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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones was just like us this past weekend and took a break to celebrate the Fourth of July! She stopped by XOXOAD to chat about her favorite things to do during a long, lazy weekend, and (we suspect) to also make us jealous with the views from her backyard! 🙂

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments where your favorite place to watch fireworks is to enter for your chance to win a copy of ESCAPING REALITY and INFINITE POSSIBILITIES, the first two books in Lisa’s brand new Secrets of Amy Bensen series!

So, I’ve been charged with the question: “What did you do for your Fourth of July weekend?” What did I do? For once, despite the book that is begging to be written on my computer, I took a break! Most of you know about mine and my husband Diego’s cheat days every Friday. If you don’t know, it’s a day we break from our diet and exercise and enjoy some delicious food! Oh, how we look forward to those days. Well, this weekend, said cheat day extended into the Fourth. We indulged, but truthfully, we were due! Okay, enough lamenting about the lovely cheat days 🙂 Besides that, we lounged around with our Oriental Shorthair cat Julie. I know that may sound boring, but between my back-to-back deadlines, some family time was demanded.

If you don’t know, we live in Colorado Springs with a gorgeous view of the mountains. I actually have this picture from a few weeks ago after a storm rolled through:

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Breathtaking, isn’t it? So just imagine that view, at night, with the sky lit up in an array of fireworks. Just as breathtaking, and possibly several decibels louder. We’re lucky that we don’t have to wrestle the crowds for a good parking and picnic spot for fireworks. We can simply enjoy them from our balcony, and with a skip, hop and a jump we’re in bed catching up on some reading!

I have to admit, that book that was begging for attention. I broke down on Sunday and worked a little. I’d have felt guilty if I hadn’t. But I promise, I took a few hours for a Sunday stroll with Julie and Diego (yes, we take out cats for walks, and she LOVES it! You can watch a video of it here), some catching up on social media, reading and more lounging. In short, it was quite the perfect weekend. I hope every single one of you had just as nice of a weekend! What’d you do? Let me know! Tag me on social media or find me on Facebook and share your fireworks pictures!

Two lucky winners will win a copy of ESCAPING REALITY and INFINITE POSSIBILITIES by Lisa Renee Jones. Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. on July 7th and ends at 9:00 a.m. on July 24th. Sorry, contest open to U.S. residents only. Please click here for complete contest rules.