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“This is the most refreshing, coolest kids’ book I‘ve read in a while.”

Gisela Hausmann rated a book it was amazing
What fun to find on Goodreads!!  Thank you to the “Review Guru” for this awesome review!!
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“Now, this book offers a completely new idea.

“Just fingerpaint something you see in your head.”
That’s how this adventure starts.
The storyteller explains that he or she is trying to paint their dog but somehow things don’t work out perfectly. Class ends and the story tellers takes the picture home. Alas, a windstorm grabs a hold of it and blows the picture in a collection of art work for an art dealer.

Much to the storyteller’s surprise his or her picture gets exhibited at the mall with many pictures. All of them competing for a blue ribbon, the first prize
“… to become an artist of great renown, and to be famous and honored throughout the town…”

No spoilers who wins the contest and what’s going to happen from this reviewer but I’d love to share what I find outstanding about this book.

Throughout the book the storyteller shares his or her opinions. Though typically, children and young people are often portrayed as “going along with everything” and “behaving properly” etc… this story teller has his or her own opinions.
“… one looked at it side-ways, and one upside down!
I don’t think they really knew what it was…”

And, just like the “innocent but clever child” in the “Emperor’s New Clothes” this storyteller is sharing his or her opinions. With refreshing honesty!!! Even I who I have read thousands of books – laughed.

Author Sherrill Cannon penned a winner. This is the most refreshing, coolest kids’ book I‘ve read in a while.”

5 stars, Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger

My Interview with The Redheaded Book Lover, Aimee Ann

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Please enjoy this lovely interview with Aimee Ann, the Red-Headed Book Lover and Blogger!

Interview with a Redheaded Book Lover!

Sherrill S. Cannon, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Have you ever loved, been loved, been confused about love, or suffered from loss of love? All these feelings have been captured and shared in the word of heartfelt poems, compiled over many years by a retired teacher and award-winning author.

Sherrill S. Cannon now shares her thoughts in this book of feelings. “As a teacher, I used poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends, and have continued this pattern throughout the years.”

There are three sections in her book: Heads, Spinning, and Tails . . . (Love & Loss: Coin Toss?). The variety of lyrical poetry forms includes free verse, blank verse, haiku, and sonnets. Some poems are simply plays on words.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Sherrill S. Cannon whose book A Penny For Your Thoughts moved and charmed me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love poetry but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Sherrill, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Sherrill will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Sherrill

Here’s a little bit of my background: A real-live Eloise, I grew up in the Willard Hotel in Washington DC (my Dad was the manager), was married and lived in Northern Virginia for twenty years where my husband and I raised our four children. We later moved to Bucks County (Philadelphia PA suburbs) where we lived for 14 years before moving to the Binghamton NY area for 18 years, and we have just now moved back to Bucks County PA. We celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary in June! We are now retired, and we travel in our RV from the east coast to the west coast each year to spend time with our children and grandchildren. I have had a varied career: I was a teacher and coach for ten years in the Washington DC area, and then became a “stay-at-home-Mom” who in my spare-time was a professional newspaper sports photographer and columnist for several years when our boys were playing competitive soccer. When our girls became interested in theater, I became a Dinner Theatre Company Stage Manager (as well as lighting and sound technician) and also was an Assistant Talent Manager for Cathy Parker Talent when our youngest daughter was doing commercials and professional modeling in NYC. When we relocated to the Binghamton NY area, I became the Business Administrator for a software development company handling payroll and contracts. Now I have time to write, when I’m not marketing (which is the other half of writing.) I spent many years collaborating with my daughter on rhymed musical plays for her elementary school, and now seven of our plays, “Have You Seen My Little Lamb”, “The King’s Spell”,”When You Wish Upon a Star…fish”, “The Wonderful World of Weather”, “ABC December” , “The Alphabet Trip” and “We Have Character” are available at Lazy Bee Scripts – http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk. The plays have already had many performances in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates. I am trying to “make a difference”.

Now, how wonderful does Sherrill sound?! Sherrill is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Sherrill’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Sherrill, I hope that you enjoy Sherrill’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

A Penny for Your Thoughts is a compilation of many years of writing poetry.  I was born on Valentine’s Day, so perhaps that is why I have been preoccupied with love in all its many forms throughout my life.  Since I also have loved writing rhyming poetry since the age of 4, it has always seemed to be a way to put feelings into words.  As a teacher I used poetry to help counsel troubled teens and friends, and I have continued this pattern throughout the years.  My intent was to ask my family to publish my poetry after I died…a la Emily Dickinson…but my children convinced me to submit it for publication while I had a publisher interested in publishing it!  I’m very happy to have taken their advice!

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Since this is a poetry book, my advice would be to be very careful with rhyme and meter.  Rhyme without meter is rarely successful, (and will turn off most editors – not to mention readers – right away!)   If you choose to write free verse, then you have to be careful with meter as well, although you do not have to rhyme.  If you write blank verse, then please try to stay concise and succinct with your poetry.  Poetry should never be prose, broken into short lines!

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

The most important thing about a poetry book is that your poetry should reach as many readers as possible.  Keeping the poetry simple helps readers relate more easily, since flowery language often turns people off.  An example of this is a word substitution suggested by my mentor at The American University many years ago. The closing line of the sonnet was …” When you gave me of love the primal taste.” The change was …”When you gave me of love the first taste.” Simplicity…

What is your writing process like?

I don’t really have a “process”.  Much of my poetry has come to me at night – hence the notepad and pen next to my bed.  I find that if I don’t take the time to write an idea down, I’ll struggle to remember it in the morning.  I also always carry a notepad with me.  One never knows when an idea will strike!

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

Poetry is a demanding muse… When the words flow, one has to capture them.  This is frequently the result of empathy, where I actually feel the way another person is feeling and try to capture that feeling in words. Occasionally I will deliberately write a poem in order to write a personalized one – for instance, one where the first letters of the poem spell a person’s name down the side (acrostic poetry) – or if I am writing for a special occasion.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I love to read – much more than watching TV or movies.  My favorite poets are Sara Teasdale, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.  I do not care for e.e.cummings, (except for I Carry Your Heart), or most of the current poetry I try to read today.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

My second volume of poetry, A Dime is a Sign, will be released later this year.  It is formatted very like A Penny for Your Thoughts, and contains similar style poetry.  The title is in reference to a Psychic Medium who  once said that if you find a random dime, it is a sign that someone that you have loved and lost is thinking of you.

A Penny for Your Thoughts also won the Innovative Poetry Award in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards this year.  The podcast of the interview can be found on the Reviewers Choice Awards site or here:

Inside Scoop Interview

Just as an aside, I am also the author of nine rhyming children’s books which have won 54 awards.  They are also rhyming, and focus on kindness and consideration for others.  In addition, I am a playwright with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school students which have been performed in over 20 countries in addition to the US, UK and Canada.  They can be found at www.lazybeescripts.co.uk

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Sherrill! If you have liked what you have read about Sherrill and are interested in learning more about Sherrill and reading Sherrill’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

5 Stars for My Little Angel… Review by Lorilyn Roberts of the John 3:16 Network

My Little Angel – 6 Awards

My Little Angel has just won its 6th Award, a Gold Medal in the Global eBook Awards.  Here is an earlier review by Lorilyn Roberts, Founder of the John 3:16 Network, who wrote a lovely 5-Star Review for My Little Angel.  I’m very happy to share this one again…

“My favorite children’s books are rhyming books, and Sherrill Cannon once again in “My Little Angel” has created a masterpiece. The story is uplifting, the illustrations are beautiful, and it’s one of those books where you feel good all over when you finish it. You want to linger on the words, the message, and read it again and again. The story is biblical, where the young girl has an angel who protects her and helps her throughout the day. Prayer, self-worth, kindness, gratitude, and love are recurring themes and make this a wonderful book to share and read to young children. “My Little Angel” is a great addition to children’s literature and I’m sure it will win many awards in the years to come.”  … …Lorilyn Roberts

 

 

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.

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

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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!

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!