Live a Thousand Lives


“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.” - George R.R. Martin

We are dedicated to making audiobooks more accessible to mobility-challenged individuals.  

For our family, friends and other individuals with physical disabilities and degenerative disorders, manipulating physical books presents a unique challenge. Audiobooks offer a solution.

But opening apps, scrolling catalogs and the fine motor movements some take for granted create an obstacle between the mobile-impaired and their favorite stories.

The Live A Thousand Lives Project has been fueled by prolific Romance writers and unabashed book lovers who appreciate that audiobooks boost mental health, improve memory and stimulate the brain in ways that mirror reading printed text. Books feed our soul and fuel our imagination. We whole-heartedly feel these benefits should be available to people of all-abilities.

We are also looking for facilities who can accept these donations and put them to use!  It is our hope they they will help individuals across the country and hopefully, one day, world. 

If you know of a facility who could benefit from these audio players, please let us know.  You can email via the contact information on our website .

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Each device costs roughly $12 in total cost and so every $12 is one person who is able to escape into books without suffering through the difficulties of what they're currently going through.  With a mission goal of 36,000 that is 3,000 individuals who will be gifted these audio players, already packed with classic books to dive into. 

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PROGRESS: 

We have already shipped 200 of these audio players off into the world. They're bound for ManorCare and Sunrise Assisted Living facilities on the east coast to be used in their Memory Care wings.
Between general physical limitations - and Covid restrictions on activities and socializing, we're glad the Live A Thousand Lives Classic Fiction audio players can bring entertainment and joy to their residents.

We're ecstaticweepyproud to be launching the Live a Thousand Lives nonprofit. And this is just the beginning. With luck - and more of the support that got us to today, we'll be shipping audio care packages to facilities and homes across the country.

If you know of a facility who could benefit from these audio players, please let us know.  You can email via the contact information on our website  .

WAYS TO HELP: 

We are striving for as many ways as possible to reach people and create a movement with this charity.  Donating would be wonderful if you're able.  You can also purchase a device for yourself - a classic or (because this is a romance author's passion project) a romance device!)  More info below.  

Or simply spreading the word and sharing also makes a difference.  Every person who is aware is a person who could make a substantial difference. 

ROMANCE READERS: 

For our Romance Reader audio player, we’ve included some of the most popular romance novels from best-selling authors! These amazing writers have generously donated their work so that we may provide players chock-full with your next favorite romantic adventures. For every romance audio player purchased, two classic readers are donated to those in need.

The romances included are:

1. This Love Hurts by W. Winters
2. Escort by Skye Warren
3. Because You’re Mine by Claire Contreras
4. Black Light Exposed by Jennifer Bene
5. Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay
6. Infamous Love by Livia Grant
7. Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
8. One to Chase by Tia Louise
9. Prince Charming by CD Reiss
10. Remember by Dylan Allen
11. The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancee by Annika Martin
12. The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan
13. Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss
14. Emma by Jane Austen
15. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
16. Little Women by Louise May Alcott
17. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
18. Persuasion by Jane Austen
19. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
20. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
22. The Watsons by Jane Austen
23.Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
 
 You can purchase a romance or a classic device on our website ! 

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A charity collection has also been created and will release December of this year. 

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There’s no better feeling than those little butterflies at the end of a romance story.  Top Shelf Romance is proud to present a collection of happily ever afters in collaboration with a cause dedicated to providing stories for those in need. 

100% of the profits from this anthology will be given to the Live A Thousand Lives charity.   These best selling romance authors have graciously donated their stories for this collection:
KA Linde, Willow Winters, Skye Warren, Carrie Ann Ryan, Nikki Ash, Staci Hart, Jennifer Bene, Marni Mann, Melanie Harlow, Amelia Wilde, Livia Grant, Tia Louise, Jenna Hartley, Aleatha Romig, Dylan Allen, Nana Malone, Ella James, Fiona Cole & JD Hollyfield.

Pre Order the anthology today: preorder link 

Top Shelf Romance is a publisher of must read romance stories that have established the modern day romance genre.  10% of all gross for books published also support this charity. 

MISSION STATEMENT:

Author Willow Winters started the Live A Thousand Lives Project to make audiobooks more accessible to anyone with a physical handicap or degenerative disease. Her desire to give the mobility-impaired community access to their favorite stories and her personal connection to books launched the project into motion. Since then she has been joined by like-minded authors and readers. Their mission has been to raise awareness, gather resources, and provide the stories that make pre-loaded audio players possible.

Audiobooks offer access to those who have difficulty reading print. But traditional audio players and apps require fine motor skills to use, something many differently abled people lack. Live A Thousand Lives offers a solution to this problem. Thanks to the easily manageable players, mobility-impaired book lovers can access their favorite stories without the difficulties of opening, scrolling, and operating standard apps.

This project was born from the belief that no obstacle should stand between a reader and the mental escape a good book can provide. Our goal is to give every book lover, regardless of prognosis the ability to enjoy hours of entertainment, experience hundreds of stories, and live a thousand lives.

https://www.liveathousandlives.com

Donations

  • Mia DuPuis 
    • $5 
    • 3 mos
  • Sherrie Merrell 
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • Lizette Baez 
    • $10 
    • 3 mos
  • Vicki Critchley 
    • $10 
    • 3 mos

Organizer

Willow Winters 
Organizer
Middletown, DE
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