May, 2012

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GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES NANCY STEWART, AUTHOR OF KATRINA AND WINTER: PARTNERS IN COURAGE

Congratulations on the release of KATRINA AND WINTER: PARTNERS IN COURAGE. Please tell us more about it.
All Katrina Simpkins longs to be is a normal girl. Because she must wear prosthesis as a leg, she feels anything but. When she meets and befriends Winter, the tailless dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, everything changes, including Katrina’s whole life.
 
What was the inspiration for this book?

Nancy: I first saw a video about Katrina’s life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium about four years ago and was so touched by it.  About a year later, I received a phone call one evening from a woman named Maria Simpkins.  After speaking with her a minute, I realized she was Katrina’s mom!  She’d called to ask if I would be interested in writing a biography of Katrina’s life.  Seems she’d seen my books and had visited my blog.  Without much thought, I immediately said, “Yes.”  Only after I got into the writing process, did I realize how much I wanted this to be perfect for Katrina!

What is your favorite moment from the book?

Nancy: It has to be the first time Katrina gets to meet Winter in the water.  Winter swims right up to Katrina and puts her head on Katrina’s shoulder.  The beginning of a miracle…
Is this your first published book?

Nancy: No, I am also the author of the four Bella and Britt books, all published by Guardian Angel Publishing.
We’d love to hear more about you.
Nancy: I am the bestselling and award winning author of the four Bella and Britt Series books for children:  One Pelican at a Time (eighteen weeks on Amazon Bestselling List), Sea Turtle Summer, (won Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval) Bella Saves the Beach and Mystery at Manatee Key. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing. 
One Pelican at a Time and I were featured in the PBS Tampa special, GulfWatch.  Pelican has won the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite Five Star Award and was nominated for a Global eBook Award.
I am a frequent speaker and presenter at writing conferences throughout the United States.  I conduct workshops and seminars and speak to school children on writing and helping save their planet.  A blogger with a worldwide audience, I love to write of all things pertaining to writing for children.
I am fortunate to have been extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa and am the US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education. 
My husband and I divide our time between Tampa and St. Louis.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for Katrina and Winter:  Partners in Courage?
Nancy: I am in the middle of an on-going tour with Pump Up Your Book.  In early June, 2012, Katrina and I are appearing in a feature on Channel 10, Tampa with Ginger Gadsden, Morning Anchor.  On June 9, 2012, Katrina and I are appearing at a Book Nook Celebration at the St. Petersburg, FL Pier Aquarium.  I will be conducting an Intensives Workshop on non-fiction at the Summer SWCBI Conference in Orlando, June 15-16, 2012.
Wow, that all sounds very exciting! How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Katrina and Winter:  Partners in Courage events?
Website: http://www.nancystewartbooks.com
Blog:
http://www.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/stewartnancy
Email:  nancystewartbooks@yahoo.com
Facebook:  Nancy Rosenthal Stewart

Thank you for stopping in to share Katrina and Winter:  Partners in Courage with us. Readers, be sure to click over the GAP’s web site with the link to Nancy’s book to read an excerpt! We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

Children’s Book Week Blog Hop Continues

The Children’s Book Week Blog Hop continues through the weekend. Remember there is a giveaway of a tote bag filled with GAP books or a manuscript critique from Margot Finke.
To increase your chances for the GAP Author blog hop giveaway; become a GFC follower of their blogs, like their facebook pages, and leave a comment on their posts. Finally, sign up through Rafflecopter, found on each of the posts! It is easy and it is fun. 
Don’t miss out! So much great content has been shared. Visit each of the blogs. The simple instructions for entering the giveaway are found in each post. 
Here is your list of GAP authors participating in the blog hop:
Guardian Angel Publishing Author Blogs:

Mayra Calvani – www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com

Margo Dill – www.margodill.com/blog

Margot Finke – www.hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com

Donna McDine – www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

Nancy Stewartwww.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com

Kai Strandwww.kaistrand.blogspot.com

Nicole Weaverwww.mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com

Children’s Book Week Blog Hop Begins!

Warm up those index fingers and get to clicking! The blog hop has begun. 
Enter at a chance to win two prizes:

·        One FREE Picture Book Manuscript Critique by Margot Finke

·        One FREE tote bag of children’s books from the participating authors

Visit May 7-13, 2012 and automatically enter at a chance to win by commenting, GFC Follower, and/or become a Facebook Fan or Friend at each of the author blogs. (Please note, commenting and following GAP Family Blog or the GAP Facebook page does not count toward the blog hop, though we’d certainly love to have you!)

As a reminder, here is the list of Guardian Angel Publishing author blogs participating in this week’s blog hop:

Mayra Calvani – www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com

Margo Dill – www.margodill.com/blog

Margot Finke – www.hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com

Donna McDine – www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

Nancy Stewartwww.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com

Kai Strandwww.kaistrand.blogspot.com

Nicole Weaverwww.mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com

Happy reading and good luck to you all!

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Guardian Angel Publishing Authors

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna M. McDine

Website: www.donnamcdine.com

Email: donna@donnamcdine.com

For Immediate Release

Children’s Book Week: Celebrate with Guardian Angel Publishing Authors

May 7-13, 2012

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast! 

Visit Guardian Angel Publishing authors via their blogs as they celebrate Children’s Book Week. Each stop includes special topics of discussion: teaching writing and grammar using children’s books, road to publication, professional critiques, educator guides, Skype and in-person author visits, what’s selling in children’s non-fiction, writing narrative non-fiction, interviews, book reviews, individual book information, and so much more.

Enter at a chance to win two prizes:

·        One FREE Picture Book Manuscript Critique by Margot Finke

·        One FREE tote bag of children’s books from the participating authors

Visit May 7-13, 2012 and automatically enter at a chance to win by commenting, GFC Follower, and/or become a Facebook Fan or Friend at each of the author blogs.

Guardian Angel Publishing Author Blogs:

Mayra Calvani – www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com

Margo Dill – www.margodill.com/blog

Margot Finke – www.hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com

Donna McDine – www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

Nancy Stewartwww.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com

Kai Strandwww.kaistrand.blogspot.com

Nicole Weaverwww.mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com

About the authors:

Mayra Calvaniwrites fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. Her children’s picture books include Crash, The Magic Violin, Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster, Frederico, the Mouse Violinist, The Doll Violinist, The Water Cycle: Water Play Series Book Iand the upcoming The Fox in the Night. She’s had over 300 reviews, articles, stories and interviews published online and in print. She’s represented by Mansion Street Literary Management.

Margo L. Dill is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher, living in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grit, Pockets, Missouri Life, ByLine Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, True Love, On the Line, Fun for Kidz, and The News-Gazette. She is a columnist, instructor, and contributing editor for WOW! Women On Writing. She writes weekly book reviews for The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL). Her first book, Finding My Place, a middle-grade historical novel, will be published by White Mane Kids in 2012. She also has a picture book accepted by Guardian Angel Publishing and another by High Hill Press.

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 has 11 books published so far. Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Her husband is very supportive, though not interested in children’s books . 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! “

Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, The Golden Pathway, an historical fiction story book about the Underground Railroad. Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Donna has three more books under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, Hockey Agony, Powder Monkey, and A Sandy Grave. She writes, moms and is the Editor-in-Chief for Guardian Angel Kids, Publicist for the Working Writer’s Club, and owner of Author PR Services.

Nancy Stewart is the bestselling and award winning author of the four Bella and Britt Series books for children. Her newest book, Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage, is the biography of Katrina Simpkins with Winter, the dolphin. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at writing conferences throughout the United States. A blogger with a worldwide audience, she writes of all things pertaining to writing for children.

Kai Strand writes fiction for children and young adults. Her debut title, The Weaver, was a finalist in the EPIC eBook Awards. Her upcoming titles, Save The Lemmings! and The Wishing Well, Another Weaver Tale, will be released in 2012. Links to current and upcoming short stories can be found on her website. You can find book related downloads and more information about Kai and her writing at www.kaistrand.com.

Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish, and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. Her second children’s trilingual book, My Sister is My Best Friend was published by Guardian Angel Publishing, November 2011. She is also the author of a children’s trilingual picture book, Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. The story is about a Haitian girl who resides by the beach in Haiti.

We look forward to your visit. Thank you and good luck!

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May 2012 Guardian Angel Kids Magazine Now Online



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

Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Proud to be American – May 2012 Issue

Do you recall a time when someone said they were proud of you? How did it make you feel? Did you stand a wee bit taller? I know for myself the memory of my parents stating they were proud of me made me want to do better each day. Have you ever taken it one step further and thought what it means to be a proud American? As American citizens we live in a democracy where we have freedom of speech and religion, the right to our own opinion, freedom to choose where we want to live and work, and the opportunity for an education. These freedoms do not just come along without sacrifice. The United States military continually serves and protects the American citizens from communist and terrorist beliefs allowing us to live the American dream of freedom for all.

We invite you to visit and explore the Guardian Angel Kids www.guardian-angel-kids.com May 2012 issue of “Proud to be American ” through rich history poetry, the sacrifices of military families, embracing American freedom, the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, the Tuskegee Airmen, and activities to get you moving and grooving.

Letter from the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:  Donna M. McDine 

Featured Book:

Ebenezer’s Cousin by Kristen K. Zajac and illustrated by Jennifer Houdeshell

SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION:

Alvin and the Chipmunks sing Proud to be an American

Children’S poetry, ACTIVITIES, SHORT STORIES, and articleS:

“History Class” poetry by Margaret Fieland – the rich history of our nation.

“Activities that Celebrate America in Song,” by Kathy Stemke – the use of songs with accompanying movements helps develop gross motor movements and rhythm in our children.

“A Sergeant for Sophie,” by Catherine May Webb and illustrated by Katherine Bullock – the waves of emotions military deployment brings to young children.

“My Country,” by Sue Bangert-Wood and illustrated by Jack Foster – embracing the freedom of America.

“Proud to Say the Pledge,” by Shari L. Klase – when we say the Pledge, we are making a promise to do something.

“History Can Teach Valuable Lessons for Today: The Tuskegee Airmen Story,” by Kristen Zajac – the first African American pilots during World II and their special place in military and social history.

Visit Guardian Angel Kid today and www.guardian-angel-kids.com and enjoy a child safe and ad free Ezine.

We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angel-Kids-Ezine/163785080346247.

Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine an email at  submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you’d like to see in the future. They aim to please.

The Guardian Angel Kids Ezine staff and contributors look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.

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Guardian Angel Kids

GAP Family Blog Welcomes Lynda Burch, and Guardian Angel Kids Ezine

GAP Family Blog welcomes Lynda Burch, owner and publisher of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine.
Thank you for visiting with us, Lynda. Can you tell us what Guardian Angel Kids Ezine is, please?
Lynda: The monthly ezine is a way for kids to experience a hands-on computer interactive magazine to read, learn, and play games.
What was your inspiration behind the magazine?
Lynda: My granddaughter at two could play online games on nationally recognized sites, but could have twenty or more pop-up ads get in the way of the fun. I thought that they don’t need that interference of companies trying to sell them products. They just want to play the games. So I wanted to provide that venue and also provide a site for our books, characters, authors, and artists to be shared with an audience.
What makes GAK appeal to kids?
Lynda: Playing the games, reading the stories and poems, watching the videos, doing the activities, and interacting are great ways to entertain kids.
What makes GAK appeal to their parents?
Lynda: It is educational. It offers free entertainment. It is ecologically sound—no trees destroyed here. There are even parent/teacher articles. 
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about Guardian Angel Kids?
Lynda: I hope that kids and parents take advantage of this free tool for fun and learning.

Thank you again, Lynda, for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and tell us about Guardian Angel Kids Ezine

Readers: be sure to visit the electronic magazine’s site often for fun, safe, interactive, and always free entertainment for your children. The brand new May 2012 issue, Proud to be an American, is available now!

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