Today marks the first day of my book being LIVE!
Stranger Paths, The Magic in The Madness Poetry Collection Paper back can now be ordered on Amazon ! I am beyond excited!!!
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I designed the cover using Photoshop and a photograph I had taken on a beautiful foggy winter day. Used KDP to self publish and here we are!
If you have any questions about self publishing, do not hesitate to ask!
This book is 10 years in the making, maybe longer.
Starting from the Iraq war and my childhood, to moving to America and living the best life I could.
It is a spiritual journey about war, hope, and inspiration.
Reviews so far describe it as:
To list a few
I am overwhelmed with community support and so grateful to be a part of this world.
A world where an Iraqi woman can have a voice. This is so much bigger than a book being published!
Stranger Paths, The Magic in The Madness Poetry Collection is now available on Amazon
This book contains three chapters, each starts with a short story about the author.
R.J. Zarkani, was born in Iraq and lived through the Iraq war which influenced her writing in unexpected ways. This book brings a unique perspective of the war from a child’s point of view. You can witness what she had witnessed and stand where she stood. Watching the bombs as she now watches fire works on 4th of July and you can know that you are safe.
I made a video to briefly describe my book for those more visually inclined.
My book can be found on Amazon in the link below
I met a soldier back in Iraq
That let me hold his gun
He had named Darlene
I was barely fifteen
But he trusted me then
In a war zone when
A mistake could mean a life
I think God made poetry by keeping us alive
Time is slipping away
And I hoped you would stay
But I’ll be slipping too
I wished you well
I wished you good
I’ve done all I know I could
Is my enemy and time is my friend
I wished I could see it till the end
But time is slipping away
And I will be slipping too
War took a different shape
One that was not so familiar
But they thought that my war was more valid
One that had actual bombing, shooting and destruction
But I see the validity in their pain
We’re all the same
Lack of inspiration
Are all battles we fight
None more significant than another
To those experiencing them
All teach us what we need
All point us to peace
To the pursuit of happiness
Would your finger wish your hand harm?
Would your finger wish your arm harm?
Well-being is a choice
One that helps the body rejoice
For its master
Would you, a small part of this universe
On your larger self
No not at all
Well being comes from well wishing
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the one and only Ruth Anne Garcia !
She’s a wonderful book reviewer, beta reader, interviewer, mother, student, wife and best of all friend.
Please feel free to click HERE to be linked to the interview on her website
Here’s a snippet of the interview: