#RomancingSeptember Day 7 Love Aflame by Pamela Beckford @poetrybypamela

Welcome to Day 7 Of #RomancingSeptember

2015 cover

Our guest today is Pamela Beckford and her book of love poems called Love Aflame.

Love Aflame

Where is your home town?

I live in Northeast Indiana

How long have you been writing romance?

I started about 3 years ago writing poetry and it quickly became love poetry

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I like something with a good story, not just romance – I’m not much of an erotica reader though.

Love Aflame is a books of poems, how many are there?

First I use various poetic forms. It sounds like a short poem would be easier to write, but I find that restricting the number of syllables can force me to be very intentional with my words to get the desired effect. I do include a description of each poetic form for the readers though. There are 60 poems about love and unrequited love.

What inspires your poetry?

I have a muse and I get ideas from friends and their trials and their lives with their lovers

Tell us your favourite short poem from this collection and why?

His and Hers – I am pleased with the word choices and the way they compare and contrast between His and Hers.

Which long poem do readers like best from the book?

“If” is a poem that dreams of what could be – of what you are longing for.

Can you write us a short romantic poem about September?  

Here is a Tanka (5-7-5-7-7)

 September Spirits

 

Scorned and heartbroken

Tears burn canyons down my cheeks

September spirits

Dance ‘round the fire of desire

E’en though I know it’s in vain

 

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’m working on a new collection that I think will be titled Symphony of Love. Again, it will be a collection of short poems, many with a musical theme fitting into the love theme.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Pamela Beckford

I’m on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/poetrybypamela?ref=aymt_homepage_panel),

Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7862994.Pamela_Beckford)

and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Beckford/e/B00JJTDXSE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1439496801&sr=8-1).

or Amazon.co.uk

Plus I have a blog (https://poetrybypamela.wordpress.com)

To find out more about Pamela and all our guests go to Stephanie’s blog where she’ll be posting a second piece about Pamela later today http://stephanie-hurt.com/

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 21

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I an into my second year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

September 7th – Today it has been the turn of Victoria Steele on the Romancing September tour and her book As My Heart Beats – Beckoning, here is a link to her post http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5E7

I’ve been in to work this morning to catch up on lots of paperwork and to leave the place tidy for my colleague.

September 8th – Cecily Gates promotes her book An Imaginary House by the Sea in todays Romancing September tour. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Fw

School is back and my Monday helping out at school starts again.

September 9th – It’s Debbie Peterson’s turn today with her book Spirit of the Knight. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Bq

Dropped of a birthday present to my God Daughter and picked up litter on the way home.

September 10th – June Kearns joins us on the Romancing September tour with her brilliant book The 20’s Girl, the ghost and All That Jazz. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5DA

I’m reading How I changed my Life by Shelley Wilson, this is my September treat read that I recently bought, I always like to give myself a treat after the summer holidays and the rush and stress of the return to school. Shelley tells us about Emotional Freedom tapping, a way to relieve stress particularly, here is a link to a website with a very useful video on tapping. http://eft.mercola.com/

Walked to town to do my shopping it was such a lovely day I detoured through three parks and picked up litter along the way.

September 11th – Today we have some poetry on the Romancing September tour, Pamela Beckford chats about her book Love – Lost and Found. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5xv

Took two big bags full of books to the charity shop and found that several local book shops are having a sale. Who can resist?

September 12th – Adrienne Vaughan talks about her book The Hollow heart in today’s Romancing September. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Aw

Went back to the book shops, books at 50p were calling to me, staggered out with another 14 books, had the sales assistant helping me out taking books to the till so that I could browse some more. The sale goes on for another 2 weeks, so I intend going back for more. Visited the local country market and bought chutney and a cake.

September 13th – It’s Della Connor’s day today as she tells us more about Spirit Warriors: The Concealing in Romancing September. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5xH

Had a walk out this evening and picked up more litter. Have invited author Shelley Wilson to write a series of posts for October about changing your life for the better.

 

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 11

Romance September 2014 cover (1)

Welcome to Day 11 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Pamela Beckford. Catch up with more from Pamela in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

Love Lost and Found Bookcover

 

1. Where is your home town?
I was born and raised in a small town in northeast Indiana. I’m still here but dream of going somewhere much warmer someday.
 
2. How long have you been writing romance?
I’ve only been writing poetry for about 14 months. I have tried other types of poetry, but always find my way back to poems centered around love.
 
3. What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
I don’t really have an answer for this.
 
4. How many poems are in your book?
There are over 90 poems in this collection. They represent over a dozen different poetry forms.
 
5. What poetry styles have you used?  
While I do some free style poems and a smattering of rhyming poems, I really like all the different poetry forms that have been created. I love how it makes me chooses just the perfect word to express the emotion I am trying to convey because I’m limited by just a few syllables. I really like the tanka, dodoitsu, acrostic, oddquain, cinquain, triquain and so many more. I have put a glossary of the poetry forms in the book at the back for the reader’s convenience. Plus, I do label each poem so the reader knows which form it is.
 
6. Will we need a box of tissues to read your book?
Probably not. But I do hear a lot that you may need to take a cold shower or fan yourself after reading them.
 
7. Your book had a gorgeous cover, who designed it?
Thank you. I had the concept in my head, but didn’t have the technical capability of creating what my mind’s eye was seeing. I called upon a friend to photoshop a few images together and then the graphic designer I use in my day job pulled the rest of the cover together. I think she did a fabulous job and I’m really pleased with the cover.
 
8. Tell us about your other book of love poems
Dreams of Love was my first attempt at self-publishing. It was a smaller collection (just about 30 poems) and I have learned so much since then. The poems contained within its covers are filled with angst and unrequited love, but also a love that transcends life. The first book has garnered some awesome reviews and I’m proud of my first book.
 
9. Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
I‘m always writing it seems. I find phrases and words that I write down because they speak to me. Later I go back and think about how to create something from a phrase. I post a new poem many days on my blog, but always have more that I hold back for a new book. I’m not exactly sure of the direction of this new collection yet, but I will decide on that in the next few weeks. I’m hoping to publish my next book before Valentine’s Day 2015.
 
10. Where can readers find out more about you?
Pamela Beckford

Dreams of Love by Pamela Beckford

dreamsoflovecover

Description: Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul. It can be therapeutic and healing. It can bring out all the best or the worst in life. Her poetry comes from the heart, not the head. It is an outpouring of emotion and she exposes it to reader in the pages.

Various poetry forms are explored: free verse, tanka (5-7-5-7-7), doidotsu (7-7-7-5) and etheree (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10).

Dreams of Love

Dreams of you and me
Together in ev’ry way
Your lips pressed to mine
Assuring me of your love
Dreams of love eternally

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pamelaPamela began writing poetry in just the last year. She is a nonprofit executive by day and spends her hours trying to be sure that everyone has a chance for a good life. Pamela is passionate about her job and it spills over into her writing. Dreams of Love is her debut poetry collection. Pamela feels that poetry can be very personal but invites you into her soul as you read her poems.

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