August, 2012

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GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES KAREN WIESNER, AUTHOR OF CODY KNOWS

CODY KNOWS follows the imagination and adventures of a single day in the life of an Indiana Jones-wanna-be toddler.

Congratulations on the release of CODY KNOWS. Please tell us more about it. What was the inspiration for this book?
Karen: My son is in high school now and has been an avid lover of books from birth. I wrote CODY KNOWS for him when he was just a baby, wanting to highlight what a unique, special child he is. He looks at the world in an unusual way that I hope will captivate others as much as it has my husband and I. Candy’s illustrations really bring out the single-day-of-adventure, harried pace we went through living with our son when he was little.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Karen: The last page, the little angel, finally asleep while Mom and Dad collapse. It’s very true to life!
Is this your first published book?
Karen: No. Far from it, but it is a very special book to me. It was originally published in 2003 in electronic formats only, and it’s finally coming to print now with Guardian Angel. I couldn’t be happier.
We’d love to hear more about you.
I’ve had 89 books published in the past 14 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 123 awards, and 17 more titles under contract. My books cover genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror, chick-lit, and action/adventure. I also writes children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles like my bestsellers, First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, available from Writer’s Digest Books. Look for Writing the Series, my next offering from Writer’s Digest Books, in May 2013. My previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like my own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which I founded in 2003. Jewels of the Quill produced two award-winning group anthologies per year published by Whiskey Creek Press from 2005-2011. All were edited by myself and others. Along with my writing, I enjoy designing websites, graphics, and cover art (which you can view here:
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/KarensCoverDesigns.html).
For more information about me and my work, visit my websites at http://www.karenwiesner.com, http://www.firstdraftin30days.com, http://www.falconsbend.com and http://www.JewelsoftheQuill.com. If you’d like to receive my free e-mail newsletter, Karen’s Quill, and become eligible to win my monthly book giveaways, send a blank e-mail to
KarensQuill-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming events?
Karen: Visit my appearance page at
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/appear.html
Thank you for stopping in to share CODY KNOWS with us. Readers can order their own copy of Cody Knows from GAP’s website. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

Thank you! J

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES Andi Houdek author of Mice in My Tummy

Congratulations on the release of Mice in My Tummy.  Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
Mice in My Tummy is about a kindergartener named Sami Rae.  She loves school but finds it hard sometimes.  Whenever the teacher asks Sami Rae to count or say the alphabet, she feels funny movements in her tummy. After this happens two or three times, she decides a family of mice have moved into her tummy. At her dance recital, she finds out her best friend Sarah has butterflies living in her tummy.  All ends well when Sami Rae talks to her dance teacher and finds out being nervous is normal and happens to everyone.
What was the inspiration for this book?

Andi: My daughter Samantha came home from kindergarten one day and very seriously informed me that mice where living in her tummy.  I sat down with her and she told me how hard kindergarten was sometimes.  After speaking with her, I realized our young children have a lot of stress in their lives but don’t have the words to describe it.  My hope is to give words and reassurance to our youngest school children.
What is your favorite moment from the book?

Andi: My favorite moment is when Sami Rae realizes her friend Sarah is nervous also. When they let their dance teacher know what they are feeling, she validates their feelings and lets them know it’s okay to be nervous.
Is this your first published book?

Andi: This is my second published book.  It is in its second printing due to unforeseen events from its first printing with a different publisher.
We’d love to hear more about you.

Andi: I am always full of ideas. I bought a small tape recorder so that whenever I have an idea I can record it.  My memory is getting worse and I tend to forget to write down great thoughts I have.  This method of cataloging my ideas is working out famously for me!
I have been super fortunate in belonging to some great critique groups and my illustrator Kevin Collier is amazing!
I find this funny:  People will say there is an author among us and I will look around, wondering who it is. 
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Mice in My Tummy events?
Andi:  I keep my facebook page updated: https://www.facebook.com/AndiHoudek.  I would love to hear from my readers!
Thank you for stopping in to share Mice in My Tummywith us. Readers can order their copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.
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