Aromatherapy For Authors

Aromatherapy is an alternative healing process that uses natural oils mixed with other substances that are inhaled or applied to the skin. These oils, which are extracted from natural sources such as flowers, leaves, roots, are said to enhance emotional and physical well being. Experts believe when inhaled, the smell receptors in your nose stimulate parts of the brain that store emotions and memories, and influence physical, emotional and mental health.

The fragrances released from these oils have different effects depending on their mix of ingredients. For an author, scents that calm the mind, increase concentration, and enhance creativity are useful to improve overall performance of writing. Let us look at some of the scents and their qualities.


Lavender is the perfect scent when you want to calm the body and mind. It almost has an instant effect. It has properties that help reduce anxiety by soothing the nerves, and easing tension. It is used to help relieve headaches.


Vanilla scent has the most relaxing effect, to the extent that it is used to relax patients undergoing medical tests. The calming effect of vanilla reduces anxiety, and also induces restful sleep.


It stimulates the brain to improve concentration and your working memory. The sweet scent helps fight mental fatigue, and boosts your brain power. Inhaling cinnamon improves the memory functions, and increases your attention span.


An energy booster, this scent rejuvenates the mind, causing it to perform better by promoting concentration. It stimulates clear thinking and improves memory making it useful when building ideas for writing.


The sharp crisp scent of Eucalyptus stimulates the brain leading to mental clarity, enthusiasm, and alleviates mental fatigue. The scent leads you into deeper reflection, which is a good aid for writers seeking a new level of creativity.


This scent helps keep you alert and focused, while maintaining a steady flow of creativity. It is uplifting, relaxing, and helps the mind to discover new ideas, and ways of thinking by stimulating your senses or thought.

Aromatherapy is a simple natural process with great benefits to authors because of their stimulating effects, as well as their relaxing properties on the mind and body. Writers experience fatigue and mental block in the course of their work. During these times, they need extra help to achieve results. Aromatherapy, with its unique properties, provides this help by increasing performance, and promoting creativity which is vital for an Author’s success.


The Softer Side of Texas Blog Tour!

by Sai Marie Johnson
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2017


Since her brother’s death, Ivanka Jessup, known to her family and friends as Ivy, has struggled to help her family keep their ranch running. Enduring harassment from a certain customer in the bar she works in, she works late hours, in addition to working on the ranch. Defending herself lands her without a job and she is rescued by stranger, Aaron Kilpatrick, who just happens to be on his way to talk to Ivy’s father about a job. He lands a job as a ranch hand, Ivy finds a new job and things seem to be on the upswing.

Just about the time Aaron and Ivy both realize they have feelings for each other, Ivy goes missing. The race is on to find her before it is too late, as foul play is suspected.

What Ivy endures at the hands of a madman is horrendous, but the thought of reuniting with Aaron keeps her going. Will she escape in time to find her happy ending?

Publisher’s Disclaimer: This book contains graphic sexual scenes. If that offends you, please do not purchase.

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Author Bio

Sai Marie is an author, creative writer, and concept creator. She resides in the Great Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the flora, fauna, action and adventure that bred the Pioneer Spirit. With a heart for advocacy, animals, the environment, and great imagination she is sure to capture your attention with something for everyone.

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How To Read A Book Every Week This Year

Over the years I have collected books upon books from an endless list suggested by friends, family members, other authors, etc. Every attempt to read them did not yield results, because of the list of excuses I would come up with. It was either I didn’t have time or I couldn’t read fast enough.

For every goal you want to achieve, you will need a system to help you. The same goes for reading a book every week. I will share my approach to guide you on developing a technique that will help you read more within a shorter time. Feel free to adjust the system where necessary.

Select 3 areas of interest

Choose one topic to focus on, such as health, and expand your knowledge by reading quality books on that subject. Alternatively, you can choose one genre of fiction books to start with, and expand your base from there. Perhaps you choose romance novels. You could include many subgenres, like historical, contemporary, young adult, suspenseful, fantasy, etc.

Prepare a list of books

Use different sources to come up with an assorted list of books. Use the internet or suggestions from people and other sources. Try getting a list of over 50 books.

Classify your books

Classify them according to their topics and use this to guide your reading.

  • You can select a specific topic each month and read 4 books on that topic;
  • You can read 4 books, each on a different topic every month;
  • Allow yourself to diversify and read a book that is not related to the topics you chose.

Organize your books in order of preference

Choose topics that will have a direct impact in your life for maximum benefit. While selecting, consider the length of each book and how long it would take to read without feeling the pressure to finish in a week.

Make room for incomplete tasks

If you happen to lose interest in a book, do not force yourself to finish reading it. Save time by setting it aside for a later date and take another book.

Tips for a better reading experience

  • Learn the art of reading quicker, to save you considerable time when you have to read volumes of books.
  • Assess your reading speed using an online program.
  • Do the test repeatedly until you see progress.
  • It is highly suggested to choose books in audio format because they speed up your reading skills. However, for books that require visual support such as bodybuilding, books are preferable.
  • Visit Audible or
  • Kindle has made reading easy by making it convenient to access books and store them. Though we like the feel of physical books, having a tablet that can store all your books makes a difference.
  • Do not be discouraged if you fail to read a book as scheduled, instead carry on. The main aim of this project is not just to accomplish reading 52 books in a year, but to develop the discipline and skills that can help you manage your time and read more books than usual.
  • Set aside a special place for reading. If you are having trouble focusing, a special place will help you avoid the distractions and read better.
  • Reading aloud has the effect of increasing concentration and your memory of what you are reading.
  • Ensure your reading environment is well lit. Your lighting should neither be too much or too little to avoid straining your eyes.

What Is Pen Possessed, Anyways?

I often get the questions as to what Pen Possessed really is, anyways. Is it a marketing site? Writing site? Book blog? I thought I would take just a moment to answer this question for all my readers, so they fully understand what this blog is all about.

Behind The Name

Let’s start with the name. Where did the term ‘Pen Possessed’ come from? It actually came from a poem I wrote when I was about 16 or 17 years old. Writing, writing, pen possessed… The poem can be found in my collection of Poetry, The Eloquence of A Child: The Poetry of Chelsea Falin, and it’s about that unending drive to write… something, anything. Most writers will understand exactly what I mean. Sometimes there is this feeling that you must write, and if you can not write, it feels very close to implosion.

What Pen Possessed Is

Pen Possessed is my author blog. It is my home base for all my author endeavors, and I feature a lot of different things on it. As I am an eclectic person, I find an eclectic blog best fits me. I feel it also best suits my readers. You are not only authors, bloggers, marketers, etc., after all. You are also people with passions, parents, sons, daughters.

What You Might Find If You Subscribe To The Site

As I mentioned, Pen Possessed is a rather eclectic blog. In addition to posts about myself, my writing, personal experiences, causes I hold dear, and the like, you will mostly find:

  • Writing, Marketing, Editing Advice
  • Trending Articles Revolving Around Writing
  • Latest News On Indie Authors
  • Blog Tours, Cover Reveals
  • Book Reviews

Topics that you will often find me covering outside of this realm include:

  • Parenting
  • Mental & Physical Health
  • Natural Remedies
  • Loss, and Grief
  • Traveling (When I Get The Urge To Up & Go)
  • Ways To Make Money Online/From Home


Hopefully this brief little post will help anyone unsure of what Pen Possessed is all about. I post once to twice a day, and although it mostly revolves around the writing/blogging/indie author world (including myself) there is a lot of other stuff I write about. If you’d like to keep up to date with this eclectic, steady supply of information, make sure you subscribe to the blog. I really appreciate every single one of my readers. Thanks!

COVER REVEAL! Sworn To Protect, by Diana Gardin

Title: Sworn To Protect 
Author: Diana Gardin 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
To keep her safe, he’ll have to uncover all her secrets…
Rayne Alexander. A face I never thought I’d see again, and one I never could forget. Nine years ago, she left town-and me–without a backward glance. But now she’s back, with a haunted look in her eyes and a feisty attitude that didn’t exist when we were teenagers. Seeing this grown-up–and sexy–Rayne is something I wasn’t prepared for… and it’s bringing up feelings I’d thought I’d buried years ago.
Although I want to demand answers from Rayne, working on black ops at Night Eagle Security has taught me that it’s sometimes better to keep my mouth shut. So when I catch her hiding a photo of a little boy, I’m curious. When I see her jump as her phone rings, I’m concerned. But the second I notice a car following her home, I know she’s hiding something. Something dangerous. And while I may not know why she left or why she’s back, if there’s someone out there Rayne is afraid of, I’ll make damn sure that threat is eliminated.




Diana Gardin is the author of Romance in a multitude of age ranges and genres. Her works include the Ashes Series, the Nelson Island Series, and the Battle Scars series. Upcoming works include the Rescue Ops Series (Batle Scars spinoff coming in June 2017) and The Lilac Sky (The Troma Chronicles Book 1).



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