moonShine review DEADLINE NOW SEPTEMBER 30th! | moonShine review

Hi moonShine fans! Good news if you have that story still tucked away and ready to send somewhere. We’re extending our submissions deadline for our fall/winter issue to September 30th. That gives you an extra MONTH to pull together those creative prose pieces you are dying to share!
We haven’t received the number of submissions we usually do, and we understand why, especially if your 2015 has been as action-packed and overwhelming as ours so far. We want all of you to have this extra time to submit your quality work.
Please check out our submission guidelines at http://www.moonshinereview.com for recent updates, and submit your work via email to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.
As always, we appreciate your participation and hope to receive your work soon.
Best and keep on writing!
Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

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New Poetry Collection by Anne Kaylor

Unwilling to Laugh Alone - COVER for webBetween my duties as publisher of moonShine review and my editing and design work, it’s no small miracle when I find time to write. So, I am delighted to relay that my new poetry collection, Unwilling to Laugh Alone, is finally finished. Now I need YOU to make it a success! This book offers something for everyone—to entice you further, I’ve included sample poems below and you can check out my
bio, reviews of the book, and other poems on my publisher’s website.

Thanks to Main Street Rag Publishing Company, Unwilling to Laugh Alone will be released November 2015, just shy of my 50th birthday. It will sell for $14 cover price. BUT you can pre-order now for just $7.50 (plus tax & shipping) by following this link to the MSR Online Bookstore: http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product/unwilling-to-laugh-alone/.

If that link doesn’t work, please visit http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore and click on the “Coming Soon” tab. Scroll down to find my book listing.

Alternately, Main Street Rag does take checks. The price is a flat rate of $12.50 per book regardless of quantity, which includes shipping and sales tax. Let me know if you want me to email you the mail-in order form to pay by check.

Please remember your advance order gives you this fantastic discount, but you’ll have to wait to receive the book in November—just IN TIME for my 50th. So, order now!

Thank you all,
Anne Kaylor

SAMPLE POEMS FROM Unwilling to Laugh Alone:

Rest

Just above my right ear—
where the trunk of this gnarled oak
branches out and my hammock ties off—
there’s a hollowed crook.

Filled with last night’s rain,
this rotting niche sprouts mushrooms,
gathers leaves, hosts a wily woodpecker
who shares its bath.

Notches carved into bark
mark my growth in youth,
but I regret these wounds
as age bends me, too.

I sway to the same wind
that pushes darkened limbs
and wonder if we’re kindred now,
each reaching for our last rest.

The oak turns to winter and, I fear,
the sleep from which it won’t rouse—
the crook is a thief silently stealing
my old friend’s time.

———————————————–
Bright Sky, Cole Night
   ~ For Charles Urrey, 1954–2014

His battered hands are bruised yet
never beaten. Kneading with need,
he molds honey-laced love, even as
his broken body grows too fragile
to touch.

Yet nothing—not even hours
preparing the gear nor single-digit
degrees—surpasses his desire to stargaze
tonight as the clouds part to reveal
constellations.

By motorized chair, his fingers navigate
him in this rural setting where clarity of sky
matches a crystal mind. He begs to be lifted,
to gaze at his dark heaven, but his frame
betrays him.

His cognizance is caged by tongue;
sagging, his view clings to earth.
But inside, his own unforgettable jazz
blares a timbre acclaiming life and he sheds
death’s tainting touch

for one more day, his Stetson
firmly in place as we break bread,
heedless of the odds.

———————————————–
Without Ends

Without gets such a bad rap. We torture
the poor word with connotations—to be
without anything is to miss out on something,
to lose an opportunity. But what about being
   without warts
      consequences
           pain
                sin?

End is not much luckier. Though a solid word,
it’s not very pretty, easy to say but hard to do,
always telling us when something is over—
   the end of a movie
      or a good book
           a bottle of wine
                or the rest of life.

Yet happily ever afters come after
the end, and Jesus just wanted to end
our suffering. Funny how we attach
such meaning to so little, just two
small words make all our difference.

These words come together as if forced
by our gravity, drawn close by our need
to change the final chapter. But, with both,
we find we don’t have to finish anything—
    not our broccoli
      or homework
           not the race
                 or last piece of pie

And certainly—not ever—our love.

Burning Time NOW READY FOR ORDER!

BT-Cover-front only-WEB RESBurning Time
Author: Bob Strother
ISBN: 978-0-9743410-8-8
Cover Price: $23.95
Published by MOONSHINE PRESS,  Mount Holly, NC

Internet SPECIAL Discount: Only $20.00
(plus tax & shipping)

This OFFER is good through
August 31st, 
SO ORDER NOW!

About the Book…

Louise Schmidt would sacrifice almost anything to protect and provide for her family—even her innocence…

Set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the early 1900s, Burning Time epically portrays the life of Louise Schmidt, from early childhood to adulthood, as Louise, her mother, and younger brother fight to survive the abuse of Louise’s father, Will.

The largess of Will’s parents initially provides refuge from her father’s drunken exploits, but Louise learns too young that nothing lasts forever. Though previously ostracized from the family, the prodigal son returns at the behest of his ailing father, and brings along a new wife, Maude, who fans the flames of Will’s inherent avarice and disregard for his former wife and children.

At fifteen, Louise is forced from the only home she’s ever known and into marriage with a man ten years her senior.  Even as Louise comes to terms with her life and assumes the role of family matriarch, she still must face the consequences of her actions—including a death sentence for murder…

What Others Are Saying…

One part Southern Gothic, one part crime novel, one part coming-of-age story, Burning Time is a compelling read I couldn’t put down. It’s beautifully delivered in Strother’s clear, concise prose and authentic Southern voice.

—Susan M. Boyer, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Liz Talbot Mystery Series

A page-turner of historical fiction! Strother is a class act whose prose does not disappoint. He has mastered the art of rooting the reader in the time period and then supported that with a great coming of age tale.

—David Burnsworth, Author of the Brack Pelton Mystery Series

How to Order Your Copy Today…

Click on the cover link here to order your copy of Burning Time through Paypal (tax and shipping automatically calculated).

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OR, for multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshine.press@carolina.rr.com.

Thanks for your support!

Anne Kaylor
Publisher, MOONSHINE PRESS

 

moonShine review: latest issue available now!

moonShine review volume 11, issue 1MOONSHINE REVIEW,
Volume 11, Issue 1 –
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Our lives are filled with stress, with conflict, with trials small and large that suffocate happiness and breathe anxiety. The weight of the world takes its toll on us all. Still, I’ve discovered so many who rise every day and find—or, at least, are determined to find—a means to let it go and start again.

The stories herein cover the gambit of how tension plays a part in life—from sexual angst to emotional uproar, from physical peril to mental mishap. And it highlights how we release such tension—through humor or hope, anger or apathy. Some characters are subtle in their escape; others travel to the surreal. They all either find freedom or flounder in their own faults.

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!  Just $8.00 plus tax and shipping…

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OR, for single or multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.

Special Thanks to the following contributors:

Featured Photographer: Jeanne Julian

Featured Writers: Cheryl Boyer, Beverly Marcotte Carter, Julie Ann Cook, Holly Day, Claire Iannini, David M. Jordan, Gary V. Powell, Lisa Rubenson, Frank Scozzari, Bob Strother, Peggy Wolf, Nancy Young

Please visit our submission guidelines on this site before submitting for future issues.

Thank you all for making this publication a reality!

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor and Publisher

New Publication from MOONSHINE PRESS

BT-Cover-front only-WEB RESWe are proud to announce the first independent publication under our press’ name—Burning Time, a novel by Bob Strother.

We’ve been publishing for more than 10 years—publishing moonShine review, that is. This, however, is a landmark moment for MOONSHINE Press. And there’s no better author than Bob Strother to propel our press into a whole new realm.

A signature author, accepted to moonShine review for many years, and a judge for the 10-year anniversary issue in 2014, Bob Strother has proven his writing savvy time and again.  And, with this latest novel, he engages yet another level of readership.  This is one you won’t want to put down!

For a limited time only, you can pre-order this book at a substantial discount—just $16.95!  That’s nearly 30% off the cover price of $23.95, so take action now.  This cost is only available for pre-orders.  Please peruse the preview of the book below, read the reviews, then scroll down for details on how to order!

About the Book…

Louise Schmidt would sacrifice almost anything to protect and provide for her family—even her innocence…

Set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the early 1900s, Burning Time epically portrays the life of Louise Schmidt, from early childhood to adulthood, as Louise, her mother, and younger brother fight to survive the abuse of Louise’s father, Will.

The largess of Will’s parents initially provides refuge from her father’s drunken exploits, but Louise learns too young that nothing lasts forever. Though previously ostracized from the family, the prodigal son returns at the behest of his ailing father, and brings along a new wife, Maude, who fans the flames of Will’s inherent avarice and disregard for his former wife and children.

At fifteen, Louise is forced from the only home she’s ever known and into marriage with a man ten years her senior.  Even as Louise comes to terms with her life and assumes the role of family matriarch, she still must face the consequences of her actions—including a death sentence for murder…

What Others Are Saying…

One part Southern Gothic, one part crime novel, one part coming-of-age story, Burning Time is a compelling read I couldn’t put down. It’s beautifully delivered in Strother’s clear, concise prose and authentic Southern voice.

—Susan M. Boyer, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Liz Talbot Mystery Series

A page-turner of historical fiction! Strother is a class act whose prose does not disappoint. He has mastered the art of rooting the reader in the time period and then supported that with a great coming of age tale.

—David Burnsworth, Author of the Brack Pelton Mystery Series

How to PRE-Order Your Copy Today…

Please click on the cover link here to pre-order your copy of Burning Time through Paypal (tax and shipping are automatically calculated). Note the book will not be shipped early, but you will get a significant discount.

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OR, for multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshine.press@carolina.rr.com.

As always, thanks for your support!

Anne Kaylor
Publisher, MOONSHINE Press

Next Deadline March 1, 2015!

Hello Fellow Writers,

The deadline for submissions to the next issue of moonShine review is fast approaching.  Please submit your prose pieces by March 1, 2015 to be considered for inclusion in our Spring Issue.

Here are the highlights of our submission guidelines, but PLEASE review our full submission guidelines on this site:

  1. OUR PREFERENCE: Send email submissions to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com, and put in the BODY of your email name as you want it published, all contact info, and bio.
  2. Snail mail (USPS) submissions should be mailed to MOONShine Press, Attn: Publisher Anne Kaylor, 401 Stonewater Bay Ln, Mount Holly, NC 28120
  3. We accept only UNPUBLISHED works of creative prose—which includes (but is not limited to) short fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, and creative non-fiction—on any theme, but “the darkness of the human spirit” always trumps.
  4. You may submit up to 4 pieces at one time. Submissions should not exceed 2,700 words in length—2,200 or less preferred, no minimum.
  5. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE STORY ITSELF. Include a COVER PAGE with your bio and contact information, including your name, email, phone number, mailing address, and story title(s).  An email address is REQUIRED for us to respond to you.

For more information, you can also check out our page on FACEBOOK— https://www.facebook.com/moonShinereview

We’re looking to follow up our anniversary issue with a BANG, so I hope each of you will submit!

Good luck to each of you,

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

moonShine review anniversary issue available now!

MOONSHINE REVIEW Anniversary Issue,
Volume 10 – ORDER NOW!

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The oddities of the world around us—and the darkness within our minds and hearts—became our journal’s touchstone early on. We’ve published grotesque and wacky, tragedy and comedy, nostalgic and avant garde. And, while never setting a theme, one has always materialized from the work we received. This issue boasts all of the above—not only marking a milestone for length of time in publication, but also for her independent, quirky nature to always remain true to that which speaks to us in the moonlight.

This year we celebrate the many writers and photographers who have called moonShine their first home for publication over these past ten years.  We honor our contributors who have passed from this world but live on through their art.  We applaud the inspiring and supportive artists around us.  And we thank everyone who has ever graced our pages.

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!  Just $10.00 plus tax and shipping…

Please click on the following link to order through Paypal:

OR, for single or multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.

Special Thanks to the following contributors:

Prose Contest Winners:
1st Place Prose Winner– Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak

2nd Place Prose Winner – Steve Fayer
3rd Place Prose Winner – Claire Iannini
Terresa Haskew, Honorable Mention
Melanie Arrowood Wilcox, Honorable Mention
Sharon Mauldin Reynolds, Honorable Mention

Other Authors Accepted for Publication:
Claire Armstrong, Vicki Collins, Barbara V. Evers, David Harris, Holly Raychelle Hughes, David Jordan, Annie Maier, Connie D. Miller, Richard Allen Taylor

Photography Contest Winners:
Best Cover Photo – Wendy H. Gill

1st Place Overall Best Inside Photo – Chris Durietz
2nd Place Overall Best Inside Photo – Kathleen Pompe
3rd Place Overall Best Inside Photo – Wendy H. Gill
DJ Gaskin, Honorable Mention
Jeanne Julian, Honorable Mention
Kathleen Pompe, Honorable Mention
Terry Butler, Honorable Mention
Wendy H. Gill, Honorable Mention

OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION INSIDE:
Clarke Armstrong, Cheryl Boyer, Barbara V. Evers, Bill Griffin,

Steve Lautermilch, Carlos Pelay, Nick Romeo, Erin Ryan,
Wesley Satterwhite, Sharon A. Sharp, Clare Willey

Please visit our submission guidelines on this site before submitting for future issues.

Thank you all for making this publication a reality!

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor and Publisher