Reflections Finishes in Top Ten!

Reflections was voted a top ten finisher in the Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll for 2014 for Best Anthology. It has been a pleasure working with talented authors and friends: Maria Savva, Helle Gade, Darcia Helle, Jason McIntyre, Robert Helle, Martin David Porter, and J. Michael Radcliffe. Thank you everyone who voted for our book.

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Reflections is available for Kindle and paperback on Amazon:
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Inhale the Night This Week! #Giveaway #Poetry

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I will be giving away three signed copies of my latest collection, Inhale the Night this week. I hope everyone enters the contest on Goodreads. In the meantime, please read these excerpts:

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Join Ben Ditmars on his final journey through the Midnight hours. Explore and breathe with him as night descends and stars emerge into new memories. 

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Lonely Poison

I drank your lonely poison
Inhaled your fatal words
Breathed smoke and
Lit another flame.

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Mad for Delight

Supple, strict,
And callous curves
Encompassing
My fantasy.

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Spontaneous

Summer sleeps between
a cloudless breeze like fire
burning autumn leaves.

Inhale the Night Next Week! #Giveaway #poetry

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I will be giving away three signed copies of my latest collection, Inhale the Night next week. I hope everyone enters the contest on Goodreads. In the meantime, please read these excerpts:

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Join Ben Ditmars on his final journey through the Midnight hours. Explore and breathe with him as night descends and stars emerge into new memories. 

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neurons clinging
to a surface
like your pulse
before a kiss

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He held her tighter,
Gentler, and his eyes
Shined brighter than
She understood.

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your love
is dangerous
like all the best
kinds are.

Inhale the Night in 2 Weeks! #Giveaway #poetry

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I will be giving away three signed copies of my latest collection, Inhale the Night in 2 weeks. I hope everyone checks it out on Goodreads. In the meantime, enjoy some excerpts:

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Join Ben Ditmars on his final journey through the Midnight hours. Explore and breathe with him as night descends and stars emerge into new memories. 

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dark hearts
shadow night stars
easing desperation
with cool sweat.

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His touch sends shivers
Through her spine
And heart.

She takes in his cologne
Or is it aftershave?

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the atomic age began
and ended with your fist
punched through the drywall.

IndieVengeance Day 2014

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.

Photograph courtesy of Jacqueline E. Smith

Me reading from my book, Inhale the Night.

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More books!

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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.

Everyone

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