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About The Selected Poems of K Morris

This book encompasses poems composed between 2013-19. The poems included here have been selected from ‘Lost in the Labyrinth of my Mind’, ‘My Old Clock I Wind and other poems’, ‘The Writer’s Pen and other poems’, ‘Dalliance; a collection of poetry and prose’, ‘Refractions’, and ‘The Girl who Wasn’t There’. In addition a number of previously unpublished poems are included in this book.

My review

This beautiful collection of poems by K Morris features some of his best work. The book is divided into four sections, namely, Time and Mortality, Nature, Love and Sensuality and Progress and Human Nature. Kevin’s poetry reflects his ability to see deep into the human soul and each poem speaks to an aspect of human nature or human life such as sexuality, death, aging and even everyday things such as going for a walk, and highlights its uniqueness and beauty, while overlaying it with a tinge of nostalgia and sadness for a life that is passing and must eventually end.

I always find Kevin’s poems to be beautifully written but slightly disturbing and his powerful words stay with me for some time after I have finished reading them.

One of my favourite extracts from the Time and Mortality section is from a poem entitled Time:
“The reaper moves
In time with the pendulum.
No rush
Or fuss;
He has plenty of time.”
These words give me goosebumps every time I read them.

Another favourite extract from the section entitled Progress and Human Nature is from a poem called Legacy (A Poem on the Late Enoch Powell)
“An intelligent man
Frequently can
Do more harm
Than a stupid one,
For he is possessed of charm
And learning too.
True, he has gone;
But the bitterness lives on.”

Purchase The Selected Poems of K Morris

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Poetry readathon 2019 and a new poem

Poetry readathon

Many of you will remember the poetry readathon that I ran during November and part of December 2018 and part of January this year. The readathon comprised of a selection of five questions that were answered by each participating poet as well as the sharing of one of their poems. I also read and reviewed a number of poetry books by participating poets.

The idea behind the readathon was to introduce poetry lovers to poetry bloggers and published poets and I think it was very successful. I enjoyed watching our poetry family engaging with one another and meeting new friends.

I have decided to run it again this year and am inviting interested poets to please email me. This year I would like to publish a poem with special meaning by each participating poet and the reasons as to why they wrote this particular poem and why it has special meaning for them.

I will be reviewing the following poetry books over this period:

  1. Reflections: Poems, Songs and Muses by author, song writer and poet Kevin Cooper;
  2. Short & not always Sweet by poet Dorinda Duclos
  3. Dizzyrambin Imaginings:  A Collection of Poetic Musings by G.J. Griffith
  4. The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry (Poetry Memoir Book 3) by Frank Prem

I would like to read and review four more poetry books.

I also have the following three poets participating with a poem as detailed above and I will feature one of their books, if they have one:

  1. Sue Vincent;
  2. Danny Kemp;
  3. Lorraine from BlindWilderness blog

I would like to feature five more poets.

If you would like to participate, please email me through my contacts page.

If you would to join my poetry sharing group on Facebook, you will find it here: Poetry sharing group

Can you? a poem

Can you trust your eyes

really believe what they see

or is it only

an illusion or cheap trick

behind which the real truth lurks

Written for Colleen Chesebro’s weekly poetry challenge which you can join in here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/10/15/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-145-photoprompt-2/

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#YA #Fantasy -Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Sally Cronin has shared a lovely post about my new supernatural fantasy book, Through the Nethergate. Thank you, Sally.

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The latest book by Roberta Eaton Cheadle is now available in print on Amazon although it has been receiving great early reviews. Through the Nethergate

About the book

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended…

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#Blogtour – Viral Blues by C.S. Boyack

I am delighted to Welcome author, C.S. Boyack to Robbie’s Inspiration today with an over view of, and extract from, his new book, Viral Blues. I must say I love the cover, Craig.

Thanks for the invitation, Robbie. I’m touring my new book, “Viral Blues,” around for the Halloween season.

This one is a sequel for “The Hat,” but there is no prerequisite reading required. I actually worked pretty hard on this, so people could pick up any book in the series and not feel like they’re lost.

One thing I did was incorporate characters from previous tales into Viral Blues. I’m really happy with how it turned out, because you don’t need to read their stories either to enjoy this book. This may be the swan song for many of them, but Lizzie and the hat will go on.

Today, I have a little excerpt that features Jason Fogg. Jason is the result of a science fiction accident. He is able to turn into vapor and back again. This makes him pretty handy as a corporate spy. In fact, he makes his living as a private detective.

This is a team-up adventure, and in this scene, Jason has invaded a large pharmaceutical company to gather some intelligence.

Extract

“I’ve got company.” I’ll keep reading, but I’m going to get cut off. “St. Joseph, Des Moines, Ann Arbor –”

A huge hand grabbed him and yanked him to his feet. The telephone clattered to the floor. Jason smiled. “Just putting in some overtime.”

The zombie didn’t speak. How could he with his mouth stitched up? His grey, crackled face completely emotionless. His eyes black and dead.

The zombie threw him down the hall, bouncing him off the window. Jason struggled to breathe and retain consciousness. The sound of cracking glass prickled the hairs on the back of his neck. The zombie was on him in the blink of an eye.

The next throw broke the window. Jason watched the zombie’s face fade into the distance as he fell from the fifty-sixth floor. His eyes rolled back in his head, and he swooned.

When he regained his composure, the zombie still watched, but was high above him now. Jason took a glance at the rapidly

approaching asphalt. With the zombie watching, he’d have to time this perfectly.

He rolled to the side to check oncoming traffic. Somewhere around the third floor, he evaporated. His clothes landed in the street. Cars screeched and swerved to avoid them. The impact of the vehicles spread his particles down the block. Pieces of his cloud went in different directions.

His consciousness clung to the largest piece, intact, if a bit groggy. He drifted toward the next largest piece and adhered to it. This gave him a better feel for the other bits swirling around the resulting fender bender.

Pieces of Jason roiled under the cars, flowed down the storm drain, and swirled around a street lamp. He gathered enough of them to gain more control, then started calling the smaller bits toward him. The last bit blew out the nostril of a wino who’d been sleeping in an alley. Gross. I hate it when people breathe me in, but that’s the worst.

Blurb

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

Purchase link: http://mybook.to/ViralBlues

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My five star review of The Hat

The Hat by C.S. Boyack is such a great read. The main characters are a young girl, Lizzie St Laurent, a twenty-one-year-old college dropout whose grandmother has died and who has been left to fend for herself in a city far from home and the Hat. Lizzie is working a couple of jobs to pay the bills and keep a roof over her head. She also has a deal with the landlord whereby she keeps the garden tidy and trim in return for free utilities. Lizzie is struggling and when her uncle doesn’t want to give her a keepsake from her grandmother’s estate, she helps herself to one from the back of the removal van. Boy, does she make a good choice. She ends up acquiring a hat that can communicate with her, transform its shape, transfer her to a “safe house’ built by her grandfather and teach her how to play a musical instrument. What is even better is that the Hat is magically bound to Lizzie’s family and is there to assist her out of tight spots in life. When the baby of a friend of Lizzie’s is stolen, the Hat is right there by her side to help her rescue the babies form a band of ruthless kidnappers.

Along the way, Lizzie will have some fun experimenting with great fashion items and meeting some interesting musicians. The Hat is a fast-paced novella which will keep you turning the pages, giving you lots of laughs along the way.

I rated this book five stars out of five.