Basilike Pappa Shares Her Favorite Indie Books of 2018

Name: Basilike Pappa

Where you post your writing: I post on my blog Silent Hour
and on Sudden Denouement – A Global Divergent Literary Collective

Publications: My prose has appeared in Life & Art Magazine, Intrinsick, and Timeless Tales, and my poetry in Rat’s Ass Review, Surreal Poetics and Bones – Journal for Contemporary Haiku.

A sentence or two about you & your writing: I live in Greece, where I don’t work as a translator, a copy-editor or a historian of the European Civilization. I write poetry, short prose and folktale re-tellings. A touch of darkness, humor and sensuality are among my favorite writing elements.

My favorite indie books of 2018

Title: Anthology Volume I – Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

What I loved about the book and why I think you should read it: If you’ve come across the collective on WP, you know what these writers can do. The Anthology holds some of their best poetry, prose and short fiction in its pages. An uninhibited exploration of what it means to be human, through different voices, different forms and styles. Reading this book once is not enough – you will return to it again and again, always finding something new.

My Star rating: 5

Title: Composition of a Woman

Author: Christine Ray

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

What I loved about the book and why I think you should read it: It felt warm, as if the writer was sitting right there in my living room, sharing parts of her life with me over a cup of coffee. And it was addictive: reading one or two poems a day wasn’t enough. ‘Oh, just one more.’ And when I finished it, I still wanted more.

My Star rating: 5

Title: For You, Rowena

Author: Kindra Marie Austin

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

What I loved about the book and why I think you should read it: I loved Austin’s voice. It has freshness, it has style, a sense of humor, good doses of truth, and unexpected twists. But telling you more would mean giving you spoilers. So read it and see for yourselves.

My Star rating: 5

Title: Leonard the Liar

Author: Nicholas Gagnier

Where it can be purchased: Amazon

What I loved about the book and why I think you should read it: It made me think, it made me feel. It made me put myself in these characters’ place and wonder what I’d do if I were one of them. Reading it was meaningful. The story stayed with me long after I reached the final page.

My Star rating: 5

Basilike Pappa lives in Greece. She likes her coffee black, her walls painted green and blue, her books old or new. She despises yellow curtains and red tape. She can’t live without chocolate, flowers and her dog. Places she can be found are: kitchen, office, living room. If she’s not at home, I don’t know where she is. You can find Basilike up late with a notebook in the Silent Hour.

Announcing the Launch of Indie Blu(e) Publishing

We are proud to announce the launch of Indie Blu(e) Publishing!  Indie Blu(e) Publishing was established in September of 2018 to provide a venue for publishing the type of high-quality poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that the Indie Blu(e) Editors are passionate about.  As a micropress, Indie Blu(e) can offer a small, intimate experience where the writer and the editor work in close partnership to create a finished book that makes the writing shine.

Several exciting projects are already in the works for Fall of 2018, including the anthology We Will Not Be Silenced.

Indie Blu(e) Publishing is now accepting manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2019.

HOW TO SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT TO INDIE BLU(E) PUBLISHING

  1. Submit all queries to indieblucollective@gmail.com.   Be sure to include Manuscript Submission in the subject line. We ask that you submit one query at a time.
  2. Please include a cover letter, and a concise synopsis no longer than one page in the body of the email.
  3. Your cover letter should include a brief bio, and detailed contact information (name, email, and phone number).
  4. The synopsis should be a full summary of your manuscript, including the ending. We want spoilers.
  5. Attach the first fifty pages of your manuscript. We accept PDF and Word doc.
  6. The manuscript should be a polished, final product.
  7. Please allow us four to six weeks to review and respond to your submission. If we’d like to see more, we will request the entire manuscript.

Nicole Lyons Reviews Nicholas Gagnier’s Founding Fathers

I have been shook, and I have been rocked, and I have been swallowed by a book, and an author, and my own divisive and inclusive thoughts, after the fact.

With Founding Fathers, Nicholas Gagnier takes his readers to the darkest places where most of them have always been afraid to go on their own, and he has me leading the pack because he enthrals me and fills me with such a twisted dichotomy of ‘Oh my God, no’ and ‘Oh my God, yes’ and I am stuck, as I imagine all of his readers are, somewhere between ashamed and awed, begging for more and pleading for him to stop.

Founding Fathers hits hard, and it scrapes away any pleasantries and ‘how do you do’s’ within the first 100 pages. Nicholas Gagnier has a pulse on the times and rides the waves of our society, unapologetically and with truth so ugly it can’t help but be anything other than beautiful.

Nicholas Gagnier and Founding Fathers is a siren call of our times, a wicked truth and an ugly hope we all struggle with. Founding Fathers taps into the signs of our times and our ugliest motivation, and it is a glaringly beautiful representation of how and why we as a society have ended up where we are. It begs the question: is this who we are, is this who we will be, is this everything we have yet to become.

Nicholas Gagnier has weaved fire into Founding Fathers, and I dare anyone who reads it to step away and try not to check themselves and everything they believe.


Founding Fathers will be released by Blank Paper Press on October 9, 2018

Dena Daigle Reviews Love, Lies and Lullabies by Ashley Jane

I must admit, before I was introduced to Ashley Jane’s debut book of poetry and prose, Love, Lies and Lullabies (released on July 30, 2018), I had not yet had the privilege of indulging in her work; but after opening the cover, which is adorned with raw yet beautifully soft imagery, I am an instant fan.

Ashley opens this collection with the lines, “We painted with words, immortalized our souls with ink, sold our hearts to the masses,” a brilliant tagline sure to entice any admirer of words. We are then whisked into the whimsical realm of romance, where we experience both the beauty of the fall and the not-so-elegant reality of relationships in the book’s first section, Love.

In this section, Ashley brings us along the journey of a wounded heart that once settled for far less than deserved until coming to the realization that everything she ever wanted was right before her very eyes.  Ashley describes the “quick descent” one experiences when falling in love and puts perfectly into words what we feel in a new relationship, when struggling to find balance between the urge to stay and the instinct to run- a battle of the mind and the heart that anyone who has ever been scorned by love can relate to. But in pieces like Fragmented Heart we experience the patchwork art of careful hands willing to gently put the pieces of a once shattered heart back together.

I practically fell in love myself when I read the poem Lesson in Love, which reads:

“You hold me under velvet skies,
tracing each of my scars
and reminding me
that I am stronger because of them,
leaving me enough of those shadows
to rebuild myself
with bits of love.”

And although in Love is Messy, Ashley says “we try to define it, but it is not meant to be defined,” I believe she describes Love rather perfectly in this aptly titled section.

In the second section, Lies, we relive the pain of betrayal that adheres to our bones like mortar to the bricks we then stack high around our broken hearts.  As Ashley shares with us the misadventures of seeking happily-ever-after in fraudulent fantasies portrayed by “actors who use hearts for a stage,” we are reminded to take caution in the quest for love. She perfectly explains the way we lose ourselves when we become wrapped up in the pretty little lies we allow ourselves to believe against our inner knowing. I love the way Ashley reclaims her power by learning to “filter through the fallacies” in Self-Taught and then seals the deal by scrawling the lying muse’s name into her “little black book” and tossed away the key. My inner goddess cheered with joy as I celebrated that victory!

Lullabies, the last section of this incredible compilation, serves as a beautiful reminder that our inner light is always ready to illuminate the darkness when we are. Its dreamy vibe is filled with magic and mystery, the moon and stars, and an oceanic sky of endless possibilities to soothe the soul.

Ashley Jane’s Love, Lies and Lullabies is a must have for every poetry collection.

Love, Lies and Lullabies is available at Amazon.

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Susan Conway

Susan M. Conway is an indie author from Auburn, Georgia, USA. Her debut novel, “A Life of Whoredom” was published in August, 2018. Other publications include two short story fiction ebooks, available on Amazon and Kindle. She is currently working on Life After Whoredom, a sequel to her debut novel.

Susan has been writing since grade school. In 2012, she began working on A Life of Whoredom. Initially, it was a blog that she was encouraged by her fans, to turn it into the novel that it is today. She is an avid reader, gardener, and meme hoarder. She can be found either going on adventures with her family, or lying awake at all hours of the night laughing at memes-even though she swore she was going to bed by 10 PM.

Follow Susan on

Instagram: @AuthorSusanMConway

PUBLISHED WORKS

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

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Deeply seductive and profoundly compelling, A Life of Whoredom weaves the tale of a troubled young woman from rural South Carolina, desperate to heal and seeking her truth, when she meets a mysterious older gentleman who captivates her heart. Taking her by the hand, he leads her into the belly of the BDSM lifestyle. Their torrid affair rips the veil back, exposing the risks and rewards of alternative lifestyles surrounding kink and fetish. A Life of Whoredom, is a tragic love story with a very provocative twist, that will embed itself in your heart, staying with you long after you have turned the last page.

Fear of Flying-Melody Lee

Fear of Flying

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I flew to Philly to meet his parents,

to be with him, to see the city and watch him smile.

I met him in the airport wearing my new dress

and black knee high boots. It was my winter break…

and it was seriously winter in Philly.

Snow every day.

Floridians aren’t accustomed to snow

and no Christmas tree left a weird chill in my bones

and an ache for home.

We ate bagels in the morning and had sex

in the afternoons, when his father was at work. Unlucky

for us, his step mom was always lurking somewhere

in their two-story house.

I missed how he played guitar for me back home, typically

something by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles or Paul Simon.

We took the subway to NYC, my first time for both.

I fell in love…with the lights, the fast pace,

the energy, NYC and Jewish delis.

He took me to Vassar, where he graduated with a degree

in Philosophy. I met his friends, got drunk, puked.

We skied in the Poconos, my first time on skis. I sucked.

Ice did not agree with my feet. My balance wasn’t right,

on the ice or with him. His father was stern. He didn’t like me.

His step mom heard us banging and my non-Jewish

moaning didn’t win her approval. Awkward. I didn’t like her,

but I adored his mom. She gave me “Fear of Flying,” by Erica Jong,

and that has stayed with me all these many years later.

 

© Melody Lee / September 2018