Monday, May 23, 2016

Flashes of Emotion by Augustine Sam

Book Blurb:
Flashes of Emotion is a book of romantic poetry with a classical edge but feels current in its raw energy. Both timely & timeless, it allows the reader to tap into the poet's insights on a wide variety of topics from life and love to death and drudgery, highlighting a lively, refreshing, and innovative style. A 'must have' for anyone who has ever experienced love, pain, defeat, or joy...

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Flashes of Emotion is romantic poetry that looks into a vast array of subjects: love, pain, death and other life matters that evoke our sentiments. Having read Sam's previous work, Take Back the Memory, I was curious to get to know him as a poet. I wasn't disappointed. His poems are written in a vivid and refreshing style. This makes the collection easy to relate to even by the casual readers of poetry like me. The compilation is pleasurable to read and to reread. Sam knows how to put across emotions and thoughts, and they resonate from every poem. 

Book Readers Review
Flashes of Emotion is a book of poems written to reflect life, love, death, pain, joy and many kinds of emotion.  The author is eloquent and has a subtle use of language.  The poems are reasonably short and easy to read conveying meanings that may be interpreted by the reader.  It is definitely a book of poems to be savored and returned to on many occasions. 
Augustine has captured the essence of an emotion and relayed this in beautiful language.  If you are a poetry lover you will cherish this book and experience.  I have read most of the poems twice and still marvel at the range of feelings elicited by these wonderful words.
The author provided me with a copy in return for an unbiased review.  My rating is a five plus stars and recommend those who love poetry to have a copy in their library.  If you are not a frequent reader of poetry Augustine’s poems will change your view.  This is a rare collection. 

From the Author
Literature must be relevant to its times. It must be both timely and timeless. It must resonate with the people and the period in which it is set, and contribute to the discourse, political or otherwise, as well as put events in their proper historical and social contexts.

About the author:   
Augustine Sam is a bilingual journalist and an award-winning poet. A member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, he was formerly Special Desk editor  at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative Third World daily first published in collaboration with the Financial Times of London. He later became correspondent of central Europe. His poems have been published in two international anthologies: The Sounds of Silence & Measures of the Heart. One of his poems, Anguish & Passion, was adjudged winner of the Editors' Choice Awards in the North America Open Poetry contest, USA.

This collection of poems was the 2015 International Book Award Finalist. Augustine is also the author of Take Back the Memory, a contemporary women's fiction & The Conspiracy of Silence, a mystery/thriller. He lives and works in Venice, Italy.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Different Drummer by Cathy Brown

Set in 1979 Brooklyn, Different Drummer chronicles the life and times of Cara Funk (née Carol Finkelstein), a female drummer struggling to break out of the wedding music trade and succeed as a rock musician. Rapidly approaching 30, this is Cara’s self-imposed last chance and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to “make it.”

Told through journal entries and running commentary from a colorful cast of more than a dozen supporting characters, Cara’s saga unfolds in a mad swirl of Sergio Valente jeans, drugs, song lyrics, decrepit rock clubs, an Etan Patz obsession, cheesy bar mitzvahs, White Castle sliders and ruffled tuxedo shirts.

Different Drummer seamlessly combines prose, interviews, song lyrics and play excerpts to tell Cara’s story and has you guessing until the last page—will Cara
ultimately triumph, go out in a blaze of glory or just fade away?

The story encompasses a wealth of human emotions, from parental love to acceptance, forgiveness and perseverance.

About Author
Catherine Gigante-Brown has been a freelance writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for more than 30 years, since the ripe young age of fifteen. Her works have appeared in a variety of publications, including Ravishly, Huffington Post Women, Time Out New York, Essence, Seventeen and The Italian Journal of Wine and Food. Along with Robert “The Harrad Experiment” Rimmer, she co-wrote two biographies for Prometheus Books. Her short stories appear in several fiction anthologies and her essay, “When I was Young,” was included in Penguin Books’ Vietnam Voices. A number of her screenplays have been produced by small, independent companies. Her essay “Autumn of 9/11” was awarded first prize in The Brooklyn Public Library’s 2004 “My Brooklyn” contest. Her works, Weekender and Moving Pictures, were included in the Rosendale Theatre Collective’s first annual Short Play Festival. Gigante-Brown was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, where she still lives with her husband and son. Her novels The El (2012) and Different Drummer (2015) are available from Volossal Publishing.

An exciting development is that a director recently approached Catherine about writing a musical version of DD for the stage, which She is doing right now.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

What’s new in the Klepto Cat Mystery factory?

            Two Brand NEW books for Your Kindle
            Three More Books in PRINT
Patricia shares SECRETS to her SUCCESS in FICTION 

Two more books for your Kindle. If you haven't read book 16 (published March of 2016), order it for your Kindle today. Some say this is the best adventure story yet. In Cabin FURvor, a girls’ fun getaway weekend quickly becomes something that would rival any Fright Night flick. The women run into the infamous mountain monster, they’re visited by an escaped kidnap victim, and they’re privy to rumors of a deranged serial killer who may live secretly in their cabin. Just when Savannah, Aunt Margaret, and their two best friends think the worst is over, they make a grisly discovery that shakes up the mountain community. This thriller is also rich in hilarity and features plenty of cat action, as Rags and his tabby friend Dolly tag along on this fur-raising adventure.

A MEOWvelous Witness (Book 17) debuts this week!!! In this story, chaos seems to be the order of the day as Colbi and Damon plan their wedding. Colbi fears she has an incurable illness. In order to cheer her up, Savannah organizes a trail ride and Iris, Colbi’s future mother-in-law, joins in on the fun. Aunt Margaret’s surprise—to drive up and bring Rags and Dolly to the picnic—backfires when Margaret, the two cats, and their lunch go missing in the mountains.

In the meantime, an unwanted visitor shows up in town and starts making threats to Damon and his mother. When the stranger is found dead, Iris confesses to the murder in order to save her son. But Detective Craig Sledge goes out on a limb and invites Rags and Dolly to a line-up. The two cats shock everyone when they paw the real killers.
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About Author

In 2012, Patricia decided to add another dimension to her successful career. It was her birthday and she gave herself the gift of time and space to write her first book of fiction. Of course, she chose her favorite genre and her favorite subject—cozy (light) mysteries involving cats. She published her first Klepto Cat Mystery, Catnapped, in June of 2013 and has followed (and continues to follow) with new books in the series on an average of every two months.  To learn more about Patricia Fry's Klepto Cat Mysteries visit or Amazon.
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