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.
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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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By socrates on April 16, 2015
I loved the cover of the book, as is “Photo of Nightmare Monster”, the photo above There Is Noone Else, “To all the Women I’ve Loved Before”, and “Selfie”. All of the poems have beauty in their own way. My favorite poem in this work is Surface. She creates a personal list of things to be grateful for at the end of the book, which I believe everyone can benefit from creating their own so bravo to the author for reminding us of this and giving us an idea of how to approach it.
I just released my first attempts in the short story genre.It is not very long, and it supplemented it with art and poetry-It is roughly 53 pages long. I used to stories I wrote during my BFA under-grad program in a creative writing class from 2003. I also wrote a couple new short stories too. It is now available in the kindle store. I am still a waiting approval on my paperback from the Createspace store.
HERE is a link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VJJDKRG
This is a preview of the paperback book cover.
There is not too much I can say beyond, that this terrifies me. Short stories have always been fun yet intimidatingly daunting to attempt to write. I love to read them myself. But I am uncertain if I am very good at writing them. Proceed reading with extra caution, because I am primarily a painter & a poet. It requires a different mind set to write a good short story. Although, some might argue, if your a good enough writer you can really write anything at all. If that is true?
Wow!! Wonderful….now pardon me, while I go write the next best selling Harlequin Romance or the next must have 50 shades of grey or Harry Potter…..Um, quite possibly I think those types of writing are very popular & possibly quite wonderful but totally beyond my grasp. I do not read those types of books so I doubt highly I could ever write one!!!! But I do write the way I do, in a surrealistic sideways freak-show type of way-warts and all…
If you check out my new kindle book, please,please,please!! Consider leaving me a review or some feedback on this blog post or on my Authors page: http://www.amazon.com/author/emilysturgill/
Thank you for your time reading this!! Sincere thanks, Emily
Four of my poetry & artist chapbooks will be on kindle-countdown sales starting Friday March 27, 2015.
The first is called,”Lavender Surprise: poems and artwork”
Three Free Artist and Poetry Chapbooks by Emily Sturgill will be available starting tomorrow Thursday March 26, 2015.
The first one was my first self-published art and poetry chapbook, “Sex in the kitchen sink: poetry and artwork.” (2013. Emily Sturgill)
To download a FREE copy visit this link HERE:
The second one was written around Earth day and is called, “Once, I was Rain.”
The third one is called “Red Bones.”
Hi. I am very pleased to announce that there is now some additional poetry in my recent anthology called,”Dredging up Demeter: An Autumn Anthology.” which is available off amazon.com’s kindle platform for just $3.33. There was one last poet whose work I wanted to also include. Everyone really worked hard on this collection. The following poets are featured in this work:
Lessa Abbott, Omavi Victorine,Celestine Nudana,Jacob Appelman,Katy Ottaway,Scott William Kendall, Anna Bianca, Carrie Page,Emily Sturgill and Bianca Alu-Marr.
This second revised edition was expanded to include the poetry of Bianca Alu-Marr and I wish to welcome her and thank her for joining our project. I expect to hear back from kindel tomorrow regarding the updates.
I did try to change the book cover a bit. But that was really about it. If you are one of the readers who have already gotten your kindle rcopy there should be instructions on how to update your version or kindle may contact you letting you know there are updates. If not you can go to manage my kindle on Amazon.com and click a box to manually update one or all of your ebooks. I believe thy have a feature that you can choose called whispersync or something similar to that which allows you to automatically update anytime any author updates an ebook you have already bought.
I am hoping to submit a paperback version soon and will let everyone knows when that happens. It has been such a joyous experience to read all the wonderful and varied poetry around seasonal themes. Some Poets also choose to submit photography or artwork to compliment their writings. Once again, I just wanted to give sincere thanks for everybody coming together in the unique and fun way.
Here is a link:
The updated version will not be available for at least 12-24 hrs. So either by tomorrow evening or tomorrow morning depending, BUT since I slightly altered the cover that would be a great way to make sure you are getting the latest version!
KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEALS STARTED ON SUNDAY 12/28/14-01/04/15
FOUR DIFFERENT TITLES WILL BE REDUCED TO JUST 99 CENTS:
1.”On the Brink letters to the Madness+poems & pictures (Rantings & Ravings Book 1) [Kindle Edition]”
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2.”On the Brink letters to the Madness+poems & pictures. Vol 2″ (Rantings & Ravings) [Kindle Edition]
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3.”Yesterday’s Flowers and other things.: poetry and art.” [Kindle Edition]
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‘The Art Therapist’ recalled putting picture pieces together, the light of hope and joy. Shadows carved out of Oak trees. The transformation of mood that meditation can’t achieve: ‘Music Therapy’. “Art Has Left The Building’ tells of the disappearance of inspiration.
‘Yesterdays Flowers'(theme): Flowers blooming secrets in the brittle dryness of winter.
‘She’ who loved Christmas, making cards and calligraphy writing. A loving memorial tribute poem of Ms. Sturgill’s mother.
The following poems describe the downside of mood disorder, the shadows, secrets, and final acceptance. Mania, A Messy Place, My Shadow Self, A Regression.
4.”Spirals of Song and other poems”
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Here are the reviews:
“The Miscarriage Collages” illustrate the depth of personal loss, in two beautifully done collage pieces, a sharing experience for the benefit of others.
Blending into another form: Random (abstract) Art is illustrated with a bold striking zig-zag painting and another smoother swirl of abstract design. Sturgill explains how (in therapeutic art) emotions color the canvas, the healing that often takes place without the necessity of either the written or spoken word.
“Play Me” a poem of the readiness of musical instruments on standby, is illustrated with clip-art of a violin.
Inspired by the song “Sober” by pop vocalist Pink: “A Pink Poem” is of avoiding the decent into madness that leads to a hospital psychiatric ward. The poem “Love Letter” returns back to the expression of the written word.
Favorite Art Works: ~ Colorful Collage * mixed media 2013 ~ Zentangle * pen/ink drawing 2013 ~ Zentangle #2 * pen/ink drawing 2013 ~ The Peacock * acrylic/mixed media 2012.
All men are creative, but few are artists. ~ Paul Goodman ~
Emily Sturgill M.Ed studied art education and therapy at Wayne State University, Detroit MI, where she lives with her husband and pet family.
It is pleasure to review this amazing prolific series of artist chapbooks. Many thanks to Amazon for the Kindle Promotional Copy.
THIS SALE WILL ONLY LAST UNTIL jAN 4, 2015. iF YOU ENJOY MY fREE pROMOTIONAL DOWNLOADS ON KINDLE, ThEn, you might also enjoy my other titles too. It only costs 99 cents, per chapbook, why not try them all?
Upcoming Free Kindle ebook Downloads*****Starts today!
Four of my Artist & Poetry chapbooks will be free to download as Kindle ebooks:
1-“Do not cry me a River of Crocodile Tears.”(2013)
2-“In Exile from Maxwell park:poems” (2014)
3-“Butterfly rimmed eyeglasses and the trouble with Tuesdays.”(2013)
4-“Red Bones.”(2014) be free to download. These titles will be free from 12/27/14-12/31/14.To download any of these titles please visit my Amazon.com‘s Author Page:www.amazon.com/author/emilysturgill OR
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.
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.
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 ›
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).
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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