E is for Echoes + Effigy + Endless

E - 2016Welcome to the annual A to Z Challenge.

My theme: showcasing bloggers books, novellas, short story collections, poetry collections and some non-fiction books. The letters of the alphabet will correspond with the book title. I’ll be posting a link to my review of each book. I also have two questions for the author, just to spice things up a little.

Hopefully, visitors to my blog will be able to increase their reading lists and also get ideas for their wish lists.

Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry And Verse by Dean Miller. Read my review HERE.

Echoes - reflections through poetry and verse


Genre/Category: Poetry/verse.

The book character you want to have coffee with is: Donald Shimoda from the book “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” by Richard Bach.

What would you name the autobiography of your life? “Catching the Big One: Finding Confidence in a River of Fear & Uncertainty”.



Effigy: The Coileáin Chronicles Book 1 by M.J Fifield. Read my review HERE.



Genre/Category: High fantasy.

The book character you want to have coffee with is: Meg Powers. (She’s the main character of Ellen Emerson White’s President’s Daughter series. I’ve loved Meg since I was 12 years old.)

What would you name the autobiography of your life?  Sister Sarcasm.


HERE’S A BONUS. I’m also showcasing the cover for Endless by Misha Gerrick. The book will be out on 30 April but is available for pre-order.

Endless for WebFirst, do no harm.” Blake Ryan swore that oath to become a doctor. Ironic, given that he spent most of his thousand year life sucking souls out of other immortals.

Things are different now. Using regular shots of morphine to keep his inner monster at bay, Ryan has led a quiet life since the Second World War. His thrills now come from saving lives, not taking them.

Until a plane crash brings Aleria into his hospital. Her life is vibrant. Crack to predators like him. She’s the exact sort of person they would hunt, and thanks to a severe case of amnesia, she’s all but defenseless.

Leaving Aleria vulnerable isn’t an option, but protecting her means unleashing his own inner monster. Which is a problem, because his inner monster wants her dead most of all.

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One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry And Verse (USA only) or an e-book (international). The second lucky winner will receive an e-book of Effigy. Please leave an e-mail address after your comment by Thursday 07th April, if you wish to be entered in the giveaway. Winners will be announced on Friday 08th April.

Do you read or write poetry? Can you recommend a good poetry collection? Do you read or write high fantasy? I think the most challenging aspect of writing fantasy is the world-building. Do you agree? The books above all have a one-word title. If you had to choose one word as the title of your autobiography, what would it be?


  1. Sarah Allan on April 5, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I’m afraid I haven’t read much poetry, though I do enjoy the fun kind (like written by Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss). I do love reading fantasy as well–Tamora Pierce is a favorite.

  2. Misha on April 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing my book today!

    I write epic fantasy and I think the hardest part for me is keeping all story strings in hand. (My series only has like a million of them to keep track of. ;-))

  3. Murees on April 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Great books here. I definitely think world-building is tough, but its also very exciting. I used to read poetry, but I have been reading more fiction lately. Good-luck with the rest of your A-Z posts.

  4. Yvonne Ventresca on April 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Love the Echoes cover! I’m not sure about a one word autobiography title. Maybe Resilience.

    Yvonne V

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 5, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I know all of those authors! I do read fantasy and need to dive into MJ’s book next.

  6. Dean Miller on April 6, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Greetings Michelle and thanks for including my poetry book on your A-Z challenge post today! A one word title for my memoir: Metamorphosis.

  7. Yolanda Renee on April 6, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Love your posts, and all the great answers. One word title – Reject!
    I agree world building is the hardest and yet the most fun! I love poetry, I find it to be the most honest form of expression. I try my hand at it but I’m a dabbler. Nila is the expert. I never tire of reading her work!

    • Nilanjana Bose on April 6, 2016 at 5:59 am

      Just noticed! Told ya, Clueless. Totally blown away! Thank you!!!

  8. Nilanjana Bose on April 6, 2016 at 5:54 am

    One word title – Clueless!

    I would totally love to win Echoes!! How do I load the dice?? 🙂



  9. Tasha Duncan-Drake on April 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I love high fantasy – it is one of my go to genres whenever I look to pick up a book. The cover for Effigy is utterly beautiful. World building is definitely one of the major tasks of high fantasy – without the right setting it doesn’t matter how good your characters are, they will be missing something. I’m not sure it’s the hardest part, but possibly the most time consuming.
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  10. J.H. Moncrieff on April 6, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I don’t know MJ yet, but Dean and Misha are wonderful.

    Dean sent me two haikus about muay thai, my martial art. I was very touched. It’s so rare to get something in the mail these days that isn’t a bill! (Or a flyer.)

  11. Donna McDine on April 6, 2016 at 10:08 am

    The book covers themselves are intriguing. Thanks for bringing these authors and their books to my attention! My To Read list is getting longer!

  12. M.J. Fifield on April 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for including me in this group today! It’s much appreciated!

  13. Christine Rains on April 6, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I know all these authors! I’ve read Effigy and loved it!

  14. Susan Gourley on April 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I read and write high fantasy but poetry is beyond my talents. I do have lots on my shelves and read it.

    Susan Says

  15. Alyssa on April 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, these books seem pretty great. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to the rest of your blogs. Got a feeling my reading list is going to sky rocket. XD

  16. Kathleen Valentine on April 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Gosh, more intriguing offerings. So many books, so little time.

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  17. Anne on April 6, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    More tempting tempting books. I couldn’t find that one from yesterday (Delirium) at the library but I’m evidently still thinking about it. I agree world-building is the hardest part of fantasy novels. Epic fantasy is my main project at the moment and I have in addition to a huge novel that keeps growing pages and pages of backstory and info so I have it all down and am consistent even if I never use it. I love Tolkien-style high fantasy but it’s so all-consuming. Endless looks the most interesting today though. Peace!

  18. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor on April 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    For some reason, I never really got into poetry. Although, there have are a few A to Z bloggers who are using poetry which is making me think I should explore it a bit more.

    By the way, the cover for Endless is really striking.

    As always, would love to be a winner – thecynicalsailor (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Fran on April 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I like M J Fifield’s Autobiography title!
    Writing Women’s Fiction

  20. C. Lee McKenzie on April 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I enjoy some poetry and have a lot of collections. Right now I’m into Haiku and enjoying dHaiku Mind by Donegan.

    My bio title would include Stubborn.

  21. Ryan Carty on April 6, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    MMMM Poetry. I do love me some poets and poetry. I’ll check that out.

  22. Joy on April 6, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Good questions!! I haven’t read much fantasy since studying the Inklings (Lewis, Tolkein, Sayers, etc) in school but maybe I should start again 😀 If I had to title my autobiography with one word I think it would be — Free. What a great set of questions!

    Joy @ the Joyous Living: E is for Enough (2002)

  23. Amy Morris-Jones on April 6, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    It’s funny that you were highlighting the cover of Endless because when I opened the page, my eye went right to that cover. I think it’s something about the colors in the background that drew me in. I find cover design such an interesting challenge.

  24. J.L. Campbell on April 6, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    So many books, so little time!
    Kudos to Misha on her new book.

  25. Rachna Chhabria on April 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Though I don’t write poetry, I like reading it. Echoes, Effigy and Endless, all look wonderful. The 3 titles and their amazing covers are awesome. I love reading and writing fantasy. I would love the Ebook copy of either of the two books.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

  26. Leslie S. Rose on April 9, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I’m amazed at the innovative world building in fantasy novels. If only I could visit the fictional lands in the stories. Sigh. My autobiography title: Really?

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