Dr. Amanda Aligheri New Year’s Resolution

Posted December 16, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post | | 13 Comments




From the Personal Journal of Dr. Amanda Aligheri, December 16, 2014

Okay, this is my first attempt at doing one of these things. I’m more used to keeping a lab notebook than writing in a journal, but I’m giving this a go because I need to do something—anything—to get out of the rut I’ve been in. See, I’ve been working waaay too much (What can I say? I feel guilty), but it’s starting to wear on me.

I know, I know, you’re thinking to yourself, but Mandy, you’re the life of the party!

True. I show up, and I am a lot of fun when I’m there. But haven’t you noticed that after I say hi and make the rounds, I disappear for the rest of the evening? Yeah. I went back to my lab.

So here’s my first New Year’s resolution:

  1. Stop working so much

And I’ve decided that I have to get away, just for a little while, to get my bearings because if I don’t, I’m going to crack. Chase and Ann invited me up to Napa between Christmas and New Year’s to help them plan their wedding, and even though I know everyone in my lab will freak out, I’m going! My next resolution?

  1. Try to relax

And while I’m relaxing, I’m going to make a game plan for how to keep relaxing once I get back home. I like being organized (as if you couldn’t tell).

There’s one little crimp in my plan, and that is I know I’ll have to see him – Liam Flynn—the guy I almost loved and definitely lost two years ago up in Tahoe. He’s Chase’s friend—owns a winery, has reddish brown hair and broad shoulders and a killer smile—and, well, let’s just say it was hard to resist him the first time. But I did. I definitely did. And the problem is, I don’t know if I can do it again.

I’d better make another resolution.

  1. Don’t fall in love


New Year’s in Napa
by Elisabeth Barrett

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Driven by guilt, biotechnology researcher Amanda Aligheri spends every waking moment in her Silicon Valley laboratory. Desperate for a change, she makes a New Year’s resolution: go to Napa, relax, and achieve some balance. The problem? There’s no chance to soul-search while tempting-as-sin winemaker Liam Flynn is around. Mandy and Liam have history together, and one glance at his easy smile reminds her exactly why she fell for him the first time.

A software engineer at heart, Liam Flynn left a lucrative position at a San Francisco tech company in order to help his dad manage their third-generation family winery, and he’s done his best to take the business to the next level. Two years ago, sparks flew between Liam and Mandy, but the moment he mentioned commitment, she turned and fled back to the safety of her lab. When Mandy shows up at his winery, she’s just as beautiful, intelligent, and stubborn as he remembers…but this time Liam isn’t giving up without a fight.

Will one romantic, wintery week in Napa be enough for Liam to convince Mandy he’s the one for her, or when the new year comes will she forget about her resolution and return to Silicon Valley—and her research—without him?





In the comments section, tell me if you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution (bonus points if you tell what it is!), and one random commenter will win a digital copy of New Year’s in Napa! Contest ends December 23, 2014 at midnight PST!





About Elisabeth Barrett

Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.

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13 responses to “Dr. Amanda Aligheri New Year’s Resolution

  1. Lori Hl

    I don’t make New Years resolutions however I do set goals for myself but do it all through the year 🙂

  2. donnas

    I am not, I find they are too stressful. I prefer long term goals. I do better with them.

  3. Aliyah

    I will not make a New Year’s resolution and that will be my resolution for another year.

  4. Una

    I am not huge on New Year’s Resolutions, but a few years ago I made one to be healthier. Then I got healthy, lost a substantial amount of weight. Now my goal is to keep it up – stay healthy by eating right and exercising. Since I love to eat, the exercising part is a must! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  5. Mary Preston

    I don’t make new years resolutions. I’m better of having realistic short & long term goals.

  6. Deanne Patterson

    My New Year’s resolution is to have more patience and understanding with my family.

  7. erinf1

    my resolution would be to stop working as much and to read more! My physical and electronic TBR pile is out of control and I need to start making a dent or I’ll have an avalanche 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  8. Jess1

    My resolutions would be to try to be more consistent about exercising and to be more focused about cleaning up my paperwork.

  9. Haha great resolutions – good luck with that third one, something tells me Elisabeth Barrett has other plans for you hun 😉

    Fun post! I’m making a few resolutions this year, but one of them is to not start a new series until I’ve caught up on one of the many I’m already reading. I started like 20 series this year, meaning I have 40 started and not finished :/

  10. Maureen

    I will probably make a resolution but they are really just general goals like to get more organized and to eat healthier.