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!  ;)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Happy Valentines ;)


I have to admit, I love Valentines Day.

Not that I believe it's the only occasion to show your significant other affection; because I try and do it everyday.

I just like making an extra special attempt at honoring the man I love in special ways.

If you've ever read any of my posts about him, you know I affectionately call him my Sweetheart.

I don't take him for granted; I know I'm especially blessed with someone who cares the way he does and constantly shows it.

My husband really is my best friend in all the world and I thank God for him and pray for him always.

May you also be blessed with someone to share life with and honor on Valentine's Day.  ;)

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.  ;)