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Goodreads Book Winners!

I want to thank everyone who participated in my Goodreads book giveaway this month.  A total of 547 people entered into this contest for a chance to win a signed copy of my poetry book After the Storm!  Congratulations to the two winners , I hope that you enjoy the book!

New Poem “Sweet Thoughts”


Sweet Thoughts
Dreaming of the memories that we shared;
I realize how much you cared.
The warm embrace of your passion for life,
Brings the dream to life.
The tender touch of your delicate love,
Touched my innermost thoughts.
So much good in the world
You opened my mind to.
I dreamed of how our love was,
Honest and true.
I awoke saying
How much I love you.


New Poem “Honor Our Brave”

Honor Our Brave

Honor those who served,
The great men and women,
Whose dedication to our country
Does not hesitate or swerve.

Courage running through their veins;
Ready to do what’s right
In order to keep America safe,
From those who wish us harm.

Support our soldiers,
As they come home to us,
Here’s to those warriors
Who fight for us.

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

Poem “In the Moonlight”

In the Moonlight
My darling, I want to dance
Till the moonlight
Captures our romance
Till the brilliance of the stars
Glows in your eyes
My darling, I want to dance
Till the ocean caresses your heart
As your eyes sparkle in the sky
Beyond the tears of tomorrow’s good-byes

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 Cover Design

This month brought several challenges working with my graphic designer Blake Brasor on my next poetry book: After the Storm: Poetry That Refreshes the Soul.  I wanted to share questions that came up during a phone call with him on designing the book cover:

-How did you come up with your title?

-Are there any major themes, reoccurring elements, or symbolism in your story?

-What type of person do you think would be most interested in your book? 

-What is the main focal point of your book?

After answering these questions Blake will be able to sketch and brainstorm cover ideas for my book. I hope these questions help you in creating your book cover!

Final Edits are Complete

Hannah, my editor for “When the Rain Stops: Poetry That Refreshes the Soul” completed the second round of edits.  I’m grateful for her help in completing the final edits for my poetry book.  Next step is cover design.  Getting closer to completion!!!

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


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