I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and have been able to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I also hope all my northern lovelies have stayed safe and warm through the wintry weather.

I’m taking a break in my blogging break. I guess that means it’s an unbreak? Hmm…I don’t know. I just felt compelled to write a blog post. Okay, admittedly, I’m also procrastinating. Because that’s what we writers do best.

First, a shout-out of hugs, thoughts and prayers for my friend Jessica, aka The Alliterative Allomorph. A bomb exploded about a block away from her home in Athens, Greece. Way too close to home. I can only imagine how frightening that would be. Jessica, I’m glad you’re okay!!

If you haven’t checked them out yet, the cover contests for Promise and Purpose are still going on. These are fun re-makes readers have done, but They. Are. Amazing. You can vote for your favorites at Confessions of a Bookaholic and A Life Bound by Books.

Mindful Musings is also taking votes for a variety of categories, including best blogs, best books, best characters, best series, best covers and most anticipated books for 2011. Promise, Purpose, the Soul Savers series, Alexis, Tristan, Alexis & Tristan (as a couple) and Owen are all up for awards. They’re up against really stiff competition, so it’s an honor that someone even nominated them. Go check out the various categories and vote for your favorites.

Before I return to my break, I just want to wish you a very happy and very safe New Year!!