Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Rosegiver - E-Book Giveaway in Librarything is Over

~ The Rosegiver received 46 requests in LibraryThing's July Giveaway! Pretty good considering I only offered 50 free copies. I hope to email the e-books to everyone later today if possible. That's a lot of email addresses to type in and I'm thinking that a bulk email would be more efficient, even though I prefer sending out personal emails to each winner. I really hope that the winners enjoy the story. It's revised from a previous version that I put out in April. I'm not expecting rave ratings or reviews, I just hope that I can improve upon the original ratings I received. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Finding Emily Dickinson - A Poem

We could have been friends.
Hope was a word you brought
back into worth.  I carry it
with me, beside family photos
and foreign currency.

You were more comfortable

in melancholy than your own
skin.  We both know introverts
rarely smile on the outside.
Rooms were inhabited in your
heart, each one a sanctuary
for your fears.

What did you see in the

cemetery across the street?

Was it death that crossed

your gaze. The dead pulling
you further out the window
until your limbs stretched
further than you could tolerate.

There was no pause,

when you decided to give them 
your womb, your lower torso, 
in exchange for your hands, heart, 
and mind; they were salvation.

Each poem you wrote, a prayer, 

that you chanted alone with your 
violets.





~ Apr 07 ~

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

It's November of 2020, and the world is freezing over. Each day colder than the last. There's snow in Israel, the Thames is overflowing, and an iceberg separated from the Fjords in Norway is expected to drift just off the coast of Scotland. As ice water melts into the Atlantic, frenzied London residents evacuate by the thousands for warmer temperatures down south. But not Dylan. Grieving and ready to build life anew, he heads north to bury his mother's and grandmother's ashes on the Scottish islands where they once lived. 

Hundreds of miles away, twelve-year-old Estella and her survivalist mother, Constance, scrape by in the snowy, mountainous Highlands, preparing for a record-breaking winter. Living out of a caravan, they spend their days digging through landfills, searching for anything with restorative and trading value. When Dylan arrives in their caravan park in the middle of the night, life changes course for Estella and Constance. Though the weather worsens, his presence brings a new light to daily life, and when the ultimate disaster finally strikes, they'll all be ready. 

Written in incandescent, dazzling prose, The Sunlight Pilgrims is a visionary story of courage and resilience in the midst of nature's most violent hour; by turns an homage to the portentous beauty of our natural world, and to just how strong we can be, if the will and the hope is there, to survive its worst.

Review:


I wasn't able to finish this book. I'm sorry! I tried to, I really did but I found the story to be dull and the characters uninteresting although I admired Stella for her strength and resilience on the issue of being transgender. When I read the description, I was thinking post-apocalyptic, survival in below freezing temperatures. Although the author described the freezing temps and frozen scenery quite well, the story didn't revolve around the characters' survival in these conditions that much, and that is what I wanted to see play out.

I rarely don't finish a book but in this case, I just couldn't go on even after reading about 50% of the story. I kept hoping it would become more interesting but it never did.

There are a few really lovely, deep poetic lines in the novel but just not enough to keep me reading. I thought the writing was average but there were so many extraneous details and bits of information thrown in that made the story dry and monotonous.


I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

2/5

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Rosegiver - E-Book Giveaway on LibraryThing

~ There is currently an e-book giveaway for The Rosegiver on LibraryThing Giveaways! I'm offering 50 free copies of the book in .PDF, mobi, or EPUB format in exchange for an honest review on LibraryThing, Goodreads, or Amazon.com. The giveaway ends on July 22, 2016. I realize that not everyone who requests the book will write a review or give it a rating, but you've got to start somewhere and hope for the best.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Rosegiver - New Version on Amazon

~ The Rosegiver revision has been completed and I'm happy to announce that the book is now available on Amazon.com and Createspace. This has been a long process, I've learned quite a bit while working on this book and I know I have so much more to learn but it's a great feeling to reach the finish line...finally!

I hope to do a giveaway on Goodreads in the near future. One thing I've learned, writing a book is challenging enough but trying to market it and purchase copies is another hurdle to overcome. It is expensive and you must make plans and adjustments along the way or else you'll end up spending far more than you ever predicted you would. Now that the book is 288 pages, I didn't take into account that the publishing cost would increase too. It is costing almost $4.50 for me to purchase one copy. I wanted to set the book's retail price at $6.99 but I can't even do that in Createspace. The minimum price they are specifying for a book of this size is $10.75, so, I am setting the retail price to that exact amount.

Another challenge for me, are the low ratings I've already received for the book. There is no way for me to undo what has been done. These were ratings given when I first initially published my book, which back then, was a novella of 192 pages. These low ratings, I believe, will affect how potential readers will view this book and in some cases, will persuade them to move along. I don't blame them, who would want to read a book with mostly 3 stars when they could read a book with mostly 4 or 5 stars. I hope I can undo some of this damage.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Rosegiver's New Cover



~ Received the print proof copy of The Rosegiver yesterday evening. I was so excited to look at it and hold it in my hands. It was much heavier than the original book since it's just over 100 pages longer now. I noticed some spacing issues on a few sentences, so I had to do some editing and I've only just finished this afternoon. Not enough time in the day to do everything. It's hard to take a pause sometimes and really frustrating. Now, I have to wait for Createspace's approval and since this is the weekend, I probably won't hear back until Monday {sad face}.

~ I think it's time to make myself feel better by finishing my coconut gelato. The mango sorbet is really good too but the store was out of it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dandelion in a Vase of Roses


~ Just received word that three of my poems have been accepted by editor and poet Michael Lee Johnson for inclusion in his anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses. This is wonderful news! Thank you, Michael, for the acceptance. I'm honored to be a part of your anthology and thank you for the invite.

~ Still waiting for a print proof of the revised, The Rosegiver, to arrive. Should be here by the end of the week (I hope). I can't wait to to see it, just hoping that the cover fits correctly. It's a beautiful cover that was custom made by a designer named Y. Nikolova who hails from Bulgaria. She was a pleasure to work with and went out of her way to ensure that the cover was designed the way I described to her. I was hoping to unveil the cover shortly after I reviewed the print and hopefully gave it the okay but it's already appearing online through Amazon due to the original already being published there previously. There is so much I learned from writing this book all the way to publishing and marketing it on my own. I hope to share this information later on with other indie authors.

~ Earlier today, while walking through the back garden, I watched a hummingbird sipping nectar from the Rose of Sharon and the Orange Peel Jessamine. It lingered for a while around the jessamine and I just stood there, watching this delicate, tiny creature doing its thing. We also have a hummingbird nesting in one of the trees in the back, not sure if it's the same hummingbird because we have quite a lot here. They are constantly zipping around and on an even luckier day, I see the familiar butterflies; one is orange and the other is white. These are the moments I take in and hold close.