Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday 13 Guest Post: Heather Thurmeier

Hey gang, it's my pleasure to welcome Heather Thurmeier here to Romance Writers Behaving Badly, and she's here celebrating her new release with ways to stay warm this winter!

13 Tips to Staying Warm This Winter

Now that we’ve had our first major snowstorm of the year, I’m remained about how much I hate the cold. Burr! I grew up on the Canadian prairies and I should be used to this kind of cold, but I’m not anymore! For those of you who can’t picture where I’m from, think Fargo. Think flat. Think something like this…

Pretty, isn’t it? That’s my parent’s backyard.

It is pretty in a certain way and while I can love the beauty of the snow twinkling in the sunlight, I can’t help but shiver. I don’t like to shiver. I don’t like to get all bundled up. I don’t like to shovel. And while I’m a good winter driver—thanks to lots of winter driving back home—I can’t say the same for the others on the road. Yikes! (Get all-weather tires!)

So here are my 13 tips cto staying warm this winter.

1. Buy a good knit toque, scarf and mitts. Don’t know what a toque is? To us Canadians it’s just a fancy-shmancy way to say that thing that keeps your head warm in the cold. And I’d invest in a good pair of boots too. I prefer Uggs. These are my new babies…

2. Drink lots of hot chocolate. Or even better, drink mint mochas. I love those…

3. Light a fire. If you’ve got a fireplace, use it. There’s nothing cozier on a cold night. Someday I’d like to make S’mores in my fireplace, but I haven’t attempted it yet. Is that even possible or safe?
4. Always have an extra fuzzy blanket on the couch for snuggling.

5. Find another warm body to cuddle with under the blanket. J

6. Watch something that will really get your adrenaline pumping so you don’t have time to feel the cold. I recommend checking out The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I’m usually too tense during those shows to think about how cold I am!

7. Instead of going out for a night on the town, settle in for a night in bed…with a good book of course! ;) Get your minds out of the gutter…

BUNNY HILLS AND BIKINIS is perfect for a snowy, wintery night. Amelia is stuck in Lake Tahoe for a four long days in the cold, but she heats up her nights with Nate Miller. And the hot tub scene is steamy enough to warm you up on even the chilliest night. ;)

8. Invite your friends over for game night. This is win-win. You get to do something fun for an evening, and you don’t have to venture out into the cold since your friends come to you. Things is a hilarious game to play if you have the right group of friends with the right dirty minds.

9. Invest in a margarita machine. Best. Appliance. Ever. It will not keep you warm. In fact, it will give you a good chill while you drink all that frozen strawberry goodness. Seems counter-productive, I know. But by the time you see the bottom of your glass, the tequila will heat you up from the inside out and the cold will be the last thing on your mind. Seriously. Best. Thing. Ever.

10. See #9, then make the most kick-ass margarita you’ve ever had. This recipe has been well tested in my kitchen. Friends and family all agree we make the best margaritas in town. Not to brag or anything, but I think they might be right.

Heather’s Kick-Ass Margaritas:

3 shots tequila
2 shots lime margarita mix
3 shots strawberry margarita mix
Blender full of shaved ice (easy if you buy the machine.)
Blend and enjoy.

11. Do some baking. This tip is good for three reasons. One, you’ll warm up the house by heating up your over. Two, there’s nothing better than fresh-out-of-the-oven pie or chocolate chip cookies to warm your tummy. And three, that special someone in your life will probably reward you nicely for hard work. Hubba-hubba.

12. Run a bubble bath. Light a candle or two, find a good book, and just relax. Don’t like the tub? Take a steamy shower and indulge in some yummy-smelling body wash. Be sure to stock up on your favorite body washes and bubbles before the snow comes!

13. Book a vacation somewhere warm! There’s nothing better than daydreaming about a vacation somewhere that involves lots of sun and sand—and hopefully hot cabana guys.

So if the snow finds you this winter, now you have a few ways to stay warm. What are your favorite ways to heat up when the chill starts to set in?

Heather Thurmeier

~Heart, humor, and a happily ever after.

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Amelia Brooks agrees to a weekend retreat in California, thinking it will be held in sunny Malibu only to find out she’s stuck in chilly Lake Tahoe for four long days—just what a girl from Minnesota wants to hear in the middle of winter. Now instead of wiggling her toes in the sand, her feet are squeezed into her new manufactured-by-Satan-himself-uncomfortable boots. If that’s not enough, Amelia’s obnoxious colleague William has decided this is the weekend they’ll finally be together and he won’t keep his thoughts—or his hands—to himself.

Amelia’s ready to kick off those boots and peel off her wooly sweater once she meets Nate Miller—the workshop’s hunky presenter. But Nate’s not ready to settle down. He’s seen his workshop buddies fall in love then fall out of the running for being promoted to the big city workshop circuit and he’s not about to let that happen to his life’s dream—until he gets involved with Amelia. Now he’s not so sure he can walk away at the end of the weekend with his heart intact and his promotion in hand.

Now Amelia’s got four days to stave off William’s persistent advances long enough to fall in love with Nate and possibly…learn to ski the bunny hill.


Heather Thurmeier said...

Thanks for having me here today! I hope you'll try out a few of my 13 suggestions this winter!

Shoshanna Evers said...

Great tips! Of course, my favorite way to keep warm in the winter is to live someplace where it never gets cold, like back in my LA days... ahh, memories.

You forgot to mention that Bunny Hills and Bikinis is super funny and hot too! :)

Jannice said...

5, 7, 10 and 13 are my fav tips... Since 13 isn't in the budget, I can definitely manage the other three :) I live in Nebraska, our winters are hell. I am not exaggerating. Apparently to live in Nebraska you must be immune to below zero winters with insane wind, and above 100 degree summers with drought conditions... hm.

Heather Thurmeier said...

13 is pricey, but it's still fun to daydream! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

Barbara Phinney said...

Want to stay warm this winter? Go into periomenopause. I haven't needed a sweater in months.

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Heather!
Great tips!
My cold weather drink of choice is decaf coffee with a shot of Baileys!

Congrats on your second book! I have Love and Lattes on my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it!

Heather Thurmeier said...

Barbara, you made me LOL! Wendy, I hope you enjoy Love and Lattes!

William Kendall said...

Hi, Heather! Excellent post!

Get our minds out of the gutter...? Oh, right.

I'd better stay quiet.. I've got a cuss jar to fill if I say certain lovely words like blizzard, snow, cold, frost, winter...

Best time of year!