Michigan Poet & Author, Craig A. Combs, Announces the Release of Blue Smoke, His Second Collection
￼￼FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Outskirts Press announces Blue Smoke, the latest highly-anticipated poetry / american / general book from Ypsilanti, MI author Craig A. Combs.
September 27, 2015. Denver, CO and Ypsilanti, MI - Outskirts Press, Inc., has published Blue Smoke: Intimate Disclosures in Poetry & Prose by Craig A. Combs, the author's second publication and most recent book to date. The 6 x 9 paperback white in the poetry / american / general category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $17.95; e-books are $10. The webpage at outskirtspress.com/bluesmoke was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.
About the Book (Excerpts & Info)
Blue Smoke is an offbeat narrative on weathering the whims of the daily unknown. Employing essay and verse, it’s ripe with chronicles of scarcity, resentment, and consequence; loss of faith and pride reclaimed; innocence stolen and the pursuit of trust denied. It is an exercise in decoding life’s ironies and deeply rooted superstitions —too long and too tightly held—that exposes our laughable attempts to outrun the curveballs thrown at us by our greatest adversary, ourselves. The book unfolds deliberately, page by page, unveiling a living patchwork that blends artistic acquaintance with surgical intent. This multi-genre collection is not just about falling down or nursing our wounds, but also about how we come to accept the unseen forces, lurking within and without, that so often compel us to defy our immediate interests for wild schemes of heroism and bold-faced retreat alike. Blue Smoke urges us to ditch the tedium of indecision in favor of life’s hidden mystery—regardless of inconvenient outcomes or unintended truth—while its penetrating confessions rage against the drone of disappointment with a smile and the certitude a new day will dawn. ❦
Deftly constructed at 119 pages, Blue Smoke: Intimate Disclosures in Poetry & Prose is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the poetry / american / general category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Blue Smoke meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $17.95.
Additionally, Blue Smoke can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at outskirtspress.com/bookstore.
Intimate Disclosures in Poetry & Prose
By Craig A. Combs
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white & e-book SRP: $17.95 & $10
For more information or to contact the author, visit outskirtspress.com/bluesmoke or e-mail him at craigacombs[at]me[dot]com to have your copy signed or to personalize your order.
The book's video trailer can be found here at craigacombs.com/bluesmoke.
￼￼￼About the Author
Since the publication of his first poetry collection in 2011, Taking Tea in the Black Rose: Singing Through the Shadows Until We’re Dancing in the Light, Michigan-born author, Craig A. Combs, has stylized his creative writing repertoire with pioneering ideas, using line and prose, that leave his readers with an equal sense of tenderness and childlike fascination. Independent to the core, this writer pursues each new curiosity with transparency as his prize, while sapping his sustenance from life’s hardships without apology or remorse. Combs is a resident of Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he produces and promotes music and spoken word variety shows under his own Sacred Star Productions moniker, collaborating with scores of regional artists across multiple genres and social demographics. His video library can be found at craigacombs.com. ❦
About Outskirts Press, Inc.
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