Author Interview at Indie Publishing Group, read in full here
Peeking Cat Poetry magazine interviewed me for a feature on their website.
You can read the full interview here:
“When dawn breaks…”
This was never what I wanted, but fame in the mafia was what I got.
When you see numbers like I can, death becomes a constant threat. It lingers, waiting for you to make one wrong move. One falter. One fatal step out of line. The endless presence will drain you, layering you with guilt and regret. Until one day, you’re covered in blood. And in that moment, you realize you’ve become the grim reaper yourself.
Nothing could stop me from saving my little sister. Nothing could weaken me until my boss threw a blonde slave at my feet. Once I found out who she was, I should have wanted her dead.
But I had a bad habit of breaking the rules.
And I loved that she hated me.
Like a stupid man named Romeo, I fell for the daughter of the feuding family. Like an idiot named Juliet, she didn’t try to run.
And when I fell for the fair maiden, I shook a pair of dice. I smoked a cigarette, but she paid the final price. As I offered her a smile, my venom filled her core. I watched her drink my poison as her soul walked out the door.
Genre Romantic Thriller
About the Author
Skyla Murphy is a highland junkie from West Coast, Canada. When she’s not searching the Rocky Mountains for Sasquatch, she can be found researching every other conspiracy theory known to mankind. Her Yorkshire Terrier is usually clung to her side, but he doesn’t buy into her philosophies much. Therefore, she writes about them instead.
When Chuck the Rooster lost his voice, life on the farm began to go wrong.
In an attempt to deal with the situation, the animals try to find a replacement from amongst themselves, to fill the sick rooster’s place. So they organize a singing contest.
Will someone be found to take Chuck’s place? How will the rooster react to the idea? And will there be another “Farm Idol”?
“When Chuck the Rooster Lost His Voice” is Dr. Sigal Haber’s children book.
Its Theme was inspired by the world of organizational management in which she specialized for many years.
The story describes, with humor and wit, what happens when an employee in the imaginary animal farm has trouble functioning or is absent from work. The farm animals, who are amusingly anthropomorphized, are exposed to issues such as duty, cooperation, and dealing with the unexpected.
The Body Image Blueprint is an honest, refreshing, and oftentimes, witty approach to finding body love and acceptance in a society that preaches otherwise. The Body Image Blueprint recounts Jenny Eden Berk’s struggle to find clarity in a culture obsessed with dieting. Through her own experience and with her proven techniques, Jenny helps readers navigate their own body image blueprint.
In this book you will find:
– Interviews from more than 50 men and women between the ages of 22-70 talking about their own body image perceptions.
– Conversations about the rawness and commonalities between so many of us who struggle with body image
– Techniques and effective strategies for building your own personal body image blueprint.
Never before has a book combined the beautiful vignettes of a classic memoir combined with the healing how-to’s of a self-help book in this way. The body image stories and journey’s of the men and women featured through Jenny’s interviews complete this debut book in a stunning, poignant and powerful way.
Everyone deserves to learn to love and accept themselves. Whether you’ve been struggling or just need a little self-love boost, buy this book and start your journey today!
“Jenny wraps up the experiences of becoming, growing into, and loving our bodies in a way that captivates the soul and encourages true compassion toward ourselves. I found myself smiling, cheering in agreement, and saying yes to her action steps. Jenny’s artful way of storytelling along with her mindful eating expertise bring this book together in a way that encourages every woman to celebrate who they are in profound ways well beyond the body and into the mind and soul. Every woman should own this book and share it relentlessly!” – Sarah Steckler, self-care strategist
Genre Health, Family, and Lifestyle
My Rating 👍👍👍👍
Free on KU
There is a giveaway on Goodreads.com for a signed copy of this book.
Easy to follow, split into three parts – Jenny tells her story, then uses the experiences of others to tell their story, and finally a blue print for our own use: recipes, and yoga recommendations, and replacing our negative thoughts with positive ones.
I love the humour Jenny uses. It is funny how we rarely use that humour when we view our own bodies negatively, until much later when the damage has been done.
I learnt a lot from the book. There are passages that gave me a lot to think about. With as babies we aren’t ashamed of our bodies, we don’t feel the need to diet, or compare ourselves. So what happens along the way, is it the attitude of our parents to diets, and food, or the media?
The good food/bad food idea, that is probably embedded into most of our heads, actually made me think hold on a second…
This book is relevant to me at the moment because I am twenty one, and I don’t have the metabolism that I had when I was sixteen, and my poor eating habits are catching up with me! But after a few years of trying to fit clothes that are too small, and not my style, dieting, and not liking my body, I am well on my way to not giving a stuff, and this book helped me. It points out a reasonable question, why will being skinny make you happy? Will finally achieving that certain weight make you happy?
Hm, perhaps not.
The pregnancy parts as well were interesting, because you know, giving birth is an incredible feat, and trying to immediately get your body back to the size you were isn’t going to be easy, and I have seen celebrities ribsfive, or so, months after they have given birth, and it makes headlines. I just don’t know why you would be worrying about that when you should be enjoying your new baby. How is that attainable?
The second section of the book asks other people questions, men as well as women. It can sometimes feel like pulling teeth when asking men to tell you how they feel! Two of the questions, What is one part of your body that you love? stumped me, whereas What is one part of your body that you dislike or are uncomfortable with? was much easier to answer.
I think, as Jenny says, this madness has to stop. Body image, and the way we perceive ourselves, and others, is clearly a huge problem, and we should be looking into it, and start to love ourselves, whatever our size, and get into a healthy habit, that makes us happy.
A collection of beautiful and self revealing poetry. This body of work highlights a journey through life, relationships and the growing pains of womanhood.
My Rating 💖💖💖💖💖
A passionate poetry collection about being a black woman, among men, as well as a mother, and with poetry on the cultures of old, and new, people’s attitudes, her writing background, childhood, and love. Revealing Layers of who Tye Jiles is, an important voice I found I was compelled to read.
I like the use of a different font, makes a massive difference, and the – after thoughts at the end of some of the poems, which act as a smooth finish, and title. The Thing about Matrimony is a cracker of a poem on annoying your partner. The dexterity of the words in the poem is amazing. One of the veins in this collection is the relationship the writer has with her partner, and the whole story of their coming to be is really sweet, and it feels like a complete history, like I really got the opportunity to get to know the author.
I think it is this, the maturity, of the poetry that made me feel I should give this collection five, not four, stars.
A book that gets better as it goes on, eventually I stopped highlighting my favourites as I would have been highlighting each page.
I look forward to reading book two.
My Rating 👌👌👌👌
Visceral, and mildly erotic, collection of poetry that is experimental, particularly in poem Offering, and has some dialogue. Alongside the poetry is longer pieces of writing, and photographs. Certainly a book for the senses, with tender feelings, and fruits. The opening poem Mango
Parting the exquisite flesh
as juices moisten her fingers
If you hadn’t read the title of that poem first, you might have done a double take.
Diaspora is a great poem about a moment in time.