The Peeking Moon 

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#minireview Maroon Daydreams Cheyenne Raine @rainepoetry

Publisher: Createspace

Release Date: July sixth 2017

Average Rating: 4.7/5 🌟

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Raine’s poetry ends in a final line, indicated by -, an example of popular poetry. It could also act as a title for the piece. Sectioned into four, the first is titled Healing, which is ultimately encouraging us to look forward to our tomorrow’s. Between the poems are photos relevant to the subjects of the poems. 
That’s right – the earth wants to enjoy you,’

I think this first section would make a good companion to your coffee in the morning as positive words to take with you through the day.

And letting your fingers

Spread out under the sky,’

Like quicksilver, the poems leap through ideas, on memories, people, and always using the natural world to illustrate the poetry: landscapes, car rides, and sun sets. 

Their eyes close as they remember

Who they were and why they were rebels,’ 

I felt the second and third sections blurred into each other, while the fourth section bought everything together, and I felt when I had put my Kindle down that anything is possible. 

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#minireview Moon full of Moons. Kat Lehmann @songsofkat

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Publisher: 29 Trees Press

Release Date: February eighteenth 2015

Average Rating: 5/5 🌟

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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.

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Paperbark Wetlands Melinda J. Irvine

Pulling Words Nick Trandahl

Here comes the Sun Katie Lewington

​#MiniReview @WeArtFriends Doorway to Art founding editor – @Galya Varna 

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Design Director – Eden Sleepwalker

Cover Photograph – Efosini Kokaliari , PHD

This is a stylish magazine, which in its first issue features the poetry of poets, interviews with novelists, and the artwork of Lynne Fisher. I knew of Isabelle Kenyon, and Nicholas Trandahl, vaguely had been aware of Mike Wells, and Joss Sheldon, and discovered new writers, such as Bianca Bowers, and Frankie Writez in this issue.

This was a real poetic experience for me, and I enjoyed the interviews, as well as the format and presentation. Doorway to Art is perfect for a before bed read. 
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Book Review. Summoning. Jeanne Shannon. 

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About the Author

Jeanne Shannon grew up on Southwest Virginia, what some call “the heart of the Appalachian South,” and that region still provides inspiration for her creative work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education (majors in music and French) at Radford University (Radford College, it was then, 1956), and a master’s degree in English/Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico in 1983. Her poetry, memoir pieces and short fiction have appeared in numerous small-press and university publications. She has published four full-length collections of her work and several chapbooks. When she retired from a career as a technical writer in 2000, she started a home-based business–a book-publishing enterprise called The Wildflower Press–in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her favorite authors include Southern fiction writer Lee Smith, poets Charles Wright, C.D. Wright, and Ronald Johnson, and novelists Virginia Woolf and Eudora Welty. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies are among her favorite novels. She also likes to read books on quantum physics and spirituality, and to explore how those two fields are related.

A gorgeous collection of poetry written by Jeanne Shannon. Summoning really shows us how beautiful our world is through lovely imagery and metaphors. The writing is so light it is almost as if it doesn’t touch us at all.

The poems are written lyrically, with words liberally scattered over the pages. Each poem captures the small movements of flowers, light, & the months of summer & winter. 

Summoning, in some aspects, takes us back to the past. There are tender moments too, such as in poem First Day of Spring and follow up poem If I had a Daughter. I loved the Van Gogh inspired poems too.

I feel blessed to have been gifted a copy of Summoning. It is perfect summer reading. Five out of five stars. 

Oh summer 

Sweet

Summer that

Ebbs away

Another



Autumn

In the night world

Of owls and foxes


The cool stars come out


And the moon

Is a white rose


Floating 

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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT. LINDA M. CRATE, author of THE MAGIC SERIES.

When did I start writing? 

When I was a child, naturally. I have always loved and been drawn to stories and words. I love the way they sound on the tongue, how they can create images in the mind, and how they unravel different things depending on intonation and voice not to mention the order they’re written in.

Authors have always fascinated me with their magic and I remember writing very early on in my life. With the encouragement of my teachers I continued to write, but the moment I turned thirteen writing became an inescapable magic that I had to call my own for it had claimed me as writing often does claim their lyrical plot masters.

What genres do I write and what influences my writing?

 
I write about many things. Some fantasy and some real, and the best I believe have characteristics and combinations of both. I write about personal experiences, relatives, my life as a child and now, bullies, social issues, stories I’ve heard on the news that cause me ire or horror, relationships, friendships, life, death, horror stories and poetry, and a great many of different things including essays and novels.
As for influences it can be anything and is everything really: the news, music, the weather, my personal experiences, social issues, gender studies/issues, my emotions, other writers, my disagreement with another artists opinion, etc. 

What are the themes in my writing? 

I have many themes and it depends on the nature of the beast. Poems and short stories are more concise and so my plot has to be both simple and complex in a short amount of time.
I write about universal truths, morality, social justice, love and the absence of such, relationships, how nothing in life is ever as it seems and can change in the blink of an eye, how one must be careful what they wish for, etc.

Where do I write?

 Anywhere and everywhere. I sometimes come up with great ideas when I am not at home so I generally take notes on my ipod or my computer when they’re with me, and if not I try to have a notebook so I can write down ideas because generally a turn of phrase I really like will get stuck in my head and I just with it and the rest unravels from there. 

What is next for my writing? 

I am constantly hoping to improve, of course. Striving to stay relatable whilst perfecting my craft and reinventing myself in new and unexpected ways.
I am honestly always working on something so expect more poems, short stories, articles, essays, reviews, and the like. I am hoping to get more chapbooks out in the poetry market, more fantasy novels out there, and I would even love to write a screenplay.
I don’t hold a glass orb that can tell me the future, but all I’m hoping for is to be successful at the thing I love most and that’s writing. If I can help and heal people with my words no matter where they’re published then I’m doing something right. 

My interests? 

In addition to writing I’m very interested in mythology, the fantasy genre, vampires, dreams and their relevance in an individuals life, anime, the ocean, mermaids, sirens, witches, harpies, unicorns, pegasi, werewolves, poetry, books, flowers, nature, etc. 

My hobbies? 

In addition to writing there’s swimming, nature walks, singing, dancing, watching crime shows and anime, reading comic books and manga, reading, etc.

My passions? 

In addition to writing I really have a passion for acting (which I haven’t done in far too long), singing, helping others, music, photography, etc. 

My country of residence? 

The United States of America

Favorite writers/artists

I know that I won’t be able to list all of them, and I apologize in advance because there are so many talented people in the world.
These, however, are some of my most favorites: Adrienne Rich, Edgar Allan Poe, J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, Anne Rice, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Christopher Paolini, James Walters (my dearly departed beloved uncle was a beautiful artist), Joel Tesch, Laura Slade, Jen Beaudet, Amy Brown, Gabriel Picolo, Sorah Suhng, Kelly McKernan, Ash Evans, Dustin Bailard, Renee Lavoie, Sunbow Pendragon, Jacqui Hawk, Sarah Travis, N.C. Winters, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Carla Morrow, Janna Prosvirina, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jodi Piccoult, Emily Dickinson, L.F.A. Turppa, Megan Benjamin Adams, etc. 

Previous Publications: These are too numerous to name as I have many short stories and poems in anthologies and magazines both online and in print.

I have three chapbooks online free of charge: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications).

I also have four novels published through Ravenswood Publishing through their imprint Chimera: Blood & Magic, Dragons & Magic, Centaurs & Magic, and Corvids & Magic.

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