Guest Post. Finding your Voice. Written by Sandi Smith, author of The Pumpkin Patch. #SandiSmith  #ThePumpkinPatch

Book Details:

Book Title: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith

Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: November 5, 2017

Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

How can one small-minded, angry person destroy the lives of so many people in her path, connecting them all together in a game of destruction and heartbreak? It is possible, but what pushes a person to enjoy inflicting pain to such an extent, leaving a trail of hate, anger, and defeat behind her, which only seems to make her stronger and more satisfied. Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of the Authors’ Book Agency, is that person, who, unknowingly, with a single thread of hate, has connected the lives of a small group of people, bringing them together with one single common denominator. Anger. The anger from this small group of people is building, but it has nowhere to go, or does it? Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of Authors’ Book Agency, has gone missing.

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Finding your voice.

Writing in First Person (or third). I think I generally write in the third person. I am an outsider looking in, trying to make everything work out. When I first started writing my children’s books, they were all written in verse. I loved poetry, and that was how I wrote. Some people respond well to the poetry, and then there are some who don’t. They would rather have conversations between two or three different people in the story (i.e., “where were you today?” or “I didn’t like that dress!”). I didn’t know how to do that. Recently, I took one of my children’s books, printed it out, read it, and then I started to rewrite it. I actually rewrote it in the first person style. It was fun! I had to work really hard at it, because three or four paragraphs would be in the first person style, and then I would switch right back over to third person (he went to the kitchen to get a drink of water. His sister stuck her tongue out at him.) It actually was really confusing and frustrating. I didn’t think I could do it. Again and again, everything would go smoothly, and I would be writing everything in the first person, but then two or three paragraphs later, again, I would be writing in the third person. I had to really pay attention to that. Once you get used to something, especially if that is the only way you would write, it is really difficult to change. But I liked the new style, so I am going to try to do more of it.

Meet the Author:

Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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Guest Post. Signs in the Rearview Mirror, by Kelly Smith. @kellys_author @iReadBookTours #signsintherearviewmirror

Book Details:

Book Title: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind

Author: Kelly Smith

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 214 pages

Genre: Self-help, Relationships

Publisher: Sunny Day Publishing

Release date: April 2018

Tour dates: June 18 to July 7, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 (This book contains real-life violence, but also meant for young people who are old enough to date)

Book Description:

What kind of person ends up in toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head on. Coming-out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear offing alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer help.

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Moving On After a Toxic Relationship

We have all been there. We have all been hurt or we have hurt someone at the end of a relationship. Traditionally guys went to the bar and girl went to ice cream. A few days later change begins to set in and we repair ourselves and life somehow moves on. But after you have been in a toxic relationship for years, you don’t just walk away and move on. You question, you call, you are left confused because they don’t leave you in a traditional way. They leave after they make a mess and expect you to just accept it. They leave for someone else and rarely do they hide it. After months of trying to understand what is going on, you sometimes still can’t move on because you were abused and destroyed. Some can’t see it because it does not feel like abuse. Unless you have blood, broken bones or bruises no one can see the abuse you have endured so you are left looking crazy and that is what the toxic person wants. They want everyone to see how “crazy” you are and that they were right for walking away. If any of this sounds familiar to you, know you can get help. You are not alone nor are you crazy. It will take more time for you to get past this relationship but more importantly, you need to find out why you stayed in a toxic relationship. Once you figure this out, healing will be easier and life will move on again.

Meet the Author:

Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for the Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast Let’s Get Wicked Deep.

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Top 5 Tuesday Meme. My Top 5 Summertime Reads.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by The Bionic Bookworm. These are my top 5 Summertime Reads.

My first two are not what you would immediately think are summer reads, but I read them while I was travelling, so I forever associate them with summer. That’s why my copies are a little scruffy.
The Age of Reason Jean-Paul Sarte. This is one of those what on earth reads. I read it with a feeling of not sure if I should stop with this one.
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald. I go on about Fitzgerald a lot, because his writing just makes my brain pop. I absolutely cannot fault this book. It mirrors my life as well in a strange way. I was just like yep know what that’s like.
Digging Holes to Another Continent Isabelle Kenyon. This was only released this year, and I’m sure I’ll read it every summer. Isabelle wrote these poems while in New Zealand. Beaches, car trips, and family. It’s a playful, and emotional poetry chapbook.
The Existence of Pity Jeanne Zokan. This is the perfect Sunday read. It has a lot of emotional themes, with the basic premise being a family is torn apart by a secret. It’s set in an exotic location too.
Summoning Jeanne Shannon. This poetry collection is immense. It takes you through all of the seasons, really. Experimental poetry. Perfect.

So those are my summer reads. Have you read any of these? What are your favourite summer reads?

Ghost City Press summer Micro – Chapbook series 📚

One of my favourite things about summer is the Ghost City press summer Micro – Chapbook series. 75 chapbooks released over three months, every day (‘cept weekends!) landing into your inbox as an ebook. The covers are gorgeous, and the writers they publish always diverse. The best thing is they are all free! Check them out here


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Here comes the Sun 🌞 Book Birthday

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I wasn’t going to celebrate this, but then I usually try to avoid such things, like celebrating my own birthday, and publishing your own book is an achievement, so my poetry chapbook Here comes the Sun is one today! I spent a large part of June in 2017 working on this chapbook, before uploading the file onto Createspace. The poems were written whilst I was travelling in 2016. I left home, my boyfriend and I were travelling, living in hotels, and having a good time. The book has gotten some great reviews from readers. I value reviews so much. The feedback helps me to be a better writer, and on days I am not motivated can really raise spirit.

I also want to thank Jennifer Patino for her review of my other book La La Love.

La La Love hands out small poetic doses with each turn of the page. Katie Lewington’s voice and style are enough to cause an addiction. This collection is personal, but doesn’t give away all of the poet’s secrets. Instead the reader is presented with beautiful skimmings of surfaces until the closing lines of each poem, where Lewington successfully brings our minds to a much deeper climax. Excellent poetry.

I am now going to talk about my writing routine.

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I have usually written my poems, ad hoc in most cases, and when I see a theme emerging I work on compiling those poems. With Here comes the Sun that theme was travel. I had the poems all handwritten, and I started to edit the the poems, and to try to put them in an order that made them sit comfortably into the context of the book. I didn’t want to put, for example, two poems about the beach together that would have not moved the reader in the same way if they had read them two, three poems apart.
There was one poem, which I liked, that I cut from Here comes the Sun. I didn’t feel it had enough substance to it. These decisions have to be done, but they are not easy. Editing is a difficult part of the process. As I get older I see the value in doing so, and orchestrating the book in a way it will get the right emotional responses from its reader.
I then get the completed book read by my boyfriend. He’s so smart, and knows about everything, so I feel my poetry is in safe hands. I wait for a yay or nay (his feedback is literally that succinct) With his support I feel more confident about my new book.
I think any writer feels a bit fragile after writing their book. Best to have a short nap afterwards.
That is pretty much it, compiling, editing, and feedback. Of course, the time between steps can be weeks, months, or years. I tend to procrasinate around the editing part. That’s where a lot of the living happens and I have to make the time inbetween that to work on my writing: fixing errors, changing titles, making sense of my scribbles etc.
It can be lonely as well. For all of social medias faults it has made it easier for writers to confab with each other about their craft, which I think is pretty awesome.


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