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About Sheila McGraw
NEW RELEASE! Life's too short to concentrate on just one genre, and lately, McGraw has hopped from the kid-lit sandbox to the grown-ups' steamy hot tub with "The Knife Thrower's Wife" a mystery/domestic-suspense novel.
Sheila McGraw was born in Toronto and began her career as an illustrator and copywriter for retail fashion outlets and editorial publications. In 1986 she was approached by Firefly Books to illustrate "Love You Forever" written by Robert Munsch. As that book achieved success she wrote and/or illustrated several craft and children's books. McGraw's "Papier-Mache for Kids" was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and represented by the Loch Galleries in Canada.
The best seller Love You Forever has been voted Most Iconic Book Cover in a readers' poll conducted by CBC. Thank you to everyone who voted for Love You Forever.
Sheila McGraw is painting and writing in Houston Texas. She is the mother of 3 grown sons.
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A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.
"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."
So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in 1986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French).
“Beyond the silliness is a valuable message—while people might not always express their feelings out loud, the love is nevertheless there, all the time. This is a lovely, playful, fun book for readers of all ages.”
—The Children’s Book Review
“The author presents a relatable yet highly inventive situation, allowing readers the opportunity to think beyond the bounds of the story. A filling fantasy full of fine flavor.”
— Kirkus Reviews
In the sweet and boisterous story, Of Love and Pies, every I love you brings more pies, which soon begs the question—can there be too much love or too much pie? As pies accumulate, the children’s hands and faces are sticky, and their clothes have berry stains, while outdoors, the kids no longer get stuck in the mud, they get stuck in the pies.
With pies heaped to the moon, something’s got to give, and finally, an imaginative compromise brings the story to a happy and loving resolution.
***Reviewed By Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite (5-star rating)***
The Knife Thrower's Wife is a murder mystery thriller written by Sheila McGraw. Julia Green is a hard-working freelance illustrator, dutiful wife, and mother of adult boomerang twins. Her suburban life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband, Austin, cheating on her with an office co-worker named Salem Kingston. Ever the dutiful wife, Julia tries to save her marriage by giving Austin one last chance, to no avail. Plagued by recurring nightmares that feel increasingly realistic, Julia's life turns even more complicated when the police discover Austin's dead body, leading to an intense media frenzy over the investigation. Feeling inspired, Julia draws a series of paintings that put her instantly in the spotlight, making her the prime suspect for the murder of her husband. But if she wasn't the culprit, who is? The truth may shake Julia to the core.
If you're a fan of whodunnit murder mysteries, definitely check out The Knife Thrower's Wife. Author Sheila McGraw spins a captivating yarn filled with twists and turns that keeps your eyes glued to the pages. The plot moves at a blistering pace, with a narrative that draws you in with an enticing premise and takes you through unexpected paths to keep you thoroughly engrossed. I found the characters well-fleshed-out. Julia is a riveting protagonist, and you can't help but root for her. McGraw keeps her cards close to the chest as you struggle to identify the killer until the very end. The climax will shock you, yet it feels satisfying in hindsight. I highly recommend The Knife Thrower's Wife to anyone who enjoys a thrilling murder mystery novel.