A Giveaway and a 5-star Review

Book Giveaway on GoodReads As of today 1450 mystery buffs have entered to win one of 25 copies of The Knife Thrower’s Wife on GoodReads. Winners have been selected for this giveaway, keep checking back for the next one! And this Happened: Chick Lit Cafe gave The Knife Thrower’s Wife 5 stars and a fantastic…

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The Knife Thrower’s Wife Foreword/Clarion Reviews

  The Knife Thrower’s Wife is an intriguing tale about love gone wrong. In Sheila McGraw’s energetic, polished mystery The Knife Thrower’s Wife, cracks begin to appear in a long marriage. Successful freelance illustrator Julia seems to live a charmed life in a beautiful home in the Houston suburbs. She loves her husband, Austin, though…

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A Love You Forever Sighting

It’s a good day when the Mayor of Kansas City reads your book! Kansas mayor, Michelle De La Isla, uses bedtime stories to help her city cope – CLICK HERE to watch. — Thanks for stopping by! Check out more on Love You Forever Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram The opinions expressed in…

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Edit or Regret It

Many a writer of children’s literature has felt that since their story is just 800 words, self-editing is fine. However, my view is that a second set of eyes never hurts. And if just one errant comma, or apostrophe, or typo is caught before publication, well, hallelujah. Bad punctuation can break hearts…“I’m sorry I love…

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Thoughts on Rhyming Books…

While rhyming text seems to fall in and out of favor, I’ve illustrated several rhyming books: I Promise I’ll Find You, Lightning Bug Thunder, and I Love You Too, I Love You Three. And they were all fun and a delight to work on. Over the last few years, I’ve found that whenever I write…

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The Bestseller Syndrome

What Makes a Bestseller? Presumably, anyone with a laptop and spellcheck can write a bestseller and anyone with pencils and paper can illustrate one, and anyone with both can write and illustrate a bestseller. However… thousands upon thousands of books are published each year, but only a few rise to the top. Of course we…

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The Knife Thrower’s Wife A Novel Finds a Home Part 1

THE KNIFE THROWER’S WIFE Excited to report that The Knife Thrower’s Wife is coming soon! This domestic-suspense mystery novel is a departure from my usual craft and kids’ books.    Set in the Houston Texas area, The Knife Thrower’s Wife is the riveting story of one woman’s mid-life coming of age. The Knife Thrower’s Wife has…

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I Love You Too, I Love You Three The Manuscript

The Manuscript Arrives Join me in this series for a tour of the creation of a children’s book from conception to bookstore shelf. Wendy Tugwood’s story I Love You Too, I Love You Three landed in my email inbox in the spring of 2014. There was something magical about her gentle rhyming story. Over time we emailed and…

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I Love You Too, I Love You Three Storyboarding

Illustrating the Book… Storyboarding. Once the direction and general style of the images for a book are settled, step one in the art-process of illustrating a kids’ book comes with the storyboard. Storyboarding solves the most basic issues in the appearance of the book, which are a whole bunch of things: style, format, continuity, composition,…

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