Life has been pretty overwhelming of late, so much so that I havenâ€™t had time to announce some pretty exciting news.
My new chapbook of prose poetry â€” Twelve: Poems Inspired by the Brotherâ€™s Grimm Fairy Tale â€”Â is available for preorder at Amazon,Â Barnes & Noble, andÂ Indiebound.
TwelveÂ is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale â€œThe Twelve Dancing Princesses.â€ Bewitching and beguiling, this short series of linked poems takes the reader to the underrealm and back, following the stories of twelve princesses and their life after the magic shoes.
â€œAndrea Blytheâ€™s collection of the retold (and often feminist) Brothers Grimm fairytale, â€˜The Twelve Dancing Princesses,â€™ is a breath of air at the bottom of the ocean. Itâ€™s not only fresh, but itâ€™s so different and unique that it deserves multiple reads. One of my favorite lines in the book is also something we should all ask ourselves, â€˜Do you mean it?â€™â€
â€” Joanna C. Valente
Honestly, itâ€™s been a delight working with Interstellar Flight Press to bring this chapbook into being. From the editing process to the cover design to the layout, this has been a wonder collaborative process, resulting in a book that Iâ€™m incredibly proud of writing.
Twelve is scheduled to launch this September (assuming all goes well, considering the current world situation).
Preorder and Get Swag
If obtaining a copy of my shiny new book is not enough of an incentive by itself, Interstellar Flight Press is offering swag to the first 50 people who preorder. The swag bag includes gorgeous red-edged, hand-numbered broadside with lines from from the book, as well as stickers and various surprise items.
However, if you canâ€™t afford to purchase the book, I totally understand. Times are tough right now, after all.
Buying a book is not the only way support authors. So, here are a few other ways that you can help out:.
- Shout Out the Book â€“ Tell your friends about it, share it on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever. Word of mouth is major ways that people find new books.
- Request the Book at Your Local Library and/or Bookstore â€“Â Asking for the book at a local store lets them know that there is interest in the book. As a result, theyâ€™re more likely to stock it on their shelves. Same with libraries.
- After Youâ€™ve Read the Book, Leave a Review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Elsewhere â€“ As with all of these suggestions, leaving an honest review out there in the world helps spread the word about books.
Thank you so much for being a part of my community, for reading this blog, and for providing what support you can along the way.
May you continue to survive and thrive