It's time. I promised the cover of Dream Therapy today. For everyone who waited, I could not help but start 2020 off with a brand new read! My New Year's Resolution is to publish five more books. Dream Therapy will publish Jan. 30. It will be available for preorder by Jan. 4.
Speaking of promises and resolutions, I have to remark this. More people will vow to lose weight today, buy a gym membership, purchase weight loss pills, ask google for information on diet plans etc... over the next few days than at any other time of the year. We over-indulge in the rich food at parties and family gatherings. There is candy lying around from stockings and some on the tree. I know. I made tamales for Christmas and also cooked the ham for Christmas dinner.
But have you given thought to the idea that you might meet that resolution this year if you could just take a good book with you when you mounted your recumbent bicycle? We all love to read. (You found yourself here, right?) We have all heard the doctor say that there is no substitute for proper exercise. Yes, you must eat right, but diet alone won't keep bodies that require motion healthy. As we age, the need for daily exercise becomes more important. It grants us the extra energy we need to manage our busy lives and offers stress relief. I'm no doctor, just a mom who has seen a few years. But if your doctor nags you, then maybe a good read could be the solution to your commitment for a healthier life.
Seriously, think about it. New Year, New You. Make two resolutions. Live Healthier. Read More. Then just combine the two things. If workout time became escape time, you would probably do it more often and look forward to it rather than dread it.
My daughter's high school library has a ride while you read program to help the students study more efficiently. Exercise bikes with reading tables attached for books or notebooks are now being used. Students who learn better with movement improve their grades. So why can't adults do the same thing only with a slightly different goal? While you read about the Keto diet craze and debate trying a vegan lifestyle, step onto your elliptical machine.
Don't forget to set the timer on your phone so you don't over do it. I know how lost in a good read all the bookworms out there can be. When you finish your research and come right back to your doctor's advice, and you have convinced yourself that you must exercise, you might need to start a series just to make sure you keep up the treadmill time into the rest of the year and not just give up by February.
If that's the case, Draoithe will publish its twelfth book in the series when Dream therapy drops on Jan 30. Think about it. You could read a new book every month. It might get you on the stairclimber more often. Read and climb. Read and climb. (I recommend audiobooks or podcasts with headphones or earbuds for those of you who feel like trying out the weight machines. It is a bit difficult to do curl ups and turn pages at the same time. I am working on the audio books, but that takes time and money. It will happen.)
Even if you don't need an incentive to workout, a good book is still an awesome escape. Start at the beginning. A Pack Forms is Luke and Eli's story, and the beginning of the formation of the Druid pack. Join the dream and get lost in a great book!
Happy New Year!
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.