Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Feature of the Week - Jennifer Gladen Visits Write What Inspires You


I am pleased to share with you my recent catch up with author, Jennifer Gladen. I always enjoying hearing about fellow author's publishing journey and during our recent conversation Jennifer shared exciting news about her middle grade novel, Souled

Welcome Jennifer!


Hi Donna, I'm honored you are sharing my latest book project! 

My project is one that is keeping me busy. I wrote a middle-grade novel titled Souled. It is about a boy and his friends who enjoy playing video games. One day things go wrong and people start disappearing and end up trapped in the game.
The story was inspired by my completely game obsessed son and I wondered "What if...there was something behind the game causing all the obsession with it."

Synopsis: 
When Ethan and his friends play the much anticipated new game Seeker, they are thrown into a new world where the lines of reality and gaming are blurred. As people close to Ethan, including his sister, start to disappear, Ethan and his team must free the trapped souls, defeat the dark wizard and stop the destruction before he and his friends are trapped forever.

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Because I'm absolutely in love with this story, I decided I'm going to independently publish the book. I want the creative control and the ability to market it the way I envision. To make printing it a reality I will be starting a Kickstarter in a few weeks. This will be set up in Pre-Order tiers, meaning when people contribute to the cause they're pre-ordering the book.
For this endeavor to be successful, I need to generate as much interest as possible. I will hold a giveaway where people enter by sharing a post, joining my VIP list, and liking my page. To join in the fun, participate in Jen's giveaway today! 

To stay updated on the promotional event, visitors my visit my website and opt-in to my newsletter to receive exclusive news and freebies. 

I look forward to engaging with readers!
Donna, thank you for hosting me today! I am look forward to sharing more announcements as my marketing plan unfurls. 

Jennifer, exciting news indeed! I look forward to hearing more!
Best wishes for your continued success!


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#childrensauthor
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#jennifergladen
#souledbyjennifergladen
#souled

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist






Monday, July 13, 2020

Marketing Tips at Write What Inspires You - Libraries


Welcome to Write What Inspires You edition of Marketing Tips and Inspiration. Last week I reached out through my blogpost and asked viewers to share their marketing tips

L. Diane Wolfe of Dancing Lemur Press LLC shared a fabulous tip that I want to bring to the forefront of author's in every genre.

"Marketing to libraries is one of our big focuses. We send a sell sheet and an author sheet to them, both enticing them to buy copies and have the author in for a visit. Libraries don't return books and have to replace ones that wear out, which I love."

Thank you Diane! 

Here is today's partial snippet of my latest book listed in our local library system...


Don't forget to add libraries to your marketing toolbox.

Good luck!  


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#dancinglemurpress
#ldianewolfe
#libraries
#bookpromotion
#bookmarketing
#donnamcdine
#writewhatinspiresyounewsletter

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist






Friday, July 10, 2020

Story Time Facebook Live - Donna McDine Presents Frankie's Perfect Home by Beverly Stowe McClure



Join me for Story Time Facebook Live on...

Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 9 am EST join me for Story Time Facebook Live

I am pleased to present children's author, Beverly Stowe McClure's picture book 
Frankie's Perfect Home





Synopsis: 
Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off in search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already occupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures. Will Frankie find the perfect home? Suggested age for readers: 4-8
 
I will also take requests from parents and their children with a one week lead time. Email today with your request @ donna@donnamcdine.com 


Shout out to Children's Authors...

If you are a children's author and would like your book read live, please contact me at donna@donnamcdine.com for mailing information. Not only will your book be read live at 9 am EST during Donna's Story Time Facebook Live I will profile your book and your writing adventures at my blog and newsletter. I look forward to hearing from you! 



I look forward to connecting with one and all via Donna's Story Time Facebook Live weekly event.



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#beverlystowemcclure
#frankiesperfecthome
#picturebook
#storytimefacebooklive
#donnamcdine

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist






Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Feature of the Week: Write What Inspires You Interviews Award-winning Children's Author Joni Klein-Higger


Today I am pleased to share my recent interview with award-winning children's author, Joni Klein-Higger. Joni and I first met through Guardian Angel Publishing and it's a true delight remaining connected with her through cyberspace. Without further ado, my interview with Joni. 

Joni, we first met through Guardian Angel Publishing as fellow authors and have remained connected through cyberspace. I’m delighted to hear you continue onward with your writing and publishing journey. Well done my friend. Now on to our interview…

DMc: Do you hold a day job while continuing to follow your writing muse? If yes, what is your career beyond authorship? If not, how do you keep your day structured so you are productive?

Joni:
Hi Donna! Thanks so much for having me on your blogpost today.

Several years ago I decided to “go for it” and become a full-time author, songwriter and musical theater playwright. I learned early on the importance of having a structured day when working from home. Each morning begins with some introspective “me” time, followed by a long walk with my pointer-lab-mix puppy, Zoey. I then grab a nutritious breakfast and get to work.

My workday starts with addressing emails. When that is complete, I focus on writing or revising either a manuscript, song or children’s musical, followed by a break here and there. When my creative juices for the day are complete, I zoom in on any necessary marketing and writing tasks that need to be completed.

Because I belong to three SCBWI writer critique groups, (keeps me on my toes!) I usually devote some time during the day to critique a manuscript or two.

If time allots, I try to learn more about my craft, whether it be reading mentor texts and educational writing blogs or watching videos pertaining to the book and music industries.
I learned the hard way NOT to go on social media until the bulk of my work is done.

DMc: Please share the titles, genre, publisher and synopsis of each of your published books.

My most recent book is Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah, which I co-wrote with Barbara Sharf, illustrated by Monica Gutierrez, (Kar-Ben/Lerner Publishing Group.) I’m overjoyed to say this rhyming, counting board book reached #1 on Amazon and was  included in the top ten holiday book recommendations in The Washington Post. It is the story of Barnyard Bubbe (Bubbe is the Yiddish for the word, “grandma,”) who lives on a farm, and on each night of Hanukkah, a mysterious present is left on her doorstep. My co-writer, Barbara Sharf, and I had a blast touring the country and Canada with our musical author presentation for this book. She played Barnyard Bubbe and I was Miss Joni, the farmhand. Yeehaw!

I am also happy to be one of your fellow “Angels” with several books and musicals published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Here are some of my GAP books:

Rainbow of Friendship, illustrated by Eileen Goldenberg. This rhyming picture book is the story of a red girl who moves from her red town to Rainbow Row City. It is there she discovers friendship comes in many colors, shapes and sizes. I’m happy to share this book won a Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award and was recommended by the Special Needs Book Review. Of all of my books, Rainbow of Friendship is the most dear to me, especially now with so much division going on in our country and the world.

Another one of my picture books published by Guardian Angel Publishing is I Have a Voice, co-written with Flora Zaken-Greenberg, Ph.D, illustrated by Eileen Goldenberg. Jamie is about to start kindergarten, but has a big problem…she is afraid to talk. I Have a Voice addresses selective mutism as well as shyness and the fear of speaking. This book was recommended by The Selective Mutism Foundation.

Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat, which I also co-wrote with Flora Zaken-Greenberg, Ph.D. (Guardian Angel Publishing,) is a middle grade novel about a smart, funny seventh-grade boy who overcomes the challenges of childhood obesity, bullying, girls, and divorce. Teen-friendly recipes are included along with healthy food tips and a discussion with a licensed psychologist. Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat won the Seal of Approval from LITERARY CLASSICS and won the GOLD CLC Award for Health/Self Esteem - Middle Grade.

And finally, Ten Tzedakah Pennies, Illustrated by Tovah Leff (Hachai Publishing.) This rhyming, counting Jewish board book is about a boy who has ten pennies to share, so he gives each member of his family a chance to do a good deed. The word “tzedakah” means “giving charity” in Hebrew.

I also have three children’s musicals published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Recycle, Red and Land of Lost Socks. These musicals have been performed by elementary schools, organizations and homeschooled children/families. You can learn more about them at my website: www.joniworld.com

DMc: What is your process in creating your characters? Do you create a profile outline or other technique?

Joni: My process for creating characters really depends on the type of story I am writing. For a short board book like Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah, Barbara Sharf, my co-writer, and I envisioned a grandma who lived on a farm, so we combined a farmer who loved animals with a nurturing Jewish grandma who loved to cook. We used the structure of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” to do this.

When I created Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat, I needed more character planning because it was a middle grade novel, and there were more details to keep track of throughout the story. As far as main characters go, my collaborator, Dr. Flora Zaken-Greenberg, asked me to create a story about an overweight teenage boy who, with the help of his brother, overcomes childhood obesity. Once my main character’s name and title were established, I knew Coby Ryan Harris needed to have a fun nature, wit and determination that would shine through his challenge of being overweight. I also based the fun banter and loving relationship of Coby and his brother Eric around the relationship my two sons share.

DMc: What is your process in creating your storylines? Do you create an outline, free write or other technique?

Joni: Writing picture books and middle grade novels involve different processes for me in creating storylines. For most of my picture books it’s fairly simple - Who is my main character, what does she want, what obstacles get in her way, and how will she overcome these obstacles. Because picture books are short, the storylines are fairly simple, and the entire story is usually told with 500 words or less.

For middle grade novels, I often start off knowing my key characters, my beginning and my ending. I then create a basic outline including secondary characters, specific obstacles my main character will face, how he overcomes these obstacles and the resolution. Often, once I get immersed in the story, the characters take over, so some of my story planning may change, new characters may come into play, and sometimes my beginnings and endings are totally different than I originally planned.

DMc: Do you attend writer’s workshops and conferences? If yes, what do you feel is the most important aspect of attending?

Joni: Yes, I do! I don’t know where I would be without my SCBWI writer critique groups, writer workshops and conferences. I learn and grow so much from my writing community. I actually found my agent at an SCBWI Florida Miami Conference when my first page was read aloud for critique at the “First Pages” opening event. That evening, my wonderful agent, Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency, approached me, told me she loved my story and wanted to sign me. It was a writer’s dream come true.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to belong to a writing community. Networking, information sharing, studying with re-known experts in the field, learning from, speaking with and having manuscripts critiqued by agents, editors and well-known writers are just some of the benefits.

DMc: Please share with our readers your current work-in-progress, your marketing strategy and how to reach you.

Joni: I am currently working on several picture books. One is a rhyming pandemic book, one is a fun STEM picture book, and the others are a mixed hodgepodge of genres and styles. I am also working on creating several musical animated series, and I created a facebook page, Musical Storytime With Miss Joni, which offers original and traditional songs and books as well as craft projects and ideas to help young children and their families get through these difficult times. 

You can learn more about my books, songs and musicals at my website, www.joniworld.com or my facebook pages:

Joni, it’s been an honor to interview and profile you at Write What Inspires You! Wishing you all the very best personally and professionally. I look forward to reading your book, Rainbow of Friendship, at my Facebook Live Story Time on Saturday’s at 9 am EST on August 29th! 

Congratulations on signing with your agent, Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency at the SCBWI Florida Miami Conference. Bravo! 

Joni: Thanks so much, Donna. It’s been a pleasure. I look forward to viewing your rendition of Rainbow of Friendship!



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#jonikleinhigger
#awardwinningchildrensauthor
#guardianangelpublishing
#picturebooks
#rainbowoffriendship
#authorinterview

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist






Monday, July 6, 2020

Marketing and Inspiration: What is Your Approach?


Welcome to today's addition of Write What Inspires You Marketing Tips and Inspiration!

For last several months I have shared my marketing tips of:
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Keywords
  • Press Releases
  • Media Kits
  • Author Visits
  • Virtual Author Visits
  • Book Trailers
  • Educator Guides
  • Repurposing Your Blog Posts
  • Interviewing Fellow Authors
and sharing my inspiration behind my books:
Today, I'd like to pick your brain and learn about your marketing tips and where your writing inspiration comes from. 

I look forward to engaging conversations. 

Thank you for your time and participation.



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#writinginspiration
#bookmarketing
#donnamcdine
#writewhatinspiresyounewsletter
#thegoldenpathway
#powdermonkey
#hockeyagony
#asandygrave
#deeanddebofftheygokindergartenfirstdayjitters
#angelsforeverhome

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist






Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy 4th of July Prayer

Prayer for Independence Day (July 4)

God, source of all freedom,
this day is bright with the memory
of those who declared that life and liberty
are your gift to every human being.
Help us to continue a good work begun long ago.
Make our vision clear and our will strong:
that only in human solidarity will we  nd liberty,
and justice only in the honor that belongs
to every life on earth.
Turn our hearts toward the family of nations:
to understand the ways of others,
to offer friendship,
and to find safety only in the common good of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

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Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine

Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Book Review: Barefoot ~ Escape on the Underground Railroad


Welcome to Write What Inspires You Feature of the Week!

I'm delighted to reshare my book review of  
I penned a few years ago...


Title: Barefoot ~ Escape on the Underground Railroad
Written by: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Soft cover: 32 pages
Ages: 5-9
Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher
ISBN: 978-006-4435-192
Published: December 1998
Price: $6.99

Observing and understanding nature’s signs proved to be instrumental in a runaway slave’s quest for freedom. The weather did not always cooperate, especially when the moon would be hidden by clouds. The darkness blanketed the pathway to freedom. One could not panic. It was essential to remain calm and alert to the animal sounds, along with the common human signs to ensure safe passage.

Barefoot’s journey though the darkness guided by unusual assistance will have your heart pounding and your mouth dry in anticipation of the two sides of the scale, freedom or capture. Which shall prevail? Immerse yourself in Barefoot ~ Escape on the Underground Railroad and you will soon find out.

The expert flow of this unique story of the Underground Railroad paired with the mesmerizing illustrations will leave you breathless.

Visit the enchanting world of author, Pamela Duncan Edwards at her Amazon author page.

Visit the colorful world of illustrator, Henry Cole at his website


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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!


Angel's Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books ~ 2019 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Six and Older

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist