Hi everyone,

 In the last few weeks there’s been the traditional countdown to Christmas, the rush and roar as we shop till we drop for gifts and food for the festive season, then once it’s over it’s collapse time…for an hour or two, then there’s a new challenge.

The New Year is racing up to meet us and of course the next challenge.

A new year often means new goals, things we want to achieve in the coming year.  One wonders sometimes why we set these challenges for ourselves, because often our over enthusiastic nature kicks in –  we’re tired of the old ways, the new way will be better, more efficient, successful, and so we lay down these goals and challenges often one on top of the other, and also more often than not we overload ourselves.  We’re invigorated.  We can do anything, do it all, and okay so we’ve given ourselves four, five, six or more challenges. 

Easy.  We’re fresh, it’s a new year and anything is possible.


Now, I’m not one to stop you, really.  I’m the worlds worst at overloading myself, believe me.  I’m married to a workaholic, and after thirty years of marriage, I’ve kind of morphed into a replica of my beloved’s work habits.  It’s really (really really) hard for me to stop and breathe, even stop and read, which is awful since I’m a writer.  The only thing that in the last year that made me stop was having major surgery.

Anyway…back to 2013 and what goals we will set ourselves.  My list looks something like thisWrite 3-4 books – the stories are there, waiting to be written, so all I have to do is…well write the darn things. 

 Figure out Facebook properly – do it every day

Work on other social media thingys (you can see I’m really technologically adept right?  Wrong!)

Blog baby.  Blog and more and more blogging, that’s the next agenda. 

Then of course they’ll be edits for my coming releases.

And wait…there’s life too.   They call it balance apparently and somehow, I must figure that one out and where you find it.   But find it I must, and therefore I suppose I should put FINDING BALANCE on the top of my goals for 2013.

 So what are your goals for the coming year, and how do you find balance?

 Happy balancing!

Jane Beckenham  – click here to check out my new and improved web site!

 PS – my heroine in He’s the One had one goal in mind – to find out all about sex!






 “Virginity is overrated.” Easy words? She’d said them often enough.

Yet when Taylor Sullivan whispered them, the swell of panic threatened to take hold.

She had to do this.

It was time.

Taylor exhaled every emotion she’d bottled for the past twenty-four hours, ever since she’d seen him: Mr. Perfect-for-the-Job.

As she stood outside the bar, her bravado waned and panic set in. Who wouldn’t panic when they were about to make an off-the-wall suggestion to a stranger?

She gripped her assistant’s arm. “I can’t. This is a mistake.”

“No, it’s not. You said so yourself, he’s the one.”

“What do I know? I mean, who is he?”

“Cade Harper. Bad boy made good—and one sexy hunk. Is that enough for you?” Nita gave her a suggestive grin.

Oh, yeah.

Taylor wiped her sweaty palms down the sides of her skirt. “The fairy godmother sure did hand out good looks at his bassinet.” He’d been the best man at a wedding she’d planned recently. Haloed by the light streaming in from the stained glass window, he’d taken her breath away.

But now, twenty-four hours after that wedding, as the throbbing beat of music threaded its way out onto the kerb where she and Nita waited, Taylor’s wayward nerves vaulted into overdrive. “I should never have told you.”

Nita shrugged. “Probably not, but, hey, I get those calls too.”

“But you can answer them,” Taylor countered.

“So, what are you going to do about it?”

Taylor bit down on her bottom lip, chewing it as if it afforded her the luxury of time. “I don’t want a relationship.”

“Who said anything about a relationship? This is a fling. A one-nighter. Get you past first base, so to speak.”

First base! Taylor swallowed the lump that choked off her breathing. The icy chill that slid along her bones had absolutely nothing to do with Auckland’s balmy May evening breeze.

He’s the One www.samhainpublishing.com 7

Her fingers grazed the side of her handbag and snapped back as if scalded when she remembered exactly what her bag contained.


An appropriate reminder: preparation and safety first.

She could do this. She could. She grabbed Nita’s arm. “Okay. Let’s go.”

Nita stalled mid-step. “What? You expect me to come too?”

“I need you. I can’t do this on my own. I need…”

“Cade Harper is who you need, Taylor. You said so yourself. Cade’s a love ’em and leave ’em sort of guy. Now go.” Nita gave her a push toward the entrance and waved goodbye.

Love and leave. Definitely perfect credentials. Cade didn’t know it yet, but he was the answer to Taylor’s prayers.

Battling the raw panic lodged in her gut as every second edged her toward turning and running, Taylor surveyed the patrons. Her hands shook. She wanted to forget the idea. Forget sex. Forget Cade Harper. If she could.

Instead she focused on the entrance, and her pulse quickened.

The best man. How appropriate.

Cade hadn’t been at the wedding rehearsal; otherwise she would have noticed him. But at the wedding, dressed in a black tuxedo that molded his broad shoulders and a crisp white dress shirt with diamond stud buttons, he absolutely stood out and, within seconds, she’d made her decision. He was perfect for the job.

Squaring her shoulders, Taylor shoved the bar door open. For a moment, she stood motionless, eyes adjusting to the dim lighting, the noise and heat hitting her in an undulating wave.

This was it.

Taking a deep breath, she clutched her bag and ventured in.





  • Hi Jane – love the excerpt.

    As for 2013 – well. Hmmm.

    Finish books 2 and 3 of the Greenwood Witch series.
    Diet to fit in that dress for my friend’s daughter’s wedding!
    Save heaps of $
    Travel, travel and travel some more.
    Learn more about Facebook and become media savvy as like you, I don’t understand it really!

    December 29, 2012
  • Jane Beckenham

    Hi Rowena, thanks for popping in, glad you liked HTO’s excerpt. Love the travel goal – we’re aiming to do a bit of that next year too

    December 29, 2012
  • Good luck with all your goals for 2013. As one who is not adept at technology, I understand what a daunting task some of these things can be.

    December 29, 2012
    • Jane Beckenham

      NJ i think the techno stuff is a genetic disorder LOL

      December 29, 2012
  • Hayson

    Hi Jane,
    Great post. Got me thinking which is always good! I resolve to read at least forty minutes a day. No exceptions. And read over a variety of genres. I love reading but have become too busy to take the time. No so in 2013.


    December 29, 2012
    • Jane Beckenham

      Hayson i so get the reading time. THat’s another of my goals – to read a book a week


      December 29, 2012
  • Hi Jane! Happy New Year! When you figure out Facebook properly, could you please let me know how you did it? 😉
    Balancing is really hard for me, too, and I don’t feel like I’m all that good at it. But luckily we get a fresh start in a few days!

    Loved reading your excerpt! Thanks for the peek!

    December 29, 2012
    • Jane Beckenham

      Hey Robin, thanks for popping by.
      Do keep coming back as from Mid February i’m starting a major blog “thingy” with the 1st week giving away downloads of ALL my books


      December 29, 2012
  • sounds as though you have a great year ahead planned, Jane! My goal in the last year was to read more and I’m so happy to finally say I did it.

    My aim for 2013 is to write three new books and a novella so I’d better get cracking!

    LOvely website btw.

    December 29, 2012
    • Jane Beckenham

      Barb good on you for getting more reading time. That is something i’m so naughty about. After surgery this year, friends brought me a kindle as a get well pressie, and downloaded a bunch of books onto it, so i have no reason now not to read.


      December 29, 2012
  • Congratulations on getting an early start on the New Year’s ressies! Haven’t pinned mine down quite yet, but I’m there with you on: (1) reading more, (with the added caveat that People magazine doesn’t count. Luckily, after crusing through your HE’S THE ONE excerpt, I’ve got a real title to add to my reading list), (2) writing, and (3) conquering social media.

    Of course, when it comes to #3, I start to realize it’s a fine line between ambition and delusion!

    December 30, 2012
  • Jane Beckenham

    Sam thanks for popping by. Does that mean if People magazine doesn’t count, then my decorating magazines don’t count either – darn it! Not fair.
    Am with you on the ambition/delusion re social media. But i live in hope

    Have a lovely day

    December 30, 2012
  • Hi Jane, trying this again. What a terrific excerpt and the site is beautiful!

    December 30, 2012
  • Jane Beckenham

    Glad you found your way in Lisa and thanks for the comment re He’s the One. Am very pleased to say that this book has been my absolute best seller

    Happy new year

    December 30, 2012
  • Hi Jane,
    You are so right…I’ve piled up goals on top of goals through the years and now…I don’t set any….I just live each day and let me mind for the day dictate my actions…I’m retired from my 9-5….so that’s a good thing, and sometimes it’s not…it seems I got more things done when I had a set routine…
    Happy New Year

    December 30, 2012
    • Jane Beckenham

      Hi Vanessa
      You’re right about routine. I think because i work from home i have to be a lot more disciplined and structured. I think for me that is where setting goals helps a lot

      Happy new year to you too

      December 30, 2012

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