The Next Five Seconds are Most Important #mgtab @Mimisgang1 #RachelleAyala

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GO!

How many of you make a good decision and get up right away and get going? If you’re like me, you might think about it some more or put it off until you have more energy. You might decide you need more time or get distracted by something else.

However, research shows that the NEXT FIVE SECONDS are the most important five seconds of your life because you can only ACT in the present plus the next five seconds before something else pops up and kills the impulse.

Mel Robbins gave an excellent Ted Talk on forcing yourself to do what you know you want and need to do, and do it on impulse within five seconds. Don’t sit there and talk to yourself that you need to do it. Don’t think about how to do it. Don’t look up all the ways you could do it, and definitely don’t spend the rest of the day thinking or regretting how you could have done it.

Before you can countdown from five to one, get up and physically push yourself to do what you have decided you need to do. Instead, countdown, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … and get up and go.

Mel calls it activation energy. You need a physical push toward your elusive goals by taking action—not only visualizing or self-talk or mulling, but activating your body to make it real.

“It’s your job to make yourself do the crap you don’t want to do, so you can be everything that you’re supposed to be.” – Mel Robbins

Watch Mel Robbins’s Ted Talk: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

What is something you’ve been putting off and meaning to start, any time now?

Decide to do it, and then countdown 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and go for it.

This year, I decided to wake up positive every morning. If I get a little anxiety when I wake, I countdown 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and say a prayer, thanking God that he’s blessed me to see another day. I count the people and situations I’m grateful for and I don’t allow anxiety and worry to take over. I can’t help the waking up with a pounding heart, but I surely can change the next five seconds afterwards.

I also wrote and published eight books, including a book about Bitcoin (Smart Woman’s Guide to Bitcoin). How many times in the past did I “think” about Bitcoin, ask others about it, mull over it, and didn’t take the plunge? Well an old dog can learn new tricks and this year, I learned about cryptocurrency and decided to pass on what I learned to others in an easy-to-understand accessible way.

I had the impulse 3 days before November 1st to join Nanowrimo 2021 and write a complete novel in thirty days. Each day, I knew I had to add to my story, so 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … I opened up my document and put in the words. Lastly, being a writer means a lot of sitting down. I knew I needed more exercise and moving my legs during the day to prevent blood clots. My friend, Stacy, has a under the desk pedal “bike.” I thought about it too much until finally, I went and got one. Now, when I want to rest my eyes or my hands, I pick up a book and sit at the table and pedal.

What have you been putting off? Five seconds …

Books I wrote this year …

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I’m having a sale for Dottie’s Christmas Wish (99c the month of December). It’s a sweet and magical single father romance with a cheerful mail carrier who finds a little girl lost at the side of an icy creek. She didn’t wait five seconds before doing what she needed to do, get the girl to safety and call her dad. It was inspired by a real life story of a mail carrier who found a lost child in the snow.


Dottie’s Christmas Wish
All Merry Jolly wants is to make Dr. Colton Dale smile. All his daughter, Dottie, wants is a dog. Will Christmas wishes come true for three lonely hearts?

How about you? What will you do in the next five seconds? It could be life-changing!

Be sure to sign up for the Authors’ Billboard Newsletter to be invited to parties and keep up to date with our new and exciting boxed sets in 2022! Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A little FREE Loving and a lot of Gingerbread!

One of my favorite things around the holidays is baking! When I was a little girl, my mother used to make a house out of cardboard, and we used to cover it in chocolate and stick candies all over it. Later, when I was an adult, I added to it.

I started baking my own gingerbread to make the house. Now, let me tell you that I was doing this before you could buy Gingerbread house kits! Personally, I absolutely love baking the Gingerbread so my entire house smells so yummy! This year, my daughter and I are going to make the gingerbread and bake it ahead of time so when my grandkids are here next weekend, they can help to decorate one to take home with them!

I was lucky that many years ago, I found stone molds made by Pampered Chef, and I have made sure to take good care of them through the years so that every year I can make one of these lovely concoctions!

I also have the gingerbread train, and one time, I made an entire village, with six buildings, and a 20 car train! I donated that one, and I sure wish I could find the pictures because man, was it impressive! But this is similar to what the house will look like when we are done with it this year.

If you’re interested in making your own gingerbread, here is a great recipe that goes with the gingerbread molds that I use!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour 1 12 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 12 teaspoon baking soda 12 teaspoon salt 14 teaspoon ground cloves 12 cup vegetable shortening 12 cup sugar 12 cup molasses 1 egg

Lightly spray the mold with nonstick cooking spray; blot out any excess oil using a paper towel. Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, and cloves; mix well. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and sugar until blended. Add molasses and egg; beat until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Shape dough into a ball; divide the dough into 2 portions. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Press 1 portion of dough firmly into prepared mold, filling all sections. Holding a serrated knife parallel to the surface of the mold cut excess dough from mold. Bake 17-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to cooling rack. Cool in the mold for 5 minutes. Carefully remove cookie pieces from mold; cool completely. Cool mold completely before filling with the remaining dough. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

Check out two of my Holiday Romances!

Tangled in Tinsel

Mistletoe & Cocoa Kisses

Dashing Through the Season #mgtab @mimisgang1 #RachelleAyala


It’s a case of mistaken identity, secret agendas, Christmas love and magic, all with the help of a “talking” dog with superhero qualities. – by Rachelle Ayala

Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? This has been a busy year for me with a new granddaughter, traveling, getting acquainted in a new neighborhood, exercising, and of course, writing!

I know I need to slow down, but I have so many book ideas and then there are all the books I want to read, so as we head to the end of the year, I’m looking forward to snuggling up in front of the fire and READING all the great Authors’ Billboard collections coming up.

My latest book, Dashing Through Christmas, is a zany romantic comedy where event planner Misty Jolly rushes around causing accidents while being spied on by retail executive, Dash Weston while incognito as a mystery shopper. Hijinks ensue when Misty causes Dash’s plane to crash, he loses his voice, and a “talking” dog runs around planting advice and snarky comments into his mind. You can get Dashing Through Christmas, as well as nine other fabulous Christmas romances in our newest Unforgettable set – Unforgettable Christmas Promises for 99c or read on KindleUnlimited.

New Release – Santa on Strike

Do you like naughty boys? What happens when a naughty boy becomes a Santa man and he gets his first job?

Meet Nixon Bright. He’s not the nicest Santa around, but then, he doesn’t have the nicest job. Nixon scraped the bottom of the barrel and ended up working in a bar—Bette Jo’s Bimbo Bar—where sloppy sitters and spilled drinks make working conditions hazardous.

All Bette Jo has is Bimbo’s Bar, a mountain of debt, and a baby girl to feed. To save her family business she needs a big attraction—the hunky barroom Santa she hired. When he proposes a dinner date to add to his benefits package, Bette accepts. What could go wrong when she’s the boss and she holds all the cards?

Pick up Nixon and Bette Jo’s fun Christmas romp for 99c [on sale] at Amazon or read it with Kindle Unlimited. [Santa on Strike]

Be sure to sign up for the Author’s Billboard Newsletter to be notified of our upcoming Christmas boxed sets for a fun festivities and romance in the air.

A Christmas of Memories

T’is the Season to be jolly. Not really. Not this season, as we wonder collectively: “What will happen this year?” Christmas 2020 will be different for many people. For us, it will mean no family gathering. As I set my few Christmas decorations, I can’t help smiling at the incredible work and fun previous Christmas family reunions meant.

I used to cook for days and set a lovely table. The place would turn into a happy mess a few minutes after my young guests arrived, and the kids would insist on cleaning.

My Christmas decorations are cheering the place and reminding me that true happiness come from the heart. A two-foot tree is standing on a side table and decorated with a string of tiny lights, colored bulbs, and tiny Santas. I remove it and store it in its box every year. A Santa Claus that a friend of my mother gave me for my daughter’s birth, and a Nativity in Lenox, a Christmas gift from my mother many years ago, complete my decorations.

I count my blessings every day. The vaccines are coming and we have something to celebrate.

Over the past two months I published more books than in the past two years and contributed novels to several Authors’ Billboard anthologies.

So yes, it’s the Season to be Jolly. 

Love You, Doc series:
A Complete Family: Nurse Melody is continuously late at work. Determined to find out the reason for her tardiness, Dr. Aidan visits her house, unintentionally scares her little daughter, and is attacked by her vicious German shepherd. But attraction sizzles…
Love in the ER: Despite a traumatic experience, a young doctor with a four-year-old daughter returns to work in the ER. Will the charming Chief of ER make her job easier or more difficult?
Love on the Slopes: A victim of mockery, Gabriella hides her pain and limp. After saving her from a ski accident, can Dr. Nathan win her love and rebuild her knee?
Secret Kisses: Three friends have the misfortune of falling in love with men of different religions. Will they manage to convince their families to let them marry for love or will tradition tear the lovers apart?
The Senator’s Family Series, Part 2:
Sunshine Over Snow: When his children manage to ruin his second wedding, Brad is caught between a furious fiancée and an offended ex-wife, both determined to keep him and make him pay for his mistakes.
His Son, Her Daughter: High school sweethearts reunited after twenty years by their small children. Their conflicting baggage prevents them from fully trusting each other. Yet what wouldn’t Daniel do for his son and her daughter?
Between Babies and Girlfriends: Abandoned baby twins, a former girlfriend, an almost fiancée complicate Dr. Brian Dutton’s life to no end.
Half a Dozen with Love: At twenty, Tammy is left with the responsibility of five brothers and sisters. Dr. Jack Conan stops the Foster Care system from separating the children, but his unorthodox solution may complicate Tammy’s problems—or bring her into his arms?