Stress and …. Books.

December 18th. 2019

I don’t know about you, but I’m a stress reader. Some people bury their anxiety in chocolate (I’m in recovery) and some in a colorful list of vices. Yet the one  item I never see on the list of things people do when they’re anxious is to read. Am I alone in my need for a paperback when life gets twisted?

Christmas shopping is not usually a factor on my roulette of things that cause me stress, but this year everything is a trigger.  So, instead of plodding through the mall, I’m re-reading old novels I’ve enjoyed, buying new ones on a whim, and borrowing books from my neighborhood “little free library.” My rate of consumption is not healthy. Not that there’s anything wrong with reading, but I’m turning the pages so fast I can’t even remember the names of the characters.

So, I confess my weakness here–in the sanctity of a public blog–and commit to triage this binge of books. The beauty of print is that you can savor the pages, flip back and forth when you need to refresh your imagination, and fall asleep with a book on your chest. My early 2020 resolution, is to value the story. Some author worked very hard on that plot, character development, and setting–I want to honor their work with timeliness. And read to consume their theme, story arc, and message of resolution.

There, I’ve said it. I’m a binge reader. Are you one too?

I’m creating something unique, just for you!

December 9th. 2019

With my heart overflowing with gratitude to the readers and friends who have supported my books this year, and who so wonderfully celebrated the 2019 novel, Comfort Songs, I landed on a fun Christmas gift to offer in return. Yes, I’m giving you a present. Fa-la-la-la!

To the subscribers of my e-newsletter (registration is available on the home page of this site) I’m emailing a bonus, second epilogue to Comfort Songs–just in time for a fireside read. A free, fun bit of extra love and merriment for AJ Worthington and Luke English, and Beans. I can’t forget the golden doodle.

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created, and the surprises that are gift-wrapped in the quick pages. I can hardly wait to email it the newsletter supporters, and hope they’ll write back and let me know what they think of the surprise.  The bonus epilogue is exclusive to followers of the newsletter, and won’t be for sale anywhere.