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Afterlife Halloween Sale

afterlife halloween sale

Hello there!

I decided to run a Halloween sale for my debut poetry book, Afterlife!

Afterlife is now reduced to £3 in paperback and 99p on Kindle! HURRAY!

The sale will end on November 1st 2017.

You can buy your copy today via Amazon! Make sure to review Afterlife on Amazon and Goodreads as this helps me to reach other potential readers!

Also, did you know that I’m on Instagram? Connect with me there @meljenz and tag me in your Afterlife book photos and share your thoughts there too! Book photos are the best!  

In the meantime, check out my latest dear judas blog post to find out more about this mysterious chapbook.

Let me know if you managed to buy your copy of Afterlife via my social media sites below!

Thank you for your support!

– Melissa Jennings

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dear judas by Melissa Jennings

dear judas website post

Why hello there!

I have an important poetry announcement – my next poetry collection will be titled dear judas. 

dear judas will be the first of many chapbooks addressing different kinds of beings who have left their mark on the world.

Here is a little background as to why I chose this title:

I was raised Catholic. I was fascinated by the Gospel stories in the New Testament of the Bible. However, I had heard the name Judas before actually reading his story. As I grew up, I realised that the name Judas was associated with the words: betrayal, liar, backstabber etc. Years later, I was in a play in college which was written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, where Judas is given a trial in Purgatory, and well, Judas is shown to be like anyone else – flawed. It is a fantastic play, please give it a read! You will not regret it.

The word association with Judas is potent and personally meaningful to me, as you will discover when reading the collection in due course. We all have our Judas’. 

dear judas will be a part of a series of poetry letters, published by Amazon Createspace. The release date is to be confirmed, but it will be released before Underworld.

You can add dear judas on Goodreads!

Thank you for reading!

– Melissa Jennings

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Underworld front cover reveal!

Here it is, folks, the front cover for my next poetry collection – Underworld!


Things will be turning upside down.

It follows on from Afterlife, my first poetry collection, but Underworld delves much deeper into the inferno underneath the skin.

Underworld will be released in July 2018!

Underworld is on Goodreads, so be sure to get it on your TBR list!!!

– Melissa Jennings

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Poetry Update: Underworld Cover Colour!

Hello! Well, it’s been a while since I posted a poetry update (and an update in general), so I thought I’d set the record straight.

I’m back at university as a second year English Literature student. A lot of reading and reviewing time will be taken up with university reading and essay writing (HURRAY), so I’m sad to say that my reviews will be irregular over the course of the next few months.

In other news, my second poetry collection, Underworld, is ticking over. I received my first proof of Underworld yesterday (mainly to see the cover), and oh my stars, it was a beautiful thing.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:

underworld proof 1

Underworld will be released in a dark shade of purple as Underworld is hella dark! I am super pleased with the cover; I really took my time to make sure it is what I wanted and I really hope my readers like (or even LOVE IT) too.

However, my job is not done. Underworld needs to be edited and thoroughly checked before release. My aim is to release Underworld in summer 2018, this will depend on feedback from my beta readers and reviewers, but until then, make sure to add Underworld to your want-to-read list on Goodreads.

Thank you for reading!

– Melissa Jennings

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Poem: Forgive My Hell by Melissa Jennings


there is light buried in my ribcage

flowing and burning through the cracks

I feel so alive.

I feel like I’m on fire.

isn’t that the same thing?

This poem is from my next poetry book, Underworld, which will be released in 2018. Make sure to add Underworld to your TBR list on Goodreads!

If you would like to read some more of my poetry, check out my debut collection, Afterlife, which is available in paperback and in ebook on Amazon.

What do you think of ‘Forgive My Hell’?

Let me know below!

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Unleashing Poetry: Underworld by Melissa Jennings

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#1 – Why Underworld?

In the process of writing Afterlife, I already knew that I had more to give that Afterlife could not contain. Afterlife was simply the beginning of what I have always needed, to write authentically.

So, I knew I had to sit myself down and think of a title that has meaning to me; I also had to make sure that there was a connection to Afterlife both semantically and aesthetically. Regarding semantics, I wanted to link life and existence, as I believe they are different concepts; Afterlife equals life and Underworld equals existence. Then, with aesthetics, I desired a title that was short but still had an impact, so I thought of some synonyms for ‘afterlife’, and after a few hours, Underworld occurred to me.

#2 – What is Underworld about?

Underworld takes on the thoughts and feelings that lie underneath my skin presently and also addresses much larger issues which affect human nature entirely.

#3 – What influenced Underworld?

Dante’s Inferno, Greek mythology, elemental mythology, interesting Tumblr images, my own experiences, some of my favourite poetry, and the ocean (always the ocean).

#4 – How does Underworld differ from Afterlife?

Underworld will have a structure of some kind and will be a much larger poetry collection. Unlike Afterlife, Underworld will discuss the past colliding with the present – the ultimate internal battle.

#5 – Who is the publisher?

Amazon Createspace – my saviour.

#6 – When will it be released?


#7 – What will be the cover art?

This is undecided, but it will be in a similar style to Afterlife. I will be working on that once I have completed the collection.

#8 – Is there more to come after Underworld?

Indeed there is. But, that is to be revealed in good time.

– Melissa Jennings

In the meantime, you can read my debut poetry collection, Afterlife, and share your thoughts on Amazon and Goodreads. Happy reading!

Also, connect with me on social media!

Facebook – Melissa Jennings

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Twitter – @melissajenningz

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Instagram –  @melissajenningswords