Category: Writing


Shall I Be a Poet Instead — Giveaway!

Posted 7 November, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 5 Comments

Yup, it’s live now, my giveaway contest for my debut poetry book, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? As I’ve been posting time and again here for about the last few months, I finally took the plunge and self-published my poetry; you can read all about my journey doing that over at this post. Since then it’s gone live to other retail outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository to name a few) and I’ve also hosted my first GoodReads giveaway last month. Exciting stuff to say the least 😀

So I’m hosting another giveaway contest here on my blog for a chance to win a signed copy of my book. This time the contest is open internationally and will run from 07 November to 21 November 2017 @ 11:59PM EST. Please use a valid email address when you enter in the Rafflecopter below. Winners will be contacted the following day and they will have 24 hours to claim their prize or else I will raffle another winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please let me know if you have any questons about the raffle and whatnot. Otherwise, good luck!

Shall I Be a Poet Instead? – Goodreads Giveaway

Posted 26 September, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

Just a heads up that I am currently hosting a giveaway over at Goodreads for a chance to win a signed copy of my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? (see my first post about this) 🙂 This is my first time hosting a giveaway via Goodreads so I’m starting out a bit small, just to see how it goes. The giveaway is currently open to Canadian and US residents–sorry, international readers! But not to fret; I plan on hosting a giveaway here sometime in the near future so keep your eyes peeled here on my blog 😉

Giveaway runs from 26 September to 06 October 2017. Best of luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Shall I Be a Poet Instead? by Lianne M. Bernardo

Shall I Be a Poet Instead?

by Lianne M. Bernardo

Giveaway ends October 06, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Shall I Be a Poet Instead? – Available Now!

Posted 14 August, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

Just a bit of an update from my last post about how my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead?, came to be: aside from Lulu, it’s now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository…anywhere that Ingram distributes to, basically (I don’t exactly who else, I tried looking up a list and came up short). I even found my book on AbeBooks, lol. I found out about it late last week and some of you probably saw my stories on Instagram pointing out where it’s available now, lol.

So yeah, this is just a shameless pluggage post that my book is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and of course Lulu Press 🙂

In the meantime I’m working on my next project 😉

My Debut Poetry Collection, Available Now (-ish)!

Posted 12 July, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 16 Comments

I feel like this post is a long time coming, lol. Anyway, I’ve been talking about it for months over at my Bookish and Not-So-Bookish posts that I’ve been working to self-publish some of my poetry. Well, it’s finally here.

Shall I Be a Poet Instead? is my debut poetry collection. I think I mentioned it here that I started writing poetry again last year, this time on a more regular basis, and this is the culmination of that. Back in January I started sorting through my poetry (actually sorting into two chapbooks; I meant to release the second one later this year but that got pushed back as I need to reshuffle/add/remove poems into the current line-up) and went through a few rounds of editing and moving around, trying to get a feel of the book. Not to mention endlessly reading up on copyright rules regarding font (ended up using a font that’s generally available on all word processors to avoid any kefuffle, as well as my own handwriting for the titles 😛 ) and other fine print.

By the time I left for my trip I had a good feeling about the line-up but didn’t get down to the nitty-gritty of the details to upload to Lulu until I got back. Then, as I mentioned in a post before, there was the details about getting an ISBN with the Canadian government before I finally uploaded my baby to Lulu for proofing. The proofing came back and I was pretty happy with it (a bit bigger than I had expected, dimensions-wise, but I can live with that, lol). Just the fact that it’s in my hands was quite something, really. Took me a bit more time between the time that I got the proof to posting about it because of some details about the approval; I’ve sent it to be included in the search over at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc., but it won’t be showing up over there for up to 6-8 weeks (boo).

But! In the meantime you can purchase it directly from Lulu.com: Shall I Be a Poet Instead? 🙂 My understanding is that it does ship worldwide but do let me know if it doesn’t. I admit, I’m not quite so organised just yet, I haven’t ordered a crate of copies myself to distribute or whatnot but I hope to do so shortly. But expect a little more activity on my end in the coming days and weeks as I get up to speed on that end and get the word out! I just wanted to share with you all in the meantime what I’ve been up to all this time :3

I’ll be posting more of my poetry over at my Instagram as well but there’s a bit of a preview of what’s inside 😉

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Article: Femnista [Jan/Feb 2017]

Posted 25 January, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

The January/February edition of Femnista is now live! The topic of this issue was supposed to have been last year but was rescheduled for the new year so here we are. The topic was “Second Fiddle” which looked at the men and women who did not get the hero/heroine of the story at the end of the day. It’s an interesting topic, and naturally (for me, at least) my thoughts immediately went to Henry Crawford from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I’ve written about it multiple times (here, here, and I think here) but approaching Henry from a viable significant other perspective rather than as an antagonist/mere contrast to Edmund Bertram and you’d see that he was second fiddle, the one who tried to win Fanny’s heart but ultimately fell short.

You can of course read my blog posts on Mansfield Park as my thoughts were a little more expanded there (I think) but the article I wrote for Femnista is a more condensed version:

Almost, But Not Quite: Henry Crawford from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

And of course, just a bit of shameless pluggage, but you can read all of my previous articles contributed to Femnista via this tag 😉 Happy reading! 🙂