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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.”

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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!

Another Lovely Review for The Golden Rule

Winner of 9 Awards

It’s so wonderful to find nice reviews like this one for The Golden Rule:

Customer Review – Positive Messaging for Kids

on May 28, 2018
Kids, 4, 7 & 8, have requested this a number of times for their bedtime story. Has also prompted conversation and inspired positive, conscious, behaviour.
Thank you, Reviewer, for taking the time to share your thoughts, and for helping show your kids how to treat others the way they would like to be treated!

Another Cute 5-Star Review for My Little Angel

It’s fun to find new reviews on amazon, and I’m happy to share this one!

My Little Angel – 4 Awards

5-stars for My Little Angel

on April 6, 2018
“One more excellent children’s book from Cannon. Not overly religious, but touching in its message of how children can be aware of the impact of their words and actions. Another one of my kids’ favorites for bedtime!”
Thank you Kimber…

Nice Note from James Cox of the Midwest Book Review for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Winner of 5 AwardsI .

“Dear Sherrill Cannon:
I’m very pleased to announce that the April 2018 issue of our online book review magazine “Reviewer’s Bookwatch” features a review of “A Penny for Your Thoughts”.
Here is the review:
Reviewer’s Bookwatch: April 2018
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
Reviewer’s Choice
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing
978194650560, $12.50 PB, $4.99 Kindle, 156pp, $12.50
978194650577, $23.50 HC, www.amazon.com
Anita Lock, Reviewer
Feathered Quill
Award-winning author Sherrill Cannon has a knack for turning feelings into words in her latest book of poems on love and loss.
Cannon’s newest has been a long time in the making. A collection of one hundred plus poems geared for a wide range of ages (middle school on) who have experienced the joys and sorrows associated with love, Cannon’s writing reflects many, many years of creativity that didn’t just pile up in notebooks. According to her website, the former teacher applied her gift of wordsmithing to help others: “As a teacher, I used poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends, and have continued this pattern throughout the years.”
Now in book form, and appropriately divided into three poignant sections, Cannon invites readers to embrace her words of wisdom through this marvelous journey called life. Subtitled Poems of Love and Loss (Feelings Into Words), Cannon goes a step further by adding Coin Toss? in her Table of Contents. Each carefully weighed section – Heads…Of Love and Friendship; Spinning – Of Related Emotions; and Tails…of Heartache and Anguish – begins to make sense…one poem at a time.
Keeping largely but not exclusively to first-person narrative, her first section centers on light issues, such as friends, lovers, parent and child relationships, God, music, and even the beloved Teddy Bear. But as she moves on to sections two and three, the timbre slowly darkens into areas of loss, such as loved ones moving away and death.
Cannon’s assortment of mellifluous poetry, many sprinkled with puns, is replete with free verse, blank verse, couplets, simple 4-line rhymes, alternating rhymes, quatrains, haiku, and concrete poems, just to name a few. Amid the bulk of Cannon’s work, though, are sonnets.
While the various poetic forms in A Penny for Your Thoughts do admirably to translate “feelings into words,” Cannon capitalizes upon her love theme by using a potent structure to verbalize this amorous mien: the Shakespearean sonnet.
Audiences familiar with The Bard’s works will immediately recognize how Cannon effectively captures the varied expressions of this commanding yet fickled four-letter word that is known as “love.” Perfect examples of the Shakespearean sonnet include “Music,” “Sonnet to Friendship,” and “The Road.”
(From “Music”) “Stop and hear the music in your life – A melody for you to sing along; For it will soothe your heart and ease your strife. If you would only listen to its song…”
Second to the Shakespearean sonnet usage is the Petrarchan. Examples include “A Memory,” “Tentative,” and “The Transplant.”
(From “Transplant”) “It really wasn’t very long ago, My plant was set into this strange new ground Where everything was different. But it found That even in new sunlight, it could grow…”
There is no vulgarity. Every word spoken is straightforward, intentional, and from the heart. If the reader follows judiciously, he/she will discover that the poems provide plenty to ruminate on and are very therapeutic for those who have unresolved conflict. Quill says: A Penny for Your Thoughts is so much more than another compilation of poems; it is indeed a book of healing.
You have complete permission to utilize the review in any manner you deem useful for marketing and promotion.
Additionally, this review will be archived on our Midwest Book Review website for the next five years at http://www.midwestbookreview.com
I look forward to your next title!’
James A. Cox
Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI, 53575, USA
Thank you also to Anita Lock of the Feathered Quill for writing this awesome review!

Midwest Book Review Reviewers Choice for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Winner of 5 Awards

So awesome to find A Penny for Your Thoughts in the Midwest Book Review, Reviewers Choice Section!

A Penny for Your Thoughts
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing
http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon
978194650560, $12.50 PB, $4.99 Kindle, 156pp, $12.50
978194650577, $23.50 HC, http://www.amazon.com

Anita Lock, Reviewer
Feathered Quill

Award-winning author Sherrill Cannon has a knack for turning feelings into words in her latest book of poems on love and loss.

Cannon’s newest has been a long time in the making. A collection of one hundred plus poems geared for a wide range of ages (middle school on) who have experienced the joys and sorrows associated with love, Cannon’s writing reflects many, many years of creativity that didn’t just pile up in notebooks. According to her website, the former teacher applied her gift of wordsmithing to help others: “As a teacher, I used poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends, and have continued this pattern throughout the years.”

Now in book form, and appropriately divided into three poignant sections, Cannon invites readers to embrace her words of wisdom through this marvelous journey called life. Subtitled Poems of Love and Loss (Feelings Into Words), Cannon goes a step further by adding Coin Toss? in her Table of Contents. Each carefully weighed section – Heads…Of Love and Friendship; Spinning – Of Related Emotions; and Tails…of Heartache and Anguish – begins to make sense…one poem at a time.

Keeping largely but not exclusively to first-person narrative, her first section centers on light issues, such as friends, lovers, parent and child relationships, God, music, and even the beloved Teddy Bear. But as she moves on to sections two and three, the timbre slowly darkens into areas of loss, such as loved ones moving away and death.

Cannon’s assortment of mellifluous poetry, many sprinkled with puns, is replete with free verse, blank verse, couplets, simple 4-line rhymes, alternating rhymes, quatrains, haiku, and concrete poems, just to name a few. Amid the bulk of Cannon’s work, though, are sonnets.

While the various poetic forms in A Penny for Your Thoughts do admirably to translate “feelings into words,” Cannon capitalizes upon her love theme by using a potent structure to verbalize this amorous mien: the Shakespearean sonnet.

Audiences familiar with The Bard’s works will immediately recognize how Cannon effectively captures the varied expressions of this commanding yet fickled four-letter word that is known as “love.” Perfect examples of the Shakespearean sonnet include “Music,” “Sonnet to Friendship,” and “The Road.”

(From “Music”) “Stop and hear the music in your life – A melody for you to sing along; For it will soothe your heart and ease your strife. If you would only listen to its song…”

Second to the Shakespearean sonnet usage is the Petrarchan. Examples include “A Memory,” “Tentative,” and “The Transplant.”

(From “Transplant”) “It really wasn’t very long ago, My plant was set into this strange new ground Where everything was different. But it found That even in new sunlight, it could grow…”

There is no vulgarity. Every word spoken is straightforward, intentional, and from the heart. If the reader follows judiciously, he/she will discover that the poems provide plenty to ruminate on and are very therapeutic for those who have unresolved conflict. Quill says: A Penny for Your Thoughts is so much more than another compilation of poems; it is indeed a book of healing.

Awesome Review for A Penny for Your Thoughts

Winner of 4 Awards

Newly discovered review for A Penny for Your Thoughts submitted to Connotation Press by Victoria Wagner Ross…

A Penny for Your Thoughts

By Sherrill S. Cannon

154 pages – Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co.

ISBN: 978-1-946540-57-7

Reviewed by Victoria Wagner Ross

Award-winning children’s author, Sherrill S. Cannon, announced the release of her poetry book, “A Penny for Your Thoughts” which received a great review from Reader’s Favorite. This loving book of one-hundred fifty-four poems is simply the most beautiful book of the heart and anguish, exploring love and friendship. Thoughts of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her sensitive sonnets are shadows in some of Cannon’s poems. The lovely style of blending and weaving words to evoke feeling is well done. The poetry touches on topics of age, youth, nature, and love with deep emotion such as “My Tree” and the following excerpt from “Frozen Wasteland”:

​“…But you came to me and took me

​From the Winter of my heart─

​Where I lived before I met you,

And where nothing new could start─

​To a land of youth and beauty,

​Where I never shall grow old…

For you took my hand and led me

Into sunshine from the cold.”

The poetry exceeds her wonderful children books that hinted through the Dr. Seuss homage of rhyme delivering gentle lessons with deeply felt emotions of humanity. KJ of Kalpart Illustrations, who has created the illustrations and book covers of Ms. Cannon’s nine award-winning Children’s books, does an emotionally stirring cover with a black, gray and white sketches which interchange the feelings with the words.

Sherrill S. Cannon grew up in the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. She is the original Eloise! She has received over fifty awards for her children’s books distributed globally on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This current diversion into poetry in the fall of 2017 has won two Gold Medals – Feathered Quill and Reader Views – as well as a Specialty Poetry Award and is a Pinnacle Achievement winner.

Early in her career, her brilliant children’s book, The Magic Word, was evaluated and recommended by Professional Book Scouts. Book scouts were asked by Traditional Publishers to review books that decision-makers will be interested in taking advantage and consider buying the rights to the books. They reviewed thousands of Children’s books published from 2011 to 2016 and only 22 books were graded A and were invited to the international book fair event. Ms. Cannon’s books will appear at the 2018 Bologna international book fair.”

Victoria Wagner Ross is an award-winning author of Blue Speaks Eternally, a voice for the ocean and its creatures. Ms. Ross has been “white-listed” for her technology news review articles on the San Diego Examiner and contributed to Bitcoin Magazine, Brave New Coin, BizCatalyst360, Medium and other global platforms. She is a graduate MBA from the ASU Thunderbird Global School of Management, Loyola University of Chicago with cum laude in political science and certificate from executive program at Wharton School of Finance.