About sherijkennedyriverside

Left brain, right brain, I can't decide. After many years of successful visual arts pursuits, I'm working on my other creative inclinations. For the past 8 years, writing has been my second full time job, and it's worth every sleepless night. Sheri J. Kennedy grew up mostly a city-girl coasthopping from Seattle to rural Pennsylvania, Miami and back to Seattle. She currently resides on the banks of the Snoqualmie River in the scenic Cascade Mountains. Her heart has found its home.

February Already?

January flew by without our usual recap of the prior year. Here are a few photos from our Holiday sales events. We attended a new one this year at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’ in Snoqualmie and returned to the Si View Holiday Bazaar. It was fun to get out in the community, and we want to thank so many of you for supporting local authors this year. I hope you enjoy the stories and books you found from us!

FVP is having our annual meeting soon, and we’ll be announcing 2020 Featured Authors and adding some updates on newly released books. We’ll also be posting the events we plan to attend this year. So stay tuned!

 

Terrible Poetry Reprise for Burning Cat

Sheri's Giant Gingebread Man 2017FVP Books or at least some of our featured authors are hoping to be part of @BurningCatCon in Portland in May 2020. As part of our quest for a table, I’m sending this digital offering to Catleesi, the massive Cat Sculpture that will preside over the event. #BurningCat Fitting to the season, here’s a reprise of my entry into a Holiday Terrible Poetry contest run by blogger, Chelsea Owens. I didn’t win since the rhyme and rhythm was critiqued as ‘too good,’ but I’m hoping it’s also good for a laugh. Hohoho…

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the office

The peeps were all fluey and all full of coughses

Their eyes hung in bags with bulging lids droopy

Their answers to emails were all nincompoopy

They swallowed more syrup and dreamed of their beds

While blurred visions of monitors multiplied in their heads

The holiday was coming, they leaned upon that

While doing their darndest not to barf in their hats

A bottle of OJ, another pain pill

They pushed around paper, just an hour to kill

Away to the door they stumbled in stupors

A stop at the party and boy were they poopers

At last up their driveways they wove their way home.

And fell in their beddi-byes to spend Christmas alone.

-by Sheri J. Kennedy, yes that’s the entity All Rights Reserved (though hardly deserved)

 

FVP Starting off the Holidays Right

We had a wonderful time again this year at our community’s Si View Holiday Bazaar. Here’s a photo of Author, David S. Moore (beige sweater) talking with a fan about some of the finer points of his book. Happy Holidays everyone!

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NaNoWriMo is Here!

Have you started your novel yet? You know, that one you’ve always wanted to write. That idea for a story that’s rattling around in the back of your head? Well today’s the day! Join a ton of crazy, fun people from around the world in this challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You can learn more about it, and/or sign up HERE to keep track of your progress and be part of the nanowrimo.org community. And here’s a handy chart to keep track of the daily word count goal. Print one to fill in your word progress the old school way. Happy Writing!

Dr Who nano 2018 word count chart

NaNoWriMo Fantastic Adventure Quest Game!

Snoqualmie Valley Region for National Novel Writing Month is hosting a Month Long Game for Points that includes Online & an In-Person Game Board for Fun and Prizes! You can join in the fun by choosing Snoqualmie Valley as your Home Region on nanowrimo.org, and if you live nearby, be sure to attend Events and Write-ins to Gain Points and Take your Turns on the Game Board.

NaNo 2018 Fantastic Adventure Quest Game Board - CopyIn addition to Points, the Game Board gives many chances to earn Small Treasures like Candy, Writing-oriented Goodies and other surprises, and Large Treasures that are Deluxe Versions of such. Earn them while having fun hitting spaces such as, PEER DOWN A WELL – Ask any player to read a snippet – IF they refuse You Lose 1 point. IF they do it You Gain 2 points & They Gain 1 point. Or perhaps get a chance to try Dolphin Magic or turn off through the Pirate Passage for extra chances for points and prizes. GRAND PRIZE will be awarded at the TGIO Party for the player who Gained the Most Points throughout the Month-Long Fantastic Adventure of NaNoWriMo! See the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Forum for full Rules of Play and Pointers on how to Gain Points. 

#BadMoonRising: Ostrich Mentality by T.A. Henry #thriller #alternativehistory #TuesdayBookBlog — Books and Such

An interview with T.A. Henry, Authoress

T.A. Henry

Fun interview over at Bad Moon Rising! Check it out.

Today’s author shares her alternative history thriller with a biological weapon angle – a topic that’s sure to send some chills down your spine. I love her ‘take charge’ attitude when faced with a creepy situation at home – I’d probably do the same thing in her situation. Welcome T.A. Henry! You’re in a horror […]

via #BadMoonRising: Ostrich Mentality by T.A. Henry #thriller #alternativehistory #TuesdayBookBlog — Books and Such

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Book Review: Aftan Whispers (Estalia) by Phil Williams

Another great review from FVP Featured Author, Rachel Barnard…

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Aftan Whispers (Estalia) by Phil Williams

A Steampunkian-Dystopian Novel published by Rumian Publishing (01/16/18)

Summary:

“People who can do something to help others should!” Tyler said. “This is big. We can change the sky. We can change the world. It’s more than just doing the right thing, it’s the only thing.”

Tyler is a young roofer that gets pulled into Deni’s story after she drops a precious message. Tyler won’t stop at returning the message because Deni is in trouble. She’s on the run from the slavers and the Guard and someone more sinister than both combined. After figuring out the message together, they will work together to find a rocket, return what was lost, and take down the evil in their town.

Keywords:

City, Weapons, Post-Apocalypse, Friendship, Evil, Power, War, Fighting, Knives, Guns, Science, Secrets, Crowds, Village, Traitors, Government, Guards

My Review:

The pacing is excellent. The first scene is intriguing…

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Book Review: The Time Mechanic by Victoria Bastedo

A new review of FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo’s New Release Fantasy novel…

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The Time Mechanic by Victoria Bastedo

A Fantasy Novel published by Amazon Digital Services Inc. (07/16/2018)

Summary:

“I’m the new Time Mechanic. I was chosen, just like you, to take on an important mission. We’ll journey, risk our lives, and perhaps never return. But we’ll save this present time from encountering wreckage so catastrophic that history is shattered here. We’ll save many lives.”

Jeremy lives a simple life. He works hard in an honest job and saves as much of his income as he can. That all changes when he gets the urge to buy a new coat. His life changes don’t end there with the coat. Jeremy must soon deal with an ex-fiancee and confront an old friend before everything he knows and counts on changes. Life as the new Time Mechanic is chaotic and dangerous. Still, Jeremy will find new friends and form a team. Together they will fight…

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First Review: Soul Swallowers

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed D. Wallace Peach’s other series, The Rose Shield Trilogy, and I can’t wait to dive into this one. I thought I’d share this great review…

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I’m on the mend after sleeping off a four-day fever. I apologize for neglecting everyone’s blogs and will start catching up today. I think the old bod was telling me that I’d spent too many days happy-dancing the release of Soul Swallowers.

For me, the first review always feels monumental, and it’s a thrill and relief when it validates the months of hard work. I’m delighted to share Soul Swallower’s first review, written by talented fantasy author Cathleen Townsend. (And I promise that I’m limiting my happy-dancing to my imagination.)

Cathleen’s review:

Have you heard? D. Wallace Peach has released a new fantasy series, and news like that is worth our attention.

Soul Swallowers is D. Wallace Peach’s best book to date, and that’s saying something. From her prior books I’ve come to expect expert plotting, three-dimensional characters, and truly magnificent world building.

In this book, Ms. Peach has…

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