked in the business, knows the business, and is customer savvy to what readers want.

This isn’t rocket science, it’s good old-fashioned business sense.

I’m available if you need me. I have an entire slew of ideas. I want you to succeed and you could if you would stop doing everything in your power to go out of business.

Signed,

A very frustrated B&N consumer