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:
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“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!
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:
Starting today, one of my poetry and artist chapbooks is reduced to just 99 cents. This sale runs until 10/12/14.
The ebook is called,”Dreamcatcher and other poems.” by Emily Sturgill, 2013.
This is a roughly 29 page chapbook which contains both art work and poetry by the Author. This contains more recent poems done in the last eight weeks, aside from the ones she posts on her blog, “Sex in the kitchen Sink” on wordpress,com There are 2 poems which are reproduced from her blog, “The root canal that never happened.” and “Senseless” Everything else is new work. As a poetess, Mrs, Sturgill attempts to give a voice to feelings many feel are better left unsaid.There is a blending of her original artwork as well.
There are also 3 Reviews on Amazon.com of this book. HERE is a link to buy your very own copy for just 99 cents:
I have two upcoming Kindle countdown deals. The first one starts tomorrow August 8, 2014. It will run until August 15th, 2014. The name of the book is “Do not cry me a River of Crocodile Tears.” It was published last summer. It is an Art and Poetry chapbook. It will be on sale on Amazon.co.UK site during that time. However it will be on kindle countdown in the USA starting September 12-September 19, 2014. During tat entire time the price will drop from $3.99 to just .99 cents.HERE is a link:
The other Promo is a USA promo. Starting August 9-August 16,2014 My e-book called “Mythology seen through metaphor: word salad 1.5” will be reduced to just 99 cents the entire time. It is also an Artist and Poetry Chapbook. It did receive some very positive reviews. If you feel like checking it out HERE is a LINK:
As with all my poetry and artist chapbooks if you do decide to invest your 99 cents-I would really love to hear your opinion, feedback and thoughts on the book you read. You can use the same links as above to submit a review or visit my Authors page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/emilysturgill
Thanks for reading this! Sincerely Emily Sturgill.
I am seeking poets to join in a Poetry Anthology Project. This project is open to all and any poets. So far I had gotten 3 entries. I prefer if you enter via email. Please email me one single poem at email@example.com If that address does not work please send it to my gmail at : firstname.lastname@example.org. The idea is simple. Once I receive 20 poems, I will notify everybody. The first 20 poets who send a poem are accepted no questions asked.
The purpose of asking for only one poem, is merely to show intent that yes you are a poet and yes you want to be part of this anthology. Next after I get 20 poems or the deadline of June 21, 2014 happens-whichever comes first-next is stage two. I will then ask all the poets to send in two more poems each and a short auto-bio statement including links to published works or blogs or websites.
The purpose of this anthology is two-fold: 1. To display a very diverse amount of poets
2. To give poets publicity especially if they have never been published so far.
Because I am also a poet and an art therapist, I am very broad minded when it comes to poetry. I do not anticipate rejecting anybody-as long as you are in the first 20-and I am not judging any other poets work as good or bad or anything like that.I will also entry myself but only using the same guidelines I’m giving you guys-3 poems total-1 short auto-bio statement* try to keep bio statement to one page please. That way its fair to everybody else too.
As an Editor of this collection-primarily my only real concern is misspelled words.I will change those if I find them but that’s all. Also I am going to change everybody’s font to 12 point times New Roman. That’s really about it. I think with poetry people use grammar creatively-so I don’t wish to edit that. I don’t really have any rules regarding length of types of poems. I really just want to give new poets-or old poets-a place to shine.
I encourage any one to enter. So far, I only have 3 entries but four other poets have said maybe. I am hoping for 20 because I really want to publish it on kindle and Createspace.
The kindle version I would like to keep low like 99 cents. I’m really not trying to make money off other poets-what I want to do is help poets see their work get published and perhaps to encourage them to self-publish on their own.
Please email or comment below if you have any questions-thank you-
A.K.A. Sex in the kitchen sink.
I am just tumbling the idea of a collection of poetry of some of my own poems, but also publishing some poetry of some of my http://www.wordpress.com friends. I am unsure of how to go about doing such an anthology? Especially as far as earning any profits…To be fair, I am not looking to cash in on anybody elses’s talents. Instead I like the idea of several of us poets coming together and creating a self published anthology of poetry MORE for self-expression and Self-exposure, publicity if you will….It’s just an idea in the rough.
But I am thinking maybe X amount of poets & 3 poems each + a short auto-bio of each poet and links to other published works or links to poets blog or website…
If this idea appeals to anybody please send me a sample poem and an email introduction to:
If I edited this type of book for kindle I would probably price it very low like .99 cents for the ebook.
I’m not too sure if this even interests anybody? But I know some of the poets i follow here have yet to be published. Perhaps being included in an anthology would give them the well needed push to self publish their own stuff.
My proposals is simple-email me a single poem and the first 20 poet’s poems I receive will be asked to be part of this collection. Deadline is whenever I receive 20 entry emails or let’s say the Summer Solstice June 21st Midnight EST. If you are selected-via-I receive 20 poems-I will email those poets ASAP and you will need to submit just 2 more poems and a short auto-bio poet statement.
Well then, let see if there are any fishes biting? Let the Games begin!!
chapbook | dear Georgia. mother is a tornado.
5.0 out of 5 stars For every child of a tornado: brilliant and bold poetry., May 4, 2014
By Emily H. Sturgill “Emily Sturgill”
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This review is from: dear Georgia. mother is a tornado: poems (Kindle Edition)
This is a fairly short collection, yet it leaves the reader wanting more.Usually I do not buy very short e-books, but both her cover art and her title really impressed me. Fortunately,I could not ignore the little voices in my head saying please and why not? Also it is economically priced at just 99 cents. Nothing however, could prepare me for the Slam of her poetry or the Strength in her imagery. From the very first poem I was hooked. This first poem describes: “spinning throat exposed & on fire.She sounds like a mother but mother can’t be this chaos,….” The vivid imagery of a fire breathing out of control Mother, a Mother of chaos..Wow. And from there on the poems just got better and better.
Stacy Michelle is a very talented writer. I really look forward to checking out her blog on […] and to start following her blog myself-just to see more work, by this powerful poetess. Stacy’s blog can be found here: http://thelanguagewespeak.wordpress.com