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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.”

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    Perhaps you can find some favorites of your own!

Inside Scoop Interview is Live

Winner of 6 Awards

I had a lovely reaction to the Inside Scoop Interview:

“I just listened to your interview and it was great fun.  You did well!  I didn’t know that you are a Valentine. ..  Thanks for sending me this link.  It was like having you sit here with me.”

The link to the interview is Inside Scoop Live Interview

(Please note that there is a brief intermission about Inside Scoop in the middle of the interview, and then it continues with more about the poetry… )

It was lots of fun to share about my children’s books and my children’s plays, as well as A Penny for Your Thoughts… It’s always fun for me to be able to read some of my poetry, and I thank those fans who helped me select which ones to read!

Thank you also to the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards for selecting A Penny for Your Thoughts as the Gold Medal Winner in Poetry…

(It also will be the Book feature on – Week beginning July 9th, and later on available on iTunes as well as




Inside Scoop Live Interview with Sherrill S Cannon

Winner of 6 Awards

I’m pleased to share with you the link to my interview at Inside Scoop Live, which was part of the Innovative Poetry Prize from the Reader Views Reviewers Choice contest… where A Penny for Your Thoughts won the Gold Medal.

Inside Scoop Live Interview

The interview will also be featured on the Reader Views homepage, and a book feature on the week beginning July 9th.

It will also be broadcast soon on

Thanks for listening… Fun to be able to talk about my children’s plays and children’s books as well as A Penny for Your Thoughts… and to read several of the poems including “Grandfather Clock” which was requested by several readers.

The interview also shares a couple of teasers from a companion volume of poetry to be released later this year, A Dime is a Sign.

Thanks so much to the Reader View’s Reviewers Choice Awards Contest which provided this opportunity.  (Nice that A Penny for Your Thoughts was just named a Medalist in the FAPA Presidents Awards…that makes 60 Awards total!!!)

Please stay tuned…

A Penny for Your Thoughts is a Medalist in the FAPA Awards!

Winner of 6 Awards

What lovely news to receive on July 4th!

Subject: Re: 2018 FAPA President’s Book Awards

What happy news on the 4th of July! My heart is smiling ❤ 

Congratulations to the following category medalists:

38. Poetry Book

A Penny for Your Thoughts – Sherrill Cannon – SBPRA

Something Magical in the Soul: A Collection of Poetry – Walter Schenck CreateSpace

Comes to This –  Jeff Weddle  – Nixes Mate Books

Heart of the Broken World –  Jeff Weddle –  Nixes Mate Books

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair 2! – Jayne Rose-Vallee -Rosevallee Creations LLC

Your book was selected as a medalist in the 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) President’s Awards. All medalists will receive either a gold, silver, or bronze medal at our annual President’s Award Banquet in Lake Buena Vista, Florida this August 4, 2018.

Ken Johnson
Book Awards Committee Chairman &
Member of the Board of Directors 
Congratulations to all!

A Penny for Your Thoughts accepted by the Library

Winner of 5 Awards

Finally one of my books has been accepted by our Library system, since it has the Author Name and Title on the spine of the book.  It also helps that this book is also available in a hard cover version!

I am thrilled about this inclusion in the local libraries and am looking forward to seeing the book  on the shelves!

My children’s books, in the interest of keeping the cost of the books low enough for teachers to buy, do not have that information on the spines…(my daughter, the teacher, informed me long ago that my books had to be close to $10 for teachers to be able to afford to buy them for their classrooms.) Additional printer costs would eliminate that cost requirement.

Now I will submit a request for inclusion for other libraries… Yay!!

(Please remember that this book is also available as an eBook for $4.99!)

Inside Scoop Live Award for Most Innovative Book of Poetry

Winner of 5 Awards

I’m so happy to remind you that in addition to the Gold Medal for Poetry, A Penny for Your Thoughts received the Reader Views Inside Scoop Live Award for the Most Innovative Book of Poetry. 

I am now preparing to accept the Interview and Poetry Reading, which will be a podcast interview recorded and published on a personalized author page.  I will also be provided an MP3 link to share on my social media sites, and it will be available on iTunes podcasts as well.

In addition to providing several topics of conversation not directly related to my book, I have been asked to select a poem I would like to read as part of the interview.  That’s where I hope you will help me out!   I will not choose Old Woman, since that was included in the lovely review I received from Reader Views, but I am leaning toward Grandfather Clock, Frozen Wasteland, My Tree, I Think of You, and several others.

Would you please let me know if you have any favorites you would like to hear me read?  I would love to hear from you!!!  (Please either comment here or send me an email  Thanks so much!!!

Please stay tuned for further details!!!