This day I faced a universe of vast impossibilities, far greater than my small emboldened heart could carry all alone.
The shadows of the world began to creep and suck the air from in my lungs.
Twas Galileo's void at play within my soul.
No mortal could withstand such pressures unprotected, so far from home.
Floating in the vast miasma of unforgiving hearts who take their pound of flesh or two and grind your bones to ash.
Til all that's left are tears and rendered flesh that float in dark forgottenness,
Waiting for an end that never comes.
Yet there you are, my warmest beacon.
You come to light the way for me and make the inky darkness bright as day.
With eyes that radiate a hope I'd long forgotten in the mist of harden days.
Your hands twin angels to caress away my empty days and loneliness.
Soothing all the pain I could not share with any other man,
Unless I welcomed him to boast I'm too much trouble to endure.
Telling me my sorrows are something only I should carry, they would say.
Yet in your gentle love, upon your shoulders do you lift,
All my worries, like precious gifts,
Taking from my broken back the worst the world has dealt to me.
My dearest friend, my heart's salvation,
You have come with open arms to bring my soul relief from headache's suffering.
How I long to feel the warmth of your sweet smile,
To warm my soul and set my heart aflame within the sun of your unending love.
By H.L. Stephens (c) 2017
Otherworld won me over with ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!! Virtual Reality and personal players that have no clue what they have really gotten themselves into is something that can become real very quickly! With technology changing and advancing at the speed of light this could very quickly become our real reality!! Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller made an excellent duo with their writing in this book!! CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO for a full review and GIVEAWAY!! There is a chance if you winning one of 3 copies of Otherworld!!
Just finished #theloneliestgirlintheuniverse ✨If you like space, science, teen girl protagonists, and plot twists, you'll probably like this book. 💫I really enjoyed the beginning but the ending wasn't to my taste. Still, if those things appeal to you, it's worth picking up 😊
Okay so I saw an Autumn tag on YouTube and I really want to do it 😆 even though I have a dozen actual tags to catch up on 🙈
🍂 Favourite autumn weather? A downpour of rain 🌧
🍂Favourite autumn outfit? An oversized knitted jumper with wooly tights/socks 😊
🍂Apple or pumpkin pie? Apple 🍎
🍂Favourite autumn activity: Probably reading. How predictable. 🙈 I like bonfire night a lot, and Halloween, but nothing beats cuddling up with a good book. 📚🎃
🍂Fall food: a roast. 🍽
🍂Do you get the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks? No, I've never had a Starbucks drink. I don't like coffee ☕️
🍂Favourite fall colour: maybe rose gold? Or a rustic red? I'm not sure 🙂
🍂What is your favourite "ber" month? (September, October, November, December) December. Because it's cosy, wintery, magical, and Christmassy. ☃️❄️
🍂Fall phone background: la la land. Which has been my background since January so it's not really autumnal lol 🙈
Today's short story is 'The Hunter's Wife' by Anthony Doerr.
"As he watched, horrified, she turned and placed both hands, spread-fingered, in the thick shag of the bear's chest. Then she lowered her face, as if drinking from the snowy hollow, and pressed her lips to the bear's chest."
TOMORROW is the big day of the release of MOST OF ALL YOU by my all time favorite emotionally compelling author @miasheridanauthor 🌼
I devoured this novel with such grace and honor because it is just too good to be true and too good to pass over. Mia’s books have always had and will forever have a special place in my heart because of their tenderness📖
Make sure to read my ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review of MOST OF ALL YOU up on the blog (link in bio) with no spoilers added🍂
Thank you to @foreverromancebooks and @hachettebooks for providing such a generous copy of this beauty for me to have enjoyed and still re-read in the future as well🌼
After unveiling the sinister Blood Coven’s plot against Enya Blake, Bryce Kreed knows they will stop at nothing to claim her. What he doesn’t know is just how deep their influence stretches, until it’s too late. ⠀
After the explosive events in Pittsburgh, Bryce, Enya, and their companions Reece, Skull, and Enforcer Chloe Brubaker don’t know who they can trust. ⠀
They’re on their own. Outmanned. Outmatched. Bryce Kreed is in a position he’s never been in as a vampire. ⠀
The mighty Enforcer has become The Hunted.⠀
Get the action packed sequel to The Enforcer now! Available in print, and exclusively in digital format with Kindle Unlimited!⠀
Finally started this series. Every time I begin something by #danielewski , I feel like I'm tiptoeing the edge of something deep and dark, and I have to be extra careful not to fall in. #books#amreading#bibliophile
I've not read for a while I used to average a novel every 10 days but then I wrote my own and slacked off. But I need to rest my muscles and get to sleep earlier so I plan to read every night prior to nano writing month where I intend to write a 50,000 word novel in a month and if I can, finish my last bit of editing whilst training to compete 🤘no pressure lol
If you love the film you'll love the book I've read it twice and still love it.
Can't beat a story about an intelligent woman framing her cheating husband for murder and getting away with it 👊👊👊🤘
Bedtime stories with your children something that shouldn't be missed, their never too old for it!
I normally make mine up with plane crashes in the jungle thats infested with raptors or t rex s but then he wants more and he never goes to sleep 😂
I hope you all had a good start of the week.
It was not so busy at work today and I was able to leave the office on time, yay!! I also started this beauty "Shadow and Bone" and OH WOW! it is awesome! so so so awesome!! I got tagged by @wherebookscollide for this fun #helpfromfictionalcharacters tag. ➡️Helping Choose An Outfit: Mikako Kouda
➡️Feeling Down And Need Cheering Up: Kimmy Schmidt
➡️Need to Rob A Bank: Kaz Brekker
➡️Oops And You Got Caught! Who Would Get You Out?: Aelin Galathynius ➡️Need A Book Recommendation: Hermione Grenger
➡️Study Advice: Ami Mizuno
➡️Sick And Need Someone To Take Care Of You: Rajesh Koothrappali
➡️Bad Guys Are After You, Who Gets Rid Of Them?: Aaron Warner Anderson
As you can see my own world is full of books/anime/tv show fictional characters. Hope you enjoy and let me know who are your favourite helpers? 😉 (tagging other followers randomly)
New review for Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances! 🐾
Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it. 🐾
I choose Beasts on purpose. I wanted something different. It was indeed different. I fell in love with Weylyn. And Merlin. And Mary. To be such a quick read it was packed with stories and warm feelings. I closed the book and thought…sigh….you made me feel good.
It was sweet and simple. I would liken it to an adult children’s book. It was filled with wonder and feelings of settlement. The writing was well done and the story was very original. I enjoyed it. I really did. The characters were well thought out and left me with a peaceful feeling…in a not so peaceful real world.
If you enjoy books mystical fiction you will enjoy this one!
Pick it up on November 7th. 🐾🐾🐾🐾/5
R E V I E W -- Night by Elie Wiesel. As a History graduate, I've read a lot of first-hand accounts of human experiences and atrocities. But never has a first-hand account reduced me to as many tears as Elie Wiesel's recollection of the Holocaust.
The prologue itself was enough for me to weep, and the contents of the entire book have been on my mind since. Wiesel's depiction of himself is a reminder that we are all flawed characters. "What would I have done?" I asked myself plenty of times. I can't tell you, but it's utterly heartbreaking. The quote above, "Auschwitz. Nobody had ever heard that name" hits home particularly hard given that arguably, Auschwitz is now the most well-known concentration camp from World War II. This is a short but extremely difficult read, and if should be on everyone's 'to read' list. // J.
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner ⠀
In this brilliant crime novel from the author of Missing, Presumed, a detective investigates her most personal case yet: a high-profile murder in which her own family falls under suspicion.⠀
As dusk falls, a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls, cradled by a stranger, a woman’s name on his lips in his last seconds of life.⠀
Detective Manon Bradshaw handles only cold cases. Five months pregnant, in pursuit of a work-life balance rather than romantic love, she’s focused on being a good mother to her two children: her adopted twelve-year-old son, Fly Dent, and the new baby.⠀
But the man died just yards from the police station where she works, so Manon can’t help taking an interest. And as she sidles in on the briefing she learns that the victim, a banker from London worth millions, is more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. When the case begins to circle in on Manon’s home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the colleagues she once held dear: Davy Walker and Harriet Harper.⠀
Can Manon separate what she knows about the people she loves from the suspicion hanging over them? Can she investigate the evidence just as she would with any other case? Persons Unknown shows acclaimed author Susie Steiner writing her most intricate, suspenseful novel yet.⠀
Grab your copy!⠀
Another glimpse of the twisted horror anthology @amanda_b_weaver and I are writing together! As I mentioned last time, each story is based on either one of the seven deadly sins or one of the seven heavenly virtues. The plan for now is to post one of these quote graphics per week, so stay tuned for more macabre snippets! 💀
For extra credit... try to guess which sin this short story is about, and tag a friend to play along! ⬇️
I have had THE BEST weekend with @melanieface18. On Friday we drove to Cincinnati for the @epicreads Meet Up and met some of our favorite authors and were introduced to new ones. On Sunday, we rode a camel at the Renaissance Festival (among other adventures).
Today, I've been fighting a panic attack for over an hour. No, this isn't something I normally talk about and it's also something I haven't experienced in a while. But, they come out of nowhere and often for no reason so here we are. Sometimes I can fight it off by keeping myself busy whether that's talking to friends and family or by reading. Today it's been a little of both and is why I haven't given in yet. Having been inspired by another good friend sharing her experiences, I am more comfortable in sharing this, so thank you to all who talk about their experiences and bring them to the forefront so that others may do so as well.
Helloooo Fall! 🍁🍂 I just finished Barkskins by Annie Proulx. It follows several generations, but is really the story of the destruction of the North American forests. My only complaint is that because the book spans 300 years it's inevitable that some of the characters stories felt hurried or not fully explored and I was left wanting to know more about some of the characters. But Annie Proulx's writing is always beautiful and I would still give this a 👍.