Book Review: Fallen Star Dust by Morgan Straughan Comnick

Title: Fallen Star Dust

Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick

Genre: Collection (Poetry, Short Stories, and more)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

When I reached the point where adult life began to make its presence known right after high school graduation, I looked to the sky. I hoped to see a shooting star that would light my way and I wished that it would leave a trail of star dust behind to remind myself to stay young at heart. Thanks to writing, the enchantment of youth has never left me. In the next chapter of my life, I began college to follow my dream of being an educator. I developed my career, found out who I was an independent being, stopped hiding my passions, figured out my role in my lifelong relationship with my now-husband, and realized that it was okay to question the world. There was darkness that needed to be seen as well as the light. The poems, short stories, scripts, essays, and other works in this second collection are my everything: the shoulders I cried on, my joys, my bravery when the road became too twisty or too safe. It led me to a waterfall of creativity. That fallen star dust gave me the drive to become who I am today: a teacher, an author, a nerd, and a person of morals, love, and magic.

Fallen Star Dust is a collection of short stories, poems, and essays, by author Morgan Straughan Comnick. This book features stories and articles Morgan wrote during her college years, and is the follow-up to her first collection A Sweet, Little Dream, which featured literary works from during her middle school and high school years.

I quite enjoyed the collection. It’s not the usual subject matter I read, but reading about the author’s dreams and aspirations as she went through college reminded me a lot of myself and my own college years. It also allowed me to gain more insight into the author’s life and personality. Most of the poems had a short intro that explained why they were written and what inspired them, and I really liked that, it allowed me to see in the author’s mind.

This isn’t the kind of book you have to pick up and read it one sitting. Rather, it’s the type of book you have to cherish and enjoy slowly, savouring every part of it. You can pick it up, read a poem, and put it back, but the poem might haunt you long afterward.

I particularly enjoyed the short stories too, and how the author’s writing style changed and developed over the years. An intriguing collection that allows more insight in the author’s mind, and shows the creative process as it grows and develops over time.

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Book Review: Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images

Title: Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images
Author: Shavonda Robinson
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

A collection of poems that will take readers on a constant journey by creating a world between an abundant imagination and reality based situations.

This poet has a way of waving her magic wand and putting up a persuasive point of view.

This poet also has super pen powers on the page with a creativity level that cannot be tamed and she will dazzle you with her captivating gift when it comes to connecting with others by using images and musicality to tell different poetic stories throughout the entire book.

In Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images, author Shavonda Robinson explores the world, through forms of poetry. The poems take readers on a journey, creating visions and images that sometimes seem to go even beyond imagination.

Some poems are short, others are longer, but all of them are unique and capture the essence of what they want to say. I had to read some of the poems out loud, they seemed to work better that way, and it helped me picture what the author meant.

When The Stars Go Blue was one of my favorite poems. I also enjoyed Lyrical Galaxy (I might have something for the sky / universe / stars) and Capturing Time. The collection of poem is varied, abstract, and well-written. I would recommend this book to all fans of poetry.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for poetry book “Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images”. Enjoy the book tour!

Tour Schedule

April 17th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 18th: Promo Post @ Bloggers from Down Under

April 21st:  Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

April 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

April 25th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

April 29th: Promo Post @ Paranormal Romance…And Beyond

May 1st: Book Review @ Read Day and Night

May 3rd: Author Interview @ Two Heartbeats

May 5th: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

May 6th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

May 9th: Promo Post @ Mello & June, It’s A Book Thing

May 11th: Promo Post @ Laura’s Interests

May 13th: Book Review @ Triquetra Reviews

May 15th: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

May 17th: Book Review @ The Resistance

About the Book

Title: Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images

Author: Shavonda Robinson

Genre: Poetry

A collection of poems that will take readers on a constant journey by creating a world between an abundant imagination and reality based situations.

This poet has a way of waving her magic wand and putting up a persuasive point of view.

This poet also has super pen powers on the page with a creativity level that cannot be tamed and she will dazzle you with her captivating gift when it comes to connecting with others by using images and musicality to tell different poetic stories throughout the entire book.

Author Bio

Shavonda Robinson is an accomplished writer whose credits include being published in a few anthologies and magazines. She also is the founder of Create something for the future an online poetry magazine for upcoming poets and writers. She has won a few awards in poetry and songwriting.

She is inspired by the power of words when it comes to transforming ourselves and our thoughts by the written word.

She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her two beautiful children.

Links

Amazon (Kindle)

Amazon (Paperback)

Book Review and Giveaway Happy Friday Life

Title: Happy Friday Life
Author: Karen L.K. Picard
Genre: Poetic Inspiration
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

What is the greatest gift of all? HAPPINESS! In March 2009 a weekly heartfelt text message called Happy Friday H.F:) was created. Happy Friday Life features 52 poetic inspirations, full of colorful imagery. Something for everyone. these inspirations were initially Intended as a reminder to family and friends that life is only as good as you make it. Staying positive in a world filled with chaos, is your only option. more importantly, a reminder that you matter.
From my heart, embellished thoughts and everlasting pen. May your heart find an attachment, allowing you to feel emotion, satisfying you with aspirations’ of hope, desire joy, comfort, and reflection that fulfills you from within. lf you find even one poetic inspiration that brightens your day, my purpose is fulfilled. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is the same with art, where your imagination takes you so does the reflection within you. . I hope you find your “Happy.”

In Happy Friday Life, author Karen L.K. Picard shares short, inspirational quotes/poems, one for every week (every Friday, as the title suggests). Most of the poems are accompanied by beautiful pictures which bring a soothing, relaxing atmosphere.

The poems have an inspirational, positive vibe and message, and are wonderful, relaxing reads that allow readers to find happiness in all things.

A great book to read when you’re feeling down and you just need a little push to lift your spirits up.

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Book Review: Persephone & Me by Corinne Desjardins

front coverTitle: Persephone & Me

Author: Corinne Desjardins

Genre: Women’s Poetry

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Mythopoetic reflections from a contemporary Persephone.

Persephone & Me is an inspiring collection of women’s poetry by author Corinne Desjardins. The book focuses a lot on women’s issues and on the quest to find one’s own self, one’s deeper, inner self. I loved the poems in this collection – they’re all quality work, and a pleasure to read. I would recommend this collection to all poetry fans.

 

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Persephone & Me

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I’m hosting a bunch of starter day parties today, and the first one is for “Persephone & Me”, a poetry / women’s fiction book. I will review the book on February 26. Stay tuned for the review, and while you’re at, check out the other tour stops!

Tour Schedule

February 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

February 18th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

February 19th: Promo Post @ Literary Chanteuse

February 21st: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

February 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Kerry Hearts YA

February 25th: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 26th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

February 27th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

February 28th: Book Excerpt @ 100 Pages A Day

March 2nd: Guest Post @ The Single Librarian

About The Book

front coverTitle: Persephone & Me
Author: Corinne Desjardins
Genre: Women’s Poetry
Mythopoetic reflections from a contemporary Persephone.
 

Links

Amazon
Goodreads
Author Blog
 

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Hard Love: The Pleasure and The Pain

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I’m setting up a starter day party for poetry collection “Hard Love: The Pleasure and The Pain”. I’m hosting a review for the book on November 6. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

October 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 17th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

October 19th: Promo Post @ Undercover Book Reviews

October 20th: Book Review @ The Reading Guru

October 21st: Book Excerpt @ Inspired Writers

October 22nd: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

October 23rd: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 25th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 27th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

October 28th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

October 31st: Guest Post @ Endazzled Reading

November 1st: Book Review @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 2nd: Promo Post @ The Book Gazette

November 4th:  Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

November 6th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

November 8th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

November 10th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 12th: Author Interview @ Forever Book Lover

November 14th: Book Review @ Hollow Readers

November 16th:  Book Excerpt @ Writers and Authors

About The Book

14406471Title: Hard Love: The Pleasure and the Pain

Author: William J. Warren

Genre: Poetry

A poetry collection by author William J. Warren

Author Bio

William J. Warren resides in Florida and has won several awards throughout the years in honor of his creative writing.

Links

Amazon: Amazon

Google Books: Google Books

B&N: B&N

Book Review: The Realmsic Conquest by A. Demethius Jackson

THUMBNAIL_IMAGETitle: The Realmsic Conquest
Author: A. Demethius Jackson
Genre: Poetry, Medieval Fantasy
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: July 22nd 2010
Rating: 3 stars
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Review copy provided by Pump Up Your Book Book Tours.

Throughout its history, the kingdom known as the Realm has never known peace. From its establishment, it has possessed the gift of magic, which is a treasure that exists no other place in the world! As a result, the Realm has endlessly defended itself against conquerors, but now faces its greatest peril. As our heroes battle the wicked and unlock mysteries, they must also face overwhelming circumstances as they are guided by ancient lore on a quest to find the greatest treasure their kingdom will ever know…peace.

I must say that this book is one of the most original books I’ve read all year. Reason number one for this is that the book is written entirely in verse, like those medieval stories of Reinhardt The Fox, Lancelot and his quest and Beowulf. On the other hand, it’s also one of the most difficult books I’ve ever had to review. The first reason for this is once again that this book is in verse, and I’m just not familiar with that genre enough to find a way to compare it with other books. That said, I can only begin to imagine how hard it must be to write an entire story in rhyme. I have trouble even writing a story, I don’t want to think about how awful it would be if everything had to rhyme. Ugh.

Author A. Demethius Jackson does a good job with the verse though. What he’s even better at however, is making a fantasy world that leaves a lasting impression with its readers, and that has more layers than we could even begin to grasp. I liked the way the adventure he laid out in The Realmsic Conquest was pretty straight forward: Saraya and her army attack the Kingdom and most importantly, the dying King, without realizing that the moment the King dies their entire world will die as well. Then our heroes must find a way to cure the King, but unfortunately they come upon Damian, the most evil sorcerer the Kingdoms have ever known while trying to complete their quest. What follows is a battle of epic proportions. So we have the necessary setting: medieval scenery, a bunch of heroes, a life-threatening quest and an epic battle.

And although I thought all of this was very enjoyable to say the least, it left me feeling awkward. Because on the one hand, I was happy with the story as it progressed, but on the other hand, I wanted to know so much more. The journey of our heroes passed by in a hurry, and because of the verse-format, we never actually got to see our heroes’ personalities, or find out why Saraya was suddenly feeling tired of conquering Kingdom after Kingdom. I mean, that’s a major personality change, and I would have liked to know why. Additionally, I would have liked to know why Damian decided to play the evil wizard in this book and why he wanted the Kingdom all for himself. I had the feeling that, by the end of the book, I didn’t know any of the characters except superficially. I didn’t know what drove them, what their ambitions, goals or passions were, and why they did what they did. It annoyed me without end. Although I understand that this is a very unlikely goal to achieve when writing in verse, I would have liked to see at least some more characterization.

A bit along the same lines, but I would have liked to see more about The Realm itself as well. How did it come to exist? How does it function? We see glimpses of the way it does here and there, and we know it’s a world stuck in the middle ages, but that’s about it. I have the feeling that the world of the realm has a lot more potential than it’s currently given credit for. Part of me would have preferred it if this book had been an actual fantasy novel, not written in verse, but in actual paragraphs. It would have made it all so much more intriguing.

I’m definitely willing to give the author points in the originality department, and I must admit that The Realmsic Conquest was a fun and entertaining, albeit short read. I have the feeling that this is a perfect book for teenage boys who enjoy Arthurian legends, swordfights and real-life knights, but I would have preferred it in a regular format. Recommended if you want something new.