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Chasing a Butterfly by H.W. Bryce

  • Title: Chasing a Butterfly
  • Author: H.W. Bryce
  • Publisher:
  • Released: 2016
  • Genre: poems

“A journey of love through loss to acceptance”.

* Partial proceeds from the sale of this book are ear- marked for the Alzheimer’s Society to help combat this terrible disease.

Excerpts from book

When I was driven to taking an introductory course to educate myself about my wife’s Alzheimer’s disease, I became tongue-tied and overwhelmed with emotion. It was then that I found a way to express my grief–by writing my feelings and experiences, in poetry. Over the next couple of years, I had compiled about a hundred poems, longish ones, short ones, haiku-style ones.

MEMORABILIA

Oh dear!

A little pile of business cards,

An empty CD box,

Picture postcards—an owl, a heron, one red fox, An orange, a thumb tack, and one stopped watch, All sitting on the stand under the kitchen light, Balanced beside one lady’s slipper, the right.

Ann was here!

Authors bio

H. W. (Herb) Bryce

Former journalist, editor, book editor, teacher, courier, and robbery and kidnap victim while travelling the Middle East and North Africa.

His poetry appears in anthologies in Canada, the US, and, in India.

Mr. Bryce was judge (one of three) for the 2017 Rabindranath Tagore Award Internationl English Poetry Competition.

He is the author of a family book “Ann, A Tribute,” and of “Chasing a Butterfly: A journey in poems of love and loss to acceptance,” the poems of Alzheimer’s and poems for everybody. (Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and FriesenPress.com.)

“Chasing a Butterfly” is available also through the 26 branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Valley system.

H. W. Bryce blogs at http://hwbrycewrites.com

He has been a featured poet and frequent contributor to many venues. With his fellow Alzheimer’s writer John Knapp, of  “Donna’s Story,” he does info gatherings at care homes with readings from their books.

They are available for readings.

Mr. Bryce is a member of the Royal City Literary Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada.

H. W. Bryce BA University of Western Ontario, now Western University.

What others have to say about Chasing a Butterfly

From the back cover of the book

“Thanks for sharing your heart with us! A family member has Alzheimer’s and I know (though not as deeply as you) the pain and loss when you watch someone you love slowly disappear before your eyes. HUGS.”

-Jo Hannah Afton, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

“My truly talented friend. How blessed I am to have written beside you.”

~Renae Potter, Australia, writer who also became a family caregiver

“Wonderful how your words bring tears and memories back.”

~Irene Nunez Martinez, author, London, who was caregiver to her father

“Simply beautiful…I appreciate the acknowledgement of having given you a seed that you planted, watered, and nurtured into such a heartfelt and meaningful poem.”

~Craig A. Adams, Washington State, USA, caregiver to his wife

Happy reading!!!

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Review: Bart Simpson’s Manual of Mischief

  • Title: BART Simpson’s Manual of Mischief
  • Creator: Matt Groening
  • Hardcover
  • # of Pages: 64
  • Publisher: Insight Edition
  • Released: March 18, 2014
  • Genre(s): Humour, Comics
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was given to my husband a few years back because he’s a big Simpson’s fan.  I am to, but for some reason I never picked up this book until now.  I really regret not reading this book sooner.  I had so much fun reading this book.

All readers will have fun reading this book but I wouldn’t give this book to a kid because it will give them ideas.

Happy reading!!

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S. Sulianah’s New Book

Book Title: Masterpiece in Your Heart: A Series of Poetry 2nd Edition (Platinum)

  • Published by Winter Scribbler Publishing
  • Author: S.Sulianah
  • Edited by: Kaitlin Severini
  • Cover and Interior Design: Euan Monaghan
  • Cover Illustration: Vadha Hidayat
  • Arrangements and Concept by S.Sulianah
  • Photographs by S.Sulianah

Photographs taken in New York, New York; Bettles, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, Alaska; Jungfraujoch, Switzerland; Paris, France; London, England; Hong Kong; Yakutsk, and Oymyakon, Russia; and Long Beach, California.

Interview

What do you feel publishing poems of something you feel and think in writing?

When I first tried to self-publish the 1st edition, in terms of designing and desire to publish it, I was very much excited on the outcomes. However, the contents wise, oh, it was challenging in terms of what to share and what not. These poems are only the selected ones from collection of poems I have been writing for years. These are the ones which the contents are not too blatant or exposing too much about what I feel or who I am talking about.

Which of these poems is of significant to you?

I do not have any specific favorites. Each of these are meaningful and it means something when I penned my thoughts and feelings.

However, Cheat Code, the newly added poem for this edition is one which I am proud of. HTML coding is something which I started to learn by myself when I was in college for our projects. We were not taught in our classes but we were required to create webpages for our assignments. So, I made an extra effort to make it more appealing. I have been using it since. In this poem, I used the HTML codes to say something obvious but with codes to maintain its secrecy. If a reader is keen to understand the poem further, they will be able to search the code by themselves to decipher the meaning.

are these poems arranged like a timeline?

I had randomized the sequences as they are written in different time and at different phases of experiences. However, the first poem and last poem, it was intentionally made as an intro and end.

Chemistry is the first poem which reader will start to read. It tells a story on how the contents in the book relates to the relationship and friendship I experienced with the individuals I wrote about. It all starts from the connections in our personality, way of thinking, communicating with one another and feelings for each other. Without the essence, these poems will only be intangible atoms.

Cheat Code is the conclusion of this poetry collection, a metaphoric perspective of this book. Deciphering each of it depends on how the readers relate to themselves. It defines how all of these contents of poetry is unknown. Still a secret and basically no one knows.

Will you share with your readers like who is it about, if ever they asked?

Ermm.. an absolute. No. [Laugh]. It shall be a secret. I want them to read it and if they are feeling connected to it, they might have experienced similar situations as I do.

I can see that there are lots of photographs in this book SUCH AS at the mountain in switzerland and other ones captured mostly from your trips. So, why do you use these pictures in a poetry collection?

When I started the compilation, I wanted to create something different and not merely words. And most of these poems I wrote had somewhat a connection to the pictures. It is like a 2 in 1 value which readers will get from this. Beautiful photographic photos from different places and countries, and poems to soothe their stress days.

Any of these pictures have any significance to you?

Personally, I love all the pictures as how I had enjoyed my trips to all the different places. But I would like to share with you on the most difficult shot of all. The ice crystals accompanying the poem Vena Amoris. This was taken in one of the mountain caves in Oymyakon, Siberia which is known as the Pole of Cold. There are lots of beautiful ice crystals on the walls and ceiling in this cave. I snapped a lot of pictures from different angles, macro focus and the limited lighting to illustrate a beautiful crystallite but I ended up liking only two out of all those shots.

So, what is your next plan after this book? Will you STILL BE focusing on poetry and same theme?

I have some plans, yeah but high chances it will be totally different from what I have done now. I have something in mind and is in the making but well, we will see. Poetry.

Available in Paperback and Hardcover:

1. Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/masterpiece-in-your-heart-s-sulianah/1128569353?ean=9789811168789

2. Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Masterpiece-Your-Heart-PoetrySulianah/dp/9811168784/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

3. Winter Scribbler Publishing – http://www.winterscribbler.com

* Paperback version ISBN 978-981-11-6878-9

* Hardcover version ISBN: 978-981-11-6877-2

Happy reading!!!!

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Review: Woodcutter

  • Title: Woodcutter
  • Author: Shaun Baines
  • e-book
  • # of Pages: 290
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing
  • Released: March 28, 2018
  • Genre(s): Debut novel, crime thriller
  • My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I was given a copy of the book by the author, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Synopsis

Some family trees are meant to fall…

On the run from his criminal family, Daniel Dayton returns home to Newcastle Upon Tyne when his abandoned daughter is attacked.

But his family have problems of their own. Targeted by a brutal mercenary, their empire is destined to be destroyed should Daniel refuse to help.

Betrayed by his parents. Despised by his brother. In love with his sister-in-law. Home has become a dangerous place to be.

Daniel wants his daughter safe. And he wants his revenge, but in the shadowy streets of Newcastle, things are never what they seem.

My review

I am awed and impressed with this novel.  The plot line was original and well written.  The characters were complex but relatable.

I enjoyed this book so completely that I am actually having difficulty trying to write about it.

All I can say I read this book you will love it.

Happy reading!!!

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Review: Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins

  • Title: Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins
  • Author: Robert Crown
  • # of Pages: 275
  • Paperback
  • Publisher:
  • Genre(s): memoir
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I received my copy of this book from the author.

* All opinions are my own.

Synopsis

How does a child’s life change when his mother tries to murder him? It’s one of the most profound betrayals imaginable. This is the inspiring true story of Robert Crown’s amazing journey out of the darkness of his childhood and into a world brightly illuminated by the power of positive understanding and purposeful thought. His message to the world is that if he can do it, you too can overcome any challenge in life by focusing your thoughts on what you desire.

My Review

This book was incredible.  Reading about Robert’s childhood put things about my life back into perspective for me.  Many readers will agree that a good book (fiction or nonfiction) has the ability to do this.

Robert Crown wrote this book with the hope that the reader “might be inspired and believe that if this guy can go through all this and make it, they can certainly make it through whatever they’re going through.” (Pg 258)  His book did just that in my opinion.

With all the bad things you hear every day, let this book remind you of the power of good that can be found in people.  Everyone should read this book, it is really a great testament to humans capability to heal.

Happy reading everyone!!!