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Free Book Friday: May 14

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called Karma.

My new page will showcase the promotions that I am involved in, and will be updated every Friday. I hope that you will find something new.

Featured Freebie:

Last week’s offers:

Do you have an eye for details? I compiled all my NapoWriMo poems into one volume, but it needs a once over to check for errors. Send me a message below. I’ll send a word doc. for editing.

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Try your hand at reviewing!

Those are just the new ones! Click the link below for currently running promotions!

Discover New Authors and Free Books

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Free Book Friday: May 7

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called Karma.

My new page will showcase the promotions that I am involved in, and will be updated every Friday. I hope that you will find something new.

This week’s new offers:

Try your hand at reviewing!

Do you have an eye for details? I compiled all my NapoWriMo poems into one volume, but it needs a once over to check for errors. Send me a message below. I’ll send a word doc. for editing.

Those are just the new ones! Click the link below for currently running promotions!

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Question: Is the italic font annoying? I’m up in the air about it…

Another question: Do you have a free book you would like featured?


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Monday Musings: To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme

Reading over the thirty poems that I wrote in April allowed me to assess my writing style. Verdict: Haphazard.

Admittedly, I don’t read a lot of poetry—more now than before—for various reasons. I have more preferred genre preferences, and I suppose I don’t want to be influenced by the style of others. When I began to write poems, I didn’t set out to write a particular form or have a rhyme scheme in mind. It was all about getting my thoughts down in a way that I thought accurately represented the concept. I let the process dictate the final outcome.

As children, we learn rhyme from nursery rhymes, primer reading books, and word families. It becomes second nature to rhyme, and sometimes it is hard not to.

From the very start, I found that rhyme placement was a way to grab the reader’s mind, and too many often detracted from the imagery or idea that I was trying to convey. So, some of my poems have very few, but when they occur, it’s effective. I guess you could call it fluid form poetry or floating rhyme.

I try not to use an unfamiliar word or words that can’t be immediately understood by the context unless, of course, that important rhyme gives exigence to incorporate the word “reticent” (or taciturn, for that matter).*

Learn the rules so that you can break them or make up the rules as you go along. If they don’t work—change them.

I’m not saying that my writing is unique, but it is mine from my heart and mind. I chose to share these words with the world because they help me put things into perspective, and I hope that they can do the same for others along with providing entertainment in this world we all share.

– Leon

*exigence (n.) – demand, requirement

*reticent (adj.) – discreet, restrained, taciturn   


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Free Book Friday: April 23

Only one addition this week:

Free sample books from SF&F authors:

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

All the older opportunities are on this page:

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Weekend Wrap-up: April 17

Wow. Sixteen poems so far. Has it been difficult? Yes and no. Sometimes the prompts from NaPoWriMo seem a bit too specific, but they are just suggestions and I have taken some liberties with them. A few of them I knocked out fairly quick, most took a bit of brainwork.

Here are the first 2 weeks. If you have a moment you can read them on Medium or on my Poem Page: National Poetry Writing Month

NaPoWriMo : Day 7 – Poem with strict syllables 😀
NaPoWriMo : Day 6 – Poem based on line from a book 🤔

NaPoWriMo : Day 5 – Imitation 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 4 – Odd transitional spaces (think Escher)  🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 3 – Use of random words to inspire 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 2 – The road not taken 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 1 – April fools 😀

NaPoWriMo: Day 14 Name Origins 😀
NaPoWriMo: Day 13 A news story you wish to see 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 12 Past and Future 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 11 Letter from the Cat 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 10: Junk Drawers 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo Day 9: A to-do list 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 8: A monologue from a deceased person 🤔

As for regular posts:

Sunday Catch-up: Tools of the Trade – My tool/injury escapade (Yes, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.)

Weird Wednesday: It’s Been Awhile – Yes! Weird Wednesday returned.

Oops, I Did it Again: Author Interview – Another self interview. This time for Lunarian Press

Book news: If you have been reading my posts this week you will know about my book sale. If you haven’t heard:

Two weeks left to get your copy of Lines by Leon!

Click to go to my book page

Notable Posts this week:

Story Info: How Much is Too Much? – Kinda why I mostly write short stories

Writing the short story part 3: extremely short fiction – Sensing a theme?

Alright. Now to write another poem…



Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Free Book Friday (and a 99 cent Book): April 16

There is a dollar sign easily found on the keyboard, but the cent sign? I googled it and this is the instruction:

Here’s a quick way to add the cent symbol to your word doc. On the number pad on your keyboard, make sure the NumLock key is on. Press and hold down the [Alt] key and then press 0162 on the number pad. Then release the [Alt] key.

A quick way? So I follow the instructions and get this: à. OK. try again:☻. Nope. Number lock on. Check. ◙ What the..? Wait. not all at the same time? ¶. Arrrgh! OK.OK. Relax. Alt. 0. 1. 6. 2. (drumroll) Release Alt:

¢ Success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s kinda small though. Whatever. Good enough.

I did add another author’s poetry book to the review list, but other than that, no new promos going on.

Except:

Feel free to pass on the link to any sci-fi fans you know!

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

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Oops, I Did it Again: Author Interview

Leon Stevens interviews Leon Stevens for Lunarian Press!

Hello. I’m Leon Stevens, and I’m here with the author Leon Stevens. 

  – So, we are doing this again?

Do you have somewhere to be?

  – No, not really, unless you forgot something. Who is this for this time?

Lunarian Press.

  – Ahh, yes. Fine folks. OK, go ahead.

Read the rest at: Lunarian Press – Author Interview

Thanks to Alexis Lantgen for the opportunity!


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NaPoWriMo : Day 11 (Letter from the Cat)

NaPoWriMo

Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Write a two-part poem, in the form of an exchange of letters. The first stanza (or part) should be in the form of a letter that you write either to yourself or to a famous fictional or historical person. The second part should be the letter you receive in response.

I took a few liberties with the prompt:

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 11 (yes, I do get paid/read.

I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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NaPoWriMo

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of two books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. Visit www.linesbyleon.com

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NaPoWriMo : Day 10 (Junk Drawer Mind)

NaPoWriMo

Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: It’s called “Junk Drawer Song,” and comes to us from the poet Hoa Nguyen. First, find a song with which you are familiar…Next, rifle through the objects in your junk drawer…write a poem that weaves together your ideas

I just used the junk drawer idea as my prompt today.

Junk Drawer Mind

Rifle through my junk drawer mind
Push away memories dropped inside
Until Jeopardy demands an answer

Yet It takes a moment to decide 
That seven times four is twenty-eight
Though I know seven times six is forty-two
Still, I try to memorize up to twelve times twelve
And it always feels like something new

Sorry I don’t remember your name
Give me time and let me push aside
The Best Picture winner in 2004
The name of the hitchhiker I gave a ride
(I can also say the alphabet backwards)

I forgot to pay that bill again
Can’t forget the lyrics to that song
They come back to me at the oddest times
And I still spell defanitely wrong

I wonder. . . if I could just dump it out
My junk drawer mind
Would I still remember that one time
Our lives aligned?

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 10 (yes, I do get paid/read.)

I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

Want to participate?

NaPoWriMo

Want to support an independent author?

Want to discover new poets? Five poets offer free samples of their work!

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of two books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. Visit www.linesbyleon.com

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Weekend Wrap-up: April 10

What the heck happened to Music Monday? Not finished my composition yet (and I was writing a poem). What the heck happened to Tuesday Thoughts? I had a post ready but I was writing a poem. What the heck happened to Weird Wednesday? Ok you get the idea. so let’s catch up:

Book news: I decided on a new cover design for my book, The Knot at the End of the Rope. I’m pleased at how it turned out. I was going for a 50s/60s sci-fi vibe, and I think I nailed it.

Look for a $0.99 sale April 15

Nine days of poems (not counting today). You can catch up with them all here: National Poetry Writing Month

Free Book Friday (and Book News): April 9 – A few new free book promos

Notable Posts this week:

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Not just notable because I’m in it, but because Sally always uses her platform to promote worthy authors. I’m glad to be a part of it. Thanks, Sally!

What exactly is love? – A short post but Shruba tackles a subject for the ages

Where Do the Good Times Go? – This one brought back memories.  

Alright. Now to write another poem…



Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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