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Hello. I found some new publishing opportunities this week to share with you.

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If you have any questions about getting your writing published in literary places, or would like a personalised list of places that would fit your work, let me know in the comments below!


#minireview Bones in the Garden. McKayla DeBonis @mckayladebonis

: Amazon

Release Date: May twenty-first 2017

Average Rating: 4.6/5 🌟


Available on KU



I like the theme of this poetry collection of gardens, regrowth, and bones, and all the subjects they can represent. It’s well presented, with illustrations.

‘How can one man destroy the

Structure that holds me together?’

What McKayla does is plant seeds, and lays to rest the past, metaphorically layered, using plants: Wildflowers, poppies, trees: Weeping Willows, and animals: Bees. 

‘I am more than scars etched in white,’ 

McKayla writes at the back of the book that these poems were written during an abusive relationship, and I think if anyone was going through that, and read this collection, they would find parallels, and it might help give them strength, and find their own voice again, which I think is really special. 

Bones in the Garden is a curious collection of poetry, and uses many ideas. The imagery is superb. 




#ontheradar My current reads include @jasmine_d_smith & @rainepoetry

These are some of the books I’m currently reading.

An Endless Procession of Clouds is a selection of poems written over 10 years in the U.S. and Europe, all while “looking up”. A habit of cloud-watching that began at a brick and iron-framed window in Brooklyn matured into a meditative act. Birth, death and life in between, wrapped in The Other World, all happen beneath the wise and ephemeral bodies of clouds. Literary skill meets the urgency of modern life in this debut collection. Celeste Ramos is a writer of poetry, fiction and short film from New York City.


Forest Floor takes you on a walk through a mind that has been shadowed by depression, fear, self-harm, and other mental illnesses in the form of poetry.


maroon daydreams is a collection of poetry that dives into experiences of healing, living life, daydreaming and all the aftermath of decisions we make and wishes we chase after.


a collection of modern poetry surrounding the most vulnerable time – post-breakup. follow the journey of hurt on the road to recovery.


Picture Credit Pixabay.com

Look out for my reviews of these in the coming days! Are there any poetry books you’ve been reading lately you would like to share?


#bookreview Pet Sematary Stephen King




Well, I needed a book to help drop me off to sleep, and Pet Sematary by Stephen King did that. What few books I’ve read of King his books do have some similarities, such as having an excellent core idea, and then moving away from it. 

I was on page two hundred and four of this book and I wondered where the story was going. We have a nice enough family, kind neighbours, a hazardous road, and a resurrected cat. Then we change gears and the tenses change, King hints that terrible things are going to happen, and so they do: Gage, the infant son of the family, dies. I found at this point Pet Sematary became difficult to read, as I felt the raw grief of Gage’s family.

In the end the book boils down to Gage’s father Louis’ inner battle to bring his son back to life, courtesy of sacred land. Gage becomes a Chucky type character and the story with shades of Frankenstein. 

Why do I return to King’s books likes a moth to a flame? 

I like his storytelling, and that his characters are ordinary folk with their own foibles, with well observed emotions and incidents that occur in family life, and in relationships. His books feel comfortable, until King whacks up the tension, then it’s plain unsettling to read. 

I am planning to read more of King’s books in 2018. That is my reading goal this year, so I won’t give up yet. Although I did, overall, feel meh about Pet Sematary. 

Also with this being written over thirty years ago there are racist jokes, and the word mongoloids, which is abhorrent. 


#bookreview Splintered with Terror Linda. M. Crate @thysilverdoe

Publisher: Scars Publications

Release Date: January nineteenth 2018 




For many this chapbook could possibly be triggering, as it covers sexual harassment, cat calling, and rape culture. I appreciate what must have gone into Linda’s poetry in this collection , and in sharing her experiences. I personally identified with the emotions of which she writes around her experiences, and I think Splintered with Terror is an important read because it is so relevant to our society. There are poems that recount incidents, others question our culture and reactions, as well as others that seemed to be open letters to those that stood by, and did nothing, but accuse the narrator of these poems. A few of the poems take place in college, where I think many of us are experiencing a newly discovered sexual awareness. 

‘People should always 

Respect each other’s boundaries,’

There are poems too, such as in Men like you, that make a very good point.

‘No means no

And people should be respected

For their decisions,’

What kicks in is a quality that I have noticed, and love about, Linda’s poetry is the uplift, the continuing on, and even referencing Harry Potter in Reliving Nightmares, ‘you are a foul loathsome little cockroach,’  There’s magic in her words. A line I loved was, ‘you’re the pomegranate stain on my heart,’ 

‘The best apology is changed behavior,’

Linda is a prolific writer and you can read examples of her wonderful writing at Milk+Beans Selcouth Station 

And soon in the book Please Hear what I’m Not Saying.

Please Hear what I’m Not Saying is an anthology of mental health themed poetry, releasing February, and the editor is Isabelle Kenyon. The proceeds for money raised from book sales will go to the mental health charity Mind, so look out for that. 

Stay in the loop by liking Linda’s Facebook page, and on Goodreads




#minireview Moon full of Moons. Kat Lehmann @songsofkat


Publisher: 29 Trees Press

Release Date: February eighteenth 2015

Average Rating: 5/5 🌟




Outdoor persons, and deep-thinkers will enjoy this book of poetry, in which is the minuit of our natural world. A breath of fresh air, as if sinking into the serene calm we feel when stood on the beach, with the sea lapping at our feet, and having left the concrete jungles behind. While many of the poems are observational, others are opinions of the writer, and matters of the heart are written about, as well as the moon, family, rebuilding, the earth, trees, and age.

 “It is the move behind existing that starts living” 

My highlights are Poems Peach and House for Sale. 

The circle of life all in one volume, Moon Full of Moons is an enjoyable read and my review just doesn’t do it justice.



Paperbark Wetlands Melinda J. Irvine

Pulling Words Nick Trandahl

Here comes the Sun Katie Lewington