The Benefits of an Active Shelf Life

I’m a reader. Not just a reader. I’m a “must read the list of suggested books from my local library or online resource” type reader. Don’t try to limit me to only one genre. I’m interested in everything from books about local history to ghost stories to modern thrillers to classic tales. I will, on occasion, explore the works of foreign authors from diverse backgrounds. Why do I read everything I can get my little mittens on? I’m a reader, because I’m a learner.

The Benefits of Being a Reader:

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  • Reading is exercise for the mind – Your brain needs fresh knowledge to grow. Don’t stop learning just because you become an “adult.” Growth is essential for everyone regardless of age.
  • A well-read brain is a healthy brain, especially as we age – Staying active is important for a healthy body. Your brain ages too. Learning new things can help keep your mind sharp.
  • Reading promotes imagination – Movies, TV and video games are entertaining, but someone else is doing the imagining for you. Reading a book offers plots and descriptions of the author’s story scenes, but it’s your imagination building the world as you see it. You take away inspiration, encouragement and knowledge gleaned from what you’ve seen in your mind’s eye.

Read Often. Learn as Much as Possible. Share Your Knowledge.

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Book Addicts Unite

Indie Publishing is a journey. No wait. Maybe journey isn’t the right term. Indie Publishing is an exploration mission. There you go. Every path I take holds something new. It could be a new way to reach readers or a dead end. You never know until you get there.

This week my literary exploration vessel is mooring at the shores of Choosy Bookworm. I’m seeking a way to connect with new readers and hopefully get a few reviews for my urban fantasy, Pariah. They have a free “Read and Review” program I’m pretty excited about on two levels. Here’s how it works:

As an Author: I submitted my book for review by Choosy Bookworm. Quality checks are important to build trust with their reader community. They also accept pre-published books now. Big bonus. I plan to use this option for my upcoming epic fantasy, “The Lords of Valdeon.”

Pariah’s feature date started on July 14th. Readers select my book from a list of many others (the selection is awesome by the way) and commit to read it within 2 to 3 weeks. All this is free to the reader. Choosy Bookworm then sends me a list of names and emails at the end of the day. I “Gift” the readers a copy on Amazon and send them a thank you email, reminding them to put the all important disclaimer at the end of their review. This meets the Amazon TOS guidelines.

I listed Pariah for 30 Readers. There are still spots left. If you enjoy urban fantasy and would like to participate, here’s the link – Free Copy of Pariah. I’d love to hear your feedback on the book.

As a Reader: Talk about a Book Addicts dream! Choosy Bookworm features free books from a wide selection of genres. You’ve got your choice of new authors and pretty established favorites. I’ve found at least two books I’ve already read on their site. Oh pooh!

Free books. Personal contact with the author. What better way to sate a book addict’s cravings?  Here’s the link for Choosy Bookworm’s feature page – Awesome Free Books.

The Pitfalls of Impatience


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Like most creative folks, I’m always antsy to start my next new endeavor. Those fresh day dreams of strange characters and exotic lands excite me. They’re like a first kiss or eating chocolate éclairs in Paris. Time goes by all too quickly as I work on the relationship. Then here we are again. An old married couple, tired of the same conversations.

I want a divorce.

Yes, childish I know. If the impatient bug hits me, I take some time away from my WIP.  After all, trudging up the mountain path of edits will be worth it one day. I still love my characters and am invested in their lives. I remain loyal until the very end (almost). Of course, there is nothing wrong with a little “Something Something” on the side. Kicking out a draft outline of my Paris chocolate éclair keeps my writer brain fresh. I return to my WIP, renewed (but not repentant).

Final Thoughts – If you can’t shake off the impatient bug, step away from the keyboard. Go outside, give yourself a good slap and understand there is no “next book” if you don’t do the best job you can with the one you’re working on now. Put your reader hat on. If an author half-assed a book, would you give their next book a read? Of course not. Readers have thousands of choices at their finger tips. Don’t give them a reason to throw yours aside. Do your absolute best on everything you write.

Guest Author: Najah Lightfoot

One of the most amazing people I know joins me on DT&J to share her latest articles. Welcome, Najah Lightfoot!  

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Author Bio 

Najah Lightfoot is a Priestess of the Goddess.  She keeps her faith strong by following the Pagan Wheel of the Year.  She is dedicated to keeping the Old Ways while living in these modern times.  Najah has a passion for writing, ritual, magick, movies and martial arts.  She can be found online at, and

Upcoming Events:

I will presenting a workshop titled, “Show and Tell, Magic vs. Magick – Tools of the Craft”, at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers – Colorado Gold Conference!

The Conference will be held at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO.  The Conference runs from September 5th – 7th, 2014.

Guest Author: Doreen Shababy

I’m thrilled to welcome Herbalist, Doreen Shababy today. Her latest article, “Herbal Pantry Staples – Time Savers with Great Flavors” is now available in Llewellyn’s 2015 Herbal Almanac.


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Author Bio:

I am the author of THE WILD & WEEDY APOTHECARY, an A to Z Book of Herbal Concoctions, Recipes & Remedies, Practical Know-how and Food for the Soul, and published by Llewellyn. I have upcoming articles in their Herbal Almanac for 2015 and 2016, and am also working on a series of 8 menus for the 2016 Sabbats Almanac.

I’m a mom, grandma, sister, daughter, auntie, wife, and spontaneous lover of life. I currently work from home and in my local community, consulting and teaching, cooking and gardening. I grew up in Chicago and have lived in northern Idaho for over 40 years.

I also offer private sessions involving hands-on healing touch and other energetic modalities.

Upcoming Events:

I have been teaching a series of 6 classes titled Gluten-free Baking: Sweet and Savory offering demonstrations for making bread, rolls, sweet breads and flourless fudge brownies. All classes include a fabulous meal.

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Find out More about Doreen by Visiting:

Link to my blog

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