Sunday Post: “Here Comes The Rain Again”

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Here Comes The Rain Again – The Eurythmics.

It must have rained heavily here at some point every day for at least the last two weeks. I hope my tomatoes survive. The watermelon loves it. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all those watermelons and two people! On the bright side, everything around us is extremely green for July/August.

The past week was mostly work and picking peppers (see last week’s post). But yesterday we came out for the weekend to our future retirement house in Bryson City. We’ve named our property Rock’s Rest. The reason is “Where do the rock rest? On da moss.” Our last name is DeMoss.

Here’s the view I woke up to this morning:

Can’t wait til retirement in 2024, when I can wake up to that every day.

I’m getting ready for church, followed by a potluck. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers so that I can somewhat stick to my diet! Have you ever been to a church potluck in the South? Absolutely delicious. I’m at 17 pounds lost right now since May 31st.

EDIT: I made it through the potluck ok without going over my carbs and calories, so I call that a win!

LAST WEEK ON THE BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I did a cover reveal for Shoot the Horses First by Leah Angstman. I’ll be reviewing that around January.

On Tuesday I participated in Top Ten Tuesday

On Wednesday I reviewed the audiobook of Secrets of Magpie Cove

On Friday I participated in Book Blogger Hop

And on Self-Published Saturday I reviewed Saving Schrodinger’s Cat by Mark Jenkins. (Due to travels and schedule, this went up Sunday).

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

Monday I will be part of a Bookouture Blog Tour for The Orphan’s Mother.

Tuesday I will review the audiobook of In the Middle of Hickory Lane and participate in Top Ten Tuesday.

Wednesday I will post the covers of some more of the books I’ve been reading for the November edition of Historical Novels Review, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society.

On Friday I’ll review The Wilderwomen by Emmie Ruth Lang and participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

On Self-Published Saturday I’ll review self-published/indie books.

BOOK HAUL

This week I picked up two books:

In audiobook format, this is a science fiction/dystopian mashup.

New Hampshire, 1796. “My name is Ona Judge,and I escaped from the household of the President of the United States. I was the favored maid of George and Martha Washington, but they deemed me a slave and thought me property, and I hear ten dollars is offered as reward for my capture. Now I must write the truth that I have lived, and tell my story…”

THE ABOVE IS ALL THE DESCRIPTION I NEEDED. Can’t wait to read it.

TRAVELS

Just a quick two-and-a-half-hour drive to Bryson City this weekend. However, Harold, our wire-haired dachshund, was not happy about it because he does not like to ride in the car. Here’s Harold recovering after we arrived. He has never gotten sick or anything. He just hates travel.

Have a great week, everyone!

Self-Published Saturday: Saving Schrodinger’s Cat

Self-Published Saturday is my effort to help Self-Published/Indie authors with marketing. These authors have to do it all, from cover design to editing to marketing. If I can help even a little bit with promotion, I’m happy to do it. This week’s feature is Saving Schrodinger’s Cat, a completely clever time travel novel.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

In the 25th century, deep under the Earth’s shattered surface, the dying remnants of humankind live in a dwindling Colony devoid of Nature and only one can travel to the past to save humanity from its dark fate.

Clinging to life underground, after a cataclysmic all-out nuclear war, the remains of the human race are desperate for a way to change the past. Harnessing the power of an artificial wormhole, their only hope to avert global annihilation is to travel back in time and alter the discovery of nuclear fission.

Humanity’s future rests on the unlikely shoulders of Proteus. Born with a unique genetic mutation, scientists discover that he is the only one capable of surviving the ravages of time-travel. After decades of preparation, Proteus is sent backwards to early 20th century London… but Time doesn’t want the past to change and it pushes back.

To complete his mission, Proteus must manipulate the course of history, all the while battling enemy agents and avoiding the forces of Time, if he’s ever going to save the future from the past.

BOOK REVIEW

Proteus is born with a genetic mutation, one that makes him an outcast in 25th Century Society and will eventually kill him. That is, until scientists discover that people with this mutation can successfully travel in time. Proteus heads back to Cambridge University, 1921, in order to change the past and stop the devastation that has destroyed his world and forced everyone underground. He finds himself at Oxford, trying to delay the discovery of nuclear fission.

Whenever I start to review a time travel novel, I usually warn everyone that I am extra hard on time travel fiction, as it is my favorite genre. No need for warnings this time, as I loved this one! Time Travel novels must have a method of travel, and this one uses 25th Century wormhole technology. And of course there must be rules of time travel set by the author. One of the rules in this novel is that those attempting time travel into the past will experience cell death and will not survive–except for a select few. Only people with a certain genetic mutation can go back in time and survive. Another, and probably the most important, rule is that if you try to change the past, time will push back, so watch out!.

Our protagonist, Proteus, is trying desperately to change the past in order to avoid a nuclear holocaust, and time is resisting at every turn. Will Proteus be able to delay the nuclear bomb? And what effect will it all have on Proteus himself and the world he left behind? This is a time travel adventure that is both captivating and thought-provoking. It is also an action-packed scientific thriller, as Proteus battles with agents who are trying to steal the research that he is trying to sabotage! Proteus’s first impressions of early 20th Century London are entertaining and kept me reading on. His ability to weave himself into society is entertaining. His subterfuge and interactions with famous scientists take this book to the next level. It’s a wild ride, with Time as almost its own character in the book. If you like time travel, science, and thrillers, check this one out.

I received an electronic copy of this book via BookSirens. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own. Because I liked the book so much I also requested an audiobook version, and I will update this review once I’ve listened to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Jenkins is a British-American author of speculative fiction — primarily sci-fi, thrillers, and historical fiction. He is a physician and life-long seeker of knowledge, who thrives on deep dives. Mark is as excited by the challenge of exploring a new subject in a book, as he is by learning to solo-climb glaciated stratovolcanoes — and centers these moments of discovery in his fictional works. He is the author of Klickitat – and other stories (speculative mountaineering fiction tales), and the novel, Saving Schrödinger’s Cat (Sci-fi/time travel/historical fiction).

Mark is an avid cyclist, open water swimmer, and admirer of seals. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where he and his wife, Joanna, enjoy hiking, climbing, stand-up paddle boarding (when Mark can stay upright), photography, and quiet walks in nature.

MARK’S WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

BUY LINKS

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Book Blogger Hop #Audiobooks #MacmillanAudio

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog. See the latest question below:

Never. I love audiobooks, and I usually listen to them when driving or laying down. I really get immersed in the audiobook when I’m listening to it and have no need to follow along with the print version.

Also, since I usually listen while driving, reading along would definitely be frowned upon by the State of Tennessee!

Here is a link to an audiobook I just listened to that is going to get a 5-plus star rating from me in my review next week: If you like small-town fiction, click on the cover and pick this up for a fantastic audiobook experience.

What about you? Do you follow along with the print when you listen to an audiobook? Any great listens you want to recommend?

#Audiobook Review: Secrets of Magpie Cove #smalltownfiction

Lila has fled the city and is reinventing her life in Magpie Cove. She’s attending patisserie school and working in Serafina’s cafe. Serafina is a loving, outgoing, and kind woman who keeps the town going. When she passes, Lila is left with a lot of uncertainty, including whether or not she still has a job. When Lila’s son takes over the cafe, things get even worse. Will Lila have to leave Magpie Cove?

This is a sweet and fairly uncomplicated romance, but it really doesn’t need many complications. The descriptions of Lila’s small-town life, her supportive friends, and her constant tension with Nathan make for a great story. I loved the inclusion of Lila’s fight to help feed the elderly in her town and the descriptions of the food she was making in the cafe or patisserie school. The fact that so many people have food insecurities they might be keeping secret is a major theme in this book, to its credit. Lila’s struggles to deal with a past miscarriage are explored as well. The characters are interesting and endearing. Anyone who loves small-town romances should plan a visit to Magpie Cove.

I listened to the audiobook and Katie Villa does a great job with the narration.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Saga Egmont Audio via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kennedy Kerr is a USA Today Bestselling fiction author. She adores beaches, lochs and stone circles, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets. She has a very cuddly cat called Twinkle who spends her days sleeping: Kennedy aspires to having Twinkle’s nap schedule one day.

Kennedy’s Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

BUY LINKS

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Google | Kobo

WordPress Question

Anyone knowledgeable of WordPress, please check out my question below. I have just been learning as I go with blogging the last two years and I don’t want to make any major mistakes.

I just changed my primary site address to bonniereadsandwrites.blog. My previous primary address was bonniereadsandwrites.wordpress.com. Will this hurt the web traffic I’ve built up the last two years? And would changing it again to bonniereadsandwrites.com help or hurt it?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

The Original Question for this week was:

Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer)

This doesn’t really apply to me so I’ve changed it just a bit, and the new question is:

Confession: My Goodreads TBR or “Want to Read” list has 197 books on it! I decided pick the ten of those that I wanted to read the most, and then admit that there are some I’m never going to read and delete those. Here are my Top 10, which I have decided to read by the end of the year:

10.

In my defense, part of the reason I haven’t read it yet is it is 913 pages! But it’s Ken Follett, and he is one of the icons of Historical Fiction. I am probably going to use one of my Audible credits on it because listening to 913 pages is easier than reading it for me.

9.

This has been in my Audible library for about 7 years! It’s time to listen to it. (That is another topic: Oldest 10 Audible books you haven’t listened to!)

8.

Time and Again by Jack Finney is hailed as one of the classic time travel books of all time. I’m surprised I haven’t read it yet. I’m going to remedy that.

7.

A frightening look at the future. Maybe I didn’t want to take a peek. This has been on my TBR for a year.

6.

I did a spotlight on this earlier this year and planned to read it, but haven’t yet. Now it will be done by the end of the year.

5.

Here are 12 time travel stories by Jack Finney. Another one I can’t believe I haven’t read yet.

4.

This dystopian sounds great, it’s on Kindle Unlimited, has close to 3,000 reviews, and yet it’s been on my TBR for three years. Go figure.

3.

This novel about family secrets is on Kindle Unlimited with added free listening and has 15,000 plus reviews. It’s also been on my TBR for three years so time to get it read.

2.

This is not just a cookbook with fabulous recipes, but the story of a life and how it was saved by cooking. How I let this sit on my TBR for close to three years is beyond me.

1.

We try to watch the Band of Brothers Miniseries every year near Memorial Day, and this is a biography of the real-life main character, Dick Winters. I’m sure I just forgot about this one.

After going through this list, my conclusion is I put too many books on my TBR, and I need to get it down to the top 20 or 25 that I want to read. Also, some of the books on my Goodreads TBR have been on the list for years, and in some cases my reading tastes have changed, so I’m going to delete them.

How about you? What books are languishing on your TBR?

COVER REVEAL: Shoot the Horses First by Leah Angstman

SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST: A COLLECTION OF HISTORIES
BY LEAH ANGSTMAN

Publication Date: February 28, 2023
Kernpunkt Press
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook; 238 pages

Genre: Literary / Historical / Short Stories

***Finalist for the Shorts Award for Americana Fiction***

Through a historian’s lens and folkloric storytelling, the pieces in SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST revel in the nuances, brutality, mythology, and tiny victories of our historical past. A launderer takes us inside the linens of the richest families in early Baltimore. A child on the Orphan Train has his teeth inspected like a horse. Civil War soldiers experience PTSD. While one woman lands on an island of the Wampanoag tribe, a woman 200 years later finds Apache in a harsh frontier. Children survive yellow fever, the desert heat, and mistaken identities; men survive severed fingers, untested medicines, and wives with obsessive compulsive disorders. Frederick Douglass’ grandson plays violin at the World’s Fair on Colored American Day, a woman with disabilities is kept hidden away like she doesn’t exist, and a botanist is denied her place in a science journal because she is female.

Themes of place, war, mental illness, identity, disability, feminism, and unyielding optimism throughout harrowing desperation resurface in this collection of stories that takes us back to time immemorial, yet feels so close, and all too familiar.

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Praise

“I’m astonished by the historical breadth in this collection of stories and by the sensibility that unites them. It’s a thrill to be dropped, so vividly, into such a wide variety of settings and periods—and even more of a thrill to discover the strong new voice of Leah Angstman. Read it!”
—Ethan Rutherford, author of FARTHEST SOUTH and THE PERIPATETIC COFFIN AND OTHER STORIES

“In SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST, Leah Angstman blasts readers from the Twitterfied nowscape into the manifest past—to an America connected by the burgeoning railroad and shattered by civil war. As inventive and complex as the era itself, these sixteen fictions of nineteenth-century friction contain surprises on every page. Whether it’s an impromptu snowball fight on a battlefield during a ceasefire or a wayward orphan finding hope at the end of the line, Angstman astonishes us with complicated characters and crystal-clear prose. She is the literary heir to Shelby Foote, Willa Cather, and E. L. Doctorow. Get off the internet and read this book!”
—Ryan Ridge, author of NEW BAD NEWS, HUNTERS & GAMBLERS, AMERICAN HOMES, SECOND ACTS IN AMERICAN LIVES, WEIRD WEEKS, and OX

“Rudyard Kipling said, ‘If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.’ Nothing demonstrates the wisdom of that better than SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST by Leah Angstman. This is an immersive, expansive, and unforgettable collection of fictional histories. Drawn from various points in America’s past and clearly well researched, these stories are harrowing and hopeful by turns. All through, there are unexpected kindnesses and betrayals and acts of heroism and transformation. Characters so deeply wrought they seem to leap off the page. Soaring and vast and lyrical, this book is a must-read.”
—Kathy Fish, author of TOGETHER WE CAN BURY IT, RIFT, and WILD LIFE

“Angstman’s work is a joy to read. These characters see their worlds in the way that we see ours: naturally, and independent of the vastness of time in which life eventually situates itself in memory. Each one of these stories breathes troubling, beautiful life into the history that inspires it. The exhaustive research that must have gone into this collection lives in an easy harmony with the stories it undergirds, and it’s Angstman’s chief achievement here to strike that balance with poise and grace. Fear, love, heartache, and wonderment: it’s all right here, between both worlds.”
—Schuler Benson, author of THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO AN AFFORDABLE, PAINLESS SUICIDE

“SHOOT THE HORSES FIRST puts the ‘story’ in history. With scholarly rigor and the soul of a bard, Leah Angstman weaves tales of defiance and resilience that bring the past to life and show us what endures.”
—Jennifer Wortman, author of THIS. THIS. THIS. IS. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE

About the Author

Leah Angstman is also the author of the historical novel of seventeenth-century New England, Out Front the Following Sea, available now from Regal House, and the novel of the French Revolution, Falcon in the Dive, forthcoming from Regal House in spring 2024. She serves as the executive editor for Alternating Current Press and The Coil magazine and is a founding Quartermaster member of the American Battlefield Trust.

Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Nashville Review. She’s recently been a finalist for the Laramie Book Award, Chaucer Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Da Vinci Eye Award, Clue Book Award, Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, Cowles Book Prize, and Able Muse Book Award; a semifinalist for the Goethe Book Award; and longlisted for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. This is her first collection of short stories.

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Sunday Post: Pass the Peppers

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

After a week of working hard, I was faced with a pile of peppers! I am shocked at the amount of banana peppers that come off of the plants, which are not that big! And they grow so fast!

Saturday I turned this:

Into This:

And five minutes later my husband brought in more.

My brother sent me a really tasty-looking recipe to use those: Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers

I’ll be trying this tomorrow.

Next I have to tackle the yellow squash. I already fried some in cornmeal (delicious) and I want to make a casserole. Anyone have anymore ideas for yellow summer squash? It’s coming in fast!

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES:

On Monday I reviewed the audiobook of The Summer of Christmas

On Tuesday I participated in Top Ten Tuesday.

On Wednesday I reviewed the audiobook of After We Were Stolen.

On Friday I participated in the Bookouture Book Tour for Truly, Madly, Amy and in Book Blogger Hop.

On Self-Published Saturday I put up a Spotlight of The Hedge Witch and the Musical Poet and I also did a book review of George Haint, along with a Q&A with the author.

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I will share a cover reveal of Shoot The Horses First by Leah Angstman.

On Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday if time permits.

On Wednesday I will review the audiobook of Secrets of Magpie Cove by Kennedy Kerr.

On Thursday I will review Always Be My Duchess by Amalie Howard

On Friday I will review Secrets by Fern Michaels and participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

And on Self-Published Saturday I will review and spotlight Self-Published/Indie books.

NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Self-Published Saturday: George Haint #paranormal #magicalrealism #audiobooks #BookReview #Q&A

AUDIOBOOK DESCRIPTION

In the old South, a haint was a ghost or evil spirit. George Haint, originally begun by Helen Diessner in 2012, takes us into the most unusual ghost story you will probably ever hear.

It is not only a ghost story but a short story of murder most foul and takes place in the mid-1800s, in the Virginia City, Nevada, area during the gold- and silver-mining days. The story contains a lot of local history of the area.

This book was written by the late Helen Diessner and her sister Marta Moran Bishop. The audiobook is narrated by Christopher Meglin.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

This is a spooky and surprising ghost story. I thought it was going in a certain direction, but then was completely shocked and scared but delighted to go a different way. It’s a bit darker than I usually read, but worth it. In this ghost story/historical fiction mashup, we learn the history of Virginia City, Nevada during the gold rush and we meet some interesting characters with quite a tale to tell. Go on this short ghostly adventure to a town in the past, and prepared to be a little terrified but completely entertained, for that is what a good ghost story does. Fans of horror, magical realism, and historical fiction will love this story.

The audiobook is a story-length (45 minutes) treat read by Christopher Meglin, who does a wonderful job.

I received a free copy of the audiobook. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.


Triggers: Murder.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marta Moran Bishop walks in the shoes of her characters and weaves the tapestry of their lives with the threads of her dreams.

Ms. Bishop is a prolific and versatile writer, writing in multiple genres, while continuing to stretch herself and her craft.

Her series The Divide: Darkness Descends (book 1) and The Between Times (book 2) tells the story of a bleak world, where society consists of the poor and the rich and the poor live in squalor, depending only on a prophecy for hope of a better future. It has a touch of paranormal within its pages. She is currently working on Book 3 in the series.

George Haint is a story started by Marta’s late sister, Helen Diessner.

She has written three adult poetry books and a variety of fantasy and paranormal stories. A few of them are stories that her mother wrote over forty years ago and Marta finished, while others are new and vibrant stories.

She currently lives on a small farm in New England with her husband, three horses, cats and a conure parrot named Jack. They help her remember to view the world through a child’s innocence and keep her young and imaginative.

Q&A WITH MARTA MORAN BISHOP

Good Morning, Marta, and thanks for answering my questions today.

Marta: It’s so wonderful to meet you and an honor that you invited me to be on your blog.

Bonnie:  Let’s go beyond the bio.  Tell us something about yourself that we might not know from reading your bio.

Marta: I’ve worked as a magician’s assistant, and danced in a few TV commercials.

Bonnie: That is so interesting! Where did you work as a Magician’s Assistant, and what commercials did you do?

I worked as a Magician’s Assistant in Chicago. My brother and I did a disco/jazz act and won a few contests. The commercials were for Sugar Twin and a “Women’s Product.” Lol.

Bonnie:  This story was conceptualized and started by your sister Helen Diessner, who has sadly passed away.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Can you tell me a little bit about Helen and what it means to you to complete this story and have it published?

Marta: Thank you for your condolences. Helen is and will always be so missed. She was one of the most intelligent people I ever met. Interested in just about everything, but in particular history, ghosts, mysteries, and had a love of animals and life, with a great sense of humor.

Bonnie:  At what point in the story did you pick it up?   Did you already know what the ending would be?

Marta: Helen and I had talked over her story, and I read her first few pages, gave a few comments regarding tenses, etc., and at that time she told me who she planned on the first kill to be, but not how to get there. She stopped writing it in 2016 and I didn’t see it again until after her death. What she had written was so good that I knew she’d want me to finish it. She stopped writing about a quarter of the way through chapter three.

Bonnie: Although this is a short story, it contains a lot of information about the mining town of Virginia City, Nevada.  What was your (or Helen’s) historical research process?

Marta: Helen lived in the Gold Hill area of Virginia City for many years, and worked for The Way It Was Museum. She read everything they had in the Museum and knew all the legends. The shack on the cover was a picture she took that helped inspire the story.

Bonnie:  George Haint seems to be going in a certain direction, and then catches the reader by surprise.  Is this something you’ve done in your other writings and can you tell us a little about your previously published work?

Marta: Yes, I have done this in other books and stories I have written or finished that I inherited from my mother’s writings. I am a multi-genre author and prefer to write in first person (even if it is first person horse or cat) when I write I seem to fall into the mind of the characters and they many times surprise me. I’ve written poetry (both children’s and adult), paranormal short stories, dystopian novellas, as well as my award-winning novel Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal, which is written through his eyes about the first year of his life. When a character begins to talk to me too loudly the book or story gets written.

Bonnie:  Magical realism/the paranormal is very present in this story.   Is this true of any of your other work as well?

Other than my animal stories it is present in all of my other books and stories.

Bonnie: Are you currently working on anything else and can you tell us about it?

I’m currently finishing the sequel to my series The Divide, a dystopian series with magical realism and paranormal mixed in to give hope and save the world. I’m also writing a book based on the premise that Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickenson had a love affair through letters.

Bonnie: The Poe/Dickenson love affair sounds intriguing! What was your inspiration for that and will you come back again to talk about it when it’s ready to publish?

Marta: The idea came out of some poems I wrote between them, way back when someone said I was “Emily to his Poe,” and an “inspiring force in his creative process.” They are published in two of my first poetry books. Absolutely I’d love to come back!

Bonnie: Thanks Marta for your great answers and for joining us today! I look forward to speaking with you again!

BUY LINKS

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Self-Published Spotlight: The Hedge Witch and the Musical Poet #Poetry #Flashfiction

Self-Published Spotlight is my attempt to help self-published/indie authors promote their books. It is not a book review, but a closer look at the book and the author. Here is a collection of poetry and flash fiction by MJ Mallon that will be released August 16th.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet is a collection of poetry and flash fiction celebrating the beautiful vulnerability of the forest kingdom. It begins with the poetic tale of the kind-hearted Hedge Witch, Fern, who discovers an injured stranger in desperate need of her woodland spells and magic.

The sweet pair learn from each other, and through Fern’s guidance, Devin embraces the power of magic to leave behind his troubled past and become The Musical Poet.

Poetry/flash fiction titles in section one of the collection include:

The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet, Rain Forest Love, A Forest Baby Boy, A Forest Baby Girl, A Modern Witch, Rock of Mine, Chester Don & I, The Network of Trees, More Trees Not Less, Two Boys Watching War, Mum Climbing Trees, Let’s Play, The Scorched Tree, Owl’s Holiday Home, A Man’s Holiday Home, A Child’s Excitement, The Teddy In The Woods, Run! The Organutans, All Hallow’s Eve Candy Girl, The Forest Bash, Dreaming At Halloween, A Face on Bark, Golden Willow Tree, Rainbow – Parasol of Light, Lollipop Sunshine Tree,

In Section two the author pays tribute to the following poets: 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline, Ruby Archer, King Forest, Bliss Carman, Woodland Rain, Emily Dickinson, Who Robbed the Woods, Rupert Blake, Stopping by The Woods on A Winter Evening,Oscar Wilde, In the Forest.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MJ’s motto is to always do what you love, stay true to your heart’s desires, and inspire others to do so too, even it if appears that the odds are stacked against you like black-hearted shadows.

MJ’s favourite genres to write are Fantasy/Magical Realism and Poetry because life should be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!

Her writing credits also include a multi-genre approach: Paranormal, best-selling Horror, Supernatural short stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry. She has worked with some amazing authors and bloggers compiling an anthology/compilation set during the early stages of COVID-19 entitled This Is Lockdown and has also written a spin-off poetry collection entitled Lockdown Innit.

She’s been blogging for many moons at her blog home Kyrosmagica, (which means Crystal Magic).  Her eclectic blog shares details and information about her new releases, author interviews, character profiles, and her love of reading, reviewing, writing, and photography.

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