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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 […]

Everyone thinks of changing the world but ...

  The World is Falling Apart! – Look at all those crazy people on the other side… if only they would… (insert complaint here…) We all do it. We look out upon the world and see what is going on; watch the news, read the papers, listen to the rumors and we all feel like […]

The Night the Fog Rolled in – a shor...

With Halloween among us and a recent discovery made, I decided to share this short story with my followers.  I wrote this story for a creative writing class in High School in 1992. My mom helped me edit it and I didn’t change a thing. I hope you all enjoy reading it.  If you enjoy […]

Read “Her Guarded Desire” Free...

Kristen must make a decision… Her Bodyguard or Her Boyfriend Having thought the danger was over and she could finally move on with her life, Kristen was again swept off her feet by her bodyguard Cody; which left Devin, her boyfriend, as the third wheel. Being uprooted from their lives, Devin tries to make the […]

Your imagination may resolve a fight but y...

That is what my horoscope said the other day. It didn’t necessarily correspond to the situations of that day, but it is SO me! When I was younger, whenever someone upset me, whenever my mom told me to do something I didn’t want to do, whenever things weren’t going right; instead of saying something aloud […]

Doing business without advertising is like...

I like this one: Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. Steuart H. Britt I find that hilariously true… and yet, can not do anything about it.  When you don’t have the economic means to advertise your product(s) to […]

StoryCub Video is Complete! Watch it Now!

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

We’ve been Blessed again! StoryCub is an Early Childhood Development Project that produces and distributes mobile-friendly, streaming video versions of children’s picture books.  Built for today’s digital families; preschool and kindergarten educators also rely on StoryCub for the discovery of great books. StoryCub thought Hamilton Troll meets Pink Light Sprite was Awesome! So they produced […]

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 […]

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