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This week I am highlighted on the Author and Book Event Center, a website devoted to “Book Reviews, Book Trailers, Author Events, Live Forum and Chat.” The Event Center allows readers and fans to communicate with some of their favorite authors and keep up with literary events.

For more information, go to http://bookeventcenter.ning.com and consider joining (it’s free).

Enjoy!

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Good news! I received my final proof and have approved it (finally), making my new book available on CreateSpace and Amazon.com. Like all my books (weird saying that, this is my fourth book now), “A Splendid Alternative” is named for a poem within, a piece written about the goings on of the tiny town of Greensburg, KS, after being devastated by an EF-5 tornado in 2007. Their rebuilding efforts are inspirational.

This new collection of poetry and photographs contains 55 poems paired with photos from my travels, and includes sonnets, haiku, senryu, villanelles, and other classic poetic forms. Author Marsha Dean Walker has written a review (http://www.jackhuber.com/review4.htm).

For ordering information, please go to http://www.jackhuber.com/splendid.htm.

Jack

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Randy Hunsuker reviews “An Eerie Calm Before the Night,” an e-book by Jack Huber, available at http://www.jackhuber.com/eeriecalm.htm.

“Stop and smell the sonnets…”
An Eerie Calm Before the Night by Jack Huber elegantly juxtaposes nature photography with the age-old sonnet format

It is difficult not to gain a new appreciation for the lost art of the sonnet when perusing Jack Huber’s An Eerie Calm Before the Night, a collection of some twenty sonnets. However, the underlying message is cannot be ignored: Forget the hectic world and stop and smell the roses, or in this case, the sonnets. Huber elegantly juxtaposes an image from his awe-inspiring album of nature photography with a single sonnet (or is it the other way around?) and effectively urges each of us to appreciate the world around us.

The stand out entry is the title poem, which also serves as a call to action. For those of us overwhelmed with balancing work, family, and just the hustle of everyday life, you certainly and undeniably understand the importance of slowing things down and finding tranquility in a world seemingly gone mad. “An Eerie Calm Before the Night” is set against a beautiful photo of a sunset over western New York’s Chautauqua Lake, and Huber transports you there. “The sun relaxes as it sets…,” the sonnet begins, “winds die down, again you feel… that eerie calm, I’ve come to know… just the chaos letting go.” Rhythmic, yet smooth, “Eerie” is anything but creepy- it’s normalcy.

Similarly-themed is the opening sonnet “The World Is There,” where Huber once again tells us that the beauty of nature is here “for humans to behold,” and politely shakes a finger at a society too often bent on the status quo of things. In “Tranquility,” an Italian sonnet, one wonders if its message criticizing selfishness and not getting along is not one uttered much too late. Its brother sonnet, “Economic Circus” is simply apropos given America’s deep economic woes.

The haunting “Every Day” is seemingly the most biographical or autobiographical of the group where Huber finally seems to tear down the emotional wall and let us see inside. That said, the only downside of the collection of sonnets is that all too often Huber hides behind the restrictive sonnet format versus letting us feel some true emotion. Some of the sonnets are just too matter-of-fact to be enjoyed. Case-in-point, the self indulgent “My Team,” and the superfluous conquering fear sonnet that is “Halfway.”

Those minor complaints aside, An Eerie Calm Before the Night offers charming photography and elegant sonnets mightily serving as the caption for each picture.

-Review by Randy Carlton Hunsucker, Mount Airy, North Carolina. Hunsucker is author of the science fiction thriller “Midniite Prizm,” and the collection of poems, “Poetry 5.0” (http://www.randyhunsucker.com/).

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I’ve assembled all 22 of my sonnets into a new e-book entitled “An Eerie Calm Before the Night” and have made it available for download for $5.95, payable through PayPal. Each sonnet has a matching photograph and some pieces have not yet been included in other collections. Like previous books, I named this for one of the poems within.

For more information, please go to http://www.jackhuber.com/eeriecalm.htm.

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Bookmarks ordered

I came across a great source for printing bookmarks- PrintPlace.com. I just ordered 250 2-sided 2″x7″ coated paper bookmarks and it cost me just $58 plus shipping. At that price I can give them away as promotions for my books. I had a tough time deciding what to place on each side, however. I chose a poem from each book, one whose content fit in the margins below its matching photo, and a blurb to go to my new website, www.jackhuber.com.

The artwork was approved yesterday and I should get them next week. Now I have to figure out how to distribute them…

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I have a new website up so that the public can easily see information about my books, including recommendations and reviews, and get links to the CreateSpace e-store pages for ordering.

Here’s the site: http://www.jackhuber.com

Please comment and let me know what you think.

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This is my second book. I’ve had a lot of great feedback and would appreciate yours. To purchase, go to my CreateSpace page:  https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3367989

A member of the Author and Book Event Center, Diane Tegarden, reviewed “Troupe”:

Jack Huber, a well traveled technical writer, has written a book of poems that show us he is as good with his pen as he is with a camera. With Jack, when these two creative processes diverge, watch out, you are in for a rare treat.

His most recent poetry collection entitled “A Troupe in Masquerade” is both thought-provoking and visually refreshing as you accompany Jack on his numerous adventures around the country and the world, capturing images and matching them with words that touch your heart.

In “Tranquility”, an Italian sonnet, he neatly juxtaposes the concept of the necessity for war vs. the tranquility that can be found in a more peaceful way to live, and is nicely done, leading us gently to a conclusion rather than battering us over the head with dire warnings.

Although his sestina “A Picturesque Café” is based on a photo of a building, by the end of the poem it evokes a romantic streak in the reader. The poem is an ode to the place where he met his future wife, his “only one”, a place where visitors immediately share in the warmth and friendliness of the coffee shop itself. All the romance of that special cafe is evident in this sweet little poem, inviting you to sit down, enjoy the conversation and warm yourself with a cup of coffee.

I would recommend this book to true lovers of poetry, as he also defines and explains several poetry forms in his preface, simplifying what is sometimes considered a rather mysterious form of writing.

–Diane Tegarden, Author
FireWalker Publications, Inc.
www.firewalkerpublications.com

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