News & Updates

News & Updates — OUT NOW: Musings from a Wildflower

Hello everyone 🙂

After sharing various teasers, today is finally the day: Musings from a Wildflower; the very first Micro Poetry series collection is available for purchase!

Gathered together it collects a hundred micro poems side by side in full-colour print editions (both hard- and softcover) and also simultaneous eBook editions (visual and poetry only), giving the reader a chance to briefly escape and dream away.

The Micro Poetry Series

Followers of my weekly updated Literary blog, or social media, will know this series rather well as I’ve been sharing it for at least a year-and-a-half, but for reader’s who haven’t been with me for that long, here’s a little more info (:

The Micro Poetry series are minimalistic poems based in origins on the art found in Japanese poetry — the way of saying so much in so little — combined with visuals from all around the globe that can take you places with just one glance. They aim to seamlessly blend words with imagery, the poetry inspired by personal philosophy, nature, daily thoughts and emotions, and have been met with wonderful comments of feeling uplifted, encouraged, or finding a moment to sit back and relax when reading them.

Where to get your copies?

Print editions are sold (once again) through Blurb, and the eBook editions are available in both ePub and Kindle editions; find all the info, pricing details and links below~

Hardcover, € 51,50 — Purchase through Blurb
Softcover, € 41,95 — Purchase through Blurb
eBook (Kindle, visual ed.), € 8,75 — Purchase through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (Kindle, poetry ed.), € 3,99 — Purchase through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (ePub, poetry ed.), € 3,99 — Purchase through Smashwords | Kobo

With this, I’ll leave you today; drop me a line in the comments below if you have any questions — have a wonderful rest of your day!

Love, Kiyo

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News & Updates — Musings from a Wildflower

Hello everyone,

November is already halfway once again, and the year is slowly (well, actually rather quickly, to be honest!) coming to an end — but, before the days of 2019 truly run out, I still have some exiting things up my sleeve… so read on 😉

Some of you who follow me through Twitter and Instagram may have an inkling what this may be about, but for those of you who do not, I excitedly announce the release of Musings from a Wildflower; the very first Micro Poetry series collection coming to print!

The Micro Poetry Series

Followers of my weekly updated Literary blog, or social media, will know this series rather well as I’ve been sharing it for at least a year-and-a-half (wow, that’s longer than I thought! 🙂 ), but for reader’s who haven’t been with me for that long, here’s a little more info (:

The Micro Poetry series are minimalistic poems based in origins on the art found in Japanese poetry — the way of saying so much in so little — combined with visuals from all around the globe that can take you places with just one glance. They aim to seamlessly blend words with imagery, the poetry inspired by personal philosophy, nature, daily thoughts and emotions, and have been met with wonderful comments of feeling uplifted, encouraged, or finding a moment to sit back and relax when reading them.

It’s the very first visual series I began sharing online, and is undoubtedly close to my heart. It’s a joy to create, and I’ve spend many a happy day in Photoshop blending my words with beautiful CC0 stock I peruse online.

Count from One to a Hundred

“Reaching towards our infinite skies, we blossom everywhere, growing strong —
An ocean of colour, we are wildflowers, seizing the day.”

I’ve recently received the very first print copy of either edition (hard- and softcover), and I’m beyond happy with the way it turned out; it’s printed on smooth premium paper, with colours just as vibrant as seen online. Gathered together, Musings from a Wildflower collects a hundred micro poems side by side in full-colour print editions (both hard- and softcover) and also simultaneous eBook editions (visual and poetry only), giving the reader a chance to briefly escape and dream away.

For anyone who is hungry for a bigger taste, I invite you to visit the official book-page, where you can get an extensive preview of how the book looks in all its glory, both in print and eBook 🙂

Mark your Diaries for December

For last but not least: Musings from a Wildflower will be available for purchase from December 4th, 2018!

Print editions will be sold (once again) through Blurb, and the eBook editions are already available for Pre-order in both ePub and Kindle editions; find all the info, pricing details and links below~

Hardcover, € 51,50 — Will be available December 4th 2018, through Blurb
Softcover, € 41,95 — Will be available December 4th 2018, through Blurb
eBook (Kindle, visual ed.), € 8,75 — Pre-order now through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (Kindle, poetry ed.), € 3,99 — Pre-order now through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (ePub, poetry ed.), € 3,99 — Pre-order now through Smashwords | Kobo

With this, I’ll leave you today; drop me a line in the comments below if you have any questions — have a wonderful rest of your day!

Love, Kiyo

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News & Updates — Dreamscape, One Year Anniversary

Hello everyone,

Today, November 7th, I have a little something to celebrate — which is (the title kinda gives it away) Dreamscape’s One Year Anniversary!

Even though a whole year has passed me by since releasing Dreamscape to the public, I still remember it all very vividly. The hours and hours I spend coming up with concepts for the (in total 26!) illustrations, and subsequently working on them, which was many months worth of work in-between other projects. Gathering the poems I wanted to include, fine-tuning them, and eventually combining them with the imagery which had been the main inspiration of each piece of art. The excitement to hold the very first printed proof-copy of the book in my hands is incredibly palpable as I think back, and so has been receiving wonderful compliments on both the artwork and poetry, like these;

“Dreamscape is a beautiful book; the poetry inside combined with the imagery have lead me personally to muse and ponder as hours pass by my window. It is a book for life, a gracefully written, delicate book and if you like to be inspired, to ponder and think, it’s perfect.”
— Dean Tarrant

That is why, today for me is a day to celebrate — AND I do this with a new release, and a gift. YES, I have a gift for you. Read on 😉

Dreamscape; an illustrated journey in art and poetry is now also available in Kindle eBook!

For a long time I searched for a way to also be able to share my illustrated book for not only the printed-book buyer but also the eBook collectors among us, and recently found a solution in Kindle. Newly released this week, Dreamscape’s visual edition is intuitive and beautifully clean; you can scale the images for full-views or close-ups, or swipe through it page by page. And the best thing is? It works both on Kindle devices, and the Kindle app for iPad (and other iOS devices)!

To get a preview of how the visual edition of Dreamscape looks, in print and eBook, visit the official page here 🙂

SALE: From the 7th till the 11th of November!

To make these festivities truly complete, this is not all — for my gift to you to celebrate Dreamscape’s visual anniversary in style, is the fact that I’m throwing a sale!
From the Wednesday the 7th, till Sunday the 11th of November, both Kindle eBook editions (visual and poetry only) will be discounted:

Visual ed. (eBook/Kindle), from € 7,95 to € 6,50 — Available through Amazon
Poetry only ed. (eBook/Kindle), from € 3,99 to € 2,99 — Available through Amazon

So, if you’ve ever been interested in owning your own copy of Dreamscape, I am delighted to say this is your chance to get it especially on its book-birthday 🙂

Have any questions, want to drop a line or just share with me in the festivities, do so below~

Love, Kiyo

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News & Updates — OUT NOW: Echoes from Another Time

Hello everyone,

Today is the very last day of October, the 31st, and that means in many countries we’ll be celebrating Halloween!
In style with it’s traditional theme of trick-or-treat, this year I’m opting for treat, for it is finally here: the release of my short story, Echoes from Another Time 🙂

On this day when the veil between this world, and the one beyond, is thinnest; allowing spirits to wander freely, and other things may well linger in the dark, I give Ally’s haunting tale to all of you to read on your own All Hallow’s Eve night…

“It all began with the footsteps”

When Ally awakes in the middle of the night to the sound of unexpected footsteps, she thinks her boyfriend has come home from his travels, but instead finds herself still eerily home alone. Quickly, things spin out of control as candles begin to burn out of their own accord, and a haunting, darkling spirit appears — leading her to discover that nothing she believed is what it seems…

A Touch of Inspiration

As you have guessed correctly, Echoes from Another Time is a ghost story, but one with a twist. Of course, I will not give anything away; I’ll leave that for you to discover 😉 Still, I will share that Ally’s tale has been slumbering in the back of my mind for quite some time, and when the end of Summer began to call, she kept coming back to me more and more, and I had almost no choice but to tell you her story…

When I write I always like to set the mood by creating a playlist on my iPod, and with this project, it was no different. The short stories’ atmosphere was both inspired by Fernando Velázquez’ score created for Crimson Peak; which is a beautifully made, although somewhat disturbing tale of love by master filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and another influence came from the music of Penny Dreadful, a series I recommend to anyone who is fascinated by the supernatural, and has a sometimes eerie, yet exquisite soundtrack by Abel Korzeniowski.

To give you a taste of music-moods, I’ve included some tracks below:
• ♫ Edith’s Theme, Allerdale Hall and Finale by Fernando Velázquez (Crimson Peak)
• ♪ Closer Than Sisters, Vanessa’s Dream and Melting Waltz by Abel Korzeniowski (Penny Dreadful, season 1, 2 and 3)

“Come back home to me”

Prologue

“Come back home to me.”
   Gazing from a cloak of midnight shadows, a dark figure watched the window, his eyes following a young woman’s slender silhouette as she pressed a hand against the pane, looking out.
   Her lips formed the same sentence over and over, as if she repeated it like a mantra. “Come back home to me. Please, come back home to me.” The glass fogging up slightly near her face from the cold wind that breathed outside.
   Transfixed, he could not help but look at her; drinking in her fair hair and white nightgown, her silent words impossibly audible in his mind. They called to him, as if they were a string tied from his heart to hers.
   A string that commanded him to move towards her.
   And so, leaving the shadows behind, he did.”

Sharing the prologue as an extra sampler, I’ll leave you with the facts that Echoes from Another Time is a seven chapter short story (counting 4,670 words), written in the same style as you’ve come to know from me in my Poetic Prose series — AND, you can get it in eBook through the links below, totally for FREE!

Smashwords (ePub)
Kobo (ePub)
Prolific Works (ePub and .mobi)

If you enjoyed it, please leave me a review on Goodreads, or get in touch in the comments to tell me your thoughts; I’d love to find out (:

Love, Kiyo

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News & Updates — Echoes from Another Time

Hello everyone,

With October just underway, it's time for my first proper news update; namely the upcoming release of my short story Echoes from Another Time!

Written especially for Halloween; the intriguing period of everything dark, supernatural beings, and wandering ghosts, I sat down to craft my own haunting tale while I listened to my favourite eerie soundtracks, my own mind wandering free, and now happily present the blurb to you all for the very first time...

“It all began with the footsteps”

When Ally awakes in the middle of the night to the sound of unexpected footsteps, she thinks her boyfriend has come home from his travels, but instead finds herself still eerily home alone. Quickly, things spin out of control as candles begin to burn out of their own accord, and a haunting, darkling spirit appears — leading her to discover that nothing she believed is what it seems...

— So, When Can I Read This?

Soon, very soon. Echoes from Another Time is a seven chapter short story, counting 4,670 words, and written in the same style as you've come to know from me in my Poetic Prose series. Counting down the days, it will be available in eBook on Halloween itself, October 31st — AND, wait for it, totally for FREE!

Keep an eye on both this blog and my social media channels if you want to covet a copy for yourself, or your supernatural-story-loving friend; because knowing time, it'll be the end of the month again faster than we think, and don't hesitate to get in touch in the comments below to tell me your thoughts, I'd love to find out (:

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Love, Kiyo

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News & Updates — Welcome to October :)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to October, and to the very last quarter of our year once again! Time is surely flying by, isn't it? The weather is changing as rapidly as the colours outside, getting colder and chillier, while the tree-leaves are set afire and begin the tumble and fall. I'm always very fond of Summer, despite the heat-waves that —even I admit— were a bit too full-on this past season, but Autumn is beautiful too, giving us scene's like these below.

— As Time Rushes Past

When I look back at the months, weeks and days behind me, for me it has done so with obvious evidence — it's been some incredibly busy times. Mainly because of this reason, and the many changes and developments in both my work and personal projects, I've decided to start writing a more personal blog next to my weekly Literature one, hoping to share more updates as I go along on my journey as freelance artist and indie-author.

So, what can you expect of me? A few things that I sincerely hope you'll enjoy.

Whenever I can I'll be writing a journal series called In Her Mind, in which I talk about all that interests and influences me in my art-creation, think legends, myth’s and mysteries, contemplating fact from fiction; every month I'll curate Kiyo's Corner, creating an overview of the past weeks worth of Visual Poetry and Poetic Prose I've shared on my Literature blog and social media; and last but not least, I'll keep you up-to-date about any kind of News & Updates about (upcoming) books, promotions, portfolio highlights and other relevant items.

The very first News & Updates items are coming along very shortly, for I have some (I find) exiting things planned for October, November and December 🙂

So, stay tuned — and have a wonderful week ahead!

Love, Kiyo

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