Announcing – Mailbox Eulogies

The Mailbox Eulogies Newsletter has arrived!

You know that old saying, slow and steady wins the race?

It’s taken a few weeks to iron out the kinks and devise a plan to move forward with the newsletter I spoke about before. Considering the complicated nature of what I do and how I envisioned this to roll out, it was necessary to take things one step at a time. With luck, this approach will be enjoyable for everyone.

While between book projects, I’ve developed the proposed newsletter templates, sign ups, and all the fun things that need finalizing before the launch.

The day has come to release Mailbox Eulogies upon the world. I hope you’re just as excited for it as I am. If you’re anxious to sign up, feel free to jump to the bottom of this post or click here.

Here’s a rundown of what’s available:

Subscribers choose what they want to receive and can update their preferences at any time.

  • Everything (all listed below)
  • Important news, like book releases only.
  •  Poetry Newsletter
    • Updates
    • Curated Poems/Books
    • Poetry Advice Column
    • Poem & Prompt
    • Poet Interviews
    • Book Reviews
  • Fiction Newsletter:
    • Updates
    • Fiction Advice Column
    • Snippet from current WIP
    • Author interviews
    • Book Reviews
    • Cover Reveals
  • Depending on preferences, subscribers will receive an exclusive digital chapbook and/or an erotic romance short once they are ready to be released. Once they are released, new subscribers will receive them immediately.

What about the course?

I’m glad you asked! This is in the works right now. I’m hashing out the number of “days” required to cover each course: Online Presence, Plotting & Research, Writing, and Self-Publishing. This might take some time because I want to release courses for “registration” once they’re completed. So stay tuned on that.

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Eloquence In A Question #1

This will be the first of, hopefully, a series of insightful question/discussion posts.

Here’s how it works: Have a look at the question, read my answer, and then do one or both of the following: tell me your response to the same question, respond to my answer with thoughts of your own.

Question:

How does it feel when your muse runs his fingers through your hair, resting his palms bare on your crown?

Answer:

My muse is androgynous, taking on the form of whatever is necessary to fulfill the task. But when it comes out, it’s a rather strange feeling. It’s like my thoughts cease and words begin to form in response to some form of stimulation (one or more of the five senses, sometimes including synaesthesia). When I’m writing my fiction, I transcend myself and become whoever it is I’m narrating. It’s freeing and relaxing, and it is definitely something that I cannot live without.

How about you?

Stay tuned for the next question.

To Do Or Not Too

How did you like that little play on words? Apparently, I can be clever at times.

Remember when I talked about newsletters? Well, I’m in the process of creating them and I’m almost ready to open up subscriptions. Yay! I’m back with another poll for you lovelies. If you’d rather not read my thoughts, feel free to jump to the bottom and answer my poll, I’d appreciate it.

I know it’s taking forever, but I’m juggling several projects at the same time while trying to deal with all my issues. The last thing I want is waste people’s time if they subscribe, so I’m trying to iron out as many kinks as possible before everything begins.

That brings me to the point of this post. Some authors like to give away exclusive freebies to subscribers. I thought perhaps I’d do the same, as a thanks for joining. But before I dive in head first, I wanted to test the waters, so to speak. Ask how everyone feels about it.

I mentioned before doing a divided newsletter where people can choose any combination of the following: updates, poetry-focused issues, and fiction-focused issues. Depending on what people set for their preferences, I can offer a small chapbook, and/or a short book. In terms of the book, I’m unsure about the final length, but I’m thinking novelette or novella, and the genre will be romance (no paranormal aspects like the Earthen Witch universe). If there’s no interest, I can set those projects aside and come back to them later.

So, tell me, my friends, would you like to receive exclusive freebies?

If you have reservations or alternative suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

To Do Or Not To Do

That is the question, my lovelies.

I’ve been thinking a lot about newsletters. Many people love them, many don’t. Some writers swear by them, others don’t bother. Alas, as I’m a rather unique wordsmith, I thought I’d poll everyone to get a sense of things before I dive in head first. Read on for some of my thoughts, or skip to the bottom and do me a solid by answering the poll or leaving me a comment.

Right now, I’m thinking of doing a divided newsletter, where subscribers can choose which they receive depending on their preference, with the ability to update it at any time.

Here’s what’s on the docket:

  • Book releases and other important updates (for those of you that would want the bare minimum)
  • Alternating, bi-monthly newsletter:
    • Poetry-focused issue including personal updates; curated poems and books from friends across the web; a subscriber-only advice column, poem, and poetry prompt (one winner will be featured); early access to things like poet interviews, book reviews, and more.
    • Fiction- and Bookish-focused issue including personal updates; subscriber-only short advice column, a snippet from a current WIP, and Q&A; early access to things like author interviews, book reviews, cover reveals, and more.
  • I might even throw in an exclusive chapbook or short fiction piece for subscribers.

Remember that novel-writing column?

As some of you veterans might recall, I posted an in-depth advice column that included all the bells and whistles I’ve learned about novel writing. They were quite popular until I removed them, thinking perhaps I’d make an informative free e-book from the endeavor. That might still be the case, but I know aspiring novelists out there are crawling the web for information to help them complete their passion projects.

People could sign up for a separate email “course” that would be sent out on a regular basis covering each topic, and subscribers could follow along as they plot their books. Depending on the volume of responses, I might even be willing to offer personalized feedback, for free of course.

Drop me a comment if this is something you’d be interested in receiving.

On that note, polls away!

Looking Forward

So I’ve been thinking…

That’s a bad start to a post, but I don’t usually interrupt your regularly scheduled poems, or eulogies for things of this nature. Cue the shock faces. I know, right? I exist. Who knew?

Okay, enough shenanigans. I’m here to talk about some ideas bouncing around in my head. For you loyal readers out there, I’m curious what you think. Read on for my thoughts, or jump to the bottom and answer the poll.

Right now, every single day, you see a short, sweet little micropoem in your blogrolls and boom, you’re done until the next day. But this doesn’t spawn a whole lot of conversation. Sure, there’s a lot of compliments and thank yous, but those real conversations are pretty few and far between. I’m talking to people more on other blogs than on my own. That’s a problem.

So, in addition to those daily doses of eulogies, how would you feel about more content?

Say what?

Content. You know, a book review or an author interview. Maybe some actual thoughts I’m having about life, writing, or publishing — whether it’s poetry or fiction related, or anything else that catches my fancy. Let me break it down into one line:

Content that inspires conversation.

More information is coming on this later, but I’m also considering starting a newsletter.

Now, before you start backing away in caution, I’m not talking about blowing up your blogrolls with daily poems and a conversation piece — maybe just one or two a week to start. Then I’ll reassess.

Thoughts on this blog?

POLL IS NOW CLOSED

November Notes Challenge

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My good friend Rosema over at A Reading Writer and I have developed a very musical month of prompts for November called #NovemberNotes. Using diverse song titles that sound beautiful and can evoke some strong emotions, but their lyrics and titles hold significance, too. You can create whatever you want — poetry, prose, short stories, take photographs that remind you of the song, etc. You have full creative control. I can’t wait for November to begin. Won’t you join us?

Here are the list of songs:

1. Almost Lovers by A Fine Frenzy
2. Details in the Fabric by Jason Mraz
3. The Other Side Of Paradise by Glass Animals
4. Between the Lines by Sara Bareilles
5. Criminal by Fiona Apple
6. Street Called Mercy by Hillsong United
7. Yellow by Coldplay
8. Perfect Strangers by Jonas Blue
9. Cupid Carries A Gun by Marilyn Manson
10. Air by Rayvon Owen
11. Paradise Circus by Massive Attack
12. Out of My League by Stephen Speaks
13. Shell Suite by Chad Valley
14. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
15. Midnight City by M83
16. Sweet Serendipity by Lee DeWyze
17. Brave Enough by Lindsey Stirling and Christina Perri
18. Meaning by Gavin DeGraw
19. Pain Told Love by Tribe Society
20. Floodgates by Colbie Caillat
21. Recreational by Aaron Krause
22. Free Fallin’ by John Mayer
23. You Are A Memory by Message To Bears
24. Buses and Trains by Bachelor Girl
25. Up In Flames by Ruelle
26. For the First Time by The Script
27. This Night by Black Lab
28. Look After You by The Fray
29. Hunger Of The Pine by alt-J
30. Turning Tables by Adele

Listen Is Now Available

Listen is now available at most online retailers, including iBooks, Barnes And Noble, and Kobo! Find the links here. Because my books are free, Amazon won’t add them to their catalog, but if you have a Kindle, you can find mobi files at Smashwords!

If you enjoy it, I encourage you to leave a review on Goodreads and your preferred retailer!

 

Listen Cover Reveal

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“When vampires Liam and Jon go missing, it’s up to Aisling Green and her friends to find them, but doing so and surviving what awaits won’t be easy.”
Coming October 3rd!

Earthen Witch Novels

The Earthen Witch Novels are an adult urban fantasy romance series featuring Earthen witch Aisling Green and witch Connor Jennings, written from Aisling’s perspective. The world is not an easy place, especially for these two. And they’re going to have to fight many battles before they can reach their happily ever after.

Listen, Book Three

Battling against things she cannot fight isn’t something Earthen witch Aisling Green is used to, but she must act quickly and outsmart the one that wants her dead and save the lives of her friends before it’s too late.

As they follow the trail, they rescue a most unlikely person, and uncover a deeper, more sinister plot. With the lives of the two vampires on the line, they must fight for their lives, try to rescue their friends, and stop the evil plans. In the face of so much danger and uncertainty, they are forced to go to war and make a discovery that will change everything. The question then becomes at what price will they be forced to pay to survive?

I’m pleased to reveal the cover for Listen! I want to thank Kristyn McQuiggan of Drop Dead Designs (and @drop.dead.design) for her assistance. I couldn’t have done this without her.

Be sure to add it to Goodreads!

Click here to check out the rest of the books in this universe. All of my books are and will remain FREE. Download your copies from your favorite retailer!

Five Years Ago

photo credit @s_a_w_a_n

September 11, 2026

Twenty-five years ago, one of my nightmares came to life, and it haunted me ever since. I remembered hearing about the people, falling from the sky. Plummeting to their deaths. My disbelieving eyes couldn’t look away. But, the nightmare continued.

It seemed like everything fell from the skies that day.

I remembered the shock and the numbness that lingered for weeks, along with brief glimpses of panic that didn’t fully manifest until fifteen years ago when the rest of my nightmares turned out to be true.

But none of it compared to five years ago, when everything fell from the sky. Five years ago, when everyone died, except for me.

© Sarah Doughty

For the #PiccadillyPrompts challenge
I’m hosting on Instagram,
based on prompts in their prompt journals.
This one is from 300 Writing Prompts,
which they were kind enough to let me share:
“Write a journal entry ten years in the future.”

Home – Review

My friend F-K from fkregieblog came back with another glowing review. This time for Home, my third novel. I’m on cloud nine that the love is still strong for the series as a whole. But more than that, the depth of understanding that F-K shows in the underlying themes is almost uncanny.

Here’s the reviews for Just Breathe, Focus, Zoe, and Dream Spell. Read on for an in-depth review.

**Spoilers ahead, read at your own peril!**

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Author’s note: there are spoilers in this review.

Any writing must explain itself or you wonder what the reason was for writing it. As you read any writing, it is only natural therefore that you try to find answers to the questions in your head (raised by what you are reading) – fictional works included. As such, as I read Sarah Doughty’s Home several questions were bounding around in my head: How can someone with a crisis of identity and a sense of displacement become a home for restless souls?Is race and kind only a human construct; can animals be racist – towards humans?What is the true meaning of home? These questions, and the answers Doughty provides to them will form the premise of my review of Sarah Doughty’s Home.

Home is the gripping tale of the becoming of Angela Ines Williams, a young African-American Librarian and Guardian…

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