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Life Is But A Moment In Time by Essie Dee


Life Is But A Moment In Time

by Essie Dee

Publication Date: 30 August 2022
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Fiction


We are all here for just a moment, and it’s up to us to make it the best moment possible. To challenge ourselves, to learn and teach, find meaning in the day, and think about our purpose. Perhaps ponder questions such as: Is there a difference between love and friendship? In choosing to do right over wrong, who decides what is considered ‘right?’ Are we really judged for the choices we make?

Lucy and Ed continually find one another when each is experiencing a life crisis. Over the years, a friendship forms form these chance encounters, and brings with it questions. As there is a level of secrecy to their relationship, could they be doing something wrong? Are they allowed to feel anything but friendship towards one another? When it is finally decided that they are in charge of what happens next, it is too late to change the course of their path.

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Essie Dee

About the Author

Essie Dee is a Canadian author whose writing has appeared in The Cabinet of Heed, Nightingale & Sparrow, Cauldron Anthology, Clover & White, Reflex Fiction, Ellipses Zine, and Crepe & Penn. She has always loved writing, and began a more serious effort in 2017 while deciding how to rejoin the workforce after a family leave. Essie uses poetry and prose to explore relationships, what ifs, and social issues. When not writing, Essie enjoys running, reading, various forms of dance, and spending time in nature.

River Ghosts by Merril D. Smith

River Ghosts River Ghosts
by Merril D. Smith

Publication Date: 12 April 2021
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

River Ghosts is about love, loss, the natural world, and the passage of time. It explores family and memory, the ghosts that dance through our minds, and the ghosts that whisper from cobblestones, rivers, and houses. It is a book birthed in the grief for a parent and the world during COVID-19. Nevertheless, it also celebrates joy and laughter, and recognizes that though nature’s beauty is transitory, it recurs again and again. Spring follows winter, and new flowers
bloom. We see the light of long-dead stars, even as new stars are born.

This book was compiled after the author’s mother died of COVID-19 in April 2020, although some of the poems were written before pandemic and lockdown. The compilation is a tribute to life and love, and an exploration of mourning and remembrance.

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About the Author

Merril D. Smith

Merril D. Smith lives near the Delaware River in southern New Jersey with her husband and cat. She has a doctorate in American history from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her nonfiction books focus on history, gender, and sexuality. She turned to poetry as a creative outlet several years ago, and her poetry has been published in a variety of literary magazines. River Ghosts is her first full-length poetry book.

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