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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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Encouraging Children to Write

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

As a children’s book author, I have found it incredibly important to be active in schools as my audience is there 75% of the year.  Yet that being said, how do you make it worth the teacher’s time? One of the key things I like to do upon reading a book to the students is […]

The case of the missing sock

Last night my husband asked if I was missing a sock – as he had found one on the floor.  That brought a very interesting question to my mind:  Is everybody missing a sock? Even when you find a sock, you are missing a sock. Follow me here:  A found sock does not mean it […]

People think I’m disciplined. It’s not dis...

People think I’m disciplined. It’s not discipline. It’s devotion. There is a great difference. Luciano Pavarotti I’m not disciplined. I don’t write an hour every day like “they” say you are supposed to. I work. I have a day job and I have a lot to do with just marketing what I have muchless find […]

Planting a Garden – A Memorial

The other day I was told by an acquaintance of mine that her husband had died.  It came as quite a shock since I didn’t even know there were any health problems to be praying for.  Anyways she told me this story and I wanted to share it with you as it may encourage someone […]

Stick to it – like a postage stamp

If you’ve written a story, publish it. Once it’s published, market it. Once you start marketing, never stop!  Stick to it like crazy glue. Attach your dream to that item and hold fast. Bond with it. Make it part of your heart, your soul… you are joined together like Siamese twins.  Talk about it. Dream […]

Ability is nothing without opportunity

Ability is of little account without opportunity. Napoleon Bonaparte Do you know why American Idol, So you think you can Dance and America’s Got Talent are so popular?  The same reason Star Search and Soul Train was so popular in the 80’s. Because people with talent need a place to showcase said talent.  They need […]

How to make a Great Book Cover (Self-Pub)

       You’ve written the book, yeah! You’ve edited the book, super! You are ready to publish the book, wahoo! But Wait! You need a book cover. If you are not a graphic designer like me, you may feel a bit overwhelmed.  You are creative with words, not pictures.  How do you begin? Where do you […]

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing...

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don’t let yourself indulge in vain wishes. – Rabindranth Tagore This reminds me of my mom, who always said, I’ll win the lottery when the blue bird of happiness leaves the winning ticket on my doorstep. Guess what, she never won. You […]

First Grade Proverbs – Too Funny!

My illustrator came across this the other day and when I read it, I laughed myself silly! Time to pay it forward… hope you all get a giggle out of this too! The following proverbs were collected by a first grade teacher.  She gave her class part of an old proverb and let them fill […]

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do w...

What a great quote! Yes I like quotes – they are great inspirational writing starter topics – perfect for blogs – but this one is truly amazing… Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and environment had these words to encourage your efforts; “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and […]

When the world pushes you to your knees; y...

I haven’t been in this position in a long time… that being said, now that I have just jinxed it – we’ll see what comes of it. But it’s an interesting quote don’t you think? Life is hard! Things can come at you fast and leave you spiraling at a loss. Someone close could pass […]

Bullying: What are the answers to the ques...

I did some major research for a children’s bullying story I was writing for the Hamilton Troll series and what wowed me were the statistics. The in-depth research that was done as to the various types of bullying, the various reasons bullies are created, the various reasons bullies attack, but the ‘how to stop the […]

There are ideas inside you waiting to be r...

There are ideas inside you waiting to be released.  You can’t teach yourself to be creative, but you can learn to get out of your own way and let your natural creativity flow. This was a horoscope of mine a while back. I must say, I liked it!  But the same can be said about […]

When one door closes another one opens.

When one door closes another one opens. – Alexander Graham Bell Easy to say, hard to see.  How many people can see the open door next to the closed door? The door that was open moments ago, the one that we were heading towards, had the goal of walking through, had been anticipating the idea […]

Give credit where credit is due

Great discoveries and improvements invariable involve the cooperation of many minds.  I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself. – Alexander Graham Bell AMEN! I feel the same way!  I work very hard […]

Left Brain or Right Brain – Which On...

Left Brain: Decisive Logical Accurate Analytical Reason Practical Strategic Control Scientific Realistic Right Brain: Intuition Love Poetry Freedom Passionate Vivid Creative Yearning Peace Artistic Cute picture right? Funny. Eye Opening.  I definitely think they left out quite a few words for either side but they couldn’t list them all – it would be too busy […]

I can’t afford to follow my dreams the bil...

Have you ever said this?  I know I have, on many, many occasions. When my husband was first trying to get me to start my own website business I couldn’t fathom working for myself. Waiting for someone to just happen by and give me money to create something for them. I grew up KNOWING that […]

Experience life through a writers eyes!

You see things and say “Why?”; but I dream things that never were and I say “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw* That is how I write. Or at least how I used to write.  So many of my stories came from dreams (stories that I haven’t published yet) and a few that I have.  […]

The creation of a thousand forests is in o...

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Think about that. Really think about how deep that is… and then let’s talk about time travel! Didn’t think I would go there did you? Well, why not?  There’s that question again. If we traveled back in time to the day […]

Enthusiasm – No fears here!

  No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life. – Samuel Goldwyn What a great and TRUE message! I have so much enthusiasm towards everything I do; from website design and graphics, to video creation and writing – even marketing I am enthusiastic about because I know that the […]

I am not afraid to fail. Mainly because fa...

To fail, in this industry, is to give up and that is something I will not do!  I do it myself because I am who is depending upon this to succeed.  My life is not measured by monetary success but by happiness; so each time I publish a book I am happy.  Each time I […]

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