Dana Marto, author of THE SPY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS, writes fast-paced action-adventure romances that take her readers all over the globe. She is a Rita Award finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. She loves writing stories of intrigue, filled with dangerous plots that try her tough-as-nails heroes and the special women they fall in love with. Her books have been published in seven languages in eleven countries around the world.
As I write this – and as you read it – we’re right in the thick of the craziness of the holiday season. We’re comparing the gifts we bought with the list of people for whom we need to buy gifts? Can we check everyone off our list yet? Did we forget anyone?
(By the way, books make great last-minute gifts. My latest is called THE SPY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS, and it would be perfect for the woman in your life who likes adventure and romance. This is a high-octane Christmas story, with a sexy undercover agent and a woman who will take any risk to get her twin babies home by Christmas. )
If you have more than one child, you’re living in fear that the kids won’t consider their gifts to be “even,” and you’ll have to deal with Christmas morning squabbles about who got how much. Do they count the number of gifts or the amount of money spent on each?
We’re thinking about the guests who will arrive on Christmas Eve. The house must be cleaned. Do we have enough dishes to serve everyone? Did we remember to buy extra milk? No one – and I mean no one – wants to go to the grocery store on Christmas Eve. Talk about madness! The holiday spirit goes out the window if you try to sneak into the 10 items or less lane with 11 items. (Not that I would ever do such a thing! Really, I swear!)
I’ve been thinking about how nice it would be to plan a low key post-Christmas getaway. Not a big, exciting cruise or sojourn to an exotic location. Just a quiet trip to a nearby town, somewhere within driving distance so we won’t have to deal with airport security. I’m pretty sure a full-body scan would show a menagerie of decorated sugar cookies partying on my hips.
The idea of relaxing at home sounds good in theory, but the truth is, when I’m home, I’m distracted by everything I should be doing. Laundry, writing, dusting, putting away the decorations… When really, what I should be doing during those days off after Christmas is bonding with my family. Nothing is more important than that.
If you’re single, think about how fun it would be to hop in the car with a good friend. Road trip!
Quick getaways are a marvelous way to relax and rejuvenate. You get in the car, drive an hour or two, and you’re there. No hassle, no passport needed. You speak the language, and you don’t have to do exchange-rate math in your head. For the cost of a night or two in a hotel, you get memories that will last a lifetime.
Of course, when you go on a trip, whether near or far, you have to have a good book. You can read a free excerpt of THE SPY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS at www.danamarton.com.
If you were going to take a post-Christmas trip to a nearby town, where would you go? Why would you choose that town? What fun things would you do while you were there?