Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Holidays from Kalli Ballas

PERIL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS by Kari Lee Townsend
Kalli Ballas wishes you a happy holiday!

Hi there. My name is Kalli Ballas. You might not know this about me, but I can read minds. Only through the power of touch, thank goodness. I can't imagine hearing everyone's thoughts all the time. A person's brain is only so big, you know. I imagine that would give me a continuous headache, and I'm pretty sure that can't be good for a person.

You see, I'm also a germaphobe and a bit of a hypochondriac. To say I'm a little OCD is putting it mildly. You can imagine how uncomfortable I am when I have to use my gift. But when your best friend needs you, you do whatever you have to, even if means reaching out and touching someone.

Most people love the holidays. Don't get me wrong, I love the whole concept of giving to others. And as crazy as my big Greek family is, I actually do enjoy spending time with them. It's just the whole idea of kissing under the mistletoe that throws me off. So far, Detective Nik Stevens is the only one who can make me forget my fears long enough to enjoy a kiss. And don't even get me started on finger foods and double dipping.

The stress of the holidays can put a damper on enjoying the festivities for anyone, so I'm here to offer encouragement. When you feel yourself getting all knotted up, just relax and take a moment to close your eyes and just breathe deep. The wrapping paper doesn't have to be perfect. If the food's a problem, bring you own. Fake a cold sore so you won't have to be kissed. And bring lots of hand sanitizer.

Okay, so that pep talk is pretty much for me. While we're on the subject what do you all do to help ease the stress of the holidays? I really want to enjoy myself this year. In fact, I'm making a pact. I WILL enjoy myself this year, and I sincerely hope that you do as well.

Happy Holidays everyone, and good luck.

Season's Readings!

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37 comments:

  1. Playing soft quiet music during the day helps holiday stress along with I really try to spend a min. of half hour a day reading a really good book! (if not more)!!!! Merry Christmas to everyone!
    Lynn/MI

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  2. I relax with hot baths, sweetcandi32010@yahoo.com

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  3. Some holidays are less stressful than others. It depends on what is planned. Reading a good mystery book is one way I like to relax or watch one of the many Christmas specials.

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  4. watching tv & reading works for me, in dealing with the stress of the holidays............

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  5. I think it's important to always give yourself some down time during the holidays.

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    I like to go to bed early and read to relax
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  7. I relax by reading and napping. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  8. I love to read and find it very relaxing. Thanks, Kari Lee for your new series. It sounds very interesting and I can't wait to read your first book. (P.S. don't forget Sunny and Mitch.)

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    1. No worries, Mary Louise :) There will be more of Sunny and Mitch to come!

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  9. Reading with a mug of hot tea, cuddled up with my dog, helps with the holiday stress for me. Sometimes. :)

    jgbeads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Just don't be stupid enough to think you can do everything. I thought it wouldn't be a problem to get all my floors re=done this month. They finish today. I didn't consider all the packing and unpacking I had to do.I have nothing wrapped and not much baking done.

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    1. Sounds like me, only I don't have the excuse of floors being redone ;) Good luck to you and happy holidays everyone. Great ideas for stress relief!

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  11. Everyday I try to get by myself and curl up with a hot beverage (tea or coffee) and the cats and read a little. That usually helps! jlong AT parker DOT com

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  12. Plenty of quiet time. I also live by the motto, "If it gets done, great, if not, OK". You can only do so much, so pick the important things and try not to worry about the resy.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dor com

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  13. I love to read... these books are light reading and entertaining celsaieh88@gmail.com

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  14. Good advice! Thank you!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  15. A nap works wonders for me!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  16. Sometimes I just take a step back and "squint" to look at the big picture - how beautiful the decorations are, who will be visiting, etc. - rather than focusing on the long lists of holiday tasks I don't think I'll every finish. When I take that step back it reminds me just how much I love this season and look forward to it. Christmas books, movies and books are the theme for the month. sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. What a great idea. Love the sitting back and "squinting" to look at the big picture :) And...love your name: Grandma Cootie! LOL it reminds me of Granny Gert in my Fortune Teller series. I'll bet you're a hoot just like her.

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    2. Well, I am intrigued now. Used to say my mom, Grandma Shirley, was a hoot but I have probably grown into it. Which I think is a good thing. Will be reading Tempest in the Tea Leaves now to check it out!

      Our kids were Cootie Bugs (like the game) so we became Grandma & Grandpa Cootie to the grandkids and great-grandkids :-).

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  17. I love watching Christmas specials to relax.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  18. Christmas brings me stress, too---so I just have a glass of wine, a piece of chocolate and curl up with my dog.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. Yes, the good with the not-so-good at holiday time.
    libbydodd@comcast.net

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  20. Which is the whole reason for my den/library/computer room. When the house gets crowded or noisy I retire to my room and shut the door. If someone wished discourse with me, they can just knock quietly. LOL

    I'd love to win this book. I love Kari Lee's writing.

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    1. Awww thanks Nora. Glad to see you here ;) Now if only my crazy crew would stay out of my sanctuary....

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  21. It may sound crazy, but after years of watching my mother stress out at Christmas time - and many other times - (yes going to go visit her and my dad at Christmas 90 & 86), I decided nothing was worth that much stress. Nothing. Of course I have gone through PTSD and believe me, I will not stress myself out over whether or not everyone is happy over something - they can start doing some of it themselves if they want the 'perfect' Christmas. I just enjoy the lights, don't need a big meal, and love giving out the gifts I bought. Go with the flow. Would love to read your book.

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  22. Sounds like an interesting series. I don't have a stressful holiday time.

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  23. Over the years we have simplified everything about the holiday season. No stress here, just enjoyment.

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  24. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I don't get stressed during the holidays. (Well, no more stressed than I may be at any other time of the year.) Of course, I am single, so I don't have to worry about any in-laws! :D Kari is a new author to me, and I like the idea of mind reading. I read the Sookie Stackhouse series, and enjoyed them, so I'm sure I'll enjoy this series! :)

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  25. When you are Jewish, the only stress is putting up a good front when everyone asks if you are buying yourself a Christmas present. Can't be one if you don't celebrate Christmas.

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  26. Knitting is a great way to de-stress for me!

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  27. I can always use the excuse of needing to walk my dog to get away when people are getting on my nerves. Either that or go in my room and read a book. Works for me.

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  28. I love reading cozy mystery series, so any chance to win a part of any series makes for a very good day!!

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