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The Underside of Light by Wayne Lee.

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My Take: Have you ever encountered a poem that felt like it was written just for you? The Underside of Light by Wayne Lee, reading this book was a profoundly moving experience for me. This collection of poems opened my eyes to the beauty of emotional honesty and the power of vulnerability. From the very first poem, I was charmed. The vivid imagery in each piece of poetry felt incredibly real and poignant. The book is both inspiring and humbling. A few of the poems that touched my heart are Thirst, Sunday Paper, My Father’s War, Carrizozo Waitress, The musicality of the language was mesmerizing. Each line flowed effortlessly, creating a symphony of words that resonated deeply within me. The attention to detail and the generosity of spirit in these poems made them unforgettable. As I journeyed through this collection, I found myself becoming stronger and wiser. The emotional depth and honesty in these poems encouraged me to reflect on my own experiences and embrace my vulnerabilities. Th

Gratitude: Daily planner by Beatrice Fabbrizi

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My Take: Have you ever w ondered how a daily journaling practice could change your life? I used to be sceptical about the impact of a journal until I discovered the Gratitude: Daily Planner Hardcover. Little did I know that this beautifully designed planner by Beatrice Fabbrizi would become my daily companion and a catalyst for a more positive and fulfilled life. I started this planner, the past week, and I made sure I used it for every day without a miss, and after 7 days my experience has been a transformative journey. Each page encouraged me to pause, reflect, and appreciate the small joys that often go unnoticed in our busy lives. The beautifully designed pages, adorned with inspiring poetry, made each day feel special. The planner isn't just about noting down appointments or to-do lists; it’s a space to cultivate a positive mindset. I found myself looking forward to my quiet moments with this planner, where I could jot down my daily gratitudes, set intentions, and track my pr

Risen from the Ashes by Jeffrey Kershaw.

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My take: Would you like to read a crime investigation where the CEO is burnt alive, but was he the actual CEO though? Want to unraveling mystery with every turn? Risen from the Ashes by Jeffrey Kershaw is that captivating tale you won't want to put down. What I loved the most about this psychological crime novel is its ingenious plot. The story centers around a psychopathic anti-hero who orchestrates a series of devious schemes within his successful London based company. From financial manipulations to staged murder, the novel delves deep into the complexities of human psyche and ambition. The characters are brilliantly crafted, each with their own mysterious backgrounds that add layers of intrigue. As the plot unfolded I was drawn into a world of suspense, where the court scene becomes increasingly thrilling. The courtroom drama and investigative twists kept me hooked until the very end. Author’s writing style is clear and engaging, making complex legal and psychological concepts

The Final Chapter: A Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories Backwards by Andrew Parry.

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My Take: Have you ever wondered how some authors create such memorable and satisfying endings to their stories?  I recently picked up The Final Chapter: A Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories Backwards by Andrew Parry, and it’s a game-changer for any writer. This book has a unique approach to storytelling, beginning with the end in mind. This method not only ensures a well-rounded narrative but also makes the writing process more focused and enjoyable. The book is packed with genuine and authentic tips that help demystify the art of crafting compelling conclusions. The highlight of this book is, without a doubt, the tips and all the dos and don’ts. This is a perfect guide to help you not only create an ending for a story but also learn how to lead the story to its end. The guide also delves into character arcs, themes, and symbols, all of which contribute to a powerful and emotionally resonant ending. The step-by-step guide, along with the important and right questions, makes remembering

The Children of the Dragon: The Caledonia-Debian Chronicles by Josephyna Ries

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My Take: Ever wonder what happens when a ballerina becomes a queen of a kingdom? The Children of the Dragon: The Caledonia-Debian Chronicles by Josephyna Ries is the answer, wrapped in an exhilarating adventure that will leave you breathless! I can't get enough of this series; it's an absolute masterpiece. Talking about this book, the children of King Bendigeidfran and Queen Dominique are so vividly crafted. Watching them grow from curious teenagers into responsible princes and princesses is a mesmerizing journey. Every page is a testament to the author's incredible imagination, weaving the grace of dance with a vibrant sci-fi world. The author's creativity shines through in every chapter, blending the art of dance seamlessly with the sci-fi setting. The descriptions of dance moves and the immersive environment made me feel like I was right there with them, experiencing every pirouette and leap. But what truly sets this book apart is its unexpected twists and turns. Jus

Road to Siran: Erin's Story by Behcet Kaya.

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My Take: Have you ever stumbled upon a family secret that completely changed your understanding of your heritage?  If so, you'll relate deeply to Road to Siran: Erin's Story by Behcet Kaya.  This book is a compelling continuation of the saga started in Voice of Conscience , and it swept me off my feet with its rich cultural backdrop and intricate plot twists. What I loved most about this book is how it masterfully combines the thrill of discovering hidden family secrets with the beauty of exploring different cultures. Erin's journey from modern-day Los Angeles to the ancient customs of her father’s village in northeastern Turkey is nothing short of mesmerizing. The vivid descriptions made me feel like I was walking through the bustling streets of Istanbul and the serene, tradition-steeped villages. One of the highlights for me was the discovery of Erin’s grandmother’s journal. Reading the journal was both touching and fulfilling, offering a glimpse into a whole new generati

Author's Interview with Ramiro Nicodemus Alexander-Duchesne.

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First, before we move forward with our Author's Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.  1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  My name is Ramiro. I’m and English teacher and author.  2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book? I spent five years researching conspiracy theories. I wanted to synthesize my research into a science-fiction story that would encapsulate the essence of several different theories. After five years and several failed manuscripts, I finally wrote Beyond the Sky.  3. What is the book all about?  After an enigmatic fracture appears in the skies above Antarctica, Dr. Benjamin Hendrix must save the world he despises so vehemently. 4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?  As Ouroboros said in Loki season two, “science fiction is a well respected and thought provoking genre.” Sci-Fi has always been my favorite genre. I knew that if I’d ever write anything, the genre would be Sci-Fi. Sci-Fi encompasses so

Author's Interview With Beatrice

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First, before we move forward with our Author's Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.  1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  Hello, I'm Beatrice, originally from Italy but currently residing in Australia. I've been living abroad for the past seven years. Why? Because ever since high school, I felt my place in the world wasn't there. That's why I left on my own and lived in many places. My life hasn't been very stable during this time, and I've faced difficult moments being far from my family and friends. That's why I've always found solace in my poetry and painting. 2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book? I believe that inspiration came from the need to listen to myself during these changes. The desire to find open spaces led me to write, discovering metaphors for life in the simplicity of nature. Painting came later. Gratitude, for example, was born when I was in Brisbane, Queensland. I did

Author's Interview with Peggy Hinaekian.

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First, before we move forward with our Author's Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.  1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  My name is Peggy Hinaekian and I am an author as well as a professional artist. 2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book? I have been keeping a diary since age 12 and, one day, just out of the blue, I thought of writing a novel. I was also inspired by Anais Nin. 3. What is the book all about?  It is about a young Middle Eastern woman's adventures in quest for love.  4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?  This is the only genre that I can write about. Romance, love and sex. 5. How much time did it take to complete this book? About six months 6. What makes your Book Special?  My book is special in that it is taking place in the Middle East, Cairo to be exact, in the 1950s where there was no women's lib yet. It goes on to the 1960s Europe in full bloom of the women's liberation movem

Author's Interview with Andrew Parry.

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First, before we move forward with our Author's Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.  1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  I am a young man in my sixties who has retired from my working life to follow my passion of writing. I have done many things in my life and have travelled to many countries around our beautiful planet. I am passionate about learning many new different things from writing to alternate energy to unexplained phenomena to music, art, politics, culture and technology. I love learning so much now that I research and write about all these things.  2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book? I have loved movies since my childhood, growing up to the adventures of Robin Hood, Prince Valiant, The Three Musketeers, The lord of the Rings and the tragedies and comedies of William Shakespeare. I have always wanted to make my own movies but that didn't happen. My love of movies and learning has inspired me to write

Author's Interview with Martin Tracey.

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First, before we move forward with our Author's Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.  1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  My name is Martin Tracey and I'm a multi-functional author of both fiction and non-fiction spanning topics as diverse as conspiracy theories, crime, football, music, memoirs, thrillers and the paranormal. This can never be an exhaustive list for me as I like to think of myself as versatile writer and one who is pretty much game to tackle any topic! Besides, my wild imagination would never allow me to do anything else! In general terms, I like to think that my fiction pushes the boundaries of reality and my non-fiction showcases the fascinating stories of other inspirators.  I felt very privileged to write introductions for the En Scene Duran Duran Photo Book series and I'm currently working on two separate biographies of famous artists. However, this interview focusses on my fictional Judd Stone series and I'm very gratef

Voice of Conscience: In Search of Retribution by Behcet Kaya.

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My Take:  Voice of Conscience: In Search of Retribution by Behcet Kaya, this book transported me to a different world and tugged at my heartstrings! This story is filled with emotions and a natural vibe that not only touched my soul but also made me feel like I was seeing beautiful nature unfold before my eyes. This book is filled with rich tapestry of various cultures, from village life in Turkey to modern life in London. The settings are vividly described, from the lush greenery of a small village to the bustling cityscapes. The seamless shift in narration beautifully captures all the emotions and details, making the story even more engaging. The highlight of this story is author’s expressive writing style which makes the story come alive with clear, lucid, and effective language. The emotional depth of the storyline is both heartfelt and deeply moving, portraying different cultures and lifestyles with great authenticity. The gripping plot of love and revenge keeps you hooked till th

Author's Interview With Wayne Lee

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First, before we move forward with our Author's Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.  1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  Writer, editor and teacher Wayne Lee (wayneleepoet.com) lives in Santa Fe, NM. Lee’s poems have appeared in Tupelo Press, Slipstream, The New Guard, The Lowestoft Chronicle, Writer’s Digest and other journals and anthologies. He was awarded the 2012 Fischer Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and three Best of the Net Awards. His collection The Underside of Light was a finalist for the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.  His chapbook Buddha’s Cat was published by Whistle Lake Press in May 2024. His memoir Service Husband: A Caregiver’s Journey Through Disability, Suicide and Recovery is forthcoming from Mercury Heartlink in 2024 and his collection Dining on Salt: Four Seasons of Septets is forthcoming from Cornerstone Press in 2025. Lee is the founder and host of the online Tuesday Poetry Practice community. 2. Congrat

Author's Interview With Jerry R Giuliano.

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First, before we move forward with our Author's Interview, I would like to start with an introduction.  1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?  Yes. First, and most importantly, I am a husband, father of four, grandfather of fourteen, and great grandfather of twenty-one. I am happy to be among them anywhere, anytime.  2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book? Thank you. The last of five children, born of Italian immigrants who came to America for a better life in the early 1920 S, I was always inspired by the stories of my family and friends in our predominantly Italian neighborhood. Their stories are of leaving their Homeland to become strangers in a new land having to learn a new language, overcome prejudices and survive through the Great Depression and World War Two. Achieving that taught generations of their offspring the values of hard work, determination, hope, faith and love. That was my inspiration. 3. What is the book all about?  It’s