Friday, January 30, 2015

Island Dreaming ;)

This time of year in the Blue Ridge everything is stark and grey, the wind is howling and the temperature is falling.  But it's also when I get most of my writing done.

Naturally I do a lot of island dreaming in the winter.  This photo was taken on my last visit to Ocracoke Island; which is my inspiration for Safe Harbor Island in my Mer stories.

This is the Harbor at Ocracoke and I can just imagine Cole down there getting the Bonnie Rose in shape for a long voyage to the South Pacific with his family.

Hope you're staying warm.  Time to get another cup of hot tea and pretend I'm sitting with Rose and Lizzy at the kitchen table.  ;)

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Some days are dark and dreary
Mist covers the mountains
Gentle raindrops fall upon my roof
Which then pour like fountains
Snow crunches beneath my feet
On a bright sunny day
Although its cold it becomes hot
I take off my coat to play
The wind can gently blow about
Making it easy to sleep
When blizzards come and howl
They can leave snow so deep
The world seems to slow down a bit
Which is alright with me
I continue writing my stories
Of the sand, surf and sea  ;)

-Sheri L. Swift

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Anyone who has ever read any of my stories or some of my poems know I love the night sky.  I love to look at the stars on a dark blue canvas and see the moon in full, half or crescent.

I imagine how much our Creator loves us to give us a nightlight so it will never be completely dark and stars to not only enjoy their loveliness, but to the learned also be a guide.

I guess that's why I love the Christmas story so much.  My husband and I just got through reading one of our favorite Chapters in the Bible: Luke 2, but
especially verses 4-20.

I am always so filled with love that God would send out a baby invitation, not only to the learned scholars who knew how to read the signs, but also to the lowly shepherds.

Believe me, I'm sure the shepherds were learned themselves from keeping watch over sheep during the night to know what the sky looks like and the changing of the seasons.

This was such a special event which would set at least three Kings on a journey in search of the one born beneath that one bright star.

But what amazes me and brings me to tears each time I read these passages is that God cared enough to send His special messengers to invite the least in Bethlehem to witness the birth of His son.

Wow, what a sight to see not only one Angel who told them where to find the baby, but the entire night sky filled with Angels singing, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men!"

That is my wish this Christmas, that we would all know we've been invited to the party!  ;)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Finding Joy in the Journey: WISH by Leanna Sain

Finding Joy in the Journey: WISH by Leanna Sain: I've just finished reading WISH by Leanna Sain.  It was delightful with hints of Nancy Drew and Dickens all rolled up into one. I co...

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Smile of a Child

It's that time of year again and my family and I have just stuffed a shoe box and sent it to Operation Christmas Child. 

There is nothing quite like seeing the smile of a child when they open up a Christmas gift.

The shoe boxes are sent all over the world spreading the spirit of love and Christmas.

If you haven't already given a gift to someone who might not otherwise enjoy one for Christmas, then I hope you might consider it.

Hope you're all enjoying this joyous season of giving and hope!  ;)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Harvest Moon ~ a poem

The Harvest Moon
The Harvest moon shines bright
Hung in a black canvas sky
Adorned with stars strewn about
A pleasing portrait to the eye
It beams over mountains and valleys
Shines upon orchards and fields
It beams upon rooftops of houses
And peeks through window seals
It casts it's light upon flowing streams
Wild rivers or a raging Ocean
 Upon seeming bottomless lakes
And shallow ponds with no motion
My favorite thing about the Harvest moon
It unveils the darkest night
When it paints everything neon-blue
For me it's a wondrous sight

-Sheri L. Swift

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Some of you are asking when my latest book in the series will be coming out; I had planned to publish this fall.

One of my favorite sayings is:  If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.

I had several obstacles thrown in my path to publication this past year and I wasn't able to keep up with my writing schedule.

I'm now hoping to publish this next summer 2015.  I'll be taking pre-orders prior to publication so you'll know when.

I've been enjoying spending time with the Prentis Family again as they travel together for one last trip to the South Pacific on the Bonnie Rose.

Micah and his extended family travel together with them on the Island Traveler.

This next books main focus is on Lizzy whose now 22 years old and recently graduated from college with a Masters in Elementary Education. 

The story also continues with Jedediah, Seturus and their son Jireh whose now four years old.

King Titus has enjoyed some five years of peace within his Mer Kingdom.  He and Queen Lana's son Prince Titan is now seven winters old.

The Mer family is alive and well with a few new characters added; some nice and some not so nice.

There's more adventure and fun to be had in this latest installment.

I guess I better get back to writing!  ;)