Loverboy is $1 on Kindle

Just a friendly reminder that the Kindle edition of my debut is only a $1 (or the equivalent). I’ve worked very hard to make this collection the most beautiful, stylistically and linguistically that I am able to, so please consider buying a copy if it looks interesting to you. It’s available in any countries that have Amazon, and if you purchase a new copy of the paperback, you get a download of the Kindle version as well for free. Both versions look quite good, actually, I’ve made doubly sure that they do. There’s samples for your convenience.
It is also on Kindle Unlimited for the time being but I’m afraid I’ll be letting its KU license expire later this month so that I can publish it in ePub.

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Loverboy is $1 on Kindle

Just a friendly reminder that you can get my debut on Kindle for about the price of a candy bar. Except Loverboy lasts longer and won’t rot your teeth.
It’s an eerie, romantic collection with some intricate little drawings, and is also available in paperback and on Kindle Unlimited. If you’re in the US and buy the paperback new, you also get a copy of the Kindle edition for free.
Sales made from my independent books help to make new ones possible, so please consider getting a copy, sharing it with your friends, and if you wish to do so, reviewing it on Goodreads so more people will know about it!

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KCMYBPD
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KCMYBPD
Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07KCMYBPD
India – https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07KCMYBPD

Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 5

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Again, thanks to all who have downloaded a copy. This may be the last day it’s free on Kindle, so if you’re on the fence… I believe I’ve solved the paperback issue so… finally the paperback ought to be available for purchase by this weekend. Troublesome, but isn’t that life. Anyway, feel free to grab a copy below.

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 4

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Thanks to all those who have downloaded a copy of Loverboy thus far! This is only the beginning of the road. For those who want one, they’re free on Kindle for the rest of the holiday season for anybody.
An interesting little fact I don’t think I’ve noted is that this collection began conception as romance short stories.
I had had like, two or three poetry compilations that were finished and supposed to come out before Loverboy was even decided as poetry, but it ended up usurping them. Kind of like a parasite that becomes its host. Oddly, it was totally thematically different from those two collections. It’s not even very similar to its companion book, Absolute Heaven. In genre only, maybe.

The hardest part of talking about Loverboy at all is that I’m perplexed about where it even spawned from. It just… was all on paper one day, or so it seemed like.
But anyway, feel free to grab a copy and tell your friends if it’s something they might like. Perhaps you will see something perplexing and valuable in it.

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 3

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Thanks to all who downloaded a copy of Loverboy yesterday, for awhile it made it to the Kindle Free Top 10 in the Poetry category, right next to an Edgar Allan Poe compilation! I never dreamed that would happen. It also made it pretty high in the Fantasy and LGBT categories, surprisingly.
Oh, and you shouldn’t, but if you do experience any problems with the eBook, please tell me and I’ll fix it so you can get a new copy. It should look fine on most devices, at least the ones I’ve tested. The paperback should be out by Christmas if interested. It was supposed to be out several days ago but there was a strange delay because of publishing and rights and all that boring stuff you definitely aren’t interested in. I know I’m not. Ugh.

Anyway, I’m posting some frosty new winter and holiday themed poetry here for the week up to Christmas as well, so enjoy! Get your copy of Loverboy below, and feel free to offer your thoughts in a review. Happy Holidays!

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 2

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My poetry debut Loverboy is free as a Kindle download for the holidays. Go crazy, it’s available in all Amazon regions to anybody. You don’t need Kindle Unlimited.
I decided to publish most of my poetry independently, purposefully. It’s not a matter of who publishes it, and if it happens to be picked up by a publisher later, that’s fantastic. I don’t have an issue with that.
It was more the fact that while widely loved, poetry is still niche and you can avoid all the arbitrary nonsense of waiting for somebody to take your project on if you just put it out there yourself. So for now here it is. Please give it a try, and if you miss the giveaway the regular price is pretty low.
If it’s something I’ve put out myself I don’t usually charge more than $7 USD for any of the eBooks. I mean, you don’t even get a physical copy, and as a book collector myself I find it ridiculous to charge much more than that. Share this giveaway with your friends who love to read so they can get a copy as well.

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 1

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This dreamy dark poetry debut is FREE on Kindle for the holiday season starting today. If possible I will try to extend the time it’s free, but no promises, so Loverboy, for now will be free until Dec. 21st! It’s free in all regions, not just the ones below, and you can also borrow it on Kindle Unlimited. After the giveaway, it goes back up to $1USD, so still not too pricey. I’d adore some genuine feedback, from what I’ve seen the end design looked beautiful.
The paperback version has had some annoying technical troubles (it looks stunning but there were some issues with publishing) but should be out soon, along with its companion Absolute Heaven, which comes out later this December.
I should note that my poetry is probably best for mature readers. It’s not explicit but explores some more adult themes.
These books are completely indie by choice, so please help support my work by sharing this post and telling your friends, while they can get it for free! 🙂

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Loverboy is Free on Kindle Unlimited!

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Loverboy is now free on Kindle Unlimited for a limited time! It is available in all regions that have KU on Amazon, but to buy it for your Kindle is only $1.99. A free sample is available.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KCMYBPD
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This is a dark romantic compilation that blurs what lines there are between horror, solace and sorrow. Please give it a try if you’ve enjoyed my work on this blog. Review copies are also available via request on my Goodreads page.

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Loverboy is $1.99 on Kindle!

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My debut dark poetry collection is now available on Kindle! It’s available in most regions for $1.99 USD or equivalent, including the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada and India. Please consider buying a copy if you’ve enjoyed my work on this blog. I promise it’s lovely. A free sample can be downloaded or browsed on Loverboy‘s Amazon page, and a different sample can be read here. The paperback will be out later this month.

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FROM THE BLURB:
“The hearts you take are the legion you make. Will I love you still… I say that I will.”

“A fever dream of romantic grotesque, Loverboy is a dance of love, heartache and hatred that intertwines horror with beauty as if they were never separate.
Classy and sensual like a forbidden fairytale, this collection of dark poetry paints its phrases from bittersweet fantasy, gender identity, mental illness, broken heritage, obsession and society.
Each poem in S.M. Shuford’s debut holds a unique heart to itself, whether it is shattered, whole or darkened and awaiting death. Loverboy is a collection for those who have ever felt lost or broken, like wandering ghosts who cannot find their way back home.
Fully illustrated, this edition includes an exclusive introduction piece and a preview of the experimental compilation, Absolute Heaven.”

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“Loverboy” Free Preview

A poem from my collection, Loverboy, which arrives to eBook format November 9. Initially, Loverboy was going to be published on Halloween, but I decided rather last-minute that wasn’t a brilliant idea. Many who might be interested would be off, well, Halloween-ing rather than shopping for books to read.

The fortunate news being, it gave me time to spiff up the illustrations, so it should be quite lovely when it’s born in print later!
Initially the eBook will be available through Amazon, then most other major booksellers for $1.99. I’ll try to get the option for Kindle Unlimited as well. Review copies are available via direct request through its Goodreads page. Comment on my author review for more info!

“Blush of Innocence”, from Loverboy

To love me you say, is breaking your heart

Blush of innocence, an untouched rose
An embryo in the soul emitting pain
But you breed this deadly thing for me,
Medallion of hurt to fuel a waking dream
I say no words as you carve our flesh
For now, forever now we are one

To love me you say, is breaking your heart

A fluctuating rose whose touch
Is like scissors to the stomach
You siphon your blood to chance a kiss,
Or to cage me in an obsessional mind
I say no words as you mend our flesh
For now, forever now we are one

To love… to love… to love…

The blush of the unravelling rose
It agitates the complex you fear inside
Take blade to throat to keep it sacred –
Untouched but loved, enticing but pure
I say no words as we share one flesh
For now, forever now we are one

Copyright ©2018 S. M. Shuford
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💖Loverboy & Absolute Heaven💖 – Poetry to be Published Late 2018

Loverboy

A fever dream of romantic grotesque, Loverboy is a heart-piercing dance of love and hatred. Dark, classy, and sensual as a forbidden fairy tale, this collection of poems paints its phrases directly from raw fear, bittersweet fantasy, mental illness, broken heritage, gender identity, obsession and nightmarish visions.

Absolute Heaven

Absolute Heaven is a dream-infused omnibus that captures the darkness of the heart in its palm and never lets it free. Devilishly blurring the lines between romantic hate and grotesque love, it spans emotions of the mind from wistful clouds of fantasy to the abyss of occult fears.

Loverboy and Absolute Heaven are two companion compilations of mine that are going to be published later this year. Due to a wait on publication rights for a few individual poems, the dates can’t be set officially yet, though they should be out by December in any case. I’m lobbying for October 31st (Halloween, of course!) as a date for the first one.

They are both brimming with poems and art, and pretty large for poetry compilations. I believe in rather full-figured compilations that look beautiful on a shelf and are enough for a total experience. Loverboy is a traditional book and its sister Absolute Heaven is experimental, collecting all of my haiku books and more conventionally-styled poetry as well.

Both will be available at most major retailers, though I am giving away ARC’s to book and poetry reviewers for a limited time (ARCs will be sent out July 28th if you sign up for one) – which you can read more about on their Goodreads pages below. Feel free to inquire, though I ask that you have done at least 5 book reviews that I can see publicly on any book-blogging platform. Covers and samples should be out soon.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40205210-loverboy

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40201442-absolute-heaven

Examples of my work can be found, well, everywhere on Blood Red Velvet, as well as on my Tumblr blog.

Cancellation and Review Copies of Poetry

So there’s good and bad news. The bad news is that I’ve decided not to publish the last of my haiku books, Medical Heaven, individually. I honestly have no drive to do this, despite the fact that the previous ones got a surprisingly large number of downloads and views. I’ll still finish the original cover art, but it’ll just be a singular painting.

The good news, however, is that come late July-early August, I’ll be giving away review copies of two poetry collections of mine – Absolute Heaven and Loverboy. The first is an experimental (and massive) compilation including all 10 haiku books and 30+ traditional poems, and Loverboy is a standard collection of “romantic-grotesque” poems. I recommend both for older teens and adults due to dark and sensitive content – including topics of violence, trauma and mental illness. There is little-to-no explicit language, however.

They are early copies and may be missing some material, especially as several poems out of Loverboy may appear in other publications before it comes out. It won’t be anything that effects the book as a whole.

I’m not positive on the final publication date of either – I’m aiming for late 2018 at the earliest, but if you’re a reviewer interested in a free book, now is your chance to sign up for one. There are still about 40 or so copies left. Just let me know, either on Goodreads or in the comments. 🙂

-S. M., June 2018