Shelley Gilbert will be teaching her Memoir Writing Workshop-The 3-Step Vignette Method at Ocean County College-Continuing Education, Toms River, NJ starting June 7, 2018 for 9 Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm. Sign up at www.ocean.edu, call 732-255-0404 x2072, email kholzschuh@ocean.edu.

 

Islands, A Coloring Book for Adults
2
nd Edition, 2011

30 Hand-Drawn Drawings, 30 Poems

“Refreshing new idea, highly creative, fun.”

— Richard Clatworthy, Trade Books Manager, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Islands' 30 Hand-Drawn Abstract Drawings and their 30 Poems contain many fun and different themes to connect with people of all cultures, ages, orientations. Easy to color. Some themes are: Moons, Art, Stars, Ancient Greece, Girl Power, Mozart, Pink Floyd, Golf, Snakes, Islands. 

This beautiful and relaxing book has many varied, fun shapes to color—small, medium and large sizes. The shapes seem to float on the page like islands float in the sea. Enjoy Islands, A Coloring Book for Adults, 2nd Edition on vacation, in rehab, if you're stressed, depressed, or for a quick fantasy escape. Pretty gift. Great for Teens and Kids too. 

“I love this book. I am a special education teacher, and find it so relaxing at the end of a day. I have since bought two more as gifts. The poems that go with each picture are wonderful, as well. I like taking my time, and coming back to work on a piece. I would love more from this author, when she does another one. Highly recommend.”

— 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. By Kindle Customer. Amazon

Islands 2nd Edition

Islands, A Coloring Book for Adults, Volume 2, 2011

30 Hand-Drawn Drawings, 30 Poems

“I ordered five of these coloring books for therapeutic reasons for some of my family who are experiencing health issues. The books are beautiful.”

— Birby, "Compassionate giver." Amazon

Islands' 30 Hand-Drawn Abstract Drawings and their 30 Poems contain many fun, different and exciting themes to connect with people of all cultures, ages, orientations. Easy to color. Some themes are: Love, Bugs, Clam Women, Rivers and Rocks, Ghosts, Oh Wow I'm Real, Piercings, Pancakes, Rain, Number 3, Rock Star, Elephant Skin. 

This beautiful and relaxing book has many varied, fun shapes to color—small, medium and large sizes. The shapes seem to float on the page like islands float in the sea. Enjoy Islands, A Coloring Book for Adults, Volume 2 on vacation, in rehab, if you're stressed, depressed or for a quick fantasy escape. Pretty gift. Great for Adults too. 

“We brought “Islands” into our store because it was a great new idea....We sold out the first week.”

— Pam Tirsch, Owner, The Briarcliff Perfume Shoppe, Briarcliff Manor, NY

Islands Vol 2

Islands, A Coloring Book for Teens and Kids, 2010

30 Hand-Drawn Drawings,
30 Poems and Recipes

“I would just like to thank Shelley for making another amazing coloring book! I love the poems and pictures in this book! :) ... I love how care-free the pictures are and the poems are super cute... It is a great book for vacations, the weekend, or if you are stuck at home from an injury!!! I can’t wait for the next book!!! Keep them coming Shelley!!!”

— Kelly Densberger, IL

Islands' 30 Hand-Drawn Abstract Drawings and their 30 Poems and First-Time Recipes, contain many fun, different and exciting themes to connect with people of all cultures, ages, orientations. Easy to color. Some themes are:  Jellyfish and Whales, Connected BodyMindSoul, Water, The Importance of Thinking, Tropical Fruit, Squares, The Black and White Horse Stuck in the Grass, Kicking Butt, Moon, Sometimes a Kid's Gotta Scream, Butterfly Island, Artist, Blizzard, Tree, Saving Money, Feelings.  

This beautiful and relaxing book has many different, fun shapes to color—small, medium and large sizes. The shapes seem to float on the page like islands float in the sea. Enjoy Islands, A Coloring Book for Teens and Kids on vacation, in rehab, if you're stressed, depressed or for a quick fantasy escape. Pretty gift. Great for Adults too. 

“Open the pages of ‘Islands...’ and enter a wonderful, whimsical, mythical resort. Escape, fun, relaxation and inspiration. Great gift.”

— Ruth Windsor, Writer

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Land of Sooj, Six Seahorse Stories
Young Adult Fiction, 2011

“Charming children’s book. The stories are beautifully written and morally relevant.”

— Little, Brown and Company

Land of Sooj, Six Seahorse Stories, Young Adult Fiction, tells six stories with great variety of seahorse characters. Each story is independent but all are connected by a seahorse family of God and angels who look after and protect the seahorses. The stories conjure up vivid and beautiful fantasy images. Themes are moral and timeless and much needed for children in our modern time. Drama and fantasy are twin currents entwined throughout the flow of these delightful stories. The six stories are:

  • APOLLA SEAHORSE: A seahorse discovers her purpose in life. 
  • CHERRY SEAHORSE: A tiny seahorse finds her power.  
  • VANILLA AND CHOCOLATE SEAHORSES: This is the story of twin seahorses. One likes the getting there, the other likes the being there. 
  • MARSHMALLOW SEAHORSE: Sometimes the gentlest seahorse must protect her heart.  
  • YESNO SEAHORSE: In the Land of Sooj, a seahorse always pays for a wrongdoing. 
  • SEA3 SEAHORSE: To one seahorse, creating is everything
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Swimming Naked with Jellyfish
Memoir Novel, 2008

Winner of 2 Eric Hoffer/Montaigne Medal Awards:
For Thought Provoking Books and
For Excellence in Independent Publishing

The Coming of Age Story of a Girl Growing Up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1960s With a Violent Father, Withdrawn Mother and Jealous Sister.

IRIS, with her father's defiant spirit, confronts her grief over the shocking loss of multiple family members by writing her memoir. In this powerful story, Iris begins to discover and fights to maintain her identity, her sense of self and self-worth. Iris realizes that she is always searching to fill the holes in her soul.

“Shelley Gilbert’s prose is wonderfully vivid and straightforward...the writing is compelling...and though the story confronts rather grave issues, Iris’s witty, accessible tone makes an ideal balance that encourages readers to keep the pages turning.”

— Little, Brown and Company

“Shelley Gilbert is a wonderful writer. She’s brave, intelligent and it’s clear that she takes great pleasure in the language. This is good work…dazzling.”

— Benjamin Cheever

“A very fast read! From the first paragraph, I was drawn to the central character’s unorthodox nature and she never failed to amaze me. This novel reads like a memoir about a young woman’s evolution. Talk about a dysfunctional family.”

— Brian Sole, NY

“Thank you! What a brave, inciteful life story. I’m not normally interested in reading about other peoples lives because we all have our shit, you know? But you pulled me in immediately with your wit and your grace under fire. A very enjoyable read, indeed.”

— Susan Dorien, NY, Amazon

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God Is Real, My Spiritual Journey to God and Eternity
Spiritual Memoir, 2012

“In the half hour that I sat in my car, I went from believing nothing to believing everything.”

While shopping in Bed, Bath and Beyond, the author looks at all the stuff in her cart and silently implores, "This can't be all there is to life!" Thus begins her spiritual journey. 

A Jewish atheist most of her life, Ms. Gilbert experienced a crying and shaking epiphany while sitting alone in her car. With the help of Rose Kennedy's face and a ghost, she found God through Christian symbols and converted from Judaism to Christianity on the spot. She was baptized a year later. Her honest memoir's detailed depiction of her visions, miracles, signs and knowings are amazing. Her deeply personal narration is intriguing and moving. Today, Ms. Gilbert is discovering that there are still higher places to travel.

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