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Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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  • Jessica Sherry

Don't Make New Year's Resolutions... Make Plans Instead

New Year's Day on a Calendar

New Year’s Resolutions have never been a focus for our family. Not that we discouraged them, but who wants to tarnish the celebratory Christmas break vibe by discussing vows for self-improvement? Gross.

But this year, I’m giving them more consideration than usual. Last May, after reading Michael Hyatt’s Your Best Year Ever, I created a list of goals for the year and broke those into quarters. My third quarter began December 1st, and I’ve had great success with Hyatt’s method. Since June 1st, I’ve…

· Edited, revised, and completed two manuscripts.

· Submitted One Thing Better to 75 agents.

· Published nearly 30 blogs.

· Read 15 books.

· Created an editing plan for another manuscript.

· Outlined a new novel.

· And organized my work for the entire year and established joint goals with Joe.

It’s been a busy but delightfully productive half-year, showing no signs of slowing. The fifth and final Delilah Duffy Mystery, Odd-a-Sea, comes out in February, ya’ll!

So, my goal-setting doesn’t need a New Year’s Resolution bump.

Still, a mental after-action review of the year gone and dreaming about what’s ahead is standard, New Year’s 101. Who can help it? And it gets me thinking… to resolve or not to resolve?

How many people make resolutions?

In 2022, according to, resolution-makers were in the minority, barely. 39% of American adults made them. At 59%, young adults (18-34) made them the most—sweet, optimistic babies.

In high school, my friend Rachel was one of those sweet, optimistic babies. She made yearly resolutions, usually eliminating things like chocolate or soda from her diet. It was an excellent way to build her self-discipline, and she succeeded.

What are the most popular resolutions?

They’re not outlawing chocolate or soda, geez. Eating healthier, losing weight, and exercising more compose the majority of resolutions. No surprise there, especially after a long winter of gorging on delicious holiday meals and peppermint martinis. Achieving good health is on everyone’s must-do list.

How many resolutions do people make?

The same article reports that nearly 53% of people stick to one main goal while the rest have a self-improvement bonanza making multiple resolutions.

And now the big question… How many resolutions are kept?

9%. For the rest, the quitting timeframe varies. Most give up by February.

So, if you make New Year’s resolutions, how do you become one of the 9% who keeps them?

New Year’s Resolutions are special in name only. Otherwise, they’re like any other goal set on a regular Tuesday. And dropping the ball the first week of January sets a negative tone for the new year (ha, New Year's pun). It’s a lot of pressure.

So, if you deduct New Year’s from the equation, your hopes become plans rather than resolutions, and that's much better.

What’s the difference?

Everyone’s a successful planner to some extent already—we can keep plans. We just spent a season attending family dinners, buying gifts, and hitting up holiday events, for goodness' sake. But life-altering promises prove way more complicated for most people.

Plans are workable, flexible, and fluid. They shift with you and set you up for success. Setbacks will happen, but so does progress.

Resolutions are concrete, rigid. They are promises that, once broken or even bent, heap guilt and disappointment on our shoulders. Resolutions end with a single failure.

Plans roll with bad days while resolutions end on them.

It’s like in detective shows when a newbie cop promises the victim’s family, “We will find who did this.” The next scene is always the veteran detective scolding him for promising what he can’t guarantee will happen.

Never make promises. Make plans.

Three things have kept me on track for six months with my goals—clarity, focus, and flexibility.

Clarity came with knowing exactly what I wanted to get done, writing it down, and setting reasonable timelines.

Focus enabled me to prioritize my goals and bypass distractions.

With flexibility, my plans weren’t ruined over life getting in the way. If the task didn’t happen on a bad day, it happened the next. And I didn’t beat myself up over it.

I won’t make any New Year’s Resolutions. I’ll stick to my plans.

But in the spirit of entering a new year, it’s helpful to ask: What would I like to be celebrating at this time next year?

Hmm, that’s a much more fun question. Thanks to goal-setting, I already know. Two more published books with two more manuscripts in the queue. A finished Delilah Duffy series. A robust blog with growing traffic. And, let's hope, a few bonuses I can't predict, like a bestseller, blog profits, and a fanbase. Fingers crossed.

Whatever your answer, create a list of ways that goal will happen and reasonable timelines for each milestone. Then, you have a manageable, workable plan.

Tell me… what are your thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions? Have any? Really commit by sharing your resolutions below. I’ll also accept goal advice and dad jokes.

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Happy New Year.

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