When I was a kid, I remember having some great summer vacations. My parents took my sister and me on road trips, where we'd stop just to sample the pie at a local diner or visit a "Wonder Spot," one of those places where there are curious optical illusions and if I stood in the right spot I was miraculously as tall as my mom.
But as an adult, my summer vacations have been less than stellar. I spend most summers working on my next book and preparing for a fall book release. This summer I've been getting ready for the launch book of a new historical series, When You Give a Duke a Diamond. I'm thrilled, except it means little to no vacation time.
Fortunately, this summer my husband attended a work-related conference in none other than Las Vegas. I'm not a big fan of Vegas because I don't gamble, but he convinced me I could have plenty of uninterrupted writing time while he was attending events. And he also convinced me I needed to take a spa day. He didn't have to do much convincing. I made an appointment for a massage and planned to spend time in the Turkish baths, reading and relaxing.
The spa was wonderful, and the massage just what I needed. There's something about retreating to a quiet place, sipping water infused with cucumber, and listening to soft music that leaches all the tension out of my body and allows me to forget about deadlines and laundry and errands.
After the massage, the attendant told me I was welcome to soak in the Turkish baths or to recline on the lounge chairs. I'd brought my bathing suit for just this reason and spent about an hour reading and soaking in the jetted water.
It's funny how what we find fun when we're ten changes so much thirty years later. I'd much rather fly now than drive, and if I am driving, I want to reach my destination, not stop every fifty miles. And the best vacations are those where I don't see anything but the pages of a good book.
What about you? Would you rather go on a trip or spend the day at the spa? Or maybe both, like I did?
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WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND [http://amzn.to/Nbr8Fd] BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2012
He had a perfectly orderly life…
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…
Until she came along…
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s seriously disruptive to have the duke who’s the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…