Sheila M. Cronin

The Gift Counselor

Sheila M. Cronin The Gift Counselor

I am a Chicago author and member of Old St. Pat’s parish. My self-published novel, The Gift Counselor, won the Beverly Hills Book Award and was a finalist in the UK Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The sequel, Best of All Gifts, is now available. Suitable for young adult readers and book club recommended. My stories have appeared in Woman’s World Magazine, Good Old Days Magazine and the University of Notre Dame’s online alum magazine. Sun-Maid raisins hired me to write “saying” for the front flaps of their lunch size boxes which continue to be published worldwide. I enjoy writing guest blogs and helping other writers intent on getting published. with proofing and editing. In addition, I like to draw and play piano by ear. I grew up in St. Philip Neri parish and try to emulate his saying: “Find joy in each day.”

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Name:  Sheila M.Cronin

Email Address: sheila.giftcounselorbook(at)

Location: Chicago, IL, USA

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The Perfect Cozy Christmas Read

This post is contributed by Sheila Cronin, author of The Gift Counselor.

“What father, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone?” Weird she thought, a scripture passage, yet how fitting. And what mother, if her son asks for a dog, would give him a stuffed animal? She shivered from head to toe.

The Gift Counselor

by Sheila M. Cronin

Do all gifts have strings attached?  

Yes, believes Jonquil Bloom as she sets out to counsel gift givers at a local department store. A single mom and graduate student in psychology, gifts fascinate Jonquil. Continue reading “The Perfect Cozy Christmas Read”