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With thick black hair spilling over his large shadowy eyes, he is menacing but handsome.  He could double for John Gilbert, the Great Lover of the Silver Screen, but he is not an actor.  He is the Reverend Gideon Baldwin, a single, Methodist preacher, who considers the pulpit “a better medium for acting than the stage.”  Rumors swirl among members of his flock regarding how he acquired his wealth.  His ward, Effie Belle Butler, regards him with a mixture of fear and fascination.  Is he a wolf in sheep’s clothing or her PRINCE IN THE TOWER?

Hi!  I’m Sheryl Wright Stinchcum and welcome to my blog.  THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER, a modern Gothic romance, is my first novel.  Writing the book wasn’t a choice.  I was driven to write it.       

My experience as a preacher’s daughter and silent film fanatic prepared me for writing a story that features a clergyman, who looks like my favorite actor, John Gilbert.   

Wanting to make the story authentic, I visited the places described in the book.  Most of the story takes place in Fairfax City, Virginia.  The rest is set in Old Town Alexandria; Skyline Drive;  Annapolis, Maryland; Bermuda; and England. 

The main theme is “True Love Waits.”  Read the book and see if you don’t agree that romance is alive and well in Fairfax City.

You can find my “author page” on Amazon.com. 

70 thoughts on “About

  1. Lyn Leahz

    I need to clean up your menu area at the top too..don’t let me forget to do that. I can just clean up the titles so they say the same thing but not as long..organize and make it look all even and crisp! I hope you like it! God bless you! And it’s been a blessing helping you! Thank you for letting me do your page..I love that stuff!

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  2. Lyn Leahz

    Well now I feel dumb! I asked you on FB where you’re from and I see it’s right here! LOL I remember reading that yesterday now. But when I was dong your web design, I don’t pay attention to that stuff..I’m focused on the design.

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        1. Lyn Leahz

          That’s my daring Jew…always having to say whatever it is in a more ‘complex’ way. Basically, he’s trying to tell you that you have a typo…you have minster instead of minister. Bography, I’ve needed an editor…where have you been? I’ve been editing my book myself! LOL An eye for detail you have!

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        1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

          The Methodists bother me too because the United Methodist church–and many other denominations–have become so liberal. Also, in my opinion, the church–as a whole–has been misguided since Constantine. He tried to “Christianize” pagan feasts, etc., etc. Even though I’m a Methodist preacher’s kid, I left the Methodist Church long ago. I tried several denominations, including Baptist, but always felt that there was something missing. Now I am quite happy. I attend a Messianic Jewish Congregation (zionsake.org.) I’m trying to understand the Bible from a Hebraic point of view. BTW, please explain what you mean about the Methodists being Armenians. I’m not familiar with that.

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            1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

              Yep. I guess I’m taking a big risk here. I’ll be out of town for a few days. No doubt his response will give me lots to think about. Are you asleep, Bo? Can’t wait to hear about Methodists and Armenians. Try to keep it simple though. I am going to be bogged down cooking for my children and grandchildren all week. Happy Thanksgiving to you both. Oh! That reminds me. Some say that Thanksgiving was inspired by the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths (Leviticus 23).

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          1. bography

            “Please explain what you mean about the Methodists being Armenians. I’m not familiar with that.”‘

            Not Armenians – oh that reclacitrant ”i”! – but Arm-i-nians. The latter pray on their knees at night that Jesus change their loved ones’ hearts, and when they (Arminians) get back on their feet, when the sun comes up, they tell them (love ones) that Jesus is knocking at the door of their heart, which can only be opened from the inside. Blam blam, let me in, please, I beg you, let me in. If you don’t my father’s will will just not be done. Anybody hooooooooome

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            1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

              Hmmmm. Maybe I am an Arminian to some extent. I pray for others to know Yeshua, but I don’t pray on my knees all night. In fact, I rarely pray on my knees. I’m more likely to pray while sitting on the couch. Well, Yeshua (Jesus) did say that he was stahding at the door. I’ll have to google the Arminians.

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                1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

                  I just looked it up on your link. I’m having a hard time concentrating today. Is the debate between the Arminians and Calvinists about “free will” and “election?” I posted my thoughts on your blog just now, and bought up another controversy. Can one lose his/her salvation? You can read my comments on your blog. I’d be interested in your thoughts on this, although it may be awhile before I can read them. I’m out of town using someone else’s computer. Happy Thanksgiving, Ryphael.

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    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you found the missing “i,” If you have time, look through my blog. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of errors. Also, I need the traffic. As Lyn says, I’m new at this. By the way, my name is Sheryl, not Cheryl. LOL

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      1. bography

        Lawyer! Never. It’s too impersonal. I was into applied linguistics.
        Sheryl, Sheryl, I had almost lost hope that someone would ask me why my user name is bography, not biography.

        My name is Raphael (Raph, Raphi). I’m a Jew, a wondering Jew,  and one daring Jew. And  there is, of course, the famous “Wandering Jew” Malchus; or was it Shealtiel? My user name is “bography”. How did this name come to be? Rapha-el in Hebrew means “doctor/healer of God.” But I am not literally the rapha of el; so I have opted for a more modest user name “bography” (Dr bog). What is the Russian for God? Bog. What is the Russian for doctor of God? Raphabog. In changing from Rapha-el to Rapha-bog, all I’ve done is change the Hebrew “El” to the Russian “Bog”.There’s no escape from my name – I’m spellbound by knowing who I am, as Alan Watts would say.  Watts speaks of the “taboo” of knowing who you are.

        What is (auto)bography? Is it a panoply of graphic profanities decorating a toilet wall? Is it the obsession with not being obsessed about “I”. It has three main ingredients: the “i”, the bog, and the graphy (writing). When “i” becomes the self-engrossed I, the biog turns to bog.

        http://onedaringjew.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/onedaringjew-a-bography/

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        1. Lyn Leahz

          Sounds like a science experiment. I already read about your name a long time ago on your blog. I’m jealous bography. I wish you treated me as nice as you do Sheryl..wow! Are you flirting with other women on me boyfriend? LOL!!!! That’s it! Ha ha ha ha ha! You know I’ve threatened to come to Africa to get you! I think you’re really trying hard! ;-)

          Oh, Sheryl…he is an awfully good wood chopper…fyi…that boy isn’t just a wandering jew, or daring..he’s one crazy jew! LOL He spends his afternoon swinging his ax for fire wood, and then after hours, he loves on all of his little kitties. He’s got a cuddly side, huh?

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          1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

            Lyn, no need to worry about me as a rival. I’ve been married for 42 years to the same guy. but don’t do the math. I’d just as soon keep my age a secret. lol I wish I could write as fast as you do. Three books in three months! Sounds like the Holy Spirit gave you a download. I hope He’ll do the same for me.

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        2. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

          Wow! That was a complex answer–one that I’ll have to ponder for awhile. Rapheal is an interesting name. It’s the name of an angel, but it’s not found in the Bible. it’s probably in the Apocrypha. The Russian angle is new to me.

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        3. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

          Shall I call you “Bo” for short? Seriously, I hope I didn’t offend you when I said that Raphael was not in the Bible but probably in the Apocrypha. I forgot that the Apocrypha is part of the Catholic Bible. If I could only remember where I read about the angel Raphael. If it isn’t in the Apocrypha, it might be in the Book of Enoch.

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                1. bography

                  Lynn,
                  your -@Bography Apocrypha? What is that supposed to mean in relation to me? I call you Mr. Raphael! Remember?

                  You can also call me either ryffael or raffael.

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    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      Way to go, Lyn! Honestly though, I’m glad Bography pointed out the “i.” It’s hard for me to edit my own work. Apparently, I forgot to spell check that page. Bography (shouldn’t that be Biography?–just kidding), you’d make a good lawyer–if you are not all ready one. Lawyers make great proofreaders, plus they read and write the small print that the rest of us often overlook.

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  3. Riba

    Hello. My appearance here is a bit belated, but I wanted to thank you for liking one of my posts. It always gives me a lift.

    So, thank you! :)

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    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      You’re welcome. I especially like your post on the prayer you wrote based on Psalm 23. I often forget to pray God’s Word back to Him. It’s a very powerful tool. Thanks for the reminder. May God continue to bless your ministry.

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    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      Thank you! Thank you! A double portion makes me think of Elijah and Elisha. Thank you for this wonderful “gift.” May God bless and prosper you, and may your dreams come true.

      Love & hugs,
      Sheryl

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      1. Yahobahne

        You’re welcome lady Sheryl.
        To submit your answers you can copy and paste the link of the page that you use to write your information onto my page. For example, when I completed my Liebster page, I copied and pasted the “http” link of that page, pulled up your blog site from another window (two different screens), then pasted my “http” link onto your “About” page.
        I hope this helps.

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        1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

          Oh dear. I don’t know what you mean by “2 screens.” When it comes to technology, I am a dinosaur. I have answered most of the 11 questions you asked. I’m going to visit my 94-year-old mother today. Will try to complete and send you the info you need tomorrow. Blessings, dear friend.

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          1. Yahobahne

            You need not rush. Take your time. However, what I mean by two (“Windows”) window or screens is this:
            When you log on to your computer or laptop, you initially pull up Internet. When you do this you’re working off of one screen or window, that’s what it’s called. For the sake of clarity, I’ll use the term “window.”
            From that one window and while you’re on Internet, you can pull up a blog site, etc. Now go to my blog site and “Liebster” page.
            Ok, one way to obtain a second window is to place your blinking cursor on the minimize icon or symbol. Usually it’s located at top right corner of window—click on that. That allows the (first) window to go to the bottom or base of computer. Not to worry, it doesn’t close that window or Internet.
            Most “minimize” icons or symbols usually look like a dash or minus sign. It’s usually next to two other icons or symbols—a box and plus sign.
            Next, after you minimize the first window (my blog site), go to the “start” button and open up a second window.
            You should see a second Internet window. Go to your blog site.
            NOTE: Do this after you’ve completed your Liebster input: place your cursor on the minimized window, click on it and it should pop up.
            Note: You now have the ability to toggle between your blog site and mine.
            You should be at your blog site or window. Mine should still be minimized. When you’ve finished imputing your Liebster information, copy and paste the “http” link (located at top of your window or page), onto the second window, my “Liebster” blog page.
            Remember, in order to toggle back and forth (with copied info) to a blog site, minimize one window or the other.
            I hope this helps. If you need more assistance, use my e-mail to contact me. And from there, I will forward to you my telephone number.
            God bless.

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            1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

              Yahobahne, I looked for your email on your blog and couldn’t find it. I could turn in all the info tomorrow. Just not sure how to do it. Your instructions are fine. I’m the problem. Will read your instructions tomorrow when I’m wide awake.

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  4. altruistico

    You have had a most interesting and charmed life. I have enjoyed immensely reading about you, your past, present and perhaps future. I have also dropped by, besides studying you (LOL! Not really) to let you know that due to your dilemma concerning Paul, I have decided to post additional information about him. I hope, sincerely, that through the sorted pieces you will come to know Paul and fully appreciate him. God bless you and say hello to “Mosby” for me. Smiling.. God bless and keep you, Sheryl.

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    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      Thank you! Possibly the most interesting things about my life are the things I’ve deliberately left out (LOL). I was rebellious until I was born again 33 years ago today. Yes! I was born again Monday, April 7, 1980 at 2 p.m.

      Come to think of it, I have a spiritual connection to St. Paul. It was his First letter to the Corinthians (namely, I Cor. 1: 25) that led me to Christ. “The foolishness of God is wiser than men.”

      I look forward to viewing the additional information on Paul that you mentioned. Love & blessings.

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    1. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum Post author

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m enjoying your posts. I love that photo of the dog! That’s what drew me to your blog. Animals are so precious. I’ve rescued a number of cats and found the owners of lost dogs.

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  5. sf

    THANK YOU oh so much for your very kind comment, Sheryl. I so appreciate it like you wouldn’t believe. You definitely have the gift of encouragement and you’ve absolutely blessed me this Sunday!

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