Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Signing Tomorrow!

I'll have all three of my novels available if you want a signed hard copy. If not, just stop in and say Hi and pick up a free bookmark!! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Open thank you AND a FREE gift… wait... aren't all gifts free?:}}
 Anyway, I’d like to thank everyone who has read my work from the bottom of my heart, especially Unlovable, my first novel with all its rookie mistakes). Mere words can’t express my appreciation.
I’m especially grateful for those who took the time to not only read it, but review it also. Reviews are so important to authors. and they mean the difference between great sales and no sales. For that alone I can’t thank you enough.
For those who've told their friends/ family about my work, I want to thank you also. This past year and a half has been a wonderful, exciting journey I could never have imagined. Unlovable is now being made into a movie, and it is being translated and published by Maxim Publisher in Hungary, of all places. This is due in large part to you and your response to my work.
Souls in Peril, my latest novel, is now on its way up the charts, and for that I thank you also.
But, talk is cheap! So to show you my gratitude, I’m offering you an eCopy of my novella Pete& Tink as a gift! Here is a synopsis of this short story:

High school Pete Pancerella loves two things in life: Video games and Spongy Cremes.
He’s happy, content, and he’s also a geek.
All that is about to change when his mother wishes upon a star and Tink answers the call. But will it take more than a five-and-a-half inch faery to whip this manga-loving goofball into shape?

It will be available for five days beginning TUESDAY, November 27th so hurry.

Friday, November 23, 2012

New novel by Shawn Kirsten Maravel

Blurb: Evangeline has already lost everything once. She’s no stranger to reassembling the shambles of her life and trying to make peace with the outcome of the greatest tragedy that she’s ever had to face. But when a life of selling antiques in the Lower East Side proves to be less than enough to maintain her meager lifestyle, she turns to the pages of her thriller novels for distraction.

When a mysterious new tenant moves into the apartment above hers, she indulges her desire for danger and adventure by trying to figure out exactly who the stranger in 6C is. In time, the intrigue about a neighbor she has yet to actually see, isn’t enough to keep her distracted from the threat of having to close down her shop and start from scratch for the second time. Just as she tries to refocus her attention to breathing life back into her business, she meets the handsome stranger for the first time and she loses sight of everything else.

Soon her life takes on the exciting appeal of her novels and she can’t seem to get enough. But as she draws closer to the mystery tenant, she discovers that the danger is real and her life is left in the hands of a dangerous killer.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm Hungary, are you? ;}}

Exciting news!! As you know, I Self-Published Unlovable last year. Last month I was contacted by a publisher who wants to Traditionally Publish it in . . . Hungary. I know, of all the places in the world, Hungary NEVER crossed my mind as to a place to  publish Unlovable!
 (Umm, I hate to admit this, but I had to Google Hungary because I wasn't exactly sure where it was.)
Anyway, they are going to translated it into Hungarian, (again, never imagined that for my novel) and publish it in their country! Very exciting.  It took a while to work out the details. No offense Trad Pub peeps, but you guys are slow. 

Not sure when it will be available (see above comment about speed). They said 18 months -yeah, okay, I totally believe that,  but I am pretty excited, nevertheless.

So a big thank you for all your support of Unlovable. I really can't say that enough! I appreciate your looking past its flaws and falling in love with the story. Stay-tuned for a very special thank you coming next week;}}}

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pete & Tink

Hi everyone,
I've given my short story a new cover! Tell me what you think!
Here's a synopsis of the story:

Pete Pancerella loves two things in life: Video games and Spongy Cremes. He’s happy, content, and he’s also a geek.
All that is about to change when his mother wishes upon a star and Tink answers the call. But will it take more than a five-and-a-half inch faery to whip this manga-loving goofball into shape?

It is available on Amazon for only $.99, FREE if you are a prime member! Check it out here. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Release of Spinster's Folly

Marie Owen yearns for a loving husband, but Colorado Territory is long on rough characters and short on fitting suitors, so a future of spinsterhood seems more likely than wedded bliss. Her best friend says cowboy Bill Henry is a likely candidate, but Marie knows her class-conscious father would not allow such a pairing. When she challenges her father to find her a suitable husband before she becomes a spinster, he arranges a match with a neighbor's son. Then Marie discovers Tom Morgan would be an unloving, abusive mate and his mother holds a grudge against the Owen family. Marie's mounting despair at the prospect of being trapped in such a dismal marriage drives her into the arms of a sweet-talking predator, landing her in unimaginable dangers. This fourth book in the Owen Family Saga is infused with potent heart and intense grit.

Marsha Ward is an award-winning poet, writer and editor whose published work includes four novels in The Owen Family Saga: The Man from Shenandoah, Ride to Raton, Trail of Storms, and Spinster’s Folly; and over 900 articles, columns, poems and short stories. She also is a workshop presenter and writing teacher.

Here are links to her author pages:

Click below for Marsha's Social Media links:

  I also have the pleasure of having a humors, and informative, guest post by Marsha. Enjoy:

Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say?

Before I was a novelist, I worked in several other branches of the writing industry, including as a freelance content and copy editor, reporter and editor for several different newspapers, and editor of a couple of writers’ magazines. I still freelance on occasion, and retain a healthy regard for correct usage of the English language. In fact, I keep a Curmudgeon in the basement, and occasionally I’ll let him out to rant about that subject.

Some days I get way too much silly pass-along email, but one I got recently seemed to hit the spot for writers. These are supposedly actual headlines. I contemplated letting The Curmudgeon out to address the situation, but thought better of it since I’m so busy. Curtailing his rages takes a lot of energy and muscle.

Judging from these headlines, there is still a need to proofread very carefully! The first person statements below are by that ubiquitous fellow, Anonymous, not The Curmudgeon.

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day. Too funny.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is...
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

5 stars!

5 stars for Souls in Peril    From the Bookcoverjustice Blog!
Excerpt:: About two weeks ago, I took part in the BookSparksPR Anti-Bullying Campaign. In my post I talked about what bullying has meant to my family, especially my daughter. When I sat down to read Souls in Peril, I wasn't prepared for what I would find between the covers. This is an emotional, gut-wrenching read...

I can't recommend this book enough. Not just for kids either, adults too. Everyone should take some time to read Max and JD's story and hopefully a difference will be made....
Thank you so much!!

Click here for the full review of Souls in Peril 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Touching Souls in Peril review!

Touching Souls in Peril review.  Thank you so much your your amazing words, Beckie!! (Caution: Spoiler alert!)  Here is an unspoiler section of the 5 star review if you don't like spoilers;}}

To feel and experience what JD/Max had to deal with and fight up against. The story is so deep and there are so much more that happens than what I wrote above. Souls in Peril touched my heart more than any book ever has. I love a book that once done reading it you feel like you can walk away lighter and uplifted. Sherry writes this story for both a bully and those who are bullied can find find hope or see the errors of their wrong ways. The story truly spoke to me and touched my soul. In The beginning of the book I was hooked, and left breathless. In the end I was blown away and left in tears. One of the many wonderful things I loved about Souls in Peril is Sherry's ability to have such an expressive writing style. The reader can sense and feel every raw emotion good or bad during the book. She made me feel like I was right there in the book living through JD.

I cannot recommend this book enough to everyone. Trust me, read it and tell me you did not shed a tear or learn something about yourself. Being bullied myself most of my life during school was so very hard for me, some days I just wanted to give up. I just wish I would have had THIS book for me to read when I too was a Soul in Peril. Yes, I know this is one of my longest reviews, and if you have read it up to now then give yourself a gold star. All kidding aside please, please, please read this beautiful book. I guarantee you'll not regret it.

Click here for full review!!