CROSSROADS. Poetry and a heartfelt update.

You have set my heart ablaze
And it’s warmth reaches further each day.

Hey everyone,
Oh mehn it’s been a whirlwind last 10days. On Friday 28th May, I sort of came out about my writing to most people back here at home(Uganda). The reaction was not what I’d imagined.

I finally got my hands on the author copies of my book CROSSROADS (Winds of love)
And they look and feel amazing. The matte laminated cover and size caresses and nestles into the hands.
But of course, the real ticket is not what’s on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside.

God knows how I dreamt and longed for this photo

If I tell you my darkness
Will you then know you are not alone
If I tell you the horrors that have befallen many
Will you then see
That you can overcome
If I tell it well
And if I make you feel
Will you then understand
That there is always light
And we need only spark and spark
Until it ignites

A precious few of you purchased, reviewed, and rated the book, either on Amazon or on Goodreads.
This lends much needed authenticity and appeal to the publication and I am so deeply thankful and grateful.

Well, with a little improvised marketing (I’m so new at this), and many excited friends, colleagues and acquaintances, I managed to sell out all the copies I’d ordered and I just can’t really explain that feeling. And so much of it is because of the people here.

I’m more than encouraged to continue work on my contracted novel coming Spring 2022(trust me, this one is going to be a must read)
I’m putting so much work, study, creativity, and imagination into it.

I’m on the far left with a few very satisfied buyers of the book(lol) *last weekend.

Wild winds of love
Blow me hither
Swing me dither
I will sway
And I will drift
But I will smile
For wherever I may go
The love within is my halo
And all love that touches it
Becomes light

If you have not yet laid eyes on this precious poetry and prose book, go on over to its landing page HERE
And if you need a little more convincing, you’ll find some reviews, extracts and more about the book there as well.

A companion

Chris Hall, an amazing writer, author and dear dear friend, hosted me on her Launchpad on Thursday and in that interview, I reveal some of my deepest inspiration for writing and compiling the poetry and stories in this book
Please click HERE to read the full interview.

If you have read the book, please go on over to goodreads, sign up with just an email and password, and then rate and review freely
Link: CROSSROADS (Winds of love) on Goodreads

On a dark starless night
I light the candles one by one
For the power to give hope
The power to spread love
The power to share happiness
Lies in my own hands

You can purchase either the ebook or the paperback here;
Amazon purchase.

Just a reminder that from the first fifteen reviews, I’ll randomly select 5 to give a free copy each, of my novel coming Spring 2022(a small prize perhaps, but alot is going into it).

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

Jude Itakali

100 responses to “CROSSROADS. Poetry and a heartfelt update.”

  1. Awesome post, Jude, dear friend! Wishing you every success with this beautiful collection πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Chris. I don’t know what more will happen for the book but I’m going to ease up on promoting and write. I’ll still keep a small reminder at the bottom of my posts(which will be a bit less) till August.

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      1. Sounds like a plan, we can only do so much!

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    1. Thank you so much Shazzy

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  2. Wishing you all the best Jude! 🀩

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    1. Very much appreciated Priya🀩🌷

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  3. Congratulations Jude on your thoroughly deserved success!

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    1. Thank you so much Ingrid. I’m learning a lot from this. It’s a little success but more than I ever expected. I need better online advertising though, I don’t know how that’ll work but I’ll learn something before the next book I hope.

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      1. If you’re on Facebook, try advertising there: it’s not too expensive and you can choose your audience quite selectively. Just an idea!

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        1. I’ll give it a whirl this week 🌷

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  4. All the best Jude. Wishing you all the success. πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika. I’ll take them wishes and hold onπŸ™πŸ½πŸ€—πŸ’œ

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  5. Beautiful poems Jude.

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    1. Ahh, I’m so glad you appreciate them Sadje. They mean much to meβ€οΈπŸ’œ

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      1. You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

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  6. Jude,
    They deserve to be able to take pride in their friend’s achievement! Congratulations on another coming out! πŸ˜€
    Pax,
    Dora

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    1. Thank you so much Dora. “The big one” is what I call it in my mind, lol.
      Yeah they do.

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  7. Congratulations on your book Jude
    πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    1. Hey Jackie πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
      It’s always soo good to see you.
      Thank you so much
      β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ€©

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  8. Congratulations, Jude. Well done! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Kitty. πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ§‘

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      1. You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

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  9. Beautiful work. Congratulations ❀

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    1. Thank you so much LaDonna πŸ’œπŸ€—

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  10. That looks great, congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ™πŸ½

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  11. Congratss πŸ‘

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    1. Hi Lendy. Thanks alot πŸ˜ƒπŸ’œ

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      1. You welcome 😊

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  12. Great news, Jude. Many congratulations to you 😊

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    1. Thank you Shweta. It’s not much but beyond any of my expectations.

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      1. You’re very welcome πŸ™‚

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  13. Wonderful to see you printed it in hardcover. When you speak from the heart, the universe is moved. Many congratulations to you, Jude.

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    1. Thank you so much Jade. This is very deep and encouraging. πŸ’œ

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      1. You are welcome. I know you have the passion and skill needed to write so it is easy to encourage you.

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        1. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ˜ƒπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ§‘πŸŒ·πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ€© too much πŸ˜­πŸ˜…

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  14. This is wonderful my friend! CONGRATULATIONS!!! AND WISH YOU BEST OF LUCK! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you so much. It’s been a while. I hope you are okay.

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      1. I am, thank you, just quite busy with work and studies πŸ™‚

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  15. It’s exciting and sacry to put yourself out there isn’t it? I wish you much success and I will post a review on Amazon and Good reads when I have a chance to read more or all of it. It should take me long, just really busy right now. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Melanie. It was mostly scary for me. But a big relief that it’s out. Hopefully more opportunities will come my way from home.
      I’ll look forward to your review. Hope you get some downtime. Hope you are well too.

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  16. *scary, ugh wish I could edit a comment. πŸ™‚

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    1. I hadn’t even noticed btw

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  17. Congratulations my friend! ❀

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    1. Hi LexπŸ˜ƒ
      So good to see you. πŸ’œ
      Thank you so much.

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  18. Congrats, Jude. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your publishing journey. It’s a wonderful experience. πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s definitely enlightening, and satisfying to have the work out there regardless of sales, but I think I much prefer just writing and editing.

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      1. Don’t we all! Ha ha.

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  19. I wanted the physical book but was not sure when it would get here hehe so I opted for the ebook. I truly love your writings, Jude and am so excited for tour novel. 😊🌷

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    1. I fully understand Michaela. You getting the ebook is more than I could have asked for. ❀️
      Btw are you done yet, anxious and eager for your review.

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      1. Hehe sorry I haven’t left a feedback yet. I’ll work on it

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        1. thanks alot Michaela. xox

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  20. Congratulations πŸ‘ and all the best to you friend.πŸ’

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    1. Thank you so much. Means alot.

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  21. I’m so happy for you Jude. An inspiration. (K)

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    1. thank you so much K.

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  22. Congrats and much success, Jude!

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    1. thank you so much Eugi

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      1. Most welcome, Jude!

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  23. Congratulations dear brother and all the best!

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    1. thank you so very much.

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  24. Your book is at home waiting for me to read it!! I’m out mid-west for a few days.
    (Did you get my email – I sent it a while ago – I hope it didn’t end up in spam.) I can see you have been very busy. πŸ’•

    (((Hugs))) and continued success!!! ~Jules

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    1. Thank you so much Jules. Can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ll look for the email today. xox

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  25. Awesome, Jude πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸ™πŸŒ»β€οΈπŸ˜Š

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    1. thank you so much Diana.

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  27. Congratulations πŸ‘. Wishing you all the success ☺️

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎβ™₯️

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  28. Bravo, Jude! I am delighted for you.

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    1. Thank you so much Robbie β™₯️

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  29. Congratulations! Happy for you. All the best for the upcoming one.

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    1. Thank you so much Kritika.

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      1. Pleasure πŸ™‚

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  30. Wow congratulations dear Jude. I too will go and buy the book from Amazon Kindle. Your poems are so beautiful and goes deep into our hearts. If you like to have a look I too have published a poetry book and the name is Poet’s Touch. It is available on Amazon Kindle too. Lovely and profound poems and you are looking so great with your friends. Happy writing.

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    1. Ah thank you so much Kamal. I’ll certainly go check it out. πŸ’œπŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. Thank you so much dear Jude.

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  31. Amazing work Jude! Wishing you luck πŸ’™
    And I love those little poems in between

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    1. Thank you so much. πŸ™πŸΎ

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  32. This is my first comment, I love reading books, but the new topics you write that catch my eye make me wish to purchase one to read in further detail. I am eager to learn what will I find out in reading this book. Thank you for sharing such beautiful books that come from your greatest mind. Congrats. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much for saying this. I’m glad it is atleast tempting. πŸ™πŸΎ

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  33. Jude, I finally finished Crossroads and reviewed it here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4036504501
    Great work man. Congratulations!! ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so much Janani. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thrilled you highlighted some of your favorites. I was advised not to comment on Goodreads reviews but thankfully I can do that here and email. You’ve made my dayπŸ’œ

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      1. You’re welcome Jude! 😊

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  34. This is incredible!! Great job!!

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    1. Thank you so very much.

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  35. Beauty n love filled poems. They are just not touching the readers but speaking to hearts. Amazing n wish you all the success Jude. πŸ˜‡πŸ§‘

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    1. Thank you so much Suma, I deeply appreciate it. πŸ’œ

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      1. My pleasure Jude 🧑

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  36. Congratulations! I loved the poems you posted as examples of your work. I just purchased the book. πŸ₯°

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    1. Thank you so much Robin. I truly hope that you deeply enjoy and are comforted by this book. πŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. Looking forward to it. 😊

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  37. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. May success be with you. May life bring you only happiness and love.
    Where was I? Wow. I am finding our about your poetry book only now? My bad. I apologize my dearest friend and congratulations once again.
    xoxoxo

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  38. Congratulations and well deserved success

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    1. Thank you so much Kally. i deeply appreciate it.

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