IndieVengeance Day 2015

Last week I traveled to Dallas for an annual book signing known as IndieVengeance Day. We get together, the indies and I, once a year and hang out. We also sell books: small books, big books, books that climb on rocks. Okay, none of them climbed rocks, but a couple have ghosts, and that’s just as good.

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The journey started in the air…

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

But quickly involved books and stress cubes.

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

Hey, poetry!

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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith
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Photograph by Jacqueline Smith

The books and their Davros. Muahaha.

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Scott’s fortune cookie predicted a photo bomb.

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And there was this yummy croissant.

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Photograph by Claudette Peercy

The Justice League prepared to fight evil… and sell books.

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Photograph by Claudette Peercy

After Red Lobster. Don’t we look full?

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I found this steer at the airport.

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My last view of Dallas.

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It was an incredible event filled with my favorite people on earth. Once more, my deepest thanks to Amber Norrgard for all the hard work she did setting everything up.

You can find information on the authors in attendance here:

Julie Fraynhttp://juliebird.ca

James Peercy: http://www.jameswilliampeercy.com

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

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

Paula Walker Baker: https://paulawalkerbaker.wordpress.com

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

Debbie Watts Reece: http://www.beebopbooks.com

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

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Mirrored Voices: Best New Poets

I am featured in the next book for the Mirrored Voices series, Mirrored Voices: Best New Poets. Please check out myself and the fantastic poets who have contributed their work.

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This combined poetic anthology embraces free thinking of the untapped mind and spirit. A vast array of talented best poets from around the globe share their voices together in harmony.

Find it on:

Amazon
Goodreads

Triptychs Coming Soon

Triptychs

Available for Pre-order on Kindle.

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It is my pleasure to share the cover reveal today for TRIPTYCHS. I worked with some incredibly talented writers and photographers on this project. We each wrote stories and poetry based off images.

The collection is called “Triptychs” because each image has three different stories from three different writers.

My two poems, Think Green and Dry Dock are included. The photographs by Helle Gade and Martin David Porter which inspired my words are both uniquely beautiful. There is a contrast between natural and rustic that helped provide divergent perspectives. I can’t wait for you to read the result.

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You can find the second book in the series, Reflections, for sale here.

And the first, Perspectives here.

Please visit the other great authors, writers, poets, and photographers who participated in this project:

Julie Elizabeth Powell
https://twitter.com/starjewelz
http://www.freewebs.com/julizpow

Maria Savva
http://www.mariasavva.com/site/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Darcia Helle
http://quietfurybooks.com/index.html
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Michael J Radcliffe
http://www.theguardiansapprentice.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Jason Mcintyre
http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Eden Baylee
http://edenbaylee.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Lisette Brodey
http://lisettebrodey.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Ben Ditmars
https://benjaminditmars.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Helle Gade
https://hellegade.wordpress.com/about/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Jay Finn
https://jayfinnauthor.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Marc Nash
http://sulcicollective.blogspot.co.uk/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…

Geoffery West
http://www.geoffreydavidwest.com/

Martin David Porter
https://www.facebook.com/MartsArtsPho…

Mirrored Voices #Giveaway #Poetry

Mirrored Voices: Emerging Poets Anthology, in which I am featured with several other talented poets, is currently having a giveaway on Goodreads. Please enter the contest and give love to some poets. Click here.

Description:

This combined poetic anthology embraces free thinking of the untapped mind and spirit. A vast array of talented emerging poets from around the globe share their voices together in harmony. Only by glaring into the depths of ones own reflection can we find our true selves. It is here where the mirrored voices of our souls speak and can be heard.

Mirrored Voices: Emerging Poets Anthology

I am featured in an anthology of poetry that released today titled Mirrored Voices: Emerging Poets Anthology. There are many fantastic poets and new voices in the book. Please check it out.

Description:

This combined poetic anthology embraces free thinking of the untapped mind and spirit. A vast array of talented emerging poets from around the globe share their voices together in harmony. Only by glaring into the depths of ones own reflection can we find our true selves. It is here where the mirrored voices of our souls speak and can be heard.

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:
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reflections-M…
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com./Reflections-Mi…

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.

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