We Might As Well Be Underwater by Gemma Cooper-Novack

We Might As Well Be Underwater is a collection of poetry split into two parts: Travelling and Not Travelling. Cooper-Novack lyrically discusses family, love, death, aging, and illness through travels. The collection travels through Cape Town, Sydney, Venice, Moscow, Chicago, Antarctica, London, Tokyo, Oregon, Florida, and many more places while also uniting the world through experiences. Readers will enjoy the sense of space and how certain memories or ideas are sprung from a specific environment. Throughout her travels Cooper-Novack explores many spaces, cleverly exposing emotion in places revisited and sharing memories in new environments. They will both feel foreign and familiar as she leads us to both specific and general places (places that are described and could be in any community). Cooper-Novack lyrically composes stanzas that discuss the journey of life through aging and travels while also discovering home.

Author: Gemma Cooper-Novack

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Wanderer: Dark Poetry by Stella Coulson

This is a collection of dark and eclectic poetry. The genres vary from love, heartbreak, sexuality, nature and darker emotions. Some date back to the 90s, while others are more reflective of whom I am now. Writing this was cathartic experience.Writing is a great love of mine. It is the way I truly express myself. It is a gateway to my id. I am most myself when I write. The poems date back from my teens to the Present Day. It covers my life from adolescence to adulthood. It tells of my dark moments, times that shone and both times I was in love. The poetry featured various in theme and tone – from joy, sorrow, dark and light. It covers fantasy and non fiction to Auto Biographical. Some are indeed about me while others are very much outside myself yet express a facet of my nature.”A universe behind these jade eyes.A broken doll in human disguise …” ~ Broken Doll”You do not see the painting in the atticThe maggots on skin that tear.The beauty is a trick.Narcissus – promise naught but air …” ~ Dorian Gray”… Linear’s defeated formThe intangible reality rise.” ~ Wanderer

Author: Stella Coulson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Girl in the Purple Room by Mauro Casiraghi

A woman stands silhouetted against a window in a purple room. It’s the only memory Sergio has of the week leading up to the accident that almost killed him when he was scuba diving off the Tuscan coast. He remembers nothing else about that woman, but the love he feels for her drives him to delve into the mystery surrounding those days that are missing from his memory.

Hoping to find out who she is, Sergio gives up the lonely life he has lived ever since his painful divorce. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will take him from the streets of Rome to the Tuscan countryside. Along the way, Sergio explores his relationship with his sixteen-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and his friends, some of whom understand him better than others, but none of whom can truly help him on his quest to find the woman he loves. To do that, he must dive deep into his past, all the way down to the edge where the meaning of his entire life is as precarious as a bubble of air in the bloodstream.

“The Purple Room” is a magnetic and gripping psychological drama, filled with those moments of bittersweet comedy, misunderstanding and heartbreak that all too often punctuate every search for a partner. A journey of self-discovery, in which a deep and uncompromising self-awareness goes hand in hand with the universal desire to find someone to love.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

“Intense and moving. Delicate like the touch of cotton sheets in the summer. A page-turner, kidnaps the reader with impeccable style and storytelling worth a prize.” – Booksblog

“Casiraghi’s style is smooth, tight and spare.” – Il Corriere della Sera

“A deeply human journey, both painful and magnetic. (…) A bittersweet ending which leaves you with food for thought and a half-smile on your face.” DG MAG

“A craftily-woven plot that sucks the reader in with the pace of a psychological thriller, for such becomes Sergio’s life, filled with questions, traps, revelations, all leading to the final discovery of oneself.” Stilos

“The story unfolds in a gripping and suspended atmosphere, where euphoria, desperation and self-doubt come together in equal measure (…) Casiraghi’s novel is like a mirror where, beyond the twists and turns of the plot, the reader finds another tale to identify with. It is one of those stories in which, even without accidents or memory loss, each one of us can become the main character and, in the end, must come to terms with the past…” Liberazione

“The Purple Room runs on two tracks: on one hand, Sergio’s present life, the aftermath of his failed marriage, the bittersweet conflict with his teenage daughter, the comforting presence of his close friends; on the other, the stubborn search for the image of a woman he cannot forget. These tracks are joined together by a clever alternation of tenses. The present tense gives us what Sergio sees in front of his eyes, like a photograph. The simple past makes us dive into the narrator’s mind, where his memories are kept. At times, the two tenses blend together in the same paragraph, bringing out with great force the dream-like texture of this novel.” Sguardomobile.it

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mauro Casiraghi was born in Milan, Italy. After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing in Montreal, Canada, and publishing his first short stories in English, he went back to Italy to work as a successful screenwriter for cinema and television. He is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of interviews on the art of writing. His first novel, “The Purple Room”, received the Carver Prize and Carlo Cassola Prize for literature.

Author: Mauro Casiraghi

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Romance in the Sunshine: A Short Story about Building Relationships FREE AUDIO by Terry Atkinson

A clean & wholesome romance. Genevieve is waiting for Ryan to meet her in the park on the old, stone bench. Then Holly arrives and throws Genevieve into doubt and uncertainty about her relationship with Ryan, testing her love and trust.

Terry Atkinson writes pure fiction romances, but her readers often comment that there are many self-help lessons to be learned in her books about love, romance and life. If you need a boost to give you motivation to weather the storms of life and relationships, treat yourself to this short read.

Author: Terry Atkinson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Rocks & Real Estate 3: Book 3 by Kamilah Dawn Ali

The finale of Rocks & Real Estate brings closure to Tiffani and Phaedra’s friendship. Tiffani is on a mission to regain everything she’s lost over the last few months due to bad associations. Phaedra begins to build a network of low key hustlers who are moving weight on her command. The former friends both have plans to move on and continue to grow. But can they do it safely?This is a 3 Book Series

Author: Kamilah Dawn Ali

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Through it All (Laura and Mel Book 3) by A.K. Rose

When Mel Kippling came back into Laura Brighton’s life after a fifteen year hiatus, neither knew if they would find their way back to the relationship they used to know.

Time has a way of erasing old wounds, and after reconnecting, their relationship was better than they’d ever known.

Or, was it?

Join Laura and Mel where their story picks up after Second Chances and find out if they have what it takes to get Through it All.

**This is a short story that continues the saga of Laura and Mel from We Need to Talk and Second Chances. It is not necessary to have read the first two stories, as some slight overlap is provided, but the first two stories provide the foundation for Through it All.

Author: A.K. Rose

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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