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How do you write poetry?
A curious question
With no true answer
For it depends on style
And the mind behind the words

Follow the rhythm
Either by dream or plan
To put your heart
Onto the empty white
None can forge this poem
Besides your hands and mind

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#BookBlitz Plus #Giveaway: Ara by @AuthorBREddy #books #adventure #YALit

Originally posted on Princess of the Light: Books, Writing and Inspiring Others:

Release Date: Fall 2014
339 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Ara Vertrees is an advisor to the King in Jimalia, a thriving island nation in the middle of a vast ocean. Her macaws are trained to fly home to the palace to repeat confidential information. When their messages become more and more troubling, she finds herself in the middle of a crisis she never expected. Ara’s story is full of adventure, friendship, mystery, love and loss. Join Ara and her companions as they fight pirates,
uncover deception, find love and fight for Jimalia.
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About the Author

My name is Brit and I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. My work with animals brought macaws into my life. They frightened me, moved me, hurt
me, loved me and made me grow. I hope that my novel will help people
understand these birds better! They are breathtaking and intelligent, but…

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Addendum to Previous Post

Not long ago I made a post asking for help.  It was maybe an hour ago.  HERE!

Some people showed interest in putting up a guest blog on the weekend that I’ll be away from the computer.  At best, I’ll be minimized.  Anyway, there’s a challenge with that.

I blogged every day for 2 years straight and that covered a lot of topics.  Without direction, I have no idea what to write about.  So I’m looking at really old posts.  Would anybody want to host one a re-purposed ‘Legends of Windemere’ classic with a book promo put on the top?

This does mean you’ll be trusting me to pick something fun and interesting.  It’ll come in HTML format too, so pictures will be in the post.  Let me know if this interests you and I’ll send you one next week when I have an Ichabod Brooks link.  Now back to planning this trip and figuring out where in this overheated house the kid is.

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A Little Future Help?

Dean Winchester (Just got Seasons 6 and 8 from Cyber Monday!)

Dean Winchester from Supernatural

You may have heard that I have a short story coming out on Monday for 99 cents.  It’s called:

Ichabod Brooks & the City of Beasts

I’m excited and can’t wait to start promoting it while moving onto the next project.  Except there’s a small snafu in the month of June.

Believe it or not, I’ll be going away from June 12th to the 14th.  Since it’s this thing that involves the number 10, I’m not bringing my laptop. I’ll be scheduling all my posts and might be able to retweet and comment through the phone.  Emails and keeping up with blogs will be rare during this weekend.  Another factor is that I have no idea about the connection availability or permission from the wife.  Still, I won’t be able to do any real promoting during that weekend and that can be trouble.  Probably more troubling as spending a weekend without Mr. Mischief lurking in my shadow.  At least I know the grandparents will keep him fed.  Bathing, catching when he wakes up, and decent bedtimes are another matter entirely.

So I’m asking if anybody would be willing to help out by doing any of the following during that weekend:

  1. Tweet about Ichabod Brooks or even a Windemere book.
  2. Buy, read, and review Ichabod Brooks.  (99 cents and 27 pages means a cheap, easy read. Just like the author!)
  3. Make a blog or FB post about any of the books.  Mostly Ichabod Brooks.

If you want me to whip up something quick then toss me a topic and I’ll be happy to do my best with that.  I’ve got two weeks before the trip.  Sad thing is that this might repeat itself on July 4th weekend, but there are more loopholes there.  Anyway, I’ll be really appreciative of any help I can get with this.  Thanks.

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Changing Worlds by Melissa Barker-Simpson

Changing WorldsThe Contract
Prequel to the Fractured Series
By Melissa Barker-Simpson


After the Demonic War, a battle which devastated the mortal realm, humans now stick to the world’s major cities. To even the score, and to protect those cities, hunters joined together to establish cells across the globe. Maddison Wood is part of an alpha cell within the north of England.

Though a skilled fighter and powerful witch, Maddison can be brash, and unpredictable. She has a penchant for trouble, and is usually the first to volunteer in battle. When she accepts an assignment to protect the Hympe King, Tobias Locke, Maddison’s fate becomes bound to his. As the stakes change, and she finds herself trapped inside the bowels of an enemy camp, Maddison must fight for her freedom, her independence, and for a prisoner who has not seen the light of day for almost a century.

MelBio: Melissa Barker-Simpson

I’ve been writing since, well…since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I often look back on those earlier stories, and apart from laughing at the heavy-handed drama, or cringing at my inexperience, I am reminded that I have always lived in other worlds.

My first novel was published in 2008, and I love nothing more than working on a new project. The voices inside my head invariably pull me in different directions, so although I try to work on one thing at a time, those who know me would tell you it doesn’t always work!

I have a full-time job which, though does not involve writing per se, incorporates my love of language. As a British Sign Language Interpreter, I get to translate information between two languages which is (mostly) fun.

I have two beautiful daughters who bring me great joy. They also keep me grounded, because otherwise I would have my head in the clouds permanently!

Saunders’ Choice
A Natural Gifts Novella
By Gina Briganti


Saunders finds himself in a plane of existence called the Dreaming, where he encounters Velvet, the most exciting creature he will ever meet. The answer seems obvious, but Saunders’ life has never been easy.

Gina Pic 2 head 300ppiBio: Gina Briganti
Gina Briganti has been writing since she could hold a pencil. It has always been a comfort that to create she needs only three things; the pencil, the paper, and her imagination.

She lives in beautiful Joshua Tree, CA, the setting for her debut paranormal romance series, Natural Gifts.

Excerpt from The Contract:

The sound from the dining room was akin to the frenzied buzz of a hive. The voices were indistinguishable as two dozen people crammed around the table, and abandoned all sense of civility. It was so familiar Maddy felt a rush of affection for her motley crew.
“Nice light show earlier,” Riley said, as she took her customary seat.
Looking into a pair of mahogany eyes, as rich and dark as his skin, she feigned innocence. “How do you know it was me?”
“You’re kidding, right?” He snorted. “You just can’t help yourself.”
“Jealous, wolf-man?” When he flashed his teeth, she laughed good-naturedly. He was the best scout she knew, and had relied on his senses many times in the field. “I was interrupted before the grand finale, but I’m sure Dimitri picked up the reins.” Dimitri was a powerful empath, and though few could sneak past her defences, she trusted him enough to allow the intrusion. He needed to absorb some of her magic to pull it off. “I can’t deny my brothers a little-”
The noise in the room snapped off like a muted television channel. No, not muted, she thought as she stared around the table – someone had hit the pause button. It meant only one thing. Orion Reece was in the building.
Shit. Can this day get any worse?
She waited for the fireworks which usually accompanied his arrival. Orion enjoyed to flaunt his presence. He was a god of unrivalled power, one who followed no rules but his own. It was something he had in common with the Fractured, the dark souls responsible for the Demonic War. Rumour had it he’d aligned himself with Draco, their leader.

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It’s #CoverReveal Day! Library Jumpers by @brendadrake and @EntangledTeen

Originally posted on Princess of the Light: Books, Writing and Inspiring Others:

Library Jumpers
Release Date: January 2016
Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That
is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly
disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia
unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and
transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical
knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the
gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a
dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or
dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds.
Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard,
and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and

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Pre-orders now available for my new novel: “A Love Story for a Nation”

Originally posted on mwsasse:

It’s an understatement to say that I’m excited about the release of my fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation.

One of my beta readers perhaps said it best. She was so impressed with how different it is from my other novels.

And it is.

In a totally good way, says the author.

I made some distinct choices with this novel which I hope will work. She seemed to think it did, and I’m grateful for that. I’ll be writing about some of those choices on some later posts, but for now, I’m happy to announce:

  • It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon!
  • It will be releasing in Kindle and Paperback on July 3

Please head on over to its Amazon page and read the synopsis, and if it looks good, order yourself some good summer reading.

Thanks all!

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