10 Ways to Avoid Book Launch Exhaustion

Maybe it’s just me, but book launches are highly stressful and exhausting. Since I couldn’t figure out what to blog about this week, I thought I’d come up with a list of ways to help avoid exhaustion and also how to stay sane during the release of my latest romance novel, The Wanderer.

So, here are ten ways to avoid stress and/or relax when you are stressed out:

  1. Tea. Lots of tea. All the tea. Particularly if it’s Republic of Tea’s Lemon Chiffon Green Tea. So Good.
  2. Bath, a long soak can do wonders.
  3. Indulge in a good book, this week I was reading some free flash fiction.
  4. Naps. Don’t judge. Naps are brilliant. 
  5. Write. Sometimes, the best way to relaxing during a book launch is to continue working on your next project.
  6. Video games. My current favourite? Mass Effect Andromeda, hands down, the best game that I’ve played in ages.
  7. Indulge in binge watching on the telly. What am I watching lately? Hunted, Lock Up, The Great British Bake Off.
  8. Avoiding Goodreads, nothing more stressful than reading reviews lol.
  9. Get time away from the computer.
  10. Music. Nothing releases stress like singing loudly and badly. lol

What about you? What do you do to alleviate stress? If you’re an author, do you find book launches to be stressful?


Losing Tastes Like Taco Bell.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll likely have noticed one of my new obsessions is a show on CBS called Hunted. It’s basically hide & seek for adults with a massive prize if you don’t get found. The fugitives are regular people and the hunters are a mixture of mostly law enforcement and military experts.  As the finale is on Wednesday, today seemed a good day to blog about ten random things I’ve seen or learned from the show.

In no particular order:

– Always be wary of Black SUVs with tinted windows. Sneaky people use them to spy on you.

– The internet never forgets anything ever. Deleting your history doesn’t mean it’s actually erased.

– Taco Bell nachos taste like money floating away on the wind.


– People frequently miss what’s right in front of their noses–like 6-foot tall men hiding in their back yards.

– If you’re ever one the run, leave all your mobile devices behind. Also, never drive a new vehicle. Telematics. Google it.

– Butt dials can be either dangerous mistakes or subversive mind games.


– When ‘cute boys’ ask to sleep on your porch, the correct answer is NO. #strangerdanger

– Rises in blood pressure can lead to being punked.

– Lying can be good or bad–depending on which side of the fugitive/hunter fence you’re on. Also, if you’re going to lie about your name, practice saying the name a few times. #robles

If you’re not watching the show, you should definitely check it out for sheer entertainment value–and also because you learn a hell of a lot about how easy it can be to track someone in the digital age.

Also, you’ll find the entire cast is incredibly active (and hilarious) on twitter.

What are the shows you obsess over? Have you learned anything from watching them?