Monday, September 12, 2022

NBTM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Poetry from My Heart: A Journey through Feelings (A Willing Heart #1) by Paul Guerin

Welcome to my stop on the NBTM virtual tour for Poetry from My Heart: A Journey through Feelings by Paul Guerin. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book and a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Poetry from My Heart: A Journey through Feelings
Series: A Willing Heart #1
Author: Paul Guerin
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: March 18th 2022
Print Length: 238 pages
Genre: Inspirational Poetry
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Poetry: writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience, in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.

Poetry means different things to different people. For me, it is all about feelings. If it captures the emotions of the reader, a poem will resonate and fill the soul. It can mean everything to one person and not much at all to another. The mood of the reader and no-one else determines the outcome.

For example, love poems are wonderful when you are in love and their passion is amazing. If you are facing adversity, however, love poems likely will just annoy or even anger you.

In "Poetry from my Heart", I have attempted to divide the poems into categories which will fit your mood no matter what you are experiencing at the time you choose to explore them. There should be something for everyone, no matter whether you are in love, out of love, you hurt, you are lonely, angry, abandoned, or you are facing other challenges in your life.

Poetry has a healing power that nurtures the soul and quietens the mind, and so I hope that whatever your situation is in life, you will find something here that helps you safely on your journey.

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EXCERPT:
You awoke my world

I met you and you awoke my world
Suddenly the birds sang louder
And the music seemed more magical
Our souls touched and our hearts beat as one

We both know that this is not possible
We will pinch each other to see if it is real
We both know there are hurdles ahead
But just now we do not care

I promise you I will never control you
Promise me you will love me always
Let us promise each other forever friendship
Let’s become the best friends of our dreams

I promise you can be free with me
That I will always want you to fly on your own
I will always be here for you no matter what
I swear these promises to the God inside my soul

Time will pass and we will climb mountains
We are a team of simple, pure, amazing grace
The changes we have made in our lives are huge
Let’s move forward with the speed of mutual lightening

At times I feel afraid of the pace and the risks this change may bring
At times I simply want to be alone to figure the right path
At times I stagger, falling and getting back up
Always, I have been there for you without a word

When you need space, it is freely yours to have
I will never hold you when you need to be free
My soul will never smother your free spirit
I will always hold you when you need to be held
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a very young boy, I lived in a small Irish townland village called Castletownroche. The village was situated in the very beautiful and pastoral County Cork. I had an Irish uncle who played in a showband and who taught me to fish at age four. I wrote a poem about that. My mother was absent and I never knew my father. I wrote another poem about that. We lived in abject poverty. I survived by the grace and loving kindness of an old Irish grandmother sporting a black dress, black shawl and a wicked temper driving a razor-sharp tongue. I called her Nana.

Nana taught me to fear her retribution and used it to keep me safe and provide security that I could find nowhere else. Well into my teens, my inner world was cast in fear and I had no real sense of belonging or attachment to anyone or to anything. The inability to handle those feelings eventually led me to substance abuse. My journey along that road has generated much of the poetry of adversity, hope, and inspiration that you will find in this book. I truly hope that those poems in particular will salve the souls of those of you who are still trudging that happy road to destiny on your way back from hell.

Not surprisingly, I have had difficulty in maintaining healthy relationships throughout my life, and much of the love poetry is about those failures and many, many, sorry attempts to return to love. Those painful/happy experiences had a major influence on my writing.

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GUEST POST:
Inspired by my love of poetry
By Paul Guerin


There have been many “ups and downs” in my life that have inspired me to read and write poetry. I believe that all of these ups and downs [I call them “designer moments”], provided the catalyst needed to transform my thoughts and feelings into the poems included in my book Poetry from my Heart; A Journey through Feelings. The inspiration that got me here, is outlined briefly in the following paragraphs.

I believe my Irish roots are where my poetry came from and I honour those roots whenever I can!

As a very young boy I lived in a small townland village community in the Republic of Ireland. We were dirt poor and survived day by day on what little was available. But as bad as things were, there was a silver lining of Irish music and the lyrics were magic to my young ears. My uncle played an accordion in an Irish show band and there were ghost stories my Irish Nana told me to tweak my imagination. So, although we were poor, there was lots to stimulate my early childhood imagination. I have never forgotten those young Irish days and you will see them reflected in many of my poems!

In my senior years at school in England, I studied English Literature. I always liked poetry and I studied poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats & Shelley and William Shakespeare to name a few. My studies involved analyzing the meaning of the works and observing the writing styles. It was there that I learned the rhyming couplet style of writing which is used in much of my book.

At school in England, I was inspired by a great English Literature/Classics teacher whose favourite saying was: “There are three things in life that are very important young man – those three things are Keats, Cabbage and Athletics – if you remember those, you will go far”. My teacher’s name was J.A. Davidson [we called him “JAD”] and his comment has stuck with me throughout my adult years. It has come true in every respect, even down to the cabbage!

JAD was six feet eight inches tall, a very wiry imposing figure, was a great athlete and was an amazing English and Classics teacher. JAD’s other nickname was “Horace” named in honour of Horace Quintus Horatius Flaccus, the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.

Horace inspired in me, a love of literature, which eventually centered on poetry. Also, I am Irish and according to Oscar Wilde, we are the greatest talkers since the Greeks and we love the copious use of words.

On graduation, I took up Articles in London, England and became a Chartered Accountant. People often would say to me, how come you didn’t major in math – wouldn’t that have been more useful in your accounting profession? My answer always was maybe - maybe not. The truth is, I found my literary schooling more and more relevant to my work and as I grew in my chosen profession. I spent more and more time on report writing, reaping the benefits of my early literary education.

Over the years, I enjoyed reading poetry as well as many other literary classics and those practices helped me to expand my vocabulary and to gain a greater understanding of different writing skills. I dabbled here and there and wrote a few poems and short stories but did nothing with them at the time.

I started writing poetry in earnest when I first encountered adversity in my life. At that point in my journey, my emotions were on free-fall and I didn’t know why. I was fearful and had low self-esteem. All of these “designer experiences” propelled me not just to talk about my feelings but to write them down. I continued to write down my feelings over the years and as I continued to write, my inner poet emerged.

Making a decision to emerge from the literary closet was not easy. The fear was that my inner poet would not be taken seriously. But I proceeded in any event and published Poetry from my Heart; A Journey through Feelings.

Poetry has a healing power that nurtures the soul and quietens the mind. So whatever your situation is in life, there will be something in my book that will resonate for you. My poems are all about those designer moments and the feelings that flow from them! My hope is that by sharing them, I can help others better navigate the road to emotional freedom.

Thank you for inviting me to share and I hope you enjoy my book.

Warmly
Paul Guerin
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GIVEAWAY:
Paul Guerin will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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101 comments:

  1. What beverage do you like to keep on hand while writing?

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  2. I agree with you. Poetry is all about feelings for me too

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  3. This book sounds extremely interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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  5. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  6. What inspires you to write?

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  7. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  8. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your poetry collection

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  9. Thank you for this. Sounds so good.

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  10. What’s your favorite dessert?

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  11. This sounds like one that will keep me reading and interested.
    heather

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  12. The book sounds wonderful. I love poetry.

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  13. How do you handle writer's block, if you have it?

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  14. When did you start writing poetry?

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  15. I have to remind myself to do more reading in this genre. Most of my time reading is usually in and around the topic of history or non-fiction. However this year I've committed to reading a bit more in each genre an sub genre. Seems like a great author and book!

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  16. congrats on the tour hope all is going well

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  17. hope you are enjoying the fall weather

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  18. I hope you are having a good day.

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  19. Do you ever wake up in middle of night with new and wonderful ideas for your book(s) ?

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  20. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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  21. Do you like working with your editor?

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  22. 🔥🔥🔥

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  23. is there a time of the year that you tend to write more

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  24. Do you feel more inspired in the morning or the evening?

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  25. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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  26. Who is your favorite actor? Mine is Danny DeVito

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  27. What book to you like to re-read?

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  28. is there an author who inspires you

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  29. I have always enjoyed reading poetry. I am surprised when I hear people say they do not like poetry!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. What inspires you to write books?

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    1. Idk about the author but I sure am 😂

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  32. What’s your favorite restaurant?

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  33. is there a quiet place you go to, to write

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  34. I'm hearing crickets. Do you have crickets where you live?

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  35. do you write more in the fall or winter

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  36. I think that the cover of your book is unusual and attractive.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. Inspirational Poetry -I would like to give that a try.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  38. do you have a favorite author or book

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  39. I keep a stream of consciousness journal. It helps to put my feelings out there instead of holding on to them. It’s very cathartic. I’m sure writing poetry is the same way.

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  40. Do you keep writing notes on you phone?

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  41. Are you a fan of pumpkin spice?

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  42. What is your favorite genre of music?

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  43. Do you have a favorite time of day to do your writing?

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  44. another week gone by, happy writing

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  45. if you could meet a famous person who would it be

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  46. What is your favorite book that has been turned into a movie(s)?

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  47. great cover, good luck with the book

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  48. What's your favourite genre of books?

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  49. was it hard choosing the title for the book

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  50. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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  51. this sounds like a wonderful book

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  52. Do you find it hard to write on sunny days?

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  53. thanks again for this great giveaway

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  54. Have you ever been to a GLBT+ pride parade?

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  55. What's the worst weather you've ever been in?

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  56. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. I hope you have a productive week.

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  58. I haven't read poetry in a long time, would like to check yours out!

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  59. looks nice another nice week here, how is the weather where you live

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  60. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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  61. I love poetry so I really think I would like your book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. I have never read much poetry but this sounds wonderful.

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  63. have a wonderful week of writing

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  64. Thanks for the contest. Fingers crossed I win!

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