Colleen’s 2018 Happy #Halloween #Book #Review – “Legacy of Souls, The Shattered Sea, Book 2,” by Author, D. Wallace Peach

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Peace descends on the Ravenwood freehold, and Raze Anvrell trusts that as love lays open his life, the turmoil of his past will loosen its grip. But in the halls of Avanoe and catacombs of Ezar, political intrigues thicken. Deflection and secrets manipulate the truth, assassins whet their blades, and more than one ruler stakes a claim in the quest for power.

A swallower of multiple souls, Sajem files his teeth and inks his eyes. Tentacles of madness slither deeper into the slaver’s afflicted mind. His raids grow brazen, tactics harsh, and conscience stripped bare. Alliances fracture and form, and no one is too old or young, too wealthy or beautiful to spare.

As his father’s health fails, Raze accompanies his brother to Ezar to plead before the Empress for slavery’s end. When death strikes, he and those who stand in the way of ruthless ambition must battle for those they love, the principles they hold dear, and the world they desire.

While heirs compete for the Ezari throne, slavers plot each other’s demise. The future of the Vales depends on the outcome. And if Raze wishes to save his family, his freehold, his chance at love, and his life, he must swallow one more soul.”

Title: Legacy of Souls ( The Shattered Sea, Book 2)

Amazon Author Page: D. Wallace Peach

Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Sword & Sorcery, Coming of Age

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“Legacy of Souls,” begins where “Soul Swallowers,” left off with Raze fully immersed in the expansion of his freehold into a larger operation for farming and raising horses. His heart is full as he pursues the lovely Bel who has miraculously healed his broken heart.

Because of Bel’s love, Raze finds the courage to move past the differences that controlled his relationship with his father. Even so, he keeps a careful distance as he retreats back into his life avoiding the political overtures that normally occur from a noble birth.

However, when his father begs him to attend a royal wedding with him, Raze stalls filled with guilt, not willing to give up either his lifestyle or his newfound reconciliation with his father.

Finally, Raze agrees to accompany his father and brother to the wedding when a horrible crime is committed, leaving his family accused of the murder while the royal family hunts them down.

By the time Raze escapes to the freehold, he finds most of his beloved family killed, and Bel kidnapped by the slavers. It is the death of his friend, Samoth, that changes the man forever. Raze chooses to swallow his soul which adds the necessary soldier’s skills he needs to survive and to save his family.

Once again, this author has waved her magic wand and created a world like no other. Here, life is filled with danger where human souls are bought and sold by the rich to increase their power. Political motivations and shifting loyalties explode within the schemes of the governing family, while the slavers do their bidding.

The characters and situations within these pages are unforgettable. For me, it was the philosophical dilemma of absorbing another person’s soul that I found so intriguing. Think about the possibility of accepting the soul essence of someone else into your existence. New skills and knowledge would have to integrate, for better or worse. If you swallowed too many souls, disaster would ensue as the personalities clash for control with possible madness being the end result. Would you swallow a soul?

This is a brilliant two book series that will keep you guessing until the end. (You can read my review of “Soul Swallowers,” HERE). As with most literature penned by this author, I could not put the story down. I read into the wee hours until the last closing chapter came to a satisfactory end. Now, I can’t wait to see what D. Wallace Peach conjures up next for me to read. ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

Colleen's Book ReviewsRating System

 

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D. Wallace Peach

About the Author:

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

Ready for an adventure?

The Sorcerer’s Garden
Sunwielder
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris

The Shattered Sea Duology:
Soul Swallowers, Book I
Legacy of Souls, Book II

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV

The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Fire, Book IV

Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale

 

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How to Connect with the Author:

For her blog on all things writing, please visit D. Wallace Peach at mythsofthemirror.com.

TWITTER: @Dwallacepeach

FACEBOOK: Myths of the Mirror: @DWPeachbooks

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dianapeach33/pins/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/activities/d-wallace-peach+0_2F1UmSg–qRIqYJlk2W1Q_?trk=nav_responsive_sub_nav_yourupdates

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101899993447765818692/posts

Happy Halloween “The Shattered Sea” double book series is the perfect Autumn read. Thanks for stopping by to learn more about my favorite author, D. Wallace Peach. ❤

Follow-me-on-Bookbub-300X121-300x121 If you have your book listed on BookBub, I will add my review there also! ❤ Click HERE to follow me! (Colleen M. Chesebro) Let me know in the comments.

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Are you looking for more great reads? Join author, D.G. Kaye, and myself in our Facebook group, The Literary Diva’s Library to find book reviews, book promotions, & special deals on books from authors you love.

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Don’t forget to join us in the #ABRSC, Author Blogger Rainbow Support Club on Facebook. See you there! ❤

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 108, “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly

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WELCOME TO THE smileys-pumpkins-044068HALLOWEEN EDITION OF TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


 

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain, and Etheree poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

 


NotedPlease note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you install the extension on Google Chrome.

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For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

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Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Recap published each Monday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

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As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree

I have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please follow me so that I can tag you in my posts.  FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY

Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly

Have fun and write some Halloween poetry!

zombie colleen Hurry up and write some POETRY before the Zombies get you!! 

Some Faerie Metaphysics

“This article is an amalgamation of some previous posts at deadbutdreaming, a shorter version of which was recently published by New Dawn Magazine. It probably raises more questions than it gives answers, but I wanted to put these ideas in one place before moving on to any further Cosmic interpretations of what the faerie phenomenon might really be about…”

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This is the most comprehensive discussion about the existence (or not) of the faery phenomenon I’ve read. It surely opens the door to further research. My mind is already made up. How about you?

via Some Faerie Metaphysics

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 107, “Haunt & Spell”, #SynonymsOnly

JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

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You’ve all made it so difficult for me to choose a special poem again this week. I’ve starred some poems that grabbed my attention with their message. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think everyone did a fabulous job. Remember, poetry is visceral to the reader. ❤

This week, I’ve chosen Merril Smith, from her blog, Yesterday & Today, Merril’s Historical Musings, and her poem entitled “The Tree.”

It was as if Merril channeled the ancestors and offered up a warning to humankind with her poem, written before Saturday’s tragedy.

I have no words for the pain I feel for those who have suffered so great a loss. I will let Merril’s poetry speak for itself. ❤

 

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Image Credit: Merril Smith: Sapling from the Theresienstadt Tree, Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza

“The Tree”

I walk through the triangular plaza, this memorial to those known and unknown; those who survived, and those who perished because of hate. It is the little tree I focus on. It’s small but carries a mighty legacy of survival. I think of the children who tended its progenitor with such dedication, knowing that they themselves would most likely perish. I consider those children then, and all the children now fleeing from horror or living in war zones. In the words of a woman who survived hate, who survived a hell, I hear an invocation. “Hate is a terrible thing,” she says. And I think we must never forget: hate only nourishes more hate, but kindness makes both people and trees grow.

Ghosts walk among us

whisper through buried ashes

brave saplings rise up

© 2018 Merril Smith

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Yesterday, I walked through the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial, which was dedicated on Monday.  You can read more about it here. ~Merril Smith~

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HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 107th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Haunt & Spell”

**Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 107, “Haunt & Spell,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21 

**#Tanka Tuesday: Haunt & Spell – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #107 – Haunt & Spell #MicroPoetry #Haiku | But I Smile Anyway…

Spectral Portal | Stuff and what if… 

Haunted By Your Spell #Etheree #DoubleEtheree | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Potion | Willow Poetry

**Samhain Cinquain | like mercury colliding… 

**Autumnal Echoes: a #TankaTuesday #TankaProse (10/23/18) – Frank J. Tassone

Haiku: Sorcery | The Dark Netizen

#Double Etheree – Payback Time – Culture Shocks

**Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No 107 #Etheree | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge | anita dawes and jaye marie

Plague the Earth ~ #etheree #PoetryChallenge | Night Owl Poetry – Dorinda Duclos (Wish her a Happy Birthday – it was yesterday <3)

The Tree – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings 

Lost Realm – thehouseofbailey

Calixta – The Abject Muse

**Visions… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Haunt and Spell (synonyms only) | Abbie’s Corner of the World

**#Poetrychallenge – Haunt and spell – Roberta Writes

Tanka Tuesday – hidden | Twenty Four

**Torment – Charmed Chaos

**Quandaries of Wayfaring | method two madness

**Hallowed Lands (Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

**Spooky tales from Dartmoor | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws 

Haunt & Spell | MJ Mallon

**What Man Hath Wrought | D. G. Kaye Writer

ExcellentPoetry, my friends… Wait until tomorrow when the new challenge comes out. See you there for our Halloween Extravaganza!

 

 

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Ritu Bhathal

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Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you one of my most favorite people in the blogging world, Ritu Bhathal. Not only is she a successful blogger, but she is also an author and a poet… and that doesn’t include all the other jobs she has. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

I met Ritu shortly after I started blogging in 2014. I can’t tell you how many times our paths have crossed over the years as we participated in poetry and writing challenges. If I don’t know how to do something concerning social media, Ritu is there to show me how. And that illustrates the kind of person that Ritu is. She’s always there to lend a helping hand.

In fact, last year, Ritu didn’t miss a week in writing a poem for my weekly poetry challenge. That’s pretty impressive in my book. ❤

Please meet my dear friend, Ritu Bhathal:

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Author & Poet, Ritu Bhathal

Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her.

From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry. Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.

As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes. A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!

Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which was awarded first place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.

Ritu is happily married, and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.

Having published an anthology of poetry, Poetic RITUals, she is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m happy to be here with you.

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I’m thrilled you’re here, Ritu. I even made P. G. Tips tea to celebrate your visit! Now, I’m going to ask you a question I hope you will answer. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Ideas are aplenty in my brain! But I have one fully written, unedited manuscript, which took me 17 years to write! There is one other series I wrote on my blog, which came to a natural end, that I think could be worked upon to create something too.

I also started another piece, which I think will be a good start for another contemporary fiction piece. Though I know many are aware of my love of poetry, and my anthology, I have also written children’s rhyming fiction. I have one versed story complete and two others that need finishing… oh, to have an illustrator!!!

Any unemployed illustrators out there? Ritu needs your skills! Sorry, I got carried away… Okay, I’m serious now. Ritu, what inspires you to write?

What inspires me to write, both blog posts and creatively is life. I always jokingly call life, and all experiences within it ‘Blogger Fodder’ but it’s not just a base for a post, but it’s also a great resource to pull from when writing fiction and poetry. Usually, the season we are in will inspire my verses, and the general mood around me will influence the direction of my fictional writing. I feel that we are so lucky to have this opportunity called life, that to use all the gifts it bestows upon us, to create engaging literature, is gratitude.

You have such a marvelous attitude and love for life. It shows in everything you do. So, do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?

I do indeed have a day job (besides writing, mothering, and wife-ing) and that is being a teacher. I wanted to teach from a very young age, seven to be precise, and it gave me great pleasure to finally get into a classroom I could call my own!

The life of a teacher is tough, with high expectations put upon us all, causing many to leave the profession. So far, I have taken the challenges on the head; teaching is all-consuming, and during the term, I often suffer from extreme tiredness, (mentally and physically) so this does impact my creativity.

But I love being a teacher. To be the one to influence all those young minds, and help to build a foundation for what I always hope will be a lifelong love for learning, that’s what it is all about. The day it becomes too much, I will step back, or if my second dream of writing was to flourish, then I would maybe stop, but right now, I couldn’t, financially, and to be honest, I don’t want to!

Thanks, Ritu for stopping by for a chat. I always enjoy spending time with you. P. S. I had to share my favorite of you and your husband on your wedding day. You look so beautiful! ❤

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I’ve read and reviewed Ritu’s book, “Poetic Rituals,” whose name is a clever play on words with her first name. Read my review HERE.

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How to contact Author, Ritu Bhathal

Website: http://www.butismileanyway.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhantomGiggler
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phantom_giggler/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butismileanyway/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/bhathalpadhaal/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/56854412-ritu-bhathal
Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/@Phantom_Giggler
Mix: https://mix.com/butismileanyway
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ritusmiles

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritu-bhathal-48941648/
Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/@ritubhathalpadhaal

And by clicking the following link, you get to my author profile on Amazon, where you can find the link to my poetry book, Poetic RITUals.

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k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet Ritu Bhathal. Check out her book. I loved it. ❤

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Nix Romipen (Solar Wind Book 6),” by Author, Lyz Russo

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Title: Nix Romipen (Solar Wind Book 6)

Amazon Author Page: Lyz Russo

Publication Date: January 15, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction, Coming of Age, Teen & Young Adult, Action & Adventure

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Romania. A place of harsh contrasts; dangerous and beautiful wilderness; a silent invisible people. This is where Federi was born; and this is where he takes Paean in their breakaway from the Solar Wind, their bid for freedom.

But Federi is hunting big game now. He is going after the Unicate, once and for all. The old gypsy curse of Falco is singing loudly in his blood, and he has to finish it. Whether it meets with Paean’s approval or not. Too many have died; and despite Captain’s politics, the Unicate still exerts its rule of terror in this remote, half-forgotten country.

As he goes after the Unicate, tracing the secret of the Hounds, something larger is tracing him, though. The trip of the Solar Wind into space has alerted some ancient forces. Federi and his best partner, Paean, trade places as he follows Captain back into space while she finds herself in the depths of a Unicate mound, with an unexpected ally, a Unicate “Other”…”

 

 

MY RECOMMENDATION:

To read my review of the first book, The Mystery of the Solar Wind, click here. To read my review of the second book, The Assassin, click here. To read my review of the third book, Freedom Fighter, click here. To read my review of the fourth book, Raider, Click here. To read my review of the fifth book, The Morrigan, Click here.

After the clash with the Morrigan, Federi, and Paean long for some semblance of peace away from the captain and his politics including the lack of privacy aboard the Solar Wind. After all, the two have never had a proper honeymoon or much time alone. To remedy the situation, Federi takes matters into his own hands, and the two lovers escape to Romania, Federi’s place of birth.

Once there, Federi recognizes his bond with the Romney has strengthened his resolve as memories of the old gypsy curse of Falco ignites him to pursue the Unicate. Everywhere he and Paean look, the Unicate has decimated the people of planet Earth, especially the Romney.

When the couple finally realizes that there is more to the Unicate than meets the eye, is when the story takes a dark turn. Federi pursues the Unicate demons while Paean strikes out on her own, seeking the answers as to why her mother was murdered by the Unicate. She knows she’s a “Founder,” but doesn’t know what that really means.

Then, in the depth of a Unicate Mound, Paean finds Mrs. Flanagan, a childhood friend, who might hold the key to understanding the secrets of the Unicate.

In the true manner of YA fiction, the story explodes as the alien Morrigan, comes to the aide of Paean, saving her life numerous times. Meanwhile, the Intergalactic Council reveals the truth behind Falco’s ancient deal to protect the earth. At times, it’s hard to know who the good guys are.

By the time Paean lays claim to a 100% genetically human Unicate egg the reader knows there is still more of this story to be told. Stay tuned…

Lyz Russo, the author, did share that there is more of the story to come. She has relocated from South Africa to Ireland and is presently acclimating her family to their new environment.

I’ve enjoyed the characters and the writing in this series and am sad to let them go for now. I did receive a copy of this book from the author as a gift. I’ve enjoyed this series so much I had to share my thoughts. However, I did wonder about the meaning of the title “Nix Romipen,” and did find this definition:

“Romipen – roma-ness, the lot of being a Roma, the Roma law that bears and moulds Roma identity.” *** Romipen and the Family as Constructs for the Self-Definition of Roma in Roma Fairytales in Dialogue with Majority Society

“Nix Romipen” centers on the themes of family and belonging, which brings a satisfactory close to the story for now. I’ll wait patiently for more adventures of the crew aboard The Solar Wind to come my way.

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MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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About the Author:

Author, Lyz Russo

Meet Lyz Russo:

I’m a South African writer and musician in the process of relocating to Ireland. Between running a violin studio and raising 3 beautiful children, and writing through nights, I also run a maverick indie publishing house in South Africa called P’kaboo Publishers.


Have a look: www.pkaboo.net

 

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How to Connect with the Author:

You can catch me on my blogs: The Red Ant at skrikvirniks.wordpress.com and Violin Tricks at violintrix.wordpress.comOn WordPress, I’m “gipsika.”

Twitter: @lyzrusso 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pkaboo.net

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 107, “Haunt & Spell,” #SynonymsOnly

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


 

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, Etheree and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

 


 

NotedPlease note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you install the extension on Google Chrome.

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For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Recap published each Monday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

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As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree

I have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please follow me so that I can tag you in my posts.  FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY

Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Haunt & Spell,” #SynonymsOnly

Have fun and write some poetry!

 

Good Evening Ready to write some POETRY?

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 106, “Ghost & Hollow”, #SynonymsOnly

JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.

This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

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This had to be the hardest week I’ve ever had picking a favorite poem. Poet of the Week wasn’t between just two of you… Oh, no! I really struggled. The poetry you are writing now is amazing. I’ve ** a few of the honorable mentions you really should read. It’s become a nightmare to just pick one poem, anymore.

So, I decided to go old school. This week as the Tanka Tuesday Poet of the Week, I chose Bob Fairfield’s poem, “Ghost & Hollow.” I liked his choice of words and the flow of the Tanka. I also think this is an example of a perfect Tanka poem.

I’ve been giving you words that would fit into the Halloween season to see how creative you could be, and Bob turned the morose words into something beautiful. This Tanka flows with love. Read it and see if you agree. ❤

 

The future beckons,

behind me lies the specter

of my empty life.

While you remain at my side

dark days are just memories.

© 2018 Bob Fairfield

 

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HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 106th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Ghost & Hollow”

**Tanka Tuesday: Ghost & Hollow – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 106, “Ghost and Hollow,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

**Swift’s Hollow, aka Gore Orphanage #Haibun #Etheree #DoubleEtheree | Trent’s World (the Blog)

The Void – #etheree #PoetryChallenge | Night Owl Poetry – Dorinda Duclos

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday- “Ghost” “Hollow” – Christina Herd Poetry and Flash Fiction

Tanka Tuesday – empty | Twenty Four

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Ghost & Hollow | Annette Rochelle Aben

**Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #106 – Ghost & Hollow #MicroPoetry #Etheree | But I Smile Anyway…

**Drivel | like mercury colliding…

Lost|So It Goes 1984

**Lost | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

** Eidolon – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Strength of Winter – Haiku – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

Ghost & Hollow|Roberta Writes

**Regret: A #TankaProse (10/17/18) – Frank J. Tassone

Time, by Anita|Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie

‘Tis the Season | Stuff and what if…

Thick Skull | thoughts and entanglements

The Phantom | loristory

**Scarecrow Joins the Circle Dance | method two madness

Haiku: Trapped | The Dark Netizen

Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Ghost and Hollow | Abbie’s Corner of the World

Poetry Friday ~ Ghost & Hollow | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Shadows Race – Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge | The Showers of Blessings

**Mountain Rescue | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws(Find out where Ben the dog poet has been)

Night Party | Willow Poetry

**Tanka Tuesday|A Chronicle of Hope

**#Tanka Poem – Lady in Red – Culture Shocks

**Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 106, “Ghost & Hollow,” #SynonymsOnly | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

**Ghost & Hollow|D.G. Kaye Writer

Ghost & Hollow|Writing, events, competitions and even some self-penned bits: Bob Fairfield.org

Lazy Day MONDAY? Get ready for Tanka Tuesday tomorrow! See YOU there. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

This Halloween, Escape to Greece with an Evil Witch- “The Raven Witch of Corfu,” is on Pre-order!

I can’t wait to share my review of the “The Raven Witch of Corfu.” What a fabulous spooky story filled all with the romance and splendor you would expect from Corfu… but, there’s an evil witch afoot. The ending blew me away! ~Colleen~

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Today, I have a great recommendation for you! This month, Amazon bestselling author Effrosyni Moschoudi is releasing her new novel in four compelling kindle episodes! If you’re looking for a cracking good read to enjoy this Halloween, this is a great choice!

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Lizzie waited twenty years for her return to Corfu…

Lizzie is not your average tourist. She may have just arrived on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu, but her mind is not on having a good time. Far from it, Lizzie has a daunting task to undertake: to claim back her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier on her previous visit. In a cave. By an evil witch.

When Lizzie sees her brother again, she receives the shock of her life. The witch has tricked her… And, as if this weren’t enough, a handsome local steals her heart to complicate her life even further…

“It’s a step up from Mills and Boon – much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland, with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix. And it’s certainly a page-turner.” ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu”

This highly imaginative Greek fantasy romance will intrigue and uplift you, making it feel like you’re on the island, experiencing it all with your senses. It is also guaranteed to leave you longing for a visit to your closest Greek restaurant!

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Episodes 1 and 2 are available on pre-order. Episodes 3 and 4, as well as the paperback, will follow soon.

Visit Amazon now and let your most enthralling Greek holiday begin!

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J4V96RP

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07J4V96RP

 

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About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for the romantics at heart. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a ridiculous amount of books and DVDs.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. The Ebb, her romance set in Corfu that’s inspired from her summers there in the 1980s, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.

Effrosyni is a member of the writer’s groups eNovel Authors at Work, ASMSG and The Fantasy & Scifi Network.  Her novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times, and are available in Kindle and paperback format.

Do it CLICK here to grab FREE PDF books by this author: http://effrosyniwrites.com/free-stuff/

Visit her website for free excerpts, book trailers, her travel guide to Corfu, yummy Greek recipes, and to join her email list for her news and special offers: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

howling at the moon Take it from me… this book will have you howling at the moon! Effrosyni Moschoudi is one of my fav paranormal/romance authors – Get your copy now! ❤

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, D. G. Kaye, (aka Debby Gies)

Conversations with ColleenThe October Edition

Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you, my dearest friend and Canadian author, D. G. Kaye, (Debby Gies) as my guest. Debby puts up with my silliness every day, so when I begged asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE she was willing to give it a go.

We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. Debby has answered so many of my questions about book publishing that between us, we could write a book!

As many of you know, Debby also shares her goodwill through our blogging community by sharing our posts across the web and in the various Facebook groups, she belongs to, and by always cheering us on. I don’t know what I would do without her love and optimism that she sends out into the universe every day. ❤

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Debby is also a member of the Sisters of the Fey blog, a group of eight authors who came together to share their love of all things magical. Debby’s specialty is writing about angels. Check out this post HERE and see if your angels have been connecting with you!

Please welcome my dear friend, D.G. Kaye:

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Author, D. G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, sharing the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.

Thank you so much, Colleen, for inviting me over today as a featured guest on your beautiful blog. I know I always enjoy reading about how other writers started out writing and the bumps in the road they’ve encountered along the way and how they succeed in overcoming them, so I do hope some of my answers will inspire others. 😊

Hi, Debby. I’m glad you’re here. Now, I have to know… Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?

 

Absolutely not! My writing life is similar to my real life – I’m a packrat, lol. I learned early in my writing career to never delete anything. There’s a space for everything . . . eventually.

We should never delete our unused work because there are always valuable morsels we can use at a later time. I have many journals filled with writing ideas and articles I haven’t yet published, as well as many deleted parts from early drafts in my books which I keep in a file. I’m a hoarder when it comes to keeping original earlier drafts of my manuscripts too. I’ll usually highlight parts that weren’t used in the final drafts and copy the passages on to a Word doc for future considerations. One never knows when there’s a nugget of value from past work that can fit in somewhere else!

A packrat? I would have never guessed. Great plan, though to recycle what you’ve previously written. So, what does the word ‘retirement’ mean to you? Do you think writers ever retire?

 

Retirement means we’ve finished working – time to relax and not have to get up and go to work anymore. It’s a time where we’re free to pursue our hobbies and anything else we feel we want to be able to do that we couldn’t when we had our 9-5 jobs. But writing, for me, and most writers, I suspect, is a lifetime hobby or job.

Writing is a passion, not a job. It feeds our soul and we hope that our words and stories continue to feed the souls of our readers. It’s one of the few jobs that have no retirement age limits. In fact, I believe that some of our best writing comes as we age and acquire more knowledge and experience.

I agree. I think we become better writers as we age. How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?

 

I believe like anything else in life, practice makes perfect. Although us writers are often our own worst critics, always seeking perfection, there is always room for improvement and growth. We don’t always notice as time passes, our writing naturally evolves.

As writers, we are readers too and everything we read becomes our teachers. We learn from reading different author’s writing styles, words, and genres. In doing so, we tend to subconsciously pick up fresh ideas which we incorporate in our own writing, ultimately making our writing better as time passes.

I know from my own books how my writing has changed with each consequent book. A few of my regular readers have even commented to me that they can notice how my writing has grown with each of my books. It’s like everything else in life – with each new experience we grow.

Debby, do your novels carry a message?

 

I sure hope so! By writing about real-life situations and revealing personal wounds and experiences, and conveying how I overcame various obstacles in life from low self-esteem, emotional neglect, and over-coming some life-threatening issues – there are lots for readers to take in.

I hope my stories leave something for readers to relate to in their own lives encountering similar issues. My stories always include resolutions I adopted to overcome my issues, and I hope they can help someone else. So yes, regardless of which book I’m writing, there are always nuggets of wisdom passed down in my stories.

Many of your books talk about your difficult childhood. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you have done?

 

Hindsight is always 20/20 vision, showing us what we’ve missed along the way until we look back. I loved writing as soon as I learned my alphabet and could read. I wrote little family stories for myself and cards for people I cared for and admired.

I wasn’t ever good at expressing myself verbally as a child because I was afraid to speak about my feelings, and I was never asked. I wasn’t afforded a platform to speak. But I knew inside I was very expressive and needed an outlet to express my feelings so writing became my method of communication.

Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a journalist, but I never shared my aspirations with anyone and nobody helped to guide or encourage me to follow my passion. As I grew from a child to a teen, my family life grew more dysfunctional, and my goals became solely focused on moving away from home as soon as I could get out. Then I had to work for a living while also enjoying the experience of socializing with new people in new circles. My writing aspirations went on the back burner.

With no encouragement to pursue my writing, and convinced then that only famous people could write, I knew nothing about how to go about pursuing a writing career. I wished my parents had ever asked me what I wanted to be or do when I grew up or helped to steer me in the right direction. But I was never asked.

So, I discovered life on my own and went back to writing about my feelings and observations on life in journals and through writing poetry. My urge to tell stories never left. Thankfully, the writing bug never went away, and better late than never . . . I found my way.

Have you ever hit a rough patch in writing where nothing seemed to fit or make sense? How did you move through that period?

 

I sure have! When I was writing my short stories for my book – Have Bags, Will Travel, I felt as I continued writing some of my stories, they were becoming off theme. After first draft I printed out my MS several times and separated each chapter, looking for parts to delete or move around to try and make everything fit. But I knew the stories didn’t all fit in, and I had difficulties separating what can stay and what should go. It all became so overwhelming.

Thankfully, a few author friends who I’d discussed my dilemma with offered to beta read and help me out with their suggestions. After all was said and done, my book became half the size. But I kept all the deleted parts for material to consider for future writing. That’s why it’s so important to have other eyes on our work for feedback and discover blatant errors and wonky passages we often become blind to and stuck in.

I think my biggest problem when writing books are that my thoughts are always two steps ahead of myself. Too many ideas come to mind while writing, often resulting in straying off topic for me. Staying cohesive to the topic has been more of an issue in my earlier years of writing. And although I’ve come a long way in learning how to tighten up my writing, I’m still always learning.

I loved your book, “Have Bags will Travel.” It was a hilarious read. Here’s my review.

 

Debby 2018

Why I Write

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences hoping that others can relate and find that we always have a choice to move from a negative space to a positive. We need only the courage to take the leap.

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Debby’s Favorite Quotes

                 “Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

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Please feel free to connect with D. G. Kaye on social media and any of her author and blog pages at: 

www.dgkayewriter.com

www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (Of course there’s a story to this name!)

www.facebook.com/dgkaye

www.about.me/d.g.kaye.writer

www.linkedin.com/in/DGKaye7

www.google.com/debbydgkayegies

http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye

www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

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D. G. Kaye’s Books 

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Click the Amazon Links:

Conflicted Hearts 

MenoWhat? A Memoir

Words We Carry

Have Bags, Will Travel

P.S. I Forgive You

Twenty Years: After “I Do”

k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet D. G. Kaye. If you are looking for someone to follow and learn from, she is definitely that person. I guess I’ll have to share her. 😀 ❤