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Poem “The Halloween Scare”


The Halloween Scare

That time is here again,
To play Trick or Treat.
With my scary costume on,
Near the midnight gloom

I watch from my window,
A little monster by my door.
I watch and hide
When I answer the door.

Hear me shout "Boo!"
And watch the little monster run.
But don't be scared-it's just Halloween,
Time to play one more hour of not being seen!
http://gooseberrygoespoetic.blogspot.com/2011/10/poetry-picnic-week-11-halloween-special.html 
Thank you everybody who bought my book in advance! My book will be available on amazon on January 3, 2012.
After the Storm by Anthony F. Rando
 | ISBN # 978-1-61346-641-4 | Tate Publishing

Poem “Darkness on Earth”

Darkness on Earth
The earth grows dark with greed
Values that mislead
Tears are shed because
The heart no longer beats
Mourning the stars
That used to shine
Now lost to unlit candles of life
Now children are hopeless
To our hearts
As tears are shed
For each child that is misled

Book Layout Design and Book Award

This month I started working with my graphic designer Christina Hicks on the book layout design for After the Storm: Poetry That Refreshes the Soul. The Layout design consists of two phases: the initial proof and the final proof before the poetry book goes to print.  I am very excited in completing this journey!

I wanted to share some great news! Last week I received an email from the  Readers Favorite website that I won a bronze readers favorite award for my debut chapbook A Book of Poems.

Book Production and Book Giveaway

First and foremost, I am humbled by all the wonderful comments on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon for my debut poetry book A Book of Poems. I would like to thank everybody for accepting my fan page on Facebook and for clicking “suggest to friends.” Thank you for the support! 

Starting in April production of my second poetry book  The Journey of Existence will take shape.  During this process editors will review my manuscript and suggest modifications to the book if needed.  After this, conceptual editing will begin in May.  During this process editors will add photos and graphic material to my book.

The Journey of Existence is a collection of  71 poems that explores nature, love, remorse, emptiness and healing through poetry that cleanse the soul. It is a continuation from my published collection of nineteen poems  A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul.

Book giveaway for A Book of Poems on Goodreads is still going on! Enter to win a copy! Over 317  people entered in this drawing so far!


This contest is for a signed Chapbook. This collection of poetry contains the work of nineteen poems. Each poem expresses emotions of love, happiness, sadness and hope. There are poems in this collection that are sure to appeal to everyone’s emotions.

Giveaway dates: Jan 08-Mar 08, 2011
2 copies available

What are Chapbooks?

What are Chapbooks?

Chapbooks are pocket-sized booklets usually 5×8 in size containing a small collection of religious messages, political opinions, poetry, and popular pieces of literature.  Publication of a Chapbook should have a page count up to 40 pages.  If you would like to learn more about Chapbooks please visit alternativepublishing .

In my opinion if you write poetry and short stories, then chapbooks are a good way to publish your writing cheaply and test the waters with your readers. Once, you feel comfortable with your poetry and short stories you can expand your work to an average size book.

Working on my debut Poetry Chapbook “A Book of Poems” gave me the confidence and knowledge to expand my work to a larger book “The Journey of Existence.”   Gathering the reviews (positive and negative) from readers from my debut Chapbook “A Book of Poems”  I was able to tailor my future work based on the information from the readers.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Chapbooks!

“A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. “

Salman Rushdie

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Goodreads Book Giveaway Winners

I want to thank everyone who participated in my Goodreads book giveaway this month for my debut poetry book A Book of Poems.  A total of 600 people entered into this contest for a chance to win a signed copy of my book!   Congratulations to the three winners , I hope that you enjoy the book!

 

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Book Giveaway for A Book of Poems 230 requests

Book giveaway for A Book of Poems on Goodreads! Enter to win a copy! Over 230 people entered in this drawing so far!
 
This contest is for a signed copy. This collection of poetry contains the work of nineteen poems. Each poem expresses emotions of love, happiness, sadness and hope. There are poems in this collection that are sure to appeal to everyone’s emotions.
Giveaway dates: Oct 25-Nov 25, 2010
3 copies available
 

 

http://www.anthonyfrando.com/

http://poetrybookauthor.wordpress.com/

Book Giveaway for A Book of Poems

Book giveaway for A Book of Poems on Goodreads! Enter to win a copy!

 

This contest is for a signed copy. This collection of poetry contains the work of nineteen poems. Each poem expresses emotions of love, happiness, sadness and hope. There are poems in this collection that are sure to appeal to everyone’s emotions.

Giveaway dates: Oct 25-Nov 25, 2010

3 copies available

 

http://www.anthonyfrando.com/

http://poetrybookauthor.wordpress.com

Wonderful Reviews on Amazon!

I would like to thank everybody for the wonderful reviews on Amazon for my debut poetry book: A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul. Poetry is a beautiful expression of feelings and emotions that opens my soul to the world. I would like to share some reviews posted on Amazon:

Simplicity is the basis of the soul, October 8, 2010
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)

This review is from: A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul (Paperback)
Simplicity is the basis of the soul. “A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul” is a collection of nineteen poems from Anthony F. Rando, as he produces a quick and simple collection designed to go the basest emotions. “A Book of Poems” is an intriguing take on the meaning of the soul, recommended. “Fields of Love”: The memories of you/ The times we spent/The happiness you brought to my life/the emptiness I feel when you are gone/the endless tears of my heart thinking about you/The gentle warm wind that caress my precious life/As I wait till the end of time/For the flower who blossomed in my soul.

Live, love, lost and hope, September 28, 2010:

By  Book-lover

This review is from: A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul (Paperback)

This is what this collection of poems from Anthony Rando is all about. He is an amazing poet who turned a tragedy and hardship that comes with it into beautiful poems about your inner strength and the ability to move on albeit with a bleeding heart.

The poems in this book are easy read with very deep emotions run through them. They bring readers along an unforgettable journey from memory of love one in the past, to the lost being experienced in the present to the hope in the future. This is what being human is all about, it’s about resilience, and it’s about the ability to get past the tragedy and to move on.

I definitely recommend this book especially for those that have lost their love one. This book can help the healing process by reading about someone who has gone through the suffering and to know that there are always light at the end of the tunnel.

Great Coffee Table Book!, September 22, 2010

By:  T. M. Craig (Ohio)   
This review is from: A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul (Paperback)

“A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul” by Anthony F. Rando is a great collection of poetry. It ranges from many emotions of sadness, love, loss, and hope. The poems can stir up many emotions you thought were buried. The author clearly put his heart and soul in these pieces. This would be a great book to keep on your coffee table!

Living and Loving, September 17, 2010

By  J. Cormier (New England)
This review is from: A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul (Paperback)

If you know anyone that enjoys poetry then pick up the book titled “A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul” by Anthony F. Rando. He brings and shares such emotion that you cannot help but feel the pain, the joy and the laughter. His poetry is beautiful and with this short collection it is easy to keep by your bedside. If these are about experiences he has had in his life then he has had a passionate life and has had the joy of loving and of being loved. This would be a book to enjoy for quiet reading and quiet moments where you let your thoughts run. You will truly enjoy this collection.

Anthony F Rando

http://anthonyfrando.com/

More Touching Reviews on Amazon. Thank You!

I wanted to give a big thank you for all positive and wonderful reviews on my poetry book “A Book of Poems” on Amazon. 

“A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul” is a short collection of poetry written by Anthony F. Rando. It’s a wonderful collection of love, loss, and hope. Many of the poems gripped my heart, especially, “Darkness in My Eyes.” It made me cry because it reminded me of losing one of my best friends. I felt that I could really feel the loss in Mr. Rando’s heart.

Years ago, I used to write poetry. Since that time, I haven’t felt the inspiration. I write on a daily basis, however I haven’t had success with poems. After reading this book, it’s inspired me to give poetry another chance.

This book takes a little glimpse into Mr. Rando’s soul. It is truly beautiful. I recommend reading this book to everyone.” By: K. Raikes “bookworm” (Cranberry Twp, PA)

“A Book Of Poems: The Inner Soul was written after a tragedy in the authors life. Surviving an auto accident he put his deepest feelings into his poetry, his inner soul into words. As he writes he portrays sadness, love and loss, joyful expressions and moments of pain as he relates to life in general throughout his poems.

Out of this small book of 19 poems there is a poem for each and every reader that will touch them in their inner soul. “Beautiful Dove”, “Cleansing Love” and “My Rose” were my favorites. As I was reading through the book I was reminded of the Book of Solomon and the beautiful analogy between lovers. The photography included with each piece of poetry is simple but compliments each written piece. Recommended for everyone. I think each and every reader would find their self in at least one poem.” By  Readers Favorite “Readers Favorite” (Hawesville, KY USA)

“A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul” by Anthony F. Rando is something that you will want to read over and over again. This is one that will remain on your coffee table. You will find yourself giving it as a gift to the person who has everything because poems are the one thing that no one can repeat. The emotion of each word, each line and each time you read it expresses itself differently. Poetry is beauty of the heart and soul. It is a gift that some people have that will make you sit and take notice. This author does this with his joys and experiences. You are able to read and see a glimpse of what is important and what is joy and then what has mattered. A good read. Something I enjoyed and you will too. “By  M. Stanhope “Defining normal…” (Chesapeake, VA) 

“A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul” by Anthony Rando speaks to readers in brief poetic messages filled with emotion. From the best of times to the worst of them, the author shares a glimpse at their personal history and invites you be that unobstrusive third party to those moments of significance. In any work in genre, it’s always interesting to see what will be shared in full and what remains masked by human pride. From what I’ve read, the filter is fully down and the emotional highs and lows experienced shine with a light of truth…something especially hard to do when sharing moments often times kept deep within ourselves psyches. Recommended read for those seeking another’s vantage point on life as well as those that simply enjoy the power and beauty of poetry…..”By  GR

Thank You,

Anthony F Rando

http://www.anthonyfrando.com/