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The Not-So-Impressive New Year's Salute

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Good lord. Is it really almost the New Year? This should be a big post. A poignant post. A looking back on 2008 or looking forward to 2009 post. Only Tuesday snuck up on me. I was away for Christmas and then I came back and plunged back into the librarian-by-day/writer-by-night routine. I have a book due in less than three weeks. I'm behind. I'm stressed, but motivated. All time, energy, and creativity is directed toward the aforementioned book.

2008 is a blur.

2009 promises to be a blur.

I never keep New Year's resolutions, so why make them?

The ever-awesome Cindy Gerardis guest blogging this week at Babes in Bookland. Go. Partake in her wisdom and wit.

Harlequin now has guidelines for their new TEEN division. Check it out. I did. And yes, my wheels are turning.

My fave sitcom writer, Ken Levine, is highlighting some of his blog's year's best. Definitely worth checking out!

Although I'm not big on resolutions, as a writer, I'm inspired by J.A. Konrath's list.…

Happy Holidays!

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"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

From our family to yours...

Happy Holidays and a joyous, peaceful New Year! Cheers, Beth and Steve Cheyenne, Sadie, and Billie

A Note from Nipper Mistletoe

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Greetings, gang!

Nipper Mistletoe here. Beth's working, writing, and preparing for Christmas. Since I'm a 'helper' by trade, I volunteered to step in as a guest blogger. Mostly I'm just going to share some of fun stuff. You know. Stuff you don't have time for but do anyway because it's, well, mindless fun.

Want to get in touch with your inner elf? Or at least know your elf name? Go here. Oh, and be sure to come back and introduce yourself.

If you really want to have some fun, go Elf Yourself. Gee, if you've got the time, you can Elf your whole family. Lots of giggles for you and friends.

Send your own ElfYourselfeCards

Looking for Christmas stories, puzzles, games, recipes, and a Q&A with Santa? Skip over to Northpole.com

In the mood for a Christmas mystery short story? Check out: Here Comes Santa Clausby Bill Pronzini. (It's free! And one of many!)

What about you? Do you have any fun links to share? Nipper's listening!

I Need Your Help!

I've joined forces with mega-talent Stephanie Bondto write a feature for Romantic Times BOOK reviews about the 'state of the contemporary romance.'

If you read contemporary romance, I would love your input. You can email your answers privately to: beth@bethciotta.com

1) If you enjoy my books, why do they resonate with you?

2) In general, why do you love the contemporary romance? (What does it do for you that other sub-genres--such as historical or paranormal--don't.)

Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

Great News and New Cover!

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Happy dancing in Jersey this week!

First, the great news. I just learned that Everybody Loves Eviehas been nominated for a 2008 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. I. Am. Thrilled! Last year All About Eviewon the Reviewers Choice Award, so this is doubly sweet for Evie (and moi).

Now, the new cover. The third adventure in The Chameleon Chronicles -- will hit shelves in March. I shrieked with joy when I received this. And now I'm sharing it with you!

Many thanks to HQN'srockin' art and marketing department! Evie Ever Afteris now available for pre-order. I do hope readers are as pleased with Evie's journey as I am.

In other news, I'm participating in Harlequin's Holiday Open Houseon Thursday, December 11 over at the eharlequin site. Please do join us!

That's the news. I will now happy dance into the sunset.

It's The Thought That Counts

It’s December. How did that happen? I’m not ready for the holidays. My stomach cramps just thinking about holiday shopping. It means time away from my computer, from my encroaching deadline. It means fighting crowds, dealing with rude shoppers and frustrated sales clerks. It means agonizing over what to buy for those we love. I hate that. Gifts should be meaningful. Not something we buy in a rush. Not something we purchase out of duty.

Last week a Wal-mart worker was crushed to death by shoppers obsessed with a Black Friday sale. That sickened me on so many levels. It makes me want to rebel against the modern-day version of Christmas. Against materialism. It makes me want to dig deep and adopt the true spirit of Christmas. The spirit of giving from the heart.

This urge is intensified by the sobering reality of this nation’s economic dilemma. So much hardship. Hardship suffered by some I personally know and/or love.

A dear friend of mine sent me a handmade Christmas pin, a charity inspire…