Tomorrow I will be offering three of my poetry and artist chapbooks as free downloads off amazon.com’s kindle platform. The titles of these books are:
- Sex in the kitchen sink : poetry and art
- Once I was the rain poetry and artwork
- Red Bones: poetry and artwork
all can be found on my author’s page. Here is a link:
The free sale runs for five days starting tomorrow. If you download and enjoy please consider submitting a review on my author’s page.
As some of you may or may have not noticed besides writing on this blog, I also self-publish my own books using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. At last count, I have published 22 of them since Jan 2013.
Well, book No.21 is available as a FREE paperback Good Reads.com giveaway item.
Here is a link to sign up:
The paperback cover is on the left. The paperback is 54 pages and 6 x9 white pages with colored images. The kindle version is shown on the right. On kindle it costs just $4.73 HERE is the kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/Mandala-happened-crash-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00VJJDKRG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
The paperback is $15.99.
HERE is the Book’s description off of Amazon.com:
A short collection of Short Stories, poetry, and artwork. It is a chapbook of Modern surreal fiction this first of its kind by this Author, Artist and Poetess. Emily Sturgill has a BFA in Fine Arts Painting and a Masters of Education in Art Education and Art Therapy.She runs a blog on WordPress.com called,”Sex in the kitchen Sex.” Since 2013 this is her 21 Self-published work. Her other books are listed on her Amazon.com Authors page. Mostly known as artist and poet this is Emily’s first attempts at short stories. Tread lightly, as she is by no means an expert mostly just a novice with one toe dipped in the water as the streams bubbles past. Scared of course to jump in and swim, terrified not to at least give it the ole-fashioned try.
And HERE is it’s first review:
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please read the blog above AND if you choose to enter follow Tracy’s instructions and leave her a comment at the end on your plans for 2015 and your email info. If you win give me a shout out!!
There are still 9 more days to enter for your chance to win one of five signed copies of my second Artist chapbook,”Art, Art, Art!!! Before Words.” Volume Two. by Emily Sturgill (2014)
Follow this link below to the http://www.goodreads.com site to enter this giveaway. It ends on Dec 1, 2014.
This is the last day of my two kindle artist &poetry chapbooks that are on sale-reduced to just 99 cents!!
Tomorrow the sale will end. The books are: “Don’t cry me a river of crocodile tears.” (2013) by Emily Sturgill and
” Lavender Surprise.”(2013) by Emily Sturgill. To download Lavender Surprise follow this link HERE:
You can read more about the book on Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21481916-lavender-surprise
Two people left reviews on Good Reads when they won a paperback version of this book.
I was the lucky winner of this book from a recent GoodReads giveaway! Thank you!
This book caught my eye while browsing the giveaway section for two reasons: first, I love the color purple (especially lavender); and two, I enjoy poetry and expressive art.
Emily Sturgill delivers well on both points! (Of course, the purple cover was the easiest of the two. 🙂 I enjoyed her approach to some of her poems by stringing random words together into a coherent piece. I also appreciate how the author writes what she knows – bringing influences from her life and surroundings – and fills it with unhesitating emotion and honesty. My favorite poem is “Artist Cemetery”. It rings too true for my life.
I enjoyed the style of the table of contents, too – so many TOC’s are straight-forward lines down the page, easy to get lost in or skip over, but Mrs. Sturgill even turns that into art, with alignments and indents that remind me of a gentle, meandering walk through the trees. However, the lack of page numbers throughout the book made it difficult to pinpoint a particular poem or piece of art without counting individual pages.
Mrs. Sturgill explores many mediums in her art, and I especially enjoy the watercolors (“Watercolor Roses” and “Branching Out” being my favorites). A few of her emotive art pieces came out blurry, suggesting they may have been resized to fit the page and lost some of the detail and sharpness. A few poems also had punctuation I wasn’t sure how to read – I feel they contributed to furthering the artistic nature of the author’s work, but some extra slashes and commas made it a little harder for me to stay in the poem.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I’m thankful for the opportunity to experience Emily Sturgill’s work! I hope she continues to write and share her words and visions with the world. (less)
Emily Sturgill’s poems are like dreams in your heart. Her pictures are like visions that causes her dreams of poems to come alive. Emily’s poetry and art “Lavender Surprises” is truly a surprise that affects your senses. “Lavender Surprises” measures this artist’s measurable attribute and converts it into a framework which can be read by an observer and touches one’s eyes with art and poetry, just as it touches your heart. “Lavender Surprises,” a work of color and a weaving of poetry, the artwork of the pages come alive in living thoughts and depths that cause pause, reflection, and leave a dimension of wonder of this artist’s true beauty. Emily Sturgill is a true artist of both the word and the canvas. (less)
Two people also reviewed this chapbook on Amazon.com:
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“Lavender Surprise” is the 7th volume in the new Artist’s Chapbbook Series, authored by prolific poet, artist, and mental health advocate Emily Sturgill; who promotes therapeutic art expression through teaching and social media. Sturgill is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. with a M.Ed in Art Education/Therapy.
The recent economic collapse of Detroit, MI. had been widely covered in the media. The Motor City/Detroit filed for bankruptcy on July 13, 2013. In the poem “Artistically Inclined” Sturgill describes her experience of living in the impoverished area, trying to make a living on the Detroit 8 Mile, selling creativity Sturgill declares is worse then the (nostalgic) vacuum cleaner salesman. “Artist’s Cemetery” my favorite poem: it seems, could be much darker then it actually is. The artist’s depression seems mostly a frustration of being unable to change or improve situations with big government, drug companies, (available by expensive prescription only), and excessive (predatory) profits. The hopelessness of poverty and being unable to rise above it. The very short: “Lovesong” is a more upbeat expression of Detroit city life, and “Monster Lyrics” the joyful leaping of music sound. Sturgill often writes in a confessional style, many of the poems are light, short, surreal, yet upbeat.
The poem “Babble” describes the abstraction of free thought, absentmindedness, which becomes Sturgill’s origional art form known as “Zentangle”. Three art pieces of “Zentangle” are featured in this chapbook, the pen/ink drawings and designs are of swirls and flourishes, which have a calmer softer effect. Previous volumes have featured the zigzag “Zentangle”, illistrating a more bold dramatic design and effect. Read more ›
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Emily Sturgill’s poems are like dreams in your heart. Her pictures are like visions that causes her dreams of poems to come alive. Emily’s poetry and art “Lavender Surprises” is truly a surprise that affects your senses. “Lavender Surprises” measures this artist’s measurable attribute and converts it into a framework which can be read by an observer and touches one’s eyes with art and poetry, just as it touches your heart. “Lavender Surprises,” a work of color and a weaving of poetry, the artwork of the pages come alive in living thoughts and depths that cause pause, reflection, and leave a dimension of wonder of this artist’s true beauty. Emily Sturgill is a true artist of both the word and the canvas. **This was read from copy Advanced Reads/Free copy from Goodreads**
To buy a copy of “Don’t cry me a river of Crocodile Tears.” click HERE:
To read more about this book on Good Reads click HERE:
Here is a review From Good Reads:
I received this book via the Goodreads First Reads program.
The overall layout and design of the book is good. The poetry is heartfelt and the illustrations are interesting. However, the book could really benefit from the attentions of a proofreader or editor, as there are some typos and grammatical errors (including several in the author’s back cover bio).
This is a review off of Amazon.com:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Emily covers several topics in the poems of this book; however, many of them have to do with her illness, Bipolar Disorder, which she is very open about in her poetry. She has a wonderful way of describing it to people who have never experienced the depression or mania of the disorder. She also seems to have a firm grasp on the essentials of living with the disorder, the stigma attached, and the feeling of being described as only your illness and not a human being with an illness being one component of your existence. Her poetry is a free-flowing eclectic style which takes you on a journey through her intensely creative moments of thought. Her poems are often free style and unique in their character. I had several favorite poems in this book including “Like Writer’s Block”, “Puddles of Poetry”, “Beyond Words” and “Grasping at Straws”. She covers the gamut of emotions that come along with this disorder as well as life in general, such as remorse, fear, pride, and love. Emily seems to have a very open mind and is willing to explore topics in a way that allows others to maintain their opinion while stating hers in a respectful way. Her poems are very genuine and it is clear that they come from the heart. I would recommend this book to other people interested in Bipolar Disorder, depression, poetry, or unique writing styles in general. The artwork throughout the book is a very nice touch as well. This is clearly a very talented author and artist. I hope to read more of her books in the future!
Two of my artist & poetry chapbooks are currently marked down to only 99 cents from 11/05/14-11/12/14.
Those books are: “Lavender Surprise.” and “Do not cry me a river of crocodile Tears.”
For a look at Lavender Surprise (2013) by Emily Sturgill please follow this link HERE:
For a peek at “Do not cry me a river of crocodile tears.” Follow this link HERE:
Both of these ebooks will be reduced to just 99 cents the entire countdown time! All I ask is if you do buy one or both, could you please consider leaving me a review on my Author’s page at Amazon.com? It’s “www.amazon.com/author/emilysturgill/”
Thank you for reading this!
Two of my books are still available as free kindle promotional downloads!
The first is “Butterfly rimmed eyeglasses and the trouble with Tuesdays.” (2013)
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The other is called ,”Words Whirl.” (2013)
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Thank you for reading this. This free deals will not last long so act quickly!
I’m hosting a Good Reads.com book Giveaway of my second Artist Chapbook: “Art,Art,Art!!! Before Words:Vol 2.”
Book Description: “This is the second half of a two-part Series called, “Art, Art, Art!!! Before Words.” The first volume was released in Spring of 2013. This final volume is being released in Spring 2014. This one contains much more photography, digital photography, and other artworks.It is roughly 52 pages long. It spans a number of years in the Artist’s life: from 1996-2013.”
HERE is the LINK to enter to WIN:https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/86026-art-art-art-before-words
You must be a Good Reads community member to enter but joining goodreads is free. It is a free social media site devoted to reading, writing & reviewing books. Just go to https://www.goodreads.com to sign up and join. Many authors have book giveaways just like this one. I am giving away 5 copies of this Art book!! The drawing started yesterday & the deadline is Dec 1st & It is entirely free, if you win I will pay shipping and handling. All I ask is please consider, submitting a review of my book if you win it. Thank you!-Emily
My latest poetry and artist chapbook is now available off of http://www.amazon.com.
HERE is a link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMG460?ref_=pe_870760_118561140
This is a collection of roughly 33 poems centering on the theme loosely based on the color Red. It also contains original artwork and is estimated at around 68 pages in length.Colors often invoke images and feelings. Imagery and emotions are the very fabric which poets create poetry. Color invites thought,form and concrete notions. I decided to focus on Red as it is one of my favorites. I can only hope my artwork along side my poetry can inspire or touch readers in a thoughtful focused way. Let’s explore the world of Red, its texture, it’s feelings, right down to its bones. This ebook does contain some mature content.
Please feel free to use the “Look inside the Book.” feature to see if some of the poetry/content appeals to you. $2.99 on Kindle. There is also a paperback version available for $16.99, 8.5×11, white pages with colored images, 68 pages. Available off both Amazon.com and http://www.createspacestore.com
: here is that link: https://www.createspace.com/5013532
Comments and Feedback or reviews are always highly encouraged and very welcomed.
Thank you, my wordpress readers! Without your encouragement and support as readers, I doubt I would even keep writing at all! Sincerely, Emily Sturgill
I have a correction to mention, I had noted previously that my poetry and artist chapbook called “Yesterday’s flowers and other things.” would be on sale as a kindle countdown deal from 10/05/14-10/12/14 for 99 cents, in the USA store. That was incorrect that sale is for my UK readers only-sorry!
So that means I have two kindle countdown deals starting today in Amazon.com’s UK store.
The first being “Yesterday’s Flowers and other things” and the second is “Art before Words.”Volume One.
HERE are links for UK readers: