Friday, August 28, 2015

Poem from Chapter and Verse

Barri Bryan's Chapter and Verse is a stunning collection of poetry involving love. New love, old love, lost love, and everything in between is featured in these poems which will evoke the same powerful emotions as love itself. This poem laments a love lost to war, and projects the emotions of love and loss like an arrow into the heart of the reader.

The Photograph


Out of time and out of place,
The photograph of a soldier’s face
Hangs like an effigy in the hall
Amid faded flowers that paper the wall.

Long ago, before he became
An image behind a walnut frame,
He was flesh and bone, blood and fire,
Her one true love, her heart’s desire.

For such a little space in time
They shared a happiness sweet, sublime
A fledgling splendor, learning to fly
‘Til its wings clipped the rigid edge of goodbye.

As he hugged her fiercely to his breast
Her cheek pressed the medals on his chest.
Wait for me, darling. Her reply:
I’ll love you ‘til the day I die.

He blew a kiss, then closed the gate.
Women will tarry, but war won’t wait.
Still, in her dreams, she hears his plea
My heart, my beloved, wait for me.

Always, she gives the same reply
I’ll love you ‘till the day I die,
Then wakes to remember her broken vow,
So eager then, so empty now.

A stirring inside, wind through lament.
Disturbing leaves of discontent.
She remembers a beach called Normandy
Where her dauntless lover’s bravery

Dyed to purple his valentine heart,
And ripped his strong young body apart.
His bones were splintered, his flesh was torn
His blood ran free on that D Day morn.

He fell to the ground with an agonized shout;
Fire burned to ashes, the flame went out.
We regret to inform you, the telegram said.
Her lover, her husband, her sweetheart was dead.

She wanted to hold to his memory
Until somewhere in eternity
She could declare with a woman’s pride,
I loved you ‘til the day I died.

But other arms would reach and hold
In the heat of passion old love grows cold.
For fifty years that vacant face,
Has silently hung in the same old place.

The painful price of restitution,
It never quite buys absolution.
A photograph hangs in the hall

Dead as the flowers that paper the wall.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How to Successfully Navigate a Bookstore

We have all had that slightly lost and confused feeling as we walk into a new bookstore. For all of us big book buyers, we probably are okay with the commercial bookstore like Barnes & Noble or local chains, but it's those small, hole-in-the-wall, secret treasures that we find and just can't pass by that confuse us the most. Are the books organized by author name or by title? Are they separated by genre? What books do they think fit in each genre? These are all fair questions, and hopefully after reading this you can feel a little more comfortable walking in to a new bookstore.

1. Survey your surroundings.
Most bookstores know that they are confusing, and they try to help. Some will put signs on the ceiling or on the tops of bookshelves to help you find genres to get a clue as to their organization system. This step is important, because it lets you identify on your own how to navigate this new world you have entered.

2. Take a quick jaunt up and down the aisles.
This will let you get the feel of the bookstore. Now you can glimpse familiar titles as you breeze past, and you can easily locate your favorite sections after you have perused the whole store. Have physical limitations and can't look around the whole store? You can just walk the short distance between the shelves and take a look down. Not as comprehensive as actually walking down the aisles, but it should give you a good idea about which aisle contains what.

This is an important part of the step: don't stop. It's going to be tempting; you are going to see a book you really want, or you may even find your favorite section, but don't stop. There may be a treasure further down the aisles or at the back that you will not have wanted to miss otherwise.

3. Ask the person behind the register.
Yes, this person will either look like your typical disinterested teen or a very busy employee trying desperately to catalog all of the new inventory. However, they are usually more than happy to help a customer who is currently lost in their store. They are working at a bookstore probably because they enjoy books, and they like to share their love just as much as the next bookworm. If you want a specific book, or you don't want to spend the time looking, they know their store better than anyone and can help you look.

4. Enjoy your new bookstore!
This is the most valuable step. As a book enthusiast, you have just discovered a treasure-trove of new stories and worlds for you to dive into. Explore your new store, and don't forget to always keep reading.



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Monday, August 10, 2015

Interview with the Authors of Edmund Pickle Chin

Edmund Pickle Chin
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Written by: Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood
Illustrated by Lynne Bendoly
Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story is based on a true story. Edmund, the main character, is an abused donkey who is the first of many animals to call Evermay Farm, a small rescue in central Georgia, home. Susan, Edmund’s care giver in the story, not only gives the shy donkey the time and patience he needs but gives him a new name every day of the week. The title takes on one of those nicknames she so lovingly calls him. As Susan starts to take in new critters, Edmund finds himself changing. As his name grows, so does his trust and acceptance. Edmund soon learns that he is not only needed but wanted. This confused, frightened donkey’s life changes as he becomes a hero, a babysitter, and a companion to the other residents at Evermay Farm.   
The real Edmund Pedro Pickle Chin Big Head Ed Elwood
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Visit the Evermay Farm website here.
Interview:
1. Could you tell our readers a little more about the donkey who inspired Edmund?

Susan: Edmund Pedro Pickle Chin Big Head Ed Elwood is a real live donkey here at Evermay Farm and that really is his name! The story and it's events are true. He is the first of the critters to call Evermay Farm sanctuary home. His life story was the perfect inspiration to deliver the message to children that animals like people, need compassion and patience! 
Edmund is now eleven years old which is rather young for a donkey. Edmund is very loved by all who come to the farm and he LOVES getting attention and treats. His favorites are pears, watermelon, ginger snap cookies and apples. Edmund is very vocal when he sees someone he knows (and will sometimes shower them with a "nose blow ").

2. How did this project start? What made you want to collaborate on this book?

Clara: Susan contacted me in relation to my having written Annie's Special Day and began a relationship that had been interrupted since our lives had gone separate ways since her move to Georgia. And possibly before that, but we had been old friends previously. 

She began to talk to me of her work on the farm and Edmund in particular which prompted a beginning of the picture book and Susan sending me that draft.

3. This book was a combined effort, but who did what?

Susan: Edmund made it easy for me to write up an original, very rough draft which I emailed to Clara. She tweaked and pushed me for more storyline encouraging me to search for more highs and lows to create the story we have today. We sent the work back and forth through the computer, tweaking and rewriting between us. 
When it was" book dummy" time, it was also time for Clara's son to be married so I was in charge of doing the dummy, I had never done one before! Some how it fell into place!
The illustrations to me were a big part of telling this story, so I gave careful thought to each picture I wanted Lynne Bendoly to illustrate. I feel she delivered a successful portrayal! I wanted every child to be able to relate to the book so in the barn scene we have a multicultural group of children and Susan in the story was given brothers. I also did the photography the back of the book. 

Clara: After rewriting a revision several times I put it in front of my critique group which then several revisions followed that and put in front another writing group, my Round Hill Writers Group. Susan was made aware of each revision and together we, over the phone and in email, wrote the book. I had already done several book dummies by the time Susan did hers for the illustrations And Susan worked off one of those for the final one with the illustrations. One of the participants in RHWG mentioned that we could have time pass with each nick name so we did that as well forming the crux of the story arc and making Edmund help out on the farm with each new name.

Like the acknowledgements said in the beginning of the book, It takes a village to raise a book. and I thanked all my critique groups and partners. 

4. Susan, can you tell us a little more about your farm? What is its goal/purpose? What kind of animals are you helping right now?

Susan: Evermay Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It's purpose is to give sanctuary to unwanted and abused animals. Our mission is to show them respect, give them back their dignity and show compassion on an individual level to meet each ones personal needs. 

We have miniature horses, goats, lots of bunny rabbits, cats, a hinny, pony and of course Edmund. Evemay is a sanctuary, so the critters that comes here call Evermay home for life. 

We have a goats, one born blind that was going to have her neck "cracked", another born on a slaughter truck, homeless miniature horses, many rabbits some that needed medication and surgery. Each one comes to us with it's own story. Our newest is Spencer a free spirit hinny (half horse /half donkey) who now resides with Edmund.

5. How is this project different from your other children's books, if at all? Would you want to work on a project like this again? 

Clara: This book is both the story of compassion for animals and writing the book one must have compassion for people as well. For this one I had the help of numerous critique groups and partners and Susan feeding me the stuff to write about. For Annie, I had some help from my husband and kindergarten-teacher sister but no crit-groups or partners. 

Edmund Pickle Chin was written in a frenzy of a few months where as Annie took several years to write. Animal Rescue was something new to me and made a wonderful story. I Loved writing about it. Edmund was and is a great main character. 
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Interview About Finding Eden with Pembroke Sinclair

Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming--the home of 56 nationalities--it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

Finding Eden

Drunk womanizer Duke spends his life selfishly, with his motto being "screw the rest of the world". After one particular black out after an alcoholic binge, he wakes to find the world changed, and the dead rising from their graves. 

Lonely, guilt-ridden Hank is someone who minds his own business. Lana is sympathetic but strong-willed student, and often found on the receiving end of harassment by her classmates. 
Forced together for survival, the three misfits must confront their world gone strange. The end has come, and Duke, Hank, and Lana must depend on each other to make it through the chaos.
Interview:
1. Your characters are Duke, Hank, and Lana. Can you give us a little background on them? Who are they and what can you tell us about them (without too many spoilers!).

Pembroke: Duke is a drunk, Lana is a teenage girl who has lost her faith, and Hank is a devout Christian who is trying to save the other’s lives—both physically and spiritually.

They are all thrown together after zombies have risen from the grave and have to figure out a way to survive.

2. Where did you come up with the idea for this book?

Pembroke: I’m a huge zombie fan, and I have been for a while, but I wanted to write something a little different.  I remembered there was a passage in the Bible about how God commanded the dead to rise and take care of His enemies.  I had never written a religious zombie story before, so I thought it would be fun to see how it turned out.

3. There is a lot of horror out there. How is Finding Eden different?

Pembroke: Finding Eden is different because it’s a religious story.  There are lots of passages from the Bible in the story, and it has a happy ending.  Not all horror has that.
 
 

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