Archive for the ‘Poetry’ Category

MARCH WINDS

April 3rd, 2017

March Wind
AUTHOR UNKOWN
March wind is a jolly fellow;
He likes to joke and play.
He turns umbrellas inside out
And blows men’s hats away.

He calls the pussy willows
And whispers in each ear,
“Wake up you lazy little seeds;
Don’t you know that spring is here?”

I thought it might be fun to write a story using bits & pieces of quotes about the March wind. There were too many authors who penned the quotes. So, I chose to just paraphrase them.

Did March come in like a lion and go out as a lamb? In the desert of New Mexico, the answer is YES and NO. you see, the March winds are upon us here in the desert. The temperature is a gorgeous 88 degrees. But, the wind gusts range from 45 MPH and up to around 55-65 MPH.
What makes the March winds blow? Botanists say that trees need the powerful winds to flex their trunks and main branches. There is a wonderful mythical law of nature.

In the Spring, the green leaves sprout from the buds. The Spring wind draws the sap up to nourish the budding leaves. And we enjoy watching them as they flutter and shake about.

When one has faith that the spring thaw will arrive, the winter winds seem to lose some of their punch.

And the rough winds do shake the darling buds of May. The Daffodils, Lilies and an array of other flowers are in bloom. The sun shines bright with a warmth that rises with a glorious hallelujah.

The wind is differences in atmospheric pressure. If it weren’t for this rising and sinking motion in the atmosphere, we would have no wind. But we’d not have something we call weather.

Make the most of today. Our passions are the winds that propel us. Nothing will stop the truth from marching on. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees.

Poems are one of the best ways to connect oneself with the imaginative world. We all know that May comes after April. And April is a month of a wild ride of alternating snow and sun. We all know that the flowers start to bloom in May, except for a few warm states where they show off every day of the year.

They say April showers bring May flowers to tell you that it’s okay when it rains. A daffodil clings amongst the downpour. April says she’s tired of it being cold. And the showers stirred up the soil. May thought that was pretty nice.

On that rainy April day. Would all the flowers turn to showers in the sunny month of May?
Life is a splendid thing, for sure. Wasn’t God so nice to make the cloudy skies? He planted all the flowers. I want to thank God for His daily blessings. And for the softest of April showers too. If it wasn’t for the gentle April showers, there wouldn’t be the loveliest of May flowers.
So, my advice is, always look on the sunny side of things. And give thanks for a fresh new Spring.

5-7-5 poem
by K. Lorraine… February 15, 2016
The morning breeze sings
On the ribbons of spring air
Her love melody, gentle

Until next time… Happy reading, K. Lorraine

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GIVE ONE–TAKE ONE–A Blog about two Public Libraries

October 17th, 2016

Give one, Take one
Blog about two Public Libraries

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 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.

library3K. 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.

Seychelles Survivor

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.

Fan 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

Undercover Rookie

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 – children’s picture book library1Snuggles Bedtime Stories-Book One (Volume 1)

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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Turtle–Blog # 9 about the UPSIDE DOWN COFFEE TABLE BOOK

October 2nd, 2016

Blog – TURTLE

The pictures are of our resident turtle that would visit often at our Florida home. I sort of adopted it and he, in turn, inspired me to write the poem that stirred me to paint ‘Turtle.’

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Turtle

Acrylic – 2016
By
K. Lorraine

 

Never far from home

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The place where I reside…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A home is a dwelling, a place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence by all of God’s creation, big and small.

“My home is a hard shell on my back,” said the Turtle… “Everyone needs a home.”

 

I hope you enjoyed another page from the UPSIDE DOWN Coffee table book and another piece of my life.

Thank you for joining me as I continue to journey through life writing about the Funn stuff that I blog about.

Happy Reading,

K. Lorraine

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CONTEST! Sponsored by the K. Lorraine Website Come one–Come all!

September 26th, 2016

              K. Lorraine SITE sponsored contest.               Come One—Come All!!!!!

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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 pleaseno 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: punken1947@live.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.)

Thank you,

Happy Reading and WRITING,

K. Lorraine

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Creating a BUZZ!

September 19th, 2016

                                                            Creating a buzzth-5

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.

P.S.

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 thatbuzz2 shines upon my world.Thank you for joining me this morning and reading today’s blog.

Happy Reading, K. Lorraine

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Can a dinosaur be taught new tricks?

September 3rd, 2016

Can a dinosaur be taught new tricks?dinocomputer

I had an interesting Sunday afternoon while shopping with my husband Ed. A nice young man approached us in the store and asked, “Are you happy with your internet package?”

Ed said, “Not really, what do you have to offer?”

Alphonso proceeded to explain the ins and outs and other benefits that his internet package might have that our current service might not. Of course, Ed was mostly interested in the cost. However, his pet peeve is there are too many sports networks and far too many repeat channels.

A man not interested in sports dumbfounded Alphonso, but he did relate to the abundance of repeat channels. In fact, he showed us that the average number of stations offered is around 79. Ed gasped and said, “I swear we get over 1,000 channels. Regular viewing and the upper end Hi-def ones.”

Ed then said, “All I want is the local networks – you know, NBC, CBS and ABC. I also like HGTV, Hallmark Movie Network and Lifetime movies. Can I tailor make my TV watching to satisfy my wants?”

Well, I’m going to move on here because we talked with Alphonso for at least an hour about technical stuff. Boring!

But, what I do want to talk about is this; that Alphonso was in the throes of becoming a writer. We talked about an array of topics connected with writing a book. He also counseled me on the How To’s of promoting your finished and published book.

I’m here to say, that I’m old enough to be his mother, maybe even his grandmother. My first experience with a computer was in the 1980’s. I’m pretty sure that Alphonso cut his baby teeth sitting on his father’s lap at the keyboard. I know my grandson did. In fact, my two kids started using a computer in school before they reached their double digit age.

Alphonso and I had a lot in common, which was nice to discuss. We both discovered our artistic talents early in life, (around six). We both loved poetry and we started to think about becoming a writer in middle school. Our college education centered on business applications and advertising/marketing/promotion. But he had a leg up on me; he had an expansive working knowledge of computers.

Alphonso was speechless when he asked, “Do you have a smart phone?”

And I said, “No.”

“Do you have an Ipod – an Ipad?” and something else that I don’t remember.

“Um, no,” I said. “I have my desk computer workstation and a laptop. That’s it! However, I do use social media… Facebook, Twitter and I have a pretty good website. And oh, by the way, I blog every day if possible… at least 4-5 times a week. ”

“That’s great, Kay. You are building your brand. Once you get a substantial number of ‘followers’, you’ll see an increase in book sales too.”

My ears took notice, but I became troubled when he said, “Now make 30 video blogs.”

Alphonso lost me right there and then. “How do I accomplish this?” I asked.

“Easy as pie.” He said, “Sit in front of your desk computer and talk into the camera.”

So, he attempted to explain how simple this was to do and we swapped email addresses. Regardless, that we were generations apart, our commonality brought us together to share knowledge and ideas. He was in need of a good Proofreader/editor and I needed the encouragement that I could come out of my dinosaur cave and learn more about video-blogging.

Alphonso has a ninety day goal to have his Science Fiction short story finished and published. I promised to connect him with my proofreader/editor. I also pledged to work on my fear about how to video-blog. But until then, I will continue to find interesting things to write about and upload the written word to my website blog.

To answer my own question… can a dinosaur be taught

new tricks?internetjungle

I think so.

Best of luck to everyone who has a dream and a goal.

Happy Reading,

K. Lorraine

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Blog #4 UPSIDE DOWN Coffee Table Book Turbulent Waters Nautical Themes

August 15th, 2016

UPSIDE DOWN BOOK TITLE (2)

K. Lorraine BOOKS

Email: klorraine@klorraine.com

This publication is also available online at

www.klorraine.com

Also at Amazon.com and Kindle Books

Copyright © 2013 by K. Lorraine Books

ISBN-13:

978-1494307837

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or

transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission

from the author.

 

UPSIDE DOWN Coffee table book

Blog # 4

Please join us today as we experience the calm and the turbulent waters of the sea…

A selection from the book, ‘Poetry in Motion.’

Hawaii Love

The life of an island

Hawaii tells her story of life through her beauty and culture. The islands are an untouched paradise on earth. She humbly and gracefully shares her gifts without demands.

Exceptional Contest Win

 

Hawaii is where the Earth meets the Sea

Where clouds won’t hide the sun from viewing me

The blue skies of Hawaii smile,

For my land is fertile.

The waters of the Ocean

Flow naturally.

Like the birds in the sky

The God Pele’ belongs with me.

I’ll be here forever in a day…

Her grass skirt said as it swayed.

As the ukulele played,

I felt my love would not go astray.

The stars might leave the sky

As volcanic dust travels on the wind

Inclined to misalign mankind

And cloud the unconscious mind.

But her heart is always true…

She is a never-ending fountain of love,

A Hawaiian song of Love for you…

Seven Sails

Acrylic

By

K. Lorraine

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I was commissioned to do three acrylic paintings and the theme was sailboats. The first painting was to be a sofa size image and the other two were to be on smaller canvases. The next two pages will feature the remaining two commissioned pictures. This painting – Seven Sails, became the book cover for the 2016 Amazon best seller book, ‘Poetry in Motion’.

The owner, Eric Krafft, has given his permission to use the art.

Sailboats on Water

Acrylic

By K. Lorraine

paint summer sailing

Rough Water

Acrylic

By

K. Lorraine

Rough Water

 

I feel blessed to have found the courage to try different things. I’ve set my goals high, but without God’s inspiration and leadership, I doubt that I would have done anything. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to use my weblog as a platform to stage my art, and I hope that you enjoyed the descriptive passages that go along with each rendering. UPSIDE DOWN is available FREE on my website http://klorraine.com

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Good Things Come in Three

July 15th, 2016

Good Things Come in Three

 Jesus with open arms

As I spent my quiet time with the Lord, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. “As you start a new life there are ‘three’ things that you must do. His thought came to mind, “It is willed that this must be done freely.”

Our conversation continued, and I was instructed with three tasks to complete this day.

#1 – Do a charitable act

#2 – Begin to put your life in order

#3 – Write today‘s prayer

I answered, “I can accomplish these undertakings, and I am humbled to carry out Your Will.”

So my charitable act was administered to someone who I knew.

The Holy Spirit has worked overtime on me. He said, “Good things come in three. God has three personalities. The Father is all-seeing. The Father leads you to repent; Sinner’s remorse is heaven sent. He sees all, He can do anything, be anything, be everywhere and He knows your thoughts before you know them.”

Jesus, (the son), is a teacher, and He died on the cross for man. John 10:17-18 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

And the Holy Spirit is the voice you hear in your head. So, come closer and listen to me, because I will guide you through life’s adventure..”

So a mighty lesson I did inherit, and I completed the third task directed to me…

 

‘I Pray Today was the title that I gave to my first daily prayer.

 

I pray today that God the father, will walk with me through my day.

I pray today that the Lord Jesus, will show me along my way.

I pray today, the Holy Spirit moves me with stirring words to say.

AMEN

 

This brings me to my conclusion. The Holy Spirit laid a lot on my heart. The Holy Spirit has worked overtime on me, but I do want to leave you with a poem that I wrote this past week.

In fact: the Holy Spirit inspired me with the titles to 30 poems, and I will honor the Lord with completing each one.

THE Holy Trinity

God is three persons in One. Trinity means three; Unity One.  Think of God as having three personalities. The Father is all-seeing. Jesus, (the son), is a teacher, and the Holy Spirit guides us through life’s adventure.

God is the One true God; He is the Godhead; and Lord. The Father leads us to repent and Sinner’s remorse is heaven sent. He sees all, He can do anything, be anything, be everywhere and He knows our thoughts before we know them.

It is God who beckons us to baptism. It is God’s flesh that we taste in the ritual of Holy Communion. And it is God’s blood that we swallow when we drink the Communion wine.

The Father, (God) sends the Holy Spirit to talk to us. Come closer and listen. It is the Holy Spirit’s voice we hear in our head. You might ask, “Am I ever going to understand this?”

Compare Trinity to a book. The length makes not a book. The breadth makes not a book, but when connected together, they make a book. The Holy Trinity has three parts that impact our thoughts and decisions in different ways.

We need to remember that He is our God. We need to be Bible fed and read the teachings of God. We need to listen to the Holy Spirit as He speaks to our heart. This is the purpose of the Holy Spirit.

A mighty lesson we inherit. God is, was and always will be. No one made Him. God, and the Holy Spirit is a Something not  a Someone.  God entered into the body of man in the appearance of bread and wine.

Thank you for reading my first inspirational blog.

Happiness is in Reading… K. Lorraine

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Today’s Blog 7/8/2016 Not Always on the Same Page

July 8th, 2016

TODAY’S Blog 7/8/2016

A bonus of two posts in one…

NOT ALWAYS ON THE SAME PAGE…

My editor and I aren’t always on the same page. She lives in the eastern time zone and I live in the mountain zone. This means that her day gets started two hours before mine. Often times, I have prepared my blog the day before and then I email it to her so she will have it bright and early the next day to post on FB.

Sometimes, this approach doesn’t always work. I set the wheels in motion and post a tickler on FB when my day get started… two hours later than on the east coast. This is to direct you, the reader, to go to my website and read the new blog. Unfortunately, I don’t always go and check to make sure that my words are there for you to read.

Case in point… I sent my blog to my editor in plenty of time for her to complete the task of checking it for mistakes and then post it for the K. Lorraine fans to read. Instead of going to my website first, I just went ahead and e-mailed out the same blog to those in my address book that I had prepared for the webblog. I also had already posted my invitation tickler for the readers to go to my website and peruse the new article.

But whoops… Louise, my editor/friend could not open the word file that I had sent. For some unknown reason, I think the cyber gods were at play on this day and threw a monkey wrench in the whole works. No doubt, many of you did take my invitation to heart and went to http//klorraine.com  to read a new blog. But, nope… nothing had been posted.

I take blame for this messy situation. I had played hooky with my husband and we went shopping for some new furniture and accessories. When we moved from Florida to New Mexico, we didn’t bring a house full, only half a house full of things with us. We had learned through trial and error that going from the south to the southwest, not all kinds of décor transitions.

So, I digress, and I will attempt to start over by repeating the tickler from the other days invitation to read my blog. I’ll even add a tidbit more now about the story. This happened this morning as I checked my FB messages.

Overnight, an additional 116 more LIKES and comments came in from around the globe regarding the summer blockbuster book… ‘Poetry in Motion.’ I’ve lost count, but the total tally must be nothing shy of 5,000 FB responses. Thank you world for your part in keeping me a ‘happy’ camper.

Happy Reading, K. Lorraine

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Poetry in Motion–Selected poems for you today!

July 8th, 2016

Dedication:

This book is dedicated to everyone who loves to escape into a forgotten world of poetry…

I invite you to come into the magical world of imagination as you are introduced to a collection of contemporary poems that I have written over twenty plus years. Many of the pieces are award winning poems. I hope you enjoy…

Sincerely, K. Lorraine

abstract sails

POETRY IN MOTION

 

 

white nymph

 

 Unspoken Kiss

Rhyming contest, kiss poem

 

You came to me in a dream

Chocolate cake; vanilla ice cream

Love from out of the past

A life that did not last.

 

You brightened the dark sky

A rainbow smile sweet and shy.

I began to sing a song in time

Unfortunately the lyrics did not rhyme

 

A whispered kiss of passion

Filled the emptiness of attraction

The gentle touch of your wings

Waiting for our heavenly King.

 

The sun sets beneath the horizon

A full moon ‘risin’

A walk in the warm beach sand

Two lovers holding hands.

 

I listened carefully for more whispers in the night

I listened for the serenade of hold on tight

And then out of the darkness you came

Dress of white draped on a slender frame.

 

Follow me to the edge

Of gray stones and rocky ledge

Where we will make a pledge.

 

Look beyond and open your eyes

Heaven help who denies.

I will not disappear when you awaken

So I ask do not hasten

 

Like drops of rain falling from my spirit

Lyrics filled with grace and merit

Watch for the sunrise of a mystery that no one knows

Where perpetual love grows.

 

I promise there will be a tomorrow

Parting was such sweet sorrow.

Promises weren’t meant to be broken

With a kiss unspoken.

 

 

nymph

Kiss of Lily Pond

 

The fields boast of wildflowers

A kiss for a virgin nymph…

Deflowered yet to be

Of hope she cannot devour

 

Lily, with trembling petals and rapturous bliss

Pond amiss the sweet abyss, where the tadpoles spawn.

The kiss of Lily Pond where the nymph was deflowered

 

Paws Happy Dance

Freestyle Happiness poem contest

FIRST PLACE WIN

It was a gloomy, rainy day, and Paw was sad.

Maw heard him talking, and she called out and said,

“Paw what was the loud boom that came from the front room?”happydancePaw replied, “I’m teaching myself to dance using a broom.”

 

Maw liked to have fun, so she put down her knitting and began to hum.

She went to the closet and grabbed a mop,

And said, “Paw, the beat of the music rocks.”

Paw said, “The steps to my dance are easy as one, two, three

So pay attention and follow me.”

 

“First, you need to take your mop,

And dance around the room until the music stops.”

“Next, drop your mop to the floor,

And roll your bottom like a revolving door.”

Maw smiled at Paw and thought with delight.

All it took was a ratty old mop,

To make the day turn from gloomy to bright.

 

Shaking your booty to the Happy Dance,

Brought Paw quickly out his lonely trance.

The effects of the dance turned into play,

And Maw learned that to dance with Paw

Could chase the rainy day blues away.

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