Saturday, January 11, 2020
The New Year of 2020 has started off with a bang for me! On New Year's Eve, a bundle of author's copies of my latest book, Love's Compass, arrived on my doorstep! It's from Kung Fu Treachery Press, an imprint of Spartan Press. It's an act of love in itself, and many thanks are due to Jason Ryberg and his team for all their hard work.
Small presses are indeed multiple acts of love, and I definitely had the easier part in this. All I did was write the poems, and that happens whether or not they find homes beyond my file cabinet. Jason and his gang did an excellent job of editing, layout and design, and I couldn't be more pleased with the result.
I feel like the potential sappiness of the title is mitigated by the stark cover, which is based on a photo I provided, one of those old flip phone creations with the a Stone Age filter applied. The poems do deal with love, both romantic and pedantic. It's a mixed bag, but I think I'm safe in saying most of my work deals with love of one kind or another. The romance enclosed here isn't linear, nor is it entirely satisfactory. Just like in life.
I have a very few copies left onhand (they are selling amazingly fast!), but for once, I can refer interested parties to both Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Compass-Cheryl-Rice/dp/1950380769/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Love%27s+Compass&qid=1578756419&sr=8-3), at present without cover art, and Barnes & Noble (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/loves-compass-cheryl-a-rice/1135682036?ean=9781950380763), divine justice there in that I was employed by the chain several lifetimes ago.
Feel free to review on either site, although a major goal of mine this year (I hesitate to use the work "resolution") is to backtrack and review online all the books of my friends and acquaintances that I've read and enjoyed but neglected to promote adequately. So, if your one of those folks, no pressure at least until I've made good on that.