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Twelve Days of Giveaways DAY TWELVE with Talli Roland!

Please give a big ole WELCOME to author Talli Roland! I absolutely love her books and HUMOR! You will too!! The Holidays brings a lot of stress and NON exercise. But while with the family or if you are a writer (who doesn't take off for the holidays), it's important to stay fit and not put on those extra POUNDS!!  Be sure to leave a comment to win an ebook copy of her award winning short story MISTLETOE IN MANHATTAN! The winner will be announced at the end of tomorrow's guest post!

How to Keep Fit During the Holiday Season… Without Leaving Your Desk

The festive season is a challenging time for sedentary writers. Not only do we have deadlines to meet, but there is plenty of yummy food around to eat! To combat the threat of an ever-expanding butt, I’ve developed a handy set of exercises for writers. No need to embrace the great outdoors – or even get off your chair. Now, you too can have the svelte frame of a commuter, without the commute. Are you ready? Here we go!

The five-fingered salute. Every so often, lift your fingers from the keyboard and make a fist. Open and close your digits several times in quick succession. This is even better when performed near a window in proximity of passers-by to encourage social interaction.

March like you mean it. The ideal exercise to release any frustration when your characters just don’t behave. Sitting on a chair, lift one knee in the air and bring your foot down firmly on the ground, then do the same with your other knee. Repeat for five minutes – or as long as your downstairs neighbours will allow. When you’re finished, you won’t care anymore about your characters’ misdemeanors. You’ll only care about impending repairs needed to the floorboards.

The burning butt-clench. Designed to encourage circulation after long periods of sitting, this exercise has the added benefit of making anyone around you question your need for the loo. Sitting comfortably, lift one buttock off the chair, and clench the cheek that’s touching the surface. Hold for twenty seconds, then repeat with the other butt cheek. You should feel a burning desire never to do this exercise again.

The navel gaze. Tilt your head slowly downwards until your chin touches your chest. Hold for thirty minutes – or until you drift off. This position allows observers to believe you’re engaged in deep thought, while elongating your neck muscles. Repeat until observers get bored and depart.

So there you have it! My tried and true methods to maintaining your pre-holiday shape while keeping your manuscript moving ahead during the festive season.

Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories – complete with happy endings. Twice shortlisted for the UK’s Festival of Romance, Talli's novels have also been chosen as Amazon Customer Favourites and top books of the year by industry review websites. She’s a bestseller in Britain and the United States. To learn more about Talli, visit herAmazon Author Page, go to her website, follow her on Twitter, or check out her blog.  


  1. Sounds like a winner to me! Thanks Tonya!

  2. Mistletoe and Manhattan! A perfect combination! ~ Teri Filkins AKA Shado85455

  3. You know I tried every exercise while reading this! Thank you for sharing your great ideas! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :)

    1. Hahhaa!! Me too, Kellie! Have a Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh, I love this! What a hoot! Just what I needed today, while I'm struggling with the Holiday season distractions. But if I get too far away from my book I won't remember where I used to was before.

    And I also love Talli's work, so delightful. So I hope I win!

    1. Hi, Conda! Yes, Talli is a super treat!

  5. LOL, I am grinning at the navel gaze comment. I am reading this after Talli has announced she is in labour! She will be exercising like crazy for a few hours, and gazing at her naval. :D


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