Thursday, January 2, 2020

Post Holiday Blues - Three ways to end the down cycle

By Cat Latimer of A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE by Lynn Cahoon

Hey guys, it's Cat here and I'm talking about the after holiday slump. If you're like me, you gained some Christmas cookie weight. You haven't worked on anything except finishing watching the Christmas movies you DVR'd. And you are just about tired of all the snow and cold.

So what's the cure? I've got a few suggestions that might must help your mood.
1- Exercise more. It doesn't have to be three hours of yoga or Pilates. Or even running. It can be a small amount of time working with a small group trainer. I'm doing a 30 day yoga challenge this year to clear out my head as well as the brain.

2- Keep volunteering. The homelessness at the shelter hasn't changed just because Christmas is over. We need to keep connecting us to whatever's over the side of that hill. Volunteer gigs pay more than just money. They pay in contacts, good will, and fun.

3- Try a new reading habit. Do you only read romance? Or Young Adult? Or steamy hot firefighters? Mix it up. Read something you haven't. Only read fiction? Check out a non-fiction favorite. Or just see what your friend is reading and try that. Learning something new gets our brain popping and that will run off any winter doldrums.

You could always check into one of my writer retreats to get into a different mind set. Seth's doing one right now with a bonus hiking trip. Check out what happens in A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE.


A Field Guide to Homicide - “The best entry in this character-driven series mixes a well-plotted mystery with a romance that rings true to life.” Kirkus Reviews

Cat Latimer and her writer’s retreat group go on a hiking trip—but a murderer has been lurking off the beaten path . . .

Cat’s sweetheart, Seth, is going all out on an outing into the local mountains—for the benefit of the writing group Cat’s hosting at her Colorado B&B. But when they try to identify some plant and animal life, they find death instead. The body belongs to a man with a gold claim a few miles away. Instead of striking it rich, he’s been struck down.

To his surprise, Seth recognizes the victim from his military days—and up to now believed he’d already died during his last tour of duty. Now Cat has to solve this mystery before the killer takes a hike . . .

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several NYT and USA Today best-selling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018-2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, released in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at


  1. I like your ideas. I am going to try some.

  2. Hey! I've been missing out. I didn't know there was a whole genre devoted to hot firefighters lol. I'm definitely willing to expand my my mind in that direction. Seriously though, Cat has some good tips for us.

  3. I'm trying new reading habits of reading more horror written by women, short stories, and anthologies!