Acquisition Notice: St. Austin’s Review

Now, I don’t want to play favorites or anything but I am super excited to finally have my work being published through a Catholic journal. There’s a lot of times when I don’t feel I can submit certain pieces, or I have certain pieces rejected, from mainstream Protestant Christian publications because the imagery used in said pieces are ‘too Catholic’. Considering that ‘Catholic’ is my own main tradition, and influences me in pretty much everything, this has been rather limiting. Not that I am not extremely grateful to the mainstream Christian publications that have picked up my work- I’m come to realize that it is exceedingly difficult being a modern Christian poet (most every publication not specifically Christian have their one ‘don’t take’ caveat as ‘cannot be a religious poem’ and many Christian publications have very strict guidelines as to what can/cannot go into their publications, subject-wise, rhyming-wise, what specific tenants of doctrine may or may not be mentioned, etc.) So to those who do take a chance on my work, I am exceedingly grateful.

So with that in mind, I’m extremely proud to announce that five of my poems have been picked for inclusion in future print issues of the St. Austin’s Review. I don’t have a set schedule for when they will be published, but I will be keeping everyone updated on that because I AM JUST SO EXCITED. The poems are ‘Our Lady of the Advent’ and ‘Salve Regina’, both of which take a poetic look at the Hail Mary and Hail Holy Queen prayers, ‘The Fall’, ‘Replacing the Tabernacle Candle’ and ‘At the Vigil’.

I will post more about this publication as I get to know about it, but for now, don’t mind me- I’m just having convulsing fits of joy over in the corner.

New Review of Drunk Dialing the Divine: ‘Verrry Inspiring’!

Take a look at the new five-star review that Drunk Dialing the Divine just got on Amazon from  Michael D. Waterhouse, author of the Anfeald’s World series  :

I bought this on Amazon as a Kindle and I have just finished it. I loved the heart which went into each of the wonderful poems. The author allows us to enter her life with incredible insight into her struggles with her faith.Hard questions are asked as she releases her emotions from her most inner self and might I add, ones each of us come to at some point in our life. This is a book that you might want to get a nice cup of coffee and sit out on your front porch with as the sun rises for the day.

Thank you for giving the book a chance, Mr. Waterhouse! And thank you for taking the time to write out such a glowing review. Small little things like this can really brighten a writer’s day- and can eventually the difference between someone picking up their title for themselves or not in the future!

National Poetry Month!

As part of National Poetry Month, my collection Drunk Dialing the Divine has been featured on the blog ‘Draw Nigh to Hope‘ under the section Apples of Gold.

Also this month, you can enter in to a giveaway by my publisher, eLectio publishing, for  $100 gift card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iTunes, by promoting the giveaway via Tweets, following eLectio publishing, or myself @ambermoment. You can get 10 entries each for buying an ebook or a paperback from the company- so if you’ve been waiting to get your copy of Drunk Dialing the Divine now would be a good time to get it! And stay tuned for a couple of guest posts coming up soon regarding my poetry and National Poetry month- I’ve been hard at work cranking out posts for both this month and my upcoming book blog tour (which may include a couple giveaways itself!)