Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away

Last month I was under two deadlines and ridiculously busy. Like, here-comes-the-panic-attack busy. First things first, I had to finish the third and final book of my Young Adult series, The Mind Games. But at the same time I was working on my contracted historical romance, To Capture a Rake. I managed to keep my cool (barely) and released The Mind Games. A few days later we happened to have a mini vacation scheduled for Tennessee. Bad timing, I thought. I still had that contracted book to finish.

But come to find out, that mini vacation was just what I needed. We headed toward the mountains Thursday, stopping to do a cave tour, then heading into Gatlinburg; a fun town full of shops and tourists. Friday we went to Dollywood, a theme park with a rustic mountain atmosphere. But one of my favorite sites was a drive around Cades Cove. As the name implies, Cades Cove is a valley nestled between the Smoky Mountains that was settled in the 1800s. In the 1900s it was taken over by the government but a few of those log cabins remain, as if waiting for their owners to return.

We were only there for a few days, but breathing in the clean mountain atmosphere was just what I needed to relax. When I was on that mini vacation, sales and reviews didn’t matter and I realized that sometimes, when you’re ridiculously stressed, it’s best to just get away. Step back and take in some air.

But the vacation is over and I’m back to work on the historical romance, frantic to finish and feeling slightly panicky all over again. Time for another vacation!  

Before I go… I’m doing a giveaway! Two people will receive a coupon for a free Ebook download of books 1, 2 and 3 (the complete series) in my young adult series, The Mind Readers. Just leave a comment!

P.S. The winner from my last giveaway, an Ecopy of Harris Channing’s His For the Taking, is…Mary Doherty!

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12 Responses to Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Lori, your mini-vacation sounds so lovely. I’ve been to the Smoky Mountains and enjoyed it. It was a long time ago. Now you’ve made me want to go back.

    Have fun writing!

  2. Misty Evans says:

    It’s good to step back and refresh ourselves and our muses. I hope you can mentally check back in at Cades Cove when the panic attack threatens. Good luck on that deadline and congrats on the new YA!

  3. Lori,
    I’ve heard of Dollywood but never been!! Your family vacation sounded wonderful. Glad you were able to get away ;).

  4. Liz Kreger says:

    Hey Misty. Glad you were able to get away … if only for a little while. Sometimes you just need that little bit of time to relax. I plan on doing that the weekend after next. WisRWA is having a writer’s retreat at Green Lake, which is in central Wisconsin … I think. Gotta plug it into the GPS and find out exactly where the heck it is. Anyway … no internet, no television, nuthin’. Just writers and writing. So looking forward to it.

  5. Shelby Harris says:

    Pick me! Pick me! I am so excited to read the 3rd book!!! 😆

  6. Karen Hernandez says:

    This is too exciting!! =D

  7. Teresa Hoover says:

    Can’t wait to read this next book!

  8. Marie Davis says:

    Can’t wait to start the 3rd book! 😀 I think I will take in on my vacation with me next week myself! Enjoy yours!

  9. Sue L says:

    Lori, I love the Mind Readers series so much. I totally fell in love with Lewis.

  10. sydney m says:

    i want it so bad! i have no money left on my kindle card and i want to read the mind games so bad! 🙁

  11. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Lori,

    I DO understand! Sometimes life gets the better of us and getting away is the perfect answer. I hope you enjoy every minute!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Blog Tour for Family Blood Ties series – Vampire in Denial and Vampire in Distress!

  12. Spring says:

    What beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for the chance to win! I love your books! 🙂

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