Self-promotion feels so dirty to me (and not dirty in a sexy way)! It just feels so narcissistic and wrong. It is a necessary evil though, if one wants to sell their work. However, I suppose writing a book and thinking people might actually want to read it, smacks a bit of narcissism as well.. My apologies to authors everywhere. People write for many reasons, to give voice to their emotions, to leave something of themselves behind, to try and change the world for the better. I truly do believe art is a life force and has a purpose. I’d like to think that is why I write. Hoping that my musings strike a chord, provide comfort, and have worth. (which is a kind of narcissist I suppose) Why should my words count any more than anyone else’s?
Confused yet? I am. At any rate, narcissistic or not (drink, every time I write narcissistic) I’d like to share a few reviews of my little book of poetry with you. I am humbled and so grateful for the kindness. Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to go look at my reflection and bask in all its awkwardness.
Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle: A Poet’s Collection of Love, Loss, and Renewal.
A Few Reviews
Tosha Michelle is a woman of many gifts: she hosts a podcast called “La Literati” and does more to promote great, undiscovered works of fiction and nonfiction in one week than most of us will do in a lifetime. Now, however, she has added a new feather to her cap (wide-brimmed and sun-shading, no doubt; she is, after all, as Southern as Belles come) and inextricably elevated herself to the ranks of the authors whom she interviews. CONFESSIONS OF A REFORMED SOUTHERN BELLE manages to be beautiful, haunting, spiritual and wise — a game plan for fragile romantics to navigate life’s more thorn-adorned paths without conceding one iota of their rosy natures along the way. Read it, then listen to this woman. She knows of what she reads and writes!
-David Kukoff, author of Children of the Canyon
What a lovely ride through finding and losing, true kindness and brutal slavery, and a call for an embrace of the diversity of humanity. At times, Tosha Michelle takes us right into the “unarmored calamity of life,” and at other times she invites us to “hibernate” and find safety from the ills of the world. Her voice is as she hopes it to be, “Strong and Proud.” Confessions is a sweet treat. Enjoy.
-David Bedrick, author of Talking Back to Dr. Phil
Are you ready to take a journey…an emotional journey through life? You will when you read Tosha Michelle’s eloquent verse. She speaks from her beautiful heart and soul. You will feel her passion, love, joy and pain that we can relate to in our own journey through life as we search for its meaning. Tosha Michelle has been blessed with many talents. She has the voice of an angel, an accomplished musician and master with her inspirational words
-Elena Totten, author of A Scent of Gardenias
Sultry, haunting, and sublime—Tosha has weaved incantations that pull you from scene to scene like a dandelion seed on a humid summer breeze.
-Peter. Hammarberg, Poet
Tosha Michelle’s new book of poetry is like a breath of fresh air during a tumultuous storm. She navigates the reader on a journey that touches on every emotion. It is written from deep within the heart on some poems and whimsical on others. A completely enjoyable read. Looking forward to future writings from this author.
-Terri Garber, actress North and South
Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle: A Poet’s Collection of Love, Loss, and Renewal is the first book of poems published by Tosha Michelle. In its pages, readers will find an unique voice; a voice that cries out for universal good in the form of justice, understanding, and love. Her love of books, writing, and creativity in general, come through in vivid display as well.
Join her as she explores the trio of themes from the subtitle: love, loss, and renewal. Fall under the trance of her melodic wordplay, just as I did years ago. Yes, hers is a familiar voice to me as I am fortunate to call her my friend. And I am excited for others who will be introduced to her talent by this book. A word of caution though- be careful of that narcissistic, rock star cat of hers.
-James Dennard, host of La Literati
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