Reading Links 5/2/17

Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author


Reading Links…5/2/17

Traci Kenworth


  1. Voice is the reason to read this series.
  2. Familiar characters and fantastic plot.
  3. Some recommendations in the science fiction and fantasy realm.
  4. Some goodies from Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
  5. Not too weak, not all badass. Well-rounded.
  6. The fourth Patternist novel.


  1. Some YAs and nonfiction to check out.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. If you like Outlander, try this!




  1. Jungian neo-noir vampire saga.
  2. Something fresh in the military horror genre.
  3. A nightmarish tale with waking dreams within.
  4. The comforting, southern tone is the only comfort you’ll get reading this collection.
  5. A mystical path called The Labyrinth.
  6. The occult detective of years ago.
  7. Mary SanGiovanni’s first non-fiction collection.


  1. Is it a hate crime or something more?
  2. Will a letter of secrets destroy everything for her?
  3. Can adrenaline…

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Stress Feeds Belly Fat

If you’re struggling with belly fat, you’ve probably tried every diet possible. If those diets aren’t working for you it’s possible that the cause of your belly fat is really about your stress levels rather than your diet.

Stress isn’t always a bad thing. We need stress to help get through challenging experiences and to push us to do our best. But more and more we live in a world where stress becomes a chronic experience rather than something which happens once in a while.

When you experience chronic stress, your body begins producing a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that’s good when you’re experiencing a stressful situation. But when it’s produced all the time it begins to cause problems.

Cortisol causes your body to experience chronic inflammation and can direct fat stores directly to your belly. This situation can increase your risk of disease and it can cause you to age faster.

The good news is that you can reverse this problem by practicing stress reduction and management techniques. When you begin to soothe the inflammation in your body you can lose belly fat, reverse signs of aging, and reduce your risk of disease.

First, work to eliminate any stress that you can. For many people this means saying no to things to which you might usually say yes. Delegate any activities you can and clear your schedule as much as possible.

Next, learn to manage the stress that you can’t eliminate. Taking time to learn better time management and organization skills can cut back on stress. Daily meditation is also a good practice to help calm the stress that accumulates in your mind and body.

Another lifestyle factor that can greatly reduce cortisol levels is getting enough sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep, but are getting far fewer. Make it a practice to go to bed at the same time each night to get into a sleep routine.

Cut off caffeine a few hours before bed and stop looking at electronic devices an hour or two before bed time. If you still have a hard time falling asleep, you might consider taking the supplement melatonin to help you rest better.

Exercise and a healthy diet also go a long way toward supporting your body when it’s under stress. Exercise, in particular, helps with stress management.

By reducing your stress you can reduce your cortisol levels and ultimately be able to get rid of belly fat.


May/June 2017 Writing Contests

Rachel Poli

Writing contests for May and June 2017MAY 2017

Genre: Any
Theme: Annual contest
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: May 5, 2017
Entry Fee: Yes, but the amount isn’t written
Prize: $5,000

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize $200

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Positively Happy
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Fiction
Theme: None
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $2
Prize: $700

JUNE 2017

Genre: Short Story Fiction (Unpublished writers only!)
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First place – $2,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: My Crazy Family
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Short short fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 (for up to 3…

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