Sunday, March 12, 2017

My newest book has arrived!

My newest poetry book, "Reflections," was just released on Lulu today and I couldn't be more pleased. It's filled with all my favorite poems, several new ones, and many narrative poems never published until today. I do hope my fans will use the links to pop over and take a look. It will soon be available online at B&N and Amazon as well.

My illustrator is hard at work on my next children's book, "Bluebird! Bluebird!" I must admit I am sitting on pins and needles wanting to see the wonderful book cover I know she will create! Please stay tuned for future updates. :)

Have a wonderful evening and stay blessed!

~ C.J.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


I ran across this poem from 2011, and since it's Sunday, thought I would share. If you've enjoyed reading the few poems I've posted, please let me know and I will share more often. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this one as it's one of my favorites. :)

God bless and have a wonderful Sunday.

~ Charlotte ~

~~~ GOING HOME ~~~

There's a subtle sound falling on my ears,
I feel it's breath as it speaks.
It comes from the wind that blows through the trees,
and the ripples and waves of the creeks.
It's in the raindrops, in each leaf that falls,
in the flowers and dew of the 'morn.
It's in the birds' wings, and the rays of the sun;
it's in each new babe that is born.
It beckons me, "Come!" It's calling my name;
it's voice so tender and sweet.
"Come home," it whispers, "I'm waiting for you.
There's others I want you to meet."
My time is near, my race I have run.
There's no sorrow, no regrets in my heart.
Just memories of life, some laughter, some tears,
I'll take with me when once I depart.

All Rights Reserved © C. J. Rains 5/13/2011

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Love sweet love!

It's been a busy two days for me, cleaning and moving furniture about. I finally got my office somewhat arranged where I can better concentrate on my writing. It's very small, so just removing and moving a couple of things made a huge difference. A big THANK YOU! to my daughter, Tiffany, for all her help.
Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader as most writers I know were. What I mostly enjoyed were the classics, but honestly, you don't have to be a best selling author to please me. I've picked up books by little known authors and read them in a single day they were so good.
Isn't it great when you fall in love with a love story and soon find it was made into a movie? And to top it off, you find the movie to be ever as good as the book! This just recently happened to me with the book, "The Light Between Oceans."  It was fabulous, and I highly recommend the book and the movie. Get them soon, I promise you'll be glad you did.
I don't do the traditional holidays myself, but seeing the lovely Valentine pictures and posts on FB these past few days has been so nice. I do hope all my friends enjoyed their holiday. :) I know a few who did. :)
As the song goes: "What the World Needs Now, is Love Sweet Love." I so agree, don't you?
Blessings to all!
~ Charlotte

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My first book award!

Hello my lovely friends! It seems like a lifetime since I posted. I've been very busy looking after my husband and daughter who spent a few days in the hospital. My husband was ill and my daughter had surgery. Not a great way to usher in the new year, but all is going well now so far. God is good!
Since I last posted, I've had the good fortune to win a Silver Medal Feathered Quill award for my book, Ladybug! Ladybug! It is so exciting winning your first award! I felt honored indeed. It could never have happened without my wonderful illustrator, Alexandra MacVean. She is so amazingly gifted. A big thank you goes out to her!
I have a new poetry book entitled, Reflections, that will be released in March. It's jam packed with many of my narrative poems and favorite picks alike. It was fun browsing through all of my older works and putting them together with newer ones to create this new book. I do hope my followers will enjoy it.
We've had a cold, wet winter here in Arizona, but it's beginning to warm a bit and we've been in the 70's for a few days now. Hoping it keeps up for a little while at least so I can enjoy a bit of the outdoors.
Blessings to you all!
~ Charlotte