Blogiversary Guest: Alexia Adams

Hello my doves! … Ok I can’t keep up analogies or anything, but here I am dive bombing you with posts! >.> But in a good way! We have new friend Alexia Adams visiting with us, and I hope you enjoy the post – I think it’s quite clever and fun. :D

3 Free Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Singapore FlingJanuary is not my favorite month of the year.  I’m cold, broke, and spring seems an eternity away. It’s dark when I wake up and dark by the time I start dinner. If you’re anything like me, and are not so fond of January, I have three suggestions to help beat the winter blues. And in keeping with Limecello’s tag line, they’re a little bit tart, a little bit sweet.

•    Escape in a book. I’m a writer, what did you expect me to suggest? Read a book. Reread your favorite book if that’s what makes you happy. Borrow a book from the library. Grab a free read from your preferred e-retailer. Or win one (see below).  A word of caution, select a book with a happy ending or you’re likely to wind up even more depressed. I don’t suggest you read Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky or anything by Thomas Hardy, even though they’re great books. Try a romance novel, because then you’re guaranteed a happy ending. Want to escape to the tropics but don’t have the funds? Read a romance set someplace warm. Grab a blanket and your preferred hot beverage and give yourself a mini vacation for a few hours. Enjoy.

•    Be Sweet. Compliment someone, preferably a random person you don’t know. This may seem hard, especially if you’re rather shy, like me. Consider it your brave quest for the day. Please be genuine. Find something you can honestly say and go ahead and do it. “That scarf looks wonderful on you.” “I really love your boots.” “Have you just had your hair done? It looks fabulous.” Try to choose someone over the age of 30 who may not get regular compliments. Harassed mothers or the elderly would be prime “targets”. Don’t be creepy, pass on your compliment and leave. You can stay around long enough to hear the startled, “Thank you,” but don’t linger. I challenge everyone who reads this post to randomly compliment one person in the next three days. For maximum benefit, try complimenting three people. You’ll probably make their day and I bet you’ll feel better at the end of yours as well.

•    Be Tart. Have you picked up your mail today? How many credit card applications did you get? Look inside. Does it have one of those postage prepaid envelopes? Have other junk mail you want rid of? Send it off to the credit card company. I bet the person who opens the mail would love some coupons for leg waxing or fast food or new vinyl windows. Imagine their joy as they munch on a half price triple cheeseburger, thanks to your generosity. And think of all the postal jobs you’re saving by using the mail. Plus you’ll have less to put in the recycling. Win, win, win.

So, there you have it – my three, free ways to beat the winter blues. I’d love to hear how you get on with these suggestions, especially the second one. I’ll be checking back for comments over the next few days. And further, to celebrate ALBTALBS 3rd Blogiversary, I’m offering three electronic copies of my debut novel, Singapore Fling. By the way, Lime, did I tell you how great your shoes are today?

And you know cuz I love the book info … :D

Singapore FlingLalita Evans has always instinctively sensed that she is not the biological child of John and Julia Evans. So she has done everything she can to be the perfect daughter, the perfect future CEO of the family business. Her focus only slipped once in the past five years, when she met Jeremy Lakewood. Now her father has appointed Jeremy as Director of Marketing, and the one man who can melt her mind with a single kiss is to accompany her on a tour of the Asian offices. But before she can listen to her heart, Lalita needs to discover her true identity and learn to put personal desires ahead of corporate profits.

Jeremy Lakewood is not afraid of a challenge. Rising from an impoverished childhood to the upper echelons of the corporate world has allowed him to live up to his vow to support his widowed mother and disabled sister. The one crater in his road to success is Lalita Evans, the one that got away and the only woman who has ever turned his blood to molten lava. She’s not only the woman he can’t forget, but also his boss’s daughter. Sent to Asia with her on business, her father’s warning echoes in his ears – seduce Lalita and his career is over. Will he risk his livelihood and all the success he’s achieved to win the woman who haunts his dreams?

Eight countries in three weeks, a quest to find a birth mother, and a mutual attraction as intense as it is inconvenient leaves both Lalita and Jeremy questioning what they really want in life – love or their careers?

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

Good times, yes? You know you want it! ;)

15 thoughts on “Blogiversary Guest: Alexia Adams

  1. I enjoyed your post, Alexia. Great suggestions. Reading a book is easy: I do that every day, and very often the book is a romance. As for junk mail, we’ve told the post office not to deliver any. I love number 2 and will definitely apply it the next time I leave my writing cocoon and venture into the real world where there are actual living human beings to compliment.

  2. Those are some good ideas. We were on the receiving end of some kindness today when someone blew the snow off our sidewalk and we don’t know who it is.

    • Random Acts of Kindness are amazing, aren’t they. Everyone benefits. Hope you stay safe and warm, despite the snow. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Ha ha! I love your tart suggestion. It had never occurred to me that so many benefits might arise from my unwanted junk mail. Must do that!

    I already indulge in hiding under the covers to read and I often toss compliments to strangers (sincere ones only, of course). You are so right about offering your compliment and then departing. If I’m in a coffee shop and I want to say something nice I make sure to finish my coffee and put on my coat before saying anything.

    My husband’s technique of getting through January: golfing and skiing (or boarding). From January to April he has his weekly “West Coast Day” in which he golfs in the morning and hits the slopes in the evening. He manages to squeeze in a nap or listens to an audio book in between so technically he also hides under the covers. And I call those days my Day Off!

  4. Ha!! Be Tart! I will definitely try that one out because I already compliment random people and read lots of romances in my daily life.
    But I like January…. It should be for my birthday but thinking about getting older while young at heart is just not getting to me. But January is just an okay month. But I do hate the freezing cold we’re getting here where I live. Not cool at all!!

    • I think the cold weather is the worst. But I’m happy to hear you’re doing okay with it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  5. I love your suggestions Alexia. Of course I also read constantly, and I even do your #2 suggestion already. It’s a great idea any month of the year. But I love #3. It’s tart and funny, and might just keep those CanPost employees hopping.

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