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Award-Winning educational Children's Books and exciting chapter books for ages 8+

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Kathleen's Graphics, websites and graphic design services for companies and authors.

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Erin Go Bragh Publishing a small publisher of educational books for children and adults.

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God has blessed me with these talents and I want to share His gifts with others.

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Writing Prompts! – A Game

One of the goals for my blog is to provide inspiration for writers to follow their dreams, and one of the biggest problems writers face is writers block! That is why I am starting something new here, Writing Prompts!  –  A Game Every once in a while, in order to light the fire for creative […]

Writing Prompts! “It’s not wha...

Here’s another writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing. Comment with your continuation of the writing prompt below. “It’s not what she said, it’s what she…”   did that made me so angry. It’s one thing to correct me for a simple mistake, it’s another to do it in front of everyone in the room! I […]

I was Read TO at my Author’s Day Reading!

What a wonderful treat! The most adorable four year old girl decided that an Author’s Reading meant she should read TO the author, me. It was awe inspiring to hear her read my words, and do so well at her age. My guess is she had practice, but apparently she’d been reading for a very […]

Daisy – the Little Pup Who Believed

I just watched this video. It came to me as a forward in my email to which, once viewed, I promptly forwarded on. The message is amazingly inspirational. The story is heart-breaking and heart-warming all at the same time… and yes… I was bawling my eyes out. I was keeping it together fairly good until […]

DEAR Texas Radio Interview Part 6

Interviewed by DEAR TEXAS Radio: Author Kathleen J. Shields tells all! The following short clips from my radio interview from Wimberley Radio 94.1 FM KWVH and their latest show DEAR Texas Radio. In this audio clip Kathleen is asked about the Kaitlyn Jones trilogy and she explains how Kaitlyn was her alter ego, a heroic […]

Sitting at Jesus side

James & John wanted to sit at the right and left side of Jesus, I don’t think that went over well because, and I am assuming, they were hoping for higher positions in heaven than just angels. But for whatever reason, my limited Christian education always gave way for an image of my loved ones […]

Writing Prompt! “He was my childhood frien...

Okay fellow writers, here is another writing prompt – lets see where this one can go! Comment below. “He was my childhood friend…” I grew up with him. We had done everything together. I thought of him more like a brother and never once considered the what if… after a kiss like that. But here […]

Hamilton Troll Gifts!!!

Okay world – you asked for it – now you can get it… Hamilton Troll Products Toothbrush Holder Night Light Pillow T-shirts Lunch Box Soap Dispenser Table Lamp Blankets Hats Magnets Bath Mats Posters Puzzles Drink Mugs Greeting Cards  If you see something you want, ask me. If you have a favorite Hamilton Troll book picture, […]

A Thank you letter from the kids

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

I just wanted to share this. I received it about a month ago and thought it was adorable. The Sunshine Cottage is a school for deaf children and the entire day was amazing! The technology, the children, the facility. I was quite impressed and very favorably received. It was a wonderful day – one I […]

Barney Bee loves those sweets!

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Everyone likes sweets, right? Ice cream, cake, cookies, candy… but bees like something else, do you know what that is? That’s right! Pollen and nectar. Why? Why don’t they eat chocolate cake and ice cream? Because that’s not what they eat. Just like dog’s and cat’s can’t eat chocolate or you wouldn’t want to eat […]

Self Publishing – Lose the Stigma

I learned something interesting this weekend that I already knew deep down in my heart but still allowed the stigma to characterize my responses. What was that? Self publishing means you aren’t good enough for the traditional publishers. I tried to get into the traditional publishing houses. I tried to land an agent. I failed. […]

What is God’s Plan?

God doesn’t tell us his plan for us. He does that for a reason. So that way we can never fail him. They say that everything happens for a reason, and it’s all part of God’s plan. The point is, we do not know what God’s plan is for us. We have dreams. We have goals in life. We may or may not see them come true.

It takes hard work, for this dance!

I love watching dance movies. Whether it is ballet, or hip hop, I simply love them. Why? Because the hero must endure. They must work hard, practice, face the challenges, keep struggling and then in the end – they succeed! They give the best performance of their life and win! It’s a feel-good moment that […]

The Story Continues: The Painting 2

The Painting 2, second book of the inspirational Painting Trilogy by author Kathleen J. Shields

The Painting 2 – inspirational Christian fiction Trilogy by author Kathleen J. Shields continues now!

Inspiring Future Authors

Keep your eyes peeled for Deana, future author of a series of horse rescue stories, because this young author is letting her imagination Run Wild! I met Deana at the Utopia Fall Festival three years ago. She loved to read, wanted to write,  and was a joy to talk with. This was the year I […]

Halloween Inspiration

Happy Halloween Everyone! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write a post this Halloween – you see, this was my father’s favorite day of the year. I grew up with a dad who’d terrorize me with his many masks throughout the year in order to prepare me for the chaos that would ensue on […]

Using Amazon and Buy Now links

In this post I’m actually going to combine questions 8 and 10 together because they truly go hand in hand. Q. Do I need links to Amazon for my books on my author web site? A. I would! I would link to absolutely every bookstore and online shop I can. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell […]

The importance of keywords

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Keywords are the words and phrases that Internet users type into search box of a search engine, such as Google, to find what websites that match what are looking for. Keywords are the same in books when you publish them. The keywords you choose for your book(s) is just as important as the keywords you […]

How to market your author website

While I am not an expert on marketing, I do know enough to get by. I know that a website that doesn’t change grows stagnant. I know that Google is going to drop you down if you don’t add new content every once in a while. And I know that a website takes work, a […]

The Star that Disappeared – True Story

disappearing star short story by author Kathleen J. Shields

Last night when I was getting ready for bed, I looked out our bedroom windows as I usually do every night. We have an outstanding view of a large valley surrounded by a luscious green hill care of the Texas Hill Country. We live out in the middle of nowhere. There are no city lights […]

Testimonials and Reviews, are they importa...

In the world of web, the difference between testimonials and reviews isn’t much. Defined though, a testimonial is a statement and a review is a critique. While the terms tend to reflect generation, the Google generation vs the hand written letters generation, the point is that they are important. In the world of books, a […]

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