The Last SlayerI’m pleased to welcome author Nadia Lee to the blog today. The Last Slayer is the first book in Nadia’s new urban fantasy series, The Heartstone Trilogy, published by Carina Press. So, please give a warm welcome to Amanda.

A lot of authors treat themselves for meeting certain milestones, such as finishing a book, publishing a book, etc. I have “rewarded” myself a few times as well. And these are some of my favorites.

10. Sleeping in. The extra hour or two of sleep really perks me up for the rest of the week. And it’s especially nice in winter when it’s warm in bed. :)

9. Really nice pens and stationary items. I have no idea why I love them so much because it’s not like I write on fancy paper or anything like that. But I love buying them.

8. A day to read a book I’ve been saving. I try to read a little bit at a time, but there are those books that I prefer to read it in one sitting. So they get saved for a “free day”. I use this reward often because it’s cheap. :)

7. Lunch or dinner with Hero Material (my husband). This used to work fabulously until the arrival of our first son last June. :)

6. An evening watching a mindlessly fun action movie. I love love love action movies or super hero movies. Since Hero Material likes them too, it works out great.

5. A box of gourmet chocolate from Europe. I don’t usually buy expensive chocolate, but after meeting a big milestone, I sometimes splurge.

4. An afternoon of shopping. Not necessarily to buy stuff, but I like to go to a mall and just see what’s on display. If I see something that calls out my name, I might buy it.

3. Trying a new fancy recipe. I don’t always enjoy cooking, but I like trying out a new recipe, especially if it’s something fancy. So far I’ve been pretty successful with the ones I’ve tried.

2. A half-hour of foot massage. Mmmm. I’ve only done this once or twice though.

1. An hour of full-body massage. This probably my ultimate indulgence, and I’ve done it only once after a particularly difficult project. :)

How do you like to reward yourself? :-)

Nadia Lee - PhotoBilingual former management consultant Nadia Lee has lived in four different countries and enjoyed many adventures and excellent food around the globe. In the last eight years, she has kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.

She shares an apartment overlooking a river and palm trees in Japan with her husband, baby boy, winter white hamsters and an ever-widening pile of books. When she’s not writing, she can be found digging through old Asian historical texts or planning another trip.

To find out more about Nadia and her books, visit her website, You can also connect with her on Twitter (@nadialee) and Facebook.


Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!


Stella (Ex Libris) February 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

Nadia they all sounds wonderful! I would take any of them! 😀 After my exam periods I also rewarded myself with finally going out and having fun with my friends. It motivated me that once my exam was over, I would see and have a blast with my friends. I would really need the more sleep and massage right now 😉

And how do you reward yourself or celebrate the release of your stories?


Nadia Lee February 16, 2012 at 8:14 am

Hi Stella,

I bet it was lovely being out w/ your friends! :) Hope you treated yourself to other goodies too!

As for how I celebrate the release of my stories… I do nothing. I celebrate after the book's written, submitted and accepted, etc. But I don't do anything special for myself when book comes out because it's been a while since I finished revision, etc. and I'm working on something else. :)


Stella (Ex Libris) February 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

Makes sense :-) Thanks Nadia!


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