Sonnet for My Sisters

Vita Brevis

Submitted by haullebee

Resilience is our rallying cry;
A sisterhood founded in suffering.
In a divisive world we unify;
Forcing ears to turn to our utterance.
Refusing to accept submissiveness
When we were hand-crafted to howl at moons.
To spread – arms, legs, stories; ubiquitous
Influence, a tightly-woven commune.
We are a force that cannot be subdued
By systematic shame, nor glass ceiling.
In fear, they force us into servitude,
Forgetting that our strength is unyielding.
We are allied dominants, outspoken.
We are made to break – not to be broken.

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Sun Salutation

Vita Brevis

Submitted by Ann Christine Tabaka  (@christinetabaka)
Daybreak pierces night, wiping
away the sleep. Plucking stars
from the heavens, placing them
neatly in a basket made of dreams.
Erasing darkness with amber
streaks, the sun kisses the day.
Dew drenched grasses glisten with
diminutive prism globes. Warmth
overtakes the chill as hours march on.
Clouds drift by announcing their
presence with purple shadows
crowning the land. Time has no
master while light rules the day.
Evening brings with it a daunting
stillness as it invades the glen.
A sleepy day says adieu as it
Awaits tomorrow’s sun salutation.

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A Misty Morning by Charles James

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Three Books That I Didn’t Realize Were Part of a Series but Still Great

☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

Hello there lovelies! Today I am going to review 3 page turning mysteries that I’ve read over the last week or so that were part of a series and I didn’t realize it when I requested them via NetGalley. A lot of us have been guilty of it. We start clicking on NetGalley and then we realize that “damn, it’s the 5th in the series, am I going to enjoy it still?” Luckily with these three mysteries I was able to enjoy all of the books even though I read them later on in the game! Score!

I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

Crossing the Line (A Detective Jessica Daniel Series #8) by Kerry Wilkinson

Long before Jessica Daniel became a police…

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Book Review: Flower Moon

Chrikaru Reads

flowermooncoverFlower Moon

Written by Gina Linko

157 pages

Published by Sky Pony Press

Publication date: 2nd January 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they’ve been inseparable since birth. But it’s the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them.

Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn’t seen since childhood, will be there.

And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There’s a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air…

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Book Review: The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

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The Twelve-Mile StraightAbout the Book

Cotton County, Georgia, 1930. In a house full of secrets, two babies-one light-skinned, the other dark-are born to Elma Jesup, a white sharecropper’s daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged behind a truck down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby town. In the aftermath, the farm’s inhabitants are forced to contend with their complicity in a series of events that left a man dead and a family irrevocably fractured.

Despite the prying eyes and curious whispers of the townspeople, Elma begins to raise her babies as best as she can, under the roof of her mercurial father, Juke, and with the help of Nan, the young black housekeeper who is as close to Elma as a sister. But soon it becomes clear that the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have ever…

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Faerie Tale Friday: The Wild Swans by K.M. Shea (Timeless Fairy Tales #2)

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Hello my fellow make believers and faerie tale lovers!

Today we will be talking about The Wild Swans. Have you read the original tale? Or tales, I should say. My research leads me to believe Hans Christian Anderson wrote the original tale that was then collected and adapted by The Brothers Grimm. The tale was also adapted by many others, and even turned in to animated stories for kids.


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The Book:

side+crop+of+paperback+image+TSTME (1)Book Title: The Wild Swans (Timeless Fairy Tales #2)

Book Author:K.M. Shea

Page Count: 280

Publishing Date: April 26th, 2014

Publisher: Take Out the Trash

Date Read: December 10th, 2017

Synopsis: Elise is the foster-daughter of the King of Arcainia, a mathematician, and the country’s treasurer. She is not a hero. But when her step-mother, a wicked witch, curses Elise’s seven foster-brothers—the princes of Arcainia—and turns them into swans, Elise is the only one…

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*Three Bookish Cozy Mystery Reviews*

☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity! I am catching up on reviews and working on my layout and thought it would be wise to group some together on one post. Bare with me I am new to all this customizable stuff! Lol. These three reviews are for three seperate bookish cozies. Cozy mysteries are perfect for this time of year and a great way to relieve the holiday blues. I hope you guys enjoy my reviews and have a fantastic day!

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert


Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds…

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NetGalley Says Yes!

Cleopatra Loves Books

Mutual approval…

I saw this on Fiction Fan’s wonderful blog and thought I’d take a moment to say thank you to the wonderful resource that is brings constant delight to this book blogger’s life.

Of course there are times when I haven’t been approved for a title I want to read, but if that’s the case I go to the library or buy a copy.

Picture for a while the book blogger sat at her desk full of files and minus the pen that is never nearby when she needs it despite endlessly retrieving new ones from the stationary cupboard, impatiently waiting for some or other vital piece of information to display, picks up her phone, reads her email to see the magic words – NetGalley – heart pounding she opens it and does a very restrained whoop when it’s confirmed that the latest must-read has been approved.

You really…

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Whimsical Wednesday ~ Election Edition

By Hook Or By Book


After losing the Alabama Senate race last night to Doug Jones, the ever gracious Roy Moore refused to concede, telling his supporters:

Realize when the vote is this close—that it’s not over. We also know that God is always in control.


And it wasn’t long before J.K. Rowling, who was clearly thrilled at the results like so many of us, tweeted this gem:

Narrator’s voice: Roy was right. God was in control. What he didn’t realize was, She’s black.


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The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2), by Katherine Arden ~ 5.0 Stars

By Hook Or By Book

34050917Thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

352 Pages


The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—-but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits…

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