Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight Author” Michael Lynes

7 Nov

Hi everyone! I’m a member of a wonderful book club called, Rave Reviews Book Club and the club president and founder, Nonnie Jules has thought up many ways for the club to profile, promote and propel its members.  A “Spotlight Author” is selected each month from the many talented members. Today, I am honored to host the November “Spotlight Author”, Michael Lynes.

I will be sharing two beautiful poems written by Michael. Enjoy!

MElancHoly

by M. D. Lynes

God….it has begun…again.

White limned scars still pink and smooth mark me, mark my spirit…lamb’s-blood, smeared and dark, cross my lintel.

Passed over-saved I may be, but not healed…no.

Fettered still in the flimsy cage where last I bound it, the hungering demon gibbers and frets. It strains, deathless…sensing my weakness…baleful black orbs rimmed once more with fire…searing and soul wracking.

I am not ready.

Still…my hands know the way. They betray me.

I am practiced and I am competent and I have been tried and blooded in battle bitter. My agony intermingles now with pleasure…a draught of Siren wine…it sings in my veins.

I am tempted.

I feel the quickening now of unwanted pregnation;  the mourning-nausea, the swelling and the stretching. The Parasite stirs.

I know them and hatethemlovethemhatethem….

I know this will kill me…a part of me dies by day, by and by and bye…

Possessed…driven, afraid and hungry, the Jekel-jackal begs for release. The ink-dark water of transformation is near to me…so near… so simple, a pen-prick and the abyss yawns-wide, yawns-deep and warm and black.

God…why?

Why afflict me with the pain of Adam, as all are afflicted?

Why further afflict with the flame of Prometheus, the tongue of Loki, the eyes of Heimdal and the ears of Poseidon?

I wished for none of this.

My fellows – some fallen – some mad, would agree. Success here is more than pain…it is immolation!

Cleansing fire and through it we give sight to the blind and grant hearing to the deaf.

The Cave dwellers are brought news unwilling of their broken chain, of air keen-crisp and dawn-new, of horizons sailed, of seas unsullied and glory, joy, black sorrow and love-rivers-warm beyond all pain.

It is our curse…and our greatest blessing.

You who know, you know me…you are me…you can name me.

Author…author…

But…God….why….?

♥♥♥

Truth Becomes Her

by M. D. Lynes

Woman…Wise

Truth becomes her

Truth…its ways she knows.

Sorrow, drops of sorrow

Like rain bewet her

Joy fills her…brimming hollow.

Wise…wise Woman

Pain beforms her…bereaves her…she knows

Loss…searing…shattering.

Weary Woman

she Feels

Earth in her depths

Deep…

Truth becalms her and belies her and bestirs her.

Her Heart lies never

It Becomes

her

Truth

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Author, Michael Lynes

 

Author Bio:

Mr Lynes is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys dry red wine and single malt scotch. When not occupied with arcane engineering projects he spends his time playing with his two grandchildren, baking bread, feeding seasoned hardwood into his ancient Timberline woodstove, working on his various cars, bird watching and taking amateur photographs. His current menagerie includes one short-haired turtle shell cat and a pair of actual turtles.

 

His last book, There Is A Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer, was an Indie B.R.A.G. Gold Medallion Honoree in January 2017, a silver-medal winner of the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for Memoir, a medalist in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Memoir, a winner of the 2015 TISBA (The Indie Spiritual Bookk Awards), and a finalist in both the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year award and the Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2015.

 

Mr Lynes was awarded a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and currently works as an embedded software engineer. He has a consuming interest in the science of emotion as promulgated by Dr. Paul Ekman and has made a comprehensive study of his Face and Emotion courses.

 

Mr Lynes has four sons, has been married for over thirty years and currently lives with his wife and youngest son in the beautiful secluded hills of Sussex County, NJ.

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Connect with Michael on Social Media:

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/woodheat

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MLynesAuthor/

Websitehttps://mikelynes.wixsite.com/mlynesauthor

 

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Michael’s Books:

Blurb:

Featuring thirteen new stories by the award-winning author of There Is A Reaper, this wide-ranging collection is about fathers and sons, gods and demi-gods, and other assorted beings both macabre and sublime. Passion blossoms between unusual bedfellows, and in unique circumstances. Newly created worlds abound, exploring depths of pain and loss and boundless joy. Gods and mythological creatures are joined in epic battle, and we confront the strange hungers that bind man and his creations in forbidden love.
Each of these tales will surprise you with twists that are certain to please. From the sublime to the macabre to the bitter-sweet, The Fat Man Gets Out Of Bed will leave you breathless with laughter, brimming with tears, trembling with suspense.

Blurb:

Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree – January 2017
SILVER MEDAL WINNER – 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Awards – Memoir
MEDALIST – 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Best Memoir
WINNER of the 2015 TISBA Award

FINALIST Independent Author Network 2015 BOOK of the YEAR
FINALIST Beverly Hills Book Awards 2015

“…it gave me chills…made me weep” JoeS #amazon

“…you will need a box of tissues!” BMQ #goodreads
“…I laughed and cried out loud…” Arlene P #amazon

FIVE-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER AARON has always been a whirlwind of heroic action, leading his brothers into all sorts of youthful mischief. A mysterious illness suddenly plunges him and his family into a frightening nightmare of hospitals and doctors and extreme therapies far from his small-town home. Can his doctors diagnose his strange disease? How will he and his family adapt to a bizarre new world they have been thrust into?

Heart-wrenching, searing, and powerful, There is a Reaper immerses the reader into Christopher’s intense struggle against his pitiless foe as he matures and transforms in the white heat of his epic battle.

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Have a great day, everyone!

 

 

 

 

81 Responses to “Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight Author” Michael Lynes”

  1. John W. Howell at 8:47 pm #

    Hope you are enjoying your tour, Michael. Thanks Vashti for hosting.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. D.L Finn, Author at 9:09 pm #

    Great post. I really felt the depth and pain within the first poem. I could see the images of the woman in the “Truth becomes her” and felt her journey along with her.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Billy Ray Chitwood at 10:15 pm #

      Love the poetry! Beautiful host post, Vashti. Michael, you’re the man! ♥

      Liked by 3 people

      • Vashti Q at 10:23 am #

        Thank you, Billy ray! The spotlight is on Michael this month and for good reason. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      • mikelynes at 5:02 pm #

        Thank you Billy Ray! – Best to all – MikeL

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 10:21 am #

      Hello D.L! I felt that first poem deeply. It is so beautiful and touching. Both poems are wonderful. Thank you for stopping by and for your awesome comment. ❤

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Henrietta Watson at 9:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

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    • Vashti Q at 10:43 am #

      Thanks for reblogging, Henrietta! 😀

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      • mikelynes at 5:00 pm #

        Vashti – thank you so veru much for your kind words! The second poem was written for Margaret on the occasion of her birthday not too long ago.

        Best to all – MikeL

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q at 7:50 pm #

        You’re very welcome, Mike. Margaret is a lucky woman. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

      • Henrietta Watson at 6:06 am #

        You are welcome!

        Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 5:01 pm #

      Thank you Henrietta for reblogging this on your site! Best to all – MikeL

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Don Massenzio at 6:26 am #

    Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Author Michael Lynes is in the spotlight for the Rave Reviews Book Club as featured on this post from The Writer Next Door blog.

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  5. lizziechantree at 7:48 am #

    A great post for Michael, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 10:25 am #

      Thank you, Lizzie! He deserves it. He’s such a talented writer and poet. 😀 xx

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    • mikelynes at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you Lizzie! I am so very gratified you liked the poems – best regards – Mikel

      Liked by 1 person

  6. coldhandboyack at 9:57 am #

    Wonderful to see you in the spotlight, Michael. Props to Vashti for hosting.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 10:28 am #

      Hi Craig! Thank you. It is great to see Michael in the spotlight. I knew he was a good writer but I had no idea how talented he really is. Wow!

      Liked by 2 people

      • mikelynes at 7:29 pm #

        Thank you so very much Vashti! I’m blushing over here… 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    • mikelynes at 5:05 pm #

      Hi Craig! Thanks very much – its a terrific experience and so much fun to interact with all of you – best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Kester James Finley at 12:03 pm #

    Hope you are enjoying your tour Michael, and thank you so much for sharing your work with us. I loved “Truth Becomes Her”, very powerful. Cheers to your continued success! Vashti-thanks for being such an awesome host! 😀

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Kester! I’m happy you came by to visit and support Michael. I love both these poems so much! Thank you for the lovely comment! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

    • mikelynes at 5:06 pm #

      Thak you so much Kester! Truth Becomes Her was written for my wife Margaret on the occasion of a recent birthday.

      Best to all – MikeL

      Liked by 1 person

  8. robbiesinspiration at 1:20 pm #

    Two really amazing poems, Vashti. Wonderful!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 2:28 pm #

      Hi Robbie! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. They are both great poems, but the first, “Melancholy” is my favorite. It really moved me. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • robbiesinspiration at 11:38 am #

        Interestingly, I liked both but loved the second one best. Amazing how we are all different.

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      • Vashti Q at 12:28 pm #

        I love the raw emotion that comes through so clearly in his poem, “Melancholy” (that’s very difficult to do). I also enjoyed the beauty and honesty of “Truth Becomes Her” and it’s so sweet and romantic that Michael wrote it for his wife. Two wonderful poems. ❤

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    • mikelynes at 5:06 pm #

      Thank you Robbie! I am so glad you enjoyed them. Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Jan Hawke at 10:02 am #

    ❤ Truth Becomes Her! Really enjoying your tour Michael and looking forward to reading The Fat Man 😀
    Thanks for having us all over, Vashti 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 12:16 pm #

      Thank you for visiting and following my blog, Jan! It’s a pleasure hosting Michael and his wonderful work. 😀 xx

      Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:49 pm #

      Thank you Jan! I wrote this for Margaret (my wife) on the occasion of her birthday. She loved it too! Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Natalie Ducey at 10:23 am #

    Incredible, Michael. Thank you for sharing. I hope you’re having a fabulous blog tour.
    Many thanks, Vashti, for hosting and for the warmest of welcomes. 🙂
    Cheers to you both!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Natalie! It’s always a pleasure having you over. I’m very honored to be featuring Michael on my blog. It’s been a fun tour so far. ❤ xx

      Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:52 pm #

      Hi Natalie! Thank you for your very kind words – i am so glad you liked the poems! Best to all – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Evocative poetry, Michael! I love it! Vashti, thank you for hosting.

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    • mikelynes at 1:54 pm #

      Thank you so very much Michelle! Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 6:18 pm #

      Hi Michelle! Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comment. I had no idea Michael was such a talented poet, as well as writer. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  12. jinlobify at 6:21 pm #

    Hi, Michael, I hope your tour is going well. Thank you, Vashti for hosting him. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 6:48 pm #

      Hello Joy! It’s nice of you to stop by, I appreciate it. It’s my pleasure hosting Michael. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • Micki Peluso at 7:32 pm #

        Mike loved the poems!! Hope you enjoyed your tour. Sorry for dropping by so late–couldn’t be helped. Thanks for hosting, Vashti.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Vashti Q at 8:32 pm #

        It’s never too late, Micki. Thank you for stopping by an supporting Michael! 😀 xx

        Liked by 1 person

    • mikelynes at 11:47 pm #

      Thank you very much Joy – I’m having a great time! Best regards to you – Mikel

      Liked by 1 person

  13. yvettemcalleiro at 7:58 pm #

    Another amazing poem, Michael! Keep them coming! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 8:41 pm #

      Hi Yvette! Yes, Michael should definitely keep them coming. 😀 Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a message.

      Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:48 pm #

      Thank you again Yvette! – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

  14. dgkaye at 10:33 pm #

    Exquisite poetry by Michael. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 10:58 pm #

      Hi Debby! I’m happy you enjoyed Michael’s poetry. He’s very talented. Thank you! ❤ xx

      Liked by 2 people

      • dgkaye at 11:18 pm #

        He most certainly is. ❤ Thanks for the introduction. 🙂

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    • mikelynes at 11:53 pm #

      Thank you so very much Debby! I am so very glad you enjoyed them! Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:49 pm #

      Hi DG! Thank you for your kind words – high praise indeed! Best regards to all – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

  15. mihrank at 2:44 am #

    Vashti – this is so impressive post and great post . You have shown a great journey for Michael and excellent to learn about his greatest adventure!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:50 pm #

      Thank you so much for your very kind words! Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 5:29 pm #

      Thank you, Mino! Michael is a very talented writer and poet. 😀

      Like

  16. lauralibricz at 4:30 am #

    These poems would make great song lyrics! Wonderful post. Thanks for hosting Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:51 pm #

      Hi Laura – i can certainly see ‘Truth Becomes Her’ as a song – I’ll have to ask Margaret and see if she agrees! Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 5:28 pm #

      You’re so right, Laura! Just add music. 😀 Thank you for stopping by.

      Like

  17. Gwen Plano at 10:46 am #

    Michael, your poems stunned me with the powerful images. Thank you for sharing, and thank you, Vashti, for hosting.

    Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:56 pm #

      Thank you again Gwen! Poetry, in my opinion, is the most difficult thing to get right. The true greats, Whitman, Donne, Frost, Longfellow…so many others…they can say volumes with a few words. I certainly would not claim to be a poet. I am very gratified and humbled by your kind words. Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 5:26 pm #

      Hi Gwen! I felt every word of that first poem. Thank you for visiting and supporting Michael.

      Like

  18. Shirley Harris-Slaughter at 3:43 pm #

    I have always had a problem understanding the deepness of poetry. In spite of that deficit I get that there is a lot of pain in what you have written. Congratulations on your tour and thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 11:57 pm #

      Thank you so very much Shirley! So very kind of you, I really appreciate it! Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 5:24 pm #

      Hi Shirley! Thank you for stopping by. That first poem will stay with me for a while. It is very heartfelt and moving.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. ~Mar at 10:13 pm #

    So kind of you, Vashti, to share both of Michael’s poems. Thank you!! Congrats again, Michael!

    Liked by 2 people

    • mikelynes at 10:27 pm #

      Thank you Mar! Best regards – MikeL

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 10:30 pm #

      Hi Marlena! I couldn’t help it, both poems are so good. It’s my pleasure. Thanks for the visit!

      Liked by 2 people

  20. Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 3:10 pm #

    Love poetry, so ths really appeals. Thanks for introducing me to Michael’s writing Vashti. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 3:58 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Marje. Mike’s a great writer, so talented. I’m glad you enjoyed his poetry. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  21. cowbolt at 1:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Adam Boustead's Blog.

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