Selena Brown


Selena Brown is a happy-go-lucky, free-spirited sista who joined the Army in 1984 at the age of 17 while she was still a senior in high school. 21 years later, in 2005, she retired as a Sergeant First Class (SFC)/E-7 at the age of 39.

She currently enjoys every minute of her military retirement by reading, writing free e-books, volunteering, mentoring, tutoring (algebra), mastering the fine art of doing something close to nothing, watching cartoons and reruns of Scrubs (best TV show ever!), spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, cruising, visiting animal sanctuaries, running, hiking, playing tennis and badminton, and singing (horribly and off-key) on 30-day road trips.

Her 3 Simple Rules For a Happier Life:

Rule #1: Misery dipped in chocolate is still misery.

Rule #2: Don't spend money you don't have, to buy things you don't need, to impress people you don't like.

Rule #3: Having money doesn't make you happy; having enough money is what truly makes you happy.


How to Stay Slim While Eating Ice Cream for Breakfast
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting
Just ONE regular-size McDonald's Sausage Biscuit (with no hash brown) has 430 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat, whereas TWO servings of full-fat neapolitan ice cream (not frozen yogurt or sugar-free ice cream – this is full-fat neapolitan ice cream) has only 260 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat. What's wrong with eating 170 fewer calories for breakfast?
Yes, I Like Kids; No, I Don't Want Any
Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
Six ugly truths about motherhood explain why I think motherhood is probably overrated and is not the be-all end-all, bee's knees, and cat's pajamas that some (but not all) mothers claim it to be.
For Single Military Women Only: 10 Easy-Breezy Retirement Tips
Price: Free! Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
How to retire from active duty and live comfortably off your military retirement pay with no need for even a part-time job. In other words, how to be fully retired/no job required after active duty.
For Single Women Only: 7 Things You Should Know Before Joining The Military
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: American English. Published: August 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Military
This very short (short enough to read on your lunch break) yet informative e-book briefly explains in 30 minutes or less the good, bad, and ugly of the military from a woman's point of view. The topics discussed range from media reports of sexual assaults, to advice for 30-year-old women about joining the military at age 30.

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  • Desert Drive: A zine about crossing the Sahara on Sep. 20, 2012

    There were parts in this e-book that made me want to travel more outside the U.S. and there were parts that made me want to never leave the U.S....ever! Either way, I admire the author immensely for her what's-the-worst-that-could-happen travel philosophy.
  • Travels with Facebook on Sep. 20, 2012

    Fascinating book, especially the "New York" chapter; plenty of married women are living the same "fairy tale lie." The author's friends appear to be as diverse as her travel destinations.
  • A Zine of a Trip, a Trip of a Zine on Sep. 20, 2012

    This e-book really is a celebration of traveling and writing. Each chapter makes you feel as if you're actually experiencing the trip itself in real time. It's refreshing to see a woman living her own dreams instead of living someone else's dreams.
  • The Occidental Tourist on Sep. 20, 2012

    Fantastic book. To be quite honest I think most people travel to places to feed their ego (to brag) instead of traveling to places to feed their soul (to enjoy). I'll think of this e-book and smile each time I have the misfortune of meeting a "Superior Traveller" in an airport, hotel, hostel, etc.
  • Men Aren't Stupid. And Nine Other Free Lessons That Will Change Your Life on Sep. 20, 2012

    I was completely blown away by "Free Lesson #10: Don't Take Relationship Advice From Men," only because I've always felt like a cynic for feeling the exact same way. The author should seriously consider putting together a seminar on this e-book because most of the women who desperately need the information in this e-book don't know what e-books are.
  • The Year of the Rooster on Sep. 20, 2012

    I usually avoid fiction e-books because I personally find "real life" to be much more fascinating than fiction could ever be. However, this e-book actually convinced me to go back and give fiction e-books a second look. An interesting story from someone who's so young is quite admirable. Most young people can barely put together a good sentence, let alone a good book. Kudos to the young author.
  • Have You Ever Considered Modeling? This Is My Scam Story on Oct. 16, 2012

    Very interesting book. I think most women would have been too embarrassed to share such an unfortunate story. And that's what the scam artists are counting on. Kudos to the author for having the guts to share her story.