Themensha Blitz

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Themensha
by MxKnowitall (aka Morven Moreller)
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction, Slice of Life, LGBT
Dreampunk Press
Kickstarter Launch: June 1st

Summary:

Gramma’s cancer is back and this time, it’s terminal. Follow Leigh through their Gramma’s last adventure. When Leigh brings in some of Gramma’s things, they receive their inheritance early! It’s a ring that allows someone to enter another person’s mindscape. Leigh uses it to visit Gramma beyond her failing body.

Themensha is a graphic novel written and drawn in memory of my grandmother, who died due to Lymphoma (Brain Cancer) and suffered from Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This story is to bring awareness to those issues, especially for younger readers. It also explores themes of family, mental and emotional fortitude, and LGBT acceptance.

 

Themensha is written and drawn in memorium of my grandmother, Judith Frye. My grandmother with diagnosed with Lymphoma (Brain Cancer) in 2012 and it was followed by early onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s. She was one of my best and most loving supporters; she encouraged my art, my expression, and my education.

When it all started, I knew very little about any of these things, despite having a fair amount of experience with each separately. I was young, so people didn’t want to share the ‘ugly truth’ with me. But, that wasn’t healthy, and I want to make these topics more approachable for families.


This is a square photo collage featuring two images.  The first is Mo with their beard and they hair combed back and neat, and the second is Mo clean-shaven with their hair styled more femininely.  These photos were taken only a few days apart, showing two of the many dimensions of Mo's gender (which is agender).

Toward the end of her lifetime, I was my grandmother’s at-home caregiver. I came out to her everyday. I, usually, receive love and acceptance everyday. There were days that I didn’t, and there were days that she had trouble recognizing me. In her final weeks, did my best to present very feminine so that she could connect me to her unraveling memories of a young grandaughter.

She stood with me and behind me whoever I was and whoever I became. Her conditions changed her, but I stood behind her whoever she became, too.

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Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

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Kelly Loy Gilbert believes deeply in the power of stories to illuminate a shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. She is the author of Conviction, a William C. Morris Award finalist, and lives in the SF Bay Area. She would be thrilled to hear from you on Twitter @KellyLoyGilbert or at http://www.KellyLoyGilbert.com

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Tour Stop & Guest Post with Lisa Manterfield

Blog Tour, Guest Post, Misc.

The Smallest Thing
By Lisa Manterfield

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

Book Info:

ISBN: 978-0-9986969-2-8
Category: Upper Young Adult Fiction
Publication: July 18, 2017
Pages: 286
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 in.
Price: $15.95
Binding: Perfect Bound
Publisher: Steel Rose Press

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Smallest-Thing-Lisa-Manterfield-ebook/dp/B07144H7PJ/
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-smallest-thing/id1234756426?ls=1&mt=11
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B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-smallest-thing-lisa-manterfield/1126725031?ean=2940158614415

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Meet Lisa Manterfield

She is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her latest novel, The Smallest Thing, came out July 18th. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Find out more at LisaManterfield.com.

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Instagram: @lmanterfield
Twitter: @lisamanterfield
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Guest Post:

Could You Be a Hero? One Author Says Yes

You’ve seen them on your newsfeed, those ordinary people who perform heroic acts. They are passersby who pull victims away from danger, petite mothers who find superhuman strength to lift an SUV off a trapped toddler, and Good Samaritans who offer care and encouragement to a stranger until emergency services arrive at the scene. And maybe you wonder, if that was me, would I have done the same? Would I have put my own safety before that of a stranger? If the situation called for it, could I be a hero?

Thankfully, most of us will never find ourselves in the midst of tragedy and be forced to answer to those questions. But the scenario makes for good fiction: a character who has no desire to be a hero, but who finds herself in a situation that forces her to acknowledge what sort of person she really is. When her life and the lives of people she loves are in danger, will she save herself, even if it endangers others, or will she discover a side of her personality that she never knew existed?

It’s the question I pose in my latest novel, The Smallest Thing, the story of a young woman on the brink of leaving her dull English village to start her real life, who finds herself trapped there by a government-imposed quarantine. She must decide whether to try to save herself, or do what’s right for the people she loves. Only when faced with unimaginable tragedy, does she get to know her true self.

While working on the novel, I read a fascinating book by Sebastian Junger. In Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Junger explores human behavior in times of war and disaster. In one particular chapter he explores the roles people assume during times of high stress. There are those who take on the role of active leader. They dig victims from rubble, devise means of escape, and even put their own lives at risk for the chance to save someone else’s. There’s also another important group that arises. They are the empathetic leaders. They administer care, they rally victims and keep moral high, and they save lives by instilling the will to live in others, even when their own futures look grim. Junger concludes that this second group is equally heroic and just as important to ultimate survival.

The thing I found most fascinating about the book is that Junger concludes that neither of these groups of heroes are oddities, and that most of us are wired, ultimately, to thrive during tragedy, to pull together for the greater good. We saw it in this country during and after 9/11, we saw it when Hurricane Katrina struck. In fact, we see it every day, in the news and around us, if only we look for it. Sometimes the acts of kindness are heroic and sometimes they are small and seemingly insignificant. But if you’ve ever called a grandparent “just because” or sent flowers to a friend who’s going through a rough time or helped a neighbor who’s sick, you know that even the smallest gesture of kindness can seem heroic to someone who needs it.

I hope that none of us will ever have to discover what sort of hero we are, but it gives me comfort to know that the ability to be a good human is hard-wired into us, so that, when the call comes, we’ll discover who we really are.

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Tour Schedule:

July 18: Interview with Rebecca Lacko

July 19: Guest Post at A New Look on Books

July 20: Interview with Heather Sunseri

July 21: Interview at Booked for Review

July 22: Interview with Michael Raymond

July 23: Interview with Farah Oomerbhoy

July 24: Review by Mixed Bag Mama

July 25: Guest Post at History in the Margins with Pamela Toler

July 26: Review at YA Book Divas

July 27: Review at The Reading Wolf

July 28: Review at For the Novel Lovers

Always and Forever Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal, Misc.

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ALWAYS AND FOREVER

BY IPSITA BANERJEE

Important Dates Upcoming:

Cover reveal: March 6, 2017
Pre-sale: March 13, 2017
Release date: April 10, 2017

About Always and Forever:
A collection of poems celebrating a father’s love.

Author pic.jpgAbout Ipsita Banerjee:
http://www.asliverofmoonbeam.blogspot.com
http://www.ipsitabanerjee.wordpress.com
FACEBOOK/TWITTER/INSTAGRAM

Ipsita Banerjee is a lawyer who practices at the High Court at Calcutta. A mother of two teenage girls, Ipsita is used to juggling many roles at the same time and writes  because she loves to. She is an intermittent blogger and also writes about her roller-coaster experiences in life. Ipsita has two books to her credit, “A sliver of moon beam”, a collection of essays, short stories and poems and “Footprints”, a novel. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and publications both in India and abroad and is currently her preferred medium of thought. She lives in Calcutta, India comfortably ensconced in the heart of a large family. For more information about Ipsita, visit her websites now!

The Immortals Review

Book Reviews

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The Immortals Review

By: Rae

 

“We have to ask ourselves, what are the myths that shape our own lives, our own society?”

– Jordanna Brodsky, The Immortals

 

When myth and legend collide, fiction is bound to get interesting. Every day we create myths. These myths can be told over and over again, shaping and reshaping into legends. In The Immortals, Jordanna Brodsky weaves a tale that speaks to the historian and dreamer in all of us.

Selene DiSilva has had a long life. She has watched the rise and fall of empires over the millennia and walked with the greats. Selene herself is a myth. Known in her time as Artemis, contemporary life has taken a powerful goddess and reduced her to a human with immortality, and even that is fading. Feeling forgotten, Selene wants a quiet existence to remember and watch her city. As the city sleeps she protects it through vigilante work compelled by old responsibilities and commitments. Everything changes when a female professor is murdered in a ritual forgotten by time. Invoking the old rites, Selene is forced to make a decision and to choose who she wants to be. Old and new players enter the game as mystery, history, and loyalty is tested. When love is thrown into the mix, both old and new, everything begins to unravel.

I found it incredibly interesting to see how the Greek gods and goddesses have transformed. Some have gone mad. Some have faded from existence. Some thrive on the new “gods” of the world like alcohol and money. The characterization of Selene enables the old stories to be challenged through new perspectives. Selene was an undeniably rich and complex character where her past, present, and future selves blended together to create a web of intrigue. I loved unraveling the history I knew and being faced with new ideas and thoughts that I never saw coming. Being a history nerd only added to my surprise and delight of the book. I fell in love with the language as well. Hippo, Selene’s faithful man-disliking oversized dog, was my favorite character because of her lack of complexity and ability to make the situation grounded at times.

The only real issue I have was the transitioning of two relationships. I still haven’t decided if I accepted how Selene and Theo came to be about of if I was missing something I didn’t know I wanted. The same predicament occurs with Selene and her twin Paul. I liked Paul, in fact I want a whole story for Paul, but the backstory for the twins is so complex and I wanted more of an emotional resolution. While mentioning Paul I must mention briefly the other humans, gods, and goddesses of the book. They were crazy and fun and just like family. I cannot wait to see if the others have more major roles in the next book.

 

The Immortals did not disappoint and I am anxiously waiting for book two this fall.

Until then… I will create my own myths.

 

 

 

To find out more about Jordanna and her books, click here!

Coming Home

Poetry, Writing

It’s Veterans Day. To show my appreciation, I’ve posted an older poem I wrote in high school about soldiers coming home from war. It’s a little rough around the edges but it gets the point across.

A special thanks to those who have fought, and or, are fighting to protect our country.

You are in our thoughts.

– Rae

Military Picture

Coming Home

The inside of the plane

was hushed,

each passenger lost within

their own thoughts, fears,

and excitement.

As they came to a stop,

a collective sigh

resonated from the group

as one.

Together

they had faced

horror,

loss, and

pain.

Their anxiety of the upcoming

separation was plain –

they had become

brothers in arms.

One by one they went

down the stairs into

a new beginning,

their pasts forever

altered.

Cheers outside invaded the quiet,

collectively they

wept in joy

combining tears with

spontaneous laughter as

husbands and wives kissed,

parents embraced,

and children danced.

The mending of

something broken was taking place.

A song started to play in

respect,

the flag rose in silent pride,

its colors symbolizing

a nation’s birth

and

survival.

For they had arrived.

The soldiers had come home.