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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.
“Linsmeier’s writing is elegant and powerful. ” -Shelby Leigh, author of It Starts Like This
“A sensitive, beautiful exploration of what it means to be human.” -Bianca M. Schwarz, author of A Thing of Beauty
“Amanda Linsmeier always manages to take life’s events and expose them for their brutal truth.” -Jamie McLachlan, author of The Memory Collector Series
“Lovely and thought-provoking. If you love poetry, you’ll love this collection.” –Kelly Cain, author of Altered
Beach Glass & Other Broken Things is a collection of twenty-three stories about girls and women on the cusp of self-realization. It highlights the complexities of characters becoming who they really are, from a girl who tracks down her absent father, only to discover he’s made a whole new life without her; to an eighty-four-year-old grandmother falling in love for the first time; to a woman who finds comfort with an unlikely life coach while grieving over her husband’s suicide. Beach Glass & Other Broken Things delves into unimaginable fragility, and unbreakable hope. It celebrates women who are happy or broken, and the ones who save themselves or allow themselves to be saved.
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Stories of strength, stories of love, stories of sadness and stories that made me cry because of all of these emotions at once.” -Goodreads Reviewer
“This collection of short stories is incredible. I started reading and couldn’t stop.” -Kelly Cain, author of Altered
“Raw and realistic…” -Goodreads Reviewer
“This writer knows how to reach her readers and pull their heartstrings.” -Amazon Reveiwer
“She manages to capture the beauty, fragility, and strength of real life, making the reader laugh out loud and weep within a short space.” -Amazon Reviewer
In Déjà You, five authors share stories of second chances, as varied in telling as the writers themselves.
Kelly Cain’s We’ll Always Have Oahu takes us on a whirlwind New Adult romance set in the 80s between a young woman on a high school graduation trip and a handsome Navy sailor.
Bianca M. Schwarz transports us to 1760 in The Pearl with the story of Marcus Landover, who attends a card party and ends up with more than he bargained for in the beautiful Sophia Chelmsford.
Amanda Linsmeier’s Joy and Sorrow reunites lovers separated by death in a Women’s Fiction tinged with the unusual.
The Eyes of the Heart by Jamie McLachlan gives us Rosalina, who is forced to confront her attraction and the truth about her blindness when a new gardener is hired at the Greystone house.
Finally, C.H. Armstrong brings us Mr. Midnight, where tragedy reunites two star-crossed lovers, but misunderstandings soon rip them apart. Now, six years later, the stars are realigning with the help of the smooth voice of a late night radio DJ.
Some of the stories are sweet, some sad, some steamy, but all carry the same theme. Déjà You is a collection of stories for those who believe in love, but most of all, second chances.
“One of the best short story books I’ve read.” -Amazon reviewer
“My absolute favorite was Joy and Sorrow. I teared up several times as I read Iris’s story about the love of her life, Grady.” -Amazon reviewer
“You will not be able to put it down until you find out how each story ends!” -Amazon reviewer
“I think each author did an outstanding job of developing their characters.” -Goodreads reviewer
“A very sad and at the same time beautiful addition to the anthology is Joy and Sorrow.” -Goodreads reviewer
Trouble comes in threes, Grandma CeCe always said…
A baby. Just holding one sets Julia’s heart thumping. She’s wanted a child for so long. When she finally gets pregnant, she’s bursting to tell the world….until a checkup from the doctor confirms a miscarriage.
Julia’s world feels like it’s dissolving. This second tragedy following her father-in-law’s death, shakes her and her husband Greg. To support his mother, they uproot their lives and move to Greg’s childhood home. Under the bright Midwestern sky, Julia can feel a new world and new hope beginning. But trouble comes in threes, and soon a boy shows up at Julia’s new daycare whose blue eyes and freckled face look eerily like Greg’s. Despite her love for her husband, Julia finds her thoughts haunted by the boy’s face, and she can’t shake the feeling that her husband has a secret.
“The story is sad and tender but still so full of hope and promise.” -Amazon reviewer
“The writing in Ditch Flowers is sybaritic and mesmerizing. It does not surprise me to learn the author also pens poetry.” -Kelly Cain, author of Altered
“I truly enjoyed this book.” -Holly, Texan Girl Reads
“Beautiful. Sensitive and thought provoking.” -Amazon reviewer
“…a lovely tale about what it means to love, how to cope with loss, and most importantly, the power of forgiveness.” -Jim Cangany, author of Time Out
“The author did a beautiful job of bringing the reader into the mind of the main character and the anguish of infertility.” -C.H. Armstrong, author of The Edge of Nowhere
“Linsmeier has penned a novel that celebrates women.” -Goodreads reviewer
“It is a brave work that doesn’t gloss over pregnancy loss.” -Tara Meissner, author of Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis