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The Zoe Zone

Zoe loves books, writes horror, erotica and erotic romance, and can be found as close to the stage as possible at small clubs across the Southeastern U.S., rocking the fuck out to her favorite bands.


Under the name Holden Wells, she has published several short stories in gay erotica anthologies. One of these—Roughing It—has been revised and expanded into a novella and is now available in print and ebook format. The sequel to Roughing It will be coming out in 2014. A number of short stories featuring the same characters are also in the works, the first of which, "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," was released in ebook format in October 2013.


Zoe has also written a novel and a long story (both erotic romance) as Zoe X. Rider, both of which are currently seeking publication. In the meantime, she is working on a couple horror novels and a sequel to the erotic romance novel.

Currently reading

The Final Descent
Rick Yancey
The Seventies: The Great Shift In American Culture, Society, And Politics
Bruce J. Schulman
Shades of Gray
Brooke McKinley
Mina Kelly
Easy Ryder
Deanna Wadsworth
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending - Laura Vanderkam Great premise. Maybe someone less completely oblivious will write a useful book on the subject one day.

Here's the premise:

1. Become mindful of what you're doing with your money (and of what you can't do because of other choices you're making)

2. Question your assumptions about spending, saving and earning

3. Determine what you (not society, your peers, expert marketers or your mother) value--what's brought you happiness, what's brought you regret or stress? What do the decision you've made say about your financial values?

4. Make financial decisions accordingly.

I also like how the book emphasizes that penny-pinching and sacrificing (staunching the flow of money going out, in other words) aren't the only ways (or necessarily the most effective ways) to free up more money in your life. Budget cutting is just closer to people's comfort zones than trying to figure out how to increase the amount of money flowing in.

The author, though, I could do without. She's managed to turn an excellent premise into a guide to rationalizing your financial decisions. Do you like lattes? You should have lattes. Definitely. Buying a smaller house is an excellent idea, and here are great reasons why you should consider it--but you if you can rationalize the bigger one like the author did, then go right ahead. Or cars. You can rationalize owning two even if you don't really need two, just ask the author how she did it. (But don't raise chickens. Or forage. The author does not value these activities, and you shouldn't either. Or something.).

If you're in the author's demographic (young, educated, upper middle class, work-from-home female blogger), you'll probably get along with her just fine. If not, you might still get something out of the book...but if you also get an urge to kick the author in the teeth a time or two, too, well...I know where you're coming from.