“Vivid images… distil the lives of the women who wrote them. They speak to all the stages of life—even celebrate aging–and our roles as women. These are poems [that] will stay with you forever.” ~ Nancy Famolari
Poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball live half a world apart and understand the value of e-books—one of the best ways for people living anywhere in the world to access a work.
So it follows that I recently received a press release from my friend Carolyn entitled: Poetry Partners Release Feminist Chapbook for All E-Readers.
She is a Southern Californian while Magdalena Ball who was born in New York now lives down under. Together they have published their fifth in the Celebration Series of chapbooks, Deeper into the Pond, A Celebration of Femininity. Publishing it as an eBook in multiple formats means it can be read by anyone who can find a computer or other reading device.
To make reading this lovely little booklet even easier on the pocketbook, just visit Smashwords for an introductory and discounted price of $2.79. And to make it even easier, here is a direct link. Enter the Discount Coupon Code HV73F which is good until August 21.
Chapbooks included in the celebration series are Cherished Pulse (for Valentine’s Day), Imagining the Future (for Father’s Day), She Wore Emerald Then (for Mother’s Day), and Blooming Red (for Christmas). And now, Deeper into the Pond.
Now a little about the poets.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and She Wore Emerald Then won its highest honor of gold. One of her poems recently won the Franklin Christoph Poetry Prize. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
As if that wasn’t enough, Carolyn is a savvy marketer and her book The Frugal Book Promoter, which is part of her How To Do It Frugally series for authors, appears in the recommended reading list in my upcoming book Writers Tricks of the Trade: 39 Things You Need to Know About Writing Fiction.
Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected CompulsiveReader.com review site. She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published to unanimous 5-star reviews. Her novel Sleep Before Evening, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.
When asked about why CompusiveReader is different during an interview on Blog Critic Books, she answered:
Well, let me firstly say, as an author as well as a reviewer, that there is always room for more. I think of other reviewers and review site owners as colleagues rather than competitors. I get about 50 review requests a month, in addition to books that my reviewers hunt out and request on their own, and there’s simply no way we can do everything. There are many more authors than reviewers, and big name review sources like the NYTimes, NYReview of Books, Guardian Books, or Times Literary Supplement usually limit exposure to well known names. So it’s critical for the huge number of less well known authors to be able to get their books reviewed critically.
If you love poetry, this is an unbeatable team.
Morgan St. James is the author of the upcoming Writers Tricks of the Trade: 39 Things You Need to Know About the ABCs of Writing Fiction, due for release later this year. and multiple mystery books. Read her interview by Leila Taylor on Creatures and Crooks: Buried Under Books as Morgan discusses how she became an author by accident.
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