New Release: From This, I Bloom by @emilyjaneburton

I have a treat for you today! Emily Jane Burton, who you may remember from Poetry Month back in April, has just released her debut chapbook. It’s called From This, I Bloom and if you’re like me, you’re going to want to get your hands on a copy.

If you missed Emily during Poetry Month, you can find the poem she shared by clicking HERE. If you don’t want to click there, you’ll find the poem included in this post, as well.

Hope you consider checking more of Emily’s work out. It’s her debut, so let’s help out by spreading the word.

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Experience wrote this book. Heartache, fear, doubt, pain, loss and anxiety wrote every single line. But most importantly, love wrote these poems. From This, I Bloom is Emily Jane Burton’s experience with overcoming and learning to heal. It’s a journey where she learns to grow with life and trust herself fully. These things shape us, but we determine how we’re impacted, how we’re shaped.
*This poetry chapbook contains 21 poems*

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Here’s a sample of what you’re find inside the collection…

these things shape us

These things shape us,
and from this, I bloom,
adding life to my soul,
extending my roots.
Times of insecurity,
finding myself in discomfort,
experiences nourishing me
instead of withering me away.

Click here to listen to a recording of this poem/song

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About the Author:

Emily Jane Burton is a poet who combines her passion for poetry and music into one. Occasionally, she writes poem-songs, poetry she sings rather than reads. These poem-songs are typically accompanied by guitar or ukulele. Emily’s goal is to always be vulnerable, honest and open with her writing. She’s inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson. She has a bachelor’s degree in English. Emily currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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New Release: Dirtier Girl, by @Chel_c_Cam

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Blakely Fox is still a hot damn mess. Sure, she’s reconciled with Quinn Riley after years of hating her, but everything goes to hell when she sees her ex-boyfriend at a bar while on a date with Quinn. Let’s just say Blake isn’t a fan of “let it go.” She gets out of the situation without being arrested, which is a miracle.

Now it’s time for her to focus on whatever is happening between her and Quinn. Blake is finally ready to take a huge step in their relationship, but will another unexpected encounter with her past derail their new relationship? Or will they move forward, together?

*This is the second book in a three-novella series*

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Grab your copy over on:

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About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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New Poetry Release: Room 5608, by Haley Macleod

Room 5608

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Room 5608 is the debut poetry book of Haley MacLeod. A remedy for the soul. An anthem for survivors of mental illness, addictions, heartbreak, and grief. Divided into three chapters DEPARTURE, ARRIVAL and SHADOWS, you will find the pages enriched with soulful themes of melancholy, nostalgia, and recovery. MacLeod bares her soul in this collection of poetry + prose, exposing the light she found within the depths of her scars; healing herself while bringing the reader on a journey of healing too.

 

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About the Author:

Haley MacLeod is a Canadian writer. Born and raised in Calgary, she has spent a decade of her life with a pen in her hand. At a young age MacLeod knew her purpose was to heal souls through her gift of writing – colouring the world around her through the shades of writing and poetry. Art has always been a liberating outlet for MacLeod, having come from a background of dance, acting, singing, and songwriting. She has spent the past couple years building a name for herself mainly in the poetry community; from teaching poetry to students, to having her words tattooed on the skin of her fans, to even celebrities like Jessie J, reposting her work online. She is known for her resilient spirit and ability to bring solace to those around her throughout their darkest times. 
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New Release: Dirty Girl, by @Chel_C_Cam

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Blakely Fox is a hot damn mess after getting fired from her job. To make matters worse, she crashes right into the girl who ruined her life in high school by kissing Blake’s boyfriend. So what if she had no idea that she didn’t like guys back then? It still wrecked the end of her high school career, and that’s something she can never forgive.

Quinn Riley is the furthest from a mess you can get, and she’s ready to make things right with Blake. What starts out as an apology dinner turns into something… unexpected. Turns out Blake and Quinn are both into girls and very into each other. But can Blake let the past go and move forward with Quinn? Or will ghosts of previous mistakes always haunt them?

*This is the first book in a three-novella series*

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About the Author:

Chelsea M Cameron

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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Review: The Text Dare, by @Amy_Sparling

 

 

The Text Dare

Title: The Text Dare (First Love Shorts #1)
Author: Amy Sparling
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Sixteen-year-old Jess Parker is stuck babysitting her little brother all weekend, which is why she accepts her best friend’s dare: to text the random phone number they found written on a lost piece of algebra homework. When the owner of the number texts back, Jess and Max hit it off through their anonymous conversation. The last thing Jess expected was to spend her boring weekend texting the guy of her dreams, and now that she’s crushing hardcore on a guy she’s never met, she hopes he’s actually the guy he claims to be.“(description from Goodreads)

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I was in the mood for a quick, light read and that’s what I got with Amy Sparling’s The Text Dare. This is the first book in a young adult novella “series” from Sparling and I’ll be reading the rest for sure, next time I’m looking for a guaranteed enjoyable novella.

What I enjoy with Sparling’s work is that she’s able to write the teenage first person so believably. I’m no longer a teenager, but from what I remember a lot of the main character’s inner thoughts and interactions felt familiar and realistic. Sparling’s characters aren’t too mature for where they’re supposed to be in life, and they also weren’t too immature and kiddish. I appreciate this when reading a Young Adult book.

I also think that with a novella based almost completely on text interaction, there was more meet to it than expected. The characters were able to develop through these conversations, just like face to face dialogue could have done, and these were characters that hadn’t even met when their conversations started.

I’m curious what the next novella has in store for me. Maybe it’ll be my next weekend read.

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You can grab this book from:

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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New Release: The Game Can’t Love You Back, by @KACozzo

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Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s learned to focus on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—especially to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Karole lives outside of Philadephia, PA with her loving husband, eternally exuberant little girl, and perpetually pleasant little boy.  Hobbies include running, nursing a persistent Starbucks addition, eating way too much candy, emptying her wallet at Target, spending time with her family, decorating her home, co-leading her daughter’s Daisy troop, and completing any other crafty project she can think of.  Karole has degrees in School Psychology, women’s studies, and biology but has never taken a formal creative writing course, although she’d really like to one day.  She’s still a School Psychologist by day, romance novelist by night.

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New Release: The Thorn Necklace, by @FrancescaBlock

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For devotees of Bird by Bird and The Artist’s Way, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing

A cinematic exploration of the writing life by Francesca Lia Block, the bestselling author of the Weetzie Bat series of magical-realism novels, The Thorn Necklace offers visceral insights and healing exercises for the writer who creates as a way to process pain and adversity. Gently guiding the reader down the write-to-heal path, Block offers guideposts of awareness for writers, such as how to find a muse, channeling agony into art, putting chaos into order, ignoring the inner critic, personal perseverance, and thriving as an artist in a troubled world. The author also addresses the intrinsic value of channeling our experiences into the written word, and provides compassionate support to the reader for his or her own write-to-heal process.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a springer spaniel named Vincent Van Go Go Boots and a beagle mix named Thumper.

She left only to attend the University of California, Berkeley. She has often professed her love of Los Angeles, calling it a “Jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city,” which she has nicknamed in her books “Shangri-LA.”

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