#Review: Reaching for the Moon, by @ReginaPucket

Title: Reaching for the Moon
Author: Regina Puckett
Rating: 4/5 stars

No description for this book. But to find a list of the poems in this collection, they are listed on the Goodreads page.

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This was the first time I’ve read poetry from Regina Puckett, but I don’t think it’ll be my last.

This collection contains a variety of poems that all follow a similar rhyme scheme and length that made it flow nicely from one poem to the next. At times the rhyming worked great, though I’d have liked a little variety at times (I’m not a huge fan of straight-up rhyme in poetry, so this is just personal taste).

The poem covered a few different topics, but there was an overall positive, almost inspirational theme to them that gave a nice feel to it, as a whole. It’s great for readers who enjoy short poems that get to the point, having just a hint of something bigger that makes multiple readings that much more enjoyable.

I’d also like to make mention that I both read this collection and listened to the audiobook of it. Hearing the narrator read the poems, and comparing them to the way I read them, allowed me to see a few different interpretations to various aspects of the poems. The narrators accent also made for an interesting reading.

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You can grab a copy of this collection from:

Amazon | Audible

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About the Author:

Regina lives in Tennessee. She has been a writer for as long as she can remember. The only way she knows to shut the voices up is to tell their stories and to let them live among the pages of her books.

She loves writing in many different genres because life is too short to be stuck in a rut.

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#Review: My Secret Sir, by @JennaFoxRox

Title: My Secret SirMy Secret Sir
Author: Jenna Fox
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

“An erotic poem containing BDSM themes. Pain is her sanctification. Submission is her freedom. Feel the deep devotion Sasha has for her Secret Sir.” (description from Goodreads)

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I’ve read Jenna Fox’s first released short story, The Escape, but wasn’t aware that her writing also ventures into poetry. It was a pleasant surprise to see Fox publishing an erotic poem.

This poem got a 3.5 out of 5 stars from me, and that’s because there were some things I felt worked well, but also a few things that irked me reading it. Overall, though, I feel it’s a great attempt at an erotic poem (something which I find hard to write) and I’m sure Jenna has more in store for her readers.

For those who know me, I’m not a big fan of poems with end-rhyme being the dominant way to finish off lines. This poem makes use of this rhyming, and a few times, I feel it actually worked for the poem. At other times, it felt forced and disrupted the flow of words. There were a few changes in the rhythm, word choice, etc that got in the way. Despite this, there were a few lines with great imagery and those stuck out to me.

Jenna did a great job of introducing the story behind the poem to the reader. I think I enjoyed reading it as a poem, with limited detail and more use of the reader’s imagination more than if it were a short story where there’s more room for the narrator to tell too much. The “secret” part of the title and the “rule” in the characters’ relationship was greatly aided by the reader being “blind” to many details, as well.

I hope Fox puts out more poetry soon. I have a feeling I’d enjoy it.

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You can purchase a copy of My Secret Sir from:

Smashwords

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About the Author:

I reside in Eastern Tennessee, and I’m a stay-at-home mom of twin boys. Two of my favorite past-times are storytelling and reading. I love seeing the emotion on someone’s face when I take them on a journey into my imagination with my words.

Currently, I am constructing a draft of my first novel, an erotic thriller, with a touch of horror. I’m greatly inspired by the classics like, “Psycho,” (1960), “Rosemary’s Baby”, and let’s not forget Stephen King’s “Carrie” and “The Shining”.

My favorite characters to construct are the dark ones. They are so complex, yet so simple, and they stand the test of time. A good example is Norman Bates. Even fifty years later, that character still inspires writers like myself.

“Make your audience suffer as much as possible.”–Alfred Hitchcock

Thanks Alfred, I intend to take your advice.

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