Haiku Friday – Body & Close

2 Feb

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful day so far!


Today, I’d like to share with you the first three books I’ve read and reviewed this year. And of course, my haiku poem.


“A book is a dream you hold in your hands.”

~Neil Gaiman

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When I hold a book

close to my heart it fills with

happiness and light


The first book is a poetry anthology called, Emerging From Shadows” by Balroop Singh. I’ve had this book in my Kindle a while and I was looking forward to reading it, because I knew it would be good, since I’m a fan of Balroop’s poetry. The book did not disappoint.



From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope…life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk. Each poem in this book banks on the hope of emerging stronger, saner, positive and resilient. Each poem in this book would talk to you, revealing layers of enclosed emotions. Each poem would divulge a secret path that could lead you into the world of poise and serenity.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.


My Review: (#ABRSC Read & Review)

“Emerging from Shadows” is a beautiful and profound collection of poems. The poems covered countless emotions both dark and bright, reflecting the many trials and tribulations as well as triumphs that a person faces throughout life. The kind of person that is strong-minded and willing to learn and grow from these experiences. I felt like an intruder as I read, because this book felt like a diary in verse.

When reading the book, I kept pausing to recite the verses out loud. So many of the lines drip from the tongue:

The dazzling rays of sun
Had to pierce through you,
To reach me, while
The moonlight was all mine.

The best books, and that includes poetry books, make us smarter. They teach us new things and make us question what we know. This book is smart without being pretentious. It is also heartfelt, honest and inspiring. I highly recommend it to all poetry lovers.


The second book is called, Emotional Beats: How To Convert Your Writing Into Palpable Feelings by Nicholas C. Rossis


Do You Want To Show, Not Tell, Emotions?

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My Review:

“Emotional Beats” is a great resource for writers. This book is meant to help and inspire us to find new ways to express emotion in our writing. It’s a wonderful book to use again and again as a reference. I bought the ebook, but I’m thinking of also buying the paperback. I found this book very useful and highly recommend it to anyone who loves to write.



The third and final book is a New Adult Romance called, Kai” by Michelle Abbott.


My name is Kai Okamoto. I deal drugs. Trade escapism for cold, hard cash.
Born to a British mother and a Japanese father, I grew up poor, hungry, and alone. Hiding from the monsters at our door. The debt collectors.

I’ve worked hard to escape my past. I’m not that frightened little boy anymore. I’m wealthy, secure, and sure of myself. At least I was, until I met Lily.

Lily is a good girl. The kind of girl I should stay away from. I should, but I can’t.

I hate lying to her, but if she finds out who I am, what I do. I won’t see her for dust.

A standalone, bad boy romance, set in England.


My Review:

Kai is a young man who grew up in a very poor household with a single mom. After an encounter with a rich drug dealer, he decides to get into that life, in order to make a lot of money and give his mom the life he feels she deserves. He becomes a rich drug dealer just like he intended. Then one day he runs into an amazing young woman named Lily who turns his life upside down (in a good way). At first, Lily doesn’t trust him, but eventually he wins her trust and they fall in love. Of course, Kai does not tell her that he’s a drug dealer, because he’s afraid she would stop loving him. Their romance grows, but soon he is forced to come clean. And right when he decides to turn his life around, give up the drug business and become a man worthy of Lily, something happens that threatens to keep them apart forever. I won’t go on, because as it is, I might have said too much already. I enjoyed this book. It was a fun, quick and easy read. The story flows well and it’s engaging and well-written. I loved the characters. They seemed so genuine and I felt like I knew them. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance.



Body and Close are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

I hope you enjoyed! 

53 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Body & Close”

  1. D.L Finn, Author February 2, 2018 at 2:26 am #

    Perfect Haiku for the book reviews:) Great reviews. I have two waiting on my Kindle, but I added the poetry book to my Kindle, too. More to add to my reading list! Kai is on my must read:) Happy Friday!

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

      Hi Denise! Sorry for the late response. I have a sick hubby at home and it’s been challenging to say the least. You’re such an avid reader! I admire how many books you can get through in so little time. I’m such a slow reader. :/ Thank you for adding Balroop’s book to your Kindle. You’ll enjoy Kai. Have a wonderful Sunday night and week! 😀 xx

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      • D.L Finn, Author February 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

        Sorry to hear your husband’s sick…hope he is feeling better!

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      • Vashti Q February 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

        He’s doing much better. Thank you. ❤

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  2. olganm February 2, 2018 at 5:07 am #

    Thanks, Vashti. Great recommendations. And love the haiku. So true! Happy weekend!

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

      Hi Olga! Thank you! Love to hear from the queen of book reviews. 😉 ❤


  3. Kester James Finley February 2, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Reblogged this on The Angry Scribbler and commented:
    Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega offers up another wonderful haiku along with three book reviews you should be reading. The book titled, Emotional Beats: How To Convert Your Writing Into Palpable Feelings by Nicholas C. Rossis should come in handy for those writers wanting to find the rhythm by showing not telling in their work. Check ’em out!

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  4. Kester James Finley February 2, 2018 at 7:09 am #

    Awesome job. The book- Emotional Beats: How To Convert Your Writing Into Palpable Feelings by Nicholas C. Rossis sounds like a perfect addition to add to the shelf. I think all levels of writers would find the information useful and I definitely intend on checking it out! 😀

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

      I agree, Emotional Beats is a great tool to have in your writer’s tool kit. I highly recommend it. 😀 xx


  5. Gwen Plano February 2, 2018 at 7:14 am #

    Beautiful use of the prompt, Vashti, and adding the reviews makes it perfect. ♥

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi Gwen! Thank you very much! ❤ xx


  6. watchingthedaisies February 2, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    I enjoyed Balroop’s poetry too. Happy Friday Vashti. 🌼

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

      That’s great, Brigid! I found her poetry to be so raw and organic and beautiful of course. 😀 xx

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  7. John W. Howell February 2, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Excellent Haiku and super reviews, Vashti.

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  8. Michelle Abbott (@MichelleAbbott4) February 2, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    Love the Haiku, Vashti. Thanks for reading “Kai. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

      Hello Michelle! Thank you! I’m glad you liked the haiku. It was a pleasure reading Kai and I look forward to reading some of your other books, which I have in my Kindle. 😀 xx


  9. Billy Ray Chitwood February 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

    Love all your haikus…and, GREAT REVIEWS! ♥

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

      Aw, thank you, Billy Ray! You’re so sweet. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. ❤ xx


  10. Annette Rochelle Aben February 2, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    Thoroughly enjoyed the haiku AND your reviews!

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

      Hello, my friend! Yay! Thank you. Always happy when you approve. 😉 xx

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Cleopatra Trevilcock February 3, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    I Love how well you express yourself and these wonderful books. Makes me want to read them all!

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks, Cleo! I love when you visit! Go for it! 😉 ❤


  12. Natalie Ducey February 3, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    Lovely haiku and fabulous reviews, Vashti! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank you, Natalie! I’m happy to share them. I wish you a wonderful Sunday night and week! 😀 xx

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  13. Natalie Ducey February 3, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    Oops…I hit “post” too soon. 🙂
    Bravo to Balroop, Nicholas, and Michelle!

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  14. robbiesinspiration February 3, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    A brilliant haiku, Vashti. Loved the book reviews too.

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  15. Melissa Gillan February 3, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Vashti, Long time no chat! You must have a book in your hand constantly 🙂 Your reviews are really good–I like how you put the blurb and your review–they compliment each other without being redundant or long-winded. As always, a joy to visit your blog. Xx

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

      Hi Melissa! Yes, it’s been a while. It’s so lovely to hear from you. I’m happy you enjoyed the reviews. One of my goals for 2018 is to read more. Of course, I’m also planning to publish two books, so let’s see how that goes. Ha, ha! I hope all is well with you and your beautiful family. Have a great Sunday night and week! ❤

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  16. balroop2013 February 4, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

    My gratitude flows like a fountain of love, my muse smiles within as music of your beautiful words reverberates around me. What a pleasant surprise Vashti! I am delighted to read that you liked my book. Your haiku is so much in tune with the reviews you have written. Love and hugs dear friend.

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    • Vashti Q February 4, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

      You have such a beautiful way with words, my friend. I’m delighted that you liked the review. I did enjoy your book and I’ll continue to do so for years to come. 😀 xx

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      • balroop2013 February 4, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

        Thanks for such kind words Vashti. I am feeling honored. 🙂

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  17. Micki Peluso February 4, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

    Great post Vashti. You are amazing.

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    • Vashti Q February 5, 2018 at 11:35 am #

      Hello Micki! That means a lot coming from you, since you are such a wonderful and strong person and I admire you. Thank you! ❤

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  18. Marje @ Kyrosmagica February 5, 2018 at 1:53 am #

    What a wonderful haiku. And thsnk you so much for continuing the #ABRSC read and review with three reviews! Excellent. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q February 5, 2018 at 11:37 am #

      You came up with a brilliant idea, Marje! Thank you! 😀 xx

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  19. dgkaye February 5, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

    Love the Haiku meme and your excellent reviews! I agree with all you’ve said on Balroop and Nicholas’ books as I’ve read them too. 🙂 ❤

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    • Vashti Q February 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Debby! I’m happy we’re on the same page. The three books are so different but I enjoyed each one. Thank you! ❤ xx

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  20. Nicholas C. Rossis February 7, 2018 at 6:10 am #

    Thank you so much for including Emotional Beats here–and for the kind review! 😀

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    • Vashti Q February 8, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

      You’re very welcome, Nicholas. I added your book to my writing tool kit. It’s a treasure. 😀

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  21. coastalmom February 8, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    Someday I’ve always thought I want YOU to review my book that I’m still writing!!!!! ☺️💕

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 8, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      Aw, get it done and I’ll gladly do it. 😀 ❤


  22. Mukhamani February 9, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    Yes, the same happens to me when I hold a book which I like from the first page. 🙂

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