Thursday, August 31, 2023

August Book Reviews #bookreview #books #readingcommunity #poetry #nature #family #life @sgc58 @YvetteMCalleiro

Hello, beautiful readers! I had very little time to read this month because of the opening of school. Luckily, I chose an amazing poetry book that I could read in snippets, and I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Life is Like a Mosaic: Random Fragment in Harmony

by Sally Cronin

Genre: Poetry, Poetry About Nature, Family Poetry

Pages: 136


“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” Arthur Brisbane 1911.

An image offers an opportunity to see endless possibilities depending on the viewer’s perspective. Where some might see beauty and joy, others imagine sadness and loss of hope.

In this collection, images and syllabic poetry are brought together to tell a story based on the author’s perspective. The poetry explores our human experiences such as love, happiness, hope, aging, friendship, new beginnings, dreams and loss.

The world around us is an amazing playground and source of all our essential needs as well as sensory experiences that bring wonder into our lives. What lies beyond the horizon? What surprises will we discover as a garden bursts into bloom? Where do the night creatures live?

At the end of the collection there are some longer poems celebrating memories of the author’s life of travel, teenage exploits and love of food!

My Review:

I absolutely loved this collection of poems. Not only was each poem accompanied by a stunning picture, it was also written to reach into the soul and permeate slowly. Many of the poems are written in syllabic poetry forms such as the butterfly cinquain and the Etheree. The poet is concise with her words while choosing powerful imagery to stir emotions and connection. 

Some of my favorite poems were Our Legacy, Advancing Years, Sunflower Seeds, The Air, The Beacon, Hope, On the Wind, Birthdays, Is it time?, The Sunflower poems, The Future?, Life's Progression... Honestly, I could list them all. Some are layered with humor; others touch upon profound concepts that make one pause and ponder. All of them are beautiful works of art. If you enjoy poetry that makes your soul smile, I definitely recommend this book.

Have you read a great book this month? I'd love for you to share. :-)

Sunday, August 27, 2023

#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge - #Syllabic #poem #poetrycommunity #seasonalKigo #Kigo #seasons #beachinspired @ColleenChesebro @YvetteMCalleiro

Hello, beautiful readers! The first full week of school is behind me, and I honestly did not think I would get to this week's #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge. Luckily, I became inspired while sitting at the beach today. 

This week, Colleen Chesebro challenged us to use at least one kigo word in our syllabic poem. As Colleen explained, "A kigo is a season word used in haiku and haibun (the haiku portion)." Kigo can include seasonal words, the sky and other elements, landscape, human affairs, animals, and plants.

As I was sitting at the beach today, I sunk my feet in the sand after my second swim to the buoy and back and gazed at the clouds on the horizon. They looked like a painting where light and shadow were used to create texture. I tried to take a picture of it, but it couldn't capture the beautiful art that nature was creating. 

I chose to write a haiku with a syllabic pattern of 5-7-5. Haikus contain kigo, or seasonal words. I believe I used a few words that represent kigo below. Haikus are also untitled.

(courtesy of @theheadwitch2001 on Pixabay)

multi-colored clouds
drift idly in summer sky
pelicans hunt prey

Can you create a haiku using a seasonal word? Join us here.

Welcome to Day 6 of Breakfield and Burkey's "INTRODUCING THE KILLER ENIGMA" Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org

Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing Breakfield and Burkey's newest book in their Enigma series, The Killer Enigma! If you haven't read one of their technothrillers yet, you are going to want to learn about this series.

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Mystery, crime, and larceny get woven into The Killer Enigma. There is also romance and some heartache between JJ and Jo. Their anniversary getaway doesn’t seem to be going any better than last year’s vacation. But they both care for each other even when JJ ticks Jo off.

She sat and watched him with those big brown eyes he always got lost in.

“I’m sorry, Jo. I was trying to figure out the right order to explain and messed up yet again.”

“I’m listening now since I overreacted. I’ll wait ’til you finish. I’m sorry too.”

“Yesterday, when I rode back with Tommy, he and I had a couple of discussions. One was about the evidence he figured I gathered, and the other was about you. I told him our suspicions and some of what we learned during our searches. I told him I wanted to keep you safe.”

“I know that, JJ.”

He looked at her as she ran her fingers across her mouth and moved like locking her lips shut.

He laughed. “You’re too cute. He said he would be worried too if he were married to such a well-known model who is drop-dead gorgeous.”

Jo appeared stunned, with her eyes wide. She covered her mouth with a hand as a groan escaped her lips. “Oh, dear. Does everyone in town know? You’re right. This is a problem I hadn’t even considered. Everyone has been…”

“Tommy said he believes only he and Lily know. When he questioned her after the attack last year, Lily inadvertently gave him a clue. She’d feel awful if you knew she’d spilled the beans. He also suggested this town likes us and is glad we returned for a visit. He thinks we should stay if we can get over the mess we found.”

The authors are always willing to answer questions or discuss The Killer Enigma:


Enough is Enough - JJ roars when the Paparazzi wrecked their dinner

JJ and Jo realize privacy doesn’t exist for them. They return to Magnolia Bluff to check on their friends and recapture the small-town anonymity. In Magnolia Bluff, no one suspects their fame.

They discount the status as urban legends in favor of acceptance and a quiet, peaceful life. After all, a supermodel needs time and space to recharge between jobs. A geek wants time to adore his wife.

· Does Magnolia Bluff hold the answers to their prayers?
· Will their desires get clouded by a hidden secret?

Past, present, and future collide in a perfect storm no one expected. JJ and Jo take action to uncover the truth. Chief Tommy Jager likes them but feels they’re a lightning rod for trouble and disruption.
Who will live or die to prevent the truth from being exposed? The answers may be in the graveyard with fresh flowers on the gravestone.

What readers are saying

Literary Titan - The Killer Enigma offers a fresh perspective on the complexities of small-town existence and the lengths individuals are willing to go to liberate themselves from the constricting grasp of urban life.

Readers’ Favorite - Breakfield and Burkey deliver yet another engrossing installment of the Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles with The Killer Enigma.



BREAKFIELD – Charles is a data/telecom solution architect and supports digital security, blockchain solutions, and unified communications. He enjoys writing, studying World War II history, international travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles’ love of wine tastings, cooking, and Harley riding often provides writing topics. 

Much of his personality comes from his father, who served in the military for 30 years and three wars. Charles grew up on multiple bases and in different countries. The multicultural exposure helps him with the various character perspectives they bring to the series. His personal ambition is to continue to teach Burkey humor.

BURKEY Rox is a Customer Experience Specialist who works with businesses worldwide. As a gifted speaker and accomplished listener, she bridges the chasm between business problems and technical solutions to optimize business productivity. She has written technology briefings and white papers but launches into high gear when plotting our next technothriller or short story.

As a youngster, she led the other kids with her highly charged imagination generating new adventures with make-believe characters as a child. She is proud of being a Girl Scout until high school and contributed to the community as a member of a Head Start program. Rox enjoys her family, learning, listening to people, traveling, outdoor activities, sewing, cooking, and thinking about diversifying the series.

BREAKFIELD AND BURKEY began their writing partnership with non-fictional papers and books, then formed a business LLC for fictional storytelling. They recognize that stories are an evolving method to share excitement, thrills, and insights to today’s technology risks. has samples of the Enigma Series novels, short stories, audiobooks, book trailers, with the newest series Enigma Heirs releasing in March 2023. They’ve earned multiple awards for their fictional creations. Contact them via email at

They are passionate about leveraging real technology into fictional writing. The variety of characters’ attributes from the many people who crossed their professional paths adds that depth. Admittedly, Breakfield often asks people he meets if they thought about being an evil cyberthug or femme fatale in their series.

Both authors have traveled to many places around the world. These travels are pulled into stories that require personal knowledge of specific locals. They enjoy well-rounded thrillers, including humor, romance, intrigue, suspense, and mystery.

They love to talk about their stories at private and public book readings or events. They have been proud Rave Reviews Book Club members for over three years. Find their books and information about this supportive club -







To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the AUTHORS' TOUR PAGE on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you'd like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge - #Syllabic #poem #poetrycommunity #photoprompt #sunflowers @ColleenChesebro @YvetteMCalleiro

Hello, beautiful readers! It's been a busy couple of weeks for me as I prepared for the beginning of school and then started the new school year. My first two days were exhausting but great. I have a feeling it's going to be a wonderful school year. 

My son's first football game of the season was this past Friday. He played extremely well. He had four carries for 62 yards, two touchdowns, one two-point conversion, and a forced fumble! I know this has nothing to do with this prompt, but proud mama has to share. 😉

I missed last week's prompt because every day was nonstop, and here it is now Sunday, and I'm just creating a moment to get this week's #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge prompt done. This week, Colleen Chesebro challenged us to write a poem based on this beautiful picture from Terri Webster Schrandt

For as long as I can remember, the sunflower has been my favorite flower. Yellow and green are my favorite colors, and a sunflower has both of them. In my younger years, I battled with depression a few times, and sunflowers became my reminder to always follow the light. So, there was no way I was going to let this week pass without writing a poem. (Plus, did you know that sunflower seeds are extremely healthy for you? They reduce inflammation, improve heart health, support the immune system, and boost your energy levels.)

I chose to write a reverse cinquain. This form reverses the order of an American cinquain, making the lines follow a syllabic pattern of 2-8-6-4-2. In a traditional American cinquain, the words should create drama that builds into the fourth line with the pivot happening on line five. I decided to reverse that as well and put the drama in line two. So, I'm bending some rules. Cinquains must always have a title.


folds protectively in darkness
draws its strength from the sun
stands tall and strong

What is your favorite flower and why? I'd love to hear from you below.

There is still time to write a poem of your own. Join us here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge - #Syllabic #poem #poetrycommunity #synonyms #haiku #summerfun #lakes @ColleenChesebro @YvetteMCalleiro

Hello, beautiful readers! For this week's #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge, Colleen Chesebro has asked us to write a poem using synonyms of words wave and flow. As a beach lover, my mind immediately goes to water. 

So, I decided to write a haiku. A haiku is a 3-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllabic pattern. The middle line is supposed to be a pivot where the first two lines can create one image and the last two lines can create a different image. It should also connect with nature or seasons in some way. Recently, we learned that a haiku isn't really about the syllables but about the rhythm. I tried to incorporate that as well. You can learn more about it here.

(courtesy of @Sammy-R at Pixabay)

boats create large swells
summer disturbs peaceful lake
fall brings calm currents

My life is about to get even busier. Next week starts back-to-school preparation. I'll be working four of the five days to teach beginning teachers and begin setting up my classroom, plus doing my part-time job on the side. The following week will be mandatory teacher planning days and the first two days of school. 

The beginning of the school year is always an energy drain for me. Don't get me wrong. I love what I do and am excited to meet my new students, but the body isn't as young as it used to be. Getting back into a school routine takes an adjustment. 

I still plan to be around, write poetry, participate in the RRBC Writer's Conference and Book Expo, and support my fellow authors as much as I can, but if I'm a little quieter, you'll know why. 😊

Do you want to try to create a poem with synonyms for the words wave and flow? Join us here.