Pamela Beckford

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Love: Lost and Found – a collection of love poems

Quick description: Using various poetry forms we are introduced to the ups and downs of love, from the throes of passion in a new love to the angst of a lost love

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Brief biography:
I started writing poetry in 2013 and haven’t stopped since. It is still hard to think of myself as a poet (or a writer), but I am. I find writing poetry has been a great release for me. I have been a non-profit executive for over 15 years and am passionate about my job, even though it is extremely demanding. I have one grown daughter and an adorable young grandson who live way too far away from me.

Links to buy Pamela’s book:
My books are all available in paperback or Kindle ebooks. I am currently running a MatchBook promotion until Christmas.
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AmazonDreams of Love
AmazonVoices of Nature

Pamela’s promo links:
Amazon author page
Facebook
Twitter
Blog

What are you working on now?
I am nearing completion of a new collection of poems that will be released in January (just in time for Valentine’s Day!)

Pamela’s reading recommendation:
I am an avid reader and read a lot of fiction. I prefer indie authors and can recommend so many that I hate to single anyone out. Plus, it depends on the genre someone prefers.

Amanda Earl

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Kiki – poetry

Quick description: Kiki is an homage to Kiki of Montparnasse and the artists, musicians, writers, playwrights, dancers, who made the Crazy Years crazy.

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Brief biography:
I’m a poet, publisher and pornographer from Ottawa, Ontario.

Links to buy Amanda’s book:
Chaudiere Books
Amazon and Amazon Canada
Chapters/Indigo
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Amanda’s promo links:
Kiki Folle
Website
Twitter

What are you working on now?
St. Ursula’s Commonplace Book, a book of art and fervor.

Amanda’s reading recommendation:
What Happened by Tom Walmsley

Ursula Pflug

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? They Have To Take You In, a cross-genre anthology Ursula has edited.

Quick description: The anthology revolves around the theme of home and family. Family elicits our strongest emotional responses, whether joy and love, or rage and fear. 18 authors and nine poets explore the meaning of family in a variety of genres. Herein they tell the entire grumble of the story, sometimes in memoir, sometimes in fiction, sometimes in a poem, but never in the candy-coated dithyrambs that populate the pages of those ‘chicken soup for the soul’ books. This anthology is filled with serious truth, the kind that goes deep and heals from well within the wound.

Richard Grove at Hidden Brook Press is donating all royalties from sales to the Canadian Mental Health Associations’ The Dana Fund, a no-overhead fund applicants may use to meet pressing needs.

Robert Runté has contributed to this anthology. He is also featured on Reading Recommendations.

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Brief biography:
Ursula Pflug is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, who has had her work published in Canada, the U.S and Great Britain. She has also written extensively for film, theatre, and television and lives in Peterborough Country, Canada.

Links to buy Ursula’s book:
Amazon – paperback

Ursula’s promo links:
Hidden Books Press
Ursula’s website

What are you working on now?
The UK’s PS Publishing has just released Harvesting the Moon, a collection of Ursula’s own stories.

Cindy O’Neil

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Before The Mist – A selection of poetry and lyrics

Quick description: Lyrics and poetry about the stuff that makes us human – confusion, debt, silliness, triumph, insomnia … Amidst all this are the stories behind each piece.

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Brief biography:
A left handed Pisces, Cindy O’Neil tends to be a bit backwards. This inclination comes in handy with animals, babies and words. Her writing styles include children’s books, articles, haiku’s, poetry, songs and word puzzles. A self-published author, she has yet to be discovered by 99% of the reading public. Cindy lives with her 2 four-legged babies of unknown lineage and her strong, silent type fiancé.

Links to buy Cindy’s book:
Scribd
Smashwords

Cindy’s promo links:
Website
Facebook

What are you working on now?
My second book of word search puzzles – I make the puzzles from scratch. No working title for it yet. Articles are another ongoing project. Recently I’ve started publishing some of my articles on my website.

Cindy’s reading recommendation:
I’m on my third read of The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. Just recently found out that he self published it originally, which makes me like the book that much more.

Alice Major recommends Ella Zeltserman

Welcome to a new feature on the Reading Recommendations blog, in which I ask established authors to recommend an author whose work has impressed them recently and who they would like to promote to my readers.

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Book title and author:
small things left behind by Ella Zeltserman

What genre is it? Poetry – published as part of the University of Alberta Press Robert Kroetsch Series

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Quick description:
These poems tell a story of displacement, immigration, longing. They shape the family history of a woman who manages to get out of Russia in 1979 with her husband and small daughter, to make a life in Canada. They capture the ‘youth in a ruthless country’: the scents and sounds of her mother’s kitchen framed by the privations and politics of the USSR, along with the yearning of an immigrant who had to leave but misses home.

Why I recommend this book:
I especially like the way that politics and the big events of recent history find their way into the lyrics of daily life, and I am caught by the poignancy of this particular history. The author left the Soviet Union fully expecting she would never see family again; she was made stateless by her own country. Within a decade and a half, the old Soviet Union had collapsed, its apparently immovable system crumpled. The poet is caught in an in-between place—the simultaneous possibility and impossibility of going back—flooded by memories.

The book brings me into contact with a period of history I really didn’t know before, the history of post-WW2 Russia. It tells me about the shifts that people made to survive and the forces that led so many Jewish people to leave behind their homes there. It tells this story through a quiet lyricism that catches so many details: the Baltic light of St. Petersburg’s sky, the names of streets and foods, the mayflowers by the Neva River, the loss of a pet cat, (“He was picked up by a team from Pavlov’s / Research Institute” while running his usual cat errands.) The details seem exotic, remote, and yet the emotions are utterly familiar.

Links for people to buy it:
University of Alberta Press – paperback and eBook
Amazon.ca – paperback

This book will be launched in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at The Artery,
9535 Jasper Ave. (Event announcement and more information.)

Here’s an interview with Ella Zeltserman on CKUA Radio’s ArtBeat.

Guest reviewer’s latest title or project:
Alice Major’s most recent book is the essay collection Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science. She is finalizing a new poetry manuscript called Standard Candles, on the theme of cosmology.

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You may read more about Alice Major and her writing here.

Hunter S. Jones

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? September Again is the newest release, launched April 15, 2014. It is a dramatic, contemporary coming of age story with a blend of romance and poetry.

Quick description: According to Cherokee beliefs, opportunity will bless you twice.
September Again, second in the series, September Stories, is the follow up to the hugely popular indie sensation, September Ends. September Again finds Liz Snow Savage leaving England. She follows her daughter Zelda Savage back to America after Zelda’s betrayal of her. More drama ensues as Liz looks for meaning in life while Zelda finds her direction after the tragedy of losing Jack O. Savage, The Poet. Set mainly in Chattanooga, Tennessee, September Again chronicles the rhythm of life’s cycles. The ebb and flow of love unravel the mystery of Liz’s past. September Again allows a further glimpse into the intricate web of passion and desire which have entangled Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage for years. Will a chance encounter finally reveal the truth? What act will change the destiny of Liz and Zelda forever? The story of sin, salvation and redemption continues in Book 2 of the September Stories, told through a mosaic of prose with a smattering of poetry.

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Brief biography:
Writer. Exile on Peachtree Street. Lover of all the finer things in life.

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.

October 2013 saw the launch of a novel collaboration, September Ends, contemporary fiction laced with romance, erotic and supernatural elements, bound by poetry. This novel is written with an anonymous English poet. September Ends has been labeled an “Indie Sensation” due the critical reception and international recognition the novel has received. The book has been downloaded in every Amazon domain on the planet. It has achieved #1 status on Amazon for World Literature, #1 in British Poetry and #1 in Contemporary Poetry.

The first installment of The Fortune Series, Fortune Calling, released in January 2014, is the story of Dallas Fortune, a musician from Nashville who has been dealt a bad hand by fate, but finds her way. It has been #1 on Amazon in Contemporary Fiction featuring Performing Arts and #1 in Contemporary Short Stories.

Look for the next September story, September Again, released on Amazon on April 15, 2014.

Links to buy Hunter’s book:
Amazon International Purchase Link

Hunter’s promo links:
You can connect with me at the following social media sites:
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Website
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Blog – Exile on Peachtree Street

What are you working on now?
Right now? Right now I’m working on a blog for the upcoming Art Rocks Athens GA event which will celebrate the art that shaped the music of Athens GA in the 1970s-1980s.

Hunter’s reading recommendation:
Recently I’ve been enjoying MODS: The New Religion by Paul Anderson, released by Omnibus Press. It’s the story of the Mods from the 1960s – their music, fashion. Fantastic read. I discovered it in London at the London Book Fair. I highly recommend it.

Thank you very much for featuring me today!

Janet Ruth Heller

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My new book is Exodus, and it is a poetry book.

Quick description: The poems in Exodus are modern re-interpretations and psychological explorations of the people and events in the Bible. A central metaphor is the exodus from Egypt, which represents the journeys that people make: trying new experiences, leaving a bad relationship, finding a new job, taking risks. Many of the poems are dramatic monologues from the perspective of a character in the Scriptures.

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Brief biography:
Janet Ruth Heller is president of the Michigan College English Association. She has published three poetry books: Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2014), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012), and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011). The University of Missouri Press published her scholarly book, Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (1990). Her children’s book about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006), has won four national awards.

Links to buy Janet’s book:
Amazon – paperback
Barnes & Noble – paperback

Janet’s promo links:
Website
Wattpad
Facebook

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a memoir and revising a manuscript of nature poems. I’m also revising two children’s book manuscripts.

Janet’s reading recommendation:
I enjoy the poetry of Alicia Suskin Ostriker and her positive outlook on growing older in her recent book of poems entitled The Book of Seventy.

rob mclennan

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The most recent release is The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), but I also have two other books out this year: a second collection of literary essays, Notes and Dispatches: Essays (Insomniac Press, June 2014) and my twenty-fourth trade poetry collection, If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, September 2014).

Quick description: The Uncertainty Principle: stories, is a collection of extremely short stories about nearly everything.

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Brief biography:
Author of nearly thirty trade titles of poetry, fiction and non-fiction in a half-dozen countries, and published in over two hundred journals worldwide. Ottawa-born and situated. Has run above/ground press, The Factory Reading Series and the ottawa small press book fair for twenty years or more. Also edits/publishes ottawater, Touch the Donkey and the trade publisher Chaudiere Books (with Christine McNair). Has toured extensively with Ottawa poet Stephen Brockwell.

Links to buy rob’s book:
rob mclennan’s blog

rob’s promo links:
I blog daily and have a Facebook author page as well as the obligatory twitter-handle.

What are you working on now?
Given our newborn Rose, remarkably little. Although I’ve been poking at poems again over the past few weeks, and am hoping to complete a manuscript of short stories by the end of this year. I keep hoping to return to that novel.

rob’s reading recommendation:
can’t and won’t, Lydia Davis (FSG, 2014); For Tamara, Sarah Lang (Anansi, 2014); Mercenary English, Mercedes Eng (CUE, 2013); Gone South, Barry McKinnon (Gorse, 2013).

Nancy Beattie

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Broken is psychological suspense. It is a compilation of three short stories and three poems.

Quick description:
Short Stories
The Bird: Held hostage by the intricacies of a disturbed mind, a patient will go to any length to secure the attention of her love interest.
The Queen: One of history’s most infamous Queen’s is given a voice. Her insidious evolution is revealed, as well as her current day strategy for the destruction of relationships.
Ensnared: Marilyn is torn between the desire to support her mentally ill brother, and the need to ensure the well-being of her family. She is determined to protect her son. But has she been focusing on the wrong family member?
Poetry
In Pride, the vice is stripped away to reveal that it is only a shield; a form of protection from the realities of self.
Faced with difficult choices and uncomfortable circumstances, Resilience illustrates overcoming perceived annihilation through faith and acceptance.
Transformation explores the emotional journey from despair, through the rugged path of resistance, to wholeness.

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Brief biography:
I began my writing career in an effort to recapture something for myself, after being at home for a time, raising our two daughters. My love of all things psychology allows me to create work that explores the depths of the human psyche. I live outside Montreal with my husband, two daughters and one rather annoying cat.

Links to buy Nancy’s book:
Morning Rain Website

Nancy’s promo links:
Website

What are you working on now?
A follow-up piece to the second short story in this compilation, The Queen. I’m also working on a degree in Counselling Psychology.

Nancy’s reading recommendation:
While creating fiction, I tend to read non-fiction. My current favorite is Boundaries, by Cloud & Townsend.

Kimmy Beach

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Last Temptation of Bond (The University of Alberta Press, 2013). It’s no genre and every genre. Poetry, straight prose, and drama mostly. The back of the book says, “Poetry” but very little of it is that. Because I’m primarily known as a poet, and because it had to be classified as something, it’s poetry. I prefer to think of it as a book.

Quick description: James Bond dies. But he brings it all on himself.

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Brief biography:
This is my fifth book and my editor, Peter Midgley, just won the Editors’ Association of Canada’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for his work on it. I’m the most fortunate writer in Canada to have that guy on my side. I run a manuscript evaluation service and love mentoring to emerging writers.

Links to buy Kimmy’s book:
University of Alberta Press
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print

Kimmy’s promo links:
Website
Twitter

What are you working on now?
I’m putting the finishing touches on a novella which I hope will be my sixth book. Somewhere in the back of my crowded head percolates a collection of prose poems about 1970s romance comics and the TV show, This is Tom Jones! (1969-1971).

Kimmy’s reading recommendation:
Prose: Stylistically new and innovative, completely original: Isobel & Emile (Coach House Press, 2010) by Alan Reed.
Poetry: Barry Dempster, always. His latest is Invisible Dogs (Brick Books, 2013).