All posts tagged goals

Welcome back Paul Rega!!!

Published April 4, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Paul is back with us today to share a little more of his expertise with us. Welcome and take it away, Paul!


Intuitive Personal Assessment


“A Career Self-Assessment Tool”

Throughout most of my life, I have been on a journey towards the identification, development and implementation of my personal career path. Many years ago, my father introduced me to the concept of establishing and setting goals. He had developed a very sophisticated goal system and each Thanksgiving would have a series of goal-setting meetings with his business partner. Being involved in my own business for many years, I have incorporated much of what he has taught me into my personal life and career planning sessions.

Utilizing my personal and business experience as an executive recruiter since 1984, I have developed a unique twelve-step career assessment and goal setting process called “Intuitive Personal Assessment,” or IPA. The twelve steps and exercises of the IPA process will guide and assist you with the discovery, acceptance and implementation of your desired career path. The IPA self-assessment program utilizes your intuition and incorporates your ideas, skills, interests, values and life experiences to determine your career path.

The goal setting segment of IPA is based on the principle of establishing and maintaining balance in all of life’s seven components, including: Health, Family, Knowledge, Relationships, Spiritual, Financial, and Career. Balance is the key to life’s longevity and by achieving balance in your life your career will prosper. Setting goals and taking action to achieve them as they relate to the components of the IPA process will enable you to visualize and accomplish your career objectives.

The IPA personal assessment program is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to discover his or her unique career path. After completion of the twelve-step IPA process, you will be equipped with the knowledge needed to determine your career path and the tools in the form of goals needed to implement your job search plan.

The current job market is a tremendously competitive environment. Many individuals, who have recently lost their jobs often have very similar job skills and will be seeking a limited number of positions. Only those who have a clear understanding of their desired career path and are armed with the proper skills and job search knowledge will be successful in their search.

When searching for a new job, most individuals are doing so for one of two reasons. They are either dissatisfied with their current job, or they have been laid off or fired from their current position. They may be unhappy with the type of work they are doing or dislike the company environment in which they work. They may have a personality conflict with their boss, or salary and benefits issues that can’t be resolved. The reasons for an individual’s job dissatisfaction are endless.

This book is intended to serve as a guide for those individuals who either want to make a career change or for those who are literally forced to make a change and are looking for a new job. The current-day perception of the job market is that there are fewer good paying jobs and more people competing for the same positions. Many US companies continue to export thousands of jobs to foreign countries and as a result have dramatically restructured their businesses and have downsized their work force. Thousands of individuals out of work with similar job experience are thus infused into an already hyper-competitive job market.

When searching for a new job, time is always your enemy; you must start your job search immediately once you are out of work. Should you be privy to company layoffs or you decide to leave your present company, it is important that you begin your job search as soon as you are able to do so. Far too many people I have known through my executive search business have mistakenly decided to wait more than two weeks, to almost a year to start their job search. Some made a decision to take time off from work or even took extended vacations. 

Competition for new jobs is very fierce in today’s economically tight environment with fewer quality well-paying jobs available. As an executive search recruiter with over twenty-eight years of industry experience, I strongly recommend against taking an extended vacation should you leave your current company. Time away from work may sound like a good idea, perhaps to regroup and charge your batteries. However, it could prove to be a very costly mistake, especially if several people from your company with similar work experience are also laid off. My advice is that you take a day or two to get organized and gather your thoughts, and then move immediately towards your goal of locating a new position before your competition has time to act.

Begin to ask yourself the following questions: Do I enjoy the work I was doing at the previous company? Does the work challenge me? Am I doing something that I feel is important? Was the environment, culture and location of the company suited to me as an individual? Do I want to work for a small, medium or large company? What personality traits am I looking for in a boss and my co-workers? These are questions that will help you to mentally prepare yourself to begin your job search.


Paul Rega is president of Paul J. Rega & Associates, a retained executive search firm he founded in 1985. He is well-known throughout the business community as an executive search professional and career coach. His new best-selling book, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs hit the #1 position in Job Hunting books in the country, surpassing “What Color is Your Parachute.” The book continues to be one of the most downloaded books on Amazon with over 13,500 downloads during a 3-day promotion. It rocketed to #1 Job Hunting, Careers & Resumes, #2 Nonfiction and #2 Business & Investing. It was also ranked in the Top 20 at #14 on Amazon Kindle.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Journalism, having attended the University of Illinois and Western Illinois University. He began his writing career while attending Western Illinois University as a staff reporter for the Western Courier. Prior to establishing his executive search firm, Paul held the position of Chemical Marketing Manager with Fisher Scientific Company, a division of Allied Chemical where he sold and marketed food and pharmaceutical grade chemicals. He currently lives with his fiancée in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Florida where he is working on his next book, a novel, and coaches his children in soccer, one of his other passions in life.

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New Cover Art from Evernight!

Published February 24, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Coming Soon From Evernight!

It’s hard to believe that less than 5 months ago I was still an unpublished author. So much has happened since then, and I find it all so exciting! Even the edits excite me; the editor’s insights often helping to fine tune my work into a richer, deeper, more suspenseful, and sometimes hotter, story.

I’m even learning how to successfully promote my work. LOL (Read: Becoming a Facebook addict. )

My journey as a published author began on October 5th, 2011, with the release of Zakia and the Cowboy, Book 1 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series. It became an ARe Bestseller and Featured Title within 3 days of its release. It also won Book of the Month at TBR, a major review site, in December.

October 13th saw my first effort at self-publishing hit Amazon with my novella, His Christmas Wish, and it has done really well. It’s a sweet romance and at $.99, a real bargain.

Mistletoe & Mr. Hoe became available for sale on November 15th through Amazon. I offered this one as a free read over Christmas to thank my readers, and an astounding 2,491 copies were downloaded in 5 days! I hope everyone enjoyed it. 🙂

Book 2 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series, Covert Mission: Undercover Cop, released on November 28th, with Book 3, Trouble Brewing in Thunder Creek, following on January 6th.

I’m honored that one of my shorts was accepted. Hawk’s Woman, a  western historical short, will be included in the Evernight anthology, Virgins Behaving Badly, scheduled for a March release.

Now it’s almost time for Book 4, A Cowgirl’s Pride. First round edits have been completed and returned and cover art received. I love my cowboys, but I really like this cover! It speaks of romance, suspense, and ranch life. Sour Cherry Designs did a great job on this one.

I’m totally excited about the release of A Cowgirl’s Pride. Luke’s sister, Leah, returns to the ranch, pregnant and alone. I truly enjoyed telling her story. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it just as much. 🙂 Hoping for a March release. I’ll keep you posted.

Breathless Press contracted 3 of my novels in January. Her Unlikely Bodyguard, releasing in June; Blessed Homecoming, due out in July, and Love on the Rocks, scheduled for August.

Somewhere in there will be Cameron’s Quest, Thunder Creek Ranch Book 5. I’m still uncertain whether to end the series there, or keep it going. There are plenty more ideas rolling around in my brain, so maybe I’ll keep writing until they play themselves out. LOL

So, by August this will make 11 books released in 10 months. It wouldn’t make sense or be worth anything at all if not for my readers and the feedback I’ve received. Thank you for enjoying my work enough to ask for more! You’re helping to make a lifelong dream come true! Love you all!

For blurbs and excerpts on all of these books, visit my website at: http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com


Published October 18, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Two weeks from today signals the start of a month-long writing frenzy. Yep, folks, November is National Novel Writing Month. One full month in which you aim to write 50,000 words. That’s 1667 words per day. You write and write and write without stopping to edit (if you can) until you finish your first draft.

It’s a great motivator! I’ve participated the past two years and have had excellent word counts. Normally, I edit as I go, but during NaNo, I try hard not to… try being the operative word. LOL

So, are you up for NaNoing this year? What will you be writing? Do you have a particular genre you enjoy? Contemporary, Romance, thrillers, young adult? Any ideas as to characters and plot; conflict and resolution?

I’m hoping to finish books 2 and 3 of my Thunder Creek series (contemporary romantic suspense genre) by the end of October as book 4 is calling to me – quite loudly in fact. I haven’t even started it yet, so that would be an excellent NaNo project.

Whatever you decide, if you want to be a writer, then write. That’s the only way you’ll ever reach that goal and fulfill your dream. Happy writing!

Zakia and the Cowboy is now at Amazon!!!

Published October 4, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I’d like to say a big Thank You to the staff at Evernight Publishing for helping me realize a life-long dream. Emma Shortt is one of the best editors ever! And Dara England did up a spectacular cover! This is all so exciting.

A special thank you to my fans who have been patiently waiting for Zakia and Luke’s story. Enjoy!

Zakia and the Cowboy is now at Amazon!!! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005SEUZVW#reader_B005SEUZVW

Also, drop by and like my author page on FB for a chance to win a free copy.  https://www.facebook.com/LorraineNelson.Author

Welcome New Author, Ju Dimello!

Published October 4, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I consider it a privilege to have my good friend, Ju Dimello, here today to share her call story. We met online in 2009 and have become the best of friends. To be signing contracts within a few weeks of each other just feels so right. She’s hosting my pre-launch party today at her blog. Please welcome Ju and leave some comment love.

First off, I have to give a big, sloppy smooch to Lorraine, who wanted me partying on her blog on the same day she is having a pre-launch party at mine 😉 Head on over, to say “hi” to her for a chance to win her debut release! And read on while I extol the virtues of a quality that Author Michelle Styles often repeats.

 Perseverance does have its merits…

 Like all other writers, I don’t want to start by saying how many “years” I’ve been writing… Needless to say, it’s been on and off for ages, just tinkering around without an aim, and frankly, it might sound like forever. During the second half of 2009, I decided to become serious about it. I did, creating my online id : Ju Dimello, the aspiring author, and got involved in online writer activities—like getting critique partners, joining a group of fellow writers etc. And the funny thing was, I believed my writing had some merit.. Gah! I still envy my own blissful ignorance, and also wish I had some of that blind confidence left!

 Frankly, I’m happy that no one gave me a contract for those initial stories of mine. I still cringe looking back at those “learning” manuscripts. 

 The fog around my eyes cleared soon enough, from the time I hit “submit”. I’ve garnered a cartload of R’s which are all “starred”, labeled as “important” in my gmail, as souvenirs along my journey towards publication. There were, of course, countless times when I just wanted to give up, endless moments of “I’m writing cr*p” and I trudged on because of the sheer encouragement given by my online friends. (If you’re reading this, you know who y’all are.) I’m really glad I did continue to learn, panst (the pantser equivalent of plot), write, lather, rinse, repeat…. 

 Writing is a hard, lonely task. Of course, some writers can’t not write. I always need an end goal so I can focus on what I’m working at – For eg, I don’t think I could write if I didn’t dream of getting published. 

 There were times when I wondered, “What the heck am I doing?” I have a blog, I have great followers. Let me not mention twitter, FB, goodreads account, etc, but for what purpose? It isn’t enough if our CP’s, or acquaintances (whom you beg to read your book once) declare it’s fabulous. 

 Then I realized one thing… a tiny thing that seemed so obvious once I thought about it. I have surrounded myself with online friends who’re serious about books (both reading and writing, not to mention reviewing), so that even if I wanted to tuck tail and run, they wouldn’t allow me. Some, well – yeah, like Lorraine, might happily grab me by the neck and throw me back to the wolves 😉 if I as much as gave her a chance, which I didn’t, thankfully!  She’s a real motivator in that sense.

Well, someone had to threaten with the proverbial boot up the keister! LOL

 Honestly, there were more than enough times when I was ready to throw the towel down and call it a day. But then some tidbit would crop up somewhere—like an online buddy sold a book, got a fantastic review, or even got a horrible review (those made me realize that even pubbed authors don’t have it any easier)… And that poked me, prodded me to keep going. I wouldn’t say I wasn’t green with jealously, or that I was a saint who took every piece of news with a smiling face. I’d be happy and sad at the same time, confused about my own feelings, and once again, I’d pick up the pen (or open the word document), trying to enter into the heads of my characters. 

 The happiest moments were when the characters spoke to me and I lost myself in their stories. (Gotta love it when that happens.) Of course, many are shelved, never to see the light of day again, but then… who knows… the characters might pop up again, this time with a new story to tell and maybe I can do them justice some day. 

 Now that I have a contract from Ellora’s Cave for my ménage story, I’m literally over the moon! Frankly, I thought getting the “YES” from a dream publisher was the “destination” of this publishing journey and had expected to surround myself with pizzas and ice cream, pass my days in total bliss. I know you’re snickering there at my innocent assumption, but well… 

Yeah, quite the assumption…cover art, edits, more edits, promo….

 The fun part of making the sale stays until we get the contract, after which I have to think about a lot of stuff, like creating websites, tackling edits, plan for the sequel (and write it too!) Means, I have to bury myself in the writing cave once again! The only difference now is knowing there’s an editor interested in my work, knowing that I’ll have readers in a few more weeks/months makes the entire journey worthwhile. (Oh, and the royalty checks of course!)

Please… don’t forget to send the cheques! LOL

 I’ll sign off this post with another saying that rang true to me. “There is no lift for success. One has to take the stairs.” Am I glad I did 🙂 (And in case you’re wondering…yes, I’m still walking a couple of feet above the ground

Oh, I like that!

 I really want to thank Lorraine for giving me this chance to celebrate with her.

 PS: I’m still awed by her productivity (I’ve dubbed her as a ninja robot)!

LOL!!! Ju!

Thank you for joining me today. It’s been great!

Round One Edits

Published August 28, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Finished my first round edits on Zakia and the Cowboy on Thursday and sent them off. They weren’t nearly as troublesome as I’d expected. Now I’m waiting for Emma to review what I’ve done and set me up for the next round. Still in line for the book to be released in October, 2011.

Meanwhile, I’ve submitted a short story for the EP Christmas anthology. Waiting to hear as I work on the sequel to Zakia, Trouble at Thunder Creek.

Evernight Publishing – Update on Contracted Books

Published August 8, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I feel as though my writing career is finally taking off. My publisher, Evernight, has assigned me an editor… the fantabulous Emma Shortt.

I feel as if I’ve gotten to know her already through the Evernight Author’s page. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, supernatural and fantasy romance and has several books in circulation. Read more about Emma here: www.emmashortt.co.uk

Others authors have said she’s great to work with, which gives me a positive outlook on things to come. Here’s hoping the edits aren’t too dastardly. lol Whatever she comes up with, I’m certain it’ll make for a stronger, more defined story.

Now back to the writing cave. Work on Trouble at Thunder Creek, the sequel to Zakia and the Cowboy, is beginning to progress nicely. Trying to make a little more headway before the edits come rolling in.

Happy writing and reading to all!

Lorraine Nelson


I’ve added a couple new recipes that my kids and grandkids gobble up in no time. 🙂

Thunder Creek Ranch

Published July 26, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Scheduled for release in October, 2011

I’ve started work on books 2 and 3 in the Thunder Creek Ranch series but it’s slow going as I attempt to put all the characters in their place. Everyone seems to want to have their say, their own POV, and that’s taboo. lol As of yesterday, this became a six book series. Can I pull it off? I hope so. All stories are outlined, albeit briefly, with each having its own story to tell, all in the romantic suspense genre.

I’ve always enjoyed reading a good series, but trying to write one is something else again. The timing and the characters all have to be consistent with what’s going on in previous and future books. It’s a lot of work, interesting work. I’ll persevere as I love to write, creating the characters and the atmosphere needed to tell the tale.

So back to the works in progress before my edits start rolling in. Need to get as much done  as I can before then. 🙂

Cover Art at its Best!

Published July 25, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author
October, 2011, release

My First Cover

Squee! What an exciting end to a fabulous weekend! Received my cover for Zakia & the Cowboy due to be released in October, 2011, by Evernight Publishing. Jeesh! They sure work fast, thankfully. Now I don’t have to keep pinching myself. I know it’s for real. 🙂

Dara England did a fantastic job, don’t you think?