Postcards From Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael Daniels Spotlight Tour


“There is no greater joy than to share what you love with those who appreciate it.”—Bernard Jan

Bernard Jan is the pen name of an award-winning novelist and a poet from Croatia, and he has released five books in English.

Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention Award 2021

Readers’ Favorite Gold Medalist 2020

Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medalist 2019

A World Without Color is a true story of the last three days he spent with his cat, while Look for Me Under the Rainbow in a unique and gentle way sheds light on the plight of harp seal pups in Canada. It warms the heart of all readers concerned about our planet and its treasures. January River is a heartwarming cross-genre novel about five friends, one dog, and one river carrying a secret that will upheave their world. His YA cross-genre novel, Cruel Summer, is a gripping story of an abused teenager from New Manhattan who only wants to skate, but they have other plans for him, and Postcards From Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael Daniels is a young adult poetry book written in character as the hero from his novel Cruel Summer.

His first two books were written at the beginning of the war in Croatia in 1991 amidst air alerts and illusory attempts when he wanted to believe and think that life is normal, that everything is all right with the world. He has published five novels, two novellas, and one book of poems in Croatian. Four of his books, including the book of poems, were translated into English.

His passion for music and entertainment resulted in his becoming a partner of Tom’s Music Place, which was established in 2009 by his friend Thomas Carley Jr., whose objective was to raise the respect of music.

His desire to help others came to the fore during his years advocating environmental protection and advocacy of animal rights. He did volunteer work for the refugees because suffering does not know any borders. When it comes within your reach in your home, you simply have to do something. As part of his animal advocacy activities, it has been a great honor and pleasure to translate Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust by Charles Patterson into Croatian.

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Book Description & Blurb

After a short memoir, a novella, and two novels, Bernard Jan presents his new literary form!

Already in his most recent YA cross-genre novel, Cruel Summer, Bernard Jan has set himself a new challenge, testing his abilities and inspiration to write poetry. A year after releasing Cruel Summer and as an extension to his novel, Bernard Jan is self-publishing the poetry book Postcards From Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael Daniels as the seventeen-year-old protagonist from Cruel Summer

Michael’s life has been a cocktail of melancholy, sorrow, and desire. But when a talented and promising skateboarder dips his pen into poetry, what will his passion create?

After a lifetime of abuse and the tragic loss of his mother, NYC teen Michael Daniels needed an outlet. Despite his cheerful nature, his inner mind was teeming with the stark contrast of darkness and light. So, in this volume full of imagery and symbolism, his underground rhymes reflect days full of extreme sports, failed relationships, and nostalgic memories.

Written by Bernard Jan in character as the hero from his novel Cruel Summer, this channeled view of the world is an extravaganza of extremes. And in its groundbreaking perspectives, you will discover the cries of a heart longing to be understood.

These unusual literary postcards were first published in Croatian in 2003. The lovers of poetry now have an opportunity to read this collection of sixty-one poems in English too.

Previous books by Bernard Jan self-published in English are A World Without Color (2017), Look for Me Under the Rainbow (2018), January River (2020), and Cruel Summer (2021).

Postcards From Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael Daniels is available on Amazon as an eBook and will be released as a paperback too.

Book cover by Jessica Bell.


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