I’m in love with the written word as an art form. I write poetry, short stories and fiction and cling to painting, sketching, and photography as my creative outlet.

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Soul Awakening self-love Poetry & Prose! 

Rise Unstoppable is an uplifting self-love poetry collection that amplifies the beauty and intrinsic power of women and girls.

From self-care affirmations to the celebration of accomplishment, this book takes you on the path of self-awareness, acknowledgment of one’s needs and, stepping into your courage to transform into an unstoppable force.

Among the themes are self-created barriers, personal trauma, unhealthy relationships, workplace challenges, and the social and racial injustices that many of us face.

Rise Unstoppable is organized in the following chapters: Self-Care, Transform, Amplify, Rise, and Unstoppable. Each section offers comfort, encouragement, and perspective on life experiences.


“I’m Rising: Determined. Confident. Powerful.” takes the reader on an emotive journey of empowerment through life’s countless triumphs and tribulations.

Above all else, it inspires one to tap into their infinite potential so they can overcome any obstacle that appears on their unique path. Through heartfelt storytelling, alliterative diction, and soul-awakening themes, this empathic poetess instills each reader with an unwavering sense of perseverance, courage, and compassion.

This uplifting book is more than a mere collection of poetic musings, it serves as a powerful tool of self-love and personal transformation that belongs on every fierce soul’s bookshelf—or better yet, on their nightstand for their daily dose of inspiration each time they rise.

Why Love Rises: Origin of a Title

When Love Rises is a celebration of the intricate nuances of loving, hurting and healing, then trying again to find our true love and soulmate. This collection of poems, quotes and prose is the first in a series of books already underway with “Rising” as a theme. The word “Rise” evokes a powerful call to action and is paramount to our survival on multiple levels.  My next two books and are meant to complement the personal strength we gain through owning our truth and rising to become the best we can despite life’s challenges.

In this emotional thriller of contemporary prose and poetic reflections, you will discover the many sides to love, from unrestrained joy of the first flutter of a new romance, to the pain of heartbreak, and the journey to healing and finding the inspiration to try at love again.

The book is organized in the following three sections; The Love, In the Dark and The Light, to help you connect immediately to the emotion you are experiencing.  Photos of hummingbirds and line drawings are used throughout to emphasize the themes and messages.  Hummingbirds are considered a symbol of love in some cultures. I have always been fascinated by these intriguing beings, thus naturally gravitated towards them to be highlighted in my book. I will post a blog later with further discussion on why they are featured in my work and my author signature.

With poems as short as the four lines of Sparks, to longer and more thought-provoking verse such as Wasted, there is something for everyone to connect to as their own.
And whether you are picking it up in a snatched moment during a busy day or settling down for an evening of reading with a relaxing glass of wine, When Love Rises offers something that will touch the soul of any reader.

Editorial Reviews

I am thrilled to  have received three seperate 5 star reviews from Readers’s Favorites.  I will post each of them over the next several weeks.  Please check out the first one.

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Poetry – Love/Romance book “When Love Rises” by Michelle G Stradford, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QGS6SJH.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

When Love Rises by Michelle G Stradford is a contemporary poetry book which would appeal most to young adults and adults who love poetry as well as romance lovers. The book holds a diverse collection of contemporary poetry and reflections that explore the many different sides of love. The author explores themes like heartbreak, new love, and reliving past love. The book is split into three sections that divide the poems into the categories of love rising, in the dark, and the light. Are you ready for your very soul to be touched by the emotions these poems evoke during reading?

When Love Rises by Michelle G Stradford is a well-written poetry collection that I found myself getting wrapped up in very quickly. I really liked that the author did not force the poems to all be long poems, but rather wrote each poem to the perfect length for both the topic and the emotion that the poem was meant to express. So many authors ruin their poems by trying to force them to be longer than they should be so I was much relieved to find that was not the case with these masterpieces. My favorite poem in the book was “Summer”; the poem was so vivid that I could really picture it in my head and it felt like there could be a whole story behind the poem. Overall, this book took me on an emotional rollercoaster as each poem truly showed me a different side of love and each one was imbued with such emotion that I felt like I could connect to each poem on a personal level.”

You can learn more about Michelle G Stradford and “When Love Rises” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/when-love-rises where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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