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Post-weekend Poetry 020: ‘The Flame’ by Lesley Fletcher


Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twentieth poem in this series.

This week’s piece is by poet and artist Lesley Fletcher.

The Flame
As the flames die slowly with the night,
Extinguishing the day
Smoke silhouetting through the quiet air
Taking shape of snapshots
Of memories, not long forgotten,
Igniting sweet desires instead;
Of candles burning every night
And romance in the atmosphere;
The scent of rare patchouli
Teasing in the shadows;
Nostrils slightly flared.
Soft rock music fills
The gaps between silent knowing glances
Mismatched glasses toasting
Filled with cheap Chianti
As the bottle gathers wax.
Cracker crumbs fall in between
Well-worn cushions of the couch.
Baby-doll pyjamas barely
Bothering to cover.

&

The night falls inaudibly.
Stealing eyes’ content and gentle smile
Baccarat crystal shattering
Falling from her fragile grip,
Onto the shining marble floor
Mimicking a blood bath
Is Châteauneuf-de-Pape.
Slumped in true abandon
Of this life she’s earned to live
Returning to her heart’s true love
If only in her vivid final dream…
Lasting an eternity
Meeting her rebirth
Embossed upon her soul
As the next life starts de novo
And the flame again ablaze.

I asked Lesley what prompted this piece and she said…

Inspiration Import is the name of the company I set up many years ago without knowing exactly what I would do with it. I just loved the word ‘inspiration’ and of course the ‘import’ part is the vessel which brings the inspiration to me. I have always maintained that my inspiration has come from my art but I realise that this is somewhat of a cop-out. It really comes from my heart. I am a bit of a headline reader and sometimes scattered in many directions but if something touches my heart as far as humanity is concerned it sticks and stays. Many of my stories are experience-based (with) a bit of research and a lot of listening. When I say listening, I mean not just listening to words but to nuances and to emotions. If I am able to provide a piece of art or a story or poem that has the ability to evoke a strong emotional response that further lights my desire, and imagination to write.

Thank you Lesley. Me being me, I honed in on the ‘dark’ and loved the mimicking blood bath. 🙂

Lesley Fletcher is a self-taught artist who realised later in life that her calling was in the field of writing books and producing art with the emphasis on printmaking.

She has published three fully illustrated children’s / young adult books and currently working on a fourth which will also provide space for her various types of art.

The books and all their illustrations both interior and cover work are Lesley’s art.

Her upcoming book, ‘5 Pillars of the Gypsy’ is a combination of art and verse; it being her first book for adult audiences.

Over the past three years she has managed two trips with Habitat For Humanity; one to Tajikistan and one to Jordan. Each of these trips included short stops in Istanbul. As a result she became interested in and had the privilege of learning about Islam and its parallels with Christianity along with cultural customs.

As a volunteer with Literacy Unlimited and Friends for Mental Health, Lesley supports and encourages education as a way to break barriers, through knowledge and understanding. As an adventurous laid back spirit she is very adaptable to a variety of enjoyable experiences and takes delight in every one of them.

Lesley Fletcher can be found on Twitter @gypsyles, LinkedIn, Google+, at her website, http://www.lesleyfletcher.com, and welcomes making new friends in our ever-changing world.

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with romance suspense author Alexa Bourne – the three hundred and sixty-third of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in ebooks, poetry, writing

 

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First Sentence Fridays *NEW*

This is a new weekly feature, started 16th December and the idea is that it’s a little free promotion for all of you with books for sale (or free); eBooks, paperbacks, it doesn’t matter which. And it can be for an individual short story / poem, story / poetry collection, novel or even non-fiction or script / comic book!

It’ll run every Friday (before the 100-word competition results on the second Friday of the month and 6-word FFFs on the last Friday of the month, and somewhere where you can put the first sentence of your book (no more than 20 words) and one sale link in the comments section. As an example, one of mine would be…

They say it takes less thaTSDSL cover new eBook smalln ten seconds to make a first impression. http://mybook.to/SerialDater
(which leads to the book pictured right)

So put yours in the comments section of the relevant Friday’s post (NOT below). Don’t put anything else. No title, no comments. Don’t worry if it doesn’t appear straight away. If you’ve not commented on this site before, I will have to approve it. I’ll be as quick as I can. And I’ll be editing ones that are more than one sentence / link.

The whole point of this exercise is to intrigue my visitors. It doesn’t matter which link you put in as long as it goes directly to somewhere where the reader can buy / download your book, i.e. not to your website’s home page where they then have to go looking for how to find out more / buy your book. If you want to contact me then you can certainly email me if you have any questions.

This will be a weekly feature so if you have more than one book, choose a different one each week. So one sentence (even if it’s one word!) / one link per author per post (and please don’t repeat the same book more than once per month). If the Friday’s been and gone, don’t worry… you can still add the details as a comment until the next post goes up the following Friday.

OK, off you go.

And if you’re looking for a new read, these are the ones posted so far (NB. change the .com etc for your country code)…

Week 1 – Friday 16 Decclick here for the original post

Week 2 – Friday 23 Decclick here for the original post

  • Morgen Bailey: Andy slammed both hands on the emergency brake and the train jolted, slowing nowhere near as quickly as he was pleading it to do. book link
  • Julia Thorley: On the face of it, working out in a gym would seem to be the antithesis of all things yoga. book link
  • Joy Smith: “I’m sorry… with your uncle dead, you can’t travel with the train… find… a man to take care of you.” book link

Week 3 – Friday 30 Dec: click here for the original post

  • Morgen Bailey: Click, click, click. book link
  • Alana Woods: It wasn’t his appearance that unnerved her, unexpected though it was … book link
  • I.M. Sparticus: One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. book link
  • Barry Read: The treadmill of factory routine began all over again on Monday morning. book link
  • Janice J Richardson: “We have a coroner’s call,” Jennifer said to her assistant Peter. book link
  • Michael McGrinder: Mary screamed. book link
  • Pagadan (Joy V Smith): Lochner [was] surrounded by the most powerful and richest men on Earth; “What will we do with this opportunity?” book link

Week 4 – Friday 6 Jan: click here for the original post

  • Morgen Bailey: Condoms. book link
  • Pagadan (Joy V Smith): She was on the porch, staring at the oddly featureless door of the ornate Victorian when two men approached her. book link
  • Janice J. Richardson: Marcia and Jennifer didn’t see it coming. book link
  • Micki Peluso: Toby the cat says, Hey kids, wait till you see what the huge drooling monster did when… book link
  • Click, click, click. http://mybook.to/HitmanSamKathryn Elizabeth Jones: Six months later a thought occurred to her that the fat man had been the catalyst; her last straw… book link
  • the other authors’ details will go here…

Week 5 – Friday 13 Jan: click here for the original post

  • Morgen Bailey: They had a plan: stagger their arrival so it wouldn’t look suspicious. book link
  • Pagadan (Joy V Smith): Lori slipped out the side entrance; shifting her shoulder bag, she hid behind the dumpster in back of the hotel. book link

Week 6 – Friday 27 Jan: click here for the original post

  • Morgen Bailey:
  • Pagadan (Joy V Smith): Lori sat wrapped in a blue and red kaleidoscopic robe and chagrin as she faced Chiing across the game board. book link
  • CM Beagley: I dreamed Murdo was pushing my face with a peat cutter. book link
  • Micki Peluso: The doctors stride into the emergency room, like harbingers of death, nodding to friends and neighbors, indicating that they want them to leave. book link
  • the authors’ details will go here…

Week 7 – Friday 3 Feb: the link for the post will go here

  • the authors’ details will go here…

Happy posting / hunting!

 

Marketing

With better marketing, that could be your boat!

With better marketing, that could be your boat!

Some writers think that writing their book is the hardest part. That’s just the beginning. Out of the c.900 interviewees I’ve spoken to, I’d say 90-95% have answered “marketing” when I ask them, “What’s your least favourite aspect of your writing life?” It’s mainly because it’s so time-consuming so I thought I’d set up this page to help you a little along the way. I’ve had quite a few guest bloggers talk about marketing too…

and on other sites (I will be adding more but I spotted this the day I created this page, 11th March 2014)…

So, what do you do to market your book?

  • You create a website or blog – I recommend http://WordPress.com because you can do so much for free. They have videos on how to do pretty much everything from setting up the blog to maintaining it and if you need to know something, they’ll usually be a YouTube.com video with someone showing you how.
  • You have profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and more, perhaps not the twenty-four I’ve joined and listed on my Contact Me page, but you do have to be out there to promote your book, or better still have others promote your book. “Please buy my book” is the swiftest way to get de-friended (on Facebook) / de-followed (on Twitter). Interact with people. If they’re interested in you, they could be interested in your writing. If they’re interested in your writing, they might just go and buy your book. I know of authors whose fans have set up Facebook pages for them and promote their writing on their behalf… for free!
  • Guest on writing-related blog. Mine’s a good start, but then I would say that. I have a list of other WordPress sites so you could approach them and / or reblog articles of interest on to your blog (that’s just one great thing about WordPress) to drive traffic to both sites. You could always hire a PR and/or blog tour person.
  • You can chat on the likes of Kindle BoardsPinterestGoogle+GoodreadsLinkedIn, and of course on Facebook, Twitter etc. and get people to know you  so that they become interest in what you have to talk about, write about and therefore gain interest in your book/s.
  • Write more than one book. I know it’s hard enough to write one but if someone buys, say, the first in your series, and loves it, they’ll buy your other/s and tell people about it / them. Some writers don’t like doing this (or agree with it), but I’d recommend having one of your books (the first if you have a series) for 99c (c.77p) or less so that readers will try you and then hopefully buy more and recommend you.
  • I only have one novel available but several short story collections. It’s actually my Writer’s Block Workbooks which sell the best because it’s a nicher market than fiction. Although my blog has done well for getting me exposure online, it’s not sold a lot of books so I still need to work on my marketing… which takes time I don’t usually have but must make more of an effort to find.
  • I know a contemporary romance writer who sells c. 50,000 eBooks a month (at $2.99 each) because she had grown a fan base so large that they set up Facebook groups and talk about her… so they do her marketing for her. That’s what we all strive for.

Other Marketing Tips

Do you have tips for authors to market their books? If so, complete the form below and I’ll list them here…

  • Joss Landry says, “I tried Book Bub and loved it. Will definitely do it again. Also I like the powerful wave of a great Kirkus Review. Reviews are definitely the way to go.” Thank you, Joss. I’m on their mailing list and they often have freebies that Digital Books Today doesn’t have.
  • Lesley Fletcher says, “I would suggest authors own their name everywhere possible, including a web site. Every time there is a ‘new’ social media site happening, that is what I do and so now no one else can nab it and I turn up on the first page of Google. If writers have already purchased domain names in the name of their book(s), it is an easy fix to re-direct to a new site. At the same time as purchasing my name site, I aligned myself with Inspiration Import which highlights what I represent in a broader sense than me, me, me. This way when I have a new book, poem, play or piece of art, each representation (should) reflects my point of view as well as a product. I hope this explanation makes sense.” It does to me. Thank you, Lesley.
  • Stephen Davenport suggests, “I have used my novel, “Saving Miss Oliver’s” as prescribed homework reading for workshops on leadership of independent schools by taking situations from the novel and using them as case studies. Though fiction, the novel is about a classic leadership problem in the politically fraught culture of an independent (aka private) girls’ boarding school. I know the world of the novel intimately because I have had a long career as a professional in such schools. School leaders came to the workshop to practice decision making and problem solving by solving the problems laid out in the cases. Because they knew the characters and the setting intimately from having read the novel, they were very engaged with the cases and felt their authenticity. The workshops were successful. Perhaps there are other novels whose writers could use as case studies. It worked for me.” What a great idea, Stephen, thank you. I teach creative writing so will definitely try that.
  • Kim Dalferes posted on Facebook: New site for posting/marketing your book – eBookSoda. Has anyone else used them? It’s currently FREE. Thought I would share, can’t hurt, right? Do let me know how you get on.
  • Smashwords creator, Mark Coker, has published a free marketing guide.

Thank you for reading and contributing, and good luck!

 

5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Poetry

Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here. What I’m after is your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Fiction – poetry

Click here for Fiction – children’s / Y.A.

Click here for Fiction – novels & novellas

Click here for Fiction – script

Click here for Fiction – short stories (includes flash fiction)

Click here for Non-fiction

So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My books and free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page. Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. Kindle Fiction recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel!) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.

For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in ebooks, ideas, poetry, writing

 

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5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Children’s & YA

Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here. What I’m after is your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Fiction – children’s / Y.A.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Bob FreyGuide to Seldom Seen Animals (children’s picture book) – helps explain in humorous ways some of the curious things that happen in everyday life.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • C.V. SmithNettie Parker’s Backyard ((ages 9-13) multi-cultural historical-fiction) – magical African-American woman symbolizes tolerance caring for eight Holocaust children in war-torn London.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • E.R. YatscoffArchie’s Gold (juvenile fiction, mystery) – when shoeshine boy Archie finds stolen gold coins in his money tin, danger begins.
  • Out On A Limb (juvenile fiction, suspense) – two mischievous boys + Egghead, a mean old man + a tree house = trouble.
  • Ransom (juvenile fiction, suspense) – three friends face off against a larger gang in a suspenseful story of integrity, bravery, and friendship.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Erica MinerFourEver Friends (young adult) – in the 1960s four teenage girls bond over raging hormones and their love for music. Available in paperback..
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Felicia JohnsonShuck, shuck, shuck (children’s literature) – children learn creativity, sound recognition, and self-confidence at outdoor play as expressed by one character, Hania.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Fiona IngramThe Secret of the Sacred Scarab – adventure abounds when two boys find an ancient scarab on their first day in Egypt.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Fiona Veitch SmithDavid and the Hairy Beast (bible-based picture book) – can young David save the sheep from the Hairy Beast?
  • David and the Kingmaker (bible-based picture book) – will the Prophet Samuel find the next king of Israel?
  • Donovon’s Rainbow (chapter book for 6-8s) – can Donovon Dove outwit the evil Raven to save Noah’s Ark?
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Henry, Josh & Harrison HertsNimpentoad (children’s fantasy) – beautifully illustrated children’s fantasy that discourages bullying, and promotes teamwork, creativity, perseverance and teamwork (available from both websites).
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Jerry MullinaxEnoree (Young Adult fiction) – in 1950’s South, eight-year-old Jake secretly befriends Josiah, a black boy across the Enoree River.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Katherine L. HolmesThe House in Windward Leaves (middle grade fantasy) – the wayward Sadie leads her friends into an enchantment where their costumes become real.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Kathryn Elizabeth JonesA River of Stones (YA fiction) – the divorce of a young girl’s parents gives Samantha an opportunity to grow.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • K. S. BrooksPostcards from Mr. PishMr. Pish’s Woodland Adventure, and The Mighty Oak and Me (fun educational) – children’s picture books promoting outdoor learning and literacy.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Lesley FletcherAll I Want for Christmas is a Wishmas Tree – imagine the wistfulness and envy that children who do not celebrate Christmas feel as every street is filled with lights, seasonal music is playing and gifts being exchanged.Emphasis on inter-cultural traditions and family.
  • Hey Angel! – by envisioning this friendly and loving angel children can feel secure that ‘someone’ is always with them. They will soon learn that the someone is themselves.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Mary Ellen RyallMy Name is Butterfly (children’s illustrated book) – discover the world of Monarch butterflies about a young girl’s summer in her enchanted garden.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Mollie Carson-VollathTerrence O’Ferret (children’s illustrated non-fiction) – the story of how a girl discovered ferrets and got one for her very own.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Omoruyi UwuigiarenThe City Heroes and Other Stories from the Heart of Africa (children’s) – suitable for middle grade readers, the stories within the collection contain messages and themes about forgiveness, charity, redemption and loyalty all from a decidedly African perspective.
  • The Adventures of Nihu (children’s) – Nihu is sucked into a world inside of a stone, visits a powerful ruler in an underwater city, and makes friends with a group of refugees only a hero could love.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Nancy Di FabbioMidnight Magic – Be Careful What You Wish For! (juvenile fiction) – spooky thriller about a haunted painting, a phantom horse and the girl who loves him.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Nick OrsiniFingerless Gloves (young adult fiction/urban fiction) – Tonight will be the most difficult night in 25-year-old Anton Duchamp’s life.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Penny RossCave of Journeys (chapter book for 9 & over) – three friends journey back in time to discover legends and retrieve stories of Canadian history. Available in paperback and for the Kindle.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Roger MortimerEagles’ Revenge (children’s) – the Rat-Kind are plotting to wipe out the Mouse Kingdom of Carminel.
  • Eagle Warrior (children’s) – in the distant mouse kingdom of Carminel, a terrible civil war has broken out.
  • The Ruby of Carminel (children’s) – the island of Carminel lies in peril.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Samni GhaniThe shoe, the necklace and the Giant (children’s) – this is an adventure story about four children and their encounter with a Giant.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Sherrill S. CannonGimme-Jimmy (children’s picture book) – Jimmy is a bully whose favorite word is “Gimme”, and who has to learn to share.
  • The Magic Word (children’s picture book) – Elisabeth needs to learn The Magic Word “please”, and to use it every day.
  • Peter and the Whimper-Whineys (children’s picture book) – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys helps parents cope with whining in a fun way.
  • Santa’s Birthday Gift (children’s picture book) – after reading a story of the nativity to a grandchild, she asked “But where’s Santa?”.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • SL Dwyer (and blog): Dirt (YA & adults, available on Amazon and Smashwords) – it’s 1933 and newly-orphaned Sammy begins to live a lie and all its consequences.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Stacy JubaDark Before Dawn (Young Adult paranormal) – ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R when a teen psychic takes secret classes from the local fortuneteller.
  • Face-Off (Young Adult (Sports)) – teenage twin brothers, stars of the high school hockey team, compete on and off the ice.
  • Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-book Bundle (children’s picture book) – three picture books featuring teddy bears: The Flag Keeper, Sticker Shoes, and Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Susan BrockerThe Wolf in the Wardrobe (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a boy rescues a wolf from a circus and keeps her as his pet.
  • Dreams of Warriors (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a teenage girl battles to save the family farm while her father is away at war.
  • Saving Sam (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a troubled boy and a damaged dog team up to save Sam.
  • Restless Spirit (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – two teenagers attempt to free a captured wild Kaimanawa stallion.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • TJ PerkinsWound Too Tight (YA: 8-14) – cursed treasure, an enchanted watch, an evil spirit wants it back – run if you can! (available in various formats)
  • Mystery of the Attic (YA: 8-14) – Melissa needs to solve an ancient murder, but the evil ghost wants to stop her. (available in various formats)
  • On Forbidden Ground (sequel to Mystery of the Attic) (YA: 8-14) – Melissa is lured back to the old house to face her greatest fear alone! (available in various formats)
  • Fantasies are Murder (Book 1 in the Kim & Kelly Mystery Series) (YA: 8-14) – teen detectives risk becoming the next victims at a mystery weekend resort. (available in various formats)
  • Art of the Ninja: Earth (Teen) – Duncan needs to master the raging mysterious force within before he is destroyed. (available in various formats)
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Vincent MiskellDreaming Thomas: A Fairy Tale (illustrated children’s story) – daydreaming gets Thomas into trouble, but might just win him a princess and a kingdom.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here

Click here for Fiction – novels & novellas

Click here for Fiction – poetry

Click here for Fiction – script

Click here for Fiction – short stories (includes flash fiction)

Click here for Non-fiction

So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My eBooks including free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. 🙂 Kindle Fiction on Twitter recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 

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Poetry

poem 14700Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here.

What I’m after is:

  • your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name)
  • your website / blog address
  • book title
  • book links (where we can buy it, the more the merrier e.g. Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk etc and specific links not just the website’s home page)
  • genre
  • and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)).

You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Fiction – poetry

 

So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My books and free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page. Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. 🙂 Kindle Fiction recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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Children’s & YA

childrens books 183683Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here.

What I’m after is:

  • your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name)
  • your website / blog address
  • book title
  • book links (where we can buy it, the more the merrier e.g. Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk etc and specific links not just the website’s home page)
  • genre
  • and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)).

You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Fiction – children’s / Y.A.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Bob FreyGuide to Seldom Seen Animals (children’s picture book) – helps explain in humorous ways some of the curious things that happen in everyday life.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • C.V. SmithNettie Parker’s Backyard ((ages 9-13) multi-cultural historical-fiction) – magical African-American woman symbolizes tolerance caring for eight Holocaust children in war-torn London.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Dana NewmanFound in Prague (love story, adult-YA crossover) – Love comes easily among the cobblestone streets and snow-covered castles of history-rich Prague.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • E.R. YatscoffArchie’s Gold (juvenile fiction, mystery) – when shoeshine boy Archie finds stolen gold coins in his money tin, danger begins.
  • Out On A Limb (juvenile fiction, suspense) – two mischievous boys + Egghead, a mean old man + a tree house = trouble.
  • Ransom (juvenile fiction, suspense) – three friends face off against a larger gang in a suspenseful story of integrity, bravery, and friendship.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Erica MinerFourEver Friends (young adult) – in the 1960s four teenage girls bond over raging hormones and their love for music. Available in paperback..
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Felicia JohnsonShuck, shuck, shuck (children’s literature) – children learn creativity, sound recognition, and self-confidence at outdoor play as expressed by one character, Hania.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Fiona Ingram: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab – adventure abounds when two boys find an ancient scarab on their first day in Egypt.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Fiona Veitch SmithDavid and the Hairy Beast (bible-based picture book) – can young David save the sheep from the Hairy Beast?
  • David and the Kingmaker (bible-based picture book) – will the Prophet Samuel find the next king of Israel?
  • Donovon’s Rainbow (chapter book for 6-8s) – can Donovon Dove outwit the evil Raven to save Noah’s Ark?
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Henry, Josh & Harrison HertsNimpentoad (children’s fantasy) – beautifully illustrated children’s fantasy that discourages bullying, and promotes teamwork, creativity, perseverance and teamwork (available from both websites).
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Jaquelyn Muller: I Love You 5 Lollipops (early childhood picture book) – timelessly illustrated with a universal vintage circus theme perfect for co-reading for ages 1 – 5. Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Book Depository.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Jennifer Priester: Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic (fantasy, children’s fiction, short stories) – DWW has just learned she is a witch but besides magic will she learn responsibility? Available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble. Jennifer’s publisher’s website is http://ammoonlightcreations.com.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Jerry MullinaxEnoree (Young Adult fiction) – in 1950’s South, eight-year-old Jake secretly befriends Josiah, a black boy across the Enoree River.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Katherine L. HolmesThe House in Windward Leaves (middle grade fantasy) – the wayward Sadie leads her friends into an enchantment where their costumes become real.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Kathryn Elizabeth JonesA River of Stones (YA fiction) – the divorce of a young girl’s parents gives Samantha an opportunity to grow.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • K. S. BrooksPostcards from Mr. PishMr. Pish’s Woodland Adventure, and The Mighty Oak and Me (fun educational) – children’s picture books promoting outdoor learning and literacy.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Lesley FletcherAll I Want for Christmas is a Wishmas Tree – imagine the wistfulness and envy that children who do not celebrate Christmas feel as every street is filled with lights, seasonal music is playing and gifts being exchanged.Emphasis on inter-cultural traditions and family.
  • Hey Angel! – by envisioning this friendly and loving angel children can feel secure that ‘someone’ is always with them. They will soon learn that the someone is themselves.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Maggie Lyons (website / blog) – Vin and the Dorky Duet (middle-grade fiction) – disasters erupt when trumpet-playing seventh-grader meets devious sister’s challenge to win Beckham signed soccer jersey.
  • Dewi and the Seeds of Doom (middle-grade fiction) – Welsh dragon and chemistry-mad toad thwart evil baron with moxie, wit, and firepower.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Mary Ellen RyallMy Name is Butterfly (children’s illustrated book) – discover the world of Monarch butterflies about a young girl’s summer in her enchanted garden.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Michele KunzGuardian of the Stone (Young Adult Novel) – an epic tale; a story of human frailty and the will to survive.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Mollie Carson-VollathTerrence O’Ferret (children’s illustrated non-fiction) – the story of how a girl discovered ferrets and got one for her very own.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Omoruyi Uwuigiaren: The City Heroes and Other Stories from the Heart of Africa (children’s) – suitable for middle grade readers, the stories within the collection contain messages and themes about forgiveness, charity, redemption and loyalty all from a decidedly African perspective.
  • The Adventures of Nihu (children’s) – Nihu is sucked into a world inside of a stone, visits a powerful ruler in an underwater city, and makes friends with a group of refugees only a hero could love.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Nancy Di FabbioMidnight Magic – Be Careful What You Wish For! (juvenile fiction) – spooky thriller about a haunted painting, a phantom horse and the girl who loves him.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Nick OrsiniFingerless Gloves (young adult fiction/urban fiction) – Tonight will be the most difficult night in 25-year-old Anton Duchamp’s life.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Penny RossCave of Journeys (chapter book for 9 & over) – three friends journey back in time to discover legends and retrieve stories of Canadian history. Available in paperback and for the Kindle.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Roger Mortimer: Eagles’ Revenge (children’s) – the Rat-Kind are plotting to wipe out the Mouse Kingdom of Carminel.
  • Eagle Warrior (children’s) – in the distant mouse kingdom of Carminel, a terrible civil war has broken out.
  • The Ruby of Carminel (children’s) – the island of Carminel lies in peril.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Samni GhaniThe shoe, the necklace and the Giant (children’s) – this is an adventure story about four children and their encounter with a Giant.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Sherrill S. CannonGimme-Jimmy (children’s picture book) – Jimmy is a bully whose favorite word is “Gimme”, and who has to learn to share.
  • The Magic Word (children’s picture book) – Elisabeth needs to learn The Magic Word “please”, and to use it every day.
  • Peter and the Whimper-Whineys (children’s picture book) – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys helps parents cope with whining in a fun way.
  • Santa’s Birthday Gift (children’s picture book) – after reading a story of the nativity to a grandchild, she asked “But where’s Santa?”.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • SL Dwyer (and blog): Dirt (YA & adults, available on Amazon and Smashwords) – it’s 1933 and newly-orphaned Sammy begins to live a lie and all its consequences.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Stacy JubaDark Before Dawn (Young Adult paranormal) – ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R when a teen psychic takes secret classes from the local fortuneteller.
  • Face-Off (Young Adult (Sports)) – teenage twin brothers, stars of the high school hockey team, compete on and off the ice.
  • Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-book Bundle (children’s picture book) – three picture books featuring teddy bears: The Flag Keeper, Sticker Shoes, and Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Stefan Bolz: The Three Feathers – Joshua’s Magnificent Journey (children’s) – a rooster, a wolf and a war horse, and the adventure of a life time. Available as an eBook from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk  and as a signed paperback from www.thethreefeathers.com.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Susan BrockerThe Wolf in the Wardrobe (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a boy rescues a wolf from a circus and keeps her as his pet.
  • Dreams of Warriors (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a teenage girl battles to save the family farm while her father is away at war.
  • Saving Sam (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – a troubled boy and a damaged dog team up to save Sam.
  • Restless Spirit (middle grade fiction (ages 9-13)) – two teenagers attempt to free a captured wild Kaimanawa stallion.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • TJ PerkinsWound Too Tight (YA: 8-14) – cursed treasure, an enchanted watch, an evil spirit wants it back – run if you can! (available in various formats)
  • Mystery of the Attic (YA: 8-14) – Melissa needs to solve an ancient murder, but the evil ghost wants to stop her. (available in various formats)
  • On Forbidden Ground (sequel to Mystery of the Attic) (YA: 8-14) – Melissa is lured back to the old house to face her greatest fear alone! (available in various formats)
  • Fantasies are Murder (Book 1 in the Kim & Kelly Mystery Series) (YA: 8-14) – teen detectives risk becoming the next victims at a mystery weekend resort. (available in various formats)
  • Art of the Ninja: Earth (Teen) – Duncan needs to master the raging mysterious force within before he is destroyed. (available in various formats)
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Vincent MiskellDreaming Thomas: A Fairy Tale (illustrated children’s story) – daydreaming gets Thomas into trouble, but might just win him a princess and a kingdom.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here
  • Dr. Vukani G. Nyirenda (website / blog): The Wise Old Tortoise and the Monkey (children’s story picture book) – using animal characters, the book showcases compassionate life in a diverse animal community. Vukani’s book is available in paperback and eBook at Xlibris, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and Waterstones.
  • you could have your children’s / YA book listed here

 

So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My books and free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. 🙂 Kindle Fiction recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

 

Author Spotlight no.78 – Nina Munteanu

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the seventy-eighth, is of Nina Munteanu.

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. In addition to eight published novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, Delta Optimist Reader’s Choice, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, Speculative Literature Foundation Fountain Award, and the Aurora Award, Canada’s top prize in science fiction.

Nina has published over a hundred articles and short stories since 1995. She is contributing author of Suite 101 and served as assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of DL Publishing in Palm Coast, Florida. Nina regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons, and serves as staff writer for several online and print magazines.

Nina lectured at colleges and universities for over twenty years. Nina has been providing personal coaching and group workshops for writers on all aspects of writing and publishing in fiction and non-fiction venues for over fifteen years.  Nina’s guidebook on writing, “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” was nominated for an Aurora Award. It is being used in several schools and universities. It was translated and published in Romania by Editura Paralela 45.

Nina’s award-winning blog The Alien Next Door hosts lively discussion on science, travel, pop culture, writing and movies.

And now from the author herself:

I’m a successfully published author with acclaimed novels, short stories and essays published all over the world.  But what if I told you that I never read as a kid, I was the worst speller in my school and I used bad grammar? I didn’t excel in typing class and practically failed English 101. Based on my Career Aptitude Test score, the school counselor recommended that I go into some trade like car mechanic.

Let me tell you a story… When I was ten years old, it was 1964 and I’d taken my favorite rock group’s song to heart, the Beatles’ “I Want to be a Paperback Writer”. It was an incredible moment of clarity for me and despite being challenged by my stern and unimaginative primary school teacher, who kept trying to corral me into being “normal”, I wasn’t going to let anyone stem my creativity and eccentric—if not wayward—approach to literature, language and writing.

As a teenager, I wrote, directed and recorded “radio plays” with my sister. When we weren’t bursting into riotous laughter, it was actually pretty good. She and I shared a bedroom in the back of the house and at bedtime we opened our doors of imagination to a cast of thousands. We fed each other wild stories of space travel, adventure and intrigue, murmuring and giggling well into the dark night and long after our parents were snoring in their beds. Those days scintillated with liberating originality, excitement and joy. I also enjoyed animation and drew several cartoon strips, peopled with crazy characters as I dreamt of writing graphic novels like Green Lantern and Magnus, Robot Fighter. My hero was Ray Bradbury; I vowed to write profoundly stirring tales like his. Stories that lingered with you long after you finished them. Stories that made you think and dream and changed you imperceptibly.

Then life got in the way. I grew up.

Well, that, and the environment intervened. I quietly held my dream of being a paperback novelist close to my heart, even if it was closeted in my subconscious. I discovered a cause worth investing a fervent energy: the well-being of our planet. With the cause came my relentless pursuit of a science degree, which proved worthwhile in my “calling” and self-expression: to make science accessible to the lay-public and to write hard-science fiction stories and novels of substance. The latter didn’t happen for several years after I acquired my Masters of Science degree. Once I began publishing fiction stories, I never looked back. And as far as I’m concerned, the sky’s the limit now.

A few years ago, I quit my day job as scientist at an environmental consulting firm and moved across the country to an artistic community on the east coast. I am currently travelling the world and pursuing my dream as a full-time author and writing coach. Come, walk with me, and pursue your dream. It’s for the taking.

I think most of us reading this will know how ‘life getting in the way’ goes. 🙂 Thank you, Nina.

You can find more about Nina and her writing via her website www.ninamunteanu where you can find her teaching DVDs, webinars through Writer’s Digest University, and other teaching materials.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with artist and writer Lesley Fletcher – the three hundred and forty-seventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can read / download my eBooks from Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. My eBooks are now on Amazon, with more to follow, and I also have a quirky second-person viewpoint story in charity anthology Telling Tales. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.

 

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** POETRY FOR PWP IS NOW BOOKING INTO JANUARY 2017 **
Also: online poetry writing group
:http://poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com
and linked Facebook Group:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/388850977875934

The guidelines are below but email me if you have any queries…

  • your poem (150 lines max) – can be already published, I don’t need exclusivity (especially as I offer no payment!) then up to 500 words on the inspiration behind it then  biography then links to your website, blog etc. If you have a photo you’d like including (see below) then please email me, if you are just sending text then you can use the form below.
  • I reserve the right to make minor changes, especially if your first language isn’t English. Also the content must be family-friendly (no swearing etc). Thank you.
  • If sending via email… all text (other than poem if appropriate) with no indentation, and single-spaced please and all together in one document please, not pasted into an email as it often loses the formatting and causes me extra work. And an optional photo of yourself and / or book(s) – as separate attachments within the same email please, not embedded into the document as the quality of the photograph suffers. **** If you do embed a picture into the text PLEASE ensure you also attach it as a file. ***** When you have everything ready, then email to me at morgen@morgenbailey.com with all the text in one attached document (and email that says at least a “hello” please) and any pictures you want, all as attachments.
  • NB. I do not pay for any content shared on my blog. If you want to receive payment, then you can find some paying markets on his blog’s  Submissions – Poetry page.
  • Please remember that any of your work that I publish on this blog is deemed as published so don’t send me anything that you want to send to a competition / paying market because they usually only want unpublished.
  • NB. I reserve the right to make minor changes, especially if your first language isn’t English. Also the content must be family-friendly (no swearing etc). Thank you.
  • Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a reply before chasing me! 

A while back, poet Philip A Ellis asked me via Twitter if I’d take poems and I said, “sure, why not” (or something like that) but sadly there wasn’t an eighth day in the week starting with ‘P’ but then on 11th December 2011, Neel left a comment on my Flash Fiction Friday page saying he was looking forward to reading fortnightly poetry. So, I thought if was time to even up the scales a little, and go one better than fortnightly. This page, therefore, is be dedicated to weekly poetry and contains the links from the slots that will make up ‘Post-weekend Poetry’, post-weekend being Mondays.

So, I am now throwing down the gauntlet to you poets out there who would like a platform for your poetry. As with everything else creative on this blog, you retain the copyright and I will not use it anywhere else without your permission. You, on the other hand, can have posted it anywhere and everywhere before or after it goes live here, I’m not precious about exclusivity… in fact I like the thought of more than just my visitors (ave.200+ daily) seeing your writing.

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Scheduled

  • 139: ‘My Old Clock I Wind’ by Kevin Morris – Monday 16th January.
  • 140: you could have your poem here – Monday 23rd January.
  • 141: you could have your poem here – Monday 30th January.
  • 142: you could have your poem here – Monday 6th February.
  • 143: you could have your poem here – Monday 13th February.
  • 144: you could have your poem here – Monday 20th February.
  • 145: you could have your poem here – Monday 27th February.
  • .…and so on

You can find details of some poetry (and other genres) competition details in the Competitions Calendar. Do remember that if you have your work published online, then you can’t usually submit to competitions as they like exclusive entries.

The following are interesting articles and websites on poetry:

There are also poetry-related items on this blog’s Links, and Submission info. pages and http://www.rhymedesk.com and http://www.rhymezone.com are great resources.

And my favourite poet / poems? I love humour, so Shel Silverstein, Wendy Cope and Pam Ayres.

It’s Dark in Here by Shel Silverstein
I am writing these poems
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.
So please excuse the handwriting
Which may not be too clear.
But this afternoon by the lion’s cage
I’m afraid I got too near.
And I’m writing these lines
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.

*

Snowball by Shel Silverstein
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I’d keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first– – it wet the bed.

 

Contributors

Below is a list of all the authors, editors, illustrators, and agents who have appeared on my blog since March 2011. The green links indicate the relevant posts and their blue-linked names will take you to their websites. If you’d like to take part, do take a look at Opportunities on this blog.

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