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Out Now: Amaranthine

Hello everyone 🙂

It’s been a little while coming, but today it’s a happy day for me, as it is finally truly here: the release of…

Amaranthine; visual poems from the haiku series

“Life, an infinite dance
of endings and beginnings —
We bloom eternal”

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, Amaranthine is a collection of visual poems from the Haiku series. Counting a hundred poems in total, both published and previously unpublished, these three-line verses are inspired by the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Touching upon various topics, the poetry is accompanied by subtle greyscale graphics, aiming to put the emphasis on the words in a complimentary fashion.

Count from one, till a hundred.

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

Would you like to see a bit more? I invite you to have a look at the book’s extensive preview page, a selection of poems from the Haiku series, or enjoy a motion picture approach by watching the official booktrailer here below (:

 

Purchase and additional information:

Buy this book in;

Hardcover, € 51,50 — Available through Blurb
Softcover, € 41,95 — Available through Blurb
eBook (Kindle, visual ed.), € 8,75 — Available through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (Kindle, poetry ed.), € 2,99 — Available through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (ePub, poetry ed.), € 2,99 — Available through Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Kobo

Page count (print):
• 118 pages (premium matte paper, full colour)

Find this book on Goodreads.

 

Lastly, I want to leave a little shout-out to the people who left me messages of encouragement as I was working on getting Amaranthine from simply a collection of poems to print and eBook; it’s a book close to my heart, and your lovely comments made it just that bit sweeter. Thank you (:

As always, feel free to drop me a line with thoughts or questions; I love to hear from you~

Love, KJ / Kiyo

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A New Name, A New Domain

Hello everyone (:

Less than a fortnight ago I was in the middle of counting down the days to my newest book-launch, when suddenly I dropped the cryptic message on social media that Amaranthine’s release would be postponed by a week to September 17th (which is happening!), and that I had some changes in the works that I would soon update you all upon… And, for those of you keeping a close eye on my social accounts —or my site— the change is obvious, as I’ve switched from Kiyo, to using my own name Kimberly Jolanda!

Uhm, how did that come about?

So, yes, where to begin? For I can indeed imagine that for anyone on the outside this change was sudden, and most certainly unexpected. Yet, for me, I have to admit, it was something that’s been on my mind for almost a year now.

Though I love writing poetry, and will continue to do so as it is a literary part of my mind that will not be silenced, for the past year I’ve been actually more immersed in writing prose. I’m compiling a series of short stories for a full-book release, as well as my first novel, and every time I imagined myself releasing it, using the name Kiyo just didn’t feel totally right. Don’t take me wrong, I love my creative nickname, and have enjoyed publishing my work under it, but somehow it just doesn’t feel entirely right for the stories I want to put out there. To me, Kiyo is more like a brand, in a way, than an author-name — if that makes any sense to you on the outside at all? 😉

Still, because I’d already accomplished so much, I silenced that little voice for months on end, until a while back, I began the switch to my Handwritten poetry series; which indeed is born from the desire to put a more personal touch to my work, but also to leave me more creative writing-room for those other projects. Adjusting my site to my updates accordingly over the summer (and talked about in the last Kiyo Corner), it was on a evening now about that fortnight ago, that I let slip to my family that I wished I could actually change my name for my future publications, but had no idea if I could just do that.

And they replied: why not?
Yes, it would be a sudden change. But, I had to do what felt right to me, even if it was unexpected.

Which was true, and something I always say to others, but it can be strange to hear them being said to yourself.

Yet, it gave me the push I needed, and, long story short, I did 🙂 As of the end of this week, my website has moved to a new domain at kj.siuhkyls.com (fun fact: siuhkyls is actually my last name spelled backwards, jolanda is my middle name ^_^), my social media handles have all changed, and my handwritten series, photography and future books will be released under Kimberly Jolanda instead of Kiyo from now on.

My existing books, from Dreamscape, Musings from a Wildflower to upcoming Amaranthine, will remain published under Kiyo — and the second (and last) volume in the Micro Poetry series, Lullabies from a Daydreamer will also still see the publishing light.

Sincerely, I hope you will all embrace this name-change with me, and I can say in closing: Welcome back aboard; my name is Kimberly, formerly known as Kiyo — it’s a pleasure to re-meet you (:

Have any questions for me? Or just want to drop me a line, please don’t hesitate to do so below~

Love, KJ

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Coming Soon: Amaranthine

Coming Soon: Amaranthine

Hello everyone (:

It’s been a long time coming, with many a teaser video or image on my social media accounts, but finally I’m here with some exiting news: the title and cover reveal of my upcoming book-release! So, proudly I present…

Amaranthine, visual poems from the haiku series!

Alike to Musings from a Wildflower, Amaranthine features a hundred poems, this time from my weekly shared Haiku series, and will become available in both print editions (hard- and softcover) as well as my two familiar eBook editions (visual, and text-only.)

For those of you unfamiliar with my poetry series’, the poems in my Haiku series have (without much surprise, I think 😉 ) been influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles; the three-line verses inspired by the continuous changes that happen in both nature and life. Touching upon various topics, the words themselves are accompanied by subtle greyscale graphics, aiming to put the emphasis on the poetry in a complimentary fashion.

Why the title “Amaranthine,” you may ask?

Truth be told, I wondered about the title for my haiku collection for quite some time, tossing different options in the mix, but always desiring for something that sounded a little, well, magical. I sincerely enjoy writing haiku; having learned from quite some talented people I met on my writing journey who introduced me to this form, there’s (for me) something special trying to tell a message with such limited words. It makes me stop and really consider my thoughts, my emotions, and how life is changeable in one way, yet somehow preserved in memories and moments. With Amaranthine meaning “endless, continuous, eternal” it just instantly clicked when I added the title to my list of options, and I knew that it was the one. I can only sincerely hope you’ll feel the same way about my choice, too (:

Make it your own: September 10th

Though I’ve been sharing the Haiku series for almost two years, only 75 of them have been uploaded online, giving Amaranthine a little extra edge; for 25 poems are brand-new, and have never seen the light of any kind of publication before.

And, last (and maybe most important) fact; the book will be officially released on the 17th of September through Blurb, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Amazon, but for those of you intrigued for a quick peek, I happily direct you to the book’s official page on my site which features a detailed look of how the printed edition (and eBooks) look like in “real life” 🙂 Next to that I will also be sharing more sneak-peeks on my social media channels, so follow me on your favoured ones (find them on your right-hand-side) for more in the weeks to come!

Looking forward to share more about Amaranthine with you all as the release date comes closer; and as always, drop me line if you feel like it (:

Love, KJ / Kiyo

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