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Important Advice

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Formality. In the age of easy self-publishing and digital books, where has it gone? I understand addressing someone you know pretty well by first name. I understand addressing someone you don’t know by their first name if that’s what they introduce themselves as, or if they have a name tag with only their first name on it.

What I don’t understand, is the finer art of the email query in modern society and the digital age. If you want someone to do you a favor, or consider your work for publishing, or become your agent, your reviewer, your proofreader, editor, whatever role you wish them to play, can you not take the time to at least spell their name correctly and check to see if they even take the kind of work you are trying to push?

Bart Smith is an editor. Now, of course he would never be so…

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Majestic Reimaginings – New Release

Check out these amazing landscape adult coloring books with accompanying poetry. Go on! You deserve a treat🙂

J and I Publishing

At last! The moment that I know you have all been waiting for with bated breath. J and I Publishing are proud to announce the release of ‘Majestic Reimaginings’, a landscape color book for adults with accompanying poetry. Beautiful landscape coloring images are presented alongside a poem influenced by that picture.

There are two editions available, ‘Majestic Reimaginings’, and ‘Majestic Reimaginings: Illustrator’s Edition’. We hope that you enjoy them.

For a taster of what to expect see this recent blog post.

The information for both can be seen below:

Majestic Reimaginings

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Description

Majestic Reimaginings is a color book for adults with a twist. Lovely poems accompany these images to help you relax and feel the world of nature around you as you color your stress away. Take a few moments for yourself and unwind next to a peaceful river, or relax on the beach and listen to the sounds…

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You are my Heaven

An excerpt from ‘A Poetic Proposal’ for your consideration.

This poem appeared previously on the blog back ago in July 2014. I have included a reading of this poem, one of my very favourites, for you.

You are my Heaven

Lost,
Consigned to hell,
Then free,
To find my heaven

Now,
In purgatory,
Soon free,
Inside my heaven

You freed me from hell, and became my heaven
Whilst purgatory keeps me, from being with you
When I escape this rock of our pain,
I shall join you, my love,
Together again

You are my heaven,
My heart, my soul,
Only together,
Shall we be whole.

The book is available here and comes in both digital and paperback format.

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Oh for a Starry Night

A humble new collection of poetry inspired by the stars, planets and constellations, along with a healthy dose of Greek and Roman mythology. Available as an ebook and paperback.

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Description

Myth, mythology and the legends of old. Stories of gods, fantastic beasts and humans. These are part of the canon of tradition and lore of the stellar constellations and heavenly bodies that make up the starry night that we see.

Experience arcane knowledge in this metaphorical pantheon where the dead gods of ages gone by are honoured poetically.

The night sky is an incredible sight. Filled with such beauty and grace, the celestial sphere is awe inspiring. This collection of poems is an attempt to capture some of that beauty and the tradition and history that have resulted in the lore that has grown up around the constellations and heavenly bodies. Heavily inspired by Greek and Roman mythology the wisdom of the ancients makes the universe in which we live a fascinating and vibrant place.

We all interact with the world around us in different ways, but this poetry is my way of sharing the connection that I feel, and the emotions that are sparked in me, by the glory of the night sky. Join me on my personal celestial adventure and the wonders of a starry night.

It should be borne in mind that there are a multitude of different myths, traditions, legends, stories and so on about each of the constellations, planets, the Gods and no one knows the true origin of a lot of the names of these. This is a fictional, poetic interpretation of some of those ideas and stories.

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Excerpt:

Cancer – The Crab

Proud Hercules,
Son of Zeus born,
A dozen tasks for to complete
At Jealous Hera’s behest

To test his strength,
Courage and prowess,
To prove himself,
A worthy heir

In that second,
Charge to complete,
Battle the Hydra,
Leanon’s curse

Nine heads, regenerative,
Upon a snakes body,
Or possibly a dragons,
A truly fearsome beast

Brave Hercules battled,
The ferocious brute,
Cleaving heads,
As fast as he could

His nephew Iolas,
Seared the cuts,
Halting the growth,
Of heads anew

Bitter Hera sent a crab,
Gigantic in size,
To distract the warrior
And foil his goal

As the crab pounced,
And grabbed his foot,
Valiant Hercules,
It did crush

Severing the final,
Head absolute,
The Hydra vanquished,
Hercules victorious

Hera shamed,
Hercules honoured,
Zeus placed in the heavens,
A starry crab

The Many Uses of: Cinnamon

Fascinating!

J and I Publishing

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Description

The Many Uses of Cinnamon is a short eBook about both common and uncommon uses of cinnamon, as well as the history of the spice itself. From beauty uses, to health benefits, household cleaners and natural insect repellants, this book will help you find a natural alternative to chemicals using this fantastic spice.

The first book in the “Many Uses of” series, this eBook is just over 4,100 words. For beginners or those more experienced with herbal remedies, the directions included are simple to follow and easy to understand. Anyone can benefit from learning about natural alternatives, so dive right in and discover what cinnamon can do for you!

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Forthcoming Release – Majestic Reimaginings

J and I Publishing are very proud to announce the forthcoming release of a new hand drawn adult color book by the very talented Ionia Froment. This book is a collection of diverse landscapes and is full of beautiful, majestic drawings. Each picture is accompanied by a poem by Julian Froment inspired by the landscape. This book will be available as both an adult coloring book and as a special artist’s edition.

As a taster of what you can expect from this beautiful book we have an image and the acccompanying poem for you. We hope that you enjoy them. Further details of the release will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

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Up Above

Suspended in the air,
An overarching view
Of beauty most fair,
To enter into

An old arched bridge,
Spanning a patchwork path,
A protective rail,
A merry laugh.

A watery artery,
Meanders past undulant slopes,
An exhilarating sight,
Feeding our dreams and hopes.

A forest of firs,
A vibrant firework display,
Red, green and gold,
Soothes our minds melee.

And down below,
Azaleas bloom,
Touching the banks,
With intense perfume.