Hitting a deadline is stressful for any job, and writing is no different. Those last
weeks are a sprint of long hours, constant worry and hammering away on the story to
get it into the absolute best shape I can.
And then I hit send.
First thereâ€™s wild elation that I actually finished, then the seeds of worry begin
sprouting. Is the book good enough? Will readers love the hero like I do? Or the
heroine I admire? Did I forget something important? The questions ramp up, driving me
And thatâ€™s when I know itâ€™s time to relax. Hereâ€™s 5 ways I decompress:
1. Baking! For me, itâ€™s both relaxing and satisfying. My family loves it too.
After finishing EXPOSING THE HEIRESS, I dove in to a few baking projects, but my
most successful one was Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes with a mousse-ganache topping. Those
were a huge hit! The mouse-ganache is light (in texture not calories!) and creamy with
just the right amount of sweetness.
Try the recipe
2. Walking and listening to audiobooks. I was a gym rat for years and years,
but itâ€™s getting harder for me to get there. Iâ€™ve taken to walking in the neighborhood
while listening to audiobooks and I love it.
3. Laying on a raft in our pool, or hanging out in the Jacuzzi. We donâ€™t take
many vacations and saved for years to get a pool, and it was one of our best
decisions. I do some of my best plotting on that raft. Swimming laps is also a great
way to calm my mind. Plus we have crazy-fun family parties.
4. Wine. For my youngest sonâ€™s college graduation, we took a family wine-
tasting trip. It was a blast! All three of our adult sons and their wives and
girlfriends enjoy wine too. I learned that I have very expensive taste, LOL!
5. And of course, reading! Romance is my favorite, although I read across all
genres. But what I love most about romance is that they are stories about women who
become the heroines of their own lives. I think thatâ€™s a powerful message for any
Okay your turn, how do you decompress after stress?
Jennifer Apodaca went from suburban soccer mom to mystery writer once she
realized how much fun it is to kill people off in her books. In real life, she has
three wonderful sons and a fabulous husband, all of whom like to help plot her books.
She lives in Southern California and is busy working on her next book.
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This Marine will protect her at all costs...
When wealthy heiress Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather has been paying her fiancĂ©
to marry her, she's humiliated and betrayed. She quickly breaks the engagement, only
to be blackmailed by her now ex-fiancĂ©, who threatens both Alyssa and the son she gave
up for adoption. With nowhere to go, she turns to the one man she can trust.
Former Marine sniper Hunter Reece's lethal skills could save Alyssa's life. But his
little sister's best friend has turned into a woman, who is an irresistible mix of
secrets and sexiness. And while Hunter can trust himself to protect her, he can't
trust himself to keep his attraction hidden...or even pretend to be the man that
Because the only way to keep the lovely heiress safe is to become the one thing he
knows she could never love...a killer.
1 comment posted.
There are a few things that I love doing in order to relax. Knitting and crocheting are two things that automatically take my mind off of my worries. Since I volunteer to teach a class every week, I always have some project going, so there's always something that I'm working on. Reading is another one of my ways to relax. I keep the book that I'm reading right next to me at all times, because you never know when you can get a couple of minutes free to read a few sentences - even while you're on the computer!! lol Since I live out in the country, I can always sit out on the deck, and watch the birds, deer, and turkeys. We put out a few bird feeders, and they're always coming to feed. It's very quiet, and sometimes I even take my knitting out, or a good book!! I'm also near one of the Great Lakes, so I can drive up the road to go to the beach and look for beach glass and shells, or just sit for a while and watch the ships and people. My last resort is just to take a nap and sleep it off!! That is my long list of things to do. My absolute resort, which should have been my first, is to get a copy of your latest book and read it. I love the story line, and I'm sure it's going to make for a great read!! Congratulations on your latest book, and it's on my TBR list for sure!!
(Peggy Roberson 3:41pm August 4, 2015)