2016 BOOK RELEASES
AUTHORS PUBLISHED IN SCARLET LEAF REVIEW
A BIG CONGRATULATION IS IN ORDER
The Cellaring: Poems from a Darkling Side of the Shadowed Mind
Are you fascinated by fright? Do you take delight in the unexplainable? Does the forbidden entice you? Does evil invite you? Is it fear or infatuation that draws you, like a moth to a flame, towards wicked ways? Make your way down, down, down – deep into the cathartic cellaring. Step into the creeping shadows of the dark side and lose yourself to the unknown. With a lump in your throat and a slow prickling at the nape of your neck, witness the blood-filled horizon of a vermilion moon rising, and with it the stench of bad omen. Be enchanted by rogue fairies and play fool to their devious ways and trickery, as you are dragged deep into the woods of days gone by and whisperings of near-forgotten fable. Take flight upon black as night wings of the raven, an ominous journey towards devilry and destruction. Discover haunted houses, abandoned asylums, the magic of witchcraft and scream out loud at the things that go bump in the night. And if you should come face to face with a clowns killer smile, don’t forget to give yourself a long, hard pinch – the nightmare that awaits you in The Cellaring is all too real. - L.J. Diaz, Author
Apple Fruits of an Old Oak: A Collection of Contemporary Short Poems, Micro-Poetry, Haiku & Photography
Here are the short poems, micro-poetry and haiku by 31 new and accomplished poets from Canada, USA, Australia, England, Egypt, Bangladesh, and many other countries. In addition, a number of amazing photos have been presented by four amateur and professional photographers from Canada and Iran.
KOREATOWN BY ROBIN WYATT DUNN
A Gypsy Daughter poetry chapbook written by Robin Wyatt Dunn.
Of Sound Mind and Someone Else's Body
Alan Maitland is a successful businessman on his way up the corporate ladder. Life is good, but life is also full of the unexpected. A scientific experiment goes awry and Alan’s mind is transferred to the body of Hana Toussaint, a high-class escort. Suddenly, he must not only contend with a new identity, but with the eye-opening experience of living as a female: how to walk in high heels without falling; how to put on a bra without dislocating a shoulder; how to deal with makeup without poking out an eye; and how to get along in a society which in many ways is still male-dominated. When Alan discovers that Hana has taken over his body, the two of them must work together to find the scientist who can reverse the experiment and give them back their respective lives. Along the way, they must cope with living as each other and learn what it's like to be a member of the opposite sex. And as their adventure goes on, Alan the woman must figure out his growing feelings for Hana the man. Alan faces the biggest challenge of his life which Hana sums up with one decisive question: “Are you man enough to be a woman?”
Black Dove Kindle Edition
by Robin Wyatt Dunn (Author), Barbara Sobczyńska (Illustrator)
Love and war in the Middle East:
Robert is a disillusioned reporter; Rachel an agent for Mossad. Modeled on the Song of Solomon, Black Dove explores the intricate interconnectedness between love and war, violence and friendship, and the complicated relationship between the United States and Israel.
When Robert moves to Jerusalem to chase his beloved, he finds that changing addressees changes something within him, and he abandons the role of disinterested observer to aid in the transformation of the Middle East, and the United States. But what he discovers is that Mossad is actually working against a Jewish-only state, and that to aid the Palestinian people they must subvert parts of their own government.
Black Dove reveals how the Middle East is a crucible for change around the world, and in the human heart.
"A terse , taut read sometimes miserably bleak splintered with moments of dark humour and heightened poetics."
-- Saira Viola, author of Jukebox
These Streets Don't Cry For Us Kindle Edition
by Adam Brown (Author)
Take a journey through the streets within the heart of a compassionate mind. Psychological and raw. You will find darkness as well as light within these pages. Where does the road end? Where does it begin? This book tries to answer these questions, as well as describe what it's like to live between the two junctions.
Reel Him In (White, Dark and In Between Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Lillian Lee
Enjoy the first book of the three-volume hot and steamy series "White, Dark And In Between" which follows the path of Lora Lee and Jake. from first encounter through the evolution of their relationship - from a booty call to something much deeper.
Lora Lee's career is doing just fine, although she has to deal with artistic temperaments on a daily basis. Her personal life, however, trends from bland to difficult as she suffers a string of mishap. She's already reached the big forty and doesn't have much to show for it.
She begins to believe the universe truly hates her when she repeatedly runs into a rude man who quickly becomes the focus of her dreams and the object of her fantasies during the day.
Third time's the charm they say,and indeed, the third time Lora Lee runs into Jake he decides to take matters in his hands and show her that her life can change.
Perceptions Paperback – June 13, 2016
by Gary Beck
Disasters of our time come into immediate focus as they occur. We are shown again and again the catastrophic events of the day. It is the lingering effects that are seen from different viewpoints, and produce a sometimes volatile perception of our world. Gary Beck's ability to capture events seen from unusual angles is on shining display in this brilliant new collection from the author of Dawn in Cities and Songs of a Clerk.
F.D.A. Approved Poetry Paperback – September 26, 2016
by Michael A Marrotti
It's a struggle to exist in a pseudo-liberal town, where the proliferation of pessimism entices blood to spilled by the masses. Not enough people are medicated. Fighting oppression through a chemically induced bliss will only take you so far, until the bottle is barren, and desperation kicks in. These poems are about cheating life, eccentricities, and the will to persist when all other options are futile.
City, Psychonaut Paperback – November 5, 2016
by Robin Wyatt Dunn
A dark comic fable of early 21st Century life, CITY, PSYCHONAUT redefines narrative in an intensely personal dive into the future, and its dreams . . .
Voice of Monarch Butterflies: Middle Eastern Anthology by Ten Poets from Ganges to Nile Kindle Edition
by Soodabeh Saeidnia (Editor), Ken Allan Dronsfield (Foreword), Michael Lee Johnson (Preface)
To kindle a flame on Middle Eastern contemporary poetry in English that is relatively unknown to the Western readers, Voice of Monarch Butterflies brings together the poems by ten emerging to well-accomplished poets including Soodabeh Saeidnia, Mohammad Forouzani, Debasis Mukhopadhyay, Aimal Zaman, Abu Sufian, Ash Bahget, Anooshka Khazaeie, Ahmad Al-Khatat, Mohamed Samy and Latif Shareef Dhmayd who are originally from different countries like Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, and even farther like Bangladesh and India. The shimmering elements of Middle Eastern poetry and art either flow visibly in their English words or hide behind the modern and fancy lines but finally show off themselves to the reader through the pieces and short poems, which have been selected among the captivating lines of joy, nature, life and love to despair, distress, grief and death. This collection is like a terrace on the hanging gardens of poetry inviting readers to hear the voice of migratory butterflies.
Street of the Ginkgo Trees: A contemporary Poetry Collection Kindle Edition
by Soodabeh Saeidnia
In this imaginative collection of poems, Soodabeh Saeidnia creates a path, a road, and a street paved by colorful leaves of delicacy and wonder falling from a Ginkgo tree. A journey through the bending of time and sliding on the space, an expedition to the odd land where she did not know their language. This is a variety pack of her poems winking on the bookcase, sweetening the mouth, and feeding the mind of readers, and establishes her as one of the creative poets of her generation.
Why Fi Vol. 1 Kindle Edition
by William Quincy Belle
Why (sci-) fi? Because it's fun to think about what doesn't (yet) exist.
Science fiction or speculative fiction? Short stories speculating about the future when science has figured it all out: outer space, inner space, space ships, teleportation, alternate worlds and alternate realities. The future looks interesting, even exciting, but it’s not without its dangers.
Parts per Trillion Paperback – March 7, 2016
by Claudine Nash
hese poems, alert and wry, infused with perception and a generous heart, let us know we are in Claudine Nash territory. Navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and healing, Nash explores the interiors of heart and mind with the curiosity of a scientist and a poet’s insistence of honoring the unknown. Parts Per Trillion brims with ghosts and gravity, sea glass and molecules, inviting us to take on a new name and a stranger’s daring, to become “old-school gangsters” tossing careworn concerns off a pier. These poems take signs and portents seriously, deciding that wonder is a necessity as they ask us to break free of certainties and redefine what is plausible and possible. Giving us permission to forget what we know in the name of resilience and hope, this is language that claims the worth of each moment even when the evidence might suggest otherwise.
Susan Moorhead, Author of The Night Ghost
There are a trillion reasons, spoken and unspoken, to read Claudine Nash’s new collection, Parts per Trillion. There is not one inert moment throughout this entire collection. Nash levitates, drifts and sinks, spins and swirls, stashes and slides. And we are with her all the way, whether we surrender to the absence of necessary words or sleep, or the presence of our individual ghosts; the quarantine of noise, silence, memory and emotion; or the discovery of heartbeats, vapors of sadness and our ability to slip between gaps and crevices into the small but well-ventilated spaces we crave and need. Nash’s collection is sewn from words never spoken, and yet, she is able to gather a trillion transformed words. Climb aboard and glimpse the floating particles, neurons, atoms and an energy that can squeeze a ghost.
Sherri Felt Dratfield, Author of Water Vigils and The City
Claudine Nash’s poems are moving microcosms in which a keen power of observation and playful imagination fuse with the minutiae of daily life to create deftly wrought lyrics. At its core, Parts per Trillion, asks metaphysical questions. From Permission Slip: “I wish to remain airborne/as long as possible. I grant myself permission to stuff my ears with wind and answer/only to my truest name.” Parts per Trillion is fused with the magic of sound and the grounding temperament of science. This is a collection by an accomplished and sure poet. As Nash instructs, Please listen now, there’s something I’m ready to say.
Mary Lou Buschi, Author of The Spell of Coming (or Going) and Awful Baby
To bring joy to readers everywhere.