Seeking Solace

Seeking SolaceLast October, I was fortunate to host Callum McLaughlin, a wonderful writer who was publishing a new novel.  Well, today he’s back, this time with a poetry book called Seeking Solace:

Seeking Solace is a collection of sixty poems that span a variety of topics and touch on universal aspects of modern life, from nature and war to friendship, love and grief, with many others in between.

From the very air we breathe to the wholly make-believe, regardless of whether inspiration has come from the world around us or the most whimsical of dreams, the one common thread that unites them all is a desire to create poetry that is both approachable and relatable.

Seeking Solace released earlier this week, and it looks fantastic.  I love reading poetry as much as I love writing it, and this book makes me want to hold on and not let go.  And I haven’t even read it yet!  But how could you not love a book with such a beautiful cover?

Besides, I’ve got an amazing excerpt:

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I could stare at this image all day (and indeed, I just might).  But where can you get your copy?  So glad you asked!  Seeking Solace is available from Amazon and Amazon UK, and you can also find it on Goodreads.  And stay tuned, because I’ll be interviewing the author himself in a future post!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy Seeking Solace! 🙂

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I’ve got a guest!

Today I’m happy to have a poem by the lovely Tokoni O. Uti, a fellow poet from just across the way:

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Photo credit: @inspiredfashio1

 

And here’s Tokoni to tell us a little more about herself:

I am a Nigerian Student and Poet. I grew up in Lagos and began writing when I was 11. I am currently a student at Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria. I have been published on the Huffington Post, San Diego Free Press, S Magazine, Op-Ed News, Space Bar Magazine, The Brooklyn Reader, Collective Lifestyle Media and the Portsmouth Daily Times.

You can find more of her great poetry and other things over on her blog, Beautiful Insanity.  Stop by and look around, yeah?  She’s got some neat things on display.

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Photo 365 #180

Some of my new pencils and my current WIP, an experiment in narrative poetry commissioned by Miss Tadpole:

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I’m having a lot of fun with this project, though I suspect I’d be having more fun if I didn’t feel like my head was stuffed with cotton balls.  Go away, cold!  No one wants you!

Now, where did I put that VapoRub?

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Authors to Watch

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If you haven’t heard of it already, Authors to Watch is a fantastic blog run by the lovely and talented Tricia Drammeh. She features author interviews, book recommendations, and all sorts of other writerly awesomeness. And today she’s featuring me!

We talk about poetry, writing, and inspirations, and I’d love it if you’d head on over and check it out. But don’t just read my interview – check out the others as well! Tricia’s interviewed loads of brilliant authors, and I’m sure she – and they – would love it if you stopped by. Who knows? You might find a new favorite book or a new favorite author! 🙂

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Photo 365 #175

Last night, the sun set on my thirtieth year.  And what a glorious sunset it was!

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See?  Toldja it was pretty. 🙂

It’s been a great birthday today, even if it has left me thinking a lot about my mom.  I’m now the same age she was when she died (or at least I will be come August), and it’s got me thoughtful.  Luckily, I’ve got some great friends who’ve done a fantastic job of keeping my spirits high today, and I want to share the happy with you all.

So!  I’m running a special on Tuesday Daydreams.  From now through Monday, you can pick up a copy (if you don’t have one already) for $1.50 (regular price is $2.99).  Just go to Smashwords and enter coupon code FE67Z at checkout.  You can also pick up a copy at Amazon.

I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday.  See ya back here tomorrow! 🙂

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Why do I write what I write?

Jenny at readsbyredriverbanks asked me to take part in the Writer’s Blog Tour last weekend, and I’ve finally taken a few minutes to sit down and type up a post.  I did a post on the same topic back in May, when the ever-lovely Tricia Drammeh asked me to take part.  That time I answered the questions with more of a focus on my fiction writing, but this time I decided to focus a bit more on my poetry.

TDSWWhy do I write what I do?
I write poetry because it’s something I’ve always enjoyed reading.  I remember as a kid I spent a whole afternoon in one of the trees out at my grandparents’ place writing poems about my summer vacation as a school project.  I used to really like free verse, and sometimes I still write a bit of it, but I’ve found haiku to be an interesting challenge, and it’s really quite satisfying to be able to cram a world of emotion into 17 syllables.

What am I working on?
I’m still working on…

Authors to Watch features Tuesday Daydreams!

TDSWAuthors to Watch is a great blog run by my good friend Tricia Drammeh that features books and authors of all stripes. Today, she featured Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse!  You can check out her post here.

But she’s not the only one who’s been talking about Tuesday Daydreams lately – Joleene Naylor and DM Yates have, as well.  Joleene’s post is here and Donna’s is here.

All three of these ladies are talented authors in their own right and you should be sure to check out their books as well as mine.  Tricia’s books include the Spellbringers series and Better Than Perfect, among others.  Joleene writes the Amaranthine books, where vampires and glitter don’t mix.  DM Yates writes fantasy novels and poetry, and you can find out more about her books here.

Make sure to spread the love, and check out all of these wonderful books today!

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In other news…

…I had a guest post up on the Avid Reader Blog today!  I’d have posted about it earlier, but Wi-Fi was not my friend today.

Anyway, if you love all things books, check out Fantasy Angel’s many and varied posts.  And if you like my poetry, you can check out my post about what I wanted to write and why I didn’t do it right here.

Okay, now I’m going to go pass out.  Nighty-night! 🙂

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Privatized

That’s right, I’ve privatized the majority of my poetry posts.  I’m working on a follow-up to Tuesday Daydreams, and in preparation, I’ve made private all the posts that will be featured in my second collection.  Formatting with two little monkeys climbing on me is proving a challenge, and I’m having issues with a couple other things, but I hope to have it available soon.

I’ll keep you posted!

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Tuesday Daydreams now on Smashwords!

TDSWAt long last (seriously, it’s taken a while), I’ve made Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse available on Smashwords.  You can now read all my silly little poems in a variety of formats!

I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to this – I intended to do it shortly after initial publication two and a half years ago, but I never did.  It was pretty simple, for the most part.  And now I know what I need to do to get the follow-up volume ready to go!

With the Smashwords edition comes a new cover.  I’m not sure I like it yet, but it’ll do for now, I suppose.  I’ve added the new cover to the Kindle version as well, but it may not be live till tomorrow.  As for the paperback…it’s sticking with the old cover for now.

So!  If you’d like to get your hands on a copy, check out Amazon and Smashwords!

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