Book Birthday! 

Hi, everyone. Today is release day for Like Waves: Poetry! Can you believe it? I can’t. It seems like a whirlwind, especially looking back and realizing how much I’ve accomplished this year, what with publishing 3 books, getting individual things published, and everything else. Phew! 

I am happy for these milestones, and hope you’ll share your support of my newest release. About the book:

A collection of poetry by Amanda Linsmeier, Like Waves dives into the author’s complex relationship with her body, told in three sections: Before, During, and After/Still. The first part centers around her struggle with low self-esteem and depression, the second throws the reader deep into the years of recurrent miscarriage, and the third, with the acceptance of her own imperfections. 

These poems evoke emotion and offer a deeper understanding of not only the author’s experience within her own skin, but her connection to the bodies and minds of others. This book is a labor of love, blood, and tears, the story of one writer’s journey from girlhood to motherhood, from resentment to gratitude.

Like Waves is available here. Thank you for the likes, follows across social media, and for supporting my work. ♡ 

Have a beautiful day! 

Book Review: Magic With Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren

Magic with Skin OnMagic with Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The cover drew me in first. How could it not? Once I opened the book I was quickly drawn in to the words Morgan Nikola-Wren created. Not just the words, but the world. As a reader, I loved it. As a writer (and poet) I was humbled. The word choices throughout are strong, beautiful, gut-punching. There’s strong imagery and metaphors in some, but it’s really the way the words are put together that create such beauty.
The poems are told in in Acts (7, to be exact), and there’s prose in between, so that it reads like a story, which I loved. The poems center around a relationship (somewhat toxic or damaging) and move forward through heartbreak, pain, and then healing. Themes of love—passionate and unrequited—are strung throughout, and there are several poems that touch on words/voice/power. I related to so much to it, I had to take a step back and breathe.
Sadly—or shamefully—I do not use bookmarks, and so I have a habit of dog-earring (?) pages that speak to me. I have over 20 pages of this book bent at the corners, I loved the poems on them so much. In fact, I plan to get a tattoo of one of them. Which one remains to be seen. But still, wow. Two of my favorites:
IX.
it’s nights like this, when
your grief goes smashing
into the walls that i think of
those moments that curled your hand
so sea-shell perfectly into mine
my memory skips
at the velvet shock of your skin
and i wonder
how i ever managed to fit
so much rage into my fists

and
XIII.

the next time you come at me,
with charm in your eyes
and a throat full of
“would never hurt you,”
i’ll remember that i’m just
a mistake your memory
couldn’t carry, and you’re
just an apology i’ll never
hear the air explode into,
a double-joined voice
and a snake oil smile—
so, scrub your shadow
from my front door
don’t sell me
a knock-off
love i don’t need

My only wish is that the poems had named titles instead of Roman numerals. I don’t even KNOW what those numbers are, ha, and it would be nice to put a title to each poem so I could say my favorites instead of “on page whatever”.
Gorgeous book of poetry, and a talented poetess. 5 stars. I hope to be this good someday.
If you love poetry that is rich, sensual, and powerful, get yourself this book. I’m already gleefully awaiting her next.

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14 Days! 

I took this pretty photo today and wanted to share. 

Just two until Like Waves is released! I can hardly believe it. Don’t forget to enter my Goodreads giveaway, and if you’re interested please pre-order the ebook now. Paperback coming August 16th! Woohoo! 

And now, off to finish the last 30 pages of Witch Lessons edits. So pumped.

Nighty night 😄

Cover Update: How to Get Unstuck 

Well, good morning!

I have another ebook cover makeover for you today. Please check out the before:

How to Get Unstuck - High Resolution - Version 2

And the after:

More about the story if you missed the first introduction:

A 3,000 word short story about a woman named Marty and how she copes with her break-up from her long-term partner. Will she finally learn to be alone? Or will she inevitably move on to a new relationship— as her ex Raina insists she will because Marty just “can’t be alone”? When Marty runs into a former student, the attractive, tattooed Shae, she has to cross the professional line she’s been so firm on holding, and fight her desire for companionship…right? Perhaps she’ll be better off on her own, or maybe she’ll stop caring so much about what Raina thinks, and give in to what she really wants. Which choice will make her happier? How to Get Unstuck is a story about one woman who loves relationships, hates to be alone, and must either accept or overcome those parts of herself.

Estimated reading time: 15-20 minutes.

I hope you’ll take a little time and spend the .99 to download it from Amazon or Smashwords. At some point it will be up on other sites, too.

Also, don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads list!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I’m working on some website updates today, continuing slow, but steady edits on Witch Lessons, and contemplating participating in Pitch Wars– a Twitter pitch party where you work with a mentor to get your manuscript into tiptop shape before pitching to agents. It starts August 2nd, so I don’t know if I can quit get ready in time, but we’ll see.

Thanks for checking out my reveal! 🙂 Until next time,

Amanda

Cover Update: The Peony and the Sun

Happy Saturday! I’m happy to share my new cover for The Peony and the Sun. First, the old cover, which was pretty but didn’t quite fit with the vision I have for my branding:

And now, the new!

PEONY NOT BOLD

All my short story ebooks are getting makeovers! I am geekily excited about the new designs.

More about this story, in case you missed the first introduction.

“There was once a flower who fell in love.”

So begins this short tale of a flower and those around her. The Peony and the Sun is a story, old-fashioned in its telling, about the ways love can grow in different relationships. It is a fable, simply told, about the power of actions over words, the beauty of nature, and the tenderness and strength of the heart. Yet, it is first and foremost a love story, between two flowers, between partners who have lost their way, and between a flower and the little boy who saves her—or tries to. The Peony and the Sun is a bittersweet story about friendship, expectation, and above all, love.

Duration: 19 pages

Estimated Reading Time: approximately 15-30 minutes

Buy it in e-book

Thanks! Enjoy the rest of your weekend ♡♡♡ I’ll be editing. Editing. And editing some more!

-Amanda

Book Review: It Starts Like This by Shelby Leigh

It Starts Like This: a collection of poetryIt Starts Like This: a collection of poetry by Shelby Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It Starts Like This has a great hook—Shelby Leigh wrote a poem every day for a year and decided to publish a poetry book of her favorites after that experience.

There were poems that weren’t my cup of tea because they lacked imagery or sophistication, some I liked enough, and some I absolutely loved, which I thought were really strong. It Starts Like This is a well-done debut poetry collection, and Shelby Leigh has a lot of potential. If she continues writing and ever publishes another book, I anticipate it being even stronger. The emotion and rawness in some of the poems was palpable, and even some I didn’t particularly love I could still appreciate because of the clear heart throughout the book.

In no particular order, I believe the best poems were: Battle Scars, Keepsakes (I love the rhyme here), Sleepwalker, Predator, Bones, Rhymes, and Journal. I think the brief Swearing was my favorite:

I swear
with every kiss
you leave words on my tongue
and every time you break away
I breathe a poem
into my lungs

4 stars for a good collection of poetry. It was dotted throughout with tiny gems I fell in love with, and will definitely read again in future.
Well done.

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Bookloot July Unboxing! 

Hi! The excitement is real, people. I got my first book subscription box from BookLoot yesterday and was NOT disappointed! Scroll down for a full reveal of July’s box, themed “What Fate Awaits”… 

And….ta-dah! 

How gorgeous! I recieved:

-The Library of Fates, a book by Aditi Khorana, which was already on my TBR list and I cannot wait to read it!

-Blossom of Ash, a short story by Kennedy Vega– a Hades/Persephone retelling which sounds awesome. 

-A Cloud Atlas candle, very clean/soap scent

-A Raven Boys temporary tattoo 

-coloring pages and pencils

-A pretty Ink & Wonder wooden bookmark

-2 pieces of candy, already gobbled up by my monsters

-Insert card art and a button 

I am already signed up to receive next months box and my Bookish Box should arrive any day as well. I may have a new addiction, guys…

Getting There…

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer—it’s going so fast, isn’t it? Like always, I suppose 😄

Have I mentioned my disbelief and excitement at having already released two books this year? (LOL, maybe just once or twice?!) Well, book #3 is almost ready!

It’s now 30 days until Like Waves: Poetry is released. I’m anxious, nervous, and thrilled all at once. Also, you know, it’s a ton of work and it means I’ve had less time to revise Weightless or Witch Lessons. Speaking of which, both require more work than I thought. Weightless is only about 1/3 of the way into revisions (actually about draft #4) and I haven’t worked on it in a month. Witch Lessons just got returned from my editor and sadly, it’s not as strong as I’d hoped. Probably because I love the story so much, I’m a bit blinded by it. I have a bad habit of filtering (using I heard, I saw, I felt, I see, etc) and it’s creating a barrior between the main character and the reader. So, I’ll have to go through and fix the hell out of it. Again, haven’t worked on that manuscript for a good month. Why? Well, because I’ve been scrambling to get Like Waves in tip-top shape!

I don’t mean that to sound like it’s being rushed, because I still have a month to go and all that’s left is formatting, uploading and getting my proofs. All that goes really quickly. It’s just, I kind of underestimated how much work it would be to go through and rearrange the poems the way I wanted, and to check for duplicated words or issues, etc. Then it had to be edited. But phew, that’s all done now!

Besides that, I’ve been working for the last week on a brand-new short story called The Thorns of Sacrifice. It’s a YA fantasy, very loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, and I submitted it somewhere super cool (more on that later…like if I get picked!). I finally just sent it now, and I’ll hear if I was accepted at the end of the month. Fingers crossed. I really want to get an acceptance! The story was SO fun to write. But, for now, waiting time.

Alas, I’m relieved to say with Like Waves and that short story out of my hands for now, I can get back to work on my two neglected manuscripts. I’m thinking I’ll start with Witch Lessons. I’ve missed Aya and Darcy a lot, and though it’s daunting going through and clicking accept/reject on ALL THOSE TRACK CHANGES my editor Dani made, it’s also exciting. I get to make this manuscript better. I get to love it even more! And it’s all written, solid in most ways, so lots less work than Weightless. Once that’s all done, I’ll return it to Dani, and start hacking away at Weightless once more. I’m trying to follow my Book Bestie Jamie’s advice and only work on one project at a time. It’s hard because I naturally want to juggle everything and feel guity if I ignore something too long, but I have to admit, I finish each thing faster this way.

And I am making an informal vow that I will not be publishing anything for the rest of the year. It is amazing, and rewarding, but So. Much. Work. And I think 3 books in one year is plenty ambitious, don’t you? I want to get back to writing new things, to developing all these stories in my head, like this new Romeo & Juliet reincarnation YA story that popped into my head one night. Sounds awesome, amirite??

With that, I’m going to go pour myself a glass of wine, kick up my feet, scroll on Instagram (are you following me yet? You should!) and chill. I have definitely earned a night of vegging, and tonight I’ll watch a movie and read. In between all my writing work I’ve been reading lots of poetry, which has been incredibly inspiring. I’m switching between It Starts Like This by Shelby Leigh and The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. Besides poetry, I finally started A Court of Thorns and Roses. So far, so good. I’m ready to dive back in!

Have a great night everyone. And don’t forget to come back soon. I’ll be posting a giveaway in the next week or two!

 

Amanda