Poetry Book Review: The Silence Between Moonbeams by Sarah Doughty

Summary (from Goodreads)

The Silence Between Moonbeams is about life — not always romantic, and not always easy, but often beautiful.

Everything is a product of the universe, the one thing about life we all share. It binds us together not only on a cellular level, but it’s also quintessential to the human condition. Thoughts, feelings, triumphs, love, loss, and much more are covered throughout these pages.

Discover what it feels like to live.

Favourite Quote

Let’s paint the stars

with our fingertips

Review

I knew I was already a fan of Sarah’s poetry before downloading a copy of The Silence Between Moonbeams because I follow her blog, and this collection of poems has ensured that won’t change anytime soon.

This was a powerful, beautiful, emotive read, full of honest words and raw emotions. As I moved through the poems, I couldn’t help but admire the strength of the one writing them.  The focus of the poems is a subject close to my heart: the night sky.  Stars, the moon, constellations, galaxies and more are mentioned as the author uses poetry to help with her complex PTSD.

The poems are often short, with a crispness softened with sentiment, that left me thinking before moving on to the next.  I liked how the poetry was broken up by short blocks of text, giving the reader space to process the words being read.  Although I couldn’t pick just one poem as a favourite, for the words of many of them resonated with me, the final line of “Burning Twilight” struck a chord.  “Run free, feel the wind upon your face, and never forget to howl at the moon,” is one line that has stayed with me since I read it.

There is no doubt, this is an inspiring poetry collection, one that I will return to, again and again.

Rating

I downloaded a copy of The Silence Between Moonbeams for free via Smashwords

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Winter Magic – an anthology update

You might remember a few months ago I was looking to put together an anthology of short fiction and poetry on the theme of “Winter Magic”.  At the beginning of December, the anthology was released on Wattpad.

final-cover

To learn more about the anthology, what it’s about and what talented authors have their amazing work featured in it, click the cover above.

You can read the anthology for Free, by clicking here.

Not on Wattpad but still want to read it?  Click here.

Winter Magic – An Anthology Update

Autumn Colours

I thought I had better post an update here as well as on my writing blog, in case anyone who was interested missed it.  The anthology I mentioned in this post, “Winter Magic” is going ahead and is now open to submissions of microfiction, flash fiction, short stories and poetry.  All the details can be found here.

Thanks so much for your support.  Enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

Would you be interested…?

UPDATE: the anthology “Winter Magic” is now going ahead.  Yay!  Check out the submission guidelines for this project and to learn about future projects, by following this link.  Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.

I posted this on my writing blog (Sammi Scribbles) yesterday, but thought I should post it here too, for anyone who missed it that might be interested 🙂


This week has been a whirlwind of ideas.  Sometimes it feels like having too many ideas is just as bad as having writer’s block.  Or is it worse? 😉

So, I thought before I go any further and get carried away (which may or may not already have happened), I might put one of these ideas out there and see what kind or response it gets.  And my!  Am I nervous about doing it.  Take a big, deep breath, Sammi!

So what is this idea?  I was thinking of launching a little side project that would release multi-author anthologies out into the e-world.  And the first of these projects would be an anthology of short stories, flash fiction and poetry inspired by the theme of…wait for it…”Winter Magic”.

Now, all the details are not finalised and what follows is not set in stone, but if you think this might be something that interests you, please read on to see what I have already come up with:

  • The most important point to note is that the primary purpose of this endeavour is to help get writers work seen by as many people as possible.  After all, that’s what we as writers want isn’t?  No, it’s what we need if we are going to get anywhere in this industry.
  • The deadline for submissions would be around 17 November 2016
  • The proposed release date for the anthology would be around 1 December 2016
  • The anthology will be posted online – probably on Wattpad via an account set up specifically for the anthologies.  Yes, I have ideas for many, many others 🙂  This way I won’t be taking credit for anyone else’s work.  You will need a Wattpad account (they’re free to set up and it only takes a matter of minutes) but you are not required to be active on the site.  This is so that I can link your work with your own account / profile as well as having the work attributed to you within the anthology. (Why Wattpad?  Because there is already a strong, supportive readership in place, and work that is posted there is protected.  Also anthologies and collaborations are quite popular on the site too).
  • Unfortunately, you won’t get paid, but all authors will get a PDF copy of the anthology – which won’t be available anywhere else, to anyone else (one small exception might be for book reviewers not on Wattpad as part of the promotional side of the anthology).
  • All genres will be accepted except fanfiction.
  • Reprints will be accepted as long as you hold the rights to the work.
  • Rights remain with the authors at all times.

So those are the bare bones of it.  There are more details, but I thought they could wait until the submission call is released, if it is released.  This will depend if anyone is interested in submitting something for consideration.  The question is, are you?  If yes, please let me know by commenting below or contacting me – don’t worry, you are not committing to anything, only giving me an idea as to whether this little endeavour would be worth my time and effort, and yours.

Thanks so much for reading.  It’s appreciated 🙂

Only One More Sleep To Go…

…Before Indie Only 2016 begins!  Yay!

Indie OnlyI have been busily catching up with all my non-indie reviews so that I can dedicate myself fully to this fun reading challenge.  Yes, it is one of the highlights of my book-reading year 🙂

I am still accepting review requests.  If you are interested in seeing your work – whether you have posted it to a blog or published it as an ebook – reviewed on this site, check out this post for details.

Looking forward to hearing from you and sharing what amazing Indie works I have discovered this year.  I have a feeling that July is going to be a great month!

July is “Indie Only Month” at Sammi Loves Books!

Indie Only

We are almost at that time of year again…yep, a whole month of Indie authors and indie books.  I thought I would put up this post now, so that I can start planning the TBR list and the subsequent review list.

So, if there are any indie authors out there who would like to see a review of their work on Sammi Loves Books, please get in touch, via the comments on this site or by using the form on the contact me page.

This year, I am doing things a little differently, and opening the field wider than in the two previous years I have done it.  Why?  To ensure I am giving myself the maximum opportunity to come across new writers 🙂

This list outlines what I am looking for:

  • Fiction, of any length
  • poetry collections
  • short story / flash fiction / micro fictions collections
  • As long as it is not too long, I will review work published on a website / blog – don’t forget to include the website link to what it is you want reviewing 🙂
  • Work published on Wattpad
  • I will also be open to reviewing spoken word / audio books – for example, poetry or flash fiction uploaded to YouTube

Ideally, all works should be completed rather than being serialised, but if the opening chapters work well as a stand alone piece and give a good idea of the story, I will definitely give it a go.

When it comes to e-books, I most often tend to lean towards those published via Smashwords (especially in epub format) although I do sometimes read iBooks.  It is much rarer for me to read Kindle books, but never say never!

There you have it.  My plans for 2016’s Indie Only Month.  We still have a few weeks to go but I am excited all ready! 🙂


If you would like to see what was read and reviewed in past challenges, check out these links:

Indie Only 2015

Indie Only 2014


I write book reviews because I love reading, but also because I believe in supporting other writers.  If you think the same way as me, please be sure to return the favour: follow one of my blogs (Sammi Loves Books / Sammi Scribbles), follow me on Wattpad or read, rate, review and vote on stories I’ve written – see here.  

The world is a much better place when we help each other out!