I’m honored to be included in two AMAZING anthologies released this past week:
Raw & Unfiltered by Feminine Collective (created by Julie Anderson and Marla Carlton, foreword by former supermodel Rachel Hunter). This anthology includes incredible writing by Gravity Imprint authors Kelly Wilson, Jackie Cioffa, C Streetlights, and fellow author friends Hasty Dawn Words and Nicole Lyons. Their words…they leave me breathless.
PLUS: For the launch of this book, Feminine Collective has partnered with Women’s Center of LA. Now through March 31, 2016, Feminine Collective will donate 50% of the net proceeds from the book sales to Women’s Center of Los Angeles (WCLA). WCLA is a community of dedicated women with the shared goal of guiding, educating and supporting women and girls to attain the knowledge, confidence and courage for a life of personal success. On January 28, 2016, Feminine Collective will host a book launch party and fundraiser for WCLA in Los Angeles, open to the press.
Embraceable: Empowering Facts and True Stories About Women’s Sexuality by August McLaughlin (creator of the dynamic Girl Boner radio show and blog). August is an amazing talent and one of the strongest, most vocal supporters of women’s sexuality I’ve ever met. She’s fearless, brave, and honest. And really, really nice. This collection is just, wow.
Purchase both anthologies on Amazon now! Support female writers, female initiatives, and the wealth of experiences women bring to this world. Plus, regardless of gender, these books are full of some of the most talented writers I’ve ever read, and I’m still pinching myself that I’m even involved.
I always say #WriteWhatScareYou, so I went there with my writing for both pieces. Here’s a snippet from one of my pieces in Raw & Unfiltered, titled Fools:
“It bothered him I had secrets he knew about, and even more he didn’t.
He wasn’t the one, after all those many years, I felt like giving my secrets virginity to, scorching his ego more than how I secretly laughed at, and loathed, his thirty-second erections.
I am the fool, because I stay. It is enough.
Treating me that way, the only way he knows but doesn’t see, twisting his thorny truths to fit flat in his palm of lies.
I am the fool because he stays. He is enough.
No, I don’t want to listen anymore! I can’t hear what will happen, what might change, meaningless letters dripping from his tongue, digging into my skin. Decades of faith lost inside my bones, I gasp at the sharp, messy realization of my mistake.
I loved him. Something so simple becomes so terribly complicated. I believed in him, and then I didn’t. Left to right, right to left, up and down, down and up, marching marching marching through endless days. Opposites attract until they collide and atoms smash, leaving behind an explosive mess of ashes and pain.
But we didn’t explode. It was more a quiet implosive retreat, patiently gathering my forces and wits, strategically placing every moment on my hidden board of fools, waiting, biding, holding each breath, pushing down every bitter verbal volley until I could finally, finally say it: leave.”
Visit Feminine Collective to read the entire piece. Both books make excellent Christmas presents for both the women and men in your life. So…go!
Thank you, as always, for supporting my work. Broken Pieces continues to hit the #1 Women’s Poetry spot on Amazon and Top 5 spot on Women Authors, which is amazing to me. I cannot thank my readers enough for spreading the word and your kind shares and reviews. Broken Places is winning awards and continues to stay in the Top 5 spot on Women’s Poetry and Women Authors on Amazon as well.
Please visit the Gravity Imprint website (which I direct for Booktrope) for more incredible stories from talented authors about trauma and recovery. I handpicked each story. I think you’ll be amazed.
Drew Sheldon saysDecember 19, 2015 at 7:38 pm
I’m dying to read both these books, and I’m already behind on my other reading. Worse yet, you turned me on to “Girl Boner Radio”. What are you doing to me, Rachel?
Rachel Thompson saysDecember 31, 2015 at 11:54 pm
I promise, you will LOVE these books, Drew! The writing is just amazing. I’m so honored to be a part of both projects.