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Book Review & Giveaway: A Journey to Yonder by Nidhi Kaur

10 Jan

Book Title: A Journey to Yonder by Nidhi Kaur
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 130 pages
Genre: Memoir / Poetry
Publisher: Independent (Createspace)
Release date: September 2017
Tour dates: Jan 3 to 19, 2017
Content Rating: R (for explicit sex scenes written poetically and in good taste)

 

Book Description

A Journey to Yonder is the tale of one woman’s refusal to allow the challenges of her past to define her present. She grows up with a special needs sibling and loses her childhood home, and we then follow her through an abusive relationship and into the most unforgiving of human trials.

With experiences that leave you feeling so alone, how do you hold on to hope? How do you go on?

Nidhi Kaur’s compelling use of both poetry and prose intimately welcomes readers into this moving story of spiritual rediscovery. Poems are sprinkled throughout the story, guiding readers through intimate and stunning moments of truth. Kaur reminds us that if we offer our trust completely to God, we are never alone.

The author of the spiritual collection of poetry My Wedding with Truth, Nidhi Kaur once again delivers an emotionally enlightened journey through the human heart. Miracles can be seen everywhere in this world, and Kaur helps us remember to keep our eyes open in this riveting story of redemption.

To read more reviews, please visit Nidhi Kaur’s page on iRead Book Tours.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I don’t remember reading a book like A Journey to Yonder before. It is a mixture of fact, fiction, and poetry. I like the author’s writing style and how she blends prose and poetry to weave a spiritual tale.

The first part of A Journey to Yonder takes place in India and is about a girl’s life of loves and trials, as well as some of the customs of India. When her brother is born deaf, he has to go to another town to go to a good school for the hearing impaired. Her father’s goal is to save enough money to move the family to the U.S. where her brother would get an even better education and the family would be together. That doesn’t work out and she ends up in an abusive marriage with nowhere to turn. It’s a heart-wrenching tale and I had to read the end of that section twice because I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

The second part of the book tells of some of the horrors women in India can endure. I knew some things about India’s culture, such as arranged marriages but I had no idea how women are treated.

The last part of the book is inspirational and is about faith and hope. Despite all she faced in the past, she knows that putting faith in God can heal us and that we’ll never be alone.

Although this isn’t the type of book I usually read, I’m glad I chose to read A Journey to Yonder. It is inspiring and full of beautiful poetry and I always enjoy learning about other cultures.

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About the Author

 

Nidhi Kaur is the author of My Wedding with Truth, a collection of inspirational poetry. After discovering the healing power of the written word, Kaur began exploring the power of the divine through her poems.

A Journey to Yonder combines prose and poetry to explore Kaur’s challenging trails of life and her search for miracles in every moment of time.

Kaur lives in Fremont, California, where she works as a software engineer.

Connect with Nidhi: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders by Richard Stevenson

9 Aug

 

Title: Rock, Scissors, Paper: The Clifford Olson Murders
Author: Richard Stevenson
Narrated By: B. Jaymes Condon
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications, dreamingbigpublications.com
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ABOUT THE BOOK

In the early 1980s, serial killer Clifford Olson rampaged through the lower mainland of British Columbia, raping and murdering 11 victims. His heinous cash-for-bodies deal foreshortened his trial and resulted in the law currently on Canadian books that forbids criminals from benefiting financially from their crimes.

Olson was just the pimple on the hide of a misogynist culture, as this long poem sequence attests.

Sometimes a book project chooses its author, as this one did when the author recognized one of the victims from her photograph.

Rock, Scissors, Paper is written in long poem sequence, first person, as if the words are from Olsen himself.

 

MY REVIEW

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I didn’t quite know what to expect with this book. It’s an odd mixture of poetry and nonfiction written about an actual serial killer in Canada. It’s from the view of the killer and the language and disrespect were just too much for me. Even though I didn’t care for this book at all, it’s creative and different and I’m sure the author put a lot of work into it. I also think I might like other works by him if they weren’t dealing with such a disgusting man.

I felt the same way about the narrator. He had a loud voice and I felt like he was almost yelling, but it went well with the book. I think he did a good job of portraying the killer.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Richard Stevenson was born in Victoria, B.C., in 1952 and has lived in western Canada and Nigeria. A college English teacher by profession, he taught English, Canadian and African literature, Business Communication, Creative and Technical Writing, E.S.L., and humanities courses in high schools and colleges. A former Editor-in-Chief of Prism international, he served in various editorial, jury, and writing/arts group executive capacities. His own reviews and poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and journals published in Canada, the United States, and overseas. He performed with the jazz/ poetry group Naked Ear and rock music/YA verse troupe Sasquatch and occasionally puts other ensembles together for book launches and performances and reviews books.

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When Richard first approached me with this manuscript, I was intrigued. I’ve always liked True Crime books but had never read anything written in long poem sequence before. On the home page of our website, it says “…we are not afraid to push boundaries. We love books that shine a light on the good, bad, and the ugly of human nature.” We definitely pushed some boundaries with this book. This is a book for True Crime fans, and we definitely shined a light on the bad and ugly of human nature with this book. The subject matter and language may be difficult for many readers, so I understand if this is not your thing. For 

 

 

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Book Review: Ghosts of Old Virginny by Milla Van Der Have

10 Jul

 

Title: GHOSTS OF OLD VIRGINNY
Author: Milla van der Have
Publisher: Aldrich Press (imprint of Kelsay Books)
Pages: 42
Genre: Poetry

 

BOOK BLURB

Virginia City, Nevada has been drawing the adventurous for over 100 years. It has been the home of gold-miners, businessmen and writers. After the bonanza, Virginia City reinvented herself and became a ghost town that draws travelers and artists. And, as it happened, a Dutch poet.

Milla van der Have visited Virginia City in 2014, on a writer’s residency to finish her novel. But once there, something happened: the Comstock got to her. In Ghosts of Old Virginny, Van der Have explores the legends and history of the Comstock by reimagining them. These poems deal with being uprooted and leaving the known behind. They speak of miners, ghosts and horses and throughout of the comfortable tension of love, that greatest journey of all.

You can purchase your copy of Ghosts of Old Virginny at Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Ghosts of Old Virginny is a book of poems about the old Virginia City. They’re about miners and mining, the Gold Rush, legends, history of pioneers, and love. They’re full of beautiful descriptions and history.

Any lover of poetry and history will enjoy these poems. One of my favorites:

 

A Boomtown Love

They’ll settle in on anything, old legends.
Like mountain ghosts. They’ll take
hold of you. Say that night we broke

our bottles like vows upon the path.
All was silent except for your silver
laughter and that sudden rain of glass.

We sat down amidst the shards, counted
their sparks as blessings and the way
the moon swindled off their light edges.

And I remember thinking, this is it,
this is all that will come to mean
something in our days of rest.

 

 

About the Author

Milla van der Have (1975) wrote her first poem at 16, during a physics class. She has been writing ever since. One of her short stories won a New Millennium Fiction Award. In 2015 she published Ghosts of Old Virginny, a chapbook of poems about Virginia City. Milla lives and works in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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big words

31 May

I love this!

I didn't have my glasses on....

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she’s a big girl of 5 now

and wants 

so desperately 

to read chapter books

all by herself

with lots and lots of pages

 no pictures

no help

flipping through the pages

looking for familiar letters

seeking any word she’s seen before

putting her bookmark in 

taking it out again

opening it

closing it

showing us how thick it is

doing all the things that readers do

so self-assured

‘i can read them all.’

and then 

 her moment oftruth and grace arrives

  as she says

isn’t it funny, there isn’t one interesting word in here?’

there are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.

love of books is the best of all.

– jackie kennedy

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Book Review: This Book Needs a Title Volume 2 by Theodore Ficklestein

19 Oct

25875352The second volume of poetry by Theodore Ficklestein.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the author.

This is the second book of poetry I’ve read by Theodore Ficklestein. The first book was I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book. I really enjoy his poetry. It’s different, witty, and funny. Sometimes it’s thought-provoking as in “Lesson from History.” It’s a great book to just open up and read a couple poems when you have a minute. This would be a good bathroom book!

I have a friend who says he doesn’t like poetry because you can’t understand it so I showed him this book and he said, “It’s not poetry, it doesn’t rhyme.” I tried to explain free-verse but he insisted poetry has to rhyme. At least he could understand the poems!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Lesson from History

I am no preacher.
Or historian.
Or anybody for the matter who has any credibility for telling others how to live their lives.
But if there is one thing we can learn from history.
From Buddha.
To Jesus.
To Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s that we should care for one another on aspects of life.
But we should remember we are all on the same team.
The human race. Too bad we don’t sell jerseys thought.
Maybe that would stop us from fighting one another.

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Give This Poem a Title

Oh great.
First I can’t name a book.
Now I can’t name a poem in the book.
Pretty soon I will have a one word poem.

I definitely recommend This Book Needs a Title Volume 2 if you enjoy poetry that is a little different. I love this guy’s sense of humor!

Available on Amazon.

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Q and A with the Author

Q: I am here with Theodore Ficklestein, is it steen or stine?

A: It’s a …

Q: Nobody cares. And your book is This Book Needs a Title Volume 2, is that right?

A: Yes.

Q: Are you sure? You seem confused about it. Did you even write the book? Because I know you didn’t bother with a title.

A: I did write the book.

Q: That’s great. What is this book about?

A: Is is a romance story where a poor boy and rich woman fall in love but their love is torn apart because of class differences and a tragedy.

Q: You just vaguely described Titanic.

A: Oh…

Q: Do you have any idea what the book that you didn’t write is about?

A: It is a poetry book.

Q: And what will a reader find in the poetry book?

A: Poems.

Q: Do you consider yourself a good poet?

A: (Silence)

Q: I’ll take that as a “no.” So do you plan on giving the book that you didn’t write a title? 

A: No.

Q: You figure, you don’t write it, why give it a title?

A: Yeah.

Q: Do you answer every question in one word?

A: Yes.

Q: Why should people buy your book?

A: I… ah… let me think.

Q: Has anyone ever told you that you are awful at promoting your book?

A: No. I don’t hear much about it.

Q: What happened to volume one? Did you skip it?

A: I didn’t, but most readers did.

Q: So you wrote a sequel to an unsuccessful book? A poetry book, at that.

A: Basically.

Q: Makes sense. Would you like to tell us anything else about your book?

A: Nah. I’m good.

Q: Well…this interview was a complete waste of time. I learned nothing about you or your book. You, sir, have no idea what you are doing and should leave the publishing field as soon as possible.

A: So is this a bad time to tell you about the other books that I’m working on?

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Author’s websitehttp://www.theodoreficklestein.com

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Book Review: I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book by Theodore Ficklestein

18 Aug

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The author of this book is having fun mocking Halloween. Little does he know that the audience are the monsters themselves.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I’ve always thought that poets are a little different. This book is proof of that. I’m not saying that that is a bad thing. My son is a poet and he’s a bit different and he knows it. He doesn’t mind that he’s different and I love that he’s different.

I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book starts with poetry by Theodore Ficklestein about (making fun of) Halloween. A lot of it is about candy and Halloween parties and making fun of the scary stuff. One of my favorite poems:

So You’re the Monster?

Is Frankenstein the monster’s name or not?
This has been a long debate of readers of the
famous novel.
There is always one clever bastard who points
out the Frankenstein is not the monster’s
name.
But the Scientist’s name.
That is the same person who knows why the
author of the Wizard Of Oz chose Oz for the
place of the wizard.
Wow.
I didn’t really help with this question at all.
Is Frankenstein the name of the monster or
not?
Oh, who the hell knows!
All I know is that when I tell people about
Frankenstein, they think I am talking about the
monster, not the scientist.

The second part of the book is written by monsters who killed the author on Halloween because they didn’t appreciate his wit and humor.

This is the kind of poetry I like. It’s different and funny. I have a friend who says he doesn’t like poetry because you can’t understand it but you can definitely understand Theodore Ficklestein’s poetry, even if it is weird. I definitely recommend this book. I have two other poetry books written by this author and I am looking forward to reading them.

Available on Amazon.

i want to feel alive

26 Jul

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