November, 2010

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GAP Author Watch: Cheryl Malandrinos to be Guest on A Book and A Chat on December 4th

Cheryl C. Malandrinos, author of Little Shepherd, will be a special guest on the popular Blogtalkradio show, A Book and A Chat with Storyheart.

Join Storyheart at 11 AM Eastern on Saturday, December 4, 2010 for A Book and A Chat sit down with GAP children’s author Cheryl C. Malandrinos. You can listen online at and call in your questions to 347- 237-5398.

Malandrinos’ picture book, Little Shepherd has hit the Amazon bestseller’s list in the Large Print Children’s Books category four times since its release.

Here is what reviewers are saying about Little Shepherd:

“It’s a great book for families during the holidays looking to bring more depth and understanding to the standard nativity story.”

–Christy’s World of Books

“Little Shepherd is a great Christmas story for children between the ages of 4-8 that inspires faith and trust in something that cannot be seen, but can be felt in the heart and in the soul. This book would make a great addition to any Christmas collection as well as in any religious setting.”

–The Crypto-Capers Review

“Your first 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.”

–Donna McDine, award-winning author of The Golden Pathway

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, online book publicist, blogger and reviewer. She is a founding member of Musing Our Children and Editor in Chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages &Pens. Little Shepherd is her first book.

Visit Cheryl online at

Storyheart (Barry Eva) is the author of the YA romance novel, Across the Pond and the host of the popular Blogtalkradio show, A Book and A Chat.

You’ll find Storyheart online at

Contact information:
Cheryl C. Malandrinos

GAP Author Watch: J. Aday Kennedy to Hold Book Signing on December 4, 2010


J. Aday Kennedy
Phone: (903) 569-5626

For Immediate Release

Ventilator-Dependent Quadriplegic Holds Book Signing

J. Aday Kennedy will hold a book signing for her first two picture books, Klutzy Kantor and Marta’s Gargantuan Wings. The book signing will be held at the Ranchero Country Buffet at 1112 Pacific Street in Mineola, TX 75773 on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The books will be offered at a discount and prize drawings will be held for attendees. No purchase necessary. The winners will receive a T shirt or coloring postcard set with colored pencils.

In 1998, Aday caught spinal meningitis and stroked at her brainstem. She awoke from a coma a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. “If it hadn’t been for my disabilities, I never would have been bored and searching desperately for something I could do independently. That is why I began to write.” Her Christian and inspirational work has been featured in newspapers and magazines. Five of her essays have appeared in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Her focus has shifted from writing for adults to children’s books. Two of her picture books are published and six more are under publishing contracts.

Come visit with Aday at the Ranchero Country Buffet. Enjoy flipping through the humorous and reluctant – reader friendly books. Each book teaches a lesson wrapped in a wildly entertaining tale. As she signs books enjoy listening to Klutzy Kantor’s singing debut, “Go Me!”

J. Aday Kennedy, the differently-abled writer & speaker, is a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic making her dreams come true one story at a time. As a speaker, Aday entertains, instructs, motivates and inspires audiences of all ages. By focusing on what she CAN do instead of CAN’T, she typifies what someone CAN do if they apply themselves. She surrounds herself with family, friends, and positivity in small t Texas, the friendly state.

Klutzy Kantor and Marta’s Gargantuan Wings are available at

Learn more at

GAP Author Watch: Janet Collins to Attend Authors Among Us

GAP Author Janet Ann Collins will be signing books at AUTHORS AMONG US, a 9-day event celebrating authors, agents, publishers, and editors.

Join 40+ local authors as they discuss their books, their stories, and the craft of writing.Meet the people behind the pens, the editors that put a polish on their work, the agents who promote them, and the publishers who bring the finished products to bookstores.


The Market Place
11395 Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA

Janet Ann Collins has been a freelance feature writer for a newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a nostalgia columnist for the Antique Explorer, and her work has appeared in many other publications. She’s the author of Signs of Trouble, The Peril of the Sinister Scientist and Secret Service Saint, published by GAP.

Collins is a retired teacher of preschool and Kindergarten classes and spent several years as a substitute teacher in all grades. She also worked as an instructional counselor at California School for the Deaf for many years. With her husband she raised three deaf foster sons with special needs in addition to a birth daughter, and they are now grandparents.

Visit Janet online at and her blog at

GAP Author Watch: Cheryl Malandrinos to Sign Books at Living Gate Community Church on November 27, 2010

GAP author Cheryl C. Malandrinos will be signing copies of her first children’s picture book, Little Shepherd, at Living Gate Community Church on Saturday, November 27, 2010.

Living Gate Community Church is holding its annual Country Christmas Craft Bazaar and Tag Sale that day from 9AM to 3PM. In addition to featuring local author, Cheryl Malandrinos, there will be baked goods, craft items, hundreds of tag sales items, and raffle prizes.  A light lunch will be provided for a small fee.

Living Gate Community Church is located at 151 Taylor Street in Granby, MA.

You can visit Cheryl online at or her book’s blog at

Why Are Some Children Reluctant Readers, While Others Devour Book After Book? by GAP Author Margot Finke

I guess all brains are not wired in the same way. Some children gravitate toward reading despite parents who never opened a book, and never read to them. Other children, from families with a passionate love for books and reading, never feel the urge to peek beyond the cover.

And there are also those children who have a problems reading, and avoid it at all cost. First, make sure it is not some form of ADHD or Dyslexia. Whatever the cause, these children need to be tested, diagnosed, and the correct guidance and help provided. Finding the problem early, and treating it early, is the only way to help your child learn methods that will assure he thrives as a teen and an adult.

When I was a young Aussie growing up in a small seaside town, reading great books, listening to the radio, and going to the movies was the height of the teckie scene. Oh, and if you were older, the Saturday night dance at the church or the school Gym was the ultimate – especially if you had a hot date. Later on, gabbing on the phone also took over – kinda the dinosaur version of texting.

As a child, my parents read to me often. Books were a magic carpet ride to wild and wonderful places I might never be lucky enough to visit for myself. A rich and wonderful story made me feel sad when I reached the last page. A great author always made the characters and their trials and tribulations come to life. I become involved. I rooted for them. I identified with the characters. I wanted more! I read under the covers using a flashlight when I should have been sleeping. I was never without a book somewhere handy.

This is what I hoped my three children would feel about books and reading. I read to them when they were young, and when we moved to the US, I made up fun stories for them , about critters from their Aussie homeland. The walls of our home were lined with well read books. Yet our son became a reluctant reader. A smart kid who drooped and scowled when asked to read any book.

This highly technical age, with its bells and whistles, seduces many kids – especially boys, The distraction of video games, slick movies you can watch at home, TV and texting, all have huge appeal to 21st centaury youngsters. Only dwebes and wonkers read – right? Because so many moms and dads now work full time, the trend away from reading has escalated. Often, no one is home after school to supervise, and see that TV and games are limited, and reading is given a big push forward. Many parents (particularly single ones), must work more than one job to make ends meet. This means housework, laundry and cooking must be done after dark, and reading to children sometimes gets put on the back burner. Exhaustion is the norm for these parents. I know only too well – there are just so many hours in each day, and you can only do what you can do.

So, how to get reluctant readers reading, when time is tight, and money even tighter? Grade school boys can be lured into reading if you just remember that they are mini macho editions of their dads. Steer clear of girly stories with giggles and gossip. Boys like fast action stories, armpit noise makers, a dead mouse in someone’s bed kind of humor, and cool dialogue. Think junior version of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” or “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Go for macho – long on action and short on angst. This worked for my son when I discovered the “Hardy Boys” series. He devoured every one of them, and hasn’t stopped reading since.

Stop a moment, and take note of what your older RR (boy or girl) really likes to do – baseball, football, skateboarding, fashion, food, cheerleading – whatever it is, find books that center around their interest and passions – fiction or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter. Talk to them about their interests while you eat a meal, do the laundry, or drive them to sports events. Get a dialogue going. Give them a library card of their own, and encourage them to go choose books THEY like.

Try to make one hour of the week family reading time. Choose the book together, and then take turns reading to each other. I know one family who did this for an hour a week. They all enjoyed it so much, they now do it every night, right after dinner.

My other Blog, HOOK KIDS on READING offers a selection of books (on the lower right) that are written with reluctant readers in mind.

* If you know of a child suffering from big changes in their life, “Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind,” is a fun rhyming read with a sneaky message + the Q&A in the parent- teacher guide will be very helpful.
* If you have a child who is dyslectic, read them the rhyming, “Horatio Humble Beats the Big D.” The included parent-teacher guide offers helpful advice + links to more serious help.
“Rattlesnake Jam” was written with my son, the reluctant reader, in mind: rhymes full of
icky boy stuff and humor.
* And coming soon – mid-grade boys will eat up “Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble.” Set on a cattle station in the Aussie outback, an upcoming Man Ceremony, danger, Dreamtime Spirits, goanna steak, a problem Dad and a chatty cockatoo, all help Taconi decide his future.

Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived in Oregon with her husband and family. She is also the proud Nana of seven grandchildren. Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Her husband is very supportive and their three children are now grown and doing very well.

Margot didn’t begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day. Margot said, “I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs. You are my heroes! “

Her Website offers details about all 10 of her rhyming books + those coming soon, and her Manuscript Critique Service will help you write tight and terrific. There is also plenty of help for beginning writers. Two blogs offer fun, information and helpful advice about choosing books for kids, and how to write them. Visit a while and discover great books for your children.

G.A.P. Books for Kids –

“Wild and Wonderful” – rhyming series about animals from the US and Australia

WEBSITE: Writing Help and Manuscript Critiques –
2 Blogs:

Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Now Open for 2011 Submissions


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

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 .

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

Thank you for your time and interest.


GAP Titles Ranking in Amazon’s Bestselling 100 Books Today

Three Guardian Angel Publishing titles ranked in Amazon’s bestselling Top 100 books in the large print, children’s books category today.

They are:

A Star in the Night by Jennifer Gladen, illustrated by K.C. Snider – David makes his way home on Christmas Eve and sees this is no ordinary night. Accompanied by a shimmering star and some tough decisions, David encounters three experiences that will change his view of Christmas forever. Join David on his wondrous journey home.

Doggie Day Camp: Verb & Adverb Adventures by Cynthia Reeg, illustrated by Kit Grady – When timid Bubba, joins in the adventures at doggie day camp, he soon discovers new friends, new talents, and verb and adverb fun as well. Another book in the Pet Grammar Parade Series. Includes 2 study guides, 6 activities for verbs and adverbs and answer pages, too.

Sully’s Topsy Tale by Donna J. Shepherd, illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier – The final picture book in the Topsy Tales trilogy features a jazz loving, bebopping, singing snake suffering with laryngitis. What’s an independent snake that only sings solos to do? While waiting for his voice to return, Sully learns to appreciate the talents of others and the value of friendship.

To learn more about these and other books from Guardian Angel Publishing, please visit us online at

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


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


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

Thank you for your time and interest.


Full Media Kit and more are available upon request electronically.

Sealed with a Kiss by GAP Author Margaret Rose

The other day I did something I’ve been avoiding for some time. I put away my youngest child’s favorite “babies” forever. When my oldest decided it was time to give up his Oma Bear, we wrote a loving note about this special teddy bear that described how she was a special gift from his Oma, which is the German word for grandmother. Oma Bear was his first gift and spent every night in his bed from the day he came home from the hospital until he was nine. From head to tail, Oma Bear was as long as my son when he was a newborn. My son “visited” Oma Bear in her new quiet home in my cedar chest a few times, and then all was well.

But there was something different about this goodbye because it was the last one. “Baby” was one of those lamb Beanie Babies, sans the ears, tail, and nose. Most of the lamb-looking fabric had been rubbed and washed off and this Baby still resembled dirty dishwater even after a good soak in Tide. You can imagine what I went through when it came time to give Baby a bath. I remember watching my son chew on the ears when he was teething. And the time we forgot it at Grammy’s and he had to wait several days to get it in the mail. Baby was there for the hospital stays, the naps, and every kiss goodnight in between. Baby even woke my youngest up with little baby smooches on his cheek, with a little help from Mom. Sigh. It was well past the time to stop all that, but for me, asking him to give up his little bed buddies was also putting an end to a precious time in my life as a mother.

Yesterday when the house was empty, I sat down to write a note to Baby. And when I folded the note and gave Baby a goodbye kiss, there was a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. I nestled her in the cedar chest next to Oma Bear, Momma Bear, my oldest son’s shaggy blanket, and my raggedy stuffed rabbit from my childhood. I shut the lid and wondered, just like the Velveteen Rabbit, what they might be saying to each other as they wait for another child to love them in the distant future.

Margaret Rose has had a passion for the written word since she was a young girl. She became a professional writer and editor after college and is fortunate to be a fulltime writer. By day she works as a copywriter and editor for a small direct marketing firm and freelances feature articles for business-to-business magazines. In the evening hours she writes children’s books and romance novels.

Margaret is married and has two children. Some of her passions are all types of music, flower gardening, biking, walking her dog on moonlit nights, nature, and making people laugh. She lives in Minnesota and never plans to leave no matter how cold the winters are.

Visit Margaret Rose at: Margaret Rose Writes

The November 2010 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids is Now Available!

Check out the latest issue of Guardian Angel Kids. With featured books, stories, games and activities, this online magazine will entertain and educate your children. This month’s issue features and excellent article for parents and teachers on successful read alouds.

Click here to view this month’s issue of Guardian Angel Kids!

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