The Poetry Corner featuring Jamie White

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner, featuring Jamie White! 🙂

Gypsy by Jamie White

Her soul’s wild and free,

flowing with the universe.

Adventure awaits.

Awesome poem! Thanks for sharing Jamie! 🙂

If you want to learn more about today’s guest, contact Jamie at:

Website

If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com.

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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In the books featuring I Do: The Independent Domestic Objective by Ron Glick

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring I Do: The Independent Domestic Objective by Ron Glick.

I do Ron Glick

About the Book: I Do.

A simple expression whose meaning is too often ignored.

In America, abusive relationships have become an epidemic. In a society that is becoming increasingly more fractured, domestic abuse is on an unprecedented rise. As much as we as a culture are inundated with domestic abuse stories though, sadly little is openly discussed about the causes behind these dysfunctional relationships. Though much is written about changing an abusive partner, little is written to identify one.

For the first time, author Ron Glick has dedicated a book entirely to the subject of the most dominant underlying cause of domestic abuse: the abuse-control cycle. Ranging from gratuity through domination, the author sets out to frankly discuss all four individual phases of the abuse-control cycle with simple, straight-forward candor, as well as discussing the only true solution to the epidemic:

The Independent Domestic Objective.

 

My Review: First, I want to point out that this is a change of pace for me as I generally read for fun and escapism. While I love reading in general, some obviously carry a different weight then others, and I found this to be illuminating and highly informational as it’s written in a casual sort of tone that’s more like having a conversation than not, and that’s important for me.

While on the surface, this looks like a typical self-help book, the personal style goes beyond that. By using his personal viewpoint and experiences, the author gives it a level of understanding that’s usually missing from some self-help books.

I know for me it’s usually best when people explain what they experienced and how they handled it instead of feeling like I’m being lectured. I know that’s not the intent of the authors that do it, but it often feels like there’s a wall between them and their work that’s missing from this book. I hope that makes sense.

As with any non-fiction book, this one offers tools in the form of advice while also advising to seek out professionals. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner, featuring Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

The Stream by Vic Tomlinson

The old stream

just keeps flowing.

I could spend all my time

just watching and listening to it.

I stick my feet in

and it cools me on a hot day.

It trickles down

from one level to another.

Patches of moss are scattered

along the edges.

Tiny minnows nibble

at my toes.

Small pebbles lie

beneath my feet.

It just keeps going and going

before and after me.

Awesome, Vic! I love the imagery. It takes me back to when I used to play in the crik. 🙂 🙂

Keep up with Vic by following him on:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

 

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The Grizzly Creek Massacre

Looks like a fun read. 🙂

Russ Towne's A Grateful Man

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My latest ebook, The Grizzly Creek Massacre has just been released as an ebook!

This story is about four new Army Cavalry recruits who find themselves on the wrong side of a greedy sergeant and his gang when a large cache of gold is discovered in hostile Indian country. The four new recruits must run for their lives when they witness the murder of a naive young officer. Soon the corrupt cavalry unit and hostile Indians are trying to kill them, and fighting each other for the privilege!

This heart-felt story is full of action and adventure, and a touch of romance.

May your days be filled with blessings.

With love,

Russ

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In the Books featuring Mane of Redemption by Aaron Brinker

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Aaron Brinker’s Mane of Redemption! 🙂

aaron brinker

About the Book: After his Good Samaritan personality lands him in the hospital, Jude Crenshaw is given a divine gift. He roams the streets of New York, using his ability to grant redemption to those worthy. With the dark forces of Hell planning an attack, Jude must prepare himself for the task he was chosen. Will he succeed in his battle against the elements of our deepest nightmares? ($1.00 of every copy sold will be donated to http://www.turpentinecreek.org.)

My Review: I’m a sucker for a good redemption story, and this one didn’t disappoint.

The characters are typical archetypes of the common person in how they think and feel. One exemplifies strength and integrity while the other, while strong, has his greatest weakness exposed and is preyed upon through it. It’s so easy to identify with both that it’s like looking in a mirror and seeing different sides of ourselves, and that adds a whole new dimension to the story.

Speaking of the story, the writing is engaging while keeping the descriptions to a minimum (meaning only what we need to see) and it moves the story along at a fast pace. This is kind of a downside for me as I can see this easily being expanded to a three or four hundred page novel. This is something I’ve been told about some of my stories, so I can understand the desire to keep them short, so please judge it for yourself. Either way, it’s a fun tale.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Grace Augustine

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner!. This week’s featured poet is Grace Augustine, so please join me in giving her a warm welcome. 🙂

Her poem is from her collection titled, Fragments of Reflection. 🙂

Wanting the Impossible by Grace Augustine

A sense of security lies in knowing

That you are needed

I need you

I awaken to a cold, dark room

And more often than not

Cannot get to sleep

Staring at the ceiling

I think

I ponder

How delightful it would be

To have you by my side

To be able to turn over

And watch you

Rather than the dancing shadows

Emotionally

I’m all screwed up

I’ve wanted you so badly

That I ache deeply within

Just being near you

Speaking with you

Seeing you

Quenches that thirst of wanting you

I want you in a glass box

Where only I have entrance

You’ve quickened these desires

From hibernation

You’ve taught them more deeply

The meaning of wanting something

That is far from their reach

And how painful it is

When it is an

Impossibility to conquer

Awesome poem, Grace! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

Keep up with Grace by following her on:

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If you would like to share your poetry here, or know anyone that would like to be featured, please email me at cpbialois@gmail.com

As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

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In the Books featuring Miranda Jones Book 1: Resurrection by BC Austen

Good morning and welcome to this week’s In the Books, featuring Miranda Jones Book 1: Resurrection by BC Austen.

BC Austen

About the Book: Miranda, at the age of 39, is an introverted woman. She is forced out of self imposed hibernation after she finds out that her father’s will stipulated she must marry within months, or lose half her inheritance to an old Scottish orphanage. When one avenue fails she must turn to another, but will it bring chaos and fear?

My review: I’m a huge fan of coming-of-age stories, but also, over the years romance-type stories have become a guilty pleasure and this was every bit of fun as most of the genre I’ve read.

Miranda is a well- written and thought out character that really pulls us into her world and daily struggles as she navigates her newly expanded life and the interesting obstacles that await her.

The story is well paced, which is surprising given it follows the main character through her daily life for the most part. For me, that speaks to the author’s ability to tell a story and I look forward to reading her future adventures.

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