Updates

Long Overdue: Superstition By Rana Kelly

I’ve been long overdue in announcing
Sudden Denouement Publishing’s
incredible poetry collection from Rana Kelly,
Superstition.

A review worth checking out:
Lois Linkens

Other reviews:
Goodreads

Where to get your copy:
Amazon US · Amazon UK · Book Depository

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Long Overdue: I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl By Nicole Lyons

I’ve been long overdue in announcing
Sudden Denouement Publishing’s
amazing poetry collection from Nicole Lyons,
I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl.
Nicole Lyons is a force of nature
disguised as a writer, a social activist,
a voice for the downtrodden,
and a powerful poet with a delicate touch.
She is a consulting editor at
Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.
She can be found on her website,
Instagram, and Twitter.

These are a few reviews worth checking out:
Georgia Park
Nicholas Gagnier

Other reviews:
Goodreads

Where to get your copy:
Amazon US · Amazon UK · Book Depository

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Long Overdue: Machiavelli’s Backyard By David Lohrey

I’ve been long overdue in announcing
Sudden Denouement Publishing’s debut
poetry collection from David Lohrey,
Machiavelli’s Backyard.
Lohrey has a long background in writing
and currently is a contributing writer
and managing editor at
Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.

Find his book and check out the reviews:
Goodreads
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Book Depository

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A Sparrow Stirs its Wings By Rachel Finch Is Now Available

Sudden Denouement Publishing proudly announces
the release of Rachel Finch’s stunning book of poetry,
A Sparrow Stirs its Wings.
Finch is the powerhouse behind the
Bruised But Not Broken community on Facebook,
which provides support and healing for trauma survivors.
Her writings can also be found
on her website, and Blood Into Ink.
She is a symbol of hope and light throughout the world.

These are a few reviews worth checking out:
Faye K. Brown
Nicole Lyons

Find her book on Amazon.

 

Updates

Thank You! – Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

I am both honored and pleased to announce that
Anthology Volume I: Writings for the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective
released on Amazon at #1 in Poetry Anthologies.

Thank you for making this possible.

If you haven’t yet purchased a copy,
you can find it on Amazon.com
and Amazon.com.uk.

Updates

Just Released! Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

It is my pleasure to announce that the
Sudden Denouement Anthology
has officially released!

I am humbled to have been a part
of this incredible collection of talented writers.
My donation of four pieces
(one of which has never before been shared)
awaits your hungry eyes.

The Sudden Denoument Literary Collective is thrilled to announce the release of Anthology Volume I: Writings for the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective! This long-awaited anthology is a thoughtfully curated compendium of the best writing published online by the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective from its launch in August of 2016 through April 2018. It includes 138 pieces of cutting-edge poetry, prose and short fiction written by 29 diverse writers from England, Romania, Japan, India, Finland, the United States and Canada. Thirty-one of the 138 pieces were written exclusively for the Anthology. This volume captures the astonishing raw power of these individual and united poetic voices.

Now available on Amazon.com
and Amazon.com.uk.

Random Thoughts

Gravity by Rana Kelly

The lovely Rana Kelly has a new book called Superstition, available at Amazon. It’s the first book released by Sudden Denouement Publishing. Be sure to check out her novel, Until Her Darkness Goes. For now, read “Gravity.”

My Heart is an Island,
Safe away from society and succor
my Soul is the Sand. Tiny crushed pieces
of earth and skeletons.
Time and death and birth,
endless cycles of
creation and destruction
cushion for your bare feet.
Truly loved and known
Only by the Sea
Surrounding me
See, I am not adrift.
My roots run deep
Under Mariana
And pressured waters
That could crush
Skulls like soft bugs,
The weight that I bear
Hides my core.
It takes millions of all kinds of
Tiny and huge things
Before you can see just my sand
There is no patience
In highways, nor aeroplanes,
I’m here with time.
You may live on me, bury your toes,
Burn your skin,
Cool your fever in my shallows,
Laugh your weekends away
But you go home.
And here I am,
Alone. While my own heart
Pulls in
Pushes out
Intimate only with the far off moon.
And Universal Forces
That are foreign to me.
Do you think it beauty?
Do you think it balm?
I am trapped.
The waves rush in and ebb out
Bring me nothing but vastness
Silence
and
slow erosion.
Yes,
God Knows
My Heart is an Island
My own currents
pull me apart
Drag me under
Drown me.
Enjoy your holiday.

© Rana Kelly

Source: “Gravity” from Rana Kelly’s Book Superstition from Sudden Denouement Publishing

Poetry

Review: Watercolor Words

This was originally shared as an exclusive sneak peak in the second poetry issue of Mailbox Eulogies a week ago. To join, click here.

I purchased this book at a signing and Topher Kearby was both kind and considerate to me and my family. I read the book that night and I really enjoyed the mix of typed poems, art, and poetry. Most of the poems resonated with me and I felt a deep connection with them. His unique way of expressing himself through his art is unlike anything I’ve seen before and I’m lucky to be a part of it.

5/5 Stars

Have a poetry book you’d like to recommend? Drop it in the comments or send me an email via my about page.

© Sarah Doughty

Poetry

Review: Flow And Grip

This was originally shared as an exclusive sneak peak in the first fiction issue of Mailbox Eulogies a week ago. To join, click here.

Where can I possibly begin to describe my love for these books? The simplest answer is the beginning.

Flow is the prequel novella to Grip, which is the essential backstory to the journey that is Bristol and Grip. Within the first few pages, At the airport, Grip was picking Bristol up to spend time with her brother, his best friend. Upon first seeing her, Grip thought, Black skinny jeans cling to long, lean legs that start at Monday and stretch all the way through next week, and I knew I was hooked. I grinned like a loon and even chuckled a little.

It says a lot for a book to stir such a reaction within the first few chapters, but this was merely pages. Pages, people! Ryan mentions her love for poetry and how she wanted it to shine through in her fiction, and she pulls it off with ease. A few pages later, as the narration shifts to Bristol, it’s obvious how much the narration differed so much from Grip’s, which was another dead giveaway that Ryan is a great storyteller.

As I’m marveling at the chemistry and depth of the characters, Grip blurts, “I was wondering when you’d get around to asking some questions.” His expression loosens into a grin. “You keep looking at me like I might pull over at the next rest stop and stuff you in the trunk.”

I couldn’t help it. I busted out laughing, which of course, I was reading in bed at three in the morning and I woke my poor husband up in the process. But I digress.

Each paragraph held my attention. The electricity between Bristol and Grip was off the charts.

Without getting spoilery, something happens and seven years later, Grip begins. Bristol has pushed Grip away and kept him as a friend and business partner, but Grip hasn’t wavered in his quest to win her over. The lyrical storytelling continues throughout and I was just as spellbound by the story as I was in Flow. Since this is an adult contemporary romance, it’s not for younger audiences, and if this doesn’t deter you, I recommend it. Very much.

If you’re still unsure, let me lure you a little by saying that Flow is always free to download from Amazon, so what’s the harm in trying it? As an extra bonus, Ryan (she’s such a generous soul!) is offering a giveaway of Grip to one lucky winner! See the details on that below.

Allow me the cue the angels to sing, throw some confetti, and by all means, imagine Morgan Freeman reading you some poetry. Because, these books are made of gold. (And this is the part where I’ll squeal because Ryan is writing another novel, following Bristol and Grip, called Still, and I can’t wait for it!)

5/5 Stars – Although, if I could, I’d give 6/5, because, wow.

Grip E-Book Giveaway!

One entry per action completed (must email me a screenshot of each item for them to count!):

**Giveaway will end and be announced on May 10th.**

Have a fiction book you’d like to recommend? Drop it in the comments or send me an email via my about page.

© Sarah Doughty

Poetry

Review: Milk And Honey

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This was originally shared as an exclusive sneak peak in the first poetry issue of Mailbox Eulogies a week ago. To join, click here.

There’s no doubt that Ms. Kaur has overcome a lot in her years and her writing does pack a bit of a punch. But, I found that her style was a little shallow and distracting at times. Let me elaborate.

The first section was the worst, involving graphic details of being abused and molested by strangers and extended family members. This was triggering to the point that I needed to take actions to calm down before sleeping.

Further into the book, she discusses love and desire. She speaks in metaphors about masturbation, setting the world on fire with lust, using tongues to write poetry between the legs, etc. Even her line drawings were somewhat graphic in places, like fingers dripping with honey. But then when the f-word finally makes an appearance, she blocks it out with asterisks. I found that to be rather odd, but accepted it and moved on.

Her writing style doesn’t include capitalization, punctuation other than periods, or even strategic line breaks where pauses would be found naturally. A couple poems needed to be reread in order to learn the meaning. A couple pieces were somewhat complicated, requiring some time to decipher the meaning.

The rest were almost too simple. I often find that poems that can have more than one meaning, depending on how the reader interprets it, is more powerful that a shallow line that says only one thing with no other depth or nuance to it.

She tended to overuse metaphors, like setting something on fire with anger or passion, and it seemed like she included too many references to honey just for the sake of tying in with the title.

This book was good, but it wasn’t fantastic, and I wasn’t blown away by it, but considering her heritage as a Punjabi woman and that she’s set out on her own and made a life for herself is inspiring enough, especially if what she wrote was common for Punjabi families.

Bottom line is that her words were triggering, shallow, and often contradictory, but powerful enough to send a one-pointed message.

3.5/5 Stars

Have a poetry book you’d like to recommend? Drop it in the comments or send me an email via my about page.

© Sarah Doughty