That’s right, get your health tips right here from Stephanie Queen! Myren, my chauffeur, notwithstanding*, I’ve made it my business to bone-up on the latest and greatest cures for old age. [*associating with difficult people is generally not a good idea, but I find that employing the curmudgeon is doing a good deed and helpful to my karma.] [Having good karma is another well-known tip for living long and prospering.] SQ’s Health Tip: Read a Book
According to a BlueZones.com article, “A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry associated activities like reading books… with a lower risk of dementia in older adults.”
In fact, if you’re reading this post right now, you’re probably adding seconds, if not minutes to your brain’s life.
Now you may think I’m biased, being a writer of books and all, but JAMA Psychiatry is real. I had nothing to do with that study, honest to goodness pinky swear. The study was in China for Pete’s sake. You think I’d go to China to bribe a researcher influence a study? I don’t even know Dr. Lee. [Myren is nodding in agreement. He says if I were going to bribe anyone, it would be right here in the U.S.A. because he wouldn’t in a million years drive me to China. He’s not that demented. Not yet–he doesn’t read enough books so the jury’s out on his future brain power.]
Dr. Lee’s article says: “Meaning: Active participation in intellectual activities, even in late life, might help prevent dementia in older adults.”
So now you’re probably going to quibble about the meaning of the meaning, like if reading one of my books actually qualifies as an intellectual activity. But I assure you, it takes some brain power and real cogitation to decipher all those words on a page–or the electronic screen of an reader. Some of the words I use have three or more syllables!
Yes, you would be very smart to snatch that up right now and give your brain a pat on the back!
Let me know if you like the set–preferably in a review–but seriously, us writers love to hear from readers! [Otherwise, the only one I’d have to listen to is Myren! And we wouldn’t want that, would we?]
Checking in on Day 11 of my darling diet. If you recall from last week, I promised a Weigh-In on my magic scale of dreams on my official professionally rated scale. After drinking shakes with collagen protein, eating grapefruits and restricting all eating to a seven hour period–these are just a few of the many horrors treats I’ve experienced in the last 10 days of dieting–I’m ready. It was all in preparation for today.
I’m surprised happy to say that the dieting wasn’t all for nothing. I weighed in this morning and found that in the past ten days of dieting I lost–drum roll (accompanied by Myren, my chauffeur, rolling his eyes)–
4.5 lbs Gone!
That’s fantastic news for me since it’s been several blissfully unaware years of eating whatever I want a while since I lost a single ounce.
I’m also keeping track of my waistline. My waist measurement went down one inch after ten days. But I can feel it and see it, so even though it’s a tiny number, I’m encouraged. (I just smacked Myren to make him stop snickering.)
The Scale of Progress
I’m so encouraged about my progress that I’m going to continue the extreme slim down phase of this diet for three more days. (I would go longer, but I’m going on a girl’s weekend to a lake house and I know a losing battle when I see one.) (Myren says that can’t be true or I wouldn’t have bothered with all the protein shakes and diet books in the first place and I said he ought to look in the mirror–which makes no sense because the stinker is thin as a rail and eats like a teen age boy though he hasn’t been a teenager in at least forty years. Must be my diet muddling with my quick wit.)
Don’t worry, I saved all my good sense and wit for my writing chair (the chair for which I blame my weight problem). I’ve been hard at work writing ACE UNDER FIRE for an upcoming spectacular box set, LOVE UNDER FIRE with 20 other outstanding authors of romantic suspense. PLUS a portion of the proceeds to go a GREAT cause: Pets for Vets!
I’ll check in again on Monday, July 16th to see how far off the rails I went how much more progress I’ve made. And continue with my dieting saga, eating restrictions, scale and tape-measuring.
Also look for a slim-down recipe on Monday that doesn’t taste too bad tastes great!
(BTW, if you have any dieting tips, please, please tell me!)
Coming in November, LOVE UNDER FIRE is now available for preorder on KOBO, NOOK, APPLE. We’ll have it for you on Amazon soon, too!
Join us in June for author meet & greets–June 1-21
Come to meet each of us as the 21 authors with books in the box set celebrate the preorder and cover reveal–starting today, June 1st and ending June 22nd.
It’s my turn on Saturday June 16th. Join me to for a teaser or two about my romantic suspense series–BEACHCOMBER INVESTIGATIONS–with a spinoff novella about a colorful character named Acer in this box set. A new author every day and giveaways, of course, including a nice basket from all of us to be awarded to a lucky winner on JUNE 22nd. Woohoo!
To find our reader group on Facebook, just CLICK HERE
A Good Cause
Proceeds from this box set to be released on Veterans Day go to a wonderful organization: PETS FOR VETS! A good deal and a good deed for 99c.
Here’s the blurb for LOVE UNDER FIRE:
When Love Sparks Danger, Get Ready for an Explosion!
Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of stories all in one amazing romantic suspense boxed set.
From around the edges of every day existence lurks betrayal, greed, and death.
With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.
They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?
It’s not Christmas yet, but let’s warm up to the holiday and get in the mood with this gorgeous set of memorable stories by seven accomplished bestselling authors.
The seven authors include Mimi Barbour, Patricia Rosemoor, Joan Reeves, Tamara Ferguson, Alicia Street, Ev Bishop and yours truly, Stephanie Queen.
The stories range from sweet to spicy with settings all over the map. The one thread they have in common is that each story is about a particularly memorable romantic Christmas.
This set of seven stories is available now at Amazon.
To really help you get into the spirit of the holidays, how about a video with Christmas music?
LOVEABLE CHRISTMAS ANGEL by Mimi Barbour
This heartwarming Christmas story takes place in Waikiki, Honolulu; a magical city where anything is believable. Because Angels really do love romance, Leilani is about to find out just how they scheme to make fantasies happen for those in their care.
CRIMSON HOLIDAY by Patricia Rosemoor
Passed out after the Westbrook Department Store Christmas party, window designer Shelby Corbin wakens only to trip over Santa, the store’s co-owner and Shelby’s boss. CEO Rand McNabb sees a dark-haired woman wearing a crimson party dress fleeing the scene. His romantic attentions both thrill Shelby and frighten her. Is the sexy CEO really helping her search for the truth about that fatal night, or does Rand have another reason for courting her?
NOBODY’S CINDERELLA by Joan Reeves
Darcy Benton is the oldest cliché in the world: a woman in love with her boss. Too bad she’s not even a blip on his radar. That’s about to change thanks to her scheming BFF, a couple of little white lies, and a wish on a Christmas star. Uh oh! She should have remembered that old advice:“ Be careful what you wish for!”
TWO HEARTS FIND CHRISTMAS by Tamara Ferguson
When Josh Loughlin, a blind wounded warrior, returns to his hometown of Crystal Rock, Wisconsin at Christmastime for his rehab, nurse Nina Chandler helps him confront the demons from his abusive past. But does an attempt on his life mean that his tarnished past has finally caught up with him?
THE CHRISTMAS SPARKLE TEST by Alicia Street
Star-crossed sweethearts get a second chance, but will the magic of Christmas be enough to rekindle their love despite the secrets of the past?
ONE TO KEEP by Ev Bishop
When chance throws Sophie and Jesse together at River’s Sigh B & B this New Year’s, they’ll each have to face their worst fears: their unacknowledged yearnings for love that lasts. Can love tempt them to commit? Maybe. If they’re brave enough . . .
CHRISTMAS SURPRISE by Stephanie Queen
Margo never expected to see George the third ever again. So when he showed up leaning against the doorjamb of her tiny apartment, surprise barely covered how she felt. Her life had changed in the three years since they’d parted ways, but had her heart stayed the same? More importantly, had George changed? Will a surprise at Christmas renew an old flame–Or extinguish it forever?
One of my favorite all time authors is visiting today to share her latest and greatest romance bargain: a scorching summer sale. And if you love cashews, coconuts & peaches, you’ll love her delicious & healthy frozen dessert bar recipe.
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