Story Time Friday: A poem from My Chapbook

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Have you read my chapbook Winter’s Homecoming and other poems yet? It’s been out for a few years, so you may have gotten it already. But if you haven’t, I have a treat for you this month. It’s FREE in honor of National Poetry Month and to help spread poetry as far as I can.

I’m using this Story Time Friday to give you a sample from the book. It’s a short collection of only eight poems. So here’s an eighth of the collection to read! I hope that you enjoy this one and follow up with getting a copy of the full book. Again, it’s FREE. Kind of hard to pass up, right?

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Notes from a Guitar

by Robert Zimmermann

A single tear
descends his
aged
skin in rivulets.

Collecting just above
the jaw line,
a tiny trickle
takes a doomed flight
toward Earth.

Fingers move slowly,
methodically.

Notes from a guitar
sing
through the hills
and valleys,

washed
with sadness.

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You can get a FREE copy of my chapbook Winter’s Homecoming and other poems all month from:

Smashwords
(with coupon code: XC33X)

Or you can buy it for only $0.99 through that link or any of these store links:

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

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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 😛 ): 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!

Free Chapbook for #NationalPoetryMonth

As usual, with National Poetry Month chugging along, I would like to share some of my work for free. Most of the time I make From Where I Stand the month’s freebie. But I think most people have that at this point. This time around, Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems is free if you head over to Smashwords. All month. No cost. Though, if anyone still needs From Where I Stand and can’t afford a copy right now, please let me know. I’m sure I could be persuaded to send you a coupon code for it, too.

I hope to share more deals from other poets throughout the month. So, if you’re a poet with something you’d like me to share on the blog in April, message me through the contact form. We’re here to celebrate poetry in all its forms for the next few weeks!

If you grab a copy of the book, as all authors like to say, and you’d like to leave an honest review (positive, negative, long, short, whatever) when you’re done…I’d greatly appreciate it. But no review is also perfectly fine. I don’t review most of what I read lately, to be honest. Especially poetry. I have a hard time reviewing that stuff, so I don’t expect anyone to beat themselves up trying to write reviews for it.

Ok, enough of that. You want the link to that chapbook don’t you? Here it is, and a little about it.

Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems is an eight poem chapbook by Robert Zimmermann. In this insightful new collection, Zimmermann shares his love and appreciation for the beauty of nature and the changing of seasons, as well as the endless search for happiness.

Grab your copy, in all formats, buy clicking below.

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(To get this free, there’s a coupon code by the buy button on the Smashwords page. Just copy and past it into the box provided on the cart page to get it reduced to $0.00, or buy it for the $0.99 if you’d like to. And if you run into any trouble, let me know. I’ll do my best to help.)

#NationalPoetryMonth has begun!

April is here again and so is National Poetry Month!

That’s right! An entire month filled with poetry. Whether you write it, read it, sing it, recite it, live it: It’ll be a great month.

If you’ve been around A Life Among the Pages for the last few years, you’ll remember that NPM means the blog will be even more focused on poetry than it normally is. Fiction and other books aren’t going to go away. There are some new releases I’d like to tell you about this month and I’m sure a few reviews will pop up here and there. But I’m going to attempt to throw poetry right in you face.

In the past I’ve taken a more organized approach to it all by recruiting other poets and poetry readers to share poetry, sales, new releases, and what poetry has meant for them. I didn’t get organized well enough to do that in advance this time around.

That doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the fun this year, though! If you are a poet. If you read poetry. If you DON’T read poetry, but maybe want to or want to share why you don’t. I’m looking for you! Send me a message on the contact form, message me on Twitter or Facebook, or email me if we’ve worked together in the past. Let me know what you’d like to do on the blog this month (again, sorry to make this short notice).

Types of posts I’ve had in the past (past years’ posts)

  • New Release of a collection
  • Promotion of a collection (cover, description, and tell us a bit about it or other personal touch).
  • Story Time Friday post to share a poem or a few (more details here)
  • Share poetry on days other than Friday, if enough poets send stuff in.
  • A Prose Verse Babel post. That’s book spine poetry!
    • Stack books, use the titles as words for a poem. Fun and easy.
    • Can be done word for word, or just use the titles as a basis. Again, FUN, and easy. No rules!
  • What’s your favorite poem, poet, or both?
  • Why do you love (or not love) poetry?
  • Other guest post topics focused on poetry. There are so many things to write.

Story Time Friday: A poem from @thysilverdoe

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burying you

by Linda M. Crate

instead of burying
the hatchet
i would just like to bury you
beneath the earth where the creepy
crawlies sling their bodies
upon the soil,
and things are too deep down to grow;
that way your bones can no longer
cut
especially not those teeth
whose favorite morsel
were my words
fashioning them into weapons against me—
people told me you were a good person
i ought to have known
when you need an
introduction
you truly aren’t that good because good people
like books need no forward
you were my genesis but not my revelation
i know one day i will find someone greater
someone who will appreciate
my naked soul and heart and my body both,
and won’t laugh at my longing for someone to appreciate
my beautiful mind because he will let me fill
every empty corner of his live with my
fountain of words
a canopy of worlds buried within my bones
unwilling to go until they’ve told
their story;
i’ll bury you in the past
where things go out of sight and my mind
and like dandelion dust i will chase and catch all
my dreams
especially the ones you said i couldn’t.

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About the Author:

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017. Her novel Phoenix Tears is forthcoming.

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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 😛 ): 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: Crazy Over You, by @Daisy_Prescott

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Crazy Over You is a standalone romantic comedy and the second book in the Love with Altitude series.

My savior isn’t prince charming.
I’m not that lucky.
He’s my worst nightmare.
He’s my one-night stand from two years ago.
And he doesn’t remember me.

What happens on vacation doesn’t always stay on vacation. Especially in a place like Aspen. I moved to the mountains for my dream job. I never expected to run into the man of my dreams. Again.

I never thought I’d see her again.
My Cinderella didn’t leave me a shoe to find her.
Not that I’d need random footwear to recognize her.
Her kiss is something I’ll never forget.

Work hard. Play hard. I’m paid to be a nice guy on the slopes, but what I do in my off time isn’t always about making good choices. That’s the fun of living in a ski town. I stay while the women come and go.

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You can buy this book from:

Amazon | B&N | KoboiBooks

Be sure to check out Next to You, the first Love with Altitude novel in this series of interconnected standalones!

Find Next To You from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Daisy Prescott lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an indeterminate number of imaginary housegoats. When not writing about people falling in love, she can be found traveling, gardening, baking, and reading a good book.

Her novels include the Modern Love Stories series, the Wingmen series, and several short stories. She’s also working on expanding the world of Bewitched this fall.

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#NewRelease: Goodbye Paradise, by @SarinaBowen

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Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.

In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

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If you’d like a copy of Goodbye Paradise, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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#NewRelease: Dirty Souls, by @MetalBlonde

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From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes DIRTY SOULS the much-anticipated, nail-biting CONCLUSION to the sexy and thrilling Black Hearts…”One of the SEXIEST & MOST SEDUCTIVE books I HAVE EVER READ.” – Jay Crownover.

Violet McQueen has always been a sensitive soul. Troubled and misunderstood, she never realized her place in the world, nor her true potential…until she met Vicente Bernal.

From birth, Vicente Bernal has always known his place in the world – he’s been groomed to be a ruthless king. Yet for a man whose soul has become morally bankrupt, it’s only through Violet he’s realizing the worth of someone’s heart.

But at what cost?

With a deadly game set in motion taking them from the stark deserts of California to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Violet and Vicente’s forbidden relationship will be put to the test. Boundaries will be pushed, lines will be crossed and souls will get very, very dirty.

Because how do you choose between blood and love when both might get you killed?

NOTE: Dirty Souls is the second and FINAL book in the Sins Duet. You MUST read book #1, BLACK HEARTS, first before this one!

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You can get your copy of Dirty Souls from:

Amazon

If you haven’t read Black Hearts, the first book in the Sins Duet, you can grab it from:

Amazon

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About the Author:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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