Sheila Holmes

Biography

I have been in love with the written word since I was old enough to read. After graduating college, I taught high school until I decided I wanted to spend more time "creating". So, twenty years after beginning to teach public school, I "retired myself" and now I write full time.

After living half my life on the West Coast, we moved all the way across the country, where we now live on the East Coast. It is just the two of us after our one daughter had the audacity to grow up, marry, and move away. However, that "move away" is only five miles from our home.

While writing, I also own and run two website businesses:
http://www.marriage-vow-renewal.com
http://www.certificate-of-marriage.com

I love to create, whether it is designing marriage vow renewal certificates, marriage certificates, creating romance plans for married couples, or writing books. I'm blessed by the Lord to do exactly what I love.

You'll find a more complete introduction (with pictures), plus my other writing endeavors, at my website: www.sheilaholmes.com.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
When I was in 4th grade, the school put out a book (actually bound and looked quite professional, or so I thought at the time) for all students in the school to purchase. I can't say I actually remember the price, but for some reason a dollar comes to mind. Anyway... I was never much into school activities, so I was unaware until a number of students who had purchased the book told me they really liked my stories. I had no idea what they were talking about until one of them handed me the book turned to the pages that had them. And sure enough, there were two stories I had written as assignments in class. The teacher had told us to write two stories, one about our favorite activity we could ever remember doing during the summer just past. The other was to be the worst activity during that same time frame. All I had done was fulfill a class assignment, but the teacher apparently deemed them both good enough to include in the book. Hey, who knew?!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was teaching high school, the principal was in my class one period to do an evaluation, which he did periodically. When the class was over, he sat down with me to review his evaluation. The thing that stood out most in my mind was that he told me what I really did was put on five "performances" daily. He told me that he now understood why my classes were always full. It was like going to see a play or movie. Very entertaining! He told me that he would like to someday see me write a novel or two and channel some of that drama into them. He never knew that twenty years after his suggestion that I would start doing just that. After completing the first novel, I started looking on the internet for publishing companies. But, it felt like I would have to jump through so many hoops to make it happen, that I felt overwhelmed. So, I had an ebook cover designed instead, and published it myself. (That was eight books ago, and the ninth is in progress.) I'm so glad I took this route!
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Where to find Sheila Holmes online


Books

From Grace Abounds Grace
Series: All in a Name. Pre-release—available January 31, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Wedding disasters come in all types. There are dropped wedding cakes, musicians that don't show, stolen bridal gifts, and bridal gowns or tuxes that are accidentally dropped in mud puddles. Horrible! But… what if the bridegroom is killed in a car crash as they leave the reception for the honeymoon they’ve been waiting for so long? Can she forgive the man responsible? No! How can she? So, now what?
Fixing His Broken Ballerina: Volume 2
Series: Awesome Love, Book 2 Volume 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,830. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
(5.00)
Knowing Conyer wasn't driving the car that ended her dancing, Giselle is developing feelings for Conyer. It seems poor timing that he is leaving on a mission trip, She's going to miss him. Starting an email correspondence with him while he's away, she awaits his return from Central America, but is devastated when she sees him, upon his return, sharing a hug and kiss with someone else. Now what?
Fixing His Broken Ballerina: Volume 1
Series: Awesome Love, Book 2 Volume 1. Price: Free! Words: 57,880. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
(3.67)
Her dancing days are over. Her leg destroyed in the car crash. THE DREAM IS GONE!!! Wait… she’s a Christian. Shouldn’t things be going better? Didn’t she pray her way from kids dance classes through Juilliard? Were all those years of training a waste of time?! She was so sure she had God’s Blessing. What happened?! Now what?! Can the entrepreneur or the wood sculptor help her create a new dream?
Becoming His Awesome Beauty: Volume 2
Series: Awesome Love, Book 1 Volume 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,090. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Romance
(5.00)
After three years on the streets, Awsty Truesdale asks refuge from her godly grandmother. As Awsty's dry heart and resultant appearance begin changing, she begins to understand her worth to God and others. And, two Christian men, one an associate pastor, one a medical intern, begin praying for her. Awsty is attracted to both. What will determine which she chooses, or will it be either?
Becoming His Awesome Beauty: Volume 1
Series: Awesome Love, Book 1 Volume 1. Price: Free! Words: 56,800. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
(4.60)
Awesome Beauty Truesdale managed to barely graduate high school. The very day she turned eighteen, she was gone. After three long years on the streets, she seeks refuge at Grammy’s door. She doesn't know if Grammy will help, but she has to try. And, if Grammy helps, will she start in with that "Jesus stuff?" She'll risk it. After everything, will Grammy love her? And, will any man ever love her?!
Wedding Designed by Email... KiirstiAan's Nightmare?
Series: Wedding Woes, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,200. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Romance
After a gazillion emails, through which KiirstiAan and her mom planned this wedding, the big day is finally here. All past planning problems have been ironed out. It's a go! Today is going to be "picture perfect", just wait and see! Or, will this day implode, creating the most outrageous, bazaar nightmare that can be conceived?!
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Romance Plan
Series: Christmas Romance Plans, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
This is a step-by-step instructions manual for creating the most romantic Christmas imaginable for that husband or wife that you so love! It will take very little thinking on your part. Just follow the steps and you will become your spouse's romance hero! We've given options for those who want this Christmas romance stamped with your own uniqueness. Romance your spouse like NEVER before!
A Catastrophic Wedding Reception... Or Maybe Not?
Series: Wedding Woes, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,900. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Romance
While completing KiirstiAan's email-planned wedding, her mom declines her daughter's request to now write stories about catastrophic wedding receptions. After all, there's not much time left before the wedding. Still much planning to do. But, who could have expected this new horrendous event that may not only call a halt to any reception, but any wedding at all? Could this really be happening?!
Christmas Romance: 25 Dazzling Days to Romance Your Spouse Through Christmas
Series: Christmas Romance Plans, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,410. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage, Fiction » Christian » Romance
(5.00)
During the busyness of planning a magical Christmas for your husband or wife, it is so easy to neglect the very one for whom you're working so diligently. This exciting plan has step-by-step instructions for you to make the most romantic Christmas ever! Nothing's left to chance, but at the same time there are a multitude of options to make it truly yours. Go ahead, be your mate's romance hero!
With This Ring: Creative Ways to Give Your Purity Ring to Your Future Spouse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,950. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Relationships
Those who have decided to remain celibate until marriage are in the minority these days. For those who are doing so, and wear a symbol of that decision (a purity ring), why not try one of our many creative and dramatic ways to "present" that symbol of purity to the one God has chosen for you? Try something in these pages that really rocks! And, you can take all the dramatic and romantic credit!
A Wedding Disaster... Or Was It?
Series: Wedding Woes, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,060. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
(5.00)
Bride-to-be KiirstiAan and her mother are planning a wedding almost completely via email. To break the boredom of the back-and-forth online exchanges, KiirstiAan challenges her mom to write a book recounting the wedding disasters she's been witness to. Mom says ok, if KiirstiAan will proofread. The disasters are unbelievable. Will something disastrous also happen at KiirstiAan's wedding?

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  • Lust: A Clean Contemporary Christian Romance Novel (Pure Passion Series) on Sep. 02, 2016

    This story was a phenomenal picture of God's Amazing Mercy and Grace. I just loved everything about this story! I would encourage the author to continue lifting up Jesus, showing us that there is nothing in our lives that Christ cannot turn into something beautiful, and also get His Glory from it!