Happy new year! And…I changed my blog name

I hope you had a happy new year’s eve celebration. We had champagne and went to bed early so I could get up and watch the sunrise for the first day of 2015.

First sunrise

Sometimes you have to make a decision, and that can be hard to do.

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But if you just remember this motto, it helps: Make a decision and then make it right. 

I made a decision to create a new pen name for my romance. Then it became really hard trying to get a new blog up and running. And it was really hard to sell any books when I kept my new pen name a secret! After all, I really need the support of friends and family. So little by little I have been making changes to make that initial decision right. Yesterday, a friend told me I could just rename this blog. Who knew? So now this is NicciCarreraRomance.com, but NiaSimoneAuthor.com will still get you here. And you can call me Nicci, Nia, or Antonia.

Anyway, you are all my friends, and I really needed you to be part of my Nicci life. Thank you for following and for sharing your photos and lives and insights in the blogosphere.

I started with a sunrise, so I thought it would be nice to close with a sunset. This was a sunset that set the clouds on fire on December 29th, near Reno, Nevada.


Nicci, AKA Nia

Smoky sunset, Alpine Meadows


I’ve found it challenging to capture the colors in the sky with my little camera. They wash out. Usually I have to post process to get them back. Last night, I took several shots and for some reason this one turned out. I did not process it and this is what the sky looked like.Smoky sunset


I’m finally getting ready to graduate from my little point and click. I’m breaking out the DSLR and tripod and reading the manual soon. I guess I’ll get a backpack to tote it all around in. Not such a big deal, after all.