Hi, I'm Kristine!
My first book, Shadows Across Dakota is a historical, romantic fiction novel I wrote after retiring from a local university. It has been a dream long in the making... I hate to tell you how long!! Since 1972.... and my visit to the Little Bighorn Historic Site in Montana. I left there hearing bugle calls... (really!) and imagining the lives lost and their loved ones who lived with the loss. Thus... the book!! Finally!!! Working on the sequel... maybe 2019?
I live near Athens, Georgia and love my country life! Down the road is my daughter's farm where my horse, Sierra and hers reside. My pups Spike and Scout and kitties, Stormy and Miss Kitty, live here along with husband Randy and goldfish Barnabas.
Love to garden, read historical fiction, walk, ride Sierra and enjoy the beautiful world around me!
Lynn won the 2015 First Place Winner, Oak Tree Press, Cop Tales, for her crime novel, Well of Rage. Her cozy mystery Another Kind of Hero was a finalist in the 2018 Sliver Falchion Award.
She has a law enforcement background and writes her character-driven stories with an ear for dialogue and an affinity for plot twists set in rich southern culture. Her novels and short stories use humor and irony. She is a storyteller and member of the dance troupe, The Dancing Flowers for Peace. Her flower persona is "The Dandelion." She lives in Stone Mountain.
Another Kind of Hero:
A casket full of drugs and money at the Pick’n Pay in Forsyth, Georgia puts dissimilar sisters, a ghost’s godson, and a DEA agent in jeopardy.
Well of Rage:
A female rookie cop in Mobile, Alabama finds an African-American teenager’s bones and a ring in the bottom of an abandoned well. Her training officer confiscates the ring and blames the rookie. She must survive long enough to solve this cold-case murder and bring closure to the victim’s mother.
Southern Humorist, Marlene Ratledge Buchanan has been entertaining readers with her observations about life through her column, Hey Y'all, published in the Gwinnett Citizen since 2015. Ms. Buchanan column first appeared in the life section of the Snellville Patch. She has combined a collection of essays into her first book, Life is Hard Soften It with Laughter. The subject matter for her columns primarily center around life events she has experienced, but no topic or any person is off limits.
After thirty-four years of being in public education either as a teacher or counselor, Marlene "fully" retired in 2007. Her first teaching position, as an art teacher, was at Duluth High School in 1972. She moved to Parkview High School in the fall of 1978 and remained for the next tweny-four years. It was in the classroom where she earned the name "Ms. Rat." that has stayed with her and garnered her a collection of rat figurines and collectibles over the years from her students. After her first attempt at retirement, Marlene returned to the education arena as a counselor for students in special education or required academic support in 2002 for Central Gwinnett High School.
Marlene is quick to say that she'd plan to marry someone old and rich, but she only got old. This is often immediately followed with how she knew on her first date with her husband, Snell, she was positive he was the one for her to the point she proposed. After his refusal, she considered getting him pregnant. Marlene and Snell have celebrated forty-two years of marriage.
After seven years of marriage, Snell asked Marlene if she could be pregnant. The answer was yes and a beautiful olive skin baby boy with a head full of black hair became a part of their lives. James suffered a lack of oxygen during delivery, resulting in him having special needs. Marlene refers to James' condition as a special gift.
Their family is complete with several feline, two of which are often referred to as flying monkeys, and other rescues James has brought home. Her computer is known as Hissy Prissy. Marlene believes dust is just and admits she is not a domestic diva and has allergies to cooking,. The only reason their home has a kitchen is for the resale value it adds. She is a connoisseur of coffee and finds therapy in bush hogging around her home. Guest are welcomed to visit. There is a shovel at the back door to help navigate your way into her home. She does ask that the fur tumbleweeds are not disturbed.
Randi D. Ward is a retired Language Arts teacher from Georgia with 37 years of teaching experience and a published author. Mrs. Ward was named “Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the Education Industry” by Worldwide Who’s Who and was profiled in the month of March in the 2015 Worldwide Branding calendar. In 2015 she was honored as this organization’s Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian of the Year and as a Top Female Executive in 2014 as well an Inductee, Elite American Artist (2015). Her other awards and credentials include the following: National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) where she was named 2014-15 VIP Woman of the Year, an elite member and 2015 Delegate of the International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA), a 2014 Pinnacle Professional Member of Continental Who’s Who, an elite VIP member of Strathmore’s Worldwide Who’s Who where she was featured on a full page profile in its next book, and 2015 Professional of the Year with International Association of Who’s Who. She appears in a YouTube interview video with President Beth Johnston of IWLA and was featured on the cover of IWLA’s May/June 2016 edition of Inspirational Woman Magazine with one of her articles entitled Taking the Needed Risks. In an October 2016 edition of Women of Distinction Magazine, she was featured in a four-page article as an Author/Entrepreneur. On this magazine’s website is a 30-minute podcast interview about Mrs. Ward. In May 2017 she was named Top Professional of the Year by International Association of Top Professionals and received this award at the Awards Gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Battery Park, in New York City, on December 16, 2017. She was honored as its 2018 Top Female Professional on December 15, 2018, at the Awards Gala at the Plaza Hotel. She introduced the gala and IAOTP’s President Stephanie Cirami at the formal dinner. She was recently named 2020 IAOTP’s Top Female Visionary and will be honored at the Gala in Las Vegas in December 2019. In July 2017 she became a lifetime member of Marquis Who’s Who. In August 2017 she was named “A Woman of Excellence” by Marquis Who’s Who, and then named a Top Professional in September by this same prestigious organization. She appeared in T.I.P. (Top Industry Professional) magazine published by IAOTP and as an Outstanding Author in POWER magazine (Marquis Who’s Who) in 2018.
Besides her published memoir Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True), one of her short stories “Isabella’s Undying Love” was published in the 2018 Valentine Anthology “A Cup of Love” along with 29 other award-winning authors. Profits from this 250-page book will be donated to First Book, an organization that gives free books to children. She won 2018 Second Place for her poem “Chatting with Mr. Raindrop” and Honorable Mention for her children’s short “Speedy the Truck”. These works will appear in this contest’s annual anthology published by Rock Springs Review in Missouri. In 2019 one of her letters will appear in Volume IV of the anthology Letters Never Meant to Be Read. Her new novel Random Wanderings (a world adventure novel) will be published in early 2019.
She taught grades 7 thru 12 in both rural and inner-city schools in the areas of grammar, literature, creative writing, essay writing, research writing, journalism, pubic speaking, and drama. She was a pioneer in the formation of the Gifted Program (called TAG) in West Virginia in the 1970s and helped her alma mater Marshall University in Huntington, WV, create the masters education program courses for the teachers of TAG (Talented and Gifted). She was a member of the Fellows Program for writers for a short time at the university. Mrs. Ward graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and with honors both at her undergraduate and graduate levels at her university. She has been married to her loving husband Bill for over 47 years and has one son Mark who is the art director of the prestigious international magazine Readers Digest in Germany where he lives with his wife Susanne, a freelance illustrator. She and her husband share their lives with their adorable three-year-old female Saint Bernard dog named Savannah.
From November 2011 until February 2012, Randi D. Ward taught ESOL (English as a Second Language) to young adults at a language center called SYE (Spread Your English) in Cairo, Egypt. She and her two Egyptian partners Ahmed Mohamed and Ehab Mohamed opened an English and German language school called Rise Up in late 2012. Sadly, it had to close because of the unstable political situation in Egypt. She was also a former partner and educational instructor and coordinator of 6 October English Institute (formerly called 6 October Nursery) in Egypt with her partner Samar Farouk. Throughout her teaching professional career, Mrs. Ward has motivated thousands of students and has always encouraged them to believe in themselves and to try to do their very best to achieve their dreams.
Randi D. Ward has many varied interests and passions. She is a world traveler and has toured and visited 60 countries in four continents in the last 38 years, including four trips to Egypt. She traveled to four southern African countries in the Spring of 2019 and has already connected with two wild life organizations there to find additional ways to help endangered animals, one of her passions. Besides her love for animals, traveling, and meeting new people around the world, she enjoys photography, reading to learn new ideas every day, personal fitness training, shopping and finding bargains, dancing and music, and chatting online with her 5000 Facebook friends and nearly 2900 followers in 51 countries as well as videoing chatting with some of them. She is active on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Pinterest, and several professional groups connected with LinkedIn.
Her positive attitude about life has brought her much happiness and the company of many friends. Thus, she wrote her book Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True) to share her adventure and her new insights, to teach, to enlighten, and to inspire readers all around the world. Her book received two great reviews: Clarion Review and Kirkus Review which can be found on her website. In 2014 she pitched her book to twenty Hollywood television and movie producers at Pitchfest Las Vegas.
She is currently writing two books of motivational poetry, two separate collections of short stories and nursery rhymes for both children and adult reading levels, and a sequel novel Wandering No More (a wild life Kenyan adventure). She is a writer and the Chief Editor for Morocco Pens, an online Moroccan magazine created by Ayoub Ait Elkady featuring educational articles and essays in English. She is an administrator for the Facebook “Arabian Online Press” created by Ambassador Mahmoud Hassouna. She dreams of being a professional motivational speaker and having her own radio online podcast to feature talented people around the world and plans to pursue these goals in the future.
As of today, she has created 47 YouTube videos (Her channel name is Randi Ward) to highlight her photographs, her poetry, her former schools in Egypt, her many messages to promote better world communication, some talented friends, and her current humanitarian projects in Africa: (1) World Peace Forest (Africa) in Egypt (with Ugandan Ambassador and Licensed Inventor Mahmoud Hassouna) and (2) Africa Nomads Conservation in Kenya (with Noor Santosian). She is an honorary president and advocate of World Peace Forest (Africa) and the USA Regional Director for Africa Nomads Conservation. This is the link to the video trailer she created for her book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh_xHVN9SpE.
She has also written over 140 inspirational and educational blogs on her book website, created by her publisher Author House for her book: www.randidward.com. This website also includes links to three of the eight USA national radio interviews she has done to teach the truth about Egypt after her experiences of living there during part of Egypt’s revolution and of interacting with her many Egyptian friends and students as well as articles written about her in an Egyptian newspaper and a magazine. This is her latest USA radio interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxSb8dmXoz4.
Mrs. Ward’s copyrighted life philosophy is the following:
“Believe! Don’t dream big; dream bigger!
The sky is the limit so reach for the stars!”
THESE ARE HER PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND AWARDS.
1) INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION
She is an elite member of this organization. She was named a 2015 Delegate for her consistent excellence in education. A YouTube interview was done with President Beth Johnston which appears on the IWLA channel, and she was on the cover of IWLA’s May/June edition of Inspirational Woman Magazine with one of her articles entitled Taking the Needed Risks.
The GSEW on Facebook
2) WORLDWIDE WHO’S WHO BRANDING
She was named 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Education Industry. She was featured in the 2015 calendar with her profile and photo for the month of March. In 2015 she was featured as a Top Female Executive and also named 2015 Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian of the Year as well as an Inductee, Elite American Artist (2015).
3) STRATHMORE’S WORLDWIDE WHO’S WHO
She is an elite, VIP member of this organization and will receive a full page in its member book that will be published in early 2017.
4) NATIONAL ASSOCIATON OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN (now called International Association of Women)
NAPW on Facebook
She was named 2014-15 VIP Woman of the Year.
5) INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHO’S WHO—2015 PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
6) CONTINENTAL WHO’S WHO---2014 PINNACLE PROFESSIONAL MEMBER
7) INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BUSINESS LEADERS
Recently selected as Editor of 2016; press release was released in early 2017
8) International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)
Press release in May and award at Gala Awards Event at Ritz Carlton Hotel, NYC, on December 16, 2017--Top Professional in Language Arts 2017
Top Female Professional 2018—Award Gala was on December 15, 2018
She introduced the Gala and IAOTP President Stephanie Cirami
Featured in TIP magazine in 2018
Top Female Visionary 2020---Award Gala will be held in December 2019
9) Marquis Who’s Who
Became a lifetime member in July 2017
Named “A Woman of Excellence” in August 2017
Named a Top Professional in September 2017
Was featured as Outstanding Author in POWER magazine in 2018
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Will be featured in a NEWSLETTER with 99 other top professionals
10) Co-Administrator of Arabian Online Press
11) Chief Editor/Writer for online magazine Morocco Pens
12) Member of Walton Writers in Monroe, Georgia