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#Poetryreadathon – Songs of Heartstrings

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Poetry readathon

Miriam Hurdle

What Amazon says

Human being has the will power to travel through an exhausting journey, win a tough battle, and heal a deep wound. Strength from hope keeps us going until the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight and striving until the storm is over.

This poetic memoir comprises themes from the suffering through an undesirable relationship, surviving an aggressive cancer, to the happiness in true love, the joy of parenthood, and gratitude toward the Maker. Hurdle reveals the honest self-talk and reflects a heart filled with optimism, faith and trust. She illustrates the poems with her beautiful photos and paintings.

My review

Songs of Heartstrings is a collection of poems and essays featuring the vast array of life experiences by the author. Miriam Hurdle has encountered both the best and the worst of life through the death of her husband’s close friend, her own treatment…

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Indie Book Review: Songs of Heartstrings

H.R.R. Gorman has a fabulous review of Songs of Heartstrings. Thank you, Gorman!

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Miriam Hurdle let me know about her recent publication, Songs of Heartstrings.  I purchased this, my first book of poetry, so I could proudly present a review.  I’m not sure I can astutely review poetry, but here goes an attempt!

The Book

Songs of Heartstrings41dgiMtCq2BLAuthor: Miriam Hurdle
Published in 2018
Published through Kindle
Amazon Link

This was an enjoyable book.  I envision Miriam Hurdle as a modern psalmist, one who may not be a shepherd of sheep but still has a deep connection with creation and her creator.  This book of songs and tales has incredible richness and something for everyone.  Whether you’re in need for uplifting messages, comfort in times of trouble, or celebration of life, Hurdle has you covered.

Overall Review

As I read through many of these poems, I had a feeling like I was reading the book of Psalms.  Miriam is a fitting Psalmist, I’d…

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Miriam’s Book Review – “Fairies, Myths and Magic” by Colleen Chesebro

Fairies, Myths and Magic” by Colleen Chesebro

The Author’s Words

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future. 

My Recommendation

Colleen Chesebro in her book Fairies,Myths and Magic begins each section by an introduction. In the Fairies section,she describes the origins, the forms, and appearance of fairies. In the Myths section, she explained that myth is the oldest oral or written storytelling method to explain the strange natural or supernatural phenomena. In the Magic section, she points out that magic is defined as the supernatural power over the natural force and magic happens to us every day.

The short stories and poetry seamlessly weave into a pleasant dream that one wishes to stay in. The story of “Just What the Doctor Ordered” grabbed my attention because I have tinnitus. Roger’s tinnitus was cured after the fairs’ visit while he slipped into a dream over the Mojitos. I love “The Pond” A Haibun/Tanka Poem with the line “As I gaze into the pond, I see the reflection of the woman I’ve become. Past and future meld as one.”

The short story “The Leaving” was engaging from the first line to the end. It’s eerie but not too scary.

I love poetry so it’s enjoyable to read Colleen Chesebro’s many poems forms.

There are so many intriguing short stories and poems that one must read them to experience the delight of the book.Highly recommended to read for pleasure.

My Goodreads rating: 5 out of 5 Stars 


About the author

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction,poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. 

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, “The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy,” won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

Contact ColleenChesebro at:

Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Colleen-M.Chesebro/e/B01N9MV2RX?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/colleen-m-chesebro

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColleenChesebro

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