Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Prayer

happy new year cards

O God of new beginnings and wonderful surprises,
thank you for the gift of a new year.
May it be a time of grace for me,
a time to grow in faith and love,
a time to renew my commitment
to following Your Son, Jesus.
May it be a year of blessing for me,
a time to cherish my family and friends,
a time to renew my efforts at work,
a time to embrace my faith more fully.
Walk with me, please, in every day
and every hour of this new year,
that the light of Christ might shine through me,
in spite of my weaknesses and failings.
Above all, may I remember this year that
I am a pilgrim on the sacred path to You.

Amen

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
www.guardianangelpublishing.com

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas~ Eternal God, this joyful day



Eternal God, this joyful day

Eternal God, this joyful day is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light. May that light illuminate our hearts and shine in our words and deeds. May the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love represented by the birth in Bethlehem fill our lives and become part of all that we say and do. May we share the divine life of your son Jesus Christ, even as he humbled himself to share our humanity. Bless us and the feast that You have provided for us, let us be thankful for the true gift of Christmas, your Son. Amen.

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Eternal God, this joyful day

Friday, December 17, 2010

Create Your Children’s Book Marketing Promotion Schedule Now to Kick Off 2011 with the National Writing for Children Center

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Suzanne Lieurance
Email: bookbitesforkids@yahoo.com
Website: http://writingforchildrencenter.com/

Create Your Children’s Book Marketing Promotion Schedule Now to Kick Off 2011 with the National Writing for Children Center


You and your book can be showcased for an entire MONTH at the National Writing for Children Center!

The 2010 holiday season is upon us and 2011 will begin in a blink of an eye. Don’t allow the New Year to kick off without having your children’s book marketing promotion in place. Even with the hectic holiday schedule you still have time to coordinate a fabulous virtual tour. Don’t know how or where to begin? Don’t fret. This is where the National Writing for Children Center’s author showcase comes in.

Suzanne Lieurance, founder and director of the National Writing for Children Center, is pleased to announce that she’s looking for children’s authors and illustrators who need help getting the word out about their books.

Since 2007, Suzanne Lieurance has been hosting Book Bites for Kids, a talk show about children’s books, which airs live three weekday afternoons every week at 2:00 CDT on Blog Talk Radio. “These radio interviews are a wonderful way for children’s authors to let people know about what they write. But now I can do more to promote authors and illustrators who create wonderful books for kids,” says Lieurance. Lieurance knows that many children’s book authors and illustrators don’t have lots of cash for promotion, so she’s developed an easily affordable way to do this by monthly showcasing authors and illustrators at the National Writing for Children Center.” Lieurance points out that a guest appearance on her show, Book Bites for Kids, is just one of the many ways she promotes the children’s book authors and illustrators she showcases at the National Writing for Children Center. Here is what is included when an author or illustrator signs up to be showcased:

1. A 30-minute one-on-one interview on Book Bites for Kids.

2. A written review of the author’s book by one of the NWFCC staff reviewers.

3. A display of the author’s book trailer (if he has one) in the “Featured Trailers of the Month” section at the NWFCC.

4. The author’s bio in the “Meet the Author” section of the showcase.

5. Two media releases written and distributed to promote the author’s guest spot on Book Bites for Kids and their 6-day virtual book tour.

6. If the author makes school visits and/or is available to speak at writer’s conferences and workshops, the author will be included in the Speakers Bureau at the NWFCC.

7. Promotion of the author’s upcoming appearance on Book Bites for Kids and his showcase at the NWFCC – through various social networking sites – like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

8. A blurb about the author’s book – with announcement of his/her appearance on Book Bites for Kids and his inclusion in the showcase – will run in the NWFCC’s weekly newsletter.

9. The author’s book can be offered in the “Weekly Book Giveaway” at the NWFCC.

10. The author’s book will be included in the online bookstore at the National Writing for Children Center.

11. A 6-day virtual book tour where the author/illustrator will be the guest each day for 6 days at a different blog hosted by a fellow children’s writer.

Complete details on the above book promotion points can be found at http://writingforchildrencenter.com/showcase-application/.  

“Authors would expect to pay thousands of dollars for this kind of publicity and promotional events,” says Lieurance, “but we make it easily affordable for anyone to be showcased for an entire month at the National Writing for Children Center, and we get the word out about the showcase through online social networking sites and various media release distribution services, and via Internet Radio. But authors need to realize that space in our showcase is limited each month. That means authors need to book their space in the showcase as soon as possible if they have a specific month in mind. Authors and illustrators should also realize that we don’t showcase everyone who applies. First we need to review the author’s book. If we can’t in all good conscience give it a favorable review, then we can’t accept that author and his/her book to be showcased.
We only showcase books and authors that we think children, parents, grandparents, librarians, and teachers must know about.” Authors interested in being showcased at the National Writing for Children Center can download an application at www.writingforchildrencenter.com or email Suzanne Lieurance for more information at bookbitesforkids@yahoo.com.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What's Going on in your Neck of the Woods of Writing for Children


In the October/November 2010 Write What Inspires You Newsletter I shared what was going on in my writing career and I am eagerly anticipating on hearing on what's going on in your neck of the woods of writing for children or any other news you want to share.

Join in on this lively discussion of getting caught up with our cyberspace friends and cheering everyone on.

I look forward to hearing from you all!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Great NEW Resource for Educators


Introducing....

The New Teacher Resource Coaching Center

Founder: Dorit Sasson

You are invited to join with other dedicated educators as a part of this growing professional site. The NTRCC is a support center that empowers educators and their students with purpose and passion.
• Do you strive to become an inspiring and empowering teacher?

• Are you a beginning teacher looking for strategies to help you not just survive but thrive in the classroom?

• Are you a veteran teacher looking for ways to brush up your classroom management so you can enjoy your teaching career?
The New Teacher Resource Coaching Center invites teacher leaders and dedicated educators as a part of this growing professional membership site. The NTRCC is a support center designed for professionals who want to empower their educators and their teaching and students with a purpose and passion.
Members of the center gain unlimited access to a wealth of articles, tip sheets, templates, teleseminars, and other great resources that will help them build their teaching career to the next level.
Specifically, members receive:

1. Access to two monthly teleseminars taught by a professional elementary, middle school or high school educator who knows the tricks of the trade and what works and what doesn't.

2. Unlimited support to classroom tested resources including charts, checklists and tip sheets on a wide range of teaching areas.
3. Specials, offers and special promotions on various teaching materials and instructional resources offered through the NTRCC.
To become a member, all you have to do is sign up. You'll be prompted to provide a password, contact information and payment registration. Once you receive your access number, you will be able to log-in anytime - 24/7!
Go to New Teacher Resource Center - http://newteacherresourcecenter.com/ to find out more about the center and how you can join!

Membership in the NTRCC is just a modest $7.97 a month.

Special holiday savings! Get the second month of membership FREE when you purchase a one month's membership.

Go to New Teacher Resource Center - http://newteacherresourcecenter.com/ to read reviews of the center

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 2010 issue of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Now Available


M E D I A R E L E A S E

CONTACT:
Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine

Email:
submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com


Website:
http://guardian-angel-kids.com/ 

For Immediate Release

December 2010 issue of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Now Available

The blustery days of winter have arrived and what better way to spend a cold afternoon then taking your young muse on an interactive adventure at the Guardian Angel Kids Ezine http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/

Be prepared to spend memorable time as you both explore the monthly features:
A Blessed Bethlehem Birth Flip Book by Walter Lee McElligott
Follow A Star – a Rooter and Snuffle Story by Shari Lyle-Soffe (read aloud by Donna Shepherd)
Children poems, stories, and articles:

“Blanket of Snow” written by Alice Knisley Matthias, takes you on snow filled vision.

“Twas the Night before Christmas, Down on the Farm” written by Ann Ingalls and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle immerses you in the wonders of Christmas on a farm.
“All by Myself” written and illustrated by Samantha Bell brings you on an adventure of one young girl’s determination.
“Nothing Was Stirring” written by Marion Tickner and illustrated by Jack Foster is a laugh out loud mousy adventure.
“Treasures, Treats, and Traditions” by Lisa Hart brings to life the wonders of this magical time of year with a bonus Pinwheel Candy craft.
“Names for Nick” by Carol Douglas, the origins of good old Saint Nick.
Tune your child into the wonders of prediction through Dorit Sasson’s parent and teacher article “Teaching Prediction in Picture Books and Non-Fiction Text,” and by doing so will make their reading adventure that much more enjoyable.
Stop by for a gander and enjoy your time together, for the adventurous world of reading is at your fingertips.

Thank you for your time and interest.

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Full Media Kit and more are available upon request electronically.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Book Review ~ Lily and the City of Light

Title: Lily and the City of Light

Author: Lindsay Bonilla

Illustrator: Alexander Morris

Soft cover: 22 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. / October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-61633-105-4

E-book ISBN: 978-1-61633-105-1

Ten-year-old Lily’s journey begins at an orphanage within the city limits of Htrae and like many other citizens Lily wonders about the City of Light high up on the hillside. Not to be discouraged by her age or size Lily travels to the outskirts of Htrae to seek out the only man who knows how to get to the City of Light.
The old man willingly shares with Lily his knowledge of the only way to gain entrance to the wonderful city in the distance. And with determination Lily sets out to do what she has been told, to give her heart away. What Lily thought would be an easy task turns into something much more difficult than she ever imagined. Others are not so willing to accept her generous offer and Lily’s frustration turns into despair. Will she learn in time that giving and receiving love is a true sacrifice of the heart?

Children’s author, Lindsay Bonilla brings to life the awe inspiring story of Lily’s quest to find her way out of the darkness and into the City of Light through a heartwarming story which will leave the readers heart open to the joy of love.

Visit the author, Lindsay Bonilla:


http://www.lindsaybonilla.blogspot.com/

Founder and Director -- World of Difference Ltd. http://www.worldofdiff.org/

Author -- Lily and the City of Light http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/city-of-light.htm

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Full-time freelance writer and Working Writer's Coach, Suzanne Lieurance discusses her Writer's Life

I'm thrilled to have full-time frelance writer and the Working Writer's Coach, Suzanne Lieurance with me today. I first met Suzanne early on in my writing career through the Children's Writers' Coaching Club (CWCC) and now as her Publicist Intern for the National Writing for Children Center and CWCC and she has been instrumental in guiding my writing career as to where it is today. Without further ado, please welcome Suzanne.

The Writer's Life with Author Suzanne Lieurance

I'm so happy to be here at Donna McDine's blog for the second day of my 6-day virtual tour for my book, The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp. Let me tell you a little bit about what the writer's life is like for me.
First, since I'm also a writing coach as well as a writer, I spend part of my time each workday helping other writers. I also have to spend some time each day promoting my writing and my coaching businesses. The rest of the time I spend searching for new freelance writing assignments or coming up with ideas for books or stories, then I spend time writing, too. Usually, I like to write first thing in the morning before I get distracted by all the other things I need to do.

One of the things I love most about the writer's life is that I can write most anywhere, most anytime. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and write for an hour or two, then I'll take a nap in the middle of the day. I also like to go to coffee shops and bookstores once in a while and do some writing there. And I like to go to the library to do some of the research for my books. Sometimes, I even travel to interesting spots to research my books.
I have two dogs, Miko and Daisy, and they are my writing buddies. No, they don't write anything. But they like to sit at my feet while I'm writing. And we take breaks during the day and go for walks or just go outside to play.


I also make school visits to talk to students and teachers about my books. That's always a lot of fun. I think the writer's life is the best life in the world and I'm so lucky to be able to do exactly what I love to do!

Be sure to download the free Educator's Guide for The Lucky Baseball and find out more about my other books at http://www.suzannelieurance.com/.

Follow Suzanne over to Nicole Weaver's blog http://melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/ tomorrow when she chats about Tradebook Tips for Teachers.





Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Children's author, George W. Everett shares with us his Writer's Life

I know we have all heard it before, but the Internet has provided (and continues to provide) wonderful opportunities to meet people that we normally would have not met. What better way to get to know children's authors, but through specific topics to give us a glimpse into their writing world.

I'm happy to host, George W. Everett on the second day of his National Writing for Children Center's author showcase.

The Writer's Life with George W. Everett


My passion is putting my thoughts into cartoon characters and creating them on paper. I first sketch them and then transfer them to Photoshop where the artwork and colors are enhanced. Being a pastor for over 100 families is the majority of my day, but I try and put aside a couple of hours each day to create. I usually write the story first and then add the illustrations for each page of type. I really don’t know what I love most: writing the story or creating the illustrations. They both are tremendously satisfying. My little sister Bonnie Hawkes Everett has been a children’s book illustrator for many years and has given me valuable insights as to story lines and illustration short-cuts.

Follow George over to Nicole Weaver's blog http://melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/ tomorrow when George chats about Tradebook Tips for Teachers.

Please stop back tomorrow when Suzanne Lieurance joins me on her second day of her NWFCC virtual book tour.

 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Writer's Life: Dawn Menge

Please welcome children's author, Dawn Menge as she discusses her "Writer's Life." Her experiences and travels are like non-other to create fascinating children's books. Take a moment and visit with Dawn. Dawn will be stopping in throughout the day to interact with our visitors, so take this opportunity to ask your questions.

The Writer's Life with Dawn Menge


To begin writing the next book in my series titled "Queen Vernita Visits the Enchanted Islands" I will travel to the Hawaiin Islands and the Tahataiin Islands. I only include activities or information in my books that I have done first hand. For example during the month that the Queen learns about sharks I will use pictures and information about my experiences swimming with the sharks in Tahataiin and Oahu. When the Queen Learns about sea turtles I can describe my
 experiences snorkeling with sea turtles in Kona Hawaii last week. During my trip to Kona last week I went deep sea fishing for the first time, I actually caught a tuna. It was a small catch but now I have the experiences to share when I begin to write about the month in which Jeff the Sea Captain talks about his experiences deep sea fishing. I also explored and swam in the lava tubes, by experiencing these activities myself I can better express these to my readers. So, needless to say a typical research and writing day for me is filled with adventure.




Follow Dawn over to Nicole Weaver's blog http://melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/ tomorrow when she chats about Tradebook Tips for Teachers.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow and visit with children's author, George W. Everett as he shares his unique "Writer's Life."

Thank you for your time and interest.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., teams with Be There Bedtime Stories

For Immediate release


Contact: Lynda S. Burch, Publisher

(314) 276 8482

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. teams with Be There Bedtime Stories’ new technology to bring families spread around the globe together.

St. Louis, MO, USA: In a time where families are spread further apart than ever before ‘Be There Bedtime Stories’ is a technology that puts video of a Storyteller onto the page of a children’s book, to be displayed on a computer and read to your children. http://www.betherebedtimestories.com

“We are very excited with this new adventure,” said GAP President and CEO Lynda Burch. “Our partnership with Be There Bedtime Stories will allow for an unprecedented availability of family sharing reading time with kids and grandkids around the globe. What a wonderful way to “Be There” for your kids whether on assignment out of the country, traveling for work, or just wanting to participate daily in your children’s reading habits; encouraging reading skills that will last a lifetime. It increases literacy awareness and wellness and strengthens family bonds.”

The Sedona International Film Festival, Tuesday night cinema film series displayed the concept, with 5 local leaders, including the Mayor of Sedona. They recorded a bedtime story for presentation that was made to the audience of nearly 500 patrons, right on the big screen of a movie theatre!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jcBuWI2qo8

http://www.betherebedtimestories.com/bookstore.aspx?search=guardian+angel+publishing

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For more information on Guardian Angel Publishing or to schedule an interview with the publisher, email Lynda S. Burch at publisher@guardianangelpublishing.com

Friday, December 3, 2010

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day - December 4, 2010

Author, Cheryl Rainfield from Kidlitosphere recently announced the First Annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day - December 4, 2010 and I wanted to help spread the word!

"Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. On December 4th, 2010, take the child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow.


Help spread the message by sending this poster to people, or download a version suitable for printing, and bring it to your favorite bookstore. Or add this banner to your website or blog, with a link back to this page."

A public service endeavor from http://www.suspenseyourdisbelief.com/.
 
Visit http://www.takeyourchildtoabookstore.org/ for further details.
 
Interested in Cheryl Rainfield's writing career visit her at:
http://www.cherylrainfield.com/blog
 
Scars (WestSide Books, Spring 2010)
 
Dragon Speaker: The Last Dragon (HIP Books, September 2009)
 
 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Savvy Authors is proud to announce Mayra Calvani's Book Reviewing Workshop




The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

Instructor:
Mayra Calvani . Is your nose always stuck in a book? Do you enjoy sharing your ideas about books with readers? Become a book reviewer!

Learn the secrets of book reviewing from Mayra Calvani, co-author of the ForeWord Best Book of the Year award-winning title, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing. From the key elements of a good reviewer, to what makes a good review, to how to write a thoughtful, intelligent review, to the different types of reviews, to how to deal with the most common reviewing problems, to how to build an online platform, this workshop will teach you, in a nutshell, all you need to know to get started as a professional book reviewer.

Students will complete a book review as part of the class. All completed book reviews will entered into a contest to pick the best one. The winner will be published on Savvy Readers and Savvy Authors. Details will be provided during the class.

WHEN:
Jan 24, 2011 - Feb 11, 2011

COST:
$20 for Premium Members

$30 for Basic Members

Cancellation policy: Registrations are non-refundable except when the workshop is cancelled by Savvy Authors.

REGISTRATION: http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/registration.php?eventid=663 (Members will not receive member rate unless logged in.)

INSTRUCTOR: Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has been reviewing for over a decade. She's a freelance writer and the author of several books for children and adults. She’s had over 300 reviews, articles, stories and interviews published online and in print. Currently, she reviews for The New York Journal of Books, Blogcritics Magazine, and SimplyCharly.com. In addition, she’s the Latino Books Examiner for Examiner.com and co-editor of Voice in the Dark ezine. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Bridgeport.

Learn more at http://www.mayracalvani.com/

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Indie Book Giveaway ~ Hosted by Quiet Fury Books



Indie authors are those who are self-published or published through small presses. We have gathered together this holiday season to offer our current readers a thank you gift for their support and also to encourage new readers to explore the indie community!


Many of our authors have chosen to give free download coupons for their books through Smashwords. If you haven't explored this site, please do! Smashwords is an awesome supporter of indie authors and offers thousands of cheap and often free ebooks in the format of your choice.
Recognition is a difficult thing for an indie author to achieve. Our books are not reviewed by the mainstream publications and getting them onto the shelves of a brick and mortar bookstore is a rare occurrence. We rely heavily on word of mouth and reader reviews. If you win a book here, I ask that you please take the time to review that book in at least one venue, whether it be Amazon, Smashwords or your blog. We will be forever grateful.
As you're browsing the titles being offered, please take note of any that interest you and add them to your to-read list. Also, we'd love it if you spread the news! Use the share buttons located on all event pages, blog about it, tell your friends, send emails, and shout it from your rooftops!
When you're ready to enter, click on the Entry Form link on any of the event pages. You'll be taken to the entry form page, where you'll also find the contest rules. This event is international, so you can win a book no matter where you live. We have hundreds of print books and ebooks written by 47 different authors! Go ahead and browse, then don't forget to enter. Good luck!

A full listing and entry form can be found at: http://www.quietfurybooks.com/holidayevent.html

Monday, November 29, 2010

Picture Book that Helps Dyslectic Kids ~ "Horatio Humble Beats the Big D" - dyslexia

Children's author extraordinare, Margot Finke's latest rhyming book tackles dyslexia, written with helping dyslectic kids and their parents.

Synopsis:
When Horatio has difficulty reading, his parents meet with the teacher to discover why. Horatio hears the words Dyslexia and Special Ed. "No way! Kids will think I'm dumb." But he does go and with amazing results. Suggested age range for readers: 5-10 Paperback: 16 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (November 2, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1616331011

ISBN-13: 978-1616331016

Purchase it today:



Visit Margot Finke:
http://www.margotfinke.com/
http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/
http://hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving






"Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving:"




O God, source and giver of all things,

You manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness

In the earth about us:

We give you honor and glory.

For the sun and the rain,

For the manifold fruits of our fields:

For the increase of our herds and flocks,

We thank you.

For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace,

We are grateful.



Supreme Lord of the harvest,

Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,

In union with Jesus, your Son,

As atonement for our sins,

For the growth of your Church,

For peace and love in our homes,

And for salvation for all.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

From Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers, compiled by The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

National Writing for Children Center Day 6 VBT: Become a Fan of Children's Author Rachelle Burk

Introducing Rachelle Burk, creator of Resources for Childrens Writers.com.
ResourcesForChildrensWriters.com is an award winning site that provides 29 categories of nearly 250 helpful writing resources. It is for everyone who wants to write for children and see their work in print. You will find links to resources that will help you improve your writing, network with other children's writers, get your work published, and promote your book. Although targeted to writers of children’s literature, many categories are relevant to all writers. I welcome anyone to contact me with suggestions for additional resources, or inform me of broken links. Feel free to link to this site from your own blog or website.
My Facebook fanpage, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachelle-Burk-Childrens-Author/163378720351272?ref=ts&v=wall alerts writers to updates and additions to my Resources website. I also post information about online writing conferences, workshops, and contests. You’ll also find updates relating to my publications, book signings or school visits.


You can link to all these pages from my main website: http://www.rachelleburk.com/.  

Thank you for your time and interest.





Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author, J. Aday Kennedy



J. Aday Kennedy joins us today to share the different ways you can follow along on her writing for children career. And as a special treat Aday is sharing her Klutzy Kantor synospsis and the link to book trailer.




KLUTZY KANTOR


Like Aday, Klutzy Kantor, the riddle-solving, klutzy Pegasus, is not afraid of facing adversity. He flies to a rainbow and challenges a tricky leprechaun to a mental duel. If he solves Cobbledom’s riddle, the leprechaun will end Kantor’s klutzy ways. Klutzy Kantor uses his mental muscles to solve his clumsiness problem.

VIDEO/TRAILER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljVjIXFbNyE

FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Minreola-TX/Klutzy-Kantor/241980995144
KANTOR's BLOG
http://klutzykantor.blogspot.com/

Blessings,
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker

Children's Picture Book Klutzy Kantor & Marta Gargantuan Wings
Sign up for FREE ebooks http://www.jadaykennedy.com/
Marketing tips, book reviews and author interviews http://jadaykennedy.blogspot.com/
Klutzy Kantor Character Blog http://klutzykantor.blogspot.com/
http://facebook.com/jadaykennedy.com
http://twitter.com/jaday_kennedy
http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com/priofile/JAdayKennedy
http://jacketflap.com/profile.asp?member=jaday

I invite you to stop back tomorrow to learn about children's author, Rachelle Burk.

Thank you for your interest and time.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author, Nancy I. Sanders

You can be a fan of Nancy's and follow her posts in cyberspace! Stay abreast of Ms. Sanders illustrious writing career:

Blog for children’s writers: http://www.nancyisanders.wordpress.com/

Inspirational photoblog for writers: http://www.scribes7.wordpress.com/

Other sites of Nancy’s include:

Nancy’s books: http://www.nancysbookzone.wordpress.com/

Teachers and librarians: http://www.50niftystatestour.wordpress.com/

America’s Black Founders: http://www.americasblackfounders.wordpress.com/

Book for children’s writers: http://www.yesyoucanlearn.wordpress.com/

Writer’s Group: http://www.chairs7.wordpress.com/

Writer’s Group: http://www.wordsmiths8.wordpress.com/

Inspirational: http://www.onehoureachday.wordpress.com/

Inspirational: http://www.7healthyhabits.wordpress.com/

Wow! What a wealth of information.

Visit Nancy today at:
http://nancyisanders.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/book-party-6/



Thank you for your time and interest.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author, Pat McCarthy

Today children's author, Pat McCarthy is sharing with us a recent review of Heading Weset Life with the Pioneers by Carolyn Phelan



"This clearly written account of the westward movement in American history begins in the 1700s, when “west” simply meant the far side of the Appalachians, and follows through the end of the 1800s pioneer era. Discussing topics such as wagon trains, pioneer homes, and community life, McCarthy provides plenty of detailed, specific information about clearing land and building houses (dugouts, soddies, and log cabins). She quotes whole paragraphs from the personal accounts of the settlers, an approach that is particularly effective in the chapter on pioneer children. Illustrated with line drawings, the activities include making a clothespin doll, a local history poster contrasting then and now, and apple butter (in a microwave oven). The text is illustrated with many sepia-toned reproductions of period photos, paintings, drawings, prints, artifacts, and sites. Though no source notes are provided, even for quotes, the book provides lists of recommended Internet sites and books. An information-packed resource for history students and their teachers. Grades 4-7."

Interested in learning more about Pat, be sure to become a Facebook Fan of Pat McCarthy at http://tinyurl.com/24osflv and stay abreast of her writing career.

Stop back tomorrow when the National Writing for Children Center November Showcased Authors continues with children's author, Nancy I. Sanders

Thank you for your interest and time!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"All Books are Meaningless without the Fans" by Sean Noonan

Welcome to Day 6 of Sean Noonan's National Writing for Children Center's Virtual Book Tour. Today Sean shares with us the:


"All books are meaningless without the fans, the people who want to read the stories and love the characters."
Be assured that you will always be welcome in the Land of Dreams to join in the fun with Elannah, Sam and Friends.
I have to mention two other very special people who are involved in the books, the illustrators. Elannah my daughter, who draws the internal illustrations that work so well with the younger readers; and Victor Guiza the cover artist whose talents are all too obvious both here and in his work with Disney for the Little Mermaid.

The first adventure (Of Lights in the Night: Friends and Festivity - ISBN 978-1432752897) is about fireworks and it introduces us to the characters, Elannah and Sam, Rodger the Badger and Grumphspawn. It is a thrilling spectacle of fantastic fireworks and magic that is only possible in our dreams. All the stories take place in the Land of Dreams and are pure flights of our imagination.

The second book (A First Christmas: Friends and Festivity - ISBN 978-1432760892 ) takes Elannah and Sam on a Christmas Adventure. In this latest adventure, Elannah and Sam discover on Christmas Eve that the Bridge Troll has never celebrated Christmas before. Amazed and dumbfounded they embark on a mission to throw the Christmas Party of all Christmas parties for their friend. But… In the Land of Dreams… who will help them? Where will they find the perfect Christmas tree? What about decorations and lights? How will they manage to gather all the ingredients for the perfect Christmas party in time? Follow Elannah, Sam and their friends through the Mines of Abundance, the Magical Night Flower garden and a terrifying tumble down the side of a mountain as they prepare for the most fantastical Christmas party ever.


I am writing the third book already and have two more pushing to get in line. I am sure that others will follow, after all we never stop dreaming.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, when Pat McCarthy stops by to share with us her Facebook Fan Page information on Day 6 of her NWFCC Virtual Book Tour.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting with Sean.

Become a Fan of Sean at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Everlasting-and-Fantastical-Adventures/162128613818589

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review ~ Lightning Strikes by Kevin McNamee













Title: Lightning Strikes


Written by: Kevin McNamee

Illustrated by: Eugene Ruble

Soft cover: 18 pages

Ages: 2-5

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Print ISBN: 978-161633-095-8

eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-096-5

Published: September 2010

Price:
$9.95 – Soft cover
$5.00 – E-book CD

Teaching our young muses how to count in a creative environment presents its challenges. Not sure where to start to overcome this obstacle? Look no further. Lightning Strikes combines the elements of Science and Math into an ingenious thunderstorm adventure with counting forwards and backwards.
Come along and learn what one young child does to comfort himself as a thunderstorm rages outside. The reader and child will surely laugh out loud at the antics that ensue. All the while learning the basic fundamentals of counting to ten and down again.
Eugene Ruble’s illustrations bring the thunderstorm and counting strategy to life, making it an enjoyable learning experience.

Kevin McNamee is an accomplished children’s author with several books to his credit, If I Could Be Anything, The Sister Exchange, and The Soggy Town of Hilltop. Learn more about Kevin’s illustrious career at:
http://www.kevinmcnamee.com/

http://www.kevinmcnameechildrensauthor.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just in time for the 2010 Holiday Season - Personalized Autographed Book: The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT:
Donna M. McDine
Children’s Author

Email: donna@donnamcdine.com
Website: http://www.donnamcdine.com/
Blog: http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com/

Phone: 845-721-7802

 

For Immediate Release

Just in time for the 2010 Holiday Season - Personalized Autographed Book: The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine
Give the wonder of an autographed book to the young muse in your life. Children’s author, Donna M. McDine is offering a terrific opportunity to build your child’s book collection with an autographed copy of her historical fiction story book The Golden Pathway for ages 8-12, two complimentary bookmarks included.
Synopsis:

Be transported through time to the Underground Railroad, where high-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers the courage to defy his Pa.
Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David attempts to lead Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: August 2010
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-081-1

eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-082-8
FREE shipping via US Postal Service for the remainder of 2010.

Visit: http://www.donnamcdine.com and order yours today for the young muse in your life.


Thank you for your time and interest.
Best wishes for a blessed holiday season!

Donna M. McDine
Children’s Author

http://www.donnacmdine.com/
http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com/

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Full Media Kit, Headshot, Book Cover Art and more are available upon request.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Now Open for 2011 Submissions

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine
Email: submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com

Website: http://guardian-angel-kids.com/

For Immediate Release

Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Now Open for 2011 Submissions


The 2010 holiday season is rapidly approaching and now is the time to brainstorm and write your fictional short stories, non-fiction articles, and/or poetry ideas around the 2011 Guardian Angel Kids Theme List.

January: Animals – Submission deadline December 15, 2010
February: Grandparents – Submission deadline December 30, 2010
March: Concepts (Shapes, Colors, ABCs,) – Submission deadline January 15, 2011
April: Health – Submission deadline February 15, 2011
May: Horses – Submission deadline March 15, 2011
June: Wheels – Submission deadline April 15, 2011
July: Outer Space – Submission deadline May 15, 2011
August: Cuisine – Submission deadline June 15, 2011
September: Good Behavior – Submission deadline July 15, 2011
October: Sports & Activities – Submission deadline August 15, 2011
November: Dogs – Submission deadline September 15, 2011
December: Faith – Submission deadline October 15, 2011

Our themes also tie into the Guardian Angel Publishing books, so be sure to check out the many books published each year at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/.  

We need 1 article per issue for parents/teachers on the subjects of reading, writing, teaching, parenting or something that ties in well with a theme.

Please visit Guardian Angel Kids to read and adhere to our submission guidelines at http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/submissions.htm.

Thank you for your time and interest.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Announces New Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine


M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine
Email: submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com

Website: http://guardian-angel-kids.com/

For Immediate Release
Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Announces New Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine

Jennifer Reed, original Editor-in-Chief is stepping down from Guardian Angel Kids and will be replaced by award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine effective immediately.
Ms. McDine comes to Guardian Angel Kids with 20 plus years of administrative and web design expertise in both Fortune 500 companies and as a virtual assistant. Along with her experience in the children’s publishing industry as a published author, National Writing for Children Center Publicist Intern, and former Stories for Children Magazine marketing manager McDine brings to the forefront her business, writing, and marketing know how to propel Guardian Angel Kids to further success in 2011 and beyond.
Please join, Lynda Burch of Guardian Angel Publishing, Kevin McNamee, Guardian Angel Kids Technical Director, and MarySue Roberts, Guardian Angel Kids Cover Art Director in welcoming Donna McDine to the family.
Please visit Guardian Angel Kids and become familiar with all we have to offer the young muses in your life at http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/.

Thank you for your time and interest.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Magic Lives in the Americas too ~ Fallon O’Reilly and the Ice Queen’s Lair by Debra K. Dunlap

Fallon O’Reilly and the Ice Queen’s Lair


YA Fantasy

By Debra K. Dunlap

Release: October 2010

MuseItUp Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-0-9865875-2-8

Price $5.95

Pages: 207

Blurb:

Magic lives in the Americas, too…

Land of the Midnight Sun. The Aurora Borealis. Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Dog sleds. Mount Denali. 60 degrees below zero. Moose. Grizzly bears. Salmon. Gold nuggets. Blueberries. Bunny boots and duct tape.

To most people, the word “Alaska” evokes visions of a wild, mysterious land, but for Fallon O’Reilly, it means home. Growing up in a village hidden deep in the wilderness, she eagerly anticipates her first sojourn at the Borealis Academy of Magical Arts. Nothing dampens her enthusiasm; not the creepy bookseller, her sisters’ nagging or the world’s nastiest classmate.
However, when village inhabitants disappear, someone murders a student’s pet and she suffers a near-fatal attack by a horrible, hairy creature, Fallon’s curiosity draws her into a dark mystery. Can a twelve-year-old witch, together with her wheelchair-bound cousin and new found friend from Wyoming, uncover the identity of the evil behind the chilling events?
From the wind-swept tundra to the frozen peaks of Mount Denali, Fallon’s struggle to protect the school and her fellow students encompasses a journey of far more breadth than she expected.

Intrigued? Stay for a few more moments and meet Fallon O'Reilly herself:

My name is Fallon O’Reilly and if you like rugged, unspoiled wilderness, you will love my home. Fireweed Village lays hidden deep in Alaska. It remains hidden, like other wizarding towns, because kippups would find it upsetting. Kippup? Oh, sorry. That means a person who doesn’t use or believe in magic. Can you believe some people don’t believe in magic? Crazy!
I turned 12 years old this summer so I’m ready for school. I can hardly wait for my first year at the Borealis Academy of Magical Arts. Dad says Borealis has a stupendous library. Yes, I admit I’m a bookworm, a dork, a nerd. Choose a name that pleases you because it doesn’t bother me. Even though my nose is always in a book, as my Mother likes to tell me, either the book or my nose frequently leads me into trouble. I have a feeling this year will be no different.
There are rumors of strange events at the school and in surrounding villages. My intrepid cousin, Ardis, will be at my side as I delve into what I’m betting will be a dark mystery. Join us as we sojourn through our first year of wizarding school and across some of Alaska’s magnificent terrain. You’ll be surprised at some of the people, living and dead, you meet!

Purchase Link:


https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=27&category_id=6&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

Thank you for your time and interest.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Bites for Kids: Interview with Children’s Author, J. Aday Kennedy

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach
Email: suzannelieurance@hotmail.com 
Website: http://writingforchildrencenter.com/ 

For Immediate Release


Book Bites for Kids: Interview with Children’s Author, J. Aday Kennedy

Book Bites for Kids, hosted by Suzanne Lieurance is a delightful way to interact with children's book authors, illustrators, publishers, editors, and publicists to learn more about the world of children’s writing and publishing.

We are pleased to invite you to tune in on Monday, November 8 at 2 pm CDT, at Book Bites for Kids http://www.bookbitesforkids.com/ to meet J. Aday Kennedy, the differently-abled writer. Kennedy is an award winning multi-published author of inspirational/Christian pieces and of children’s literature and has eight picture books under contract. She is a ventilator dependent quadriplegic making her dreams come true a story at a time. As a speaker, Aday entertains, instructs, motivates, and inspires audiences of all ages.

Not only can you listen to the show online, you can also call in during the live broadcast at (646) 716-9239 and ask the author being interviewed a question, make a comment, or just say "hi." If you can't call in during the live show, visit http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com/ and click on the author's Book Bites for Kids page and leave your question in the comment section there, which automatically enters you into our weekly Book Giveaway? Visit the National Writing for Children Center online at http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com/ or the Children's Writers Coaching Club at http://www.cwcoachingclub.com/ for more information on showcased authors and classes. We look forward to your visit.

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Full Media Kit and more are available upon request electronically.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

VBT - Writers on the Move - November 2010

Join the members of the VBT Writers on the Move as they swirl through cyberspace on their November 2010 stops.


1st Karen Cioffi is featuring Nancy Famolari

2nd Debra Eckerling is featuring Janet Ann Collins
3rd Nancy Famolari is featuring Mayra Calvani
4th Margaret Fieland is featuring Virginia Grenier
5th Dianne Sagan is featuring Robert Medak
6th Janet Ann Collins is featuring Debra Eckerling
7th Carolyn Howard-Johnson is featuring Mari Taylor
8th Heather Paye is featuring Carolyn Howard-Johnson
9th Marvin Wilson is featuring Margaret Fieland
10th Stephen Tremp is featuring Kathy Stemke
11th Darcia Helle is featuring Karen Cioffi
12th Martha Swirzinski is featuring Marvin Wilson
13th Heidi Thomas is featuring Maggie Ball
14th Kathy Stemke is featuring Stephen Tremp
15th Dallas Woodburn is featuring Donna McDine
16th Maggie Ball is featuring Dianne Sagan
17th Virginia Grenier is featuring Darcia Helle
18th Kevin McNamee is featuring Shelby Patrick

19th Elysabeth Eldering is featuring Heidi Thomas
20th Marietta Taylor is featuring Dallas Woodburn
21st Robert Medak is featuring Kevin McNamee

22nd Donna McDine is featuring Elysabeth Eldering
23rd Shelby Patrick is featuring Martha Swirzinski
24th Mayra Calvani is featuring Heather Paye

Thank you for your time and interest.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Book Review ~ If Babies Went to School by Barbara Lock

Title: If Babies Went to School


Author: Barbara Lock

Illustrator: Gus Tarantino

Soft cover: 40 pages

Publisher: Author House / August 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-4520-5940-2

“What if” questions are one of the most profound ways to get children to develop inductive reasoning. How can teachers and parents bring this process seamlessly into the articulation process of our young muses without making it feel like work? Through reading of course.

Come along on a “what if” adventure in If Babies Went to School. Siblings, Brian and Amanda start off their day wondering how it would be possible to bring their baby brother, Luke, to school with them. Brian and Amanda start to toss around a broad range of scenarios on how to make this possible. Coupled with their remarkable inductive reasoning with Brian’s “what if” statements and Amanda’s inquisitive questions bring them to their answers and soon learn why it is not possible for babies to attend school.

Author, Barbara Lock expertly brings the story of If Babies Went to School, to the forefront of prediction and critical thinking without preaching. A must have for the youngest school age children. Visit Barbara at http://www.ifbabies.com/.

Illustrator, Gus Tarantino’s real life illustrations make the character come alive in the humorous scenes.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thank you to Cheryl Malandrinos of Pump Up Your Book Promotion


My sincerest thank you to Cheryl Malandrinos
of Pump Up Your Book Promotion for coordinating
my first ever Virtual Book Tour for The Golden Pathway.

It was a wonderful experience and I also want to thank all the
people that took the time out of their busy schedules to visit
with me throughout the two month tour.

I appreciate your interest and time more than you know.

If you are ever interested in being hosted on my blog, contact me
and I'd be happy to arrange an interview with you for a feature profile.

Best wishes to you all!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Final Day of The Golden Pathway Virtual Book Tour

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Thank you to one and all for your never ending support before and during The Golden Pathway virtual book tour.
The two month tour has flown by and today is the last day and celebration I'm hosted with two UNIQUE interviews at:

The Story Ideas Virtuoso is thrilled to be part of The Golden Pathway's virtual book tour at http://tinyurl.com/2fpr3p4

Donna McDine has come full circle with The Golden Pathway’s virtual book tour by VS Grenier at http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com/

If you are ever interested in being interviewed for my blog, please feel free to contact me privately at: donna@donnamcdine.com.

Thank you!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Golden Pathway Virtual Book Tour Reaches the Homestretch

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It's hard to believe that The Golden Pathway virtual book tour coordinated by Pump Up Your Book Promotion reaches homestretch. The adventure of introducing David and Jenkins to the literary world has been a wonderful opportunity to meet so many advid readers I may have never met otherwise. Even though this portion of the journey will end on October 29, I'm anxious to keep their story swirling through cyberspace and into classrooms, libraries, and bookstores. So don't forget to check back for updates on appearances both vritually and in person.

Thank you to one and all for your never ending support and please follow along on the last stops, for when one's journey ends, another adventure awaits.

Monday, October 25



Book spotlighted at Book Tours and More

http://booktoursandmore.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 28 
Book reviewed at Thoughts in Progress

http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/
Friday, October 29

Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

http://reviewsbymolly.blogspot.com/

Guest blogging at SFC Blog: Families Matter

http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com/

Thank you for your time and interest!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Marvin D. Wilson ~ Beware of the Devil's Hugs Virtual Book Tour

Marvin Wilson and I are members of VBT - Writers on the Move marketing group and I am pleased to host Marvin today, especially since he is in the midst of an additional virtual book tour beyond the scope of VBT. Marvin will be checking in throughout the day, so please feel free to leave your comments and/or questions.

Marvin D. Wilson is the author of three published books, I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie), Owen Fiddler, and Between the Storm and the Rainbow. Owen Fiddler has been awarded the prestigious AVATAR award for excellence in spiritual books. Wilson has had articles published in several Ezines, and has been interviewed on hundreds of blogs, radio and TV shows, both over the internet and on the airwaves. A prolific blogger, his internationally popular blog, Free Spirit, was voted first place in the 2008 Book Blogger Appreciation Week award contest, in the Christian/Inspirational Fiction category. His other blog, Tie Dyed Tirades, is also growing in global popularity.

Wilson is a family man, married for thirty three years, with three adult children and six grandchildren. He has been around the block of life several times, through the ups and downs, and has survived in good enough spirits to desire to write about life, to write about living life on purpose. Wilson is a self-described “non-religious, dogma-free, Maverick spiritualist Christian.” He writes books that deliver spiritual and inspirational messages in an engaging, thought provoking, often times humorous, more than often irreverent, sometimes sexy and even ribald way, through the spinning of an entertaining tale.

Marvin D Wilson is an editor with All Things That Matter Press and also does freelance editing.

Synopsis of Beware of the Devil's Hugs:

What if a homeless, smelly, ugly, unkempt old man had a hug so powerful it could cure cancer? Cause a prostitute to stop hooking and seek true love? Shake the demons of addiction free from a junkie? Make a radical terrorist Muslim want to befriend and love a Christian and visa versa? But rare is the beneficiary of his divine embrace รข€“ nobody wants to come near him out of fear.
Beware the Devil's Hug is available on amazon.com at:

http://tinyurl.com/2uauetr

and also directly from the publisher, All Things That Matter Press, at:

https://www.createspace.com/3478953

Contact Information:

E-mail: marvwilson2010@gmail.com

Primary Blog:  http://theoldsilly.com//

Secondary Blog: http://tiedyedtirades.blogspot.com/

Twitter page: http://twitter.com/Paize_Fiddler

Reviews of Beware of the Devil's Hugs are pouring in:
 
“The story begins with the apparently innocent doings of a bum: but he’s much more than that. He possesses supernatural abilities and plays an important role in a cast of multi-faceted international characters. A planned meeting of a new organization whose goal is to seek peace by diluting religious dogmas is under threat of destruction in an Islamic terrorist plot. With a hostage as leverage, the extremists set their plan in motion using a trusted member of the organization. Will the member fulfill the mission to save his loved ones or be used simply as a decoy in a much broader scheme? Timely and provocative, packed with interracial, erotic and bizarre relationships, this novel keeps the reader in a constant state of suspense.

The author weaves a tale with credibility and realism. I give this book a five-star rating and expect to see it on the bestseller list.”

Review by:
Abe F. March

Author of :
To Beirut and Back
ISBN 1-4241-3853-1

They Plotted Revenge
SBN 13: 978-0-9822722-2-0

Journey Into The Past
ISBN 13: 978-0-9822722-8-2

Website: http://www.abemarch.com/

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“Beware the Devil’s Hug has an interesting cast of varied characters from many walks in life. The old smelly homeless man known as simply ‘The Old Man’ or ‘Iam’ is a true gem and the star of this novel. He has been around for more than one hundred years, but none of the other people he is involved with would know, or suspect, that. He wanders the streets and begs for a large portion of this tale. He never seems to let the nasty disposition of some people get him down. Iam also has a wonderful ability to heal, create peace, love, forgiveness, and understanding in the most unlikely of circumstances. I fell in love with him almost from the beginning and even asked the author where I might find my own old smelly homeless saviour.

“The story takes many twists and turns. The characters can be anyone. The lessons learned are humbling, poignant, and apt. There is a little something for everyone regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. It will make you laugh, cry, ponder some of life’s critical questions, and smile. I found it a delightful read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be entertained and doesn’t mind learning a lesson about humility or introspection along the way.”

– Michelle Malsbury, author, The Swindler, BSBM, MM

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Sit back and enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the Beware of the Devil's Hugs book trailer:




Be sure to follow the next featured author from VBT - Writers on the Move - Heidi Thomas hosted by Shelby Patrick at http://writershideaway.blogspot.com/.

Thank you for your time and interest.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Journey Continues for The Golden Pathway Virtual Book Tour

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It has been quite the exhilirating journey for The Golden Pathway and David and Jenkins. Overcoming prejudice and obstacles has developed into an endearing friendship for both David and Jenkins even though they know it will end bittersweet, for once success is met they will never see each other again. Journey along with David and Jenkins and learn from these two determined characters what it means to truly care for another human being.
Monday, October 18

Interview
J. Aday Kennedy’s A Writing Playground
http://jadaykennedy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 19

Interviewed and book reviewed
A.R. Silverberry’s blog
http://www.arsilverberry.com/blog

Wednesday, October 20

Book reviewed
J. Aday Kennedy’s: A Writing Playground
http://jadaykennedy.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 21

Guest book review
Pump Up Your Book
http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/

Friday, October 22

Book reviewed
Beth’s Book Basket
http://blogs.bethbencereinke.com/bethsbooksbasket

Thank you for your ongoing interest and time. Your support means the world to me!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Book Review ~ Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Title: Little Shepherd

Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Illustrator: Eugene Ruble

Soft cover: 16 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. / August 2010

ISBN-13: 978-161633-085-9

E-book ISBN: 978-161633-086-6

Wise beyond his years, young Obed has become a seasoned shepherd boy. Acutely aware of the hillside surroundings while tending his flock Obed stares at the sky in wonderment. A single bright light fills the sky. At first afraid, Obed felt a calmness wash over him as the beautiful angels descend, proclaiming “A Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Unsure what their message means, Obed looks to his father for guidance. With reassurances from his father, Obed and the older shepherds journey to Bethlehem to meet the newborn King. Their journey and meeting Christ the Lord is nothing less than miraculous.

Your fist reaction may be, oh goodness another story on the birth of Christ. Toss those thoughts away and immerse yourself and your children into the magical arrival of Christ the Lord. Children’s author, Cheryl C. Malandrinos has re-explored and created a beautiful re-enactment of Christ the Lord’s birth in a unique and awe inspiring rendition which surely will become classical reading in Christian religious school studies and home libraries.

The old time illustrations expertly created by illustrator, Eugene Ruble will leave you feeling that you journeyed through the countryside with Obed and his fellow shepherds.

Visit children’s author, Cheryl C. Malandrinos at:
http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/

http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/

http://ccmalandrinos.tripod.com/

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Interview with David from The Golden Pathway

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I have spoken often how characters many times take over a writers thoughts and demand for their story to be told. David and Jenkins of The Golden Pathway are those type of characters for me. I shelved their story for quite some time and tried to ignore their cries. They begged and pleaded in my mind, to the point I started dreaming of them. When it came to this, I could no longer ignore them and finally let their story be told and I couldn't be happier.

Come along for this historical fiction story of the Underground Railroad and the unlikely friendship that formed.

Tuesday, October 12
Character Interview
http://theplotline.wordpress.com/
Wednesday, October 13
Interviewed at Blogcritics
http://blogcritics.org/books

Thursday, October 14
Book reviewed at A Moment with Mystee
http://amomentwithmystee.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 15
Book reviewed at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
http://mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com/

David and Jenkins (and myself) thank you for your interest and time.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Review ~ Animal Sound Mix-Up by Connie Arnold

Title: Animal Sound Mix-up


Author: Connie Arnold

Illustrator: Kit Grady

Soft cover: 16 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. / August 2010

ISBN-13: 978-161633-083-5

E-book ISBN: 978-1-61633-084-2

The old expression, “things are they way they are meant to be” stands true for Animal Sound Mix-up. Chaos would certainly ensue if animals suddenly made different noises than what they always have. Could you imagine the looks on humans faces if this happened? Eyes would bulge and jaws would drop when encountering:

“What if you were at the park and a nearby horse began to bark?”

Amazingly so, chaos does not ensue in animal language, because by the grace of God each animal has their own unique and special voice.

Children’s author, Connie Arnold takes the reader on a fun and thought provoking adventure of “what if” through Animal Sound Mix-up, which will surely have child and adult laughing out loud.

Visit children’s author, Connie Arnold:

http://www.conniearnold.webs.com/

http://conniearnold.blogspot.com/

http://www.childrenbooks.webs.com/

Visit illustrator, Kit Grady:

http://www.kitgrady.com/

Sunday, October 10, 2010

David and Jenkins invite you to their virtual book tour of The Golden Pathway

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I have spoken often how characters many times take over a writers thoughts and demand for their story to be told. David and Jenkins of The Golden Pathway are those type of characters for me. I shelved their story for quite some time and tried to ignore their cries. They begged and pleaded in my mind, to the point I started dreaming of them. When it came to this, I could no longer ignore them and finally let their story be told and I couldn't be happier.

Come along for this historical fiction story of the Underground Railroad and the unlikely friendship that formed.

Monday, October 11
Book spotlighted at The Plot
http://theplotline.wordpress.com/

Book reviewed at Carpe Libris
http://seizethebookblog.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 12
Character interviewed at The Plot
http://theplotline.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, October 13
Interviewed at Blogcritics
http://blogcritics.org/books

Thursday, October 14
Book reviewed at A Moment with Mystee
http://amomentwithmystee.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 15
Book reviewed at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
http://mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com/

David and Jenkins (and myself) thank you for your interest and time.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

NWFCC Announces Karen Cioffi's Virtual Book Tour: Writing Tips

This month I'm hosting Day 4 of Karen Cioffi's Virtual Book Tour for all the children's book authors/illustrators who are part of the October Showcase at the National Writing for Children Center. Without further ado, I'm pleased to announce: Writing Tips from Children’s Writer Karen Cioffi.

Visit Karen at: http://thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com/.

Thank you for your time and interest.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How Can the Underground Railroad be a Golden Pathway, the Virtual Book Tour Continues – October 4-8, 2010

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How Can the Underground Railroad be a Golden Pathway, the Virtual Book Tour Continues – October 4-8, 2010

The fun continues with The Golden Pathway (Guardian Angel Publishing) virtual book tour.

Title: The Golden Pathway

Written by: Donna McDine

Illustrated by: K.C. Snider

Ages: 8-12

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-61633-081-1; 1616330813

Soft cover: ISBN: 978-1-61633-088-0; 1616330880

eBook: ISBN: 978-1-61633-082-8; 1616330821

Published: August 2010

Synopsis:

Be transported through time to the Underground Railroad, where high-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers the courage to defy his Pa. Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David attempts to lead Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

Virtual Book Tour stops the week of October 4-8, 2010:

Monday, October 4
Interviewed at Beyond the Books – http://beyondthebooks.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 5
Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books – http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 6
Guest blogging at Writing Daze – http://rebeccasnotebook.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 7
Book reviewed at Just One More Paragraph – http://tweezlereads.blogspot.com/  

Friday, October 8
Book reviewed at Debbie’s Book Bag – http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/

Donna will check in throughout the day at each location to interact with the visitors to field any comments and/or questions. Take this wonderful opportunity to show your support and ask your questions.

Each stop is UNIQUE so please check-in daily through October 29, 2010 at http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/ to see where Ms. McDine will pop up next.

Thank you in advance for your interest and support.

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Full Media Kit, Headshot, Book Cover Art and more are available upon request.