What would you do?

What would you do when confronted with your own mortality?

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I know some of you have wondered where I’ve been. And why my blogs suddenly stopped. I urge you to go to my blog at http://klorraine.com and read my story.

I also want to thank you for moving the blog number counter forward. Maybe I will see it reach 10,000 visits with this blog.

Today, the number was 9,325 viewers. It’s possible. It’s doable.

It’s said that before you die, your entire life flashes before your eyes.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 ESV

I’ve enjoyed my time with my world-wide fans. I’ve loved entertaining you with my written words. And I look forward to finishing three books that are still in the hopper.

Until we meet again,

Happy reading.

Hugs, K. Lorraine

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Roswell, New Mexico Alien Festival

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March 7, 2011

I was thrilled to find that a few of you floating around in cyberspace came in contact with my blog. I began to look for someone who would support my effort of reinventing myself as a writer. I thought I would make the subject of my first book about aliens. After all, I lived in the Alien Mecca of the world.

A very talented woman did accept the challenge of working with me. She soon became my Editor. She thought, “what better place” to kick off my writing career, but at the 2011 Alien Festival in Roswell, New Mexico. She began to work at creating a media blitz with a book signing appearance. In essence, my career started in Roswell, New Mexico, at the Alien Festival.

It is now six years later. The year is 2017. I have published dozens of books since my debut. Please feel free to visit my website http://klorraine.com and browse through the site. There is a wealth of information for your reading pleasure.

I hope the little tickler that I’ve included will excite you enough to find the book Next Generation: Love in Silence and read it. The book is a quick and light read that is available in the Amazon ebook store and in paperback too. Coupons are on my website at http://klorraine.com. The content of the story is rated PG, so I do caution that the material isn’t suitable for the very young audience.

Happy Reading,

K. Lorraine

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READ IT FREE

PLAY ME,’ posted, FREE in the K. LORRAINE READING ROOM  http://klorraine.com.

 

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Forty-five LIKES overnight, and more LIKES everyday. The story is now available for you to read FREE.

Okay, Here’s the story you’ve all been waiting for… ‘PLAY ME,’ taken from the Mia Perez series book four, ‘Locked Away.

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Mia was terrified and panicked. She was sure that Ashton Callan would leave her too. But she decided that she wasn’t going to be left alone again.

She had the sex tape in her possession and she would do whatever necessary to keep it from prying eyes. Her life was about to change again, but this time, she promised that she would stay in control.

Anticipation is my my tempting tool for this story. But, it is the temptation of finding out what is on the tape that will bring you back. This episode in the Mia Perez is NOW in the READING ROOM for you to read FREE on the K. Lorraine website http://klorraine and click on the Reading room icon.
Happy Reading,
K. Lorraine

Mother’s Day Special

Time is running out. Mother’s Day will be here sooner than you think. So don’t delay… rush off to the K. Lorraine website, http://klorraine.com for your discount savings coupon and order the woman in your life a copy of, ‘Poetry in Motion’. The book is available for purchase on the K. Lorraine website through CreateSpace.

The book, ‘Poetry in Motion,’ is filled with fifty-two original poems that the favorite woman in your life will love. You will see from the following testimony that many folks loved the book.

POETRY IN MOTION crosses the finishing line. The new release by Author, K. Lorraine was a sold out event at the N. Ft. Myers Church of God on Sunday, April 24, 2016. The line was long at the book signing, and the sales brisk. ‘Poetry in Motion,’ is the first book that Ms. Lorraine has written and published to completely sell out.

Ms. Lorraine commented, “I want to thank everyone who attended the book signing and a BIG thank you to those who pre-ordered the poetry book online. I’m thrilled to have a book sell enough copies to pay for itself, and have a profit to defray the cost of my next book to release for Father’s Day.”

The book, ‘Poetry in Motion,’ is loved worldwide. You will definitely want a copy in your home library too. Book cover art is called ‘Seven Sails,’ and painted by the author. Permission given to use by the owner, Eric Krafft.

Thank you for your love & support. Happy Mother’s Day…

Happy reading,
K. Lorraine

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There’s four P’s in becoming a writer + one

When you are a writer, it’s essential to know your standings among other authors. This is something that I don’t normally do. And that’s to check my ranking in Author’s Central on Amazon books.

It’s just something that doesn’t occur to me to do often. I’m so busy just coming up with topics to blog about. And then, I thought, an author’s RANKING might be interesting for my audience.

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There is so much more to becoming an authentic, verified writer. We just don’t sit down and plunk away on a computer keyboard. It first takes an idea. Sometimes an idea just pops into your head. And other times it comes from an inspiration.

The next step is the idea needs to germinate and grow. I write two weekly blogs. So, I have twice the workload. And I also try to put a monthly book out on CreateSpace and in the Amazon e-book store.

The inspiration to write this blog, came from roaming around in my Author’s central page. I found it rather interesting. This is the way the Amazon Bestsellers Book Ranking works.

You need to have more than four books in your bibliography. And I do.  Then they list your top three best sellers. My top three are…

Spog Goes to School (Spog’s Children’s Book Series 5)

#1, 481,785 in Kindle books store (paid) 66,168 spots today

Seychelles Survivor

#1, 762,106 in Kindle books store (paid) 2,557 spots today

Haunted Manor: Voodoo Murder

#1, 882,754 in Kindle books store (paid) 2,825 spots

Retailers selling your book, need to take part in the Nielsen BookScan. Your book to belong to one of the companies from which Nielsen derives its list of reported ASINs. The ASIN is the Amazon Standard Identification Number. It’s a 10-character alphanumeric unique identifier assigned by Amazon.com. The number is used by its partners for product-identification within the Amazon.com organization.

For example. If your book is a partner with the Ingram Company, you can see the sales info. If your book is Print on Demand. Your publishing company may not report ISBNs to Ingram. Thus, you may not see any sales information. It will show up as, ‘current rank unknown.’ Most of my books show this prompt.

To see sales data for Amazon sales, you must take part in one of the direct-publishing programs. CreateSpace.com or Kindle Direct Publishing. CreateSpace is an Amazon print on demand company. For this reason, sales of your CreateSpace book on Amazon may not appear. Mine does not show because I print my books on demand.  It’s costly to buy books up front and then try to peddle them.

But, CreateSpace books might be eligible for enrollment with the Ingram Book Company. And then the book report sales go to BookScan. Does this sound complicated? Yes, for me anyway, it’s a lot to digest.

All CreateSpace Author members, can see a manufacturing report. This shows the volume of their books printed to meet the demand of various sales channels. Createsapce offers five or six free channels.

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Libraries – I just went to my local library yesterday to drop off some promotional literature about my print on demand books. Over half my books are already in the library. But, I reminded them that can get my new books to put on the shelves. This is because, libraries are in the Createspace channel of distribution.

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Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Any copyright holder can publish a Kindle book on Amazon for free. Members of the KDP program have access to reporting data. The information has a weekly update.

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The Amazon Bestsellers Rank History page shows the best seller rank summary of all your books. The Bestsellers Rank does not include sales from any of their International websites. And I belong to a few of these. I can get my international ranking through another source.

But, the Bestsellers Rank shows books in their (meaning Createspace) catalog. The ranking system tells the author how well their books are selling. This is relative to the sales of other books in the catalog.

Sales rank is a relative measure. Print books rate among all books in the Amazon Books store. Kindle books rate among the free or the paid books in the Kindle store. Remember, this number is a comparison of your book with all other books in the catalog For example:

Spog Goes to School (Spog’s Children’s Book Series 5)

Rates # 1, 481,785 in Kindle books store. The book was among 66,168 (paid) spots today.

Beyond the Twilight Zone

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Current Sales Rank: Rates #2, 732,649 in the Kindle Store.

Beyond a Kiss: Book Five; Mia Perez series

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Current Sales Rank: Rates #3,  343,493 in the Kindle Store.

You might think, gosh the book ranks in the one million, two million or three million range. Yes, that’s a lot of competition. And that’s why writers are among the group known as ‘starving artists.’

It takes a lot of practice, persistence, patience and promoting in our trade to eek out a living. It also takes discretionary cash. Books aren’t free for the writer. We pay for each book with the hope we can sell them to the general public. The most lucrative way is to hold a book signing. And this avenue takes all of the (four P‘s) and a lot of cash.

You might think a writer makes a lot of money. This is a misnomer. That is, unless you’re lucky enough to sell a lot of books. Depending on the retail sale of a book. A writer’s royalty can be a few cents to maybe three dollars and a few pennies.

I call it a hallelujah moment if a book sells. I know when this happens because it shows up in my band statement. Someone recently bought a book online through a catalogue. But that sale didn’t affect my ranking. Most likely because more books in the same category sold more than my one book. I’ve even watched my ranking drop. But, I take this lightly.

On the same note, I’ve seen my ranking improve. My best educated guess is the group of books in my same genre, is selling one copy a week. And my book’s sales rate remains the same. Perhaps, even my book sold two copies in one week. So, this is an indicator why my rank improved.

Of course, it’s a two-way street. My rank may still drop even though my book kept selling one copy a week. This is why I refrain from checking the numbers. I’m not into roller coasters and the nausea I get from the ride.

Amazon Author Rank is based on sales of all your books relative to the sales of other authors. The Amazon Author Rank shows how an author’s book sells relative to other authors. Like the Billboard charts, lower numbers are better. An author with the Amazon Author Rank of #1 will only appear as an author in the top 100.

Of course, this is a dream of mine. To be listed in the top 100. But, I’ve got a lot of work to do. Amazon looks at paid sales of all the books sold by an author on Amazon.com. This includes books in Kindle too.

My author ranking is  #136, 842. I consider this pretty darn good. This means that I have 136,742 more books to sell before I rank in the top 100. It’s a doable goal.

As of a few moments ago, I had 9,222 visits to my K. Lorraine website http://klorraine.com. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to reach 10,000 views by December 31st. I’m almost there and I have seven months left in this year. ‘Hip-hip-hurray,’ for my accomplishment.

My fan base has grown leaps and bounds. I couldn’t be more humbled or I couldn’t feel more blessed. And that’s where the (P word) patience falls into play. I’ve been writing all my life. But, I didn’t publish until 2013.

It’s taken, (P word), persistence to grow my fan base. It’s taken (P word), practice to hone my skills. It’s taken learning to market my talent. And it’s taken time to (another P word), promote my books. But it’s taken a strong faith in god’s Will and an a lot of prayers to keep the pace steady.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Until next week.

Happy reading,

K. Lorraine

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P.S.

Be sure to drop by my other blog, ‘No Shoes Required.’ http://www.noshoesrequiredblog.wordpress.com. You can also get there by going to http://klorraine.com and click on the ‘No Shoes,’ icon.

You never know what you’ll find there. It’s fun. It’s flirty. It’s fabulous. And it’s fashion at its best. You never know who might show up as a guest blogger either…

The Darkest Day in History… Good Friday

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There were a series of miracles that took place at Calvary. And they were in direct connection with Jesus’ death.

The darkness that surrounded the cross illustrates the depth of His suffering of the soul. He felt Himself regarded as sin though sinless. (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was bearing the sin of the world.

At that moment, the Father regarded Him as sin. But the Son of Man did not stop being the Son of God.

Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us. “A sudden, strange, mysterious darkness fell over the scene at Calvary. It was total darkness while the sun shone.”

But, at high noon at Calvary, the sun was smothered. This mysterious darkness continued for three hours until 3 p.m. A supernatural darkness settled down over the world. This could not have been the result of an eclipse of the sun.

It was the Passover. A time of the full moon. An eclipse of the sun was impossible. It was an extensive and compelling darkness. It was enough to grab the attention of the people of Israel for three hours.

The darkness extended beyond Jerusalem. It was as if the sun could no longer look upon the terrible effects of sin.

Matthew simply says, “The sun failed without indicating the cause. Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.” (27:45).

Mark and Luke write. “Darkness fell over the whole land.” (Lk. 23:44; Mk. 15:33).

It was a sudden and great darkness. A deathly silence covered the land. This happened three hours later, just before Christ died. But what happened at Calvary was not a simple phenomenon.

The only way to try to explain when Christ died is to accept that it was supernatural. God did it and He simply did not tell us how He did it. Nature was in sympathy with its Maker during those horrible three hours of suffering.

The timing was perfect. This darkness takes up to when the Son of God took His last breath and gave up His spirit.

It takes far more faith to say it didn’t happen, than to accept the historical evidence that it did. The Creator intervened and caused a hush over the land.

The LORD God got everyone’s attention that afternoon. There are some things that go beyond description. Jesus suffered extreme anguish of spirit. And the spiritual suffering of Christ wore on.

The increasing wrath of God grew more intense. The horror of suffering reached its climax when Jesus cried out. “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” And then, the silence was gone. The Son of God had descended into heaven.

The death of Christ secured our forgiveness. God spoke at Calvary in that awful silence. He was saying, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The wages of sin is death.”

Such suffering is inconceivable.This is a mystery beyond our human ability to understand. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me,” penetrate far beyond the mere physical pain of suffering. Jesus was quoting Psalm 22 in His spiritual suffering.

The Father was not present in the way He had always been before. Jesus felt forsaken by the Father. He felt the desolation of the temporary broken fellowship with His Father.

But, the Son of God was never more pleasing to the Father. He laid down His life for the salvation of lost mankind. He suffered grief, sorrow and pain on our behalf.

The Bible tells us, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a). “The soul that sins will surely die.” (Ezekiel 18:4).

But God goes on to say, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord God. Thus, repent and live.” (v. 32).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

Jesus is the One who knew no sin. Redemption is ours through the precious blood of Christ shed on the cross at Calvary. God the Father made Jesus Christ, His own Son. Jesus had to pay the price alone and tasted our spiritual death alone.

Jesus experienced the wrath of God on sin for our behalf. Jesus experienced what a lost sinner feels without having been saved. He paid the price in full once and for all.

Jesus invites us to come to Him and confess our sins. Through this, we are forgiven. The Substitute, (Jesus) died on our behalf as sinners.  And the claims of the law on the believing sinners were fully met.

That deep darkness speaks of the torment of hell. This is what awaits the doomed sinner if we reject Christ.This is the destiny of everyone who dies without Christ as his personal Savior. Jesus Christ became our Substitute.

No wonder the sun refused to shine that day. The Son of God was dying on the cross to rescue us from sin. God hates sin, and a holy God must judge all sin. Hell came to Calvary.

To the believer in Jesus Christ, all darkness is gone. Jesus is the Light of the world. The true light now shines in our hearts. But, people are not just saved. We must put our trust in Jesus Christ to save us.

Each individual must come forth and say, “I am a sinner. I have disobeyed God. But, I now believe that Jesus Christ died for me on the cross. And I ask Him to save me right now.”

The apostle Paul wrote. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Salvation is yours. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness. And with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

Thank you for reading my post.

Have a blessed day & Happy Easter,

K. Lorraine

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There’s a change in the weather

Lyrics from an old Benny Goodman song

“For there’s a change in the weather
There’s a change in the sea
So from now on there’ll be a change in me.”

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We woke up this morning to thunder, lightning and a lot of rain. Moisture is something we don’t often get in the desert. But, when we do get rain, the results are breath taking.

So like the lyrics of the song, say… “There’ll be some changes made.”

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Enjoy your day wherever you may be…

From rain to sunshine,
K. Lorraine

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