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Type 2 by Ben Ditmars

Type 2 is a journey from being diagnosed to living each day with diabetes. If you feel shocked, if you feel angry or need healing for yourself (or loved one) there is a poem within these pages.

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“The evolution of a poet is seldom pretty. We pull from lifewhat is frightening, terrifying, painful and sad, doing our best to rewrite our tragedies so perhaps others will catch the metaphor and learn from ourmistakes, with never once breathing the words, “I told you so”, out loud.
 
In Type-2, poet Ben Ditmars evolves. And though the words he writes are beautiful, this is not a pretty maturing.  It is gripping to watch a young man come face to face with his mortality. It is more than impactful to have his words lead you to questioning your own.  I have watched family member after family member struggle with adult-onset diabetes. I’ve had friends carry snacks just in case and watched them jab at their fingers. I have never had anyone make me really think about this kind of life, let alone my chances of ending up living it, the way this collection of poems has.”

– Natasha Head, author of Nothing Left to Lose and Pulse

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Terrifying Love: A Halloween Anthology

Happy release day ladies ❤

Enter the world of terror and chills as our amazing authors featured in this multi-genre anthology bring you stories like never before. A mix of tales that will put you on the edge of your seat, keep you guessing, and wish the things of your nightmares had stayed in your sleep. Each story takes a unique spin on the fear in our hearts as the characters push for their happy ever after, even amidst some of their greatest trials. Will they overcome their obstacles, or will the things that go bump in the night be too much? This collection is full of never-before-seen tales of romance that will make you fall in love and terrify you at the same time. Get ready for a glimpse of the darkness and things of shadows as these authors show you that sometimes the dark can make your dreams come true.

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Bringing Home by Serena Nova
His Dancer by Isobella Dunn
La Siguanaba by Everly Taylor
Reflections of the Past by Melody Calder
Runes and Fangs by Victoria Larque
Bloody Money by Annelie Janssen
A Patio and a Spade by Ada Rossi
Poems by Helle Gade

Mind Games Anthology #newrelease #free

Darcia Helle is the brain behind this anthology. I’m lucky to be included. It’s free!

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Oak Anderson

Jaleta Clegg

Charles Colyott

Ben Ditmars

Ellie Eich

Helle Gade

Maria Haskins

Darcia Helle

Jen Hilborne

Jason McIntyre

Patrick H. Moore

John Nardizzi

Julie Elizabeth Powell

Charles Salzberg

Maria Savva

Joe Schwartz

Author – Poet April Bock #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a California girl living in the cold tundra that is Minnesota state, the summers are so beautiful here though. I love gardening, especially tomatoes. I grow multiple kinds every year. I love all things creepy and have a big makeup obsession.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually no, writing was just something I dabbled with although I have been working on a memoir for years, it was a few close author friends that told me if I didn’t publish my poetry, they’d kick my ass. They are taller than me, so…

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Theda Valle, Brenda Britton and Ira Myriam were my inspirations. Their love and absolute faith in my writing ability really have me the crave too open up my mind and write some amazing poetry. Seriously I couldn’t have done it without them.

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What are you working on now?

A few things actually. My memoir and then my brilliant writing partner Elizabeth Ellis and I are working on a collection of short stories. If you follow us on Facebook you’ve most likely seen them started as “story fuckery time”. We live write when we do those.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I HAVE to have music on, so my headphones are pretty much permanently attached to my head. I don’t have an office, I have a certain spot on my sofa where I sit. I have certain pens I use and only them, and I suppose my biggest quirk is I write EVERYTHING by hand. At least my solo work I do.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To write, have a huge yard and adopt all the doggos! And other animals lol

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

It’s not as scary as you think it is. Especially with a great support system.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your live and support!! I’ll keep serving your beloved Pocket Fairy Fuckery!! I love you all xoxo

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Author Susie Clevenger #interview

Please give a warm welcome to poet/author Susie Clevenger

Tell us a bit about yourself

Goodness, I’m not sure where to start. I’m an author, poet, writer, amateur photographer, and a music junkie. My husband and I have a lot of friends who are musicians so we spend as much time as we can attending live music performances, even if it means we need to do some serious traveling to get to one.I also have a deep nature connection. I grew up in a small house surrounded by woods and lived most of my life outdoors. I learned the beauty of solitude, observation, listening, and the wonder of wildlife. In many ways it’s those early experiences that keeps me grounded now when life gets tough.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was a teenager, I thought about it, picked up the idea again in my late twenties, but I didn’t publish my first book until age 61. Ironically it was a car accident in 2006 where I suffered brain damage that brought me back to poetry, and serious consideration of writing a book. I entered an intersection on a bright sunny day as one person and was changed in seconds. A lot of me was/is still present, but memory gaps, personality changes, and ADD became the soup I’m forced to live in. Thank goodness I have a husband who has and continues to love me through all of it. As part of my self-rehabilitation I began writing poetry in 2009. All things writing blossomed from that point.

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What was your inspiration for your current book?

Ben Ditmars presented me with the idea of co-writing a poetry book that focused on how the experiences of our youth formed a foundation for who we are now. Our book Splinters is a bit humor, a bit survival, and a bit sarcastic. Our hope was/is when people read it, they realize some splinters go deep, but they don’t have to live in their wounds.

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What are you working on now?

I’m going back and forth with what I want to do. I am considering an anthology of poems taken from my blog, Black Ink Howl, as well as including new poetry. My tag line under the blog title speaks my reason for creating the blog, “Venting the Orwellian Hand Maid’s Tale Psychotic of the current American Dream”. Also, I am tossing around the idea of turning my Twila series poems into a book. She is a thirteen-year-old who lives along the Atchafalaya river in Louisiana. Her generational gift of spirituality is a sort of dark coming of age story. This is a quote from one of the poems in the series, Night of River Bones,” The moon won’t come near the river when the Wailers rattle their spines against the cattails.”

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I can’t write if there is any human noise, like talking, television, music with lyrics, etc. I need to be secluded in my tiny claustrophobic corner of a bedroom. I usually light incense, open the window shade (day or night), and sit down to a desk my father built. Oh, and on the right side of the desk is always a pile of poetry books.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I could go off on religion and politics, but that is a dead-end history always reaches. I hope we humans wake up, stop destroying life, and learn war never brings peace.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

It is a tough place to get a shoulder in. Dreams take hard work, but there is no expiration date. Believe in yourself. Always be willing to learn, appreciate critique, and keep a light on when those rejection letters roll in from publishers. If you choose to self-publish, there is a huge family in Independent publishing who are willing to help guide you through the process.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I appreciate everyone who reads my work. You are such a blessing to me, such a well of encouragement. I don’t know where I would be on this journey without you. Thank you so much.

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Poem: Night of River Bones

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Author & Poet Ben Ditmars #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author and poet Ben Ditmars

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Ah, the million-dollar question. Which is good, because I could really use a million dollars. I am an author and poet, currently working in bookkeeping and accounting. This ties into my latest collection Number Poetry – all about the hidden rhythm of the written word. But when I’m not writing or counting beans, I enjoy exploring local history and traveling. I found a bar near my parent’s house where Al Capone used to relax. Pretty cool, eh?

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Have you always wanted to become an poet/author?

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I’ve always wanted to be heard. But I’m shy around strangers. Writing helps me decipher my thoughts and communicate better.

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What was your inspiration for the writing?

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I find inspiration everywhere. The sky, the trees, stars in space – a lot with the stars in space. Science in general makes me think and ask questions. It’s a good conduit for metaphors. So is romance. My favorite poems from other poets are romantic ones – borderline erotic. Sex is liberating as an art form. And probably other ways too.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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OCD. Lots of OCD. I can agonize over a single word or piece of punctuation for hours. It’s slightly more muted writing for publications, because I can take time. But if it’s for the internet, you’re naked when it’s posted. There’s an urgency, exhilaration and fear that goes with it. But it also helps you find what works and resonates with an audience.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

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Research the publishing and business world. Go to author events and see how they promote and interact. Watch Mad Men. Read as much as possible of the genre you intend to write. Think of who your audience will be and what you can give them they don’t have.

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What are you working on now?

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I’m working on quite a few things. A book of romantic haiku, a haiku novella and fantasy adventure, and a young-adult collection with various life lessons. It should be a real hoot.

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I would love to keep expanding and reaching new audiences. That’s my biggest struggle is growing the ranks of people who read poetry. Partly, I’ve been doing this through posting on Instagram, or the Gram as hip Gen-Y kids call it. Or it Gen Z? I’m too much of a Millennial to actually remember.

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Yes, as a matter of fact. I appreciate you staying with me through these weird ideas I have. I could be living under a bridge shouting haiku, but you like my posts and buy books so I don’t have to.

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Author Rowan Thalia #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rowan ThaliaTell us a bit about yourselfFirst,I am a newbie author of RH Paranormal and soon to be Post Apocalyptic books. I have two series rapid releasing back to back starting on Valentine’s day!I am also a mom of two small humans, a wife and a teacher of fourth and fifth grade. I spend lots of time with kiddos, so my writing is my outlet and portal to the adult world. Basically, my writing keeps me sane and keeps “bad mommy” at bay.When I am not wearing one of those hats, I love to read and camp. Reading while camping, even better (just add wine)! I am addicted to bad jokes and coffee with lots of creamer. My roots are in New Orleans, southern grown to the core, but I now reside in Washington state with my family.Have you always wanted to become an author?I have always been a voracious reader, I never felt like there were enough books in my life. The library was my favorite place to be as a kid, I don’t think I really understood that I could be a writer until I was a teen, and at that point I wanted to be one with everything that I was. I started with poetry and short stories when I was fifteen. In college, I continued writing poetry and published a few in the school newspaper as well as some small anthologies from poetry.com. My first attempt at a novel started in my thirties, I actually cannibalized the ghost stories and setting from that first manuscript to write my debut novel, Binding Rayne.What was your inspiration for your current book/series?I have always been fascinated by the paranormal. Ghost stories around a candle at night, scary movies, and of course books on the supernatural. When I sat down to write my first series, I combined my love for all things spooky with my newfound obsession with the RH movement to bring what I hope is something unique to the genre, some good old fashion spook! My second series, is a combination of my fixation with vampires and doomsday prophesies. I love combining things in a new way to create interesting stories.What are you working on now?I just wrapped up and submitted the third book for my first series, The Keepers of the Talisman. The series is three books in length, for now, and will be releasing from Feb-Apr of 2019! I am also in the middle of two other books. One, Renegades at war, is the second book of my Soldiers of Blood and Ruin series. Book one has already been submitted for editing. This series follows a former soldier in the new colony war as she navigates life after the BioWar. She is inundated with conspiracies, chemical warfare, fighting zombies and learning to find her new place among the new race of vampires. The second project is a co-write with one of my best author buddies, Jarica James. This one is going to be epic! It is titled In the Shadows, and it features a gothy college photography major and her friends/love interests who encounter something dark in an old abandoned part of their dorm. Both projects are action packed and super steamy RH books. I am so excited to get them all out in the big world!Do you have any quirks while writing?Interesting question, my immediate response is no, I just write. But then upon reflection, I do keep a google spreadsheet of every trait for my characters now, I learned that I need to document everything the hard way. I also have a journal that I scribble in, I showed it to my husband and he said it looks like something someone wrote while possessed.. So there’s that.What are your hopes for the future?My hopes are to break out as an author and be able to teach part time, while writing. I would also love to cross genres and write a full on horror book, but I don’t know if I am ready to leave romance to the side just yet. Watch out people, I am shooting for the stars!Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?Join author groups. Read all of the things that you can get your hands on on the topic of writing and using great descriptions. Find two to four betas that you love and keep them! When you feel like you can’t write, read!Do you have anything to say to your fans?My fans? My book isn’t published yet, but I know my beta and a few ARC readers might see this so… I love you! There is nothing better in the world than having someone dive into the world you created and come out stunned. Positive feedback is so rewarding. But you know, constructive criticism is important too – I want all of it. My goal is to grow as a write every day, help me! I can’t wait for you all to meet Rayne, Rox, and Jun. My first three main characters all hold small traits of my own and they feel like a part of me. Follow me, I want to hear all of your responses! I will try my very best to respond! Most of all, thank you for giving me the chance to entertain you by reading my books!Buy linksAmazonAuthor linksTwitterPinterestBookBubFacebookFacebookGoodreadsRowan’s Riders

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