Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit

Thank you to pk_adams.com for allowing me to guest on her blog to “talk” about my journey to and through the writing of Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit.

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Guest blog by DM Denton

Without the Veil BetweenIn the mid-1990s, while organizing bookshelves, I happened upon my miniature copy of Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë’s debut novel. Flipping through it I stopped at Chapter 24, The Sands, set in Scarborough on the north-east Yorkshire coast. I was reminded of my visit there in March 1974, which took me up to the town’s medieval castle and into the yard of St. Mary’s church where Anne was buried. I was intrigued to find her interred apart from her family, away from Haworth village and the beautifully brutish moors of West Yorkshire that she and her sisters were associated with.

Even when all I had to go on was a hunch, I recognized Anne as something of a rebel—not in defiance but for discovery. My curiosity is always piqued more by the neglected than the celebrated, so I wanted to explore the connection I felt with…

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New Release! Miami Morning

Fellow All Things That Matter Press author Mary Clark’s contemporary literary fiction Miami Morning has just been released! It is currently available in paperback on amazon and will very soon be on Kindle and Nook. I had the privilege of reading this excellent novel pre-publication. Here’s a sample of my review and a link to it in its entirety.
5 Stars: A Beautifully Written Journey of Growth and Faith
As I read deeper into Mary Clark’s new novel, Leila: Miami Morning, I began to have the sense of following a pilgrimage, a journey of growth and faith. Out of the “levels to her life” as a teacher, community activist and friend, Leila emerges smart, cultured, amiable, supportive, and sometimes self-depreciating, a forty-something woman who engages her senses as she perceives her surroundings like an artist and doesn’t shy away from challenges. She has a need for place and purpose, whether she is in Miami teaching Social Studies, helping to beautify and maintain a playground, and making sure a bright student losing his hearing doesn’t fall by the wayside; or on a year’s sabbatical in South Africa as part of a team setting up clinics in small villages and working to diminish the marginalization of the disabled.
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MMAdSampleSmall (2)Miami Morning, contemporary literary fiction, by Mary Clark, All Things That Matter Press

Forty-something Leila Payson loves her job as a high school social sciences teacher, and adventures with a diverse group of friends. But when she discovers one of her students is going deaf, she propels herself onto a learning curve of her own. And while she juggles work, family, and her friends’ adventures, an attractive man keeps appearing at her favorite places. 

There’s magic in Miami, and Leila Payson is reveling in it. Come along for the ride as she meets her challenges with thoughtfulness, courage, a dash of philosophy, and a splash of humor, too. 

Available in paperback now! Kindle and Nook coming soon!

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Out Now: Dancing in the Rain

I invite you to savor the beautiful poetry and spirit of Christine Moran and make a contribution to the MS Trust (dedicated to making life better for people living with multiple sclerosis by providing free information to everyone affected by MS and by supporting the health professionals who work with multiple sclerosis).

It was my pleasure and honor to participate in this exquisite collection of poems by doing the artwork for the cover and writing the introduction.

Dancing in the Rain was published to perfection by Bennison Books and is available in paperback from Amazon.com and Amazon UK. The author’s profits will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

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Chris Moran found poetry and poetry found her. She recovered from alcoholism only to be faced with a long-delayed diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, experiences documented in her first volume of poetry with honesty, humility and humour.

She doesn’t deny the sadnesses in life, and acknowledges with a clear eye the despair that can sometimes take us unawares, but she is always pulled towards joy, and gently takes the reader with her. 

She is also a bold experimenter, and here we find a sonnet about bees, a villanelle about approaching spring (the poet’s favourite time of  year), and haiku about her unborn grandchildren:

Tiny seed planted
germination soon in place
fruit of the autumn.

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Publication – Dancing in the Rain

I am so grateful to Christine Moran for inviting me to take part in her journey to the upcoming publication of her poetry anthology, Dancing in the Rain. Watch this space for its release – all profits from sales will go to The Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

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This post is to let you all know that my  book Dancing in the Rain, published by Bennison Books will be available shortly. The image which I am sharing here today will appear on the cover and has been created by my dear friend Diane Denton, artist, poet and author of a truly lovely historical novel. ‘A House Near Luccoli‘. She has also written a sequel called ‘To a Strange Somewhere Fled’ which will be published soon by All Things That Matter Press. I can highly recommend the first one and am very excited about the sequel. Thank you so much Diane!

I would like to thank all of you who have followed my poetry journey so far, from its very unsure beginnings in 2011. Every single one of you who has taken the time to visit my blog and comment has had an input in this book, because…

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Book Review: A House Near Luccoli

Thank you, Laurel, for this lovely, honest review:

Laurel's Reflections

A House Near Luccoli: A Novel of Musical Intimacy & Intrigue in 17th Century Genoa by DM Denton (All Things That Matter Press, 2012)

I have a deep appreciation for things that appeal to my sense of beauty.  While I enjoy many novels for a multitude of varying reasons, from their excellent characterisation to their capacity to make me see the world in new ways, teach me new things or simply engage my rapt attention, there are only a few that have captured me with their lyricism and beauty. The historic novel ‘A House Near Luccoli’ by DM Denton flows with a rhythm and melody that took me some time to adjust to – her sophisticated style took a little time to attune to, and I initially found myself re-reading paragraphs to ensure I was completely clear on what was happening. However, once I let go of my structured…

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A Pleasing terror

I want to pass on the word about this new publication, which is already on my kindle! You can only expect the best from Bennison Books, which specializes in quality ebooks editions of:
Contemporary Classics – Selected works by contemporary writers
Non-Fiction – Useful and interesting works of non-fiction
People’s Classics – Handpicked golden oldies by favourite and forgotten authors
Bennison Books’ motto is ‘Every good book is a blessing.’ And, so, you will be very blessed if you check out “Ghost Writings” and more by this first-class publisher.