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“Celebrate the Summer Solstice,” A Tanka Poem


I’ve stretched the limits of my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week, but I have a good reason as you will see below. In my Tanka poem, I used “cheer,” for praise, and “feed the fires,” for excite.

This is also a book cover reveal!

Please join me on Thursday, June 21st, to help me celebrate the release of my first book of poetry and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration.” This book is written as a tribute to the Summer Solstice.

Fairies, Myths, & Magic Final

Book Cover design by Wendy Anne Darling ~ Bookxeedo Book Covers


Celebrate the Summer Solstice

This summer solstice—
cheer the balmy rising sun
Litha blessings flow.
Triumph the light over dark,
feed the fires of midsummer.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Stayed tuned to learn about the special introductory price which will be announced on June 21st. <3

Good morning friends

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Congratulations with the book release, Colleen. I like the cover! I hope the launch was a success. I’m happy summer started, but sad the days are already getting shorter. 🙂

  2. Congratulations, Colleen! I LOVE the cover!! And the topic of fairies is so perfect for the summer solstice.

  3. Lovely cover, Colleen. Best of luck with your book. I will share around. Happy for you – congrats! Hugs xx

  4. So excited for you, Colleen. One more sleep until the big day. I’ll be sharing/tweeting the fabulous news tomorrow. Best wishes to you. Beautiful cover too! 🙂

  5. This is a wonderful surprise, Colleen! Congratulations! The book cover is lovely. I also enjoyed your Tanka. Wishing you all the best with your new release! <3 xx

  6. Just lovelly, Colleen. You have such a way with words!

  7. Love your cover, Colleen. It’s gorgeous. Lovely Tanka too.

  8. Congratulations dear Colleen… the cover is so pretty. Best of luck to you 💚🍀

  9. Congratulations, Colleen. Wonderful idea and sweet cover. <3 Happy Solstice!

  10. Congrats, Colleen! And I am so ready for summer.

  11. Congratulations Colleen, <3 marvellous <3

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  13. Congratulations Colleen. Wishing you many sales. 🌼

  14. Congratulations Colleen!

  15. Congratulations, Colleen. Sharing.

  16. Oooh. Lovely cover, Colleen. I love the magical font and the rich colors. Congrats on the book! My grandson is a solstice baby so we’ll be playing on a bouncy castle on the solstice, but I’ll be by to pick up your new book too! Happy Solstice. <3

  17. I’m so excited for you, Colleen! <3 I can see the magic on the cover already. <3 I'll check it out on Thursday night as I'm attending a Writers Conference.

  18. Congratulations, Colleen! I can feel your excitement! 🙂

  19. Good luck for the book launch. I’ve put it in my diary! Lovely cover and poem. 🙂 x

  20. So thrilled for you sis. I feel like I’ve been on this journey with you. <3 You know I'll reblog this next week! <3 OH, and loveeeeeee the cover!!!!! xxxx

  21. Magical Tanka, Colleen, and I LOVE the cover! Woo-hoo! Wish we could celebrate in person but will enjoy the online festivities nonetheless. Kudos and hugs, Sis ❤️❤️❤️

  22. Congratulations Colleen!

  23. Oh sis… I am thrilled to hear this news! Celebrate? I can only imagine that the vibrations of happiness shall lift even the most stubborn and send the supportive, even higher. Rock it Sis! Rock it!!! <3

  24. Fantastic Colleen and congratulations.. Will do a new book on the shelves for the bookstore on the Sunday 24th after the party.. hugsxx♥

  25. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A date to put in your diary.. and a cover reveal for the new release from Colleen Chesebro on June 21st. Fairies, Myths and Magic.. poetry and short stories.. and it is a perfect time to celebrate the Summer Solstice

  26. Great cover, Colleen! Good luck!

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  28. Cute cover Colleen 💜

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