Story Time Friday – @LilyLuchesi with another #poem!

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This week was almost another non-post week for Story Time Friday. It seems that once it happens the first time, the second is almost inevitable.

Luckily, I have passionate writer friends like Lily Luchesi who go the extra mile (or kilometer for you in the rest of the world ;) ) to help out fellow bloggers and authors. I woke up to an email this morning containing the following poem, and while I’m still half-asleep, I’d like to get that right out to everyone to start their day with.

Thank you for coming in for the save. I appreciate it. And I’m sure my readers didn’t want to read another of my crappy stories again this week, anyway, haha.

(Don’t forget to check out her debut novel. It’s linked below the poem.)

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Poison Canary

by Lily Luchesi

I thought it had been long enough
Since I heard your voice
In person?
What a joke
In my earbuds?
Yep
I thought it had been long enough
But I guess not
When will it be long enough?
When will I stop shedding needless tears over you?
When will this pain go away?
What poison did you inject in me?
Oh, love, why did you ever even look my way?
How did I fall so easily?
Now I’m broken
Battled
I battled with my heart
My mind tells me to forget
But my heart can’t seem to contract amnesia
Not when it comes to you
Like a spider spinning his web
You ensnared me tightly
Wrapped me up to devour me whole
You poisoned me
And I loved every ounce of it
A black widow with the voice of a canary
You trapped me with your lying voice
So saccharine
Yet so bitter
But I’m a happy victim of your charms
Trapped here in your web of deceit

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And if that’s not enough Luchesi for you, she did just release her debut novel Stake-Out this week! Be sure to find out more on that book on the release post, by clicking HERE

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About the Author:

Lily Luchesi is an aspiring, young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover, and will always associate vampires with love, blood and rock and roll. Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies (listed below) and her debut novel, “Stake-Out”, will be published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19, 2015.

Find out more:

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in :P ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

#NewRelease: Stake-Out, by @LilyLuchesi

Lily Luchesi has released her debut novel! You all know Lily from her posts in Story Time Friday and some of my poetry events in the past. Today, you have the opportunity to read her first novel, Stake-Out.

I hope you’ll all check out this book, and go back to read her poetry, as well. It’s pretty good stuff.

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Detective Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn’t even human: he’s a 200 year old rogue vampire!

The department doesn’t believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.

Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.

But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny’s strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be

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Would you like to grab a copy of Lily Luchesi’s debut? You can find it from:

Amazon

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About the Author:

Lily Luchesi is an aspiring, young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover, and will always associate vampires with love, blood and rock and roll. Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies (listed below) and her debut novel, “Stake-Out”, will be published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19, 2015.

Find out more:

Story Time Friday…is Looking for Contributors

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It’s time for yet another Story Time Friday. Well, not exactly.

I’ve been doing this series on the blog since December and until today I haven’t missed a week. This have been the one time I’ve started a blog series and is didn’t slowly run out of steam and only get the occasional post (Like Aged Pages and Authors We Love). But this week, I don’t have a post for you to enjoy.

I’m not home this week, and I’m keeping busy with a few things. I’m not finding a story or poem in myself this time, even though I could make some time to write. I made a (short notice) call for submissions, but have had no answer at the time I’m typing this up. Because of this, I decided to just skip the week. But I plan on getting back into STF next week. So those 5 people who read these posts every week (maybe that’s too small a number, but I know there are a few regulars at least), you won’t have to miss the posts for too long.

For those who are just finding my blog or this series, you can find all the STF posts if you click the image at the top of the post. I hope you take some time and check out my work, as well as the work of the other poets and authors who’ve sent in their work.

Also, if you’re new around here and are interested in taking part in the series, I’d love to feature your work. I’ll list out the guidelines, etc below if you wanted more info on submission.

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What it is:

  • Each Friday I’ll be posting a flash fiction story or a few poems from either myself or a guest author/poet.
  • Each story will be 250-1000 words each
  • If I’m featuring poetry, it’ll be 1-3 poems or a reasonable length.
  • Pretty much any genre, age level, etc is open for consideration.

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in :P ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

#NewRelease: Girl at War, by @NovicSara

You may have seen my review of Girl at War recently on the blog. It’s a book that blew me away and it’ll stick with me for some time. I’m happy to announce that now everyone can read the book, as it’s been released.

Below you’ll find more about Sara Nović’s debut novel, which I hope is the first of many from this author.

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Girl at War

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Zagreb, summer of 1991. Ten-year-old Ana Juric is a carefree tomboy who runs the streets of Croatia’s capital with her best friend, Luka, takes care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But as civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, soccer games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire and air raid drills. When tragedy suddenly strikes, Ana is lost to a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers; a daring escape plan to America becomes her only chance for survival.

Ten years later Ana is a college student in New York. She’s been hiding her past from her boyfriend, her friends, and most especially herself. Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, she returns alone to Croatia, where she must rediscover the place that was once her home and search for the ghosts of those she’s lost. With generosity, intelligence, and sheer storytelling talent, Sara Nović’s first novel confronts the enduring impact of war, and the enduring bonds of country and friendship.

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Would you like to grab a copy of Sara Nović’s debut? You can find it from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

Sara was born in 1987 and has lived in the United States and Croatia. She recently graduated from the MFA program at Columbia University, where she studied fiction and literary translation. She is the fiction editor at Blunderbuss Magazine and teaches writing at Columbia University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She lives in Queens.

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Story Time Friday – Samson Returns for #ChildrensBookWeek

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As I mentioned earlier this week, it’s Children’s Book Week. In honor of children’s book readers everywhere, I brought back an old character of mine. His name is Samson. You may have read his first adventure back when I’d posted it in my short story section. Even if you haven’t read that one, you may enjoy this second story I wrote up yesterday for him. It’s a bit shorter than his first, but I hope it’s not too bad.

And if you’re looking for a little more CBW fun, I did some live-gramming (like live-tweeting) over on Instagram while I read some children’s books. That should liven things up a bit.

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Samson At Play

 by Robert Zimmermann

Samson was once a pirate. Once time he was an astronaut. The youngest there ever was, both times.

That was two years ago. Now, at age ten, Samson’s life was less exciting. His family moved to a new town. He hasn’t seen any of his old friends in weeks. And none of the kids in his new neighborhood wanted to join in any of his adventures.

Most of the time, Samson’s nose is stuck in books. He’d recently revisited his pirate ways on Treasure Island. He also traveled through time, went to the moon, and battled Martians in London in the books of his new favorite authors, H.G. Wells.

While he enjoyed these adventures and often thought back on his adventures in his old town, none of the books he borrowed from the library weren’t enough to satisfy his need for adventure.

It wasn’t until a few weeks into the new school year that Samson found a way to have fun again. It was all thanks to his new teacher.

After class one day, she took him aside. She had noticed that he wasn’t fitting in with the other kids yet, but she also noticed how bright and imaginative he was. Samson had been handing in very creative assignments and he’d been so enthusiastic during last week’s show-and-tell. The rest of the class laughed at the story he told about where his “moon rock”, but the teacher that Samson had something special about him.

That day, Samson’s teacher handed him book.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? I’ve already read this one.”

“That’s good Samson,” his teacher replied. “That’ll make it easier to remember your lines.”

“Lines? What do you mean?” Samson asked, confused.

“This isn’t the Huckleberry Finn that you’ve read. This is a play version.”

“A play? Like William Shakespeare?”

“You’ve read Shakespeare, already?” She seemed impressed.

“Well, I tried. I couldn’t understand most of what the characters were saying, so I stopped,” Samson said, feeling embarrassed now.

“That’s ok. Not many adults understand all of what’s in a Shakespeare play.” She smiled at him. “This is a play made from Twain’s book. The school will be performing the play at the end of the month, and I think you’d be perfect to play Huckleberry Finn. How’s that sound?”

For the next few weeks, Samson barely left his room. He read the play cover-to-cover and could be heard acting out each scene until his mother told him it was time to go to bed. Eventually he was performing the play in his sleep.

At school, he’d gotten to know a few of the other kids in the play. He was finally starting to fit in. But as opening night drew closer, Samson started to get nervous. He didn’t think he’d be able to perform in front of everyone in the audience. He’d forget his lines. Or even worse, what if everyone laughed at him before he was even able to start?

This was running through his head when they were all backstage waiting for the play to begin. Samson was in the corner reading over his lines, even though he knew them word-for-word. He was so nervous he was shaking.

Kim, who was playing Window Douglas, walked over to him looked concerned.

“What’s wrong, Samson?” Kim asked.

“I don’t think I can go out there. Everyone will laugh at me. You’ll laugh at me.”

“Why do you think that, Sam? I think you’ll be a great Huckleberry Finn. You’re the best actor in the play. No one will laugh.” Kim placed he hand on his shoulder, reassuringly.

“You…you really think so?” He grinned, despite his shaking legs.

“Yes. I do. We all do.” Some of the other kids walked over. “We’re your friends, Samson.”

“Yea, Sammy,” said the boy playing Tom Sawyer. “You’re a cool dude now that we know you.”

“Come on, kids” their teacher announced. “The curtain goes up in five minutes. You better get ready.”

Once the curtain came down at the end of the play, the audience erupted in applause. Samson and the rest of the cast lines up to give a final bow. He was grinning ear to ear when everyone started chanting his name.

Samson’s performance had impressed everyone. Afterward, even the principal of the school came up to congratulate him. And the rest of the kids invited him out for ice cream.

“We told you, you could do it Samson.” Kim said, as they walked out to the parking lot with the group. “You were the best Huckleberry Finn ever!”

“Well, it wasn’t as fun as when I faced a giant squid on the high seas, but I do like acting. I hope there’s another play soon,” Samson said enthusiastically.

“Giant squid?” Kim looked confused.

“I’ll tell you about it some other time,” he said sheepishly. “It’s a long story.”

Samson was once a pirate. He was also an astronaut. And now, Samson could be anything and anyone he wanted to be. He could have adventures whenever he pleased and he found kids who’d join him. Samson had become an actor.

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in :P ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

Favorite Children’s Books from my Readers for #CBW15

This week is Children’s Book Week. I know it’s a little late to bring it up on the blog, but I only found out on Tuesday. Over the last two days I’ve been asking my readers what their favorite children’s books are. That’s what I’ll be sharing with you today. It seemed like the best way to celebrate a week dedicated to books for younger readers. Plus, I don’t have enough recommendations to fill the post up myself.

There aren’t many books from my childhood that stuck with me into adulthood. Because of that, a few of the books in the following list will have been read when I was an adult. There’s nothing wrong with adults reading “non-adult” books. Maybe it makes the list a bit more interesting, too. So here are a few that I’d recommend. And I’ll follow that up with some favorites from readers who took the time to share their favorite books.

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My Top 5

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst

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Bear Allen’s favorite book is

Blueberry Girl, by Neil Gaiman

and be sure to check out her blog Black White and Read Books…if you are a fan of Gilmore Girls (like I am) definitely head over!

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Here are some favorites from the folks over at The Sarcastic Palmtree!

Kristalyn:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? By Eric Carle

Beighley:

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Meaghan:

The Cat In the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Ainsley:

Leonardo The Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Other household favorites:

“Stand Back,” said the Elephant “I’m Going To Sneeze!” By Patricia Thomas

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

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Author Anya Breton has a retelling of a Brothers Grimm tale as her favorite…

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, by Ruth Sanderson

and you can find more on Anya on her site.

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A reader from the Facebook page, Danean, shared her favorites as a child,

The Little House on the Prairie books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

and mysteries like

Encyclopedia Brown, by Donald J. Sobol

Nancy Drew, by Carolyn Keen

The Hardy Boys, by Frank W. Dixon

Danean’s son is a big fan of

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books, especially

All By Myself

#NewRelease: Carry Me Home, by @LiaRileyWrites

Off The Map #3.1

companion novella

Carry Me Home

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Love doesn’t have to be perfect to be true…

Years ago, Tanner Green loved Sunny Letman. She was meant to be his first kiss, first love, first everything. Then their world spun upside-down and out of control.

Free-spirited Sunny doesn’t do commitment. Sure, guys are great for a night or a week, but she always leaves first. That is, until professional skateboarder and town golden boy, Tanner Green, unexpectedly walks back into her life.

Despite their broken history, a fragile and undeniably electric connection still holds them together. Now Tanner has to convince Sunny that even though love isn’t always perfect, it’s worth sticking around for. . .

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Carry Me Home is available from:
Amazon | B&N | iBooks

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While this can be read on it’s own, elements of the main Off the Map series may be revealed. If you’d like to check those books out first, you can find them below:

Upside Down – Amazon | B&N | KoboiBooks

Sideswiped – Amazon | B&N | KoboiBooks

Inside Out – Amazon | B&N | KoboiBooks

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About the Author:

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult Romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn’t mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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