Aug 222011

As part of his book tour for The Gift of Illusion, I have author Richard Brown here today to talk about poetry.

The Rebirth is a collection of poetry I wrote about ten to fifteen years ago (has it really been that long?). I credit much of my ability (or lack thereof) to the thirty or so poems contained within this volume. I often say I cut my writing teeth penning these modern masterpieces and the hundreds of other lesser poems that didn’t make the book.

I wrote very little fiction back in those days. I didn’t even read much. It was writing and re-writing these poems that taught me a lot about language. What works and what doesn’t. How to properly put words together, and how to make them flow. How to create that almost musical quality that all aspiring writers aim to achieve. Am I there yet? No, but I think I will be in the not too distant future. I’ve got some big projects lined up for 2012—before the world ends.

Here’s a sample of one of the poems.

The Coming of the Day

In the calmest tide, where moonlight beams,
Its starlit smile of beauteous streams
Glisten and reside, arise—awaken
In thy lover the solemn sleeping bride!

The essence of the silent shore
Relaxing in the eyes no more
Is taken by the storms away
To breathe the coming of the day!

Prepare! Prepare!
For all the mystical magic of the fair
Broadening its wings of flight
With blues and greens of much delight;
Comfortable solely in its sight
To place me there without a care.
Beware! Beware!
Pestilence is lying there!

An off afar the horizon sits
On a tempered layered morning mist
Where the light will soon reclaim the sky.

Invite! Invite!
The sun to bring our slow demise!

If you would like a free copy of my poetry book, The Rebirth do this:

Step 1: Purchase The Gift of Illusion. It doesn’t matter where you buy it or in what form (ebook or print). If you have previously purchased the book, you are still eligible for the free deal.

Step 2: Go to and sign up for my mailing list on the right hand side. I promise I won’t spam your email, the mailing list is only used to announce the release of new books or special deals. You want more books, don’t you? Within 24 hours I will email you back with a random question about The Gift of Illusion. You won’t need to have actually read the book to answer the question, but you may need to have the book on hand.

Step 3: Email me back the correct answer to the question. There is no time limit. Take as long as you want. Also, tell me what form you want your free copy to take. It can be Kindle (mobi), Nook (epub), or PDF. If you prefer something else, ask and I may be able to oblige.

Step 4: Wait for me to send you your free copy of The Rebirth. Shouldn’t take long. That’s it. Enjoy. Thank you.

Thanks so much for sharing your poem, and for offering them free to readers.

About Richard:
He first began writing around the age of twelve, dreaming of being a songwriter or musician, and then moving on to poetry and the occasional short story. When he’s not banging his head on the keyboard trying to make sentences out of words, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, girlfriend, three dogs, watching mixed martial arts, singing karaoke, following politics, and of course dressing up for photo shoots whenever his other half tells him he must.

Connect with Richard: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

Want to win a copy of The Gift of Illusion?

I have one ebook copy of The Gift of Illusion to give to one lucky reader. To enter, simply leave a comment below. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Giveaway is open worldwide until midnight (EST) August 28, 2011.

Can’t wait? Buy the book: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

  6 Responses to “Guest Post: Richard Brown + Giveaway”

  1. Thanks for the chance to win. I would LOVE to read this.

    mary_reiss @

  2. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    The poem is quite heartbreakingly beautiful.

    advakramer at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks for the giveaway, book is really interesting!

  4. Sounds interesting! Count me in!


  5. This sounds really interesting! I'd love to read it!


  6. I love your giveaways! You always have the most interesting books and authors! I can't wait to read this!

    Thanks so much for hosting it!

    xx Emily


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