Hello, Inspy Readers, Jill here. Please welcome my sweet friend and talented writer, Dora Hiers. Today she’s here to talk about the importance of recharging our battery. And today only, she’s offering a free Kindle copy of her latest Christian romance novella, Where Wishes Live.
When You Need to Recharge
By Dora Hiers
We all struggle through difficult challenges at some point. Whether it’s navigating the turbulent seas of unemployment, scaling the mountain to reclaim trust after a spouse’s unfaithfulness, or digging yourself out of a financial grave. Take your pick. Whatever it is, pressure gains momentum as a culmination of events and issues take turns with their punches. Or perhaps one major incident knocks us until we’re staggering backward like a fighter in a boxing ring, squeezing the breath from our lungs until our vision blurs and the voices around us fade into oblivion.
We each handle stress differently. Some people thrive on it. Others tug the blanket back over their head and sleep. I tend to…
Not run away because we all know that doesn’t solve any problems.
You know how at times events just keep piling on your calendar until suddenly you’ve lost control? That seems to be us on a regular basis. Juggling my husband’s hectic schedule and relentless availability as a fire chief takes a toll, mostly on me because he’s wired differently. Can you imagine sleeping with a radio next to your bed for thirty years? And when the “all call” alarm goes off in the middle of the night, not only does it scare the bejeebers out of me, but he might be out on a call for hours. Combine that with the constant pressure of the writing business, which often manages to take over my life. In this age of constant connectivity, where immediate responses are expected to emails and social media, does anyone ever really leave their job in the workplace anymore? So, when my stressometer spikes, we head to the mountains to recharge over a long weekend. Or more. Lol.
Peace speaks to my soul here, whispers that everything’s going to be all right, that life is so much more than writing and books. Being here brings God more into focus, and the pressure lifts. I can breathe deep again, liberated from the chains of anxiety that squeeze my chest. We brew a pot of coffee, kick up our feet and just soak in the quiet. Amazing Grace soothes my spirit.
Camille Tulane, my heroine in Where Wishes Live, runs too, but she runs back home. After ten years working abroad, she’s struggling with a few weighty decisions. Should she accept her Italian boyfriend’s proposal when he’s already married to his job? Or should she even remain in Italy when her heart’s yammering for Steepleview and memories of Chase, her high school sweetheart, refuse to stay tucked away? When her father mentions selling the family vacation home, Camille jumps on the chance to come back and recharge. Mix an adorable Rottweiler stray puppy with a cinnamon haired ex-boyfriend determined to show her all the reasons she should stay, add a pinch of winter fun, and bam! A recipe for a second chance at love. Where Wishes Live…
Like Camille, hubby and I travel extensively. It’s always nice to get away, to destress and recharge, but coming home? Ahhh! That sweet connection wells up as soon as we pull in the driveway. Home, where everything is familiar and I don’t need to pull up a map on my cellphone. Home, to a soft mattress and just-the-right-shape pillows, strong coffee, and local restaurants with food and words I recognize. Home, where we don’t have to rely on Google Hangouts to soak in our family’s precious faces. Home, back to the comfort of a routine because that’s the way I roll. So, I may run, but I always come back home.
What about you? How do you handle stress?
Do you have a favorite place to recharge?
He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him,
whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! ~Isaiah 26:3 TLB
Where Wishes Live
After ten years abroad, renowned chef Camille Tulane is back in the good ole USA. Good? Ha! The only good memories were her family’s annual holiday pilgrimages to Tennessee, and hanging out with the handsome Chase Kirkland. Now, her ambitious Italian boyfriend’s proposal has her running scared. She has one month to prep their vacation house for sale, one month to give Antonio an answer. But she doesn’t need that long. Not when Chase smiles at her like that…
Chase Kirkland regrets letting Camille fly away, but he couldn’t clip her angel wings. She’d never be happy in small town Steepleview, and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, especially not since buying Where Wishes Live, the winter resort where they met. When Camille fills in for the pregnant resort chef, suddenly those angel wings look like they might have come home to nest, and Chase vows to bring all her wishes to life.
Where Wishes Live…a story of second chances and renewed faith.
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Dora believes that a person should love what they do or choose to do something else. She’s doing exactly what makes her heart sing, and considers every day a gift. When she takes a break from cranking out heart racing, God-gracing romances, Dora adores reading, chowing down on her hubby’s lip-smacking home-smoked ribs, and sipping coffee on a mountain cabin deck. Life’s too short to be stuck in traffic, to drink bad coffee, or to read books with a sad ending. Dora and her real life hero make their home in North Carolina, but with a world full of amazing places to explore, that’s only a landing point.
Come hang out with Dora on Fiction Faith & Foodies, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. She loves hearing from reader friends at DoraHiers@gmail.com. Dora also writes sweet romance that sizzles under the pen name, Tori Kayson.