Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

As any year 2009 came with many blessings and challenges, all to be learned from.

While going through difficult challenges the blessings tend to be overshadowed.

I hope for you all you have overcome or are working through your challenges and blessings abound as we enter 2010.

Take the time today and reflect on 2009 and remember the positives and let go of the negatives. Tell your loved ones you love them even though you believe they already know this. Nothing is more uplifting for an individual to be acknowledged with the three simple words, I Love You!

To each and everyone of my family members, friends, and new found friends from the writing community I love and cherish each and every one of you and look forward to a prosperous 2010.

God bless.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Guardian Angel Publishing - New Releases

Guardian Angel Publishing - New Releases

September & October 2009

Author/Artist: Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN: 978-1-935137-90-0; 1-935137-90-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-935137-91-7; 1-935137-91-3

Use as an introduction to our past by studying cave drawings, ancient symbols and alphabets. Professor Hoot teaches with remarkable renderings of numerous artifacts of man's past.

Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster, Littlest Angel
Author: Mayra Calvani
Artist: Kit Grady
Print ISBN: 978-1-935137-92-4; ISBN 10: 1-935137-92-1
eBook ISBN: 978-1-935137-93-1; ISBN 10: 1-935137-93-X

Humberto loves books so much; he reads all day long. His neighbors, the squirrel, the rabbit, the skunk, the hedgehog and the beaver want to become his friends, but Humberto doesn’t have time for them. He’s too busy reading! Then one day, disaster strikes and he must choose between saving his books and helping them.

Secret Service Saint, Wings of Faith
Author: Janet Ann Collins
Artist: Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN: 978-1-935137-98-6; 1-935137-98-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-935137-99-3; 1-935137-99-9

Loosely based on legends about a famous saint, this book tells the story of Nicholas, who discovered the fun of doing secret good deeds. Kids who read or hear the story at any time of the year will be challenged to do the same.

Baby Jesus Is Missing, Wings of Faith
Author: Dixie Phillips
Artist: K.C. Snider
Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-000-2; 1-61633-000-7
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-001-9; 1-61633-001-5

The annual Christmas decorating contest left no room for Jesus until little Josiah Carr teaches his mommy and daddy the true spirit of Christmas is finding Jesus. This captivating story is guaranteed to warm the coldest heart and become a Christmas favorite for families everywhere.

Rainbow Nights, Littlest Angel
Author: Sally M. Harris
Artist: Kit Grady
Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-002-6; 1-61633-002-3
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-003-3; 1-61633-003-1

Dreams can be filled with fun and adventures! This bedtime story helps children look forward to going to sleep at night. This is a delightful rhyming story with colorful art to capture the imagination of the youngest readers.

Tiny Angel, Chapbook for Tweens
Author: Nancy Carty Lepri
Print ISBN: 978-1-935137-94-8; 1-935137-94-8
eBook ISBN: 978-1-935137-95-5; 1-935137-95-6

When her dad is transferred to a new town, ten-year-old Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she’s the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

November 2009

Natalie's Ark, Wings of Faith Chapbook for Tweens
Kevin & Kristen Collier
Print: ISBN: 978-1-61633-007-1; 1-61633-007-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-008-8; 1-61633-008-2

A dam above a small town threatens to burst and Natalie finds herself adrift in a rickety boat surrounded by animals plucked from the raging flood. Natalie's journey leads her to discovery of faith, friendship, love and home.

The Legend of Lumpus & Ogols, Chapbook for Tweens
Author: Mel McIntyre
Artist: David McQuillan
Print ISBN: 978-1-935137-96-2; 1-935137-96-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-935137-97-9; 1-935137-97-2

Lumpus and Ogols discover that by working together and using their special gifts they can defeat the evil Glotabull, the monster responsible for the death of their parents. They hatch a plot and follow it through, helping to make their land a safe place for all who live there. Suggested age for readers: 9-12.

There's A Beetle In My Bed, Academic Wings
Author: Bill Kirk
Artist: Suzy Brown
Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-005-7; ISBN 10: 1-61633-005-8
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-006-4; ISBN 10: 1-61633-006-6

Imagine how surprised a little boy would be if a beetle suddenly appeared in his bed at bedtime. Just look at how big it’s getting! Beetles are cute but couldn’t it find somewhere else to sleep? Maybe Dad will know what to do. Keep reading to find out what happens. Factoids, Glossary and educational pages, too.

If I Could Be Anything, Littlest Angel
Author: Kevin McNamee
Artist: Marina Movshina
Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-011-8; 1-61633-011-2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-012-5; 1-61633-012-0

If I could be anything, what would I be? I think that eventually I would be me … a boy pretends to be different animals in this warm, rhyming, picture book. In the end, he chooses to be exactly as he is. Love is the anchor that draws him home.

Smileytooth and Bushwhack Plaque, Health & Hygiene
Author: James Gary Nelson
Artist: Debbie Bumstead
Print ISBN: 978-1-61633-009-5; 1-61633-009-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-010-1; 1-61633-010-4

In Smileytooth's next adventure, Bushwhack Plaque and his Cavity outlaws kidnap children from the schoolhouse play yard. Sheriff Smileytooth, his deputies Toothpaste and Toothbrush along with Schoolmarm Sarah, capture the outlaws and save the children. Join in the fun when reading this good dental hygiene book.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

A Christmas Prayer

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving Father,

Help us remember the birth of Jesus,

that we may share in the song of the angels,

the gladness of the shepherds,

and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate

and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift

and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing

which Christ brings,

and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning

make us happy to be thy children,

and Christmas evening bring us to our beds

with grateful thoughts,

forgiving and forgiven,

for Jesus' sake.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Morning Nudge by Suzanne Lieurance

Can't get your pen and inspiration to budge. Sign-up for the daily Morning Nudge by Suzanne Lieurance and become inspired. What better way to start you day off with an inspirational nudge to get your creative juices flowing. Much better than the terrible SPAM advertisments that slip through our email filters.

Unsolicited and unpaid endorsement:

"I receive “The Morning Nudge,” and want to thank Suzanne for her wonderful tips and help. Thanks to her continued motivational emails, I’ve finally taken the “bull by the horns” and finished my children’s picture book and am having it published.” Donna McDine

Sign-up today for daily'll be happy you did!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Children's Writers' Coaching Club

Join the Children's Writers' Coaching Club and you'll learn everything you need to know to become a published children's book author.

As a member of this club, you'll work with both published and aspiring children's writers and illustrators to create the children's writing or illustrating career of your dreams.

And the best part is, you won't ever have to leave your home to do it - so you can enjoy your coaching club sessions in your pjs or bathrobe, if you like.

What could be better than that?
Just look at all you get for only $27.00 per month when you become a member of this fantastic club:

LIVE teleclasses EVERY month. Each teleclass is taught by a successful children's book author and/or illustrator who knows the "tricks of the trade" of children's writing, illustrating, and publishing.

A monthly writing assignment, designed to become a finished project ready for submission to a publisher, usually be the end of the month, although some projects take longer. Each month we focus on some area of publishing. For example, one month we study how to write short fiction for children's magazines. Another month we focus on writing nonfiction for children's magazines. Another month we target writing picture books, etc

The opportunity to have a manuscript professionally critiqued every week.

The opportunity to network daily via an online discussion list with other members of the CWCC, as well as the instructors.

And Much, Much More...

My personal unsoliciated and unpaid endorsement:

"The guidance and support at the CWCC has been instrumental in the success of my writing career. My first story book, due to be released in early 2010, is a direct result of an assignment through the CWCC. The weekly tele-classes and monthly assignments certainly keep you on task, even when you think your inkwell has run dry.

Writing can be a lonely business, but with the expert coaching from Suzanne Lieurance and camaraderie of the CWCC members you will no longer feel adrift in a sea of jumbled words." Donna McDine, Children's Author

Visit today and sign-up: 

Speaking of your ink well going dry, I'll share with you the Morning Nudge on December 22nd.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Writer's Digest Best Websites of 2008

I am going to shamelessly request your assistance:

If you appreciate Write What Inspires You Newsletter please consider nominating it for the “Writer’s Digest Best Newsletters for Writers.” Send an email to: with your comments and nomination and be sure to note “Writer’s Digest Best Newsletters” in the subject line.


If you find the blog associated with Write What Inspires You helpful please consider nominating it for the “101 Best Websites for Writers.” Send an email to with your comments and nomination and be sure to note “101 Websites” in the subject line.

Deadline: January 1, 2010.

Thank you in advance if you are so inclined.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks - Part 3

I'm happy you stopped by again to learn more about the Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks e-course. Thank you. Now onto the remaining three weeks of this informative e-course.
Lesson Four: Writing Nonfiction for Children

  1. How to write a winning query letter.

  2. How to study the nonfiction markets.

  3. How to Structure Articles and provide sidebars.

Lesson Five: Breaking into the Magazine and Book Markets

  1. Understanding the power of networking.

  2. How to Find Writing Assignments online and quickly gain publishing credits.

  3. How to work with Editors.

Lesson Six: The Final Steps to Starting Your Writing Career

  1. How and Why to Track Submissions

  2. Self-editing techniques.

  3. The importance of joining or starting a critique group.

I cannot stress enough how vital the printable .pdf lessons and audio coincide. It's imperative you use both at the same time to make this e-course a true success.

Now it's up to you, you must take action consistently to turn all this valuable information into a children's writer career. Have additional questions, ask away...I'm happy to respond.

After the 6-week is complete you may opt to continue with the expert guidance of Suzanne Lieurance. This opportunity is available through the CWCC program. More information on this additional exciting club on December 20th.

Best wishes in fulfilling your dream!

Discover more at:

Learn to Write for Children in Just 6 Weeks

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks - Part 2

As promised I'm back again today to discuss the first three weeks of the Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks. Remember each lesson is accompanied with an audio giving you the feeling that your instructor, Suzanne Lieurance is right in the room with you.
Lesson One: The Basics of Writing for Children
  1. How writing for children is different from writing for adults.
  2. How publishers group books and other materials for children according to age and grade level, subject matter, etc., and why this information is important for children's writers.
  3. The most common fiction mistakes made by new children's writers.
Lesson Two: Grammar & Punctuation Basics
  1. How to format manuscripts.
  2. Tips for following submission guidelines.
  3. Tips for correctly punctuating dialogue, paragraphing, etc.
Lesson Three: The Elements of Good Children's Fiction
  1. What is Point of View.
  2. How to Add Conflict to a story.
  3. Why Sensory details are important.
The subject matter covered in the first three weeks will provide you with a sound foundation to keep the wheels of your creativity spinning for weeks 4-6. Visit again on Friday, December 18th and learn more about Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks.

I personally refer back to my lessons, guidelines, and tips on a consistent basis to keep all I have learned fresh.

Can't wait, discover more at:

I'm open to your comments and questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks

We all know how quickly time flies. Here we are with 2009 rapidly coming to an end. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine where you envision your aspiring writing career to be in three months, six months, a year. Not sure what steps to take to make your dreams come true? Well look no further. Suzanne Lieurance, the Working Writer’s Coach, will guide you in her virtual classroom with printable .pdf lessons and an accompanying audio. Each lesson is curtailed to specific topics to bring your dreams of writing for children to fruition.

I’ve personally have taken the e-course and I’m a member of the CWCC. The expert guidance from Suzanne and the cyberspace companionship of the other CWCC members is invaluable. My short story, “The Golden Pathway, from an assignment with the CWCC placed 12th in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the Children/Young Adult category and after a few rounds of further editing, the same manuscript was accepted by Guardian Angel Publishing as my first story book to be published in 2010.

Discover more at:

Learn to Write for Children in Just 6 Weeks

I’ll be back again on December 16th and 18th to provide you with a further glimpse into this essential e-course.

Please feel free to ask questions, I’d be happy to answer them.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winner Announced: Holiday Traditions

Congratulations to: TERRY LYNN JOHNSON

Kindly please forward me your snail mail address at: so I can mail out the book and journal:

You Are More Than Enough, Every Woman's Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power


Achievement Journal

One and all, please join me in extending congratulations to: Terry Lynn Johnson

Thank you...I've enjoyed reading about everyone's holiday traditions...absolutely delightful!

Wishing you all a Joyous Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

Warmest regards,

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Traditions


Family traditions vary from home to home. Each family having their own unique way of celebrating the joy of the season. Growing up my dad always saved his last week of vacation for the time between Christmas and New Year's.What cherished memories of having dad around for a full week. The pond near our house was a special spot to go ice skating and upon our return home, mom always had hot chocolate and fresh warm cookies straight from the oven ready for us. Yummy! I've continued this tradition with my own family and always take the time off between Christmas and New Year's. It's a wonderful opportunity not to be scheduled and taking the time to go with the flow and enjoy what the day brings us with no set plans.

Please share your family traditions. I'd love to hear all about them. You never know, your family traditions may become mine too. I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to enjoy the magic of the season.

Leave a comment and automatically be entered into the DRAWING for “You Are More Than Enough, Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion & Power,” by Judi Moreo and as an added BONUS Moreo’s Achievement Journal will be included. Even if you are a male writer, please be sure to comment. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

God bless you and your families during this holiday season and best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Book Review: The Canada Goose and You by Jennifer Burrows

Title: The Canada Goose and You

Written by: Jennifer Burrows

Illustrated by: Margery Day

Ages: 4-8

Publisher: E&E Publishing

ISBN: 0-9791606-9-3

Published: October 2009

Hardcover: 32 pages

Price: 15.95

Canada geese are found across the United States. Many people don’t give them a second thought, but this book will change all that.

Come along on this wonderful journey into the life of Canada Geese, starting in spring with nest building and laying as many as 12 eggs. Through the summer months and what it takes to care for their young to their physical features, and migrating routines.

Accompanied with a glossary, suggested reading and website list, you will never look at these fascinating geese the same way again. The Canada Goose and You is a delightful introduction to the beauty that surrounds us each day.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Book Review: Ten Hats ~ A Counting Book

Title: Ten Hats – A Counting Book

Written by: Carolyn Mott Ford

Illustrated by: Jack Gordon

Ages: 4-5

Publisher: E&E Publishing

ISBN: 0-9791-606-2-6

Published: September 2009

Hardcover: 34 pages

Price: 15.95

Ten Hats – A Counting Book is a whimsical rhyming story teaching how to count. Featuring animals in colorful outfits from various professions, parent and child will find themselves reading Ten Hats – A Counting Book over and over again, almost to the point of wearing it out. The reader will also sing along to this perfectly written rhyme story jammed packed with fun.

A pig police officer crossing ducks across the street will have you laughing out loud. To join in on the fun and adventure you’ll have to add this delightful book to your home library and discover what the other hysterical animals are up to.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Poets Suggest The Real Thing Should Compete with Greeting Cards

Media Release


Carolyn Howard-Johnson e-mail:


Magdalena Ball e-mail: 

For Immediate Release

Poets Suggest The Real Thing Should Compete with Greeting Cards

Award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball have developed a new concept for inexpensive holiday gifts--an idea for poetic greetings apart from greeting cards.

They suggest a real chapbook of poetry and have released the first two in a series in time for the holidays. So far the series includes Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love) with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas and She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio. New booklets are coming for Father's Day and for Christmas 2010.

The small books, a tradition in the poetry world since Elizabethan times, are priced to compete with greeting cards. The poets' idea is that, in general, cards from the rack seldom say what we'd like and that a small book of poetry would be more thoughtful.

Cherished Pulse may be ordered from Amazon at and She Wore Emerald Then at

This us the second edition of Cherished Pulse. The first may well have been the first e-chapbook of poetry. This edition comes in paperback with a newly-designed cover; Ball and Howard-Johnson felt issuing a paperback essential considering the popularity of the e-book version. That e-book was offered by online gift-giving giant of 35 years, Celebration Express to its clients in 2007.

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected review site. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Quark Soup, which won a 2006 "Noble" Prize from MyShelf's Back to Literature site, and a poetry book Repulsion Thrust, due out in December 2009. Her novel Sleep Before Evening, published in 2007, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings ( ), was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact

Celebration Express can be found at: 

Learn more about Howard-Johnson in the media room at . And more about Ball at


Support material available electronically or by post on request.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Virtual Tour: Just Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure

I'm delighted to host today, multi-published author, Beverly Stowe McClure. Sit down for a spell and enjoy this delightful interview with Beverly and my book review of Just Breeze.

DMc: The emotions of 13-year-old Breeze jump from the pages in Just Breeze. How do you stay so well taped into the life of middle school students?

BSMc: Even though it’s been many years since I was in middle school, I still recall the ups and downs, highs and lows of entering the teen years. Also, teaching fifth-grade students who are fast approaching those in-between years of not being a kid, but not being a grown up either, kept me in touch with how crucial every event is to them.

DMc: When creating your characters do you interview them with a complete outline? Or do you go with the flow?

BSMc: A little of both. I like to interview each character because they sometimes tell me unexpected things. I also make profile sheets for each major character, with physical characteristics, likes, dislikes, fears, hopes, family, etc. With both interviews and profiles I add to them as my characters reveal more about themselves and do the unexpected, which I love. For my YA wip I’m letting the main characters keep journals. Not sure how this will work, but thought I’d try it.

DMc: You have several novels under your belt. All of which are not published by the same publisher. How do you go about determining what publisher to submit to?

BSMc: It mostly depends on what a publisher wants. Are they looking for contemporary or fantasy or historical? What age are most of their books written for? It’s a waste of my time and an editor’s time to send a YA story to a publisher that does PB or early readers.

DMc: What tips would you offer to an author to make their relationship with their publisher a success?

BSMc: As in any business you have to have mutual respect for each other. You have to listen to advice and suggestions. You and the publisher don’t always have to agree on every little detail, but there must be give and take, and understanding. You both want the same thing: the best book you can produce. The only way to accomplish that is to cooperate so the end result is a book you and everyone involved—writer, editor(s), illustrator, and publisher—are proud to show the world.

DMc: No pressure here...LOL. But what can we expect from you in the future?

BMSc: What? You expect something from me in the future? I thought I’d retire. LOL. Just kidding. I do have some stories that will be out in the future. My Civil War novel for YA readers, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, has been delayed and will be out, I think, in spring 2010. A chapter book, Kate, Little Angel Sometimes, two MG books, I Live in a Doghouse and Scattered to the Winds, are forthcoming, as well as my first PB, Frankie’s Perfect Home.

Now to my book review of Just Breeze...

Title: Just Breeze

Written by: Beverly Stowe McClure

Soft back: 196 pages

Ages: 9-12

Publisher: 4RV Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9840708-2-4

Published: November 2009

Price: $12.99

Breeze Brannigan has high hopes for her last year at Whispering Springs Middle School. It becomes quite clear on the first day nothing has changed, except for her grade level. Unable to tame her wild curly red hair she feels her awkwardness of her height and large feet as she navigates the school hallways and social scene.

Several new students arrive and life changes quickly. For better or worse is the question. The new girl, Allison, becomes the nemesis of Breeze’s best friend, Amy and the new boy, Cam, befriends Breeze. Compared to the other boys at school, Cam stands out with his polite behavior. Breeze is swept away by this unusual boy. Can boys actually behave like humans? He must be from a different country, more like another planet.

Current circumstances and history collide and what Breeze believes to be true is the farthest thing from the truth. Will Breeze be able to keep Cam’s deepest concerns a secret for his protection or will outside forces uncover what should not be revealed?

Step into Breeze’s shoes and delve into her inner most thoughts, her family and friends, and why she is truly blessed. Beverly Stowe McClure provides the reader with such detail and conversation throughout Just Breeze the reader will feel has if they are walking the halls with Breeze and feeling the essence of her life pouring through their veins.

To learn more about Beverly Stowe McClure’s accomplished and fascinating career visit:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nicole Weaver Introduces Fun with French and Spanish

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Nicole Weaver, Children’s Author



For Immediate Release

Nicole Weaver Introduces Fun with French and Spanish

“Where there is a will, There is a way” is ingrained in children’s author and veteran teacher, Nicole Weaver. Her determination and fluency in four languages has helped shorten the barrier between teacher and student. Weaver’s versatility and teaching style breakdowns the apprehension of learning a new language. Bring your willingness and aptitude to learn as Weaver shares shortcut techniques through articles and information at her new blog Ready Able to Learn French and Spanish

Fun is the name of the game, which doesn’t stop at this wonderful new resourceful blog. Imagine how you will impress and astound those around you with your new found language skills.

Ms. Weaver’s first book entitled, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle, was published in March 2009 through Outskirts Press accompanied with delightful illustrations by Ruben Chavez. Weaver’s next picture book “My Sister is my Best Friend/Mi hermana es mi mejor amiga/Ma soeur est ma meilleure amie,” will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

To learn more about Nicole visit: 

Thank you in advance for your interest.