Book Update

Book Update #2 and New Review of Pathways to Illumination

Book Update

Book update and talk and run on sentences and … Photo via Poetic Parfait

Books unite! No wait, what? Let me get my head together here. Hang on. Glasses on, check. Smile on, check. Fingers ready to type, okay. I have an update on the new book and also got a great review to share on my debut book Pathways to Illumination. Thanks for spending some time with me today as I share the news.

Update on My New Book

Let’s start with the new poetry book, which will release over the next few months. It is a work in process, I know. I’m taking my edits and applying them on the computer. I take one hour a day to work on it, so it’s a slow but steady rate.

I now have a book title. Yes! Versions of the Self. Yes, that’s the title at the moment. Could it change? Sure. Will it? Don’t know. That’s the working title right now. If you want to read more secrets about the upcoming book, you can check out the first progress update on it that I posted last month.

Hmm let’s see… I’ve started brainstorming about the cover. I want a simple design to convey the overall theme and my friend author Rolly A. Chabot has kindly helped me with visualizing my ideas. As well Graciela Sholander – follow her on Twitter as she is a great writing resource – has been very generous with her time, helping me with some of my Amazon publishing inquiries.

I will keep providing updates until the book publishes so stay tuned…!

New Review of Pathways to Illumination

As well, a wonderful new review came in for Pathways to Illumination, my debut book. It put me into a frenzy of joy yesterday as I read the positive review. 5 Stars! Here is an excerpt from the review:

Whoever has been to hell and back will find a strong affinity with Christy’s ‘Pathways to Illumination’. And whoever is in the grip of depression will be encouraged by Christy’s journey from darkness to light. Irrespective of the cause of depression, the road back to health is arduous.

Christy has captured those dark moments as powerfully and vividly as the moments when she started to recover through therapy, to finally take control of her life, to experience again the joy of living. Christy’s poetry reveals a gifted poet who can create unique metaphors and images that touch your senses and your heart. “You play me like fire, instead of like a violin” are the opening lines of ‘Strike a Match’; “Your words eat me alive”, she writes in ‘You Sit there’; and in ‘Sink to the Gravel Bottom’ Christy feels “like a rock thrown to sea” and disempowered, “When your posture is firm, I know that my own back bends”.

You can read the rest of the review by reader Irina at the Pathways to Illumination page at the Redmund Productions website, where my book is available.

Thank you to Irina for writing this review and for expressing your feedback on my book. I enjoy hearing from readers and their perceptions of the book because then it helps on my current writing path.

I hope you are all having a nice day and that you continue to smile even on the tough days

~Love Christy
 
 
©2015 Christy Birmingham

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139 thoughts on “Book Update #2 and New Review of Pathways to Illumination

  1. Aquileana

    Great to read your updates on the second book Christy…
    I like the title you have chosen so far as It makes me think of Heraclitus´flowing river… Change is the universal measure I guess and Versions of the Self is highly eloquent in this sense. Very nice! ⭐
    I read the new review and I think it is beautiful and I am very glad for all your achievements!. Sending hugs for your evening and night ahead. Aquileana 😀

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  2. syl65

    That is so great to hear about your new book and the great review for “Pathways To Illumination”. “Versions of the Self” has a good sound to it, piques the curiosity 🙂

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  3. ghostwritingplus

    I love the title, Christy! Very intriguing. And congratulations on the wonderful review from Irina. Plus, I so appreciate that you mentioned me … I’m very flattered! A big THANK YOU to you, Christy, for helping me with my marketing questions 🙂

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Ohhh I like that you use the word ‘intriguing’ as that’s exactly what I want the title to be 🙂 Of course I’m happy to include you in the post, my friend, and I thank you for all of the support 🙂 It was wonderful chatting with you.

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  4. Resa

    Congrats on Irina’s review! It is dead on. It’s a good read in itself! Glad to hear you are making steady progress with the new book, and very exciting that you are working on a cover! 🙂

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  5. balroop2013

    I am so happy for you Christy and wish you all the best for your next book. Yes, I agree it is a good title. I hope the cover would be as alluring as the title. That excerpt from the review is too good! :):)

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  6. DG MARYOGA

    Keep your brilliant work coming Christy Dear!The updates on the oncoming book are absolutely enlightening and the title a good choice,very eloquent and so close to Humans’ nature … Abyss the soul,many the under cover and ever-changing versions of the self …
    Your influential work always helps your readership discover the hidden treasures of the inner self … Hope success is always on your side,you really deserve it 🙂 xxx

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  7. Veronica

    Christy:
    Le o la reseña de tu primer libro y pienso ¡excelente! Los versos que destacó Irina son maravillosamente profundos e ilustran perfectamente el paso de la oscuridad a la iluminación (expresión que prefiero a “luz”). ¡Ánimo con el segundo libro cuya conclusión aguardo expectante!
    Besos y feliz fin de semana:)

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  8. Fiestaestrella

    Dear Christy,
    Keep going! I love this, “I take one hour a day to work on it, so it’s a slow but steady rate.”
    You are solid. Thanks for letting me read this wonderful review to honor your debut. Love you, Ka

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  9. rollyachabotbooks

    Hi Christy… congratulations of the wonderful review and I certainly agree with all the reviews… it is an amazing climb from where you started. I sent you over a few other ideas for cover design as well… have a peek.

    Hugs from Alberta

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  10. Debbie

    Such super news, Christy, and I trust you’re basking in all of it! Working on your second book is great — and yes, I do like the working title. And such a glowing review for your hard work! Wow, you must be on Cloud Nine, my friend — enjoy it, dear, you deserve it!

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  11. vivachange77

    It’s good to read how you are progressing on your new book. Congratulations on the fine review of Pathways to Illumination. It sounds like a gift you are giving to your readers. I’m impressed that you are willing to be vulnerable and share your hard won wisdom. Blessings on you. ❤

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  12. peakperspective

    Congratulations on the one thing most writers struggle with everyday: consistency. Obviously you already know that the only way to get book number two published and into the hands of your hungry readers is to chip away at the work every single day. And that way, you’ll have scads of new glowing reviews to keep you happily chugging away on book number three.
    Wonderful work, Christy. Here’s to continued success!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thank you for your amazing words here that contribute to the burning fuel of this writing train. I believe in the power of determination. I also believe in wonderful comments like yours! Great to see you.

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  13. Michael

    Wow! Quite a crowd you got here! Hope I don’t get lost in it. At least I got here before it hit 100 comments this time. 😀

    Congratulations on all and best wished on all coming up, Christy. How do you find the time for all the work you must be doing??

    By the Way, ROLLY A. CHABOT, is waaaay cool name . . .

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Michael, oh you flatter me (and Rolly too for his name!). Well, i keep busy for sure; it’s a matter of keeping to a timed schedule. I do my best 🙂 I really wish a 25th hour would come along though…! I am smiling at your comment 🙂

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  14. irinadim

    Dear Christy, I’m delighted my review of your debut book has put you into a frenzy of joy! :)Reading the comments, I’m also pleased that readers like it. It gives me great pleasure to know that I’ve done justice to your book and your beautiful poetry.

    Your new book sounds very exciting, judging by the title. Wishing you all the best. Hugs ❤ Irina

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thank you again Irina for the lovely review of Pathways to Illumination 🙂 Yes, joy filled is how I have been, for sure! I am excited for the new book too and it’s wonderful to have your feedback here on the project too ❤ Many hugs for your week!

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  15. Letizia

    How exciting to hear that you’re at the end stages of your new book. And what a wonderful review of your first poetry collection (no surprise to me, you’re a wonderful poet). Hope you had a good weekend and wishing you a creative week!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thanks so much, dear Letizia! I have to say I was totally smiling as I typed out the post (even more than usual!). I am so thankful for all of the joys that have come my ways, especially these last few years. How have you been? I hope your week is creative and inspiring! xo

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  16. Ste J

    Excellent news all round, this pleases Ste and Ste and is not easily pleased, he knows this because he views himself and speaks of himself in the third person. I wish you muchos luck completng the new book, it is indeed exciting times.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hehehe well I’m so pleased that Ste is pleased and that pleases all here in Parfait-ville. You see, Ste is always welcome here, whether in third-person perspective or not 🙂 May the excitement continue!

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      1. Ste J

        I think I we have reached that part in our bloggership where I should have a metaphorical drawer to leave stuff when i come over to visit your wonderful sight.

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  18. Mahesh Nair

    Versions of the Self looks promising!

    I read Irina’s review of your debut book. It’s beautiful, Christy — “You play me like fire, instead of like a violin.”

    Pain gives us an opportunity to evolve. Most drown with it. Those who don’t – they rise – so high that nobody can stop them. My instinct says, nobody will dare stop you now.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I refuse to let pains of the past hold me back, that’s for sure. I have a feeling you are much the same way. Your genuine spirit shows so beautifully in your comment. Having you visit here means a lot to me, thank you.

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      1. Mahesh Nair

        I admire your positivity. You are a fighter. Keep fighting, as many have begun to look up to you. They want to copy you, your courage. You have a responsibility.

        For me, pain is ongoing. I’m trying to accept it, absorb it, move on. There is no fairytale destination — only blunt, powerful, rude journeys. Let’s brave these journeys. Take care, my friend!

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          Thank you for your kind words here. I appreciate them. It is not an easy journey you are on but that adds to your strength. I am glad you have found blogging as an outlet and your posts ARE products of courage, so don’t forget that. Take care too, my friend!

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  19. Lorraine Marie Reguly

    I LOVE Versions of the Self. Or Versions of My Self. Or Versions of Your Self.

    All are great titles, Christy!!! 🙂

    I can relate to that title, too. All too well, actually. On both good and bad fronts. 🙂 😦

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  20. Kev

    Versions of the Self rings nicely… looking forward to seeing the cover and don’t forget to pop over to my blog for some publicity Christy! 🙂

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      1. Kev

        I should do that too. It’s funny, we read and do other interviews but don’t think about doing one ourselves, do we? Until someone mentions it, that is. 😀

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  21. JL0073

    Good luck with the new book. It sounds like you have some fascinating ideas. Keep us posted. I’ll see if I can check out your first book when I have a chance.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thank you, I am eager to put out the book for sure! I just want to make sure everything is well organized before I do that. Your appreciation is so nice to read today. I hope your weekend is going well!

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