Welcome to “SONGS OF HEARTSTRINGS” Blog Tour! @MHurdle112 #4WillsPub #RRBC

Welcome, Miriam Hurdle, to my blog! It is so exciting getting to know you on your “Songs of Heartstrings” Blog Tour.

From the Author

This is Day 2 of “Songs of Heartstrings” Blog Tour. I want to thank 4WillsPublishing for setting up the tour and my host to have me here.

This poetry collection includes nine themes: Songs of Nature, Songs of Dissonance, Songs of Physical Healing, Songs of Marriage, Songs of Parenthood, Songs of Tribute, Songs of Reflections, Songs of Challenge, and Songs of Inspiration. Each of these themes covers various aspects of my life experience. Many poems are illustrated with my photos and watercolor paintings.

Songs of Heartstrings received a 5-Star review from Songs of Heartstrings received a 5-Star review from Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/songs-of-heartstrings?fbclid=IwAR092vCKbtTdbUea6kW90qdVvrvxYHpUdkpCueW7XtcUzKNMzukisBgVBfs

Other book reviews are available on Amazon: http://wwAmazon.com/dp/B07K1S47W9 

One Recent Amazon Review

“Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude” is a most enjoyable book of poetry. Told in the first person, Miriam Hurdle takes you along on her many journeys, in the ups and downs, of life. I particularly enjoyed the photos, placed before many of the poems. It brought me closer to what Miriam was relaying in her words.

My favorite poem is “Life’s Currents”. Here, the author reminds us we are never alone, no matter the hardships we might face in our time here on Earth. There is no doubt Miriam has a strong faith and relies on it for many of life’s obstacles.

The book is broken up into eight different sections, making it a very pleasant read. Miriam uses different styles of poetry, so you’re never just reading. She easily gets and keeps your attention throughout. If you are looking for a poetry book filled with inspiration, and thought-provoking passages, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this to any and everyone as I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude.”

– Dorinda Duclos

Highlighted poems from Songs of Dissonance: Life’s Currents and Punctured Wounds

Being trapped in a mentally and emotionally draining relationship, I felt anguished and powerless. My consideration of family value, cultural orientation and church expectation didn’t allow me to entertain the thought of dissolving the marriage. I bore the pain and held the false hope of improvement and a brighter future. As a wise man said, “It takes two to make a marriage.” After ten years of struggle, I concluded that only severance could keep my sanity.

Life’s Currents  

Life’s currents keep pushing,

I feel much like drowning.

One wave after another,

I can hardly keep my head

from going under.

A little kick with

my frantic feet,

Catch the thin air

with a squeak.

Overwhelming waves

give no hope.

With a fainting voice,

I softly cry,

Oh God, I’m tired.

This is the end of

my effort to try.

Am I going to die?

Peace be still,

my precious child!

I’m always here

when your tears

blinded your eyes.

You will not die.

I know how much

you can endure.

I have never been late to

come to your rescue.

Cease your struggle,

cease your fear.

Just remember that

I am here.

Relax your body and

let it float,

I will guide you where

you should go.

Punctured Wounds

Inconsiderate, merciless words that

rang around my ears,

punctured through

the mind, the heart

beyond what I could bear.

Insulted the intact intelligence,

the confidence I held so familiarly.

They bruised the inner emotion that

once was pleasant and joyous;

pierced through the flesh with a twist

worse than any knives that sheared.

Scars on the flesh faded as

the sound of clash

absorbed by the air.

Wounds in the heart buried so deep

inside the subconscious mind,

I needed the miracle to

lift the deceiving mask.

With courage and strength provided,

I accepted the graceful healing,

the unconditional love from above to

piece the brokenness together.

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Miriam Hurdle is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories and memoir. Her poems are included in Letters to Gaia, Whispers and Echoes Issue 2, Whispers and Echoes Issue 3, and Outcast and More Words.

She is passionate about poetry and her favorite poets are Robert Frost with his poems “The Road Not Taken,” and Linda Pastan with her poem “To a Daughter Leaving Home.”

She is a member of PoemHunter.com, and her poetry may be read on the websites.


Music has rooted in her life. Being a soloist as a teenager led her to taking voice lessons and to have ongoing singing engagements. She continues to sing soprano in choral groups. Lyrics have a major influence in the natural flow of her melodic writing. She writes memoir in the form of poetry.

Along with her brother, she took photos when the films were black and white. Photography is still her enjoyable hobby. Drawing and painting were fun activities as a child. Her favorite was to draw a Japanese girl with big eyes, long hair, small lips and chin. She resumed drawing and watercolor painting several years ago. In her poetry collection, photos and paintings are included to illustrate the poems.

She earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California.

Links to Purchase the Book:

Amazon Universal Link: http://smarturl.it/SongsofHeartstrings 

Amazon UK Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K1S47W9  

Amazon.com Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1S47W9 

Contact the Author:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Website: https://theshowersofblessings.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhurdle112

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miriam.hurdle.1

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Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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30 Responses to Welcome to “SONGS OF HEARTSTRINGS” Blog Tour! @MHurdle112 #4WillsPub #RRBC

  1. Hi Shirley, I want to thank you again for hosting my blog tour. I followed up the tour with free download promo on Amazon and got #3 of the Top Best Sellers in Poetry. I’ll make an announcement on my blog but want to thank you personally!

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  2. Hi Shirley, thank you again for hosting the blog tour. This is a good time to follow up with another promotion and I have this one on Amazon.

    https://theshowersofblessings.com/2019/03/05/free-download-promotion-songs-of-heartstrings/

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  3. I don’t use to understand poetry or the mind behind it, but with so many #RRBC poets, that is changing. Congrats with your tour. Thank you, Shirley, for hosting.

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  4. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    One more thing Miriam. I see that you sang soprano in a choir. I sang second soprano in a choir & sang in a band with a girl group once. Now we have two things in common although I suspect there’s more. Have a wonderful rest of your tour.

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    • Oh, Shirley, sorry not to come back sooner. It’s good to hear that you sing second soprano in a choir. My voice is getting slightly lower as I’m getting older. I’m not singing second at the moment, but I may have to, one day.

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      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

        Well, Miriam, I can no longer carry a tune. If you don’t use it, you lose it. I don’t know what happened but it could be age. lol

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      • It’s true, if you don’t use it, you lose it. I didn’t sing for 5 years during cancer treatment and recuperation. Fortunately when I started singing 6 years ago, it gradually came back, not as strong as before, but I’ve been singing Messiah for the last 5 years. 🙂

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  5. beemweeks says:

    Your poems are so expressive, Miriam. I am a fan.

    Thanks for hosting, Shirley.

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  6. Miriam, it’s such a joy to follow your tour. Your journey and poetry are truly inspiring. Congratulations on the wonderful review, too! 🙂
    Many thanks for hosting, Shirley, as always.
    Cheers to you both! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Natalie for dropping by and for your kind comment. I also thank you for your comment about my sister who passed away. We’re thankful to be there for her. 🙂

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      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

        Miriam, did I miss something regarding your sister? My condolences on your loss. Sisters can never be replaced.

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      • Thank you very much, Shirley. Don’t worry. I had made two posts since I came back from Hong Kong on 1/25 and a direct post on Facebook. So it’s not something brand new. I appreciate your comment. All the readers from the tour who download my book help to get me on #3 of the Top 100 Best Sellers in Kindle. I’m grateful for your support.

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  7. Guy Worthey says:

    Two more wonderful poems today. I could get very spoiled following this tour. ^.^

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  9. Hi Shirley, thank you for hosting my blog tour. Yes, I met you at #RRBC yesterday. You blog is beautiful and present this post really well!

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  10. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi, Miriam. I enjoyed checking out this stop on your tour.
    Shirley, it was a pleasure to stop by your blog again. 😀

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  11. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Hello Miriam. Its a pleasure to meet you and host you on my blog today. Welcome to RRBC!

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  12. Powerful poetry Miriam! I could really feel your emotions. Thanks for hosting Shirley:)

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