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Not to do List??

My friend Martin Morris sent me this and I thought it was worth sharing, no matter what you do for a living.

 

8 Things You Should Not Do Every Day

It’s for your own good. Cut these things out of your day and you’ll see gains in productivity–not to mention happiness.

If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you’ll get huge returns–in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being–from adding these items to your not to-do list:

Every day, make the commitment not to:

thumbnailca9dhvem.jpg1. Check my phone while I’m talking to someone.

You’ve done it. You’ve played the, “Is that your phone? Oh, it must be mine,” game. You’ve tried the you-think-sly-but-actually-really-obvious downwards glance. You’ve done the, “Wait, let me answer this text…” thing.

Maybe you didn’t even say, “Wait.” You just stopped talking, stopped paying attention, and did it.

Want to stand out? Want to be that person everyone loves because they make you feel, when they’re talking to you, like you’re the most important person in the world?

Stop checking your phone. It doesn’t notice when you aren’t paying attention.

Other people? They notice.

And they care.

Eclipse photo2. Multitask during a meeting.

The easiest way to be the smartest person in the room is to be the person who pays the most attention to the room.

You’ll be amazed by what you can learn, both about the topic of the meeting and about the people in the meeting if you stop multitasking and start paying close attention. You’ll flush out and understand hidden agendas, you’ll spot opportunities to build bridges, and you’ll find ways to make yourself indispensable to the people who matter.

It’s easy, because you’ll be the only one trying.

And you’ll be the only one succeeding on multiple levels.

Fireworks3. Think about people who don’t make any difference in my life.

Trust me: The inhabitants of planet Kardashian  are okay without you.

But your family, your friends, your employees–all the people that really matter to you–are not. Give them your time and attention.

They’re the ones who deserve it.

imagesCAUNBIMB4. Use multiple notifications.

You don’t need to know the instant you get an email. Or a text. Or a tweet. Or anything else that pops up on your phone or computer.

If something is important enough for you to do, it’s important enough for you to do without interruptions. Focus totally on what you’re doing. Then, on a schedule you set–instead of a schedule you let everyone else set–play prairie dog and pop your head up to see what’s happening.

And then get right back to work. Focusing on what you are doing is a lot more important than focusing on other people might be doing.

They can wait. You, and what is truly important to you, cannot.

Golden Cane5. Let the past dictate the future.

Mistakes are valuable. Learn from them.

Then let them go.

Easier said than done? It all depends on your perspective. When something goes wrong, turn it into an opportunity to learn something you didn’t know–especially about yourself.

When something goes wrong for someone else, turn it into an opportunity to be gracious, forgiving, and understanding.

The past is just training. The past should definitely inform but in no way define you–unless you let it.

Clouds, Palms and Sky6. Wait until I’m sure I will succeed.

You can never feel sure you will succeed at something new, but you can always feel sure you are committed to giving something your best.

And you can always feel sure you will try again if you fail.

Stop waiting. You have a lot less to lose than you think, and everything to gain.

UP the garden path7. Talk behind someone’s back.

If only because being the focus of gossip sucks. (And so do the people who gossip.)

If you’ve talked to more than one person about something Joe is doing, wouldn’t everyone be better off if you stepped up and actually talked to Joe about it? And if it’s “not your place” to talk to Joe, it’s probably not your place to talk about Joe.

Spend your time on productive conversations. You’ll get a lot more done–and you’ll gain a lot more respect.

Tropical Garden 18. Say “yes” when I really mean “no.”

Refusing a request from colleagues, customers, or even friends is really hard. But rarely does saying no go as badly as you expect. Most people will understand, and if they don’t, should you care too much about what they think?

When you say no, at least you’ll only feel bad for a few moments. When you say yes to something you really don’t want to do you might feel bad for a long time–or at least as long as it takes you to do what you didn’t want to do in the first place

 

 

 

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Bernadette Talks

Destiny Promo PhotoI’ve been excited about the response to Dr Monique’s review of Princess Avenger. Her words really resonated with you, the reader, as proven by the number of views of Book Review-Princess Avenger. As an author, the most gratifying thing of all is connecting with your reader and hearing their impression of your words on the page. This passage of Monique’s says it all for me:Princess Avenger High Res Cover

I really enjoyed the book and became completely engrossed in the story.  I felt a connection with the characters and found myself being swept away with the emotion and passion pouring out of the pages.  I would read for chapters on end and forget where reality was, drawn into the life of the princess, feeling like I was right there next to her hiding in the dark alleyways.

I feel I’ve succeeded in what I set out to do with Princess Avenger: to entertain the reader and allow them the ultimate escape; to take them to a magical world and let their imagination do the rest. I thought you might like further insights into Princess Avenger and what writing means to me and so I’ve included the link to this Youtube video, recorded in August 2012. I hope you enjoy it.

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Book Review- Princess Avenger

   

Monique and PA- Williamstown PO Introducing Dr Monique’s review of Princess Avenger

Looking for a book in which to escape the everyday rush, the stresses of work, the worries of tomorrow?  A book to entertain the mind, get your heart racing and warm the soul as the cooler weather sets in?

Princess Avenger is the debut novel of Dr Bernadette Rowley, a veterinarian from the Greencross Vets Woodlands clinic in Townsville, Queensland.  Initially released in October 2012 as an e-book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Books Australia, the opportunity has provided Bernadette a chance to follow her other passion, writing.

I came across the announcement of the book’s release on the Greencross Intranet and was enticed by the genre (fantasy romance) and the intrigue of the premise – a strong princess heroine, revenge, honour, destiny, duty and passion.  I also saw the chance to support a fellow veterinarian in her endeavours to achieve a different dream.

Princess Avenger High Res CoverPrincess Alecia is destined to serve and protect her kingdom.  As corruption and betrayal are spreading through the streets of her city, she sees it her duty to use her strength and skills to seek revenge for the brutal murder of her first love.  But there is also darkness and treachery coming from within the royal halls.  Alecia fights to hold on to her respect and honour for her father, pushing aside her growing fear that he might be accountable for their people’s suffering and hardship.

Army Captain Vard Anton also has a duty to protect and serve, though holds many secrets and internal struggles of his own.  The princess feels she must bury her attraction to the handsome man and complete her duty as a princess by submitting to a sickening arranged marriage to a vile corrupted royal advisor.  However the intense passion between Alecia and Vard burns strong and becomes an immeasurable strength in their fight for what they believe in and who they love.

I really enjoyed the book and became completely engrossed in the story.  I felt a connection with the characters and found myself being swept away with the emotion and passion pouring out of the pages.  I would read for chapters on end and forget where reality was, drawn into the life of the princess, feeling like I was right there next to her hiding in the dark alleyways.

I would recommend the book to those who appreciate the genre and the enjoyment of a thrilling read, filled with passion and love.  I found the experience all the more exciting knowing the author and being able to appreciate the inclusion of her love and appreciation of animals within her writing.  Last month I had the honour of meeting Bernadette when I travelled to Townsville to visit my partner.  It was fantastic to meet her, express my support and discuss dreams and inspirations.

The book has recently been published in paperback and is being sold at Australia Post shops across the country with other Destiny Romance novels.  Track down the illusive princess in selected Australia Post stores and online through your favouite e-book retailer.

Dr Monique Tydens

Greencross Vets Williamstown, Victoria

I’d like to thank Monique for her lovely review and for her support of my writing.

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Wonderful Townsville

We might have missed out on a real wet season here in Townsville and the romance that goes along with that but there’s still plenty to love about this great city. The weather is cooling down and the air is clear. The grass is still green and the sky is a deep, deep blue just like the eyes of your hero.

Clouds, Palms and Sky UP the garden path

My hero has been out in the garden, restoring order to our lush, tropical foliage so I’ve included some images of ‘our place’ just in case you ever wondered what environment this writer gets to work in every day.

Golden Cane  Tropical Garden 1

I can’t help but be grateful to live in this beautiful world, surrounded by these magnificent plants and animals AND loved by the most awesome family and friends one could ever wish for.

Joanne, Frank, Michelle, Amy and Jacinta  24.3.2013 U15 Batting Champion wests 2

I’d love to see some photos of your beautiful world and the people you appreciate. If you wish to share, send me a link or a photo…

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In Search of Destiny

Monique and PA- Williamstown PO                  Castletown PO Tville 2

There’s been a mad frenzy over the last few days with Destiny Romance authors dashing into post offices throughout Australia desperate to find their books on sale. We’ve known for a couple of months that the deal with Australia Post would see our books in print and sold in post offices throughout Australia. It’s available in 660 stores in total and these are mainly, but not exclusively, the large Post Office stores in shopping centres.

I put out the call for my readers to track down Princess Avenger in the flesh and send me a photo of the illusive royal and themselves. This was no easy challenge as those who know Princess Alecia realise she likes to get about in disguise. I’m happy to announce that Dr Monique from Williamstown was my first reader to succeed in cornering the feisty princess. But that doesn’t mean the challenge is over.

I’m still gathering sightings of Princess Avenger wherever she makes an appearance. There are even rumours that her story remains unfinished and that even though the heroine is exiled, she hasn’t given up on her kingdom or her people.

So keep an eye on those post offices and stay in touch…

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Australia Post Holds Destiny

Book at ARRA

In great news, Australia Post have decided to take all 2012 Destiny titles, in print, as one of their rotational offers. This means my book Princess Avenger is now available in 650 Australia Post outlets for a period of about three months. The recommended retail price is $9.99

If you live in Australia, this is a wonderful opportunity to have the Destiny titles from 2012 in paperback. It’s every author’s dream to hold their book and this deal with Australia Post has made that dream come true for me. I hope it’s just the beginning of exciting times for Destiny Romance, Penguin’s digital first romance imprint. Destiny have given a voice to previously unpublished authors of Australian romance and they are to be congratulated for that alone.

Having read all of the 2012 releases, I can tell you there are some truly wonderful titles amongst the dozen on offer. So if you like to hold a book in your hands rather than an electronic device, hop into your local Australia Post store and enjoy a little Destiny romance.

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Weekend of Romance-Author Signing

ARRA Author SigningI was lucky enough to take part in the author signing during the ARRA 2013 Convention. It was beautifully organised and set up with around 66 authors involved from the fabulous Amy Andrews, Anna Campbell, Anne Gracie and Nalini Singh through to Helene (Helium) Young. Somewhere in the middle were the Destiny team of myself, Jennifer St George and Imelda Evans. Over two hours, readers filed past, getting us to sign the amazing souvenir booklets which contained information on each of the authors. And oh what information! Who knew that one of Anne Gracie’s celebrity crushes was David Tennant (I’m with you Anne!) or that Anna Campbell would love to live on the west coast of Scotland or that Kelly Hunter would really like to be James Bond?

I got to sign the print version of my book for the first time. It was difficult to know what to write but hopefully I’ll be forgiven if it was a bit lame. What was most amazing to me was the reader interest in paranormal/fantasy stories. It was gratifying to speak to so many who read widely in the genre that I love. I guess I’m not so odd after all.

Writers are, first and foremost, readers and the weekend was a wonderful opportunity to network with other readers who are most definitely passionate about romance and books in general. There was a great sense of being with one’s ‘tribe’ and for solitary writers, which we all are, this was an opportunity too good to miss. I’m so glad I attended!

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A Weekend of Romance

Book at ARRAI’ve just participated in a magnificent weekend in Brisbane at the 3rd Annual Australian Romance Readers Association convention. I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was the first readers event I’ve attended. Over the coming weeks I’ll outline my impressions of this wonderful gathering which packed so much into two days and two nights.

As a quick overview of the event, the weekend started with Lady Jane’s Salon where several authors read excerpts from their recent releases. Following this, delelgates attended a welcome reception which was a wonderful chance to catch up with author and publishing industry mates and meet new readers. Over the two days of conference, attendees were treated to no less than three key note speakers and numerous workshop sessions including ample opportunities for readers to ask questions of authors. I have to say that the authors I listened to were very generous and open in their answers.

It was lovely to meet devoted readers who have an intimate knowledge of the romance genre, not to mention many other genres. All subgenres of romance were covered over the weekend including erotica, fantasy and sci-fi, rural, suspense and of course contemporary and category romance.

By far the most amazing part of the weekend was the chance to hold my book. Yes! Princess Avenger has been printed along with all Destiny titles from 2012. I’ll have more info on where you’ll be able to pick up your paperback copy of my story in coming weeks. At this stage it will only be available in Australia.

If you ever get a chance to attend one of these conventions either as a reader or a writer, I can thoroughly recommend it. The next one will be in two years time.

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New From Destiny Romance

2013 has already been a big year at Destiny Romance. In January the digital first publisher released Seducing the Secret Heiress by Jennifer St George and Wild at Heart by Charmaine Ross. These are both second books in the Destiny Imprint for Jen and Charmaine and I can highly recommend them.

Seducing the Secret Heiress, Jennifer St GeorgeDiamond heiress, Charlotte Wentworth, is passionate about two things – cooking and her billionaire fiancée, Paul.  That is, until she finds Paul has been unfaithful. Shocked, she flees to Europe where she is determined to build a life of her own without her family’s name, fortune or connections.  When she meets gorgeous Englishman, Gabe Grenville, a famous reality TV producer, sparks fly. Charlotte passes herself off as a lowly catering assistant but soon finds herself a star on his TV cooking show. But how will he react when he discovers Charlotte’s true identity? And Paul has not given up – he has his own agenda for forcing Charlotte to return to Australia and marry him.

Will their love turn into a recipe for disaster? Or will it turn out to be a perfect

Wild at Heart, Charmaine RossDocumentary maker Dan Masters is completely out of his comfort zone in outback Australia. Passionate park ranger, Victoria Price, couldn’t be more at home in the wilderness. After Victoria saves Dan from the jaws of a ferocious crocodile, she can’t get away from him fast enough. But her amazing rescue has been filmed and when the film’s investors see the footage, they demand Dan do whatever it takes to get Victoria involved in the movie. Ordered to take part, Victoria reluctantly joins Dan on safari where they fight poachers, fire ants and a powerful attraction for each other that becomes increasingly difficult to deny. But desire is a dangerous game in this riotous romantic comedy…

This month Destiny have released:

Second Chance- CarlaSecond Chance by Carla Caruso
The second book for Destiny from Carla and we love it.  It’s all about 30 something,
lovelorn Flora who is accidentally zapped back in time to when she was 20 and
her life unraveled. Flora decides to win back the love of her life, land the
dream job and stay friends with her bestie. But will Flora find the happiness
she seeks in her past – and will it be what she expects?
To read an extract
from Second Chance, click here

The Border Laird's Bride, Allison ButlerThe Border Laird’s Bride by Allison
Butler

This passionate Scottish romance had us swooning at
Destiny. Jamie, the hero, is gorgeous, strong, masculine – and lovely and kind.
He’s promised to produce an heir, but never to fall in love. Kenzie is one of
the best heroines ever. A likeable firebrand who’s brave, a little wild and has
a very good reason to never want to marry. We found ourselves cheering this
couple on and you will as well.
To read an extract from The Border Laird’s Bride, click here

And of course, there are all the previous fabulous titles including my own Princess Avenger Princess Avenger High Res Cover. All the buy links for the different e-book formats are available on the Destiny website at http://www.destinyromance.com/