Book Review: Penumbra: The Space Between by Joseph Hesch

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5/5 stars

Penumbra: The Space Between

by Joseph Hesch

Each poetry book has moments: an ebb and flow of brilliance unique to each writer’s craft. Penumbra has a seemingly endless supply of them. The author’s memories and observations cut like knives as nothing is held back from the reader. The poem Pourqui is especially profound as the Hesch muses how, “the world whispers in your ear, / like you wish Ellen did in French II”. Aspirations and remorse collide with lost potential in ways that only time can teach us. Hesch has lived life and understands it. There is truth and sorrow in his words.

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Book Review: Never Again by Rosa Storm

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Never Again

by Rosa Storm

5/5 stars

I really connected with this short story. I think anyone that has been in an abusive relationship (emotionally or physical) will feel for the main character, Jen. She isn’t perfect but she’s typical of many who feel trapped and powerless. I highly recommend this story.

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Life can get difficult, but we always have the chance to change it. Jen decided she had enough and chose to do something to change her situation. Relationships can be hard to keep if you don’t take care of the other person. Never Again is a short story that explores the human mind and actions when we feel desperate, and the chilling consequences that some behaviours can provoke.

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Rosa Storm is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. She now spends her time with her amazing husband, author Mark Stone, between Spain and Phoenix, Arizona, which is great because the long flights let her catch up with her long list of books to read.

Rosa Storm is the author of “Never Again”, a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary tales titled “Satan’s Holiday”, and “Deadly Company”, a horrifying short story included in the anthology of urban legends “Don’t Look Back”. She also writes award-winning collections of short stories for children under her real name, Cinta Garcia de la Rosa.

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We meet again: “Stalking The Demon” by Ciara Ballintyne

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First of all if you didn’t read the first book “Confronting The Demon” do it! I was lucky enough to receive a Arc of the next book(which I was waiting for after reading the first) I was not disappointed! This author writes sci-fi like no other, kick butt action and suspense all the way through both books. Alloran is known as the destroyer of worlds, does he deserve this title? The council and other residents blame him and his renegade so-called friend(Laydon)for the demons that plagued the city and killed loved ones. Gisayne keeps collapsing and they can’t figure out why, it has been happening more and more ever since chasing Laydon to the seven Hells. Alloran needs to figure out what’s wrong before she dies. He can’t trust anyone in the citadel to help him even his assistants in the lab, he thinks their spy’s sent from the counsel…

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Book Review: Songs of Desperation, Hope and Love by Saket Suryesh

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Songs of Desperation, Hope and Love

by Saket Suryesh

5/5 stars

Now, this is poetry. Saket Suryesh has put the entirety of his passion within the pages of this book. His words flows through you as if a song is playing. From the beginning to the end, Songs of Desperation, Hope and Love is genuine; sincere in its structure and purpose. It may be the broad spectrum of time presented, or something else entirely, that cannot be expressed but for the verses presented, but the author’s energy is pure poetry. I urge you to read this astonishing collection.

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Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting my friends in Dallas for a book signing. I hit the open road with a pocketful of dreams and enough Diet Coke to kill a rhinoceros. Stacey Roberts and I carpooled from Kentucky. We soon found ourselves in Memphis, Tennessee.

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We followed the red brick road… which isn’t really brick.

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Soon, our eyes beheld the Mighty Mississippi.

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And I saw these restrooms in Texas.

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Scott Morgan, Stacey Roberts, James Peercy, me.

Later that night we arrived in Dallas and met up at Cheddar’s.

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The next day everyone signed books at Cafe Brazil and read from their respective works. This is Stacey Roberts reading from his book: Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name.

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Me reading from my book, Inhale the Night.

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Jacqueline E. Smith had one of the coolest tables. The flowers were a nice touch.

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Cinta Garcia had the coolest by far. I did some serious spellwork with her wands.

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Authors Julie Frayn and Jacqueline E. Smith helped me hand extra balloons out to the local children. I imagine you might be confused, and that’s perfectly within your rights. Just know, that Jackie has mad skills convincing children to take balloons. I think it helps when you’re pretty.

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From back left: Tracy James Jones, Julie Frayn, me, Scott Morgan, Stacey Roberts

Front left: Jacqueline E. Smith, Jeanne McDonald, Cinta Garcia, Amber Norrgard

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After the signing, I went with Stacey, Cinta, and her husband Mark to see where Kennedy was shot. This is Stacey in the book depository building, now a museum.

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The spot where the tragedy unfolded is marked with an X in the road.

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On our way back I took one more photo of the Mississippi. I felt a lot like the Voyager 1 space probe.

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It was an incredible time with even more incredible people. My deepest thanks to Amber Norrgard for all the hard work she did setting up the event.

You can find information on all the amazing authors in attendance here:

Julie Fraynhttp://juliebird.ca

Tracy James Jones: http://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com

Jeanne McDonaldhttp://www.jeannemcdonald.com

Scott Morgan: http://www.write-hook.com

Amber Jerome-Norrgard: http://amberjeromenorrgard.com

Stacey Roberts: http://www.trailertrashbook.com

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa: http://cintascorner.com

Jacqueline E. Smith: http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com/

Melissa Zaroski: http://melissazaroski.com

Susie Clevenger: http://www.susieclevenger.com

Book Review: Words by Robert Zimmermann

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Words

by Robert Zimmermann

4/5 stars

I really enjoyed this short piece by Rob Zimmermann. In it, he expertly conveys the beauty of nature, highlighting a personal connection through snow and metaphor. I hope the author expands on what he’s written. There is a lot of potential.