#SNARKTEMBER 6th w/ @WendyTerrien @WBTerrien #GIVEAWAY
NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY!!
National Read a Book Day is upon us again. This special day is great at sneaking up on a person. What book should I read? Or finish reading? Or get back to reading? More often than not, I’m already reading a book when National Read a Book Day hits, so celebrating the day is easy. What about you? Are you reading a book on National Read a Book Day?
Reading has great benefits. An article by Laura Schocker on Huffington Post highlighted some of them:
• Reading reduces stress
• Studies suggest reading can aid in preserving brain health
• Reading may help keep Alzheimer’s away
• Reading can help you sleep better
• Reading may improve feeling of empathy
Which of the above is not worthy of our praise? I can’t think of anyone who would reject any of those benefits. I embrace and celebrate them all.
Need more proof that reading is good for you? Google “benefits of reading” and read all the results. There are plenty.
And choosing to spend time reading isn’t like choosing to partake in physical exercise where we know it’s good for us, so we push ourselves to work up a sweat. This is reading. This is curl up in a hammock, or in bed, or in a comfy nook, and read. This is reading to explore new worlds, meet new people, learn new things.
No need to twist my arm or my hair or my ankle – I’m in. And honestly, is there anyone reading this post and thinking how they hate reading and reject the idea that it’s good for you? And fun? And time well spent? Okay, maybe in high school when we HAD to read certain novels that were a slog, and then we HAD to get tested on their “deep meaning” – that was not fun. But outside of school, we get to choose great reads.
As an author, one of my most favorite things to hear is, “I loved your book and I can’t wait for the next one.” And what tops that sentiment is, “My kid is not a reader, but they loved your book and can’t wait for the next one.” I heard that from a parent just a few days ago after they’d given their son The Rampart Guards. They reached out and told me they’d purchased the next two in the series because he was excited to read them.
That’s the stuff that makes my day, my week, my month.
Happy National Read a Book Day to everyone. I hope you all get comfy and dive into your next great read.
International bestselling author Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and a few years later started writing her own stories. She is Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2017 Independent Writer of the Year.
Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards (February 2016), earned a Kirkus starred review and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. The novel is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist, a Next Generation Indies Award Finalist, and is the first in her intriguing urban fantasy series. The next two chronicles in her Jason Lex Adventure series are The League of Governors and The Clan Calling (August 2017).
In addition to her novels, Wendy published a short story, “The Fate Stone,” in the award-winning
Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time (March 2016), and “Light” in Off Beat: Nine Spins on Song (April 2017), both from Wicked Ink Books.
Wendy graduated from the University of Utah (go Utes!) and transplanted to Colorado where she completed her MBA at the University of Denver. She focused her marketing expertise on the financial and technology industries until a career coach stepped in and reminded Wendy of her passion for writing. Wendy began attending writers’ conferences, workshops, and retreats, and she hasn’t stopped yet.
She regularly participates in two critique groups and is the Secretary of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and a member of Pikes Peak Writers. In 2014, Wendy was a finalist in the San Francisco Writer’s Contest.
Wendy lives in the Denver area with her husband, Kevin, and their three dogs: Maggie, Shea, and Boon. All of her dogs are rescues, and Wendy is passionate about promoting shelter adoptions. If you’re in Colorado, you may even be able to spot her by her “Adopt a Shelter Pet” license plates.
Wendy is giving away a HARDCOVER copy of THE RAMPART GUARDS (so be aware that you will be contacted to provide a mailing address!). For a chance to win, comment below: WHAT IS ON **YOUR** TBR LIST??
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