And it went like . . .

2021

To you, my darling,

You appeared as just a year

Your presence in just ink

Tempered into something more.

To you, my darling,

You took me and made me new

You held my hand as I went through

And healed my bleeding wounds.

To you, my darling,

As you look over your shoulder

As your hazel eyes wonder when

We’ll meet once again.

To you, my darling,

I write this letter, so you will never leave

So that when I wonder where you went

I’ll have these blessed memories.

When I had no more to give

You simply let me live

When I had no more strength to stand

You stood and watched over me.

So when I say goodbye tonight

And watch the calendar change,

I’ll always remember that you showed me

Good years are a thing.

~~~~

I had given up on good years when 2021 showed up last January first. I’d decided life was just one suffering battle, something to be endured, something that you just want to end. But 2021 and God showed me that life isn’t like that. That yes, there’s awful years you simply have to slug through. But there are wonderful years like 2021.

2021 Highlights

Starting Painted Prose Designs!

There’s not many things I started or did in 2021, but I’ve fallen in love with my little Etsy shop. There’s still so much to do and so much growth it’s waiting for, but I’m still really thankful and proud of every piece of hard work and love that went into it. Especially since it’s my second small business.

Which leads me to the second highlight.

Learning how to fail

This one is hard for me, as a person who hates failure, breaks, and any kind of self care. But it was time for me to learn, time for me to take time and breathe, or else I was bound to get myself in some pretty bad places. And I had a lot of opportunities on learning how to fail this year.

First off, I “failed” in a small business attempt. And I’m not even upset about it anymore. It taught me that failure is often the forerunner of success, and that hard work will never go unrewarded, even if at first glance, the reward looks like failure.

Then, in the summer, I “failed” at a law office job. It just wasn’t the right fit for me, and it was running me dry. I learned that I am not at all a desk job type of person, and if you leave me in a cold room with barely anything to do, I will sleep the day away. 😂 Quitting that job taught me that it’s okay to say no. It’s okay to not have things work out. People won’t hate you, and you certainly won’t hate yourself.

Seeing my sweet friend twice in one year.

First trip to visit her was a blast. I surprised her for her graduation, she had no idea I was coming! And that ended up being the best part of my 2021. Late Starbucks run, beach fun, amazing conversation and singing at the top of our lungs in the car. It was magical. And then this December I was able to visit her again, and it was a lovely time. ❤

My first full-time job and being promoted to manager

Taking so much of my time, it’s a good thing I love this stinker. I found a place where I belong as a barista, and now a manager. It’s like a second home, and I may or may not spend as much time or more time there than I do at home. The people I work with are amazing, and I love my customers so much. This was one of the largest and coolest blessings God gave me in 2021. To go from total isolation to being able to see people EVERY DAY? It was a dream come true, a dream I didn’t even know I had.

2021 has been a lovely year, full of healing. In 2020, I started the year with a post that stated I didn’t know who I was anymore. And while it’s true, I don’t have a detailed synopsis on myself, I do know myself now. I know who I am.

I’m Amie, a wild yet cautious being who has more ideas than time, reads more than she speaks, and yet treasures people and stories as the greatest things on earth.

I am ready for the New Year.

Are you?

~~Amie~~

What do you do?

WHAT DO YOU DO?

What do you do when you’re older than all your peers around you?

What do you do when you’re the one that isn’t seen?

What do you do when you change masks?

Always running, chasing anonymity.

Hair colors flicker, changing designs

All to hide all of the lies

That your mind believes.

What do you do when you’re too responsible for adults?

What do you do when you’re the only one with the knowledge?

What do you do when you have to change tunes

Ever playing whatever soothes the snake

Charming the haters and soothing the lost.

You’re the healer, the charm long lost

The chosen one burned by the spells that you’ve had to create.

What do you do when you’re not you anymore?

What do you do when the madness that caused sanity slipped through the cracks?

What do you do when you have no more cushion?

Only reality to remind you

That you have nothing to choose

Just life.

Life, the stage you play your part.

Life, the prison in which you fall apart.

Life, an opportunity for freedom

Life, a chance to grow your kingdom

No longer are you mad anymore

The irate withers away as you grow

Your eyes on the magic of the leaves

and for once you feel . . .

peace.

~~

P.S. Don’t forget Painted Prose is having a 35% off sale this weekend! If you haven’t already checked it out, you can look at everything on sale here.

Is God A Painter?

Is God a painter

Or a royal judge?

Does he frown on our foolishness

Or does he allow his laughter to rung?

Is God an artist

Or is he a lawman?

Is God a creator

Or is he doorman?

Does the artist soul belong to his King

Or does God prefer the judicial scene?

Do the greek muses reflect some of his deity

Or is God silent, refusing rejoicing?

Is God a writer

Winding stories together?

Is God a realist

Forgetting the beauty we claim he created

Or does God bathe in uniqueness

That he himself has dated?

Is God more than we imagine,

A painter, creator,

A battle torn warrior

A writer, a singer

A majestic majesty producer?

Is God a lawyer

His book of order to use

Or is God a painter

Beauty in the world to infuse?

Does God frown as we create

Or does our paintings allow us a view at heaven’s gates?

Good for You

Good for you, you broke my soul

Every moment moving towards your goal

Killing the human squirming inside

All for you inevitable design.

Good for you, you’ve hurt my life

Broken my trust more than twice

Watched me shrivel before your eyes

Yet you’ve never changed your approach.

Good for you, you rule over me

Breaking my spirit for eternity

Drowning every moment when you can’t see

You continue to order what happens inside of me.

Good for you, I can please you

Hiding while I do everything and continue

To die alone behind the scenes

Meeting all of your many needs.

Good for you, spend your hours being holy

Because of you I can barely finish a prayer

My religion shattered before my very eyes

Please tell me this all ends in time.

Good for you, the equation works

Keep tearing others and letting them curse

The actions you make and the decisions you take

Leaving pain in your wake.

Good for you, when are you going to realize

It’s so hard for us to love you?

Good for you, when will you see

The reason each one of us are dying?

Good for you, stay in your little world

The future is yet untold

Let us go and we’ll change

The world to something you can’t recognize

And we’ll just smile and say

Good for you.

Poetry: The Dead Art

I was sitting at a table with my peers, about to eat my lunch when I realized how far America has fallen.

Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, but let me explain. I was sitting there, minding my own business and being a fly on the wall, per usual, when one of them brought up the question of teaching poetry in school. Of course, everyone stated their opinion and I was appalled.

At a table of ten teenagers, only one (me!) thought poetry was important.

In fact, the rest of the nine said that poetry is stupid and has absolutely no reason to it.

Now, why does that bother me, besides the fact that I wrote a published a poetry book? Let me take you back just a little bit over 100 years ago to the year 1917. America had just joined WWI, and tons of men were being shipped over the sea to fight.

Do you know what those men did once they came back?

Many of them became poets. An Englishman became one of the best known Christian writers of that century, another created a world with it’s own language.

Why do I bring this up?

Poetry is a way of expression. Emily Dickenson wrote once “This is my letter to the world that never wrote me.” People don’t understand poetry because people don’t understand themselves and others anymore. They don’t understand the emotions that shimmer in the artist’s breasts, because instead we’ve been told that we’ll be given whatever we ask. We’ve been told to admire those who are tasked with feats of strength and valor instead of the artist who pens words that revolve around the mind that belongs to the athlete.

Poetry elevates the soul. Edgar Allen Poe wrote, “To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.” There is something in poetry that is prestigious, and you have to reach above your comfort to find the elevation of the soul that is necessary for growth.

Poetry is a way to communicate with God. David himself wrote poems as prayers, and we have a whole history of humans who translated their prayers into poems that have become hymns today. Poetry is a communication with another realm, and ability to write things that you feel but can’t say in prose. It’s a minuet minute where you can bare your soul with the protection of not being taken 100% seriously.

Poetry is an art, it’s the art of communicating with the soul, and yet, this day and age we find the soul unimportant and the art as dead. There is no need to touch the soul with poetry, to take the time to read without noise, to hear without our ears, to see with nothing but ink and paper.

I have no good conclusion for this post, it’s more of a ramble from my soul. But what do you think about poetry? Is it dead or lost or is it thriving?

~~Amie~~

No. . .

I’m afraid of no.

I’m afraid of the power it holds over me. It’s a sword to wield, something that glistens when the light hits it. But when it is hidden, it isn’t seen, simply felt. I don’t know how to use it, this powerful word. I don’t understand the impact it has on me, yet not on the rest of the world.

No is a rejection, a refusal, a rebuttal. No is a sucker punch that steals my breath and rams my chest. No is a force that cannot yet be seen. No is something I can’t handle.

I skirt around it’s corners, chasing things but never committing, because all along my fear pins me in place. I am a butterfly on a cork board, a dream stuck in a dream catcher. A spider has woven me a cocoon, and yet it hasn’t protected me from the knife that stabs my ribs.

No.

I try to use this power on others, waving it to and fro, but instead of intimidating, I injure myself in their stead. My enemies smirk when I try to stand and hold. My family simply shakes their heads because I simply cannot say no.

I wound myself in the place of others. My chest tightens and expands, waiting for the word to come. Sometimes it is hidden in a rejection, the words flowery and sweet. Sometimes it is a flat denial, slicing butterfly wings.

Regardless of what form it comes, it always does the same thing. It clutters up my mind and destroys what I want to be.

I’m afraid of no.

Those nasty two letters. I’m afraid of something I can’t control, the words that no one stutters. But I shouldn’t fear the boundaries others put in place. I shouldn’t fear being told there isn’t room on their plate.

The problem is that I don’t understand why when those words come from my mouth, they don’t mean no?

No sometimes is not honored if respect isn’t in place. No isn’t honored, and so I’ve accepted my fate. I pick up a foot and smile at the crowd. But instead my heart drums one single sound.

No.

I’m afraid of no.

~~Amie~~

Let Me

My heart is heavy as I watch the lights reflect off the road.

My eyes are tired as the moments grow old.

My reflection is a mirage, keeping secrets untold

Minutes flick by on an old radio.

Sickly sweet perfume lick at my feet

People keep talking as I retreat

Leave me now, let me entreat

The words that float towards me in a sea.

Weight on my shoulders pins my head to the ground

Every whisper mounts as the world grows loud

Groaning that tugs at my fragile heartbeat’s beat

Let me fall, let me fail, let me be me.

Announcement + Fifteen Sale! 🎉

I hope you’re finding amazing Black Friday sales in the midst of today through Monday. I know I’m staring at pairs of boots and wishing to see them appear on my feet at the moment. Also, so many books on sale. 🥺

But that’s besides the point. Today I have three things to tell you. Firstly . . .

WE HAVE FIFTEEN STOCKING STUFFERS!
I am so excited about these adorable little goodie bags. They include one (1) hand lettered card, one (1) vinyl sticker, one (1) scrunchie, one (1) Literary Treasure keychain of Fifteen, and lastly, one (1) handmade felt plush creature of your choosing.  We have twelve different scrunchie designs, and so many plush animals, so go take your pick! (I personal love the lace scrunchies and the unicorn plush)

I know a lot of you did get the pre-order goodies, but if you missed out on pre-order goodies, or you have Fifteen on your wishlist, or you are apart of a secret Santa, or even if you just want it for yourself, now you can get them! 

I’m so in love with these goodie bags, and I hope you are too! They’re $6.99 (though keep checking them. I hear from a little birdie there will be some flash sales in the future . . . ) and you can order them through the button below. On to the next announcement!

Now to the next announcement! 

☕️ Espresso Notes: your daily dose of mental caffeine ☕

Not many people know something about Fifteen. Each and every poem comes with a paragraph explaining my thoughts behind it in a (if I do say so myself) Pinterest worthy quote style. All throughout December, I’ll be sending you those quotes, and short letters from me, to encourage you through the last month of 2020.

I know 2020 has been hard for everyone, and so this is just one more pick me up through the holiday season. Each day you’ll get a free printable, and on December 31, you’ll have 31 printable that you can print out and hang along your wall, or put on your mirror to remind yourself of all the things you learned.

You’ll also get all of the news for flash sales on both the stocking stuffers and Fifteen, as well as being told about other fun events going on. You can sign up for your cup of espresso below.

Lastly, but not leastly, Fifteen is 99 cents on Kindle today through Monday, so go snag yourself a copy. I’d love to hear if you do, so reply to this email or DM me over Instagram. I would love to hear about your favorite poems, or what stood out to you.  ❤

Have an awesome day!

~~Amie~~

Fifteen: Cover Reveal Recap

Tuesday was a day, y’all, let me tell you. My dad asks me every week what my highlight of the week was, and I usually answer that I didn’t have one. Well, this week I did.

Tuesday was the cover reveal for my book, Fifteen, and I couldn’t be happier for how it turned out. I’ll be honest, it was kinda surreal until that moment, scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing all the posts that held my book. Very humbling and encouraging.

Because of all the amazing people, I wanted to take a moment and just share their posts and allow you to smile at the beautiful pictures, because oh. My. GOODNESS were some of the pictures lovely.

Guys. *sniffles* Can we just take a moment to explain that Hailey is an amazingly sweet human who has been really supportive of my writing since I met her? I’m so excited about her own writing journey, and if you’re looking for upcoming writers to follow, definitely go give Hailey a follow.

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Cover reveal!!! I’ve always loved poetry that portrays the truths of human struggles and fears, and that is just what @writingamieanne does in her poetry collection “Fifteen” which is available for pre-order now! “Fifteen” is a poetry book about struggles with mental illness. Amie’s poems are gorgeous, touching, and true. I cannot wait to dive all the way into Amie’s beautiful book, #fifteenpoetry! P.S. If you preorder a paperback copy of “Fifteen” Amie has some bookish goodies awaiting you. 😉 Check out the link in her bio for more information on pre-orders, or message me! Blurb: You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.

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Cerra is another supportive, amazing human, and she has a BEAUTIFUL bookstagram account. She’s working on this awesome story, so I would follow her if you want updates on it. 😉

If you know of me on this small blogosphere and don’t know about Kellyn Roth . . . I don’t know what to say to you. 😂 Kellyn was one of the first bloggers I started following, and I’m so honored to have her supporting my journey. ❤️

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✨ F I F T E E N ✨ . I'm a day late but I couldn't not share about this beautiful book coming soon! Fifteen is @writingamieanne first book, and is a collection of poetry about finding joy, mental health, and a faith filled journey! Here's the official blurb. . ✨ YOU'RE NOT ALONE ✨ . "You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain." . ✨ . Okay, does that not sound amazing? And that cover! When Amie showed me a glimpse of it I was floored and instantly fell in love! I'm obsessed with the cover and went and pre-ordered myself a paperback copy cause I NEED it on my shelf! And, of course, I'm excited to read the book itself, which sounds just as a beautiful inside as the outside! ✨ Fifteen releases in October and you can pre-order an ebook or paperback copy now! ✨ Link in my bio! ✨ Amie is also offering some lovely swag items if you purchase a paperback, so definitely check that out as well! All the info will be in the link in my bio! ✨ Congratulations, @writingamieanne! I'm so excited for you and #FifteenPoetry! . ✨ . #fifteen #amieanne #amiewoleslagle #newrelease #coverreveal #coverlove #bookcover #poetrycommunity #poetryofinstagram #poetrylovers #poem #poet #poetsofinstagram #poetrycommunity #writersofinstagram #poems #writer #poetsofig #wordporn #writing #spilledink #writersofig #words

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Sarah Grace Grzy has been mentioned before on my blog, and we all agree she’s a queen of Instagram, don’t we? I was touched that she took time out of her busy day to post about my book.

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Hey everyone! Won’t you join me in admiring this beautiful cover of FIFTEEN? That’s right! Today is the cover reveal for @writingamieanne poetry book! 🌹 FIFTEEN is available for pre-order for e-book and paperback (through Etsy). The link is in the author’s bio. 🌹 Also, there are pre-order goodies for those who pre-order a paperback of FIFTEEN. Who doesn’t like extra goodies? These include: an extra poem, a hand painted, hand lettered card with a poem from the book, a FIFTEEN related vinyl sticker, and a keychain of the book by @literarytreasuresco 🌹 All you need to do is take a screen shot of your pre-order receipt for the paperback, and send it to the form which is also in the author’s bio. 🌹 Here’s the blurb: . You’re not alone. You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. . Isn’t that beautiful? Why don’t you visit Amie and give her some love today! 😄 🌹 Cover by @graphics_by_gracie 🌹 #fifteenpoetry 🌹 #coverreveal #cover #poetry #poetrybooks #poetrybook #poetrycommunity #bookstagram #bookcommunity #mentalillness #poetryofinstagram #poetrylovers #poetryporn #poetrygram #booklover #books #poetrybooks #poetryisnotdead #poetryislife #bookcoverdesign #bookcoverreveal #bookcover #bookcoverart #reveal #poetryauthors #poetrylove

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Hope! Another amazing writer I know. I’m so thankful that she joined the tour. ❤

Can I just say that basically all of my favorite bookstagrammers helped me out on Tuesday? I was so thrilled to see this post on one of my favorite Instagram feeds.

*takes a deep breath* Okay, this Instagram post did make me shed a tear. Kara is one of my favorite authors and she’s also my writing mentor, so to see this post . . . Yeah, you can imagine how wonderful it was.

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So today has been pretty magical… aside from six hours of health and safety training. 🤦‍♀️ That was only magical when I transformed into Harry Potter for a while. I digress. BUT… getting to see my little book baby along side some of my favourite authors in an epic giveaway was surreal?! 😭*cue happy bawling* Without the help and support of stunning author friends (can I call you friends even though Covid keeps me away from hug-tacking you?), I never would have even made it to publication. So it’s time to give back! . . My lovely cohost @rablackauthor.co (who has a fancy new profile pic name?! What?) introduced me to this lovely young poet named @writingamieanne who happens to have a stunning cover that was revealed today. Magical all around!! Like really?? Could this be any more bookstagramable?! Congrats Amie! Can’t wait to see what’s coming down the literary pipe for you! . . Here is her beautiful summary: . . You’re not alone. You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. . . . #coverreveal #fifeteen #poetry #youngwriters #yaauthor #yabookstagram #debutbook #ireadya

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I was honored to take place in Tara’s book release in May (? Correct me if I’m wrong on the month, Tara. 😂 All the Quarantine months are running together.) and it was such an honor to see this beautiful post. ❤

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✨ IT'S COVER REVEAL DAY FOR @writingamieanne!!! (SWIPE TO SEE A GORG COVER!!) ✨ Today is highly emotional for me because I am just so DANG PROUD OF THIS GIRL! She's one of my writing mentee's and seeing her come so far has been–a breathtaking journey that she walks with such grace and poise. 😍 ✨ I had the honor of reading an ARC of her upcoming poetry book, "FIFTEEN" and can I just say that it's just as pretty inside as the cover? Because it is! I mean, look at that cover y'all!! STUNNING! One of my top favorite covers! 🤩 One thing you may not know about me is that I have written over 400 pages of poety and post them on my tumblr (link in the bio!), but I also happen to be very picky about what type of poetry I like—and FIFTEEN checked all the boxes! ✨ Amie's poetry is as heartwrenching as it is beautiful and authentic! Amie writes from a raw and vulnerable place as she explores the world of mental health through her prose. I cried, felt heard, and seen reading her words and gosh, Amie, you make this author proud. 💜 ✨ FIFTEEN drops October 2020 and Amie just happens to be one of our guests appearing on @the_hope_prose_podcast this fall! 😱 So look forward to that and follow her and the official podcast instagram for more details! In the mean time, here's a little blurb to tease your palete until FIFTEEN's release! ✨ Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self-acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. ✨ Proud of you Amie and for those of you wanting to pre-order, there is a link in my bio and if you do, you are eligble for PRE-ORDER GOODIES!! 😱 PROUD OF YOU AMIE!! 😭 #positivity #empowerment #anxiety ##asethetic #authorsofinsta #mentalhealthblog #selfcareisalwaysagoodthing #healingyourself #healingwords #authorpreneur #inspire #quotes

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*happiness* I get to talk about the amazing Rebekah. In January of this year (I think, again with the month thing. XD It feels like 2020 has been two years instead of one.) Rebekah was super kinda and gave me some mentoring on the publishing world, agents, and writing in general. I’m so thankful for her and her super sweet spirit. ❤

Here’s another blogging queen who also knows her stuff about Instagram. It was such an honor to be included with back to Hogwarts day celebration!

A beautiful picture done by a beautiful bookstagrammer. I was so happy to have Kate help with the cover reveal. She has a lovely bookstagram page with lots of awesome recommendations.

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Have you ever struggled with anxiety, depression, or mental health? 🌻 I am so very excited to join in the #coverreveal for Fifteen! 😍 🌻 This beautiful poetry collection by @writingamieanne touched me, and I’m so excited for it to be releasing to the world. Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! 🌻 Here’s a quick blurb for you: You’re not alone. You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. 🌻 Doesn’t that sound just lovely? A couple years ago, I went through a really rough spot. I suffered insomnia almost every night, and during the day I was weighed down with anxiety and depression. It was crippling. When I read one of the poems from Fifteen, it described so perfectly the feelings I had. It was inspiring and encouraging, and I’m so excited to see this release and reach out to everyone else who struggles with anxiety, depression, and mental health. 🌻 Psst! Fifteen is available for e-book and paperback pre-order now, and Amie is offering some incredible pre-order goodies, so go ahead and click over to get your copy (all links are in my bio).

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This girl has an aesthetic going, and I hope she never stops. When I stumbled upon Caroline’s bookstagram, I knew I had found a likeminded book reader, and I was so excited when she agreed to help me with the cover reveal.

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Behold, a cover has been unmasked! Fifteen by @writingamieanne will be released in October, and I swear, have you ever seen anything so dang beautiful? I really just want to sit and stroke the cover and flip through all the pages and stare at the pretty art like an overzealous five-year-old. Look, a blurb: • “You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.” • IT HAS POETRY! IT HAS COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS! IT HAS DEEP PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL MUSINGS THAT TOUCH THE VERY SOUL OF BEAUTY! Fifteen is available for preorder in e-book and soft-cover, plus, if you submit your preorder receipt to a special form, you’ll receive special preorder goodies. (‘Cause that’s what the cool kids do these days.) Go check out the links in @writingamieanne ‘s bio, you fabulous humans. • #coverreveal #fifteen #pwettypictuwes #pwettypoetwy #pwettycovew

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Sarah Baran is another amazing blogger turned into an epic Instagrammer. I mean, LOOK AT THE PICTURE.

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✨COVER REVEAL✨ . I’m so excited to help reveal the beautiful cover for FIFTEEN by @writingamieanne . ✨ABOUT✨ . You’re not alone. ⁣ You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. . #bookblogger #bookphotography #ilovebooks #igreads #bookaholic #goodreads #bookishfeatures #booksofinstagram #booknerdigans #bookstagramfeature #booklove #bookgeek #booklover #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #instabook #bookstagrammer #bookaddict #bookish #mybookfeatures #IreadYA #ilovebooks #coverreveal

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Another beautiful post! I love the soft pink of the background. ❤️ Alea is a talented book cover designer in her own right, and I was so honored to see my book on her feed.

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Hey guys! Today I have something super special to share…my friend @writingamieanne is releasing her poetry collection, FIFTEEN! And I get to share the gorgeous cover. Swipe to see it! Here is the blurb for FIFTEEN: ✨ You’re not alone.  You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.  ✨ Doesn't that sound amazing? Here are the pre-order links! Paperback: https://www.etsy.com/listing/848898366/fifteen-a-compilation-of-poems-preorder?ref=shop_home_active_1 Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Fifteen-compilation-poems-Amie-Woleslagle-ebook/dp/B08GP5ZC9D/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=fifteen+amie+woleslagle&qid=1598891714&sr=8-1 And if you pre-order, you get some special goodies…🤩 Here's the link to that form! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenLfX2Nfb3veRryRdQRydtoSbFcu4kol_EeJvU9tPoXC6Oow/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Ryan is another super sweet writer friend who was kind enough to feature me on her Instagram. It was honestly so amazing to see all the amazing people who mentioned me on their stories and posts.

I was so honored to be spotlighted on Anna’s instagram. She does some amazing blackout poetry on her page, so you should totally check it out.

*is so honored by this post*

I wish I had all the stories from Tuesday, but I only took a screen shot of one, because I as fangirling so hard. (Nadine Brandes, Shannon Dittemoore, and Ashley Townsend all had very beautiful stories as well, and those are the ones I really wish I had pictures of.)

It was such an unbelievable day. People also wrote some blog posts about the cover reveal.

Maya at Maya Joelle did a beautiful post here.

Carolyn at Words that Speak interview me and posted about the cover reveal here.

Kaelyn at Kaelyn’s life has enthusiasm that I definitely need. XD I loved her beautiful post that you can read here.

I was honored to have Jana at Reviews from the Stacks join the tour. You can read her post here.

My sweet friend, Juliet Artman, wrote this very sweet email to her email list, which you can join here.

I have truly been blown away by how much you guys have done to support me in the journey. I never dreamed that the cover reveal day would have so many participants, or that in the days that I followed my little book would be ranking #2 (for a short time, lol) in Young Adult Poetry eBooks, or that it would be ranking #1 in Christian poetry.

I never wanted to release my poems to the world, but God often calls us to do things we don’t want to do. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

That basically sums up my feelings about Fifteen.

If you want to pre-order the ebook, you can do so by going here or if you would prefer to pre-order a paperback, you can go here.

IF you pre-order a paperback, you can get pre-order goodies here. And let me tell you, the pre-order goodies are stinking adorable, in my personal opinion. So you don’t want to miss out on those. (Plus, you get an extra poem that’s not in the book with the pre-order goodies!)

Again, thank you guys so much for being here through thick and thin. I definitely wouldn’t be here without my little blog that started out as Crazy A. 😉

~~Amie~~