Announcing the Winners of the May/June Autographed Book Giveaway Contest!

Thank you to the many loyal readers who entered my contest to win a set of autographed books during May and the first half of June 2020! The three winners were chosen randomly by Gleam, my marketing company (out of Australia). Here are the three winners:

Riah Wemple

Pittsburgh, California

B.N.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Cassandra Darensbourg

Riverside, California

I have reached out to each winner via email to get a physical address, have gotten addresses for two of them, and I am in the process of getting them their very own sets of autographed copies of Mental (2018), Dandelions (2019), Disaster and Harmony (2019) and Cosmogony (2019) in the mail as soon as possible!

Thank you to everyone of you who entered the contest! Some of you entered more than once, and I applaud your spirit and appreciate your desire to win! While entering the contest, there were options to follow me on GoodReads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18512388.Marie_K_Johnston) , Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/kmmccurry/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mariekristenjohnston) and I appreciate those of you who did this, as well!

I think that contests are fun ways for us to interact! Be on the lookout for more contests and more interesting prizes!

To keep reading, click on:

https://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston (Biography and Bibliography)

https://www.MarieKJohnston.com (The Fiction & Folk Art of Marie K Johnston)

https://www.Bipolarlifer.com (The Journal of a Bipolar I Woman and Self-Help),

https://www.Pinterest.com/kmmccurry (Check out Health and Navy House Design Boards)

News About “Dandelions”

“Dandelions were picknicking under the trees,

fielding grounders on the baseball diamond,

playing hide n’ seek under the slide,

and looking for their Mama at the edge of the park...”

–“Dandelions” by Marie K Johnston

Dandelions is a book of poetry meant to be shared by children and their parents, read together aloud during quiet moments of reflection where parents can share their memories of their childhoods with their kids. I wrote this book about a little boy, but it is really about my own childhood growing up in what used to be rural Spring, TX, in my old neighborhood–riding my bike around all day with my little friends, flying kites in the fields, throwing the ball with my dad, watching moms get the mail, dads mow the lawn, all the things that kids used to do in rural suburban areas when things still happened outside before computers and video games took over modern childhoods.

You can visit https://www.Amazon.com/author/mareikjohnston now and purchase a copy of this charming poem for $7.99, or you can enter to win a signed copy of Dandelions along with the three other titles I am currently promoting here: https://gleam.io/pquX9/marie-k-johnston-book-campaign-i! Contest ends 6/15/20, so enter today!

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To continue reading on another of my exciting website destinations, visit:

https://www.Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston (Biography & Bibiography),

https://www.MarieKJohnston (Fiction & Folk Art) &

https://www.BipolarLifer (My Journal & Self-Help)

News About “Mental” by Marie K Johnston

“‘Why don’t I remember my childhood, and why don’t I believe in my future?’

‘I suppose it’s true that I have been you,’ here Eve waved her arms at the children.

‘And I suppose that it is you that I will become,’ here she glanced at the old and older women.

‘But if we all lined up in a row, I still wouldn’t feel as though this could be called a life at all…'”

–“Mental,” Chapter Twenty-Two

Mental (2018) is a novel that I began working on during my parents’ divorce in 1995 when I was seventeen and about to leave home for UT Austin, continued working on off and on through my ten year high school English teaching career in my single twenties in Houston, and finally completed after twenty-three years of writing when I was a married 42 year old mother of a 7 year old daughter living as full-time writer/mother living in Tomball, TX, in 2018.

This novel is about Eve Stuart, a 22 year old high school English teacher who graduated early from college and is experiencing a nervous breakdown of a somewhat unknown origin. Her twin sister is writing this novel about her to try and figure out what is wrong with her: so she graduated from college too early, so she has quit what is probably the most stressful job you can get right out of college, so she cheated on her first grownup boyfriend, so their parents got a messy divorce when the twins were in high school, so what? writes her twin sister, Lilly, in the first section of Mental…Lilly is writing this “novella” for a college elective and it is supposed to be a secret–she has found her twin’s journals and uses them liberally to augment her story.

Part Two is a flashback to what Eve was like when she was still in college and writing her own novel, a dreamy dreamer full of love and promise, in love for the first real time (which eventually went south) and interacting with a pivotal character: one of three homeless characters in the novel, a woman named Gloria, whom she meets behind the bookstore where she works when she is taking out the trash and who is the first person who challenges her naivete.

Part Three is told by subject Eve herself, written the night before Lilly’s novella is due in her workshop class, snuck into the pages as a sort of surprise and a response to the first two parts. Told in the first person, it is a detailed revelation of what it is like to have a nervous breakdown and also reveals to the audience the real secret behind Eve’s depression. Eve, however, is ready to get past this as much as it is possible to get past it and ready to embark on the uncertain life of a writer.

This novel unfold much like a mystery, is full of Eve’s poetry (Part Two’s chapters begin with rhyming and metered poetry), and is a tale about the heart, the head and the difficulties in getting the two to work together in concert after emotional damages have been done. This novel’s subject matter may at times be dark, but it has a hard won happy ending and an overwhelmingly positive view of the human spirit. It is also true that this novel is about me, that I used the convention of writing about twins because I happen to be bipolar, and that I was writing about the reasons for my own mental breakdowns and the ways in which I got past them.

You can click on https://www.amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston to purchase a copy of Mental now for $9.99, or you can enter to win a signed copy of this novel and its 3 companion books of poetry here: https://gleam.io/pquX9/marie-k-johnston-book-campaign-i! Contest ends on 6/15/20, so enter today!

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To continue reading on another of my exciting website destinations, visit:

https://www.Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston (Biography & Bibiography),

https://www.MarieKJohnston (Fiction & Folk Art) &

https://www.BipolarLifer (My Journal & Self-Help)

News About “Disaster and Harmony”

“Black and white mean nothing to me–

I prefer the color of the sea

when it is grey and foggy,

and the fish are all becoming amphibians…

because we all evolve,

we change and grow,

searching for our better selves

where no lifeboats can be found.

Where sky and water are the same,

we must teach ourselves how

to swim for shore.”

“Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2000-2019)”

“Disaster and Harmony” is a collection of exactly fifty poems I selected that were written between the time I was 22 and living on my own in downtown Austin, TX and for the next twenty years, which found me married with a daughter and living in a small town northwest of Houston. Through heartbreaks, my teaching career, travels across the world, marriage, giving birth, mental breakdowns, hospital stays for bipolar disorder, being a stay-at-home mother, working as a writer, painting, friendships and a lot of personal growth, I kept writing poems, and I’ve chosen the best fifty for you to read!

You can buy the book and read them all for $7.99 at https://www.Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston now, or you can enter my contest and try to win a signed copy of this title and the three others I am currently promoting now at: https://gleam.io/pquX9/marie-k-johnston-book-campaign-i! Contest ends 6/15/20!

Stay tuned for more blurbs about all the books I’m promoting!

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News About “Cosmogony”

“When I first saw, my eyes did see

only my own clear water’s leighs.

Then upon the shore I crashed,

all horizon being ash.

Eons passed, shore and I as one,

living beings around us, none.

But from our union there conceived

a single spark from which Life weaved…”

“Cosmogony”

“Cosmogony (2019)” is a rhyming and metered poem about how the earth was formed: the sun, sky, beach, ocean, etc all take on voices and personalities of their own and tell their stories to a dreamy teenage girl who is on a Galveston, TX beach. I wrote this 35+ page poem in one afternoon during a hurricane on my front porch while the power was out!

This masterpiece is on sale now at https://www.Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston for $7.99, but you can enter to win a signed copy of it and the three other titles I am currently promoting by clicking here on the contest link here: https://gleam.io/pquX9/marie-k-johnston-book-campaign-i! Contest ends 6/15/20!

Stay tuned for blurbs about the other titles I’m promoting to follow this post!

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Follow Me on Pinterest!

Here is a sampling of some of my 120 Pinterest Boards:

Affirmations

Art: Ideas

Bon Appetit: Food

Bon Appetit: Drink (Alcoholic & Non)

Celebrate: Reading & Writing

Celebrate: Marie K Johnston

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Fashion: Jewelry Wish List

Health: Buddhism

Health: Yoga

Health: Mental Health Secrets

Music: The Beatles

Marriage

Sports: The Astros

Follow me on Pinterest at https://www.Pinterest.com/kmmccurry now to see all 120 of my boards!

Enter to win a set of 4 signed copies of my books at https://gleam.io/pquX9/marie-k-johnston-book-campaign-i!

As always, continue reading at:

https://www.Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston (Biography & Bibliography)

https://www.BooksbyMarieKJohnston.com (Extended Bibliography)

&

https://www.BipolarLifer.com! (Journal & Self-Help)

Follow Me on Facebook!

Like me on Facebook on the official Marie K Johnston Fan Page and get access to exclusive messages found nowhere else on the web!

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Click here now to enter to win a signed set of the 4 books I am currently promoting: https://gleam.io/pquX9/marie-k-johnston-book-campaign-i

Keep reading by clicking on one of these exciting website destinations:

https://www.MarieKJohnston.com (Fiction & Folk Art)

https://www.BipolarLifer.com (Journal & Self-Help)

https://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston (Extended Biography & Bibiography)

https://pinterest.com/kmmccurry (119 Boards)


A Signed Book Giveaway in May 2020!

I am now working with a marketing company to create buzz for my published work!

The first contest to drum up awareness of, and interest in, my work is contest to choose your favorite book cover out of the four books I’m currently promoting: “Mental (a novel), “Dandelions (a poem for children and their parents),” “Disaster and Harmony (a poetry collection),” and “Cosmogony (a long poem in rhyme and meter).” Three winners will be chosen at random to win a signed copy of each book. An image of each cover can be found below:


I painted the cover art for “Mental” and “Dandelions” in my art room, so I’m secretly hoping that you guys think one of these two covers is the best!

You will also have a chance to follow me on Goodreads, Pinterest and Facebook after you choose your favorite cover, so please visit these sites! I have put a lot of time and effort into making these three sites an interesting read…

The contest began in the wee hours of the morning today (May 20, 2020) and will conclude on June 20, 2020.

You can enter daily to increase your chances of winning!

The contest can be found by clicking here: https://gleam.io/pquX9/marie-k-johnston-book-campaign-i

As always, continue reading more of my work at:

http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston (Biography & Bibliography),

http://www.MarieKJohnston.com (Fiction & Folk Art) and

http://www.BipolarLifer.com (Journal & Self-Help)!

“Mental (2018),” A Novel


“But all the chartreuse buds on the new spring branches are also the brown crispy leaves that blow to the ground in the fall. It’s natural. It’s the way life works…”

–Chapter Sixteen, Mental

Mental (2018), which took 23 years to complete, is based on Johnston’s late teens and early twenties in the 1990s in Texas. Weaving journalistic scrutiny with magic realism, Mental draws upon a broad set of themes, all of which reveal why one young woman’s emergence from childhood to take responsibility for her life was belated.

Told by identical twin narrators in three parts, Mental delves deeply into the inner workings of the psyche to achieve a hard won happy ending, leaving the reader with the suggestion that it is one’s attitude that directs one’s fate. Drawing upon Buddhist wisdom and with a strong foundation in the natural world, Mental‘s subject matter may at times be dark–but the message of the piece as a whole is overwhelmingly positive.

This Second Edition of Mental, released on the first anniversary of its original publication, is meant to inspire those who are struggling to find themselves in a world that can be full of evil, disappointment, loss and grief. This novel is about dealing with changes and transitions, and is offered to illustrate the importance of continuing the search for peace even in the midst of suffering.

This is Johnston’s second novel. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), written under pen name M Yoshida McCurry, is about the elusive search for happiness. She is also the author of Dandelions (2019), a long poem, Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019), and Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it.

To read a preview of Mental (2018) for free now, go to https://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Mental is an eBook ($9.99) and a paperback ($9.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Mental-novel-Marie-K-Johnston/dp/1690980842/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1569337062&sr=1-1 to add this novel to your personal library now!

PUBLISHED BY MARIE K JOHNSTON

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University and was accepted into Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Marie K Johnston wrote for a variety of print and online publications (including Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division) and taught English and Liberal Arts for 14 years before she married. She is the author of 2 novels and 3 books of poetry, which can be previewed and purchased at http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston and http://www.BooksbyMarieKJohnston.com. She writes local color “faction,” taking a journalistic approach to magic realism to show everyday life in Texas where resilient female protagonists are both soft and strong. A preview of her visual art can be found at http://www.MarieKJohnston.com (“The Fiction and Folk Art of Marie K Johnston”). Johnston is currently working on two projects: 1) the publication of her journal, which explores the themes of love, loss, marriage, motherhood, dealing with mental illness, and coming into one’s own, and 2) a third fictionalized narrative dealing primarily with her daily, lifelong battle with Bipolar I with Psychotic Features. Both of these projects are due for publication and release in December 2020.