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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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We Should Stop Idolizing Villains

How did it become entertainment to ‘escape into the mindset’ of evil people? From psychopathic serial murders, to telling the ‘sad’ story of how a criminal became said criminal, to just idolizing movie villains in cartoons and history – Hollywood (and Disney) has made millions capitalizing on, and sensationalizing bad guys.

The most motivational words in history: “I...

I betcha can’t guess what this is. I betcha can’t beat this. I betcha can’t hold your breath for… I betcha can’t have just one. I betcha can’t do this… I betcha can’t catch me. Life, for me, is an I betcha can’t enticement, pushing me harder and harder to successfully accomplish each goal. In […]

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 […]

I am Thankful… are you?

As always, this time of year leads people to pause and consider what all we are so thankful for. It’s one of the best times of year because, if we do it right, it forces us to look at the silver linings in our lives and appreciate them. Our daily lives can be so stressful.  […]

It is the little bits of things that fret ...

Okay that statement is so true it’s hilarious! Can you imagine not being able to dodge an elephant? I mean they are big, yes.  They can move, yes. But I’ve never seen an elephant land in my soup! Yet let’s analyze that just a wee bit deeper, shall we? It’s the little things that worry […]

The book publishing snowman theory:

Book publishing is like a snowman – follow me here. To build a snowman you have to have the desire to get out in that freezing cold snow. You have to have the talent and patience to do the job. You have to be willing to learn or research the aspects you don’t know. You […]

Life is about the moments not the things &...

The other day I was talking with a friend and we got into a deep philosophical conversation about life.  She had been the primary caretaker for her mother (a scene I know all too well) and was describing everything that needed to be done.  This needs to be gotten. I need to pick this up. […]

Art is a collaboration between God and the...

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does the better. Andre Gide I am not an artist! Or at least I have told myself that. I was told I was wrong. If you can paint a picture with paint, you are an artist. If you can paint a […]

There are three things you can not recover...

There are three things you can not recover in life, the MOMENT after it’s gone, the WORD after it’s said and the TIME after it’s wasted. – Carpe diem – Seize the day Think before you speak. Stop playing games. – God gives you the exact number of opportunities that you will get in life […]

The busy have no time for tears.

  The busy have no time for tears. Lord Byron When I read that I immediately fell back in time to the day my mom was killed. From the moment after I hung up after the first phone call from the police, until, oh, about 10 months later, I was so busy, I hardly had […]

Too many people miss the silver lining bec...

Have you seen your silver lining? It’s probably that great thing just on this side of your golden dream. The one that wins the lottery, gets the promotion, upgrades to the better house or better car. Too many people miss the silver lining because their expecting gold. Maurice Setter I studied all week and only […]

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 […]

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