It’s October and as I just celebrated my birthday over the weekend (!!! It was a good celebration), until October 31st all of my poetry books published on Lulu.com will be 30%. So that would be three of my self-publications–Shall I Be a Poet Instead? (post), With Quiet Ardency (post), and Scrawled Stars (post); Of Frost and Fury (post) was published using a different self-publishing company, so if you’re interested in purchasing a copy of that title, please email me or DM over at my poetry account on Instagram and I’ll give you a quote. Same goes for if you wish for signed copies of any of my books to date. Anyway, it’s a great time to check them out if you’ve been meaning to, and a way to celebrate 🙂
Hello! Meet my fourth poetry collection, Scrawled Stars. It was formally released at the start of July when I received the proof copy and everything was clear to go 🙂
A bit of a story about this collection–or maybe not–but this was actually supposed to have been released last year with my last collection, With Quiet Ardency (see post). But last year was all kinds of a mess so I never got around to compiling anything. So the collection of poems featured here were written around…2017? 2018? thereabouts. Unlike the last collection, which was very thematic, this one is just a general collection of thoughts and feelings and themes (though you may suspect a trend later on as there is a group of poems that are friendship-related; it was a bad time then).
Scrawled Stars should be out on all book retailers soon (end of the month, maybe?) but in the meantime you can definitely pick up a copy via Lulu.com at the following link: Scralwed Stars 🙂
Meanwhile, here’s a snippet of what to expect in this collection (from what I posted so far on my poetry account, @shallibeapoetinstead):
Catalyst (The Passage of Hellfire #1)
By: Marc Johnson
Format/Source: won an eBook copy of this novel from Vonnie’s Reading Corner
For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.
Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess—and change the world.
Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.
Now Hellsfire must leave all he’s ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power—power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can’t, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.
In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn…
I heard of this novel from Vonnie. The premise was interesting and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had won an eBook copy of this novel.
Framed: A Historical Novel about the Revolt of the Luddites
By: Christy Fearn
Format/Source: eBook courtesy of the author via LibraryThing Early Reviewer Programme
As French émigré Roman Catholics, Lizette Molyneux and her brother Robert are used to an existence on the edge of their Regency Nottingham community. But when Robert is arrested for a crime he insists he did not commit, Lizzie must draw on all her strength and courage to help him. Overcoming poverty, prejudice and the unwanted advances of her employer’s son, she unites with the frame-breaking Luddites to free her brother and to rectify social injustice.
I received a copy of this novel through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer Programme in exchange for an honest review. What caught my attention about this novel was the premise; I was never big on the sociopolitical movements in Britain (which is strange since it’s tied up to its political history) but this story seemed set in a curious period of its history so naturally I was also curious. May contain some spoilers ahead!
Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law
By: Michelle Granas
Format/Source: Paperback; courtesy of the author
In Warsaw, a shy and high-minded polio victim lives a life of seclusion caring for her odd family until a chance encounter plunges her into the intrigues of dirty politics. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is about to be arrested on trumped-up charges and only she can save him. Swept along by events, Cordelia finds her feelings increasingly involved with a stranger for whom she is both rescuer and victim. When Zaremba is implicated in terrorist activities and disappears, Cordelia is painfully uncertain if she has been abandoned and must overcome surveillance, corruption, the media, and mounting humiliations and difficulties to learn the truth.
This is a story about love between a man and woman, but also love of family, country, and justice. Although set in Poland, where the CIA had a black site, it is a story that could happen anywhere, in a world where young democracies struggle against the temptations of covert operations and older democracies sometimes lead them astray.
I remember seeing this book in passing while browsing the Giveaways section in GoodReads but the novel first came to my attention when the author emailed me about it. The premise of the novel sounded really interesting; I can perhaps name you one novel I know that’s set in Poland (and I haven’t read the novel myself) and I’ve never read any set in that country (not even in passing, I believe). I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.