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Books and bubbles--my favorite binge!

That might as well be me there sitting in that bathtub up to my you-know-what in fragrant froth.

When I need to unwind, I pour myself a glass of white wine, grab a good book, uncap some richly scented foam bath, and hop in my (fiberglass) tub and read...until the water turns cold. 

Sometimes I'll even burn a scented candle, too, completely oblivious to whether the scent of the bubble bath and the scent of the candle are competing. The more scents, the better, as I see it.

I work full time. I am a wife and a mother. I write in my spare time. Occasionally, my husband expects a cooked meal, a home that's picked up some, and a sparking clean toilet. Because of all these responsibilities that I've juggled for decades, I think that old advertising slogan "Calgon, take me away," could have been written by me or at the very least performed by me con gusto.

I don't know what it is about the bathtub that I love SO much. Some people have to have their showers, and I do too, if I'm in a hurry. (And some people don't like baths whatsoever.) But when I want to pamper myself, I always opt for a bath.

When my daughter was little, I loved giving her a bath. Every second was sheer delight. Playing with her floating toys, mounding bubbles on her belly and her back. Giving her a silly shampoo hair style. By the time I lifted her out of the tub her fingertips had shriveled to pink prunes and her body was as slick as a baby seal's. Then I'd wrap her up in a soft towel, pat her dry, change her into her pajamas, and we'd read books together on the rocking chair until it was time to put her down for bed.

Our little bath time and bedtime ritual was one of the best parts about being a mommy. 

Once my daughter got too big for floating tub toys and shampoo styles, I think that's when I began enjoying my own indulgent bathtub ritual--my unplugged and unhurried me time.

And what about you? What do you enjoy doing to relax?

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All about our "Books and Bubbles" Giveaway

Two of my fellow women's fiction authors at Booktrope--Meredith Schorr and Laura Kilmartin-- and I put our heads together and whipped up this little holiday gift basket idea to give one lucky reader her very own Books and Bubbles Binge (a $95 value) just in time for the holidays.

Here's what you'll win:

  • $95 value!Signed copies of Blogger Girl, Don Juan in Hankey, PA, Grace Unexpected, and Next Year I’ll Be Perfect;
  • Lavender chamomile bubble bath, relaxing lavender foam bath, and patchouli and sweet orange foam bath;
  • A lush lavender bath scrubbie; and
  • A $10 Amazon gift card.

Just hop on over to this page to enter. The more points you get by selecting options such as commenting on one of our blogs, Tweeting about the contest, and/or following our Facebook and Twitter pages, the more likely you are to win the prize. A winner will be selected after midnight on December 15.

All of the books in the basket are humorous women's fiction, aka chick lit. Here's a little more about each one included in the basket:

Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr – Kimberly Long has two passions: her successful chick lit blog and Nicholas, her handsome colleague down the hall. But when her high school nemesis pops onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book and eyes for Nicholas, Kim has to make some quick revisions to her own life story.

Don Juan in Hankey, PA by Gale Martin -- A smalltown opera guild decides to produce the Mozart potboiler Don Giovanni to save their struggling company. To sing the title role, they wager their future on a rising star, an Argentine baritone with marquee-idol looks who is an incorrigible, untameable modern-day Don Juan. Will his constant need for sex drag the struggling opera company down with him?

Grace Unexpected by Gale Martin – When her longtime boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Grace avows the sexless Shaker ways. She appears to be on the fast track to a marriage proposal…until secrets revealed deliver a death rattle to the Shaker Plan.

Next Year I’ll be Perfect by Laura Kilmartin – Sarah’s discovery of a list her younger self put together outlining what she wanted to achieve by the age of 30 turns her world upside down.

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Reader Comments (5)

Baths are so relaxing.

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Hi, Susan! Do you know people who just don't like them whatsoever? Gotta have that shower? Well, I take a shower when I have no time to relax. Thanks for stopping.

December 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterGale Martin / @Gale_Martin

A nice bubble bath with candles and relaxing music does the trick!

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

My favorite way to relax is to watching my TV shows while drinking my Starbucks. =]

-Jessica M

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica M

Thanks for you time to write this material, Love your blog.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfotografas

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