Howdy, Delighted Readers!
We have a special first time guest today. Author, Rachel Harris, is stopping by to share some background on her latest fab release, Eyes on Me.
Let’s see what she has to say about her heroine and a topic we can all get behind. Oh the Stress of life!
Much Needed Stress Relief
“Dancing is like taking a mini vacation from the stress of the everyday.
You have to be in the moment.”
—Ofelia De La Valette
The above quote is how Eyes on Me begins, and it’s a quote that hits at the heart of
the novel. Stress is everywhere today—no one understands that better than a high schooler, but unfortunately, it doesn’t disappear upon graduation. Whether we’re stressing about an upcoming test, a deadline at work, or a veritable mountain of laundry, pressure surrounds us. One of the key tricks to getting through life is finding ways to relieve that stress, even if it’s just for a moment.
Lily, the heroine in Eyes on Me, learns through the course of the book that dance, like the quote above states, can be a mini vacation from the nonstop, ever mounting anxiety that can be as much a part of life as brushing one’s teeth. The thing about dance is that you have to be present. You live moment to moment, step to step. If you stay trapped in a previous misstep, or worry about an upcoming one, you can lose the present beat. There is no room for yesterday’s failed test or the argument you had with your boyfriend an hour ago. All of that falls away as the music swells, the steps begin, and you stare into the eyes of your partner.
Maybe you’re thinking, “That’s great and all, but I’m not a dancer.”
Well, my first argument would be to ask if you’ve ever tried. Lily didn’t have any rhythm—or so she believed—but after being forced into lessons, and eventually getting out of her head, she discovered a surprising body confidence and a freedom on the dance floor she never would’ve expected. Also, my husband hadn’t taken a dance lesson in his life before signing us up for ballroom lessons a couple years ago. All he brought with him was a willingness to learn and an open mind. What he found was that his martial arts training actually translated well when it came to feet work, and more importantly, he had fun. We had fun, together, and it gave us a great excuse for date nights.
If that doesn’t convince you, my second argument would be, “That’s cool. Find something else.”
Maybe it’s golf or long walks or even longer bubble baths—another personal favorite. Anything that you enjoy that either gets you outside or active or is completely selfish. Yep, I said the ‘s’ word. Occasionally, it’s okay…no, it’s good to be selfish. We shouldn’t be overly self-involved, but taking time for yourself—especially if it’s done away from social media—and doing something you enjoy, that slows your breathing and brings a smile to your face, is a good thing.
Another awesome choice? Reading! It gets you out of your own head and into someone else’s. And, hey, if you happen to be looking for recommendations, I happen to know of an excellent romance that was recently released
What are your favorite ways to relieve stress? Are you a dancer? Reader? Bubble bath taker? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments!
Eyes On Me Blurb
Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Bailey’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.
Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, small-town hero, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at his mom’s dance studio helps, he’ll do it.
When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. Lily shows Stone he’s more than his impressive football stats, and he introduces her to a world outside of studying. But with the lines blurred, can their relationship survive the secret he’s been hiding?
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. Rachel’s books have been featured in USA Today and Glitter Magazine, and her stories have been finalists in the National Reader’s Choice Award, the Holt Medallion Award, and The Golden Quill.
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