The Poetry Corner featuring Meagan Cahuasqui

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming back Meagan Cahuasqui!:)

13 Going On 23 by Meagan Cahuasqui
I don’t like to turn on the lights when my room gets dark.
I prefer the alien, green glow that befalls my pink walls
as the sun hits the old SpongeBob curtains hanging
over the east-facing window. I should change those curtains
(and the color of the walls) that have surrounded me
for ten years. Still,

there’s something enchanting about it. And when I’m home
alone, and night comes, I don’t bother getting up
to turn the lights on to chase away the blackening day,
just like I don’t bother painting the walls or changing
the curtains that belong to a girl who once trembled
in the dark, afraid of the shadows until she was twelve.

I let the computer screen’s luminescence washout my face
while one of a thousand mix CD’s, made in my emo phase
of middle school days, plays in the background. I still smile
when My Chemical Romance whispers, “I’m not okay,”
and then screams, “I’m okay!” It makes as much sense
at 23 as it did at 13.

Awesome poem, Meagan and thank for sharing. I think we’ve all gone through moments like these.:)

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In the Books featuring The Paladins of Naretia: Book one in the Naretia series by TP Keane

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Paladins of Naretia: Book one in the Naretia series by TP Keane.


About the Book: Olórin’s adopted son, Aramus, is a creature unlike any in the kingdom of Naretia. He is feared by all, and holds a darkness inside that is said will end all life by his eighteenth birthday. Olórin must scour the kingdom for godly ingredients to make a potion for Aramus that will save them all. He is hoping his son’s human side will prevail over the rising darkness within him, for long enough to outrun their enemies.
But Aramus’s real father, the dark God Dantet, desires his son’s powers so he might, once again, walk on mortal soil. His legion of dark creatures follow Olórin and Aramus at every turn, trying to kill them. Dantet’s army, however, is not the only one wanting Aramus dead. Something, or someone, changes fate’s hand. Neither Dantet, nor Olórin, can see the terrible future that threatens them all. Even the traitors within the wizard caste are blind to what is coming.
But it is coming.

My Review: I have to admit, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, and I’m happier for it.

I was interested in reading this when I first saw it, so when I had a chance to grab a copy I didn’t wait long to get started. First, I think it’s fair to point out this isn’t your typical Epic Fantasy novel.

Instead of the usual world building and exposition that is normal in the genre and can drag a book along, this book moved at a fast pace that was more in line with the Thriller genre than not. On top of the usual storytelling in Epic fantasy, it added a heart-racing quality that made the book hard to put down. It was something I wasn’t used to reading in Epic Fantasy, and it caught me by surprise. I couldn’t wait to keep reading and learn what happened next, and the ending didn’t disappoint as it wasn’t what I expected.

While the story moved fast and threw clues at me, the characters really added something unexpected to the story. I love anti-heroes and darker characters, so it’s no surprise Aramus is my favorite. Between his brooding nature and untapped potential, I was waiting for him to unleash on his enemies as they dogged him throughout his and Olórin’s journey.

This is definitely a must have book for any fantasy fan and I look forward to more stories from the author in the future.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to another installment of The Poetry Corner, featuring Vic Tomlinson. Please, sit back and enjoy.:)

Struggles by Vic Tomlinson

We struggle as we grow up
and make our way
through high school and beyond.

We struggle as we
take on our first job.

We struggle as we begin life as a couple,
paying our bills and adjusting to one another.

We struggle if we have children,
meeting their needs and still finding
enough time for each other.

We struggle as the kids
reach their teenage years,
learning to drive, dating,
and trying to keep them on the right path.

We struggle, for a time, as the kids
leave home for college or jobs.

We struggle with paying the taxes
as we have more money and fewer deductions.

We struggle with our health after we retire,
often adjusting to a lower standard of living.

It seems that life is full of struggles,
regardless of the phase.


Awesome poem and job of capturing an aspect of life, Vic!

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The Hard Truth About Being a Professional Writer

Some excellent insights.:)

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I happened to see this meme (above) on Facebook and I lost it laughing. This is such a great metaphor for what it is like to be a writer. In the beginning I was a rose, then I learned to become the dandelion. The dandelion might not be as pretty, but it is prolific and it is a survivor.

When I decided years ago to leave sales and become a writer, I had a far more glamorous idea of what it was like to be a professional writer (pieced together from movies). Additionally, it didn’t help that my first “novel” was so much fun to write.

Of course it was fun! I didn’t have to be constrained by these pesky things called “rules” and “craft.” I was like some kid banging away on a piano believing I was, in fact, making music.

Yet, when I joined a writing group and…

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Xpresso Book Tours Presents… Best-Selling Author Charity Parkerson & More!

A cool Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy giveaway!:)

Tracy James Jones

Witching isn’t easy, and these magical hotties have their cauldrons full.

The Witch:
A potion gone wrong, or right?
Single, unemployed, and in charge of her very own pet zombie, Ella Perry is cooking up trouble, and it’s raining men.
The Pixie:
Be careful what you wish for, or better yet, what you allow your friends to wish for.
As Samuel the Dark’s ward, Tam the Pixie is living in the mortal realm under the watchful eye of her guardian angel, Thomas. However, when she gives Thomas one free wish, she never expects that he’ll use it to turn her life upside down.
The Angel:
Temptation so strong you can taste it.
Guardian Angel Gideon Black has found a new career since being granted his freedom from the Heavens. Working as a professional fighter has given Gideon a place to release his powers. However, he has another outlet in…

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The Poetry Corner featuring Raz T Slasher

Good morning everyone, and welcome to The Poetry Corner! We have a new poet with us this week, so please join me in welcoming Raz T Slasher!


Abandon Ship by: Raz (June of 2011)

I was there although you didn’t see
You never seem to notice me
You appear to walk through me like I’m a ghost

Just one touch and I’m placated
One more kiss to keep me jaded
You’ll never give me what I want the most

I’ll stand beside you till the day
When you decide to go away
You’re not the first to leave, won’t be the last

Tear my heart right out of me
Rip it up and leave me be
Just another reef I’m sailing past

Sooner or later everybody goes
For reasons that remain unknown
The winds of change propel me on for more

The tides are churning in my sea
My ship is sinking rapidly
Full of holes and washed up on the shore

I’ve sailed into the land of madness
Weighted down by all the sadness
I think it’s time I let my anchors go

Nothing left to keep me here
Though it’s the solitude I fear
You’ll forget about me, this I know

Stitch me up with my regret
I can’t find my solace yet
and everywhere I go another wall

Broken,battered,full of shame
I’ve got no one else to blame
This place is dedicated to my fall

Back into my cold dark place
Left to bathe in my disgrace
Forgotten by the world…………Abandoned now

Amazing poem, Raz! I remember those times well. lol

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In the Books featuring Blood Tithe by Glenn Soucy

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Blood Tithe by Glenn Soucy.

Blood Tithe

About the Book: In the damp, dark forest of northern Maine, a secret that was buried for decades becomes exposed. Jeremy was five years old and playing in the thick forest, when he fell into a forgotten tunnel. The old passage was left over from WWII; when the USA was trying to create the Master Race with DNA alterations. The chemicals were still there, mixing with flood waters, and only becoming stronger.

Jeremy is rescued from the tunnel, and spends the summer in the hospital recovering. But soon realizes that he can sense heartbeats from a distance, feel sap moving in trees. Best of all, he can gather energy from every living thing, which gives him unnatural and sometime uncontrollable powers.

His mother and sister are frightened by this as he struggles for their affection. Soon the CIA hears of the news and starts asking questions, as do mysterious people who are still alive from the original experiments. Jeremy doesn’t know who to trust.

My Review: This was an interesting read as I really didn’t know what to expect, nor make out about whom or what the main character, Jeremy, had become. While the piqued my interest enough to keep reading, I was pleasantly surprised by how young Jeremy was written.

The author did a fantastic job of catching the mindset and adventurous/never-say-die personality of most young boys (I was no different. Lol). I found myself smiling at some of his mannerisms and phrases toward his sister or being told not to do something. I feel I have to point out I outright LOVED his interaction with his sister. It was both heartbreaking and pleasant.

I do have to admit I was hoping for more of an interaction with the Howler. While his and Jeremy’s stories were interwoven in an interesting and thoughtful way, I really wanted to see the two together more. I would say more, but I fear that’ll give away spoilers.

The lone complaint I have is the book ended with an obvious hook, but that’s to be expected with a series, so I’ll just have to grab the rest of the books to answer my questions.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author.

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