Douglas Stockwell Announces Release of ‘The Coin, the Sword, and Open Book’

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New play takes readers into a forbidden love.

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Having a deep appreciation for blank verse plays, author Douglas Stockwell felt inspired to write “The Coin, the Sword, and Open Book”, a poetic play, after a conversation in a donut/coffee shop.

Having a deep appreciation for blank verse plays, author Douglas Stockwell felt inspired to write “The Coin, the Sword, and Open Book” (published by Lulu), a poetic play, after a conversation in a donut/coffee shop.

“The Coin, the Sword, and Open Book” takes readers into a story of love, loss, pain and happiness. Readers follow a country-born woman as she chooses her simple life and simple lover over royal convenience and a chance from traditional historical prominence.

Written mostly in iambic pentameter and set in the Korean Three Kingdoms Period, “The Coin, the Sword, and Open Book” will help readers see how life was during this time period and take them through a love story that transcends time and culture.

An excerpt from the book:

“The play’s full spark was born in country town
around both morning brew and chatting friends
a pretty girl denied her princess crown
and swore to birth of blood with common blends.
Then later sent a note in wishing well
which held that casual switch oh! dear to deer
and listening heart was captured by that spell
through deeper truths that ancient nations steer.”

“I want readers to recall that day-to-day life and the dream of a simple crush becoming real is greater than the extravagance of wealth and tinsel coated offerings,” says Stockwell.

“The Coin, the Sword, and Open Book”
By Douglas Stockwell
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781304414458

About the Author
Douglas Stockwell grew up in the Philippines and Malaysia, since his parents were both English teachers overseas. Following in their footsteps, he taught English in Korea and the Philippines. Both experiences showed him the complexity and simplicity of the English language. He has also written “Two Slightly Different Plays.”

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