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Into the Light — book review

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** I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review **

Blurb:

Into the Light is a memoir-inspired poetry collection in seven parts.

The book shares the author’s life from a transformative perspective of being in a deep state of darkness to finding hope, miracles and light. In the final part, there are notes to the reader and finding one’s inner peace after adversity.

This book explores trauma, abuse, sexual abuse, mental illness, loss, healing, spirituality, meditation, inspiration and empowerment.


Review:

A memoir in a poetry form, an amazing idea. The poems are written in simple words, blank verse. You will easily connect to these poems — a series of long, short poems, at times it’s just a few couplets. But these give the narrative the apt emphasis wherever necessary.

The journey portrayed is beautiful, touching and from being sad and painful, it becomes hopeful.
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Meet Emily Stroia, Author

#authorinterview with author Emily Stroia

Rachel Poli

It’s my pleasure to welcome Emily Stroia to my blog today!

Emily Stroia Author PicPlease tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am an intuitive and spiritual teacher.

I write and teach people on how to connect to your intuition and find healing after loss and trauma.

How long have you been writing for?

All my life.

I started with short-stories as a child. English was always a favorite class of mine in school.

What is your writing process like?

It starts usually with an inspirational idea that nags me until I put it into words. I use post-it notes to build the skeleton of the book. The post-it notes are like reminders of ideas for chapter names, concepts, themes and information.

I may go into meditation for answers or guidance when I am feeling stuck at a particular part in a book. If I am avoiding the book I will take…

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Downtime

#ondepression and #mentalissues by author Heena. For everyone out there who think they need some inspiration…

Heena Rathore P.

I’ve been feeling down from a long time and finally, after a lot of cloudy days and a ton of brooding and despair, I’ve finally started pulling myself out of depression. I’ve been suffering from depression since the age of 10, so it’s always on and off with me, but this time it really hit me hard. And the worst part is, I’m not even sure what caused it; maybe one thing in particular or the other, or maybe it was the sum of all or maybe it was just because of something someone said or did. In any case, I’m not even sure if that matters anymore because I’ve been trying to find the reason for months now only to find myself stumbling in a dark maze of not-so-good thoughts.

In the past few months I tried to get out of this dark spell a number of times, but…

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Meet Serina Adham, Author

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Rachel Poli

It’s my pleasure to welcome author Serina Adham to my blog!

Serina Adham, AuthorPlease tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Serina Adham and I am a newly published author of a children’s book called Luu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves, which by the way is the first edition of many more to follow.

I also have a young adult novel I have been working on that is on hold at the moment while I finish writing and publishing the children’s books.

How long have you been writing for? 

Around ten years.

What is your writing process like?

It’s about picking the character I would like to work with and building up from there.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you? 

I prefer writing in the mornings, with a nice cup of tea, and a sweet spot in a café is usually…

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Book Review: Horatio And The Fear Of Dying by J.D. Oldenburg

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The Reading Bud

Author: J.D. Oldenburg
Release Date: 4th October 2017
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Edition: Audiobook
Pages: 13 minutes
Publisher: J.D. Oldenburg Publishing

Blurb:

Once upon a time… a brave boy named Horatio challenged and conquered Death, dawning everlasting life over his Kingdom. But as life and death are in love, one without the other became joyless. Soon,

Horatio must mend the cycle he has broken. Horatio And The Fear Of Dying was inspired by Jim Henson’s adaptation of the famous 1850s Russian Folktale, The Soldier And Death.

Review

★★★★★

Horatio And The Fear Of Dying by J.D. Oldenburg is a coming of age children’s book which will absolutely blow your mind with it’s brilliant storyline, amazing narration and a beautiful message for children and adults alike.

This book not only teaches its readers how to get over their fear of death/dying or of anything that seems scary but it also successfully teaches…

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Author Interview: J.D. Oldenburg #authorinterview

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The Reading Bud

Welcome to TRB Lounge. Today, I’d like to welcome J.D. Oldenburg, author of Horatio And The Fear Of Dying, for an author Interview.

About the author:

J.D. Oldenburg (Jose Diaz-Oldenburg) grew up with an unusually intense fear of death. He didn’t suffer trauma or family member’s death in his early youth, yet as a little kid he often sat with his parents to ask concerned questions about the subject. Conversations about death took place almost every evening. Some nights he understood, some nights he feared.
At the early age of nine, he confronted his anxiety by penning a short tale titled “La Muerte de la Muerte” or, Death of Death. A short story inspired by Jim Henson’s 1997 adaptation of an old Russian Folktale called The Soldier and Death.
In early 2015, La Muerte de la Muerte showed up hidden between old books in…

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Author Interview: Serina Adham

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The Reading Bud

Welcome to TRB Lounge. Today, I’d like to welcome Serina Adham, author of Lulu’s Balallam-Bam-Bam Grooves, for an author Interview.

About the author:

Serina Adham drew on her experience as a dancer and dance instructor to give you this fun new adventure with Lulu and all her animal friends. She hopes that Lulu will teach children to enthusiastically follow their dreams but also consider the effects they have on others.

Adham lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to teaching dance, Adham has also worked as a jewelry and clothing designer and an interior designer. She has one fearless, dancing and singing daughter of her own.

Contact Details:

Website: https://www.adhambooks.com
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17117983.Serina_Adham


Hello, Serina. Thank you for being here today.

Can you please tell my readers about your ambitions for your writing career?

I am looking forward to publishing many more books.

Which…

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Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves by Serina Adham

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Lulu

I’ve been featuring quite a few children’s books on Linda’s Book Bag of late and was delighted to be asked to review Serina Adham’s Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves by E G Book Publicity.

Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves was published by Create Space on 1st July 2017 and is available for purchase on Amazon US.

Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves

Lulu

Bing-boom, zing-zoom-ting-ding-click!

When Lulu the gorilla hears the opening notes to her favorite songs in her jungle home, she cannot help but get up and dance!

While making up some new dance moves, Lulu does not realize that her actions are causing a huge hullabaloo for her friends, Squin Squirrel, Lilly the owl, and Miss Skunk Fleur.

“Who is disturbing my slumbeRRR!?” roars the fierce lion Jhawfors when awakened from his deep sleep. What will happen when he confronts the young gorilla? Are Lulu’s dancing days over for good?

This charming new children’s poem…

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Meet Kate Trinity, Author

Interview with author Kate Trinity

Rachel Poli

It’s my pleasure to welcome Kate Trinity to my blog!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Cactus owning, cat slave, cowboy boot wearing, coffeeholic, writer of horror and fantasy.

How long have you been writing for?

For as long as I can remember. I wrote stories, poems, and songs from a fairly young age. Then I would stop for a while and become interested in other things – horses, music, kickboxing. But writing has always been something I’ve gone back to again and again. Those ideas just keep popping into your head no matter what you’re doing.

What is your writing process like?

When I wrote It is the Demon in Me I started with pen and paper before typing it all up. But now I get an idea and open up a blank document on the computer (I can type faster now too). Sometimes I start the…

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Rejection Comes With The Profession (5 Ways To Deal With Getting Told No)

Guest Post by author Tyfany Janee

Rachel Poli

Today’s guest post is brought to you by author Tyfany Janee. Thanks, Tyfany!

Rejection is valuable. It reveals to us when our work or skills are still not good enough and need to be improved.

If it is painful for a reader to tell you that he does not like your work, the more it is that a publisher does. Why? Because editors are professionals in literature, they have seen and struggled with works of all colors, and therefore, have a greater understanding with books.

If a publisher says “no” to your work, there will be reasons why he has rejected it. From experience, we can say that nothing would be more pleasing than the scenario where all the works that were received by the publishers had enough quality to qualify them for publishing.

Look at it this way: do you get angry when the doctor tells you that you are…

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