On The Shelf (triple tanka)

Lonely on the shelf 
Like a doll waiting for play.
No one to talk to
Whilst you go about your day.
I’m set aside, forgotten. 

But I’ll be right here
Waiting until you return. 
Nothing is different 
Your needs come first. Mine second. 
I’ll wait for your arrival. 

Lonely on the shelf
Where you’ve hidden me away
I sit patiently 
At least for now I will wait
Someday you’ll find the shelf cold. 

Read Tuesday will Launch with Thunder

Originally posted on ReadTuesday:

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SPREADING THE NEWS

Read Tuesday is a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers on December 9, 2014.

Authors can participate for free. Signing up and participating is easy.

Readers and gift-givers just need to browse the Read Tuesday catalog in early December. Find the books you like here, but buy them at Amazon or Smashwords like normal. Except for saving big, of course.

To help spread the news, we have a ThunderClap promotion scheduled for the morning of December 9.

Our ThunderClap currently has a social reach of over 300,000 through 100 supporters (thank you, everyone), with 18 days left to improve these numbers. We have our sights set on a million, and we’re nearly one-third the way there.

What the ThunderClap does is announce the big Read Tuesday sale by synchronizing posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It’s easy to add your support (see below).

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Life Lines

Originally posted on Daily Echo:

Life Lines: Poems from a Reflection

A collection of fifty-two poems of life, love and inspiration.

There are joys for which we cannot find expression, moments that have a depth of emotion that can only be shared in images. It is here that poetry comes into its own, for the pictures we paint with words can conjure all the emotions of the human heart. From solitude to passion, from aspiration to the quest for the soul’s inner light, we seek to find ways to share our journey through life, to witness our footsteps as we pass through its shifting sands and cast a reflection on time itself. The poet is both mirror and reflection, framing the images of a human life and giving them a beating heart.

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Available from Amazon in Paperback and for Kindle.

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Book Review: All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

Originally posted on S.K. Nicholls:

Coming of age at the Ethel Harpst Home, an orphanage in the North Georgia Mountains, when I first read Jane Eyre at fourteen, my primary focus on that book by Charlotte Bronte was Jane Eyre’s life. Her trials and tribulations facing loss and the strengths she relied on to see her through.

In April of this year, at age fifty-three, I chanced to read it again. I was visiting the cabin in North Carolina. It was raining all week, damp and cold in the mountains. I kept a big fire in the huge stone fireplace in the central room of the cabin and I planted myself in front of the hearth all week and read the book again.

My second reading of Jane Eyre was much different than my first. I saw the relationships between the characters having been through so many life changes myself. The rich and lofty descriptions…

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I’M HOSTING A PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAY!

Pamela Beckford:

Check out Susan’s pages. We must all support small businesses

Originally posted on Miss Poppy's Boutique:

ContestPhotoChristmasNecklace.jpgGIVEAWAY PROMOTION!

By Susan Marie Molloy at Miss Poppy’s Boutique

I’m hosting a giveaway promotion, and everyone is invited to enter!

I’m giving away a crystal, glass, and metal necklace I designed and created in my studio specifically for this occasion. It’s made with red, green, clear, and silver beads — Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, cracked glass, a deep red vintage focal bead, and silver plated accents, all held together with a snappy spring clasp. It’s strung on very flexible jewelry wire, 18 inches long, and will fit about collarbone length on an adult. This necklace is striking with the rich colors and brilliant sparkles!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND BE A PART OF THE DRAWING:

  1. Timeframe: Sunday, November 16, 2014 until 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (November 27). My studio’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/MissPoppysBoutique
  2. If you already “like” my studio’s Facebook page, thank you!
  3. Please share this post at least once…

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Changelings on Tour: Pamela Beckford

Pamela Beckford:

What a kind thank you for my promotion of Changlings. You’ve downloaded Katie’s book, right? No? What are you waiting for. Check it out.

Originally posted on The D/A Dialogues:

Day three of the Changelings Blog tour has Pamela Beckford, she of The Year ‘Round Thanksgiving Project and Poetry by Pamela, as host.

Pam, and her fabulous new haircut!

Pam, and her fabulous new haircut! was fortunate enough to meet Pam through Green Embers/Building Rome. I was immediately enamored with the premise behind her blog: that the act of giving thanks is not just a one-day event. It is a daily event, a challenge to see the good in the world around us all the time. In reading Pam’s words – her musings and her daily anecdotes – I am reminded to live mindfully and actively look for things that make me happy – no matter how small.

As I read her blog, I began to see that although Pam considered herself a reader first and foremost – and warm sunny afternoons on her deck buried in a book being her idea of heaven (mine too) – she…

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Changelings Blog Tour

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Changelings. They were the descendants of Man and Fae. They walked between worlds – as healers, mystics, even kings – but no more. He thought he was the last, alone and lost, until the day he saw them.

Irish teens Maureen O’Malley and Sean McAndrew are lost in time. To find a way home, they must curry favor with pirates, dodge a revolution, and defy a king out of Ireland’s deepest legends.

They are Changelings, and they have magic in their blood – magic, which will rekindle a centuries-old war that threatens to tear the very fabric of time.

Pirates and rebels and myths, oh my!

Changelings: Into the Mist is the first book in the exciting Changelings series, and it is available in print and digital from Amazon today!

And, check out the IndieGoGo Campaign for your opportunity to not only have Katie sign your copy of Changelings, but to get some gorgeous perks – all while helping an indie author fund her ongoing marketing campaign!

Chapter One

I sat in the grove of my own creation and stared out at a world and a people descended of mine own. As I watched, trees gave way to stone and the Many lost their claim to the priests of the One.

Then the wheel turned. The sacred trees grew around my effigy of stone and the Many came out of hiding. I sat in my grove and watched a world outside my imagination, willing it to see.

She saw. She saw me with uncanny green eyes – the green eyes of my mother and her mother before her: witch’s eyes.

Joy rose in me. It was time – time to join the world after years of solitude, time to act after centuries of stillness.

I closed my eyes and reached across the barrier, to touch my future and my past…

Advanced praise for Changelings: Into the Mist

“It’s a love-letter to Ireland.” ~ Helena Hann-Basquiat, Memoirs of a Dilettante, Vol. One

“Katie Sullivan has penned an imaginative, entertaining debut novel.” ~ Andra Watkins, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (GoodReads Review)

Get your copy today!

Katie SullivanAbout the Author

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). She can be found writing with said character weekly at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

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