Monthly Archives: July 2018

US Review of Books – Awesome Review for A Penny for Your Thoughts!

So thrilled to receive this awesome review from the US Review of Books for A Penny for Your Thoughts.  Thank you to reviewer Michael Radon for capturing the essence…

US Review: A Penny for Your Thoughts

A Penny For Your Thoughts: Poems of Love and Loss (Feelings Into Words)
by Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co.
“For if I knew ahead of time, then I
Would live my life according to its end;
And never give the present, time to try”

This collection of poetry examines love, as so much poetry tends to do, but the perspective here is unique. That romantic euphoria and devastating heartbreak are seen as two sides of the same emotion. Split up into three sections, the first and third are polar in their approach, either bubbling with affection or profound in examining what was lost or what was never had to begin with. The middle section offers a little bit of both, tying in experiences that are related to being in love or emotions that come along with a relationship or marriage. The poems themselves also cover a variety of forms, ranging from free verse to sonnets and concrete poetry to haiku. Containing over 100 poems, the poet’s musings on an aspect of life that tends to be powerful no matter how it’s experienced will emotionally reach readers of all ages.

This volume is singular in its focus but powerfully broad in its approach and form. By taking just the idea of love and then presenting it from both a positive and negative perspective, or by applying different poetic constructs to it, the results end up significantly varied and stay fresh. Most poems occupy a single page with only the longer forms stretching to a second, and so readers are encouraged to enjoy at whatever pace suits them best. Love’s prominence as a subject for poetry owes to both the strength at which it is experienced as well as the universality of it, as everyone experiences it in various ways. The author’s ability to look at it and present it in so many different ways speaks to her skill as a poet and her deep understanding of the emotional spectrum.

Author Den Page includes A Penny for Your Thoughts

Winner of 7 Awards

Author’s Den has a lovely new page…

Sherrill’s Author Den Page

Please take a look!

 

 

 

Video Trailer for A Penny for Your Thoughts

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An Awesome 5-Star Review for A Penny for Your Thoughts

7 Awards

I am delighted to share this awesome 5-Star Review of A Penny for Your Thoughts reviewed by Aimee Ann on the Red Headed Booklover Blog.

She added a personal note to me that I’m also happy to share:

“My review is now live! I hope so much that you enjoy my review and are happy with it. You will read in my review that I loved your book but I just wanted to write on a personal note that I thought your book was genuinely incredible and I really enjoyed every moment of it. Never once did your book lack momentum and your writing was stellar.”

Redheadedbookloverblog.com

A Penny for Your Thoughts is a poetry book I was desperate to read ever since discovering it. I love poetry but only if the poems that are written are poignant, moving and will provoke my thoughts about life and myself and A Penny for Your Thoughts holds many poems that do just this. I love poetry, but sadly these days poems do not read as nicely as some classics, but I found with A Penny for Your Thoughts that they did because the words flowed beautifully from start to finish and transfixed me and compelled me from beginning to end and so I am already going to recommend this gem of a book! However, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about this gem!

A Penny for Your Thoughts is a collection of poems about love, letting go, and loss, as well as a few more core themes and the poems explored throughout the book, are all of a different nature. This is because the poems are in haiku form, as well as sonnet and even free verse form and this book lovers is rare to come across! Most poetry books only focus on one style of poetry but A Penny for Your Thoughts features them all, and they are all excellently written which again shows us that A Penny for Your Thoughts is a stellar book!

There are many poems in A Penny for Your Thoughts which I loved but one of my favorites was ‘Does Memory Last’, and this is a poem about losing a loved one or when we are facing death, and this poem for me struck me the hardest because it was poignant as well as thought-provoking and an extraordinary poem. Another favorite of mine was called ‘To See The Future’ and this poem was all about if we had the ability to look into the future, but Sherrill explains through her beautiful poem that this would not be good because we would no longer be focused on the present and feeling emotions such as love, grief, sorry and so much more, and this was an incredible poem I could see schools analysing in literature class.

The poems laced throughout A Penny for Your Thoughts are so brilliant and unique that I have not been able to stop thinking about them. As soon as I would finish one I would end up re-reading it because I wanted to immerse myself in it again and understanding the true meaning. I love immersing myself in a poem and reading it from different perspectives and the wonderful author Sherrill S. Cannon challenges her readers to do this.

Sherrill S. Cannon is a newly discovered poet of mine, but I wish I had discovered her work sooner because never before have I been so transfixed by poems. I have read a lot of poems in my time, especially since a young age but never have I ever been so provoked by the ones in A Penny for Your Thoughts, emotionally and mentally. Cannon does this with her mesmerizing prose and well developed and structured poems. The poems truly will keep readers turning the pages from beginning to end.

Overall A Penny for Your Thoughts is a sensational, unique, and beautiful poetry book that should not be missed, I, of course, have to award this stellar book five stars! So please, have a read of A Penny for Your Thoughts and get lost in the captivating words of Sherrill S. Cannon and be compelled to read from the very beginning to the very end. Please also keep an eye out for my spotlight for Sherrill which will be live next week, you won’t regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on A Penny for Your Thoughts. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!”

Thank you Aimee Ann, for making my heart smile!!

 

Another 5-Star Review for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Winner of 7 Awards

It’s so lovely to receive 5-Star reviews!  I especially enjoy the ones that mention favorite poems…

Thank you to Christine Cazes for this one:

on July 9, 2018
“The 132 poems in A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS beautifully captures life’s emotions. Derived around the concept of flipping a coin, HEADS introduces poems of love and friendship and TAILS presents poems of heartache and anguish. Read A MOTHER BIRD’S SONG and listen to a mother bird singing her song of love which embraces the love all mothers share with their children; or THINKING OF YOU which embraces someone you love making your eyes and heart smile. Then, SPIN into related emotions with FROZEN WASTELAND where “a land of no tomorrows” turns “into sunshine from the cold”; or LOST TIME and read all about “precious time slipping away” only to realize “tomorrows just begun.” Turn to the chapter TAILS and read A SMALL DEATH asking “will they forget” or GRIEF and watch a willow silently weep. A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS allows you to pick a poem that matches the way your feel. Superb reading!”
Also, a reminder that my interview is now live on http://www.insidescooplive.com/    Perhaps you can find some favorites of your own!

60 Awards…A Milestone!!

7 Awards for A Penny for Your Thoughts

The recent notification that A Penny for Your Thoughts is a Medalist in the Poetry Category of the 2018 FAPA President’s Awards brings the total of awards for my books to 60.  I am so thrilled and honored (and grateful) to have received all of these awards, and thankful to have been able to share my message of Love, Being Kind, and Consideration for Others with so many… Thank you to all of you!!!

Here is the listing of awards in order received:

2018 – FAPA President’s Award – Medalist TBA – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Book Excellence Awards – Gold – My Little Angel

2018 – eLit Book Awards – Gold – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – eLit Book Awards – Gold – The Golden Rule

2018 – Los Angeles Book Festival Awards – Winner – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Reader Views Specialty Award for Most Innovative Book of Poetry – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Reader Views Literary Awards – Gold Medal – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Feathered Quill Book Awards – Gold Medal – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Feathered Quill Book Awards – Bronze Medal – My Little Angel

2017 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2017 – Royal Dragonfly Awards – HM – My Little Angel

2017 – IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist – The Golden Rule

2017 – Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist – My Little Angel

2017 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – My Little Angel

2017 – Reader Views Reviewers Choice – 2ndPlace – The Golden Rule

2016 –  Book Excellence Award – Gold Medal – The Golden Rule

2016 – Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist – The Golden Rule

2016 – Global eBook Gold Medal – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2016 – FAPA President’s Award – Bronze Medal – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2016 – Children’s Literary Classics Silver Medal – The Golden Rule

2016 – Mom’s Choice Award – Silver – The Golden Rule

2016 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – The Golden Rule

2016 – Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval – The Golden Rule

2016 – Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice – H.M. – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2015 – Readers’ Favorite – H.M. – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2015 – Global eBook Bronze Medal – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2015 – National Indie Excellence Finalist – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2015 – Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece– C’s Pic Book

2015 –  Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece– C’s Juv. Fiction

2015 – Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2015 –  Pinnacle Achievement Award – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2015 – Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice – H.M. – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2014 – CLIPP Awards Winner K-2 – Manner-Man

2014 – KART Awards Winner – Manner-Man

2014 – Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2014 – Reader’s Favorite Illustrations Award – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece 

2014 – Global eBook Silver Medal – Manner-Man

2014 – National Indie Excellence Finalist – Manner-Man

2014 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2014 – Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice – Winner – Manner-Man

2014 – Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards – H.M. – Manner-Man

2014 – Los Angeles Book Festival – Winner – Manner-Man

2014 – London Book Festival H.M – Manner-Man

2013 – Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal – Manner-Man

2013 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – Manner-Man

2013 – Global eBook Silver Medal – Gimme-Jimmy

2013 – Indie Excellence Finalist – Gimme-Jimmy

2013 – Reader Views Reviewers Choice 3rdPlace – Gimme-Jimmy

2012 – Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal – Gimme-Jimmy

2012 – Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist – The Magic Word

2012 – Global eBook 3rdPlace – The Magic Word

2012 – International Book Awards Finalist – The Magic Word

2012 – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Gimme-Jimmy

2012 – Reader Views Reviewers Choice 2ndPlace – The Magic Word

2011 – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – The Magic Word

2011 – The USA “Best Books 2011” Finalist – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

2011 – Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

2011 – Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal – Santa’s Birthday Gift

2011  – Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal – The Magic Word

2011 – Indie Excellence Finalist – Santa’s Birthday Gift

(I was not aware of Contests and Awards when my first two books were published. In my first submission to the Readers’ Favorite Awards in 2011, I entered The Magic Word, Santa’s Birthday Gift and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys at the same time and won Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively at the same time! Now THAT was fun!!!)

I recommend entering awards to all new authors, since winning awards gives instant credibility to books by new or unknown authors – not to mention ones that have been releasing books for a relatively long time. Some of them also have categories which accept books written in past years, so it may not be too late to enter!  I hope that the above lists of awards will also give some of you an idea of which awards I have entered and consider reputable!

All of my books have been published by SBPRA, and have been illustrated by the amazing and talented Kalpart Illustrations which have brought my books to life and contributed to their awards!!