Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight” Author Blog Tour

3 Sep

Hi Everyone! I am taking part in the RRBC’s ‘Spotlight’ Author Blog Tour. Please extend a warm welcome to September’s ‘Spotlight’ author/poet, Natalie Ducey.

Natalie is not only a talented writer/poet; she is also a sweet and kind person. She’s one of several members that have made me feel welcomed in the Rave Reviews Book Club . She has also been very generous with her encouragement and support.

I read her book, The Heart’s Lullaby and enjoyed it very much. It’s a beautiful love-themed poetry book that will move and inspire you and in some instances make you think deep thoughts. If you enjoy poetry you will enjoy this book.

Here’s my 5 star review:

This is poet, Natalie Ducey’s first book of poetry. She has a BA in Psychology and has worked in the field of counseling for fifteen years.

Although I enjoy reading poetry I had never read a book of poetry before now. I was inspired to read The Heart’s Lullaby, because I am a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club and many of the club’s members read the book and spoke highly of it.

The theme of this book is love and there are messages of compassion, grief, strength and hope.

I was impressed by the entire collection of poems. While some of the poems made me smile and inspired me, others moved me to tears, and many of the poems struck me with beauty and insight. As I read, I got a sense of honesty and passion in Natalie’s words. However, the overall mood of the collection is soothing and peaceful.

Poet Natalie Ducey used words in new and fascinating ways to create a unique book of poetry that I would gladly recommend to anyone who enjoys reading poetry.

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In her words . . . 

 

Life … it’s majestic and mystifying, and every day we are granted the opportunity to begin again.

Let’s enjoy the Journey!

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My first collection of poems, The Heart’s Journey Home, was published in February, 2015. I call it poetry for the soul. It is my hope that readers will connect with the verses in a way that is cathartic and soothing. I hope we can travel back with welcomed reflection, find solace and wisdom in the present, and feel inspired for the journey that lies before us.

 

Book Blurb:

We all love/loved deeply and most likely have been on both sides of goodbye. We know the exquisite and profound beauty of love. We know the immobilizing force of grief and the anguish between letting go and holding on. We know the acute distinction between second chances and new beginnings.

The Heart’s Journey Home is a celebration of the fragility and the resiliency of our hearts; the brilliant beauty of life’s journey.

Poems titled: Reckless Words, Borrowed Angel, Nobody’s Fool, Silence of the Heart, Love’s Illusion, Fallen Angel, Let’s Dance, Where Does the Love Go, Young Love, Small Town Girl, Winter’s Gift, Destined to Fly, Eternal Love, The War Within, To my Sister on our 40th Birthday, Goodbye without Warning, Old Oak Tree, Names in the Sand, Can’t Let Go, Memories Linger, Caged Bird Sings, Surrender, and Heart’s Journey Home.

 

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Today, I’d love to share one of my favourite reviews for this collection.

These are prized moments for all authors.

 

“Natalie Ducey’s intensely emotional debut book of poetry is a collection of 23 poems reflecting upon her views during both her fifteen years counselling others, as well as her own personal journey. Both have given her ample fodder for writing of the many diverse facets of human emotion. Author Ducey says, “I try to capture the essence of the fragility and resiliency of our hearts—the brilliant beauty of life’s journey.” Her words are an apt description of her lovely and deeply moving poems.

This powerfully written book of poetry touches upon all of the emotions of humanity, sometimes with a gentle loving touch, other times with the raging agony of love lost. Her words speak in the brutally honest language of the soul, connecting with readers following journeys similar to her own . . . and to those whose emotional trials are yet to come.

Unlike poets who make their readers study and search for meaning, this poet writes directly to her readers, as the songlike meter of her joys and travails draw them into her journey; feeling with her.

As a published poet myself, I tend to judge poetry on how it affects me. If the meter is slightly off, but the words draw me in to them, I am content. I loved every single one of these poems and could not pick a favorite as each one reached out to me on so many levels. I laughed, loved and cried with these poems which drew out anew memories of my own. Most importantly, I stopped to read some of them yet again, drawn to words that felt like heartbeats, comforting me as I traverse my own journey.

By the books end I was left satiated by a warm sense of peace and an overall warm and fuzzy good feeling. That, to me, is the sign of a true poet.
Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang”

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In celebration of my “Spotlight” tour, I’m delighted to say my second and recently published poetry collection The Heart’s Lullaby is currently available for 99¢!

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About Natalie

 

With a BA in Psychology, Natalie has worked in the Counselling field for 15 years. Through her work and personal journey, she has witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Now, as an author and poet, she is passionate about stories that touch the heart and awaken the soul. Through words, she aspires to offer solace and hope, love and understanding. Natalie is the Co-owner and Writer of Peace by Piece Puzzles. She is the Owner/Writer/Designer of Whispers of the Heart (printable art/poetry/verse). She was born and raised in beautiful Newfoundland, Canada, with her two brothers and twin sister. She now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a Soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, and their little dog, Bella. She loves kayaking and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. She is an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life’s mystifying journey.

 

You can connect with Natalie on:

Website/Blog 

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest 

Google+

LinkedIn

Goodreads

Amazon Profile Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75 Responses to “Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight” Author Blog Tour”

  1. D.L Finn, Author September 4, 2017 at 4:39 am #

    I loved the first book and look forward to jumping into the second one:)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      I’m so happy to hear that. Natalie’s a very talented and inspiring poet. Thank you for stopping by and supporting her. 😀 xx

      Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie Ducey September 4, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Hugs, D.L.! Thank you for your kind words and continued support. I love that we share a passion for poetry. Wishing you a joyful day! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Michelle Abbott (@MichelleAbbott4) September 4, 2017 at 6:13 am #

    A lovely post for Natalie. Thanks for hosting today, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi Michelle! I was happy to do it. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you, Michelle! I’m so grateful for your visit today. And to Vashti, she’s such a warm and generous host. Truly humbled. Wishing you a beautiful day! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Don Massenzio September 4, 2017 at 6:49 am #

    Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this review of the book, The Heart’s Lullaby, by Natalie Ducey, as featured on The Writer Next Door blog

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  4. John W. Howell September 4, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    Congratulations, Natalie. Thanks for hosting, Vashti.

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  5. lauralibricz September 4, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Another great post, you two!

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    • Vashti Q September 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      Thank you very much, Laura! 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      Thank you, Laura! I’m so grateful for your visit today. And to Vashti, she’s such a warm and generous host. I’m truly humbled. Wishing you a lovely day!

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Teagan R. Geneviene September 4, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    Thanks for this lovely review, Vashti. Best to Natalie. Hugs all around.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

      Thank you, Teagan. ❤ Hugs & Kisses ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks very much, Teagan! I’m so grateful for your visit today. And to Vashti, she’s such a warm and generous host. I’m truly humbled. Wishing you a joyful day! XO

      Liked by 1 person

  7. yvettemcalleiro September 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    This was a great blog, Vashti! I read Natalie’s first book of poems and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read this one!

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    • Natalie Ducey September 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      Hugs, Yvette! I’m so grateful for your visit today, and your kind words and continued support. Vashti is such a warm and generous host. I’m truly humbled. Wishing you a beautiful day! XO

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 4, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

      Thank you, Yvette! I’m happy you stopped by. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Natalie Ducey September 4, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Oh my goodness, Vashti! Such an absolute joy to see this today. Thank you so much. You are such a beautiful, generous soul. The post looks lovely and your review of my work warms my heart. Thank you! Big hugs across the miles. XO

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

      Natalie, I love having you here. Thank you for all the sweet comments. I enjoyed featuring you and you’re very deserving of this and more. I’m very happy to have met you and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • Natalie Ducey September 5, 2017 at 10:57 am #

        Thank you, Vashti! It’s been a joy getting to know you better as well. Cheers to friendships gained across the miles! XO

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q September 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

        Cheers!! ❤ xx

        Liked by 1 person

  9. dgkaye September 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    What a fantastic review for Natalie’s book, Vashti. I will get there eventually! So many beautiful books await me on my Kindle, as does yours. ❤

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    • Vashti Q September 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

      Thank you Debby! I wish I was one of those people with special abilities that can read 5+ books a day. I read one book at a time and I like to savor the books I read, so it takes me a little while to read a book from start to finish. I’m making more time to read now, so that’ll help me catch up a bit on my TBR list. 😉 ❤

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      • dgkaye September 5, 2017 at 9:41 am #

        I’m with you on that Vashti. I don’t find there’s any point to rushing through a book; it kind of defeats the purpose to reading. 🙂 ❤

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    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      Thank you, Debby! I’m truly honoured to be here. 🙂 Oh my gosh…my TBR list is out of control. But that’s pretty awesome! Wishing you a fabulous day. Cheers! XO

      Liked by 2 people

      • dgkaye September 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

        Well deserved Natalie. My pleasure. 🙂 xx

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Marje @ Kyrosmagica September 5, 2017 at 5:05 am #

    I love poetry so always interested to hear about new poetry to read. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Marje! Natalie’s poems are truly beautiful. I think you will enjoy them. Well, you can actually preview them here if you want. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      So lovely to meet you, Marje! Delighted to hear we share a passion for poetry. Wishing you a joyful day! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Soooz September 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

    Another wonderful stop on this great tour, such a pleasure to read these well deserved reviews of your work, Natalie. Vashti, I love the look of your site, thanks so much for hosting this leg of the tour. ❤️️😊🐨

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    • Vashti Q September 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi! I’m so happy you stopped by, Soooz! You’re right, the reviews are well deserved. Natalie is very talented. You’re welcome. I’m glad you like my blog. 😀 ❤ xx

      Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 11:27 am #

      So wonderful to see you at all the stops along the tour, Soooz! Thank you for your generous and continued support. Vashti’s website is lovely and so welcoming. It’s an honour to be here. Cheers! XO

      Liked by 2 people

  12. Wendy Scott September 6, 2017 at 4:48 am #

    Natalie – your covers are works of art – so lovely.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Wendy! I agree! The Heart’s Lullaby makes for a great coffee table book. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      Thank you, Wendy! I just adore the butterflies. Wishing you a beautiful day. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  13. harmonykentonline September 6, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    I loved both of your poetry books! And these posts are great. Best of luck with everything, Natalie!
    Vashti, thanks for hosting Natalie today! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q September 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

      Hello Harmony! I enjoyed doing it. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment. 🙂 xx

      Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 11:31 am #

      Thank you, Harmony! Your support is tremendous and greatly appreciated. Cheers! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  14. Gwen Plano September 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Lovely review, Vashti! I’ll be reading the book next week and am quite excited to do so. All the best, Natalie. You are an inspiration. ♥

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

      Hello Gwen! Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comment. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 11:33 am #

      Gwen, your words warm my heart. Thank you! I hope you enjoy this collection. Wishing you a joyful day! XO

      Liked by 1 person

  15. ~Mar September 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    I, for one, LOVE Natalie’s beautiful poetry. I’ve read the first book and cannot wait to dive into this next one. Vashti, thank you so much for hosting Natalie on your lovely site.

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    • Vashti Q September 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

      Hello Marlena! Natalie’s poetry is wonderful. I really enjoyed hosting her. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. 😀 xx

      Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 11:34 am #

      Big hugs, Marlena! You always bring an instant smile. Thank you for all that you do. You’re amazing! XO

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  16. Jan Hawke September 7, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    Heart’s Journey Home is such a lovely book – highly recommmended! *face goes red* I WILL get around to reviewing this fairly soon, Natalie…. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q September 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      Hi Jan! Welcome. I’ve got ‘Heart’s Journey Home’ on my TBR list and I can’t wait to get to it since I really enjoyed ‘The Heart’s Lullaby’. Thank you! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 9, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

      You bring an instant smile, Jan! I’m delighted that you enjoyed my collection of poems. Thank you. Oh gosh…I’m just catching up with my reviews. 🙂

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  17. Jan Hawke September 7, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    Heart’s Journey Home is such a lovely book – highly recommended! *face goes red* I WILL get around to reviewing this fairly soon, Natalie…. 🙂

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  18. Jacquie Biggar September 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    This sounds great, I love the cover!

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    • Vashti Q September 7, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi Jacquie! The Heart’s Lullaby is a wonderful book. I highly recommend it. I’m sure Heart’s Journey Home is just as good. Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie Ducey September 9, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

      Thank you, Jacquie! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  19. beemweeks September 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    Great show of support, Vashti. Thanks for hosting.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie Ducey September 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

      Lovely to see you, Beem! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Beem. I read Natalie’s book, The Heart’s Lullaby and enjoyed it very much and she’s a wonderful person. Lovely people are easy to support. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Gracie Bradford September 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    A well written review Vashti Q. Love your blog. You made Natalie very interesting. Good job!

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    • Vashti Q September 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      Hi Gracie! Thank you! Natalie is fascinating, talented and wonderful, so it wasn’t difficult. I’m so happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

      Wonderful to see you, Gracie! I always appreciate your kind words. Vashti is such a generous, beautiful soul, and I’m honoured to be here. Most grateful for her lovely review, as well. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Shirley Harris-Slaughter September 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    Natalie, you are truly a gifted poet and it shows. The review says it all. Congratulations! Vashti you are so supportive – thank you!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      Hello! You’re so right about Natalie. It’s a pleasure featuring her on my blog. Thank you for saying I’m supportive, Shirley. You are also one of those great folks that gave me a warm welcome to the club, so thank you for that as well. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you, Shirley! Your words bring an instant smile. Thank you. XO

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Micki Peluso September 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Hi Natalie, better late than never. I’ve been pretty sick and somehow missed you. First time ever :(. I love your work as you know and look forward to your new book.

    Thanks Vashti for being the hostess with the mostest. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Micki! I hope you’re feeling much better now. It’s never too late for a great comment. Thank you you very much for stopping by and reading. Ha, ha! Hostess with the mostest––cute. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie Ducey September 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

      Micki, I hope you’re feeling better. I’m so delighted to see you here, and the other stops as well. The tour has been amazing. I’m most grateful to RRBC and my generous, lovely hosts. Truly amazing! XO

      Liked by 2 people

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