Selena Brown

Biography

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.

Books

How to Stay Slim While Eating Ice Cream for Breakfast
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Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting
Which has more saturated fat: a slice of key lime pie or 3 scoops of full-fat ice cream? Which has more sugar: a 10-ounce serving of 100% fruit juice or 3 scoops of full-fat ice cream? Which has more calories: a regular-size McDonald's Sausage Biscuit or 3 scoops of full-fat ice cream? Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
Yes, I Like Kids; No, I Don't Want Any
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Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Are child-free women selfish or are they just self-aware? If a couple decides to have children of their own, are they being selfish? Things are not always as they appear when it comes to being selfish.
For Single Military Women Only: 10 Easy-Breezy Retirement Tips
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Price: Free! Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
(5.00 from 1 review)
How can you live exclusively and quite comfortably off your military retirement pay with no need for even a part-time job? Change your W-4, your cellphone plan, your life insurance and your philosophy about life, for starters. Being fully retired/no job required is actually easier than you think.
For Single Women Only: 7 Things You Should Know Before Joining The Military
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Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: American English. Published: August 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Military
(5.00 from 1 review)
This very short (short enough to read on your lunch break), yet informative e-book briefly explains in 20 minutes or less, the good, bad and ugly of the military from a woman's point of view. The seven 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.