In One Year and Out the Other by P-SimonSchuster

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									In One Year and Out the Other
Author: Cara Lockwood
Author: Pamela Redmond Satran
Author: Beth Kendrick
Author: Megan McAndrew
Author: Tracy McArdle
Author: Kathleen O'Reilly
Author: Eileen Rendahl
Author: Diane Stingley
Author: Libby Street
Author: Christina Delia
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Out with the old, in with the new, and on with the party!Maybe it's just another midnight...or maybe there
really is magic in the air when December 31st becomes January 1st, and confetti kisses and champagne
toasts kick off a new year, a new romance, a new look, a new attitude.Celebrate the start of something
new with In One Year and Out the Other...a sparkling collection of all new stories by today's rising fiction
stars:Cara Lockwood puts self-improvement to the test with 528 resolutions -- not least of which is "Do
not sleep with married men" -- in "Resolved: A New Year's Resolution List"...Pamela Redmond Satran
instructs a single mom in the fine art of partying like the boys (have lots of sex, don't worry that you're too
fat) in "How to Start the New Year Like a Guy"...Diane Stingley shows a twentysomething why there's
more to life than waiting by the phone for a New Year's date in "Expecting a Call"...Megan McAndrew
seizes the day -- or just a very special one-night stand -- for a single food stylist hungering for more in
"The Future of Sex"...and more great tales from Kathleen O'Reilly, Beth Kendrick, Eileen Rendahl, Tracy
McArdle and Libby Street.
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Resolved: A New Year's Resolution ListCara LockwoodResolution 128:Make a shorter resolution list.It
was three weeks before New Year's, and Megan Hale's resolutions filled twelve typed, single-spaced
pages.They were divided into categories and subcategories; they had explanatory paragraphs, and in one
case, a diagram.And then, reading through the list, she realized that there weren't enough days in the
year to possibly accomplish every last resolution. She had 528 of them.Resolution 11:Make better use of
therapy sessions."Do you think five hundred and twenty-eight New Year's resolutions are excessive?"
Megan asks her therapist, a woman in her late thirties, who often answers questions with questions."Do
you think it is excessive for you?" her therapist asks."That's almost one and a half resolutions per day. I
think it is excessive. What do you think it means that I have so many?""What do you think it
means?""That I'm a mess?" Megan offers.Megan's therapist, who does not acknowledge any self-
deprecation by Megan, writes something in her notepad, then looks up from her paper."For next week,
why don't you try picking out the ten resolutions that you think are the most important for your self-
improvement," she says. "And then we can concentrate on those."Resolution 43:Learn to be more
comfortable alone(since most of your time is spent that way)."What do you mean you're not going out?"
says Megan's best friend, Lucy, who happens to be the sort of take-charge person that Megan aspires to
be. Lucy decides things on whims, such as switching primary-care doctors regularly in order to maintain
an even supply of antidepressants. "It is New Year's Eve.""My therapist says I'm never going to find
anyone unless I'm comfortable with myself, first," Megan says. "Besides, you know how I feel about
parties.""Yes, yes, you're scared to death of meeting new people," Lucy says. "I know. Still, I don't think
your therapist would approve of you hiding in your apartment on New Year's Eve. Not to mention, how
often do I have to tell you that what you need is Xanax, not therapy?""Call me old-fashioned," Megan
says. "I think maybe I should talk through my problems.""I still think your problem is that you're just shy,"
Lucy says. "Besides, I think you have something to celebrate. How long have you been free of Mr.
X?""Three months," Megan answers dutifully, like a recovering addict. Mr. X is her former boyfriend, the
married one, who has two kids and a spacious house in the suburbs."I'd say that alone deserves some
champagne," Lucy says. "Don't you?"Since, at the very mention of his name, Megan feels the old,
familiar urge to call his mobile phone, she does not feel like celebrating.Resolution 2:Do not sleep with
married men.It was never Megan's intention to be the Other Woman. Megan only wanted to be the
Woman.Not the Other One.Other Women were deplorable and despicable. They were the ones always
being portrayed on Oprah as the villains, the grainy photographs of women who ran off with their best
friend's husband. They were always the ones who decline to be interviewed.Besides, she didn't look like
the Other Woman. She wore Gap sweaters...
Author Bio
Cara Lockwood
Cara Lockwood is also the author of I Do (But I Don't), which was made into a Lifetime movie, as well as
Pink Slip Party and Dixieland Sushi, and Every Demon Has His Day, all available from Downtown Press.
She was born in Dallas, Texas, and earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of
Pennsylvania. She has worked as a journalist in Austin, and is now married and living in Chicago. Her
husband is not a rock star, but he does play the guitar -- poorly.<br/>


Pamela Redmond Satran
Pamela Redmond Satran is also the author of Younger, Babes in Captivity, and The Man I Should Have
Married. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is an editor for Reuters, and their three children.
The coauthor of the bestselling baby-naming books Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana and
Cool Names, Satran is a regular contributor to Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting.Visit
Pamela's website at www.pamelaredmondsatran.com.<br/>


Beth Kendrick
Beth Kendrick won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award for My Favorite Mistake. She
has a Ph.D. in psychology and an unshakable devotion to the Chicago Cubs. After surviving too many
Minnesota winters, she moved to Arizona, where she is working on her second novel (coming soon from
Downtown Press). For more information you can visit the author's website at
www.bethkendrick.com.<br/>


Megan McAndrew
Megan McAndrew is herself the daughter of expatriates. She grew up in France, Spain and Belgium
before attending college in the United States. She worked in Warsaw, Poland, as a representative for the
Financial Services Volunteer Corps. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her teenage son.<br/>


Tracy McArdle
Tracy McArdle works in marketing and is also the author of Confessions of a Nervous Shiksa, available
from Downtown Press. She graduated from Fordham University and the Sorbonne in Paris, and spent
twelve years working in the entertainment industry in New York and Los Angeles before moving home to
New England in 2003. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe and Premiere magazine. She lives
with her husband, two horses, a dog, and her cat, Little, in Carlisle, Massachusetts, the home of Fern's
Country Store. For more about Tracy, check out www.tracymcardle.net.<br/>


Kathleen O'Reilly
Kathleen O'Reilly is the author of the Downtown Press novel The Diva's Guide to Selling Your Soul. She
is also the author of numerous contemporary love stories; her short story "Halo, Goodbye" appears in the
New Year's Eve anthology In One Year and Out the Other, available from Downtown Press. She lives in
New York with her husband and their two children. Visit her on the web at www.kathleenoreilly.com, or
write her at P.O. Box 312, Nyack, NY 10960.<br/>


Eileen Rendahl
Eileen Rendahl is the author of the Downtown Press novels Balancing in High Heels and Do Me, Do My
Roots, which was nominated for a RITA Award. Her short fiction appears in the New Year's story
collection In One Year and Out the Other. She lives near her tight-knit family in California.<br/>


Diane Stingley
Diane Stingley lives in North Carolina. Her first novel, Dress You Up in My Love, is also available from
Downtown Press.<br/>


Libby Street
Libby Street is the pseudonym for the writing team of Sarah Bushweller and Emily S. Morris.Sarah and
Emily met on Liberty Drive in Dover, Delaware, at the age of four and have been best friends ever since.
Twenty years later, they began writing together via email and telephone -- just trying to make each other
laugh.They both live in tiny little apartments in Manhattan, where they're working on Libby Street's second
novel.<br/>
Christina Delia
Libby Street is the pseudonym for the writing team of Sarah Bushweller and Emily S. Morris.Sarah and
Emily met on Liberty Drive in Dover, Delaware, at the age of four and have been best friends ever since.
Twenty years later, they began writing together via email and telephone -- just trying to make each other
laugh.They both live in tiny little apartments in Manhattan, where they're working on Libby Street's second
novel.<br/>

								
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