Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Tour/Review: Writings from the Heart by Beth Ann Masarik

Hello Readers, 

Today I'm pleased to be part of the book tour for Writings from the Heart. I'm including my review of the novel and then a guest post from Beth Ann Masarik. 

Writings from the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World
Received for Review
edited by Beth Ann Masarik
Release Date: June 6,2012
Anthology of Poems/Short Stories

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received this book for review from the author. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I don't normally read short stories and poems unless they are for an English class and are poems by Shakespeare, Frost, or Wordsworth, etc. So it was fun reading poems that I wasn't going to be quizzed on. 

These short stories and poems were heart-warming, heart-wrenching, encouraging, discouraging, tragic, and funny...I think you get the picture. This collection dealt with raw emotions in every capacity in a way that was compelling and intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology.

This anthology touches upon several different topics from Christmas to blind dates to witches to more serious and emotional topics. This anthology has a story and a poem that any reader would enjoy reading.

Furthermore, this book is for a good cause. The proceeds of this book will go to the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Cohen Children's Medical Center for research and education to advance knowledge and treatment for this disease. 

If nothing else get this book simply because it is for a good cause. 

In Summary: An enjoyable collection that has something for everybody. 

The Wrap-up: When Beth invited me to be part of this blog tour, I was thrilled to be involved but didn't have a clue what the anthology would be like. I will admit that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this. If you enjoy poems or short stories, then you will like this collection.

Even if you don't, I think there are things within this collection that will appeal to you. Tomorrow Cassie from Gathering Leaves will be participating in this tour so be sure to stop by. 

And now for a guest post by Beth Ann Masarik.

Thank you for having me on the blog today, Danica!  Hello everyone! My name is Beth Ann Masarik, and I am here to tell you about an anthology that I coordinated for charity.  All proceeds will go to the pediatric cardiology unit at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, which is a part of the NSUH/LIJ health system.  The anthology is called Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World.  It can be purchased through all major sales channels like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.  It can be purchased in both paperback for $13.00 and ebook for $4.99.  The anthology is composed of poetry and short stories from 30 different authors from all around the world.

Today I would like to highlight some of those authors, and introduce you to them.

Jamie Danzer

Bio: Writing poems and stories is my passion.  In my spare time, I make jewelry (necklaces, chain mail, etc.).  To find out more about the jewelry I make, you can visit the website at

Reason for Participation:When I found out that you were doing the anthology I thought it would be a great opportunity to get a piece of my work out there but more importantly it wasn't just about putting my name out there; it was about the cause you said it went for. I loved the idea that you were doing something like that to help others. I had decided that I wanted to be a part of that. Writing is fun for me; and sometimes reading what other people write like poetry and stuff like that can be inspiring to me as well. I only hope someone else reads the anthology and is inspired the way we all were to write something for it.”


Cat Dixon

Bio: Cat Dixon teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is the Marketing Director of the poetry publishing company, The Backwaters Press. Her work has appeared in Sugar House Review, Coe Review, Eclectica among others and recently her poems were chosen for a forthcoming Lit Undressed Exhibit, part of the Downtown Lit Fest held annually in Omaha. In 2006 she started a monthly readings series called The Midwest Best and she organized and ran a poetry workshop at Girls Inc., an after school program for adolescent women.

Reason for participation: ‘‘I heard about this anthology on Duotrope and wanted to submit because a children’s hospital here in Omaha, Nebraska has importance to me. My daughter received physical therapy there for six months.”
For more information about the anthology, you can visit my blog and click under the category “Charity.”  You can also find more information about Writings From the Heart on my Goodreads page here

Thanks for  stopping by Beth and for featuring some of the writers from the anthology. 


Danica Page


  1. What a great blog...GREAT POSTS, and I LOVE your header.


    Giveaway on my blog...GODS AND FATHERS...until June 27.

    SUMMERLAND and a GRAND PRIZE OF Elin Hilderbrand's book until July 9.

    Silver's Reviews

    1. Elizabeth,

      Thanks for following and I'm glad you like my blog. Thanks for leaving your link. I'll be sure to check it out when I have time this weekend.


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