Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, will be Sept. 24–30, 2017. It is sponsored by the American Library Association.
This event is dear to my heart because I have written about censorship in numerous blogs and written a novel about the topic. A Midwest Book Award Finalist, Book of Mercy is the story of a dyslexic woman who fights a town banning books. Read an except here.
Check out these posts to learn more about censorship in America:
- “Mom, They’re Banning Books”
- Don’t Tangle with Tango, the little penguin with two fathers
- Viva the Book Traffickers
- Instead of Banning Books . . .
- Censorship WSJ Style
The ALA reports that 323 books were challenged in American libraries in 2016. See this video for a list of the top ten challenged books.
Book clubs: Check out Book of Mercy for your next read and thoughtful discussion. It is a Midwest Book Awards Finalist and has received the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval.
Warrior’s Revenge: Maya Skye Mystery Available
Threatening messages from a dead man send yoga teacher Maya and reporter Peter Jorn down a trail of betrayal, revenge, and grief that ultimately will test Maya’s own depths of forgiveness as she and Jorn face an opponent not only bent on revenge—but murder.
Maya’s entire family is drawn into this one. From a scavenger hunt in Paris to a tent revival in her own backyard in Minnesota, the past is coming back with a vengeance, and it is bringing out the warrior in Maya.
This Minnesota mystery with a yoga spirit is book two in the Maya Skye series.
Some Things You Ought to Know about Maya
- Yoga teacher Maya Skye’s search for inner peace is regularly interrupted by mayhem. She won’t back down from a fight.
- Her stories blend adventure, humor, Native American lore, and Zen attitude.
- Her adventures are perfect for you if you love mysteries with strong heroines and unforgettable characters. Or you love yoga. Or you just love Minnesota.
Pick up your copy today. Available in paperback and ebook.
- Order from Amazon
- Order from Barnes and Noble
- Order from Kobo
- Order Paperback from Osmyrrah Publishing
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Down Dog Diary Named as a SELF-e Select Title
Cupcakes for everyone. DOWN DOG DIARY was chosen as a SELF-e Select title in the Mystery category by Library Journal. The SELF-e program is a new program by Library Journal to provide curated suggestions to libraries of self-published work. The goal is to connect indies, libraries and readers. This is a big deal for me. The big deal is curation, having a recognized trade publication give my book a 5-star thumbs up. When so many review places are closed to independent publishing, this program is a bright spot and I hope it encourages libraries and librarians to explore more independent work.
For more info on the SELF-e program, click here.
What’s Happening in Sherry’s Life
- The inspiration for my book, Maud’s House, is now a great film called Maudie. Read more>
- Even if you don’t practice yoga, check out these tips on how yoga can help your writing. Read more>
- Current events driving you crazy? Look for the light. Read more>
- Five steps to a great book cover. Read more >
- Canadian artist Maud Lewis drew on the walls. Read more >
- Everyday creativity can keep you healthy. Read more >
What Are My Books About?
My books are about justice. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” So, my characters struggle with choices and with finding goodness and doing good when it is not always easy. We all want, most of all, inner peace and love. My wish for you is that you find both—and along the way, enjoy a good book or two.
Give My Books a Spin
Read an excerpt from Warrior’s Revenge now.
Read an excerpt from Down Dog Diary now.
Read an excerpt from Book of Mercy now.
Read an excerpt from Maud’s House now.