Archive for the ‘short stories’ Category
The 2016 holiday season is upon us. Yesterday, Mr. Ed and I attended an early Thanksgiving dinner social at our church. It was an afternoon of good food, wonderful fellowship and the entertainment was outstanding. A threesome from the Way, Way off Broadway Theater in Roswell, entertained the guests with a medley of songs from their 2016 musical performances.
There was a feeling of Christmas in the air. The afternoon was a great opportunity to promote myself as a writer. I chatted with numerous guests and passed out my business card. It also lent me the chance to talk about my new Christmas book, and how it would make a great stocking stuffer.
I was able to take pre-orders for my new book… Christmas Stories for the Whole Family; Short stories for the season. The book is scheduled to release around Thanksgiving.
Author K. Lorraine presents Snuggles Bedtime Stories, Book Three: Christmas stories for the whole family; Short stories for the season.
The Christmas Scarf – The Christmas holiday season was getting close. Violet waited on pins and needles for the Nutcracker Suite to watch on television. But, she wanted to see the dancers in person. She hoped and prayed that Mama kept her knitting money to buy them theater tickets. Violet was so excited about the ballet that she forgot about the bright red Christmas scarf.
Miss Fitt’s Kennel— It’s Christmas in the village of Snow Globe. The merchants of the stores, belong to Santa’s ‘special’ elves. It was Santa’s goal to have a groundbreaking new product for children around the world. Santa visits each storekeeper to see what new idea was ready for him.
Queen Seltza’s Wintery World—is a story in a poem about Percy Penguin who finds himself stuck on an ice floe. The poem takes you through his adventure of trying to find his way home. He will meet some kind strangers and an evil queen who puts a spell on him. Your child is bound to like reading about a Mother’s Raspberry kiss and hot chocolate love.
Super Star Singing Sensation—is a story about a family of singing penguins who meets a talent scout. Find out what he has in store for the singing penguin family. Will they become a singing sensation?
The Christmas Dream–A young boy goes searching in the snowy woods by his house to try and find Santa Claus’s home. Will he or won’t he?
K. Lorraine is the author of many entertaining children’s books and this one is perfect for the holiday season. Her stories are available at http://klorraine.com, Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace.
Thank you for reading my post.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading,
What is a blog tour?A blog tour is like a book signing tour, except you are doing it online. Their main success lies in increasing awareness of your book and your author name. The fundamental aim of blog tours is to build relationships with your potential readers. Plus, I need to organize the launch and publicity for book # 3, Christmas Stories for the Whole Family; Short Stories for the Season.
There are several different kinds of blog tours. I’ve decided that a ‘Review Tour’ fits my needs the best. A Review Tour offers the opportunity to review the author’s book in exchange for a book review.
Credible reviews are difficult to come by, so this is a great tour to receive guaranteed reviews of your book. I’m aware that guaranteed reviews do not equate to a guaranteed good review. But, the rule does state that a reviewer will agree not to post a review that is less than three stars until after the tour is finished. A review is rated between one and five.
If you want to participate in the ‘Review Tour,’ Instant message me on FB and indicate that you want to read the book. Include your name, and email address. If you read this blog on WordPress, you can reach me through making a comment. Either way, I will return a free PDF copy of the book.
I am offering the readers in this book promotion, the opportunity to win a copy of my Christmas book. It won’t cost you anything to enter the giveaway. I’m just asking you to post your LIKE and add a comment about the book on Facebook. And then, go to my webpage, http://klorraine.com and join my mailing list. This list is confidential and will not be shared.
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About the Author:
Kathleen grew up in the lake community of Sanford, Michigan. She is the second oldest of nine children. Her family and teachers knew that Kathleen was a gifted writer and a talented artist. She graduated college with a Bachelor Degree in Business and an Associate Degree in art design.
Ms. Lorraine joined FanStory in 2014. She is a recognized author who has written 112 ‘five star’ short stories. To date; she has received seven ‘First Place’ wins. Ms. Lorraine has also achieved numerous ‘Recognized wins,’ for her work.
Although a young Kathleen wrote her first book titled ‘Pockets’ for her daughter, Rebecca, the book never saw the light of day. Some of Ms. Lorraine’s later works did. The upcoming author writes her stories under the Pen Name of K. Lorraine.
She recently began to write a series of children’s stories. Book One of the ‘Snuggles Bedtime Stories, ‘The Christmas Dream’ was released in December, 2015. ‘The Children’s Easter Story Book 2016’,book # 2 released in time for Easter.
The author returns in 2016 with book three in the ‘Snuggles Bedtime Stories, ‘Christmas for the Whole Family’.‘
Ms. Lorraine has been married to her husband Ed for over 20 years and they collectively have five children from previous marriages. They are also blessed with six grandchildren. The couple resides in Roswell, New Mexico.
Author K. Lorraine present Snuggles Bedtime Stories, Book Three: Christmas Stories for the Whole Family; Short Stories for the Season.
The Christmas Scarf – It’s funny the things that the human mind chooses to set aside and keep as a fond remembrance. The Christmas holiday season was getting close. My name is Violet, and I waited on pins and needles for the Nutcracker Suite to watch on television. But, I wanted to see the dancers in person. I hoped and prayed that Mama kept her knitting money to buy us theater tickets.
It was finally Christmas morning. Santa Claus left my gift, beneath the tree. I untied the big red bow with care, and opened the gift wrapped box. Nanny Rosetta and Mama must have spent many nights together hand sewing the pink tutu for Santa to bring me. I hid my disappointment that theater tickets weren’t in the box.I wondered if my Christmas dream would come true?
Miss Fitt’s Kennel— It’s Christmas in the village of Snow Globe. The merchants of the stores belonged to Santa’s ‘special’ elves. It was Santa’s goal to have a groundbreaking new product for children around the world. Santa visits each storekeeper to see what new idea was ready for him.
Queen Seltza’s Wintery World—is a story in a poem about Percy Penguin who is stuck on an ice floe. The poem takes you through his adventure of trying to find his way home. He will meet some kind strangers and an evil queen who puts a spell on him. Your child is bound to like reading about a mother’s Raspberry kisses and hot chocolate love.
Super Star Singing Sensation—is a story about a family of singing penguins who met a talent scout. Find out what he has in store for the singing penguin family. Will they become a singing sensation?
k. Lorraine is the author of many entertaining children’s books. This one is perfect for the holiday season. Her stories are available at http://klorraine.com Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace.
THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG… I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING A FAVORABLE RESPONSE. I look forward to have a number of K. Lorraine book fans help me promote my next Children’s Christmas book.
Happy Reading, K. Lorraine
Give one, Take one
Blog about two Public Libraries…
Sanford, Michigan Little Free Library
Two thousand miles separate them, but the vision of spreading the joy and power of sharing books is the same. Author K. Lorraine supports both libraries by sharing her books. A list of books that are on the library shelves in Sanford, Michigan and Roswell, New Mexico, follows.
About the author:
K. Lorraine is a recognized author who has written 112 ‘five star’ short stories. To date; she has received seven ‘First Place’ wins. She has also achieved many ‘Recognized wins,’ for her work.
A young Kathleen wrote her first book titled ‘Pockets’ for her daughter, Rebecca. It was a birthday gift when she started her first year in school, the book never saw the light of day. But, some of Ms. Lorraine’s later works did. The upcoming author writes her stories under the Pen Name of K. Lorraine.
Ms. Lorraine resurrected her interest in writing after a thirty year absence. But, she kept her skill of writing fine-tuned when a local newspaper offered her a staff writer job.
Ms. Lorraine divides her time between writing different types of adult human drama. Her favorite genres are romance and murder/mystery. She also has to her credit, a series of children’s stories.
Ms. Lorraine and her husband Ed, of twenty-five years, live in Roswell, New Mexico. They have five children from previous marriages. They are also blessed with six grandchildren.
K. Lorraine is humbled and honored to announce that the Roswell, New Mexico library has accepted the following books.
The author’s most recent book is a novel;
“The Playboy Prince”
The novel is Part mystery, Part romance…
“You are an amazing author and so very gifted indeed. You are awesome.” Comment Written 04-May-2016 by foxangie123
DP replied “The ending did surprise me.” Written 06-May-2016
The idea for ‘The Playboy Prince,’ came to mind in 2006. Over the years, the storyline continued to grow. I allowed the intrigue in the life of Hale Lake Kahuka-Dano, to flourish.
The first half of the book focuses on Hale Kahuka’s childhood.
The second half is about the rogue Interpol undercover cop. His obsession was to find the man who murdered his Grandfather, Judge Dano. Hale Dano’s obsession becomes his life’s mission.
The Playboy Prince is brimming with emotion from the beginning to the end. Hale Lake Kahuka–Dano is the 6th generation grandson of King Kahmehameha. Hale Dano invites you to follow his story as he goes from being a youngster, to becoming a mature man.
Poetry in Motion
Ms. Lorraine said, “I had NO CLUE that ‘Poetry in Motion’ was going to be as popular as it has become. I didn’t even have it in my head that this would be my first book to go so far. In two days, the book has gotten another 192 LIKES and 10 more comments and reviews. Since publishing, the book has received 5,000 Facebook LIKES, views and comments.”
The book, ‘Poetry in Motion’ is a collaboration of 52 contemporary poems. The poems are fiction and are creations of the author’s imagination. Some of the entries date back twenty plus years. She invites you to come into the magical world of imagination. Many of the pieces are award winning poems.
It was orientation week at the University of Iowa. Five freshmen students from different parts of the country sit together in a college lecture theater. The group is unaware they share a common interest.
The five college friends set out on a tropical paradise vacation over a long 4th of July adventure. Two days later, the parents get the word that the private jet is missing.
Surviving a plane crash can be a terrifying thing. The tension mounts as the story draws to a close on a beautiful tropical island in the Indian Ocean. The setting is compelling and the dialogue is real.
‘Seychelles Survivor’, is about a family separated by a plane crash. The families band together to find their children.
The book ‘Seychelles Survivor’ has had more than 40 reviews. The author has selected a few for your reading pleasure. “The background kindles the reader’s curiosity. I love your emotional appeal. It’s indeed your specialty– one such as I want. Thanks for creating such an emotionally mature character as Lei Lani. Thanks for sharing with us. God bless.” Comment Written 11-Dec-2014
“I thought this piece was very well written and thought out. The emotional impact of the wedding and the epilogues pregnancy was very deep and profound; the love between the husband and wife clearly shown and made plain in the simple and elegant wedding they had. I liked the way God was invoked at the time of the ceremony, the prayers seemed genuine and realistic. That was the thing about this piece I really liked, the realism of it and easy readability. Five stars!” Comment Written 10-Dec-2014
“Selfishness can only come to harm in the long run. This is very well written with a smooth flow of words, making for a very strong read.” Comment Written 20-Nov-2014.
Beyond the Twilight Zone
‘Beyond the Twilight Zone’ is a series of unrelated stories. The book contains drama, psychological thriller, fantasy,science fiction, suspense, and/or horror. The stories often conclude with a macabre or unexpected twist.
The book is a compilation of short stories that will take you back in time to the original Twilight Zone series. Ordinary people find themselves in situations that they try to solve.
Ms Lorraine thought you might like to read a few reviews.
The Pirate Story – 76 views – 6 stars
“Boy, that was a trip! You took the story thread down many pathways. I enjoyed just following along, wondering where and how you were going to tie it all up. It was fun. You write with great confidence and authority. I like the way your mind works, delivering us a bit of everything. Some pretty explicit sex scenes, lots of angst and pathos, a bit of melodrama. A terrific mix, all in all.”
Space Mishap – 23 Fan Views
“An eccentric oddity and a kook cause a delay in getting home. The dialogue is clear and shows what the characters are like. The narrative shows the action, such as hitting the wrong panel, stepping in the cow poop. The emotion felt was a warm feeling with a big smile.”
We Came Upon a Ghost Child – 62 Fan Views – 6 stars
“An awesome and creative story, although sad. Well written. “Daddy, it’s only terrible when the truth doesn’t come out.”
“Kitty, is this your daddy’s car?”
The Dark Side of Being Different – 58 Fan Views
“I’m not one for sci-fi, but you did a miraculous job of capturing my attention the whole story through. You described the aliens in great detail. You moved the story along as an accomplished writer would. It’s obvious that you invest time and thought in your writing. Your story was well edited and polished.”
Lethal Injection-50 fan views
“Chilling, frightening story. You made it even more so because something like this could actually happen. I’d tend to agree with Detective Stabler. His assessment that a user would not choose their mouth as an injection site for the heroine. It looks like this Wall Street exec bit off a bit more than he could chew with his selection of hired hookers.”
Through a Mother’s Eyes-50 fan views—
“You deliver a short but powerful piece. The last words linger long after I finished reading the story.”
Haunted Manor – Voodoo Murder
He sat back in his swivel chair and lit an electronic cigarette. He watched her step out of the 1964 Rangoon Red Thunderbird convertible. She was wearing four inch sling-back heels with legs that went up to her neck. He exhaled a continuous chain of smoke rings. She was stunning in a close-fitting black wiggle dress. Her blood red lips made his testosterone level rise.
Burton Middleton had a lucrative and successful writing career. But his passion for the written word as a noted Historian ended after his beloved wife died from lung cancer. Leaving his Yankee roots behind him, he moved to the ‘Big Easy.’
Black letters spelled out Middleton Private Investigations on the glass door. The office door opened, and the ‘Bombshell’ walked in. He was completely unaware of how his life was about to change.
COMMENTS AND REVIEWS-
“Haunted Manor: Voodoo Murder, is a steamy, sexy, bone-chilling thriller. The book is steeped in southern superstition and tradition. The author combines a Mashup of Voodoo with a beautiful antebellum manor that ends in MURDER.
‘Mashup’ is a new genre concept in literary writing, and it is fast becoming popular. In ‘Mashup’, the story is when you take two or more different genres and mix them together. This technique is masterful in bringing about a new and fresh storyline.
The author mashed a ‘Civil War’ College Professor, along with a haunted manor. She came up with a story line that ends in Murder.
Writer’s Digest suggests that K. Lorraine has been using ‘Mashup’ technique for years.”
Comment – April 22, 2014
“I call this a ‘Genealogy murder’ story. A Civil War plantation owner’s mistress passes down the twisted gene of voodoo superstition. Trust me, there is a lot of ‘mystery’ in this book.”
Mia Perez Series
Comment – May 10, 2014
The Mia Perez Series is a collection of five stand alone stories. Whether read one after another, or separately, they become a compelling story of Mia’s life.
Book One – ‘Unethical Doctor’, Mia Perez was lucky to be alive. She was the only survivor of the fatal accident. Induced into a coma by the Chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Aidan Chase, was a merciful way to help the long healing process.
When Mia awoke from her coma, the first person she saw was an attractive man. But she was unaware it was the doctor who had saved her life. The doctor opens the door to an unethical desire to win over his patient’s affections.
In Book Two, ‘Unfit Mother’, Mia Perez is young. She is naive. Her parents reared her in the strict native traditions of Brazil throughout her entire life. She came to America in hopes of finding a rich American man. But, she finds a world full of freedom and choices instead.
Uninformed about sex, she learns that even a woman with a disability can get pregnant. Mia is desperate when she learns the results of a drugstore pregnancy test. She slept with two men. She feels the pressure to get one of them to marry her.
Book Three, ‘Shhh’ is a short story of 18,000 words. The long awaited reunion of the Callan brothers is nearing. Mia has had an imaginary love interest with an American movie star, Tobias Callan, for a long time.
She uses her sexy curves to toy with the brothers. And she knows exactly how to please them all night long. But will Mia’s passionate encounter with Tobias set off a series of events?
Will a one-night stand, turn into a risky scheme of manipulation? Will the sex tape destroy the brothers in a whirlwind of emotions over the love of one woman?
Book Four, ‘Locked Away’, Mia Perez sends the Callan brothers away after a bad break-up on her wedding day. She banishes the two men from her life that she’s loved.
‘Locked Away’ is a second chance story. The suspense grows when the tapes come out about Mia’s sordid past. The story is about the entanglements of love. Will Mia finally get her fairy tale marriage with one of the Callan brothers? Or will tragedy strike?
In the fifth book titled ‘Beyond a Kiss’, Mia Perez becomes obsessed with solving a two decade old murder.
In the series, five men have loved her: her father, Juan Perez, a wealthy Brazilian coffee plantation mogul; Aidan Chase, the handsome young doctor who saved her life; Nicholas Starks, her water therapy coach whose unconditional love saved Mia from self destruction; and there were the Callan brothers, who Mia toyed with.
It was her plan to manipulate the brothers and get the man she loved to marry her. Nicholas Starks, was not husband material, but he always came to her rescue.
After two decades, the reading audience will learn the killer’s identity. Will this discovery affect Mia’s future plans for happiness? ‘Beyond a Kiss’ is a page turner murder mystery with an unexpected ending.
The Me Time E-Books provide you with a quick escape into a world of passion. And even an occasional happy ending.
“My name is Mia Perez and this is my story about the love I have for the men in my life.”
The Misadventure of Walter and Katy Shuster series-Book One
The Adventure of the Traveling Green Ants
Something on the dashboard caught her attention. She amused herself as she chased them about as they scattered.
“What,” she spouted off, “Damn, they are multiplying faster than I can squash them!”
Katy was on a mission of her own as she began to sing off-tune. “And Another ant bites the dust; another ant bites the dust.”
Walter and Katy Shuster were about to begin their annual trek from SW Florida to New Mexico. But, the ‘comedy of errors’ began sooner than later.
COMMENTS AND REVIEWS-
“Find out how Katy Shuster, became known as the Notorious killer of the Alien Green Ants.”
“Great book on adventures in Florida after retiring–a great read, and funny! Don’t miss this one!” comment – January 20, 2016
“A light-hearted piece, easy to follow…”
Margaret— Comment Written 09-Mar-2015
“That was cute how you had the wife say, “Aren’t you forgetting something?” The amusing part is when he goes to the rear of the car and takes a look. This wet my whistle.”
Comment Written 07-Mar-2015
“It was a fun book to read. Since I’m a “junk dealer” (antiques) I liked that part.” Teresa
Comment Written 07-Mar-2015
Eddie Cannon Jr. is nearing the completion of his police academy training. He decides to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was formerly head of Homeland Security. Detective Ed Cannon Sr., tried to bring down a large Midwest drug trafficking ring.
Homeland Security learns that the young Cadet is the son of the fallen decorated officer. They give Eddie Cannon Jr. his dream job of going undercover. Eddie Jr. assumes the identity of an out of work high school drop-out. His instructions were to take a job in the Nebraska Fun Center and Roller Skating Rink.
Cannon must resort to his academy training. In the end, it was Eddie Cannon Jr. who stood motionless over a female’s dead body holding the smoking gun. He tried to feel something for her, but he couldn’t shed a single tear. He hides his emotions, studies the situation, but does he solve the case in the nick of time?
Undercover Rookie is an action-packed thriller, full of suspense, sex and betrayal. The story’s ending will shock and surprise you.
The Christmas Dream is about a young boy and a dream filled with wonderment. Ricky finds himself walking in the newly trodden footsteps of a mother deer and her fawn. Among the snow covered trees, there is a small cottage. A billowing white cloud of smoke dances around the chimney. Could this be Santa’s house?
Children’s Easter Story Book 2016 – Children’s picture book
Snuggles Bedtime Stories (Volume 2).
The book includes two stories-
Robbie the Purple Easter Rabbit
And… Easter in the Barnyard
As a bonus, the book includes the author’s favorite prize winning poem-
A Candy Colored Easter
Thank you for taking the time to look at some of the books that I’ve written and published over the years.
Thank you for allowing me to share the news that the above listed books were reviewed by the Roswell, NM Library Board and accepted as new books to the Roswell community. The same selection of books are in the mail to the Sanford, Michigan ‘Little Free Library.’ It is an honor to be selected as an upcoming published author.
Happy Reading, K. Lorraine
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K. Lorraine SITE sponsored contest. Come One—Come All!!!!!
The contest, Fun stuff I blog about, runs from Tuesday, September 27 – October 11, 2016. The winners will be announced before the end of the month. Read on for the official contest rules and the list of prizes. Don’t delay… the contest will end on October 11, 2016.
You don’t need to be a professional writer to enter the Fun stuff I blog about contest. All that is required is that you like to read. If you can read, you can write.
Being real is the name of the game. I am looking for authentic people to write a blog entry. I want to see humanity and vulnerability in your writing. This is what connects you to your audience. I am this kind of writer and this is the type of person who would write the kind of piece that would fit into my column.
Since you are already on my website, it would probably be helpful to read some of the blogs that I have written. They will give you an overview of the variety of topics I’ve written about.
The rules are simple.
· You must be 18 years or older to submit an entry.
· Your written entry should be at least 500 words and no more than 1,200 words.
· The subject idea is open-ended. Write about anything—fiction or non-fiction.
· Keep it clean, and please—no religion, politics or current affairs.
· Remember, you do not need to be a professional writer. In fact, I encourage the amateur to write a blog and submit it. I want to know what you believe and how you really feel about things.
· One entry per person.
Enthusiasm is the key word, and the idea is to entertain, so make your piece enjoyable to read and inform your audience about something you have found that is fun.
You can learn more about me as an author and review a listing of my published books by exploring my webpage. There is a wealth of information available to help you understand me as a person and as a writer. I encourage you to browse and explore the website by clicking on the tabs.
A panel of three judges has been assembled to insure that all entries will be read and evaluated independently.
Two of the submissions will be chosen as a FIRST place and SECOND place winner. All prizes will be awarded.
The FIRST PRIZE award is—a choice to select one of the following books
· The adult coloring book, Fun in the Florida Sun. The coloring book blends in well the latest trend of adult coloring books. But, what make this unique above all the rest is this book features large, easy-to-color graphics starring a zany couple who live in a Florida 55 plus community. Katy and Walter Shuster live in a topsy-turvy world based on the everyday life of a retired couple.
· The Playboy Prince–The (novel) is Part mystery, Part romance. The first half of the book is dedicated to Hale Kahuka’s childhood. The second part is about the rogue Interpol undercover cop, and his obsession to find the man who murdered his Grandfather, Judge Dano.
· Poetry in Motion is a collaboration of 52 contemporary poems that are creations of the author’s imagination; some dating back twenty plus years. The author invites you to come into the magical world of imagination.
· Spog Tames a Bully. On his native planet of Apple, Spog was taught that the best way to reform an unsavory character is to make them your friend. The steps for this change is revealed in a plan written by Apple’s leading peacekeeper, Professor, Al Right. Spog and his friend gather the students together to prepare a plan based on the Professor’s theory, so the children of Roswell Elementary School could welcome the new kid named Spike, into their playground clan
The author will personally autograph the book and mail it directly to the winner.
In addition—the winner will be awarded a guest spot in the K. Lorraine website, blog.
The winning entry will also be featured in the 2017 book, How to Blog Your Way to Write a Book.
The second place prize—is the choice to select one of the following books.
· The Misadventures of Walter and Katy Shuster–Book One
(The Adventure of the Traveling Green Ants.) The genre is Satire/humor and is written primarily for the retired age audience. The story is a comedy of errors that the senior reader would appreciate associated with travel and irrational thinking which often accompanies an aging adventure. Something on the dashboard caught her attention. She amused herself as she chased them about as they quickly scattered. “What,” she spouted off, “Damn, they are multiplying faster than I can squash them!” Katy was on a mission of her own as she began to sing off-tune. “And Another ant bites the dust; another ant bites the dust.”
· The Christmas Dream–a children’s story, is about a young boy and a dream filled with wonderment. Ricky finds himself walking in the newly trodden footsteps of a mother deer and her fawn. Up ahead among the snow covered trees, there is a small cottage with a billowing white cloud of smoke dancing around the chimney. Could this be Santa’s house?
The author will personally autograph the book and mail it directly to the winner.
In addition—the second place winner will be awarded a guest spot in the K. Lorraine website blog. The winning entry will also be featured in the 2017 book, How to Blog Your Way to Write a Book.
My blogs are available to read on my website at http://klorraine.com or WordPress.com
Thank you for entering the Fun Stuff I Blog About contest and facilitating in the promotion of K. Lorraine and my books. Have fun as you write your contest entry. Please do me a favor and pass this contest along to others.
Submit your entry to: email@example.com and be sure to indicate at the end of your submission, the book you have selected if you are the winner. Your name, full address including zip code and email address are required.
(All entries become the property of K. Lorraine Books and non-winning entries will not be returned unless a request is submitted in writing. All entries are in compliance with the copyright rules. Compensation for the first & second prize is made through the gift awards. No other means of fee for service is or shall be awarded.)
Happy Reading and WRITING,
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Increased foot traffic to web blog – 100 overnight visits…
Well, this number is already outdated, because this morning, there were 29 more visits to the K. Lorraine blog. That’s one nice thing about statistics, they frequently change.
There are a lot of things that come my way daily. It is this stuff that causes me to alter my priority tasks – to set the intended blog aside – and to write a different one. And that’s what happened to me the other day when I checked my website (blog) foot traffic footprint.
There are always a lot of things swirling around in my head. It is with the help of the Lord, Jesus, that I’m able to descramble the jumbled mess and write my blogs, book proposals and books. But reviews can be the magic where-with-all that a writer appreciates.
REVIEWS are the greatest asset to a writer, whether you are a newbie, or a well seasoned author. I’m going to use the example of my the book, Poetry in Motion that I wrote several moons ago.
I’ve been keeping a running tally on how many reviews, views and LIKES that the book gets on a weekly basis. Today is Monday, September 19, 2016 and I just checked my Facebook page. I was amazed that the poetry book had been awarded 412 views and 26 more LIKES during the past week.
The statistics a book gets can be instruments of its success. But, a lack of reviews is often times the cause of why a book failed. So when a reviewer cares enough to critique an author’s work, from dialogue to sentence structure, it can be a precious gift.
Have a tizzy fit if you must, when the review doesn’t measure up to your expectations. Shout hallelujah when the critique was fabulous. But, perhaps, the criticism can be used for the betterment of your next book… and just maybe, you published on your own, too quickly. This is a bitter pill to swallow.
I read an interesting remark by Richard Riley, a well-known columnist – blogger, and I liked what he wrote. “Chances are you are not a perfect writer. There is no shame in that. It’s OK not to master every element of the story. Every writer has his or her strengths and weaknesses. Those strengths exist because they are rooted in your passion. Don’t drive yourself crazy honing and fine-tuning a novel to try and make it perfect. Do rewrites, of course. Carefully edit your manuscript, of course, but don’t let elemental imperfections prevent you from publishing.”
I strive for perfection in my writing. I’m quite sure that you also strive for perfection in everything you do. But, it never fails, that I will publish a book, or post a blog, and ‘Blam’, there will be a glaring mistake staring me in the face.
The world of publishing has changed greatly. Thanks to the internet, self-publishing, online bookstores, bloggers, social network sites; with their help, they have helped the writer get reviews. It is also a proven fact, the author who contributes to their own success has a better chance to see the favoritism of their books rise.
Many reviews are downright fake. Many reviews are written to persuade… you hear what you want to hear. Most often, you don’t get the whole truth about the quality and accuracy of your writing. Thanks goodness, due to the technology of the internet, self-published authors have more control over their work than you might think. Reviews are important, but the author should remember that most beta readers are ‘reader reviewers’, or amateur reviewers.
Authors should take note of what the reviewer said and not just the rating given. Reviews are a great avenue to becoming a better writer. Use your reviews in your marketing strategy.
Self-published authors are encouraged to use their website, their blogs, and even offer to be a guest blogger on another’s blog. Another effective avenue of getting your writing out there is to send out emails about your written work. Use handouts and business cards. And don’t forget about PSA’s (public service announcements) in your hometown. The ever so effective – ‘word of mouth’ is one of the best sources of advertising.
Authors, for the most part, are responsible for their own careers. Contact other authors for their help in promoting your work. We are in this together. Media exposure is not a guaranteed miracle.
One of the questions I get asked the most, is… “Why are you giving your unpublished coffee table book away FREE on your website?”
My answer was simple… I would rather have a million people from around the world come to my blog and see my artwork and read the companion stories, than not have anyone see my creativity at all. However, I do include a copyright provision for the protection of my hard work.
Richard Ridley always has sound advice. He recently wrote in a blog, “You cannot succeed with online strategies alone. Step outside into the real world and meet your readers. Build a solid Brand. Master your craft and write well. Your time will come if you keep on keeping on.”
The best advice I’ve heard from my research was, don’t expect your family and a few close friends to sustain a review campaign. It is vital to get viable reviews from unbiased strangers. In order to accomplish this, means you will need to query for those reviews. That brings me around to the following-
I had NO CLUE that ‘Poetry in Motion’ was going to be as popular as it has become. I didn’t even have it in my head that this would be my first book to go so far. In the first two days after the book was released, it had gotten 192 LIKES and 10 comments and reviews. Not bad for two days of promoting the poetry book.
In fact, I had a whole other book in mind that I thought would make a big splash with my reading audience. And that book was, The Playboy Prince. The book is showing well, but it is a novel, and I think most readers prefer not to invest the time in reading longer stories.
Once again, I thank everyone who continues to display favorable reviews for ‘Poetry in Motion’, a book of 52 contemporary poems in various genres. All of my books are available on the K. Lorraine website http://klorraine.com and at Createspace.
The adult coloring book Fun in the Florida Sun, featuring the zany retired Florida couple, is picking up speed. The book is trending well around the globe. The coloring book is getting an average of 10 LIKES daily with several views, comments and reviews. Not bad Walter & Katy. In fact, there were 10 additional views today.
I’ve also sent a book proposal to Barnes & Noble to see if I could generate enough interest to get the adult coloring book on their store shelves. I’ve used some of my own marketing strategies, and I have three book signings in play, with the possibility of a few more. Walmart has taken an interest in Walter and Katy Shuster and Ancients of Day in downtown Roswell has already put the coloring book in their store.
Keep up the good work, Walter and Katy Shuster.
Thank you God and the K. Lorraine fans for the sunlight that shines upon my world.Thank you for joining me this morning and reading today’s blog.
Happy Reading, K. Lorraine
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