Friday, April 13, 2018

Prodding #Inspiration Along by Cheryl Malandrinos


Welcome! I'm delighted to host fellow children's author, Cheryl Malandrinos. I always enjoy hearing how fellow authors find their inspiration. Today, Cheryl is doing just that has she tours cyberspace along with her latest children's book, Amos Faces His Bully

Welcome Cheryl! 

Prodding Inspiration Along
It’s hard to talk about writing without bringing up inspiration. Almost every interviewer asks where the idea for your latest book came from. There are articles to inspire your writing; books are written to provide inspiration and encouragement; and you’ll often find conferences that hold panels dedicated to inspiring your writing.

Some writers only put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) when inspired to do so, while others discipline themselves to write even when inspiration is elusive. William Faulkner once said, “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning.” I guess we know where he stands on this topic.

My personal relationship with inspiration is one where I prod it along in the hopes of producing results.

My first book, Little Shepherd, was inspired by a Christmas carol. At bedtime, I would sing The Little Drummer Boy to my daughter as a lullaby. Each time I sang it, the image of a shepherd boy meeting the Holy Family on the night of the first Christmas would come to me. It took two years, but eventually I was able to plot out Obed’s story…though the end result was very different than I originally intended.

A Christmas Kindness was inspired by a desire to focus my children’s attention on others during the holiday season. Because the story takes place in the mall around Christmas, I spent a few hours at the mall sitting in the food court watching the kids line up to meet Santa. Sounds really tough, doesn’t it?

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and my latest picture book, Amos Faces His Bully, were completed thanks to the Picture Book Idea Month/STORYSTORM challenge I participate in each year. Originally only for picture book authors, this event challenges writers to come up with 30 story ideas over 30 days. I also have a recently written picture book that is ready to submit thanks to Picture Book Idea Month in 2012 (sometimes my inspiration needs a lot of prodding).

Now that I’ve talked about my inspiration, I hope you’ll share yours. Do you have any tips or tricks to share? I’m always open to suggestions. Writers can never have too much inspiration.

About the Author

 Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and the recently released, Amos Faces His Bully. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. 

Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/

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About the Book:


Title: AMOS FACES HIS BULLY

Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 20
Genre: Christian children's picture book

BOOK BLURB:
Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David's battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God's protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully too.

ORDER YOUR COPY:

Guardian Angel | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |Indiebound.org 

Book Excerpt:
Amos clutched his knees to his chest. Sitting in the dirt, he blinked to keep the tears from spilling down his cheeks.

Nathaniel and the other neighborhood boys marched around, taunting him.

“Are you going to cry now, baby?” Nathaniel balled his hands into fists and pretended to rub his eyes.

“I’m not crying,” ten-year-old Amos said with a sniffle. He stood and brushed the dirt off his clothes.

“I bet you’re the biggest cry baby in all of Bethlehem,” said Nathaniel.

The boys pushed him back and forth chanting, “Cry baby, cry baby.”


Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/qj4-5M2cgrg

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author


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Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Saturday, March 17, 2018

#YoungAdult - Chameleon by Zoe Kalo


  • Book title: Chameleon
  • Author: Zoe Kalo
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1542521599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1542521598

Behind the hallowed walls of a secluded convent, girls of various ages are the residents along with the nuns. Some orphaned. Some left there by their families. Each girl has a unique history and internal demons. Unbeknownst to the vast majority, but intuitively felt by a few. The girls own internal demons are nothing compared to what lurks within the walls and grounds of the convent. Come along for a page turning thriller that will have the reader spellbound and committed to the story of troubled Paloma from the onset. 

Author, Zoe Kalo has created a tantalizing mystery of truths and secrets into the human psyche. Bravo! 

Purchase link: Amazon
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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Adventures continue... Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters - #picturebook


Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters featured in the #StoryMonster #SpringReadingList#Dee&Deb are busy making friends wherever they go! 

Now it’s time for a nap!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

#PictureBookReview - Spilt Milk by Doug Schwartz


Title:                           SpiltMilk
Written by:                Doug Schwartz
Illustrations by:        Jordan Beckvonpeccoz
Paperback:                 34 pages
Publisher:                  Douglas Schwartz; 1 edition (January 24, 2018)
Language:                  English
ISBN-10:                    098605545X
ISBN-13:                    978-0986055454

Come along for a whimsical adventure of Monkey Pants. Always on the outlook to have fun, Monkey Pants does not pay attention to her brother’s warning on the consequences of spilt milk. Come on seriously what is so wrong about spilt milk?

The glorious imagination of Monkey Pants takes the reader and child on a journey of sharing what happens next before turning the page. A skill imperative to developing a child’s imagination and creativity and Doug Schwartz does a terrific job in formulating such an experience. The crayon child-like illustrations by Jordan Beckvonpeccoz add to the allure of Spilt Milk, which is sure to become a go to book for bookshelves across the globe.

Bios:

Doug Schwartz, the original Anson Pants, lives in Austin, Texas, where he helps keep it weird. He has co-written nearly a dozen scripts for children's musical theatre, and hopes you enjoy his first children's book. While not inventing ridiculous stories, he explores his imagination for creative solutions to any of life's problems. He believes that no dream is too big and no idea is too silly. Visit Doug: http://www.checkeredscissors.com

Jordan Beckvonpeccoz is an illustrator and designer based in Austin, Texas with an imagination to match Monkey Pants! This is her first children’s book, but definitely not her last. Her work can be found on magazine covers and across the internet, and when she’s not drawing, she’s baking pies and cookies. Jordan believes that no problem is too hard to solve with the application of some well-placed creative thinking. Visit Jordan: jordanjodesign.com

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

#PictureBook Review ~ Mamá Graciela’s Secret by Mayra Calvani


Title:                    Mamá Graciela’s Secret
Written by:         Mayra Calvani
Illustrations by:  Sheila Fein
Grade Level:       Kindergarten - 6
Hardcover:          36 pages
Publisher:           MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing (October 10, 2017)
ISBN-10:             1365861538
ISBN-13:             978-1365861536

Often times one discovers the most delicious food in the simplest setting. Once found it tends to be the place the locals and tourists go. Mamá Graciela’s run down shack, La Bahía, is just that place. With her loving touch of her secret recipe for scrumptious bacalaitos fritoas people gather from near and far.

Mamá Graciela’s cooking is not only a favorite of people but of cats as well. What is Mamá Graciela to do with her passion for La Bahía as well as her love for her new found large family of cats? Will she succumb to the authorities demand to shutdown La Bahía or will Mamá Graciela find another way to provide security and happiness all around?

Mayra Calvani cleverly blends the love of two passions into an endearing story of love and triumph.



Sheila Fein’s kaleidoscope illustrations catapult’s Mamá Graciela’s journey into a vibrant road of discovery.

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Friday, January 26, 2018

Dee and Deb Appearing at the Tempe Public Library Comicon


Dee and Deb are bubbling with excitement for their appearance at the #TempePublicLibraryComicon this weekend!!

Thanks to #StoryMonsters LLC for bringing Dee and Deb along...
If you are in the area, please stop by the Story Monsters LLC table and view a wide array of children's books.

Thank you!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Connect with

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist