It’s April which means it is National Poetry Month! I am challenging myself to complete each daily poetry writing prompt again this year, just as I did last year. I will be updating my website to display my writings from 2015 and 2016’s NaPoWriMo sometime soon. Why do I always do these prompts? I find it a challenge to write poetry in new forms about subjects that are out of my norm. It is a way for me to get out of my own box and into a new real where my writing is concerned. I think it’s something all writers should think about doing for the challenge of doing things out of their own norm.
I’ll be doing some upcoming Kindle Countdown Deals on both of my poetry collections. I’m looking forward to offering them to new readers and a REDUCED PRICE. I’ve done this deal for Behind the Mask before as well as doing FREE promotions for both it and Phoenix from the Ashes. Check out the details below because you don’t want to miss out on this!
Behind the Mask Kindle Countdown Deal:
- May 26, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $0.99
- May 28, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $1.99
- May 31, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $2.99 (returns to original price)
Phoenix from the Ashes Kindle Countdown Deal:
- May 4, 2016 at 8:00am PST: $0.99
- May 7, 2016 at 4:00am PST: $1.99
- May 10, 2016 at 12:00 PST: $2.99 (returns to original price)
Rayna and I have posted an update on the website for The Passion of the Dragon Saga on its website that includes information about a FREE upcoming Kindle promotion for Hearts on Fire and an upcoming Kindle Countdown Deal for Love in Flames. Check it out here!
I’ve also been doing some more developmental work on the fantasy series I’ve discussed on here previously. I’ve been able to write out all the basic details for the different species of people that will live in this world I’m creating. Right now I’m focusing on major development of the main characters as well as the history of this world. I’m not quite ready to share more than that yet but one day in the (hopefully near) future I plan on sharing this series with the world.
Until next time I’m off to the world of writing!
Things have been rather busy for me but I have no complaints. I feel like life is coming together wonderfully for me at the moment. I have decided to postpone the release of Antidote for the Poison for the time being. I feel I cannot put the time it deserves into it right now. It might possibly release near the end of the year but so far I am seeing that it will be at least 2017 before it is released. I have no doubt that I will be releasing a lot more poetry in the future. It is something that is very close to my heart. I just feel that for now, it would be taking on way more than I should have on my plate to put things together for an April release.
As for my writing, lately the majority of my focus is completely on The Passion of the Dragon Saga. Rayna and I have been working long and hard on the next book and the series. This series is just as close to my heart as poetry. After all, it took years of discussing our thoughts for us to begin writing it. Now after two complete books and with progress being made on the third, it feels like an amazing achievement for us both, something we are both quite proud of to be honest. We, also, just posted an update on the series website you can check out here!
In my last post, I mentioned a fantasy series I had been developing for quite a while. I am happy to share that I am doing a little more work on it. I have been working on developing the history for this world, species by species. For now that’s all I am saying but one day, there will be a title and information on coming books.
I will have more to come about writing and life soon, as well as the posting of my 2015 NaPoWriMo work to this site!
Rayna & I are back to work on The Passion of the Dragon Saga! Don’t miss out on the updates on the website!
I’m currently working out ideas for the artwork of my next poetry collection while I start choosing the poems for it. It’s a challenge so far but there will be a lot more to come soon as it will be releasing April 6th. I am so excited. I’ve got so many ideas in my head for this as a poetry series to show a journey of healing. Part one of this journey will be titled Antidote for the Poison. I am hoping that showing my journey of healing from dark depression and post traumatic stress disorder will help others who have their own struggles. That is why I share my poetry as each one is a piece of my heart and soul.
Don’t miss out on the Kindle Free Promotion on my already released poetry collections (Behind the Mask and Phoenix from the Ashes) this weekend, February 5-7! Kindle users, get your copy for free! There will be a Kindle Free Promotion on Hearts on Fire and a Kindle Countdown Deal coming up this month on The Passion of the Dragon Saga novels (Hearts on Fire and Love in Flames). If you want more details, take a look at the series website.
I’ve also been doing a little work on a Fantasy series I’ve been developing for over a decade now. I’m not sure when I will have more details to share but it’s just something I’m working on every now and then. I do plan on focusing more on it after Rayna and I finish writing The Passion of the Dragon Saga.
Hopefully I will be sharing some more exciting things soon!
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to update about things in my life. Things have been hectic for me but are starting to slow down to the normal flow of life. I have been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting on things in my life. It is helping me start to unravel the insanity in my head. I’ve started doing coloring therapy along with reading, writing, and everything else that has always worked. It is a nice creative way to clear my mind. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new outlet!
My poetry collections (Behind the Mask and Phoenix from the Ashes) will be free on Amazon Kindle February 5-7, 2016! Don’t miss out on your chance to get them both for FREE! I will, also, be releasing my third collection of poetry that will be the first in a series of four known as Poetry from a Journey of a Healing. The first part will be titled Antidote to the Poison and will release April 6, 2016 from KCL Publishing as a Paperback and for Amazon Kindle! I’m very excited to start putting this series of poetry collections together. The artwork is in its initial stages and will be done by Le Fey Designs. I am beginning to select the poems for this collection and look forward to releasing some teasers soon!
Rayna and I have been writing on the third volume of The Passion of the Dragon Saga. While everyone waits for more about this next book, keep an eye out on the website. Also, if you haven’t started reading it yet there will be some upcoming promotions on Amazon Kindle for both Hearts on Fire and Love in Flames! Check them out here!
I’m back to living life and writing. Wishing my best to you all!
KCL Publishing‘s blogger Tom just posted his review of Phoenix from the Ashes: Poetry from Personal Struggle, Rebirth, and Triumph on the company’s blog! I am truly speechless at his thoughts on this collection. I am honored to read such wonderful thoughts about my writing. Thank you so much, Tom! Everyone check out Tom’s review here on KCL’s Official Blog!
Don’t miss the Teasers for Phoenix from the Ashes out November 12, 2015 in Paperback and for Kindle from KCL Publishing!
Source: Phoenix from the Ashes Teasers
Phoenix from the Ashes: Poetry from Personal Struggle, Rebirth, and Triumph by Helena Lancaster will release from KCL Publishing on November 12, 2015! Check out the cover reveal on their blog!
Source: Phoenix from the Ashes Cover
In nine short days, my second collection of poetry will be released to the world. Behind the Mask was a showing of what someone truly hides behind their every day mask they present to the world. Phoenix from the Ashes is a story of survival. It is the story of my survival but I have learned that I am far from alone. There are many people in this world that suffer with the big bad demon of depression and just as many live with PTSD. All of us that live with those things every day are survivors. I am a survivor and despite my past I have in the end chosen to keep living in this world working towards something better for me. To the those of you out there struggling these issues, please remember you are far from alone.
I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life. I have since been diagnosed with PTSD due to the trauma of my past. What trauma do you ask? I grew up in the sheltered but fearsome home of a narcissistic mother. Finding my way out of that chaotic hell was a journey that I am grateful for today that I was too stubborn to give up on. I am away from my mother. In fact, I am 5,300 miles away from my mother and have not willingly s
poken to her in over three years. There are those that still tell me things like “she’s your mother” or “you only get one mother” but they are the same people who have no idea what life under the influence with a narcissist is like. After finding a multitude of support groups and pages on Facebook, I have discovered just how many have suffered in this same hell on earth that I did. It is wonderful to know that you aren’t crazy when you live in a world like that. It was something that showed me something was never wrong with me but wrong with my mother. It was relieving in a way to discover that though I had always been raised to believe I was the problem that I wasn’t.
I’ve been on a long journey of trying to find myself since walking away from my mother. I’ve learned about different things pertaining to what I had gone through. I’ve used it to help strengthen me. I’ve also written to release the feelings I had held inside for so long. There are so many of these poems that are rooted in living with a
narcissistic parent and the invisible scars it leaves behind. Why am I sharing this? I want people to know exactly where I’ve been so that maybe my writing just might help
them find their way out of a dark hole and into seeing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know how hard trying to live through this experience is first hand and I want to help others find their way to better days in their own lives. No one deserves to have live through that kind of pain.
I want Phoenix from the Ashes: Poetry from Personal Struggle, Rebirth, & Triumph to show my journey. I have separated it into three different sections naming them Fall to Darkness, Burning Day, and From the Ashes. These seventy-five poems let you see into my soul and my pain. I set it up to be metaphorical like that of a mythical phoenix to show that anyone can theoretically have a burning day and rise from the ashes someone reborn. Anyone has that power inside themselves and if there is anything I hope to come from my poetry it is that it helps lead others to that same discovery.
I’ve added a few resources on Narcissistic Mothers below. Phoenix from the Ashes: Poetry from Personal Struggle, Rebirth, & Triumph releases November 12, 2015 in Paperback and Kindle formats worldwide from KCL Publishing. For those of you out there struggling, please never hesitate to seek help and know you’re never alone.
Cover artwork and teaser designs by Le Fey Designs
Resources on Narcissistic Mothers
Don’t miss out on mine and Rayna’s latest blog post on The Passion of the Dragon Saga website: Love in Flames: News, Historical Visits, and Kindle Promo! There is lots of big news there! Love in Flames releases in Paperback and for Kindle in just six more weeks! Save the date, November 26! For those interested in Hardcover, it will be releasing on December 1!
I have not forgotten about my poetry! Poetry is my personal therapy and something that I value deeply in my life. Phoenix from the Ashes is out on November 12, just about four more weeks from now. I’ll have some nice previews out within the next week or two for everyone to enjoy. I’m working hard on choosing the right poems to be included in this collection. For you poetry lovers, it will not be my last one. I already have ideas for the title of my third one but nothing definite yet. Phoenix from the Ashes will be in the hands of my wonderful editor, Ashley, at the end of this week. I’m nervous and excited at the same time for this release. Each and every time I share my poetry with the world, I am sharing a piece of my heart and a piece of my soul. I am sharing pieces of me in the hopes that someone out there who is feeling trapped in their own darkness will see that they’re not alone and never will be.
For those of you looking to read my first poetry release, Behind the Mask, or the first novel
in The Passion of the Dragon Saga, Hearts on Fire, they will both be undergoing a FREE promotion on Amazon Kindle from October 30 – November 3!
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get both of these completely FREE!
There is a lot going on for me right now but it is all so exciting! More from Romania coming soon!
After a lot of thinking, I have decided to move my blog from tumblr to wordpress. I will be moving all of my main posts from tumblr to here very soon! I’ll also be completing my posting of the poems I wrote for NaPoWriMo. I enjoyed challenging myself to write with every single prompt that was given this year and completing them. I’m going to continue to challenge myself to do more things like this in the future as it benefits my writing and creative thoughts in so many ways.
Rayna Kingston and I launched a website for the book series we are writing together known as The Passion of the Dragon Saga today! Check it out! I’m currently writing on the third chapter of the second volume of the series to be titled Love in Flames: The Story of Vlad the Impaler and the Women He Loved. We have both enjoyed sharing Hearts on Fire: The Story of Vlad the Impaler and the Women He Loved with the world as the first volume of the series. The wonderful feedback and reviews we have received have made us absolutely giddy! This has been an incredible journey that we are just really getting started with. Hearts on Fire has been out for a little over two months now and we expect Love in Flames to release in early 2016. I’m very proud to say that I chased my dreams and do not regret for one second convincing my best friend to write this story. It is just too good to not share with the world. I know that we both cannot wait to see where else this takes us! If you happen to check out the website, you will for the first time see actual biographies for the three lead characters of Vlad, Erdenia, and Erzsébet.
Now for me it’s back to some music, which today is a Nightwish and Delain playlist in preparation for the concert on Wednesday that Rayna and I will be both be attending, and to write more on Love in Flames!