Reviewed By: Gisela Dixon Review Rating: 5 Stars

By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

A Soul Passenger: When Love Collides by Brenda-Lee Ranta is a story based on Brenda-Lee’s own experiences. A Soul Passenger: When Love Collides starts off with the main character’s struggles with her family and we get a glimpse into her home life as well as her marriage. We also learn about her parenting struggles as she copes with moving on from her marriage. In the midst of all this, she meets Drew and they start communicating. Once they eventually meet in person, sparks fly and there is a strong and instant personal connection. However, it is not all smooth sailing as they deal with ups and downs in their relationship, along with issues around addiction and dysfunctional family dynamics. This is ultimately a story of love and healing.

A Soul Passenger: When Love Collides by Brenda-Lee Ranta is an interesting read. Although it is a work of fiction, as per Brenda herself, it draws from her own personal experiences and the story is based loosely around her own life. I liked that this is not simply a story of two people meeting or even a love story, but goes deeper than that by delving into the main character’s background and her previous relationship as well as family issues. This makes the book more real and relatable. There are also references to alternative healing methods explored in the book, which may be of interest to a reader. Overall, the flowing and casual writing style, along with the real issues like addiction that the story highlights, makes this a worthwhile read.






















My Shores

Arms beckon you to my shore
Come and rest in the cool water
Lay your head upon my bosom;
give comfort to your weary mind
sooth your brow with tender kiss
enfold your body in my wings

I have soared above the shallows
felt the wind of autumns call
braved the cold of my transgression
still I fly above it all
I have braved the plight of hunger
atrophied and starved of soul
felt the pain in your confessions
breaking free of all control

Rest within forgotten slumber
Nestle here against my heart
I be the chalice to your thirst;
bathing in your supplications
rest in the solace of my love
veracious in my faith of you

I have soared above the shallows
felt the wind of autumns call
braved the cold of my transgression
still I fly above it all
I have braved the plight of hunger
atrophied and starved of soul
felt the pain in your confessions
breaking free of all control

©Brenda-Lee Ranta



Meet Poet Elizabeth Diane Daniel

A tell it like it is poet..

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Elizabeth and Book

Elizabeth is the published author of Diary of a Poetpublished December of 2016 with Creative Talents Unleashed. She has been featured in several anthologies from Creative Talents Unleashed publishing group, such as Poetic Melodies, Imperfect Paths and Down the Rabbit Hole.  A piece she wrote is also included in the anthology, “Hope Throughout Cancer” published October 10, 2012 through One of her passions is to bring awareness to childhood cancer, through her poetry. She has also been featured on the P.O.E.T online radio show, “Voices Behind the Pen”, as well as several online publications.  Elizabeth is a contributor at She holds an Associate in Arts degree, along with a degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education from Somerset Community College. She lives in Windsor, Kentucky with her mother, brother and two dogs.

Elizabeth’s Books

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How to detach from outcome

The human experience
captive to a body that
fights to deny its divinity,
sparring with ourselves;
mired in heavy gravity

while ego screams
you will get hurt
you can’t win
you are not enough
you are too old
people are liars
don’t trust anyone
they will carve you up
like a turkey on a platter
don’t laugh too loud
don’t walk too heavy
who listens to you?
everyone is dispensable
people say things to placate

The human sits quietly
releases the past
doesn’t fret the future
listens to a voice
in the frozen silence

while spirit whispers
you are worthy of love
you can do anything
you are infinite potential
you are beautiful
you can trust
no one can hurt you
when your home isn’t here
you have a perfect soul
you are loving
you are completely safe
this is an illusion
You are intelligent
you are a soul first
©Brenda-Lee Ranta


A Soul Passenger – Prologue

Opening excerpt from my novel.. 💓

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A Soul PassengerPrologue …

As the snow recedes,

the Ides of March reveal

that which was buried far beneath ~

impregnated life awaiting new birth in spring

Against all better judgement, she agreed to meet him at the park. Tiny mounds of dirty snow were barely visible on that damp, grey March day.

She had agreed she would be there on her lunch hour; finally putting a face to his words. They had met on-line through a mutual friend, never imagining herself actually agreeing to rendezvous with a total stranger. It was the antithesis of everything she was, however she was driving there.

His first words to her in an in-boxed message had been, “you have secrets.” She was shocked at his impetuous opening statement to her, however it was true. She had many secrets. She was experienced at hiding her sad, sordid life, wearing a façade of being capable, strong. They…

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New Release “A Soul Passenger” by Brenda-Lee Ranta

My story…

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A Soul PassengerBook Description: Every man and woman longs to find a love that is unconditional. This book is the autobiographical account of a woman and a man, who against all odds, found each other; resuming something mystical that existed long before the annals of earthly time and space.

This is the actual account of two people who came into what is known as “The Sacred Union or Twin Soul Reunion.” Nothing on earth prepares two people for this encounter, but once they find each other, there is a magnetic energy pulling at them, stronger than any other human encounter they have experienced. This book speaks of personal struggles, horrific fears, running stages and the final acquiescence to what has been preordained; lest they never sleep another peaceful night.

This is not a union made of fluff or fairy tales.  Rather, it is the awakening of two sleeping

beings, who truly awoke…

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Love in a Strobe Light – Author Brenda-Lee Ranta

an excerpt from my second book..

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a call came in, barking 10 Codes, the

implications clear, back-up required,

lights and sirens; love in a strobe light

he knew them well, monthly trysts of

lacerations, hematomas, bloody fist

kisses; blackened eyes closed shut

still they’ll stay, still neighbours save

them from themselves, screaming,

crying, punching with blood lust

straddled over her, foamy curses

bellowed into her face, waving her

clumps of hair; his prize, his trophy

again they pull him off of her, one

more time; his partner waits for others

to arrive to stitch her back together

she leaves by sirens that save her

life; he leaves in handcuffs, giving

his well rehearsed diatribe of remorse

time apart will soften her, ‘he wouldn’t be

so jealous if he didn’t love me;’ time apart

fuels his wrath – ‘saves it up for next time’

they write in their notebooks, the same

synopsis as last month –…

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Meet Author Brenda-Lee Ranta

I am honored to share this journey with you in my first novel 💓

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Brenda-Lee Ranta composed her first poem at the age of seven.  Throughout her life, she used prose as a means of logging her experiences in a life which has been under ‘constant construction.’

Amazing to her, is that at the age of 58, CTU Publishing Group published her first book, “Myriad of Perceptions,” to be followed by “Allegories – a thirst for connection.”  It was for her, a life changing experience, taking her from journal writing to giving her words a life beyond herself.  Her two books also were awarded five-star reviews from Readers Favorites.

Since 2016, she has been a contributor to many Anthologies published by CTU Publishing.  In the summer of 2017, she was honored to be the Creative Director for the Anthology, “I Have a Name,” which is a compilation of poetry submissions from poets around the world, on the silent…

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Writer Highlight Featuring: Brena-Lee Ranta

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‘Tag line artist,’ inspired by inky moonlight
creates a canvas of cement or moving boxcars
Slivering light in passing cars, flicking his Bic,
illuminated work, cryptic figures, liquid letters
silently makes a statements, unveiled at dawn

Notoriety never comes, not from strangers,
who read the words they long to say, spraying
Cizannesque of primary color, losing their beauty
after 10,000 miles of dirt, 325 days of grime, faded
and frameless, no elegant lighting, no champagne
toasting in accolades of astonishment or praise

‘Tag line artist,” forfeits fame for freedom and
anonymity, his only artist tool, spray-paint, spawn
of imagination or seething anger, his statements
interchangeable with the next moonlight artist,
to be the squatter on his canvas of darkness

©Brenda-Lee Ranta ~ Lyrical Journal

Response to our Inspiration Call on November 10, 2017

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