The Lithium Chronicles- Advance Review

April Lee Reviews an Advanced Copy of Nicole Lyons The Lithium Chronicles

April Lee

Note: I will unabashedly agree this review is extremely personal, and not in the least bit objective.

“I am a lover of words,
and tragically beautiful things,”

Not Entirely Broken, Never Quite Whole

Nicole Lyons’ new release, The Lithium Chronicles, [coming Spring 2019] is part collected works from previous publications and new pieces that are ripped straight from the center of her being and thrusted into ours.

It is difficult for me to review Nicole’s work, not because I find it lacking in any way, but because it presents such power and vulnerability that I’m left overwhelmed.

With a handful of words Lyons can give you a window into the haunting, often debilitating world of depression (“Depression Sleeps”) and she’ll take you on roller coaster ride that so vividly paints a portrait of mania, you’ll find yourself dizzy afterword (“My Manic Mind”).

When Nicole asked me to read and review…

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Review of TWELVE, Kindra M. Austin

Kristiana Reed reviews Kindra M. Austin’s Twelve.

My Screaming Twenties

Once I began reading Twelve, I couldn’t stop.

I was captivated by her words and felt every teardrop of her grief. We are not taught how to grieve but Austin’s choice to document and share the first year of mourning her Mother’s death, is a beautiful way to begin.

Her words inspire, comfort and sting. The pages are bursting with humanity and honesty. Austin never fails to impress me; she has the innate ability to turn pain into something beautiful to remember.


To buy and view Austin’s work. 

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Rachel Finch Reviews Melody Lee’s Season of the Sorceress

I was thrilled when Melody Lee asked me to review her latest book, ‘Season of the Sorceress’. I have enjoyed Lee’s work for a number of years and have always related to her stunning poetry, particularly enjoying her previous ‘Moon Gypsy’.

Right from the first few pages of this beautiful book, I felt myself really drawn into Lee’s heart and soul. I especially loved one of the opening pieces ‘Growing Up’ and really felt myself travelling back in time to my own younger experiences when reading “They learned to hide their flaws. I learned to be proud of mine.”

I noted pretty quickly, that in ‘Season of the Sorceress’ Lee has shared longer pieces than I have come across in her previous work and I was both pleasantly surprised and captivated by these deeply personal pieces of text.

As always, Lee’s words deliver a punch and never fail to move me. She has a truly unique way of expressing absolute raw truth and making it so deliciously easy to swallow.

A further few favourite poems from this collection include ‘Go Deeper’, ‘Nocturnal’, ‘Omnipotent’ and ‘Pineal Gland’, each full of ancient wisdom and heartfelt knowledge.

Each section of this beautiful compilation is stunning in its own right, each encouraging me to dig deeper into my own being, to rummage around in her words and my heart and draw every beautiful strand of my essence to the surface.

Melody Lee talks to the woman in me, the spirit in me, the fire in me and not only touches my soul, but all the streams leading to it. She has an innate ability to remind of my strength, the beauty in developing it and the artistry in building it into my life.

I walk away after reading her work, always, with a deeper understanding of everything sacred both within me and within the natural world that surrounds me and reading her work is nothing short of magic, when she leaves me feeling as if I have spoken to the stars themselves.

Thank you for your beautiful poetry Melody Lee. To touch my Soul in such a way is a true gift.

Season of the Sorceress is available on Amazon, Book Depository, and Barnes and Noble online.

Rachel is a UK based writer that originally started using poetry as a way to accurately express herself after a number of traumatic experiences in her young life. She is the founder of the online community Bruised But Not Broken which was started with the purpose to raise awareness of abuse and trauma and to provide a place of comfort and support throughout the healing process. She firmly believes that it was with the support of this community that she was able to recover from sexual abuse. Rachel is mother to four young children and dedicates her time to her family and to guiding others on their own healing journey.

You can find Rachel on Facebook and WordPress at Bruised But Not Broken. She is also a Regular Contributor at Blood Into Ink.

But You Don’t LOOK Sick: Battles we fight with invisible illness – an Anthology

Indie Blu(e) Publishing  is accepting submissions for an anthology about the lived experience of chronic, invisible medical illness. If you have been diagnosed with such an illness (for example: lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, migraine headache, etc.) or are a caretaker for someone who has, share your truth with us. We believe that creative expression can enlighten, connect, support, and heal.

Writers and artists can submit up to three pieces of creative work (poetry, prose, essay, and/or original Artwork.)  Pieces of writing should be limited in length (under 1,000 words.)   Using a pen name or publishing anonymously is acceptable.  You will be asked to provide a brief biography (75 words or less) to be included in the anthology.

You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider non- acceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole.

Submission of previously published pieces is acceptable if you still own the rights to your work.

Artwork can be submitted in black and white OR color, but all artwork should be black and white compatible.

All submissions should be uploaded to our Submittable page by midnight, Friday, April 19, 2019.

CLARIFICATION OF THE FOCUS OF BUT YOU DON’T LOOK SICK: BATTLES WE FIGHT WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS – AN ANTHOLOGY

Many of you have reached out to us to see if it acceptable to submit your writing and art about depression, anxiety, and PTSD to But You Don’t LOOK Sick: Battles we fight with invisible illness – an Anthology.  Although these are important, and often poorly understood invisible illnesses, our goal with But You Don’t LOOK Sick is to focus on the lived experiences of those diagnosed with chronic medical illness such as lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, MS, chronic Lyme, etc.

As writers and artists living with chronic, invisible medical illnesses, we want to feel represented.  To be visible.  To be understood.  Although depression, anxiety, and PTSD are often closely linked with chronic, medical illness, we could not possibly do all of these themes the justice they deserve in a single volume. 

We hear your eagerness and need to express yourself creatively about your lived experience with mood and anxiety disorders in a future  anthology.  Know that it is firmly on our radar.

Kindra M. Austin

Candice Louisa Daquin

Rachel Finch

Christine Ray

Angie Waters

Call For Submissions for But You Don’t LOOK Sick: Battles we fight with invisible illness – an Anthology

Indie Blu(e), the publisher of We Will Not Be Silenced, is now accepting submissions for an anthology of writers and artists who live with a chronic but invisible illness, or who care for someone else who does. The focus of this anthology is revealing the honest experience of living with invisible illness. We want it all: your humor, anger, grief, your survival stories, coping strategies, and your journey to carve out a new life after such a life-changing diagnosis (if you are lucky enough to get one!). We know so many artists who struggle with chronic illnesses that are poorly understood and we believe that your creative expressions can enlighten, connect, support, and heal.


All interested writers and artists can submit up to three pieces of creative work. Submissions can include Poetry, Prose, Essay, Short Fiction, and/or original Artwork. Pieces of writing should be limited in length (under 1,000 words.) Using a pen name or publishing anonymously is acceptable. You will be asked to provide a brief biography (75 words or less) to be included in the anthology.


You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider non-acceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole.Submission of previously published pieces is acceptable if you still own the rights to your work.


Artwork can be submitted in black and white OR color, but all artwork should be black and white compatible.All submissions should be uploaded to our Submittable page by midnight, Friday, April 19, 2019.