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Poetry Books As Gifts

Updated on August 18, 2014

Fire and Ice - A Book of Verse

By Loretta Livingstone

A book of wonderful poems to make you laugh a little, sigh a little, maybe cry a little, and pray a little, all printed on beautiful backdrops of snow, ice and rainbows. It will make lovely, inexpensive gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people. I think people will love poetry books as gifts.

There are funny ones, because we all need to laugh, and spiritual ones, because God is so much part of my life that I can't help but write about Him.. Love poems....well, of course!!! All sorts of poems. A real mix. There really should be something for everyone. I LIKE variety! Go take a look. Follow the link below.

You're more than welcome to read the book online, even if you don't buy it. I just hope that it will bless you, or at least make you chuckle! Please bear in mind, though, that all my work (including the photographs) is protected by copyright and may not be used without prior permissipn.

As those of you with older computers or smaller screens may not be able to read the poems on the photographs I've added the words besdie them.

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More than "mere poetry"

Hey, guess what? You don't just get poetry in this book....good tho' that would be. Each poem is printed on beautiful pictures of the Cairngorms. Take a look. these are just a few of the pictures I've used. The poems are all printed on white...believe it or not, it works!

Another picture from my book

Beautiful, isn't it? My husband and I took all the pictures used in this book ourselves.

Your favourite poems are about???

I write poetry about all sorts of themes. I'd love to know what type of poetry you like best, and what you'd be interested in buying.

What type of poetry do you prefer

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COPYRIGHT

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Ladies Who Lunch?

Interesting table manners!

"Ladies Who Lunch?

Slurping, chomping

Snarfing, munching.

These are never ladies lunching!

Burping, belching,

Drooling slobber,

Jostling in their woolly clobber

I am standing

Very deep

In a field of hungry sheep!

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When I Am Gone

"When I Am Gone

When I am gone

let memories of me

comfort and warm you

like a loving embrace.

Let each thought of me

bring a smile to your lips

and each remembrance

be like my kiss."

Excerpt From: Livingstone, Loretta. "Fire And Ice A Book Of Verse." Blurb.

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Stolen Peace

This poem should make you chuckle, but there is a truth here which I'm sure you'll recognise

"Stolen Peace

I screamed "My peace is stolen"

I stamped my foot and cried

I sobbed and ranted out to God,

I would not be denied.

The Father smiled gently

And answered to my frown

"No one stole your peace, My

child,

You simply put it down"

Excerpt From: Livingstone, Loretta. "Fire And Ice A Book Of Verse." Blurb.

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A tribute to my favourite teacher.

This guy really knew how to teach! At only 10 years old he imbued me with so much knowledge and a real hunger to know more. I only wish he was still alive to read my tribute to him. We need more teachers like this.

"To My Teacher

Class of 1968

You taught us

to love words

and spelling

To sing all the verses

of the National Anthem

You taught us

the "alternative version"

to "Land of Hope and Glory"

You gave us a love of language,

music and learning

So many of your pupils

loved you

and returned to school to see you

I hope you knew

what became of us all

and

what we did

with the legacy

of your teaching"

Excerpt From: Livingstone, Loretta. "Fire And Ice A Book Of Verse." Blurb.

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It's Time

Time for what? Time to get to know God better. Life is so much less without Him.

"It's Time

It's Time

Time to meet your Creator

Here in the Dark

Are you Afraid?

He is the Light

That burns through

All Darkness.

Bright enough to blind you!

Bright enough to burn away

All badness

He Is Love

And He's here !

NOW !

Do you dare?

You heard about prayer

what is it?

It's you, calling out to Jesus Christ

In the darkness.

Call Him, and know His love

AND LIVE !"

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'Til Then

A poem about love, loss and a hope for the future

"Til Then

You grew so old,

so weak, so frail,

it broke my heart to see you stay,

and broke my heart to let you go;

But now you stand

youthful again, and strong,

you hold your Saviour's hand,

and I am left alone;

How should I grieve

when He,

Who sent for you

to be with Him,

sees you young and strong and lithe again,

and all your

vigour now renewed.

I know

that we will meet again,

and dance and shout,

together praise His Name,

so 'til that day I'll hold you in my heart."

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Your favourite poem from this page

I would love to know which poem you preferred, and maybe why?

Which is your favourite poem?

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My Poems as Place Mats and Mouse Mats

I have recently had a brilliant idea. I realised that some of my poems would be perfect as mouse mats and place mats, so with that in mind I am in the process of creating some. Here are aome samples. don't they look nice. Click the photo to find out more.

Your Opinion

I would love to know what you think. Feedback is always good.

If there was a book with poems on an athletics theme, would you buy?

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Watch out salesmen!

Hey, here's a surprise - I just had a double glazing salesman come to my door. He didn't make a sale - but I did! He went away with my book clutched under his arm.

Book signing poster
Book signing poster

A first for me

On 18th October I did my very first book signing at a large local restaurant. Exciting stuff. When God gives you a great opportunity, be sure to grasp it with both hands. Don't forget to thank Him.

I have now been invited to appear at a Charity Ball/Auction for Children with Cancer charity, alongside Team GB marathon runner Aly Dixon! What an amazing invitation to receive.

Sports Poetry

Poetry to inspire you to reach for your dreams

This is a book of poems with an athletics theme. One about the big sporting events and all the emotions involved. My book, Hopes, Dreams & Medals is on sale now!. 35 inspirational poems about courage, determination & achievement. About the will to succeed. A "must read" for people who love athletics and winter sports, but appealing to everyone. If you would like to know more, please contact me for details.

What to buy for the person who doesn't know what they want

Christmas/birthday gifts

We all have one in our lives - the person who says "Oh buy me anything, I'm easy" But the list of things they don't like is far, far bigger than the list of things they do like. So what on earth do you get them for birthday or Christmas? Well, you could try my book. At the best they'll love it, and the worst they won't - but hey, you had a 50/50% chance of that happening anyway. Scroll down for details of two more of my books.

Find me on Goodreads

If you enjoyed reading my work, you may be interested to read my blogs on Goodreads.

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NEW BOOK

JUMPING in the PUDDLES of LIFE

My latest book, affectionately know as PUDDLES, is out now. 56 pages of verse. Funny. Spiritual. Uplifting. You'll find something for everyone here. The perfect gift for someone, or a great little treat for you. Go on! Treat yourself. It's available with either full colour photographs, or with plain print pages, to suit every budget. You can buy it as a traditional hardback, or paperback, or you can download it to your iPad from the Blurb link in the module above. You can also download to your iPad from Apple iBookstore. Just search "Loretta Livingstone" and it will take you straight to my books. Or, even easier, click on the picture and it will take you straight to the iBookstore where you can buy the fab version with loads of colour pictures. As an iBook it is even cheaper than a paperback. Bargain!

How did you find me

I just saw this idea on somebody else's lens (Favoured1, I hope you don't mind me borrowing your idea) and it seemed like a good idea to find out more about how this works.

How did you find me?

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These photographs

Whilst it is not permissible to use these photographs (or any of my lens content) without my prior consent, you may use them as a reference (only one per item please) as long as I am clearly identified as the creator, and there is a backlink added to direct to my lens and my books, and as long as you have received my permission to do so.

A Few Reviews

Just a couple of reviews I received:

Fire and Ice

Thanks so much for the books, they arrived today. Once opened, I delved into my copy - I'm in awe. It's exquisite. The poems are so full of feeling, and mean so much, and the photography complements them.

S.L. (UK)

Fire and Ice

This is a must read. It will make you laugh and inspire you. If you haven't ordered a copy, please do. I love mine.

A.G. (USA)

Hopes, Dreams & Medals

Loretta has such a fantastic range. Her poems can be faithful, inspirational, funny or just plain cute. I'm a big fan of the Olympics and sports in general, and I could find so many of my own emotions in these poems. My Boy is one of my favorites because it describes me, the true soccer mom, to a T! And King of Speed is just without a doubt my younger son! Thank you so much Loretta for your beautiful words that express what I often feel but can't describe! Wonderful book!

H.P. (USA)

Now available on Amazon

I am a bit of a Technoklutz, but I have finally been able to make Jumping in the Puddles of Life available on Amazon. I am hoping to add the rest on within a few months.

I always love to squidmeet visitors to my lens. Your commnts are always appreciated.

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    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @arkose: Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

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      arkose 

      5 years ago

      I love your work, you can really see the emotion and love put into the poetry. I enjoy writing poetry myself, and it's great to see other poets becoming successful and getting their work out there.Thanks for sharing your poems. I especially liked "Til' Then", as it reminded me of my grandpa. Good luck with your book! :D

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @ChristyZ: Thank you. :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @SusanAston: Thanks so much, it's always lovely to get nice feedback.

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      SusanAston 

      5 years ago

      Lovely extracts. Very touching and "real".

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @kathysart: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      kathysart 

      5 years ago

      So lovely to come across your lens. Your poetry is gorgeous and heart felt. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      ChristyZ 

      5 years ago

      I really love your writing style!

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @takkhisa: That's good to hear. You can read some of mine for free on the Blurb link mentioned here, and Blurb is also the place to buy my books from outside the U.K.

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      I do collect poetry book and once i got a poetry book gift from my grandparents :)

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      Aunt-Mollie 

      5 years ago

      I enjoyed your poetry. I always love to find a fellow poet on this site.

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @lisln: Thank you so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

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      LorLinda 

      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Your poetry is beautiful a wonderful gift to have :)

    • Loretta L profile imageAUTHOR

      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @TonyPayne: Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed them. And thank you also for your blessing, that's lovely of you.

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      Tony Payne 

      5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I am not a huge poetry fan, but I do like some poetry and have written a few poems of my own too. I hope to publish these one day. Enjoyed reading your poems, good luck with the new book.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Scullyvan: I'm so glad. I am hoping to appeal to people who wouldn't normally enjoy poetry, as well as those who do, so your comment has made my day. Thank you.

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      Scullyvan 

      5 years ago

      I'm not the biggest poetry fan, but I very much enjoyed the ones you posted. And congratulations on your book deal!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @OhMe: Thanks so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it. I have now added all the words alongside the photographs so that everyone, regardless of the computer they are using, will be able to read them. I appreciate your letting me know.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      The photos are beautiful. I wasn't able to see the poems well enough to read them. I have an old computer so guess that is why. Congratulations on your books.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @LouisaDembul: I'm so pleased you enjoyed the writing and the photographs. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      LouisaDembul 

      5 years ago

      I like your style of writing, and the photos are like icing on the cake. Well done!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @PNWtravels: Thank you so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

      Loretta Livingstone

      Author: Hopes, Dreams & Medals, Jumping in the Puddles of Life, Fire and Ice

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      Vicki Green 

      5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I enjoyed the sampling of poems from your book and the photos are beautiful!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks so much. And many thanks for your blessing on my lens. That's so kind of you. I'm glad you enjoyed my lens. :-)

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I wish you all the best with the sale of your books. I love the photos. Winter is a beautiful time of the year! Angel Blessed!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on being published! Your pages from the book look really beautiful. I'm so proud for you!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @LaraineRoses: Oh thank you so much Laraine. I really appreciate the blessing.

      Loretta Livingstone

      Author: Hopes, Dreams & Medals, Jumping in the Puddles of Life, Fire and Ice

      www.treasurechestbooks.co.uk

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: Thank you. I'm very excited, but getting very nervous now. This is my first book signing event.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you so much.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Same here all the best for the launching of your Book hope it goes very well.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      Good luck with your books. Looks like it is a great read with beautiful images.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: Thank you :-)

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @goo2eyes lm: Hope you had a great holiday

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @RCGraphicsDesign: Hi, hope you were able to get hold of a copy for your wife with no problems. If not, please contact me. I have changed some of the links slightly. :-)

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @wyrm11268: Thank you. I am about to publish my third book, so I shall have to add it to this one I think. :-)

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      wyrm11268 

      6 years ago

      Hi, thank you so much for visiting my lens. YOu are a talented writer and I wish you all the best with your books.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      interesting lens, great work, thanks

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens. better late than never. i was just checking my lensmaster page messages. i was on a month-long holiday and there's a lot of catching up to do.

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      RCGraphicsDesign 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. Will buy the book for my wife for her birthday this summer.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @favored: Ok, thanks for the tip. I hope I remember it, I'm not very good at this, and seem not to find half the comments that are left in my guest books...I only know there they;re because of the emails. Hopefully I'll improve with time and practise. Thank you for visiting me. And a blessed and Happy Christmas to you. (I'll copy and paste this to your bio page then ....if I get that right lol)

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Love the poll :) No, I don't mind you using the idea at all. It was God's anyway, so I guess any of His kids can use it if they give credit where due. Another tip. If you want others to read your reply, leave it on their bio page, because most don't return to the sight they just visited. They're just passing by so to speak. God bless.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @goo2eyes lm: Hi, thank you for visiting and liking me too. Was it you who said it was extraordinary to have poems on an Olympic theme? I have an email but can't find the comment on here - I'm still very much a squidlearner lol! But, in fact I do have a volume of poems about various Olympic themes ready to publish in the New Year if I can get enough interest. I'm just trying to find out if enough people will be interested in it. I did put one of the poems on one of our Olympic hopefuls Facebook wall (Louise Hazell) and she said that she found it beautiful and inspiring, which gave me confidence enough to write more. If you would be interested please keep in touch with me and I'll keep you up to date on the progress. I will deffo come back and do more polls and quizzes as I enjoy them, but I still don't understand all the terminology and I tend to find lenses once and can't get back onto them :-( ... bit of a technoklutz really. Thank you for your interest. Have a very merry Christmas. God bless

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      thank you for your visit and squidlike. you are now included in the L-Squids lens. Do come back to earn some more points doing the polls and quizzes. i made lenses from A-W and V+XYZ are still on WIP.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Godsgraciousgift: Thank you so much for letting me know about my link. The one to my book seems to be working ok, but I don't know what's wrong with the Facebook link, or how to fix it. I'll have a go at sorting it out another day, but I have ME and have badly overdone things, so I need to rest today. I'm a bit of a Technoklutz I'm afraid. Thank you also for your advice about my taking my book everywhere - I am just starting to do that as I have found it useful to have one actually on me, judging by your author's experience it is definitely worth doing. Thank you for liking my lens,

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      Godsgraciousgift 

      6 years ago

      You may want to check your link that is put on here near the top. When I tried to click on it nothing showed up. I hope this info is helpful.

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      Godsgraciousgift 

      6 years ago

      That's exciting about your book. The book we mention on my lens is sold online and when the author meets people face to face. She had to learn to start taking the book with her more often. One day several copies were sold when someone asked her about her book. I hope you start taking your book with you everywhere you go. God's rich blessings to you. Seeing your hard work in print is wonderful. Fantastic

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