Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My New Book!

Hello Readers!

I'm happy to announce that my latest novel is now available! I've been working on it (on and off) for a few years now, and spent the last several months editing, revising, and formatting. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

What you might not know, is that the inspiration for Garden of Time began with a beautiful painting. I found it at a resale shop a few years ago, and similar to Emma in the story, I was in the midst of a very dark time in my life. The picture emanated such a peaceful scene - immediately sparking my imagination, and the premise of the story came to me before I left the store.

Back of the book:
Emma Lee Parkinson's life appears to be perfect. She's young and beautiful and lives in an elegant high-rise condominium with her rich, handsome husband. Her closet is full of designer clothes, shoes, and purses. Dining at elegant restaurants, attending cocktail parties or upscale gala events are typical nights out on the town for her. Luxurious vacations are taken at least twice a year. This life of leisure allows Emma to pursue personal interests as well. She loves shopping for antiques, strolling through art galleries, museums, and furthering her own artistic skills with painting classes. Who could ask for more? 
But appearances can be deceiving. Emma hates her life. With a passion. 
Intimidated by a deep, dark secret, she lives in a constant state of dread. Battered, abused, and even threatened with death, she's often on the edge of panic. Paralyzed by fear, she's certain there's no way out. 
Until the day she attempts to hang her latest find - a painting so enchanting that she buys it on a whim. 
Little does she know... 
this painting will change her life forever. 

Note from the author:

A beautiful piece of artwork...a lovely painting to be exact. Emma's life changes the moment she sees it. True believers claim that it’s magical; 
skeptics say that it’s just a colorful piece of canvas. 
You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Where you can find my book:

Paperback or Kindle: Amazon
Paperback only: Createspace
Several e-book formats: Smashwords 
And even more here: AllRomance

You can also enter the Goodreads Giveaway 
and win a free signed copy!
Note: Giveaway begins on Nov. 25th

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Garden of Time by Sharon Ricklin Jones

Garden of Time

by Sharon Ricklin Jones

Giveaway ends December 30, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Good luck! And thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Friends, family & followers...lend me your ears...
um, I mean your eyes.

In case you're wondering why I have not posted much lately, here are several excuses  reasons!

I've been busy:
more editing
more writing
editing a bit more
helping my mom 
grilling out
hanging with family
finishing up my next book
more grilling out (hey, summer is short!)
catching up on Netflix series
and yet more editing...
that brings us to my latest -
finding a Book Cover for my next time-travel novel!
YES, I found one!

Here is the first sneak peek I promised:

What do you think?

And here is the second sneak peek...
The first excerpt to ever leave the pages of my word document -
from chapter one of 

Garden of Time

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My death was quite a shock, especially to me. One minute I was there - everything went black - and then I was gone. Although... I’m not one hundred percent sure that I actually died. But if that’s what happened, I’m certainly much more content in death than I ever was in life. All I know for sure is that I’ve definitely departed from the life I once knew.
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   The strange, swirling, blackness wrapped itself around me in slow motion the way fog sluggishly envelops the landscape until it’s completely obscured from sight. Within this shadowy cocoon, silence echoed into my ears like a deep void; the absence of color or light – like glaring blindness.  Dense and thick, the darkness crushed into me on all sides making me feel flattened, microscopic, intangible. Inside of this vacuum came a vague sense of floating in slow motion like a four-dimensional cube, rotating and drifting in space. I felt nothing, saw nothing, heard nothing. Growing painfully aware of the abundance of nothingness – I came to the realization that I couldn’t breathe - but with my self-awareness quickly diminishing, it didn’t seem to matter.  
   Resigned to the inevitable, I closed my eyes, relinquishing everything.  I was adrift in a weightless, invisible, otherworldly realm, disembodied and devoid of any wants or cares, with no rational sense of time or space - free at last.  I’d completely embraced this state of nonexistence, when suddenly a loud and thunderous boom exploded into my eardrums.  At the exact same time, as if from a catapult, I was hurled forward like a rocket ship and, moments later, violently slammed to the ground – head first.  Immediately and with excruciating vengeance, the rest of my senses reverberated back like shock waves after an earthquake. My head felt like it was about to explode; the blood running through my veins - like fiery electrical currents shooting back and forth with razor-sharp, pointy needles.

   The next thing I heard was the rustle of footsteps rushing up behind me.

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Comments? Questions? 
Feel free to do either...

I'm hoping to get this one published within the next few months. I still have to do the formatting, write the dedication, acknowledgements, book blurb, and all that other fun stuff that goes into a book. Wish me luck!

And thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Song of Memory by Sharon Ricklin Jones

Here's an awesome site where you can search for books for free! They have each book set up with links, book trailers, and excerpts too.

Check them out!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kindle Countdown Deal!

Check out my 

Going on now   

Right here on Amazon

Click below

Amazon Link


But hurry!
 Every few days the price goes UP!! 

Here's the schedule:

As of the time of this post, here's what the countdown clock looked like:
(It's on the far right side of the page, right above where you would click the 
"Buy now with one click"

This deal changes daily, and ends on May 31st

Any questions? Post them in comments and I'll get back to you asap!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 15, 2015




Link to Amazon


A mysterious encounter on a dark highway sets two lonely people on a course of discovery. 

Sara's humdrum world is turned upside down when she meets a stranger who says he knows her from the past and that she'd disappeared without a trace twenty years ago. She's bewildered and confused; why would someone play such a cruel prank on her? 

Jack spent nearly two decades searching for her. But when he finally locates her, he is faced with a gut-wrenching discovery: Sara has absolutely no memory of him - or their life together. 

Like a puzzle, Jack and Sara must piece back together the shreds of a life that was ripped apart. Their heartwarming story is one about loss, loneliness, and renewed love.

If you choose to download my book for free, all I ask in return is an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!

Thanks for checking it out!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Ravenswynd Series

A quick update on my newest endeavor.

I just released the complete Ravenswynd Series in a boxed set! At this point, it's only available at Amazon in Kindle format. (This may change in the future) 

However, if you've joined the Kindle Unlimited plan, you can get the entire series for free! 

See the Boxed set here

During this process (reformatting all 4 books so that they are in one complete file) I learned how to bookmark specific pages so that the Contents page is clickable, and takes you directly to the book of choice! Here's a little video explaining how to do it; it's a bit different than the one I found, but basically still does the same thing.

I also learned how to make sure that each new chapter starts on a new page, rather than blend altogether with the previous page. (all you have to do in Microsoft word is click on the page layout tab, then go to breaks, then click the tab under section break that's labeled Next page)

I also realized that the emblem I used in my word documents does NOT carry over in the Kindle books, I suppose due to the fonts they utilize. It was a little dagger, like this:
And I had them at the beginning and end of each prologue just to separate it from the rest of the book. So instead, I learned how to add pictures. Here's the new dagger I'm using now, and it actually carries over in the Kindle document! (the red frame is only here, not on the Kindle)

Pretty cool, huh?
Well, as you can plainly see, I am very excited about my new boxed set, and I hope if any of you have previously read only one or two books, you can now read the rest for a measly $4.99 and still have access to all 4 books in one place! And since I've learned a few formatting tricks, they actually look much nicer now than they did as single editions!

Have a great week!

And thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


It's April 15th, and here in the U.S. it's 
TAX day!

Even those who are not getting a refund will be breathing a sigh of relief when they drop those returns in the mail. To help celebrate (or offer an economical escape from reality), AllRomance is offering (for today only) a 25% discount on selected e-books!

MY BOOKS at AllRomance

Or, check out the rest of the sale here:

You can't beat the prices! 

Have fun!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

$0.99 Cent Book Blast

Hey everyone!
Come on over and check out the 

99 Cent Book Blast

April 10th, 11th and 12th!
(e-books only)

River of Time is one of those books! 

What are you waiting for? Go check them out!!

Have fun shopping!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Authors Data Base

Fellow authors! Have you heard about this awesome place to advertise your books for free? You can add book covers, descriptions, and links to purchase. There's an "Author Page" where you can post your bio, a photo and even all of your book trailer videos.

Get listed for FREE! Like I did! Check out my profile!

To Find me on     Click Here!

Or go to the main page and check them out here:

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 15, 2015


NO LONGER COLLECTING DUST BUNNIES!                             

My 6th novel is available! (This book was actually the first one I ever wrote)

The "FROM the AUTHOR" note on Amazon explains it all:

SONG OF MEMORY is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons.
I wrote the story while still home-schooling my youngest son (who is now 28 years old) 
As some of you know, this book was put on hold (or stuffed under my bed) for too many reasons to mention here...
But last January (2014) I began the long process of re-writing - finishing up by October...(and then we moved...again...)
After all the blood, sweat, and tears, and dragging the manuscript around from Wisconsin to Kansas City - to Davenport, Iowa - and back to Wisconsin...(three places mind you) it's finally done!
Even though this is my 6th published is actually my very
Here's hoping you all like it!

Back of the book:

I’ve been known to lose things now and then.  Most often it’s something small - like earrings, sunglasses, or keys.  Occasionally a lone sock vanishes without a trace. Eventually these things will be found, replaced or forgotten.  But some things that disappear are people. 
And apparently - I’m one of them. 
What do you do when you’re finally found, but you didn’t even know you were missing?

I’ve lost my share of things. Most were nonessential, like pocket change, gloves, and an umbrella.  I once lost my favorite old fishing hat when it blew right off my head and out to sea. But some things that disappear are irreplaceable; perhaps the most valuable thing in your life - like your wife. What do you do if you’re fortunate enough to finally find her, but she has absolutely no memory of you?

Song of Memory is a heartwarming story about two lonely people who, after nearly twenty years of separation, attempt to piece together exactly what happened to rip them apart.

Available at Createspace
Click here for Paperback

Available at Amazon:
Click here for  KINDLE
Click here for  PAPERBACK

And for those interested in a free signed paperback, be sure to enter the 
Goodreads Giveaway! 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Song of Memory by Sharon Ricklin Jones

Song of Memory

by Sharon Ricklin Jones

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Books one and two of the Ravenswynd Series are still on sale for only 99 cents!      
Check them out here: Amazon
and here: Smashwords

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


     I'm really getting excited now...

     My contemporary romance book is     
    almost ready for publication!

     So keep your eyes peeled

      for THIS: 

This may be old news for some of you, but this book is actually the very first book I ever wrote...many, many years ago...

Last January (2014) I finally started the massive re-write that it really needed.

I had planned to have it published by fall, but then... we decided to buy a house: 

And we moved in exactly 3 days before Thanksgiving...
Yes, we had dinner here with the kids and grand kids...

Then came all the unpacking...

 and then Christmas...
(Notice there are absolutely NO ornaments on the tree...since I hadn't found the bin they were in yet.)

Finally... got back to my proof...and went to work...proofing...and I just finished yesterday...

Now awaiting my final copy before the big publication day!
Here's the whole cover, ISBN and all!

Song of Memory is a heartwarming story about two lonely people who, after nearly twenty years of separation, attempt to piece together exactly what happened to rip them apart.

For those of you who haven't seen the book trailer, here is your chance:

I promise to post links to Amazon the moment the book is available.
Smashwords edition will be available soon thereafter. 

What's next, you ask?  I'm working on two more time-travel novels.  One of them would be considered time-travel-romance, the other, time-travel-adventure...
Can you tell which is which by the pictures?

This beauty will be featured in 
Island of Time

And the picture above is the one that inspired me to write
Garden of Time  

My totally awesome artist friend, Martina Avery-Perry has already started working on her rendition of it for my cover.
Here's a tiny corner of it for your viewing pleasure: 
Isn't she super talented? Wait till you see the whole picture!!

Thanks for reading, and for your continued support and encouragement!

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