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Writer's Digest 24th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Judge's comments.
Author does more than explore motherhood; she creates powerful emotions about familyhood, aspirational and inspirational.
Entry Title A Gift Called Mother: The Stages and Fantasies of Motherhood
Author: Sherlyn Powell
Judge Number: 39
Entry Category: Inspirational
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“Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.”
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 4
An emotional story. The author carries us deftly through the benchmark moments of her life, with a quick pace. Watch out, though, for moments when the story rushes past what could be a deeper experience for the reader, such as the author’s miscarriage. We’re told that it happened, and we can relate to the author feeling sad when she sees parents with their kids, but there’s a layer of relatability that’s missing when the whole topic is over in one paragraph. Extending emotional scenes, even if they’re difficult to write, engaged the reader and connects us to the author more. Scripture choices were wonderful, including some unique ones that were a pleasure to learn. Author’s faith stands out in this story as an inspiration. Author does more than explore motherhood; she creates powerful emotions about familyhood, aspirational and inspirational. Author handles dialogue very well, and I would have loved seeing more of that as a method of deepening the stories and giving us more insight into the characters, especially when dialogue is paired with movement and interaction, painting a realistic scene. Author knows how to do this well, and has in many places, which makes me want to see more of those clear, sensory scenes throughout. Well done. A book that delivers in creating an appreciation for mothers, and awakening positive emotions in readers who are mothers.
Although I didn't win an Award, I feel blessed. Thank you Judge Number: 39 for your evaluation of my book.
Get Ready for Nya!
Nya, is almost 30 and ready to get married and start a family. She wants a man who will love and respect her and treat her like she is his Queen. She has no problem meeting men. They all seem wonderful at first but they quickly become one disappointment after another.
When will love find Nya?
A Gift Called Mother:
The Stages and Fantasies of Motherhood
...This book is full of unrestrained emotion, and by the end you will have truly understood the meaning of the eight words on the first page:
A Note from Sherlyn!
"A Gift Called Mother: The Stages and Fantasies of Motherhood" is my story which I share a small window of my life with my readers in hopes and with prayer it will help someone who is struggling see the heartbreak can be ended if you are willing to talk.
I grew up blessed to have a complete library ranging from a volume of a collection of Fairytales which started from nursery rhymes to a collection of literature including Wuthering Heights and Shakespeare to name a few. I especially enjoyed reading To Kill A Mockingbird and In the Heat of the Night.
My journey as an author gives me tremendous satisfaction. Something Desirable was my debut novel. My last novel is titled Captured Hearts. Both novels represent strong independent black women. I'm delighted my readers shared their delight after reading about Sylvia Masters who captured the heart of Lieutenant Julian Reynolds.
I enjoy introducing my characters to my readers and giving them the chance to identify in some way with the characters lives.
I encourage every person who has a dream to never give up. Push forward and if you get knocked down pick yourself up and keep striving and moving towards your dreams. Remember that when one door closes another one will open. With God's grace you will see the desire of your heart come true.
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