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Today we wrap up our author holiday takeover with a New Year’s themed post from Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate and its sequel, Asunder!



New Year, New Soul! by Jodi Meadows

For a lot of people, the New Year is about change. It’s about letting go of the old and embracing the new. New year. New you. We set out to begin a new life without a bad habit (for many years, my resolution was to stop biting my nails), or to begin the new life with a good habit (practice music or art every day).

In INCARNATE, Ana — the only newsoul in thousands of years — represents a change in the oldsouls’ lives. Sam tells her that she has the power to change the world, and though she doesn’t believe him at first, she challenges those around her to see their world the way it really is, and to become better people.

Ana’s new soul is the catalyst for their change, like the New Year is often for us. We can resolve to make great changes in our world if we all do just a little.

Like what? I’m glad you asked.

1. Smile at strangers. (Not in a creepy way.) You’d be surprised at what a difference a smile can make to your waitress or checker or bank teller.

2. You know the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? Embrace that. Or, better yet, find something nice to say. Positive reinforcement works wonders.

3. Help people. If you see someone being bullied, help them. Stand up for people who have difficulty standing up for themselves. If the choice is between popularity or integrity, I know which I’d rather have.

Through small actions, you can make a big difference and begin a new life as someone known for being positive, loving, and caring. And isn’t that a great new you?

How will you be trying to make a difference in the New Year? Tweet us your New Year’s resolutions with #NewYearNewSoul