Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Sarah Brentyn, Brigid P. Gallagher, Marcia Meara

Welcome to another post where you can share the news of your latest reviews. Our first author is Sarah Brentyn with a great review for her collection of short fiction Hinting at Shadows

About Hinting at Shadows

No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

The most recent review for the book

Sarah Brentyn is a master at micro-fiction. Her stories written in short 100 words or less don’t require more words, but leave us in deep contemplation. The power of words in small micro-bursts have the ability to reveal a whole story open to the reader’s interpretation.

All Brentyn’s stories reveal a human element reflecting many emotions from fear, abuse, trust, passion, hope and more.

Just a sampling here will demonstrate that although short, this book will give a reader reason to pause and digest these bite-sized chunks of life:

‘They said, “if you talk about it, it will set you free.” She told them. They locked her up.’

“Eventually we learned that his rage was preferable when he lashed out. His silence meant a storm grew within him. And we would pay.”

‘The doctors say insomnia and prescription pills. I say “writer” and pick up a pen.’

Hinting at Shadows is a wonderful, thought-provoking, psychological read about the human condition.

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The next author who has received a great review is Brigid P. Gallagher for her memoir Waiting for Daisies.

About the book

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

  • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
  • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
  • Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being: “First learn to love thyself.”

In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture eventually teaching part time in schools. Although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.

The most recent review for the book

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought Brigid’s book. What I got though, was the author’s personal journey of discovery ; of places, of the mind and of the soul.

This book is written with remarkable openness and honesty, although the graphic detail of a miscarried pregnancy was a bit too much for my mere male sensibilities. Her drive to seek answers and cures spurred her on to knocking on doors and engaging fully in whatever field she entered.

She committed fully, whether it was complimentary medicine, mystical cultures or matters of Faith.

You could say that her journey was Holistic.

It wasn’t all study,though.

Along the way she had plenty of fun and enjoyment. Although she travelled alone, who travels light, travels quicker, she always seemed to meet up with kindred spirits, who embellished her travels.

Like every life journey, there is sadness and sometimes tragedy. Brigid had her share. It would be natural for someone with her outlook to feel close to nature and so it is with her, as her passion for horticulture testifies.

However, it occurred to me, at the end of the book, that she has found her spiritual home, like many others have, in the beauty of her beloved Donegal…the coolest place on Earth. (c) National Geographic.

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Now time for a recent review for the poetry collection, Summer Magic by Marcia Meara.

About Summer Magic

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love is a collection of contemporary poetry about exactly that–life and love. The first part of the book features poems about the magic a young boy discovers while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The second part of the book has a sampling of poetry about love, life and death, autumn, and dreams coming true.

A recent review for the collection

After having read all Marcia Meara’s books and loved them all, and am patiently waiting for more in near future, I have decided to purchase Poems of Life and Love. Again I was not disappointed. Marcia is a master at getting your feelings of love and appreciation of life’s joys, and frailties sorted out. So many memories are awakened. I did not think poetry would be that interesting to me. I look forward to more.

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21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Sarah Brentyn, Brigid P. Gallagher, Marcia Meara

  1. Oh, so lovely to be included today, Sally! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Poetry doesn’t draw the big crowds, so it’s especially nice to see Summer Magic feature here today! I can’t tell you how much I needed a lift this morning. (Lots of sturm und drang going on around here right now, but nothing that we won’t get through.) Also great to read about Sarah and Brigid, too. Big hugs to all!! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Lovely to see Summer Magic pop up on Sally’s blog today. Also, in such good company, alongside Sarah Brentyn and Brigid P. Gallagher. I needed a smile this morning, and now I’ve gotten one! Hope you’ll check out Sally’s post.

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