By: Liz Talley
Congratulations to "Laurie", the winner of Liz's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
I don’t know about you, but fall is a mixed blessing. Cooler temperatures arrive, leaves show off and pumpkin spice lattes leave my tummy happy. But it’s also a busy, busy time for my family. My boys play football so there’s the rush to practice, games and home to launder the uniforms. Not to mention, the school activities – running for Student Council, Key Club meeting, oops I forgot my lunch and can you swing by and pick up my shirt for Homecoming? Then there are the festivals, the weekend trips, the baseball tournaments. Whew. Yeah, I’m tired come the end of each day.
But a few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to take a break from being Mom of the Year (No, I’m not but I’m trying to think positively) and speak at the Houston Bay Area RWA chapter’s beach retreat. For one thing, I drove down to Galveston by myself. It’s about a 5-6 hour trip accounting for Houston traffic and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it. I listened to what I wanted to listen to on the radio, retracted my sun roof and felt the call of the road. The drive was lovely, especially in between Center and Nacogdoches, Texas with its rolling hills and rural landscape. I arrived at the beach house just as the sun sank into the Gulf of Mexico. Ahhh, just the sound of the surf and the breeze off the ocean took about five pounds of stress away (not real five pounds, of course, but I felt a lot lighter).
The group of women assembled for the retreat were at all levels of their career, so it was nice to get everyone’s take on what books they loved and what they were interested in writing. Pizza, skinny girl margaritas and talking about books? Yeah, it was fantastic! That night I slept like a rock.
The next day, I gave workshops on voice, editing, and layering emotion in writing. It was the first time I’d given several hours’ worth of workshops, but I did fine and the ladies of HBA were lovely and helpful. That night they even cheered on the LSU Tigers with me (though we lost) and we watched more football, talked about more books and forged new friendships.
I highly recommend a beach retreat with writers to cure what ails you. After a night at my cousin’s, I came back to being a mom and wife…and a buttload of laundry.
So have you ever taken a retreat? Or maybe a girls’ weekend? Where did you go?
Liz will be giving away a copy of HIS BROWN-EYED GIRL to one lucky commenter.
She’s saving him from…the kids?
Lucas Finlay is used to calling the shots. But looking after his two nephews and niece in New Orleans, he’s entirely out of his league. Luckily help is next door. With almost no effort Addy Toussant manages to make order from the kid chaos. Lucas is beyond grateful…he’s also very attracted to her. Images of an adults-only playdate are soon dancing in his head.
Yet something in Addy’s golden-brown eyes tells him not to rush her. If this romance is to go anywhere, he needs to let her take the lead. Given the sizzling potential of what they have together, Lucas is okay with that.After enduring the destruction of her antique store and a sex scandal involving her late husband, Eleanor Theriot has spent years licking her wounds and raising her daughter, ignoring the woman beneath the cashmere sweater set in favor of playing it safe. Knowing she must reclaim herself and step out of her comfort zone, Eleanor doesn’t expect the first guy she flirts with in twenty years to make her knees weak.
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