Free Kindle Book – Today only

Today December 11th – Dark Family secrets  – Kindle edition will be free on Amazon.

What if your family’s secrets put you in danger?

Some family secrets can be deadly.

Doris Jones formally Doris Barnes desperate for a job moves back to her father’s hometown to take a teaching job at the high school. Doris discovers her family has dark secrets. Some people hate her because of her family and others want to harm her.

Did you miss out on the free Kindle book?

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Free Kindle books are only free for a short time.

Periodically I make my Kindle books free. When that happens, they are only free for an extremely short time. Amazon allows Independent authors who list their books exclusively on Amazon to make their books free for a few days each quarter. Those free books don’t stay free forever. As an author, I don’t mind if you buy the book at the regular price. In fact, I’m happy that some people do pay the full price. But I periodically make my books free in the hopes that the readers who haven’t tried one of my books in the past will give me a try.

How do you find out about free David Joel Miller books?

Whenever I run a book free on Amazon, I create a blog post to tell people about it. I try not to overdo the blog posts about my writing because I know not everyone who subscribes to the blog will be interested in my books. I’ve noticed that some people are clicking on the free book posts after the offer has expired. I wanted to give you a heads up on how to get the books for free if that interests you.

Hints for getting David Joel Miller books for free.

I generally offer free books on Wednesdays. You could simply check my blog every Wednesday or, better yet, check it every day. If you subscribe to the blog by email, make sure you read the email the day it arrives.

My Christmas gift to you.

Some of you will be home looking for something to do over the holidays. I plan to offer several of my books for free that week. You might want to check the blog every day between December 23 and December 27.

Kindle Unlimited is a way to get to read my books for free all the time.

If you have a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, all my books are currently enrolled in that service, and you can read as many of them as you want with no extra charge. This works great for both of us. You get unlimited reading, and I, as an author who has enrolled my books on Kindle Unlimited, get paid for the pages you read.

Do you have to do anything to get a free book?

Once you have clicked on the book, it’s yours, no strings attached. I do hope you will read it. One of the reasons authors give away free books is in the hopes of getting more book reviews. Amazon book reviews don’t need to be long and detailed, just the number of stars you give it and a short phrase or sentence about your reading experience. Every author hopes for a lot of positive reviews, but Amazon tells us we should request honest reviews. If there’s something you didn’t like about the book, you can certainly say that. It’s also helpful if you think this book would appeal to a particular type of reader that you mentioned that in your review.

Why are there blank spots on the picture of the book covers?

I am working on several more books that will be coming out in the new year. I’ll let you know as they are published.

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Six David Joel Miller Books are available now!

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

Dark Family Secrets: Some family secrets can be deadly.

What if your family secrets put you in danger?

Letters from the Dead The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead?

Casino Robbery is a novel about a man with PTSD who must cope with his symptoms to solve a mystery and create a new life.

Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

Sasquatch. Wandering through a hole in time, they encounter Sasquatch. Can they survive?

For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

Books are now available on Amazon.

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For videos see: Counselorssoapbox YouTube Video Channel

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How was your NaNoWriMo?

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

The Story Bureau.
By David Joel Miller.

NaNoWriMo has come and gone.

I made it through another NaNoWriMo. For those of you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s an event held every year in November in which aspiring writers, largely novelists, attempt to write a book which is at least 50,000 words during November. That works out to 1,667 words per day.

There is something about the discipline of writing every day, which results in producing a lot more work. That manuscript is certainly not a finished product. But, as I’ve learned over multiple attempts at writing a book, it’s okay to write a less-than-perfect first draft. As I’ve also learned, I need a first draft before I can do the revisions and the editing. It’s impossible to edit blank pages.

Writing a book in one month is a lot like eating Thanksgiving dinner.

After being so productive in November, I came away with the firm intention of writing something for my next novel every day. That lasted exactly one day. Like being stuffed after a large family meal, writing that many words every day, left me depleted and frankly groggy. After the large family meal, you still need to clear away the dirty dishes and deal with the leftovers.

While I was busy writing my first draft during November, a lot of other things happened, which now needs to be cleaned up. At the start of NaNoWriMo, I had blog posts scheduled for over a month into the future, but now I am back to refilling the blog hopper. There is, of course, finals week coming up for the classes I teach at the college, and that means exams and papers to grade and submitting those grades to the college.

While writing that first draft lie project of producing videos for the counselorssoapbox YouTube video channel has been on hold also. I plan to get back to creating videos in the new year, but right now, I’m going to need a long nap to recover from my binge writing.

I’ve had to redefine productivity. I’ve learned to forgive myself for not writing every day if I’m practicing my top three core values. For those of you who haven’t heard about those values, psychologists think we all have specific core character strengths. My top three are 1. Love of learning, which includes writing and teaching. 2. Curiosity, always wanting to learn something new. 3. Creativity, which includes a great many of the things I do every day. So rather than saying I must write a certain number of words every day, I am challenging myself to spend time every day practicing those three strengths.

The novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo, titled Story Bureau, is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic action-adventure. If all goes as scheduled, Story Bureau will be published sometime during 2020. I will let you know how the book does as it progresses. If you’d like to know more about Story Bureau or might be interested in being one of those early beta readers, contact me, and I’ll put you on the list for chances to read Story Bureau before it is published. Having some people read a book before it’s published helps the author make corrections and revisions before the book ends up out in the world.

How was your November?

So far, I haven’t heard much from the other writers who participated in NaNoWriMo, though from reading the forums, it would appear a lot of people did complete their books during November. And even more people made that first start, which eventually will turn into something.

Whether you participated in NaNoWriMo or were doing something else during November, I need to ask, were you successful in reaching your goals? Did your activities during November reflect your core strengths and virtues?

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Six David Joel Miller Books are available now!

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

Dark Family Secrets: Some family secrets can be deadly.

What if your family secrets put you in danger?

Letters from the Dead The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead?

Casino Robbery is a novel about a man with PTSD who must cope with his symptoms to solve a mystery and create a new life.

Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

Sasquatch. Wandering through a hole in time, they encounter Sasquatch. Can they survive?

For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

Books are now available on Amazon.

Want the latest blog posts as they publish? Subscribe to this blog.

For videos see: Counselorssoapbox YouTube Video Channel

Want the latest on news from recoveryland, the field of counseling, my writing projects, speaking, and teaching? Please sign up for my newsletter at – Newsletter. I promise not to share your email or to send you spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

For more about David Joel Miller and my work in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and Co-occurring disorders, see my Facebook author’s page, davidjoelmillerwriter.

Aspire.

Aspire

Aspire.
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Sunday Inspiration.     Post by David Joel Miller.

The truth – that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.”

― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.”

― Kahlil Gibran, The Madman

Wanted to share some inspirational quotes with you.  Today seemed like a good time to do this. There are an estimated 100,000 words in the English language that are feelings related. Some emotions are pleasant, and some are unpleasant, but all feelings can provide useful information. If any of these quotes strike a chord with you, please share them.

Look at these related posts for more on this topic and other feelings.

Emotions and Feelings.

Inspiration

Free Mystery Book – Today only

Today December 4th – Letters from the Dead – An Arthur Mitchell and his dog Plutus Mystery – Kindle edition will be free on Amazon.

Letters From the Dead Cover

Letters From the Dead
Free Kindle book Today only

Letters from the Dead The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead?

Arthur Mitchell discovers a letter from Abigail Morton Pettengrew to Inspector Detective Thaddeus Kincaid describing a kidnap and murder. Abigail and Detective Kincaid are both dead and now someone is out to end Arthur’s life.

Preventing Drug Use Disorders – Video.

Part of the drug treatment field involves efforts to prevent drug use disorders or to reduce their impact. Counselors need to be knowledgeable about drug education, and the various types of prevention initiatives. Drug prevention includes primary prevention, secondary prevention, and tertiary prevention. There are three basic prevention models around which programs are built, the sociocultural model, the disruption of consumption model, and the prescriptive model. It’s important that drug prevention programs not end up being advertising for drugs. Prevention may include drug resistance training and life skills training. Other prevention initiatives include social host ordinances, worksite prevention programs (EAP) establishing college drinking norms, and harm reduction.

Ways to perform well when you’re under pressure.

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Performing well under pressure.
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How do you perform when you’re under pressure?

Are you one of those people who are at your best when under pressure? Or are you one of those people who choke when the pressure is on?

People who perform well under pressure have developed the right mindsets, attitudes, and skills. Challenges don’t derail them; they energize them. You too can learn to perform well under pressure. Here are some of the techniques that will help you do better when the pressure is on.

Giving yourself as much time as possible reduces the pressure.

Some people delude themselves into believing that the way to get something done is to wait until the last possible minute. They tell themselves that they perform better under pressure. Unfortunately, what many people do when the pressure is lower their standards. Students who wait until the night before the paper is due can get an essay written in a very short amount of time. They also often do poorly and then use the lack of time as an excuse. Start as soon as possible on any new project. That allows you to correct mistakes. Build some extra time in your plans for those tasks, which ended up taking longer than you expected.

Practice skills beforehand reduce the pressure.

When under pressure, humans tend to revert to their usual way of doing things. To be able to make use of skills you are learning, you need to over-practice those skills until they become automatic. The better prepared you are for the challenge, the less stressful it will be. If you have thoroughly practiced a necessary skill, your muscles will remember it and perform that task automatically.

Use positive affirmations to reduce stress.

Putting yourself down will damage your performance. People who believe in themselves do better. Positive affirmations shouldn’t be a matter of lying to yourself. Tell yourself you can do it, and you probably will be able to. Tell yourself this will be the best performance anyone has ever done, and your brain will know you’re lying and try to sabotage you. Positive affirmations are a way to psych yourself up and maximize your performance.

Developing a positive stress mindset improves performance.

Viewing the task ahead as stressful makes it more challenging to accomplish. Looking for opportunities to grow and develop improves your performance. People with a positive stress mindset are energized by opportunities rather than being exhausted by them.

Tell your inner critic to shut up.

The evidence from psychology tells us that self-criticism is rarely helpful. Everyone has an inner critic telling them they can’t do this, or they’re not good enough. Some people are so used to listening to the inner critic that they find daily life stressful. Other people have practiced ignoring that inner critic enough that they rarely hear the inner critic’s voice anymore. The time for evaluation of what you have done is after everything is over, not before. Don’t start making excuses before you even begin the project.

For more on this topic see this article.

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Six David Joel Miller Books are available now!

Dark Family Secrets: Some family secrets can be deadly.

What if your family secrets put you in danger?

Letters from the Dead The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead?

Casino Robbery is a novel about a man with PTSD who must cope with his symptoms to solve a mystery and create a new life.

Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

SasquatchWandering through a hole in time, they encounter Sasquatch. Can they survive?

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

Books are now available on Amazon.

Want the latest blog posts as they publish? Subscribe to this blog.

For videos see: Counselorssoapbox YouTube Video Channel

Want the latest on news from recoveryland, the field of counseling, my writing projects, speaking, and teaching? Please sign up for my newsletter at – Newsletter. I promise not to share your email or to send you spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

For more about David Joel Miller and my work in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and Co-occurring disorders, see my Facebook author’s page, davidjoelmillerwriter.