Saturday, July 25, 2015

THE MERMAIDS BALL

I usually share one of the poems within my books and this is the latest one published from Legend of the Mer III Song of Sirens.

My character Lizzy wanted a way to remember such a special event.  She knew she couldn't write about it in her journal; someone might read it and find out about the Mer she and her family have sworn to keep secret for their protection.

She realized she could put it in a poem and no one would suspect it was real, just as she wrote about King Titan in a poem she wrote for a class project in Legend of the Mer II The New Guardian.

THE MERMAIDS BALL
I dreamt I was a mermaid
With Seashell top and tail of blue-green
I was summoned to the marble Hall
I was brought before the King

He proclaimed me a Princess
And gave me a shiny crown
I saw the smiling faces
Of the Mer-folk gathered round

Music began to play
Within the marble Hall
The Mer began to dance
It was the Mermaids Ball

The mermen lined up to dance with me
How many I cannot tell
We twirled around in circles
When each merman swished his tail

We danced the hours away
They behaved themselves quite well
One even gave me a present
A small bright pink Seashell

When the musicians ceased their playing
a tour was offered to me
Within the coral reef gardens
Hidden deep below the Sea

Whenever I cannot sleep
Watching the clock upon the wall
I close my eyes and dream
Of dancing at the Mermaids Ball

Sheri L. Swift
Legend of the Mer III Song of Sirens

Monday, June 15, 2015

LEGEND OF THE MER SERIES I, II & III



I never dreamed in 2009 when I published my first book it would become a series.  Lana had been a part of me since I was a junior in high school.  I wrote her story through several rounds of radiation and it became an escape from the pain for me.

I couldn't keep thoughts of Jedediah out of my head and his book slowly began to form with his close friendship with his merman friend Makoa and their humor.  Jedediah's story was soon told.

Over the last three years I had been writing Lizzy's story and it is an exciting day as her story goes live today.  She discovers things about herself she never thought possible.

As God allows, I am now beginning to write the last Prentis sibling's story.  It's Will's turn to become a young man with decisions to make as to live the life of his Mer relations or to move to the mainland and build a new life for himself.

But that's for another day, today is Lizzy's day & I hope you all enjoy her story  ;)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Legend of the Mer III Song of Sirens is available for pre-order


Legend of the Mer III Song of Sirens is finally uploaded and available for pre-order in the ebook format on:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

As soon as I receive my print book cover I will upload it to Createspace for the print version.

The third of the Legend of the Mer series will go live on June 15th.

Can't wait to share it with you all!  ;)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Legend of the Mer III Cover Reveal ;)


Here it is everyone, my new book cover for the third in my Legend of the Mer series.

This is Lizzy Prentis, Rose and Cole's daughter and sister to Jedediah and Will.  Her half-sister Lana, is Queen of the Mer.

Derek Murphy helped me create a cover which would show the other side of Safe Harbor Island with Lighthouse and Keeper's house.

I'm still in the last edits for the book, so I'm hoping to do a pre-order soon.

Keep a look-out!  ;)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Poems & Prayers of Helen Steiner Rice


Whenever I'm not feeling well or just need to rewind and refocus, I like to read a poem or two from this wonderful book.

One of my favorite poems of hers is The Bend in the Road.

Helen Steiner Rice was a strong woman of faith who was especially tested when her husband, a bank manager during the stock market crash, committed suicide after only three years of marriage.

She had been an advertising manager (which was rare for a woman in those days), a chairman of the Women's Public Information Committee of the Electric Light Association, and campaigned for women's rights and improved working conditions.

She became a successful businesswoman and lecturer.  She wrote verse for the Gibson Greetings card company.

Some of her poems were even read on the Lawrence Welk television show during the 1960's.

Her books of inspirational poetry have now sold nearly seven million copies.

Helen Steiner Rice (May 19, 1900 - April 23, 1981).

To find out more about this amazing woman check out:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Steiner_Rice

She's been an inspiration to many and will continue through the ages.  She's definitely been an inspiration to me.  ;)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Saint Patrick ~ A Pirate Tale

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Not many people realize St. Patrick wasn't born in Ireland, in fact he was born in Britain.  Some say he was born into a privileged family with his father being a deacon and minor local official.

It was at the age of 16 Pirates kidnapped him for a ransom and carried him away by ship to Ireland.

He spent six years working as a herdsman and depended upon his faith to see him through; apparently his father didn't pay a ransom for his son.

One night he had a dream which told him a ship was ready to return him to his family.  He escaped his master and found passage to Britain.

He nearly starved and had a second brief captivity before he was reunited with his family.

In the Confessio, his spiritual autobiography he tells of another dream where he's given a letter headed "The Voice of the Irish."  As he read it he seemed to hear a certain company of Irish beseeching him to walk once more among them.

He had doubts of his calling, but in the end did return to Ireland with confidence in the Lord to see him through.

After many years of service, Saint Patrick died in Ireland having fulfilled his calling.

For more amazing facts about Saint Patrick, his faith and his love for the Irish people, check out Encyclopedia Britannica which was the source for most of my information; also My Holiday Ireland St Patrick's Day

Monday, February 16, 2015

Author Leanna Sain's Guest



If you'd like to know a little more about me and my books, today I'm a featured guest on Author Leanna Sain's Blog:

http://leannasain.com/weavers-of-words-wow-presents-sheri-l-swift

I first met her at the Author's on Grayson Street book signing and she became a friend instantly.

I hope you'll stop by and check it out!  ;)