Three-time Golden Heart finalist, Tawny Weber is usually found dreaming up stories in her California home, surrounded by dogs, cats and kids. When she’s not writing hot, spicy stories for Blaze, she’s shopping for the perfect pair of boots or drooling over Johnny Depp pictures (when her husband isn’t looking, of course). When not writing, Tawny can be found scrapbooking or playing in the garden. Her debut release, DOUBLE DARE, was out in May 2007 followed by DOES SHE DARE? in January 2008. Feel free to visit her on the web at www.tawnyweber.com
Here is Tawny’s wonderful guest blog!
Rewards and Relaxation
‘Tis the Season… to go crazy. I don’t know about you, but as much as I love the holidays, it’s definitely a stressful time for me. Baking, decorating, shopping, social events… Ack!! Throw in writing deadlines and promotion for my upcoming release and I get to thinking of donning a Grinch mask. Except … I love this season. Like the heroine in my upcoming January Blaze, DOES SHE DARE? I’m a list-making fiend. There is just something so empowering about having an outline, or a list of ideas to grab from when I’m overwhelmed. So, I’ve come up with a list of rewards and relaxation ideas – all geared toward the idea of keeping the stresses at bay, or at the very least, stealing time here and there to recharge.
· Read a book. Oh, I know, who has time to read when there is a stack of gifts to be wrapped and cookies to be decorated. WE do, that’s who. Even a chapter a day is a gift to yourself, or if you can, grab an hour, a cup of hot chocolate and a cozy blanket. This is where category romance comes in, those action filled shorter books that can be gobbled up in one sitting. Hmm… Read a good Blaze lately? 😉
· Watch a holiday movie. It could be a classic or a cartoon, whatever makes you feel the joy of the season. Or, heck, watch a non-holiday movie and escape the seasonal overload. But make it a feel good movie, one that leaves you feeling good. Action shoot-em-up’s aren’t the de-stressing answer this time of year (I mean, who needs THAT in one’s subconscious while waiting in a crowded line to pay for a sweater you had to fight a ninja-grandma for?) .
· Ogle hunks. No, I’m not kidding. C’mon, we all have our favorite hottie, right? Mine is Johnny Depp. One of my holiday treats is going to be to go see him in Sweeny Todd (and listen to him SING!! OMG too fun). It doesn’t have to be a movie, just cruise the net and look at pictures. Call it art appreciation, call it fan-girl lust. There is something totally inspiring about going through the day with the image of your favorite hottie in your mind.
Bubble baths, quiet moments, sitting in the dark by the light of the tree or candles… Just giving yourself the gift of fifteen minutes a day to relax, renew and appreciate will do wonders to counteract the craziness that is the rest of the season.
Those are my ideas… what are yours? Is there something you do to make sure to get some YOU time during the hectic pace of the season? Or even more important, is there something you WISH you did? I’d love to hear it. We’ll pick one name from the responses to receive a copy of DOUBLE DARE and some goodies.
Thanks Tawny for that great blog and for donating a great prize!
Those are all great ideas on how to relax and reward ourselves during this busy time of the year.
As Tawny mentioned one lucky commenter will receive a great prize.
Winner will be announced some time Wednesday so check back then to see if you won!