Sally’s Cafe and bookstore Author Update – Toni Pike, Jaye Marie and Christy Birmingham

Such a pleasure to have the newest review for “Versions of the Self” featured in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update! It sits in good company along with writers Jaye Marie and Toni Pike. Sally Cronin’s “Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life” blog is full of literary delights so please do follow it if you are not already doing so. I wish you a great week! ♥ Christy

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the Friday Cafe and Bookstore update where authors on the shelves can share new releases, fantastic reviews and offers on their books. Whilst I do make every effort to check all the authors in the bookstore every few weeks, it is very helpful if you drop me a line to

Just a reminder about some of the benefits of being in the bookstore.

You can enjoy regular updates that puts your work in front of my 26,000+ contacts here and on social media. Most of whom are authors themselves, but more importantly readers of books. You also belong to a growing community of supportive writers who are happy to share across their own networks.

For example. The average Cafe Update receives on average 40 to 50 retweets over the course of a week. Most authors that follow me have between 5,000 – 15,000+ followers of…

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National Poetry Month: II Poetry Contest

Fabulous! This poetry contest from We Are All The Same Project celebrates National Poetry Month and also women’s empowerment. You have until May 5th to submit your poem! There a cash price AND We Are All The Same Project will match every poem submitted to the contest with a supply package to St. Lucy’s Shelter, Jersey City. Please see the original post for submission details. Good luck ♥

Inspire For A Better Life

It is National Poetry month!!! We Are All The Same Project invites you to participate in our II Poetry Contest. Let’s express our feelings thru art, send messages to the World thru words. Click here to submit your poem.




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The Prince

Time for a poem by Walter De la Mare! Back in December, I posted an analysis of his poem Mistletoe. At that point, Carolee Croft had told me about the poem The Prince. Now, here is the full poem, in all its glory! Oh how wonderful to read it. Wanting to share the find with you all. Have a nice day, following the Easter weekend (for those of you who celebrated it). ♥ Christy

Carolee Croft

Hello again, friends, and sorry about my absence. I’ve been traveling about the UK and now I’m back in Canada feeling somewhat jet-lagged. I remembered a conversation I had with fellow blogger and wonderful poet Christy Birmingham of Poetic Parfait about Walter de la Mare. I wanted to tell her about one of my favorite poems by this author, but couldn’t find a link to it anywhere.

walter de la mare rhymes and versesSo I guess it’s up to me to put this masterpiece on the internet for all to enjoy.

This poems comes from a book called Rhymes and Verses: Collected poems for Young People. Some of the poems are quite creepy, though, and can be thoroughly enjoyed by adults as well. De la Mare often wrote about supernatural creatures such as ghosts, witches, fairies, or just mysterious unexplained things.

Anyhow, this particular poem has always been a favorite of mine because it’s about a…

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Author Interview on the Reading to Writing Journey

Reading to Writing: A Q&A on My Author’s Journey

Thank you to Maggie Thom for having me over today to participate in her series titled “An Author’s Journey Through Reading to Writing”!

I met Maggie several years ago, and we have kept in contact through our blogs and social media every since. Her books are dynamic reads, and I suggest you check out her website too!

Here is the interview in which Maggie asked me a series of questions about my journey through reading to writing. For any writer, I truly believe that reading is an essential tool for success! Thank you to all who stop by to read and comment on the interview. Your support is humbling.