Poetry Friday ~ Poet’s Choice of Words

4 Jan

Welcome, everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the new year.

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2018 was a year of high highs and low lows for me, but in the end I am grateful for all the blessings bestowed upon me, for my family and friends (including my marvelous online friends), and for the opportunity to continue on my quest to realize all my dreams.

2018 started off with a bang as I was selected “Spotlight” author by the Rave Reviews Book Club. That was a great honor and I’m still excited about it. As “Spotlight” author I was given a week long blog tour featuring me and my book, The Fall of Lilith. Needless to say, January was a fantastic and memorable month for me. By the end of February I had sold many books and received close to 30 wonderful reviews.

I travelled to Japan and that was an amazing, life-changing experience. I also published the 2nd book in my Fantasy Angels Series, Son of the Serpent. And best of all I’m cancer-free! So, although there were some extremely tough times last year, I still consider 2018 to have been an overall great year and I’m looking forward to an even better 2019 for me and for all of you too. Let’s do this! 

This week it’s “Poet’s Choice of Words” at Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge. I chose the words Year and Gratitude. I dedicate this Tanka to all those amazing people online and off who supported me through the tough times and cheered me on during the great times. You are special and will occupy a space in my heart forever. 

This new year may you

realize your fondest dreams

recalling each and

every blessing with joy

and gratitude in your hearts

I would like to share the latest review for my book, Son of the Serpent written by Author, Mark Bierman.

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I have yet to read the first of this series, so I was unsure of what to expect. Let me tell you, I was hooked in the first paragraph. Thanks to the skillful writing of author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, living the tale through the eyes of Dracul and Lilith was effortless.

The references to biblical accounts were blended smoothly throughout, and depict Lilith orchestrating the downfall of humanity. The story can be described as a journey through biblical history viewed through the lens of the supernatural.

This novel is an ideal medley of action, raw emotion, and fantasy. It whets the appetite for more.

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Happy reading and writing!

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Doing my “Book Dragon” happy dance.


Year and Gratitude are this week’s prompt words chosen by Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer.

*The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.

Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge every Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree or Cinquain poem. She is an author and poet, and also does book reviews and so much more on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

Enjoy the 1st weekend of 2019!

52 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Poet’s Choice of Words”

  1. Kester James Finley January 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Such great news to hear you are cancer free! I know it was a struggle the past couple of months, but you fought like the warrior we all knew you were, with love and light! You had a great year, a very well deserved one as you are a wonderful writer and inspiration to so many. May your 2019 be as equally awesome as you continue to shine!

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    • Vashti Q January 4, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

      Thank you for the lovely words, my friend. Your encouragement has meant so much to me. I want nothing but the best for you this year and all the years to come. You too are very deserving. ❤ xo

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  2. Priscilla Bettis January 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

    That’s a nice, happy Tanka! Congrats on the wonderful Son of the Serpent review. And you’re right: being cancer free is the best of all!

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    • Vashti Q January 4, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

      I’m happy you enjoyed the Tanka, Priscilla. Thank you very much! Enjoy the weekend. 😀 xo

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  3. olganm January 4, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

    To a fabulous 2019, Vashti! ♥

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  4. Michael January 4, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    How fab glad all is tickety boo..

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    • Vashti Q January 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

      Thank you, Michael! All the best! 😀 xo


  5. Annette Rochelle Aben January 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

    Celebrating ALL the joy you are sharing! ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

      Thank you, Annette! And I’m also celebrating you, because you’re awesome, my friend. ❤ xo

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  6. coldhandboyack January 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

    You really had an interesting year. I hope 2019 only holds good things for you.

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  7. balroop2013 January 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

    May this year too prove to be as good as the last one was as far as your books and reviews are concerned. Wishing you more travels and a healthy and happy life Vashti. 🙂

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  8. Jill Weatherholt January 4, 2019 at 9:33 pm #

    When we have our health, we have it all! Wishing you and our family peace, joy and good health in the new year…and good sales numbers, too! Happy New Year, Vashti! ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

      Thank you for the amazing wishes, Jill! I wish the same for you and your loved ones. 😊💕

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  9. Miriam Hurdle January 5, 2019 at 12:33 am #

    This is wonderful news, Vashti, that you’re cancer free. I’m so happy for you. I’ll be in remission for 10 years by summer 2019, so I know how it feels. You had a wonderful 2018 and 2019 will be even better. The review of you new book is fabulous. ❤ ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 5, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank you for the super wishes, Miriam. I wish nothing but the best for you, happiness, love, success and of course great health and cancer free for life. ❤️♥️❤️

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      • Miriam Hurdle January 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

        I love everything of your great wishes for me, Vashti. Let’s have all of them for you and me. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

      That’s a deal, my friend. ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle January 5, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

        I joined the RRBC, but was not confirmed my membership or received any contact, I finally emailed to the person in charged of membership. I hope they tell me where to find the book list for review. ❤ ❤

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      • Vashti Q January 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        You have to look on the main blog for the book catalog. You can review any book that’s in the RRBC catalog. I’m sure they’ll let you know soon.
        ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle January 7, 2019 at 3:52 pm #

        Yes, Vashti. I wanted to find the list and review your book. I’ll try to open the catalog. I’ve contacted them since October, got one email earlier saying they’ll give me the detail but no follow-up yet. I’ll wait and contact them again when I come back from Hong Kong. Good to know that you’re doing well. <3<3 xox

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    • Vashti Q January 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm #

      They’ve had a lot going on recently so they may be a bit behind on things. I will contact them also, if you like. Both my books are in the catalog. Here’s the link: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/book-club-selections-for-review/sci-fy-fantasy/
      Thank you. I hope you enjoy the book. Have a wonderful vacation in Hong Kong. Take lots of pictures! ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle January 8, 2019 at 12:20 am #

        Thank you, Vashti. I’ll contact them at the end of the month. I have your book. ❤ ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

      Yay! Thank you. Have a fun and safe trip. 😀 ❤

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  10. markbierman January 5, 2019 at 5:37 am #

    Wishing you all the best in 2019!

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    • Vashti Q January 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

      I wish the same for you, Mark. Thanks again for reading and reviewing Son of the Serpent. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it. 😁 xo


  11. D.L Finn, Author January 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

    What a great review Vashti:) Congrats! I’m so glad you are cancer free…that is a great gift. 2019 is going to be an amazing year!

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    • Vashti Q January 5, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

      Yes! I couldn’t be happier with my cancer free status. Wishing you the best year ever, my friend.

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  12. jaye22 January 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi Vashti, well firstly Happy New Year to you and your family. Secondly fantastic news you are cancer free and I know I have been mia but you are in my thoughts and by the posts here I can see you fought like a ninja, so proud of you and I have tears in my eyes congratulating you on getting through such a tough period.

    Now I follow you on Amazon books and I received an email today re your book release and I will definitely be purchasing and reading your book once I have finished My current book. I cannot wait. Lots of love to you as always so proud of you – hugs 🤗 🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘

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    • Vashti Q January 5, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi Jaye❣️ Happy New Year! I’ve been thinking on and off about you too. It was rough for a while but it’s all behind me now and I feel stronger every day. I have a great feeling about 2019. There are always ups and downs in life, as long as there are more highs than lows we’ll be okay. Wishing you a very healthy, happy, prosperous, and loved-filled year. Thanks for the sweet and encouraging words.

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  13. jaye22 January 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm #

    You deserve to do well Vashti, I am routing for you xoxoxox

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  14. tracikenworth January 5, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

    Reblogged this on Loleta Abi.

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  15. D. Wallace Peach January 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

    It does sound like you had a wonderful year, Vashti, and the hard parts ended on a wonderful note. Beautiful poem and thank you for sharing an amazing review. Yay. Wishing you all the best in the year to come. ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 7, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      Thank you for the lovely comment and wonderful wishes. Of course I wish you all the best as well, my friend. ❤ xo

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  16. Gwen Plano January 6, 2019 at 5:36 am #

    Dear Vashti, I’m so happy you are cancer-free. Last year definitely was a year of highs and lows, but for both, we give thanks. After all, it gave us this year — of hopes and dreams that soar. May blessings abound for you and yours. Happy New Year! ♥

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    • Vashti Q January 7, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

      Hello Gwen. Thank you very much for the kind words. I’m looking forward to great things this year. Wishing you happiness, good health, love, and prosperity for 2019 and beyond. ❤ xo

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  17. Colleen Chesebro January 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

    Vashti, knowing you are cancer free is a huge blessing. I’m so happy to know everything worked out for you. This Tanka is so full of hope and love. I’ll be reviewing book 2 two soon. Your talent shines through all of your writing. ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi Colleen. Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed the Tanka. I’m excited to try the new poetry forms you introduced this year for the challenge. Thank you for the wonderful news and lovely compliment. I hope you enjoy Son of the Serpent. You made my day! 😀 ❤ xo

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    • Vashti Q January 7, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

      This is very true. Thank you. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  18. rijanjks January 6, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

    Beautiful reflecting back and hopeful looking forward! Counting blessing is a sure way to receive more! Happy 2019, Vashti! May it be filled with amazing moments!

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    • Vashti Q January 7, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

      Oh, that’s a wonderful wish, Jan! Thank you. I’m very hopeful that 2019 will have many amazing moments. Wishing you all the best for this year and beyond. ❤

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  19. Robert Matthew Goldstein January 7, 2019 at 10:30 pm #

    Hi Vashti! I’m so glad to read you’re free of cancer! Happy 2019!

    Liked by 1 person


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