September, 2012

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GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES MELISSA ROSS, AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR OF TODAY I AM A PENGUIN

Congratulations on the release of Today I Am A Penguin. Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
A young girl takes her stuffed penguin on a sled ride that turns into an Antarctic adventure when her imagination transforms them into Adelie penguins.  Packed with educational information and action adventure, children experience what it is like to be a penguin.
What was the inspiration for this book?

Melissa: Children have such amazing imaginations!  I have watched them over the years pretend to be all kinds of things and learn as they pretend.  I wanted to have a book that teaches children and is packed with science curriculum but does so in a fun imaginative way where they can enjoy learning. 
What is your favorite moment from the book?

Melissa: Probably when Kaleigh, Ian, and Sammy are “flying in the water.”  I think that would be the most fun about being a penguin.
Is this your first published book?

Melissa: Yes
Congratulations! First book publication is SO exciting.

We’d love to hear more about you.
I’ve loved to write and draw since I was a little girl.  Much of my time growing up was spent drawing and writing as well as reading.  After high school, I earned an associate degree in child development and a bachelor’s in illustration.  Soon after graduation, I married and had four children in eight years.  Busy with my beautiful family, I worked on writing and illustrating when I could, taking writing courses, attending SCBWI conventions, and learning from other writers and illustrators.  I currently teach art part time at a private school where I write and develop the curriculum for my classes.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for Today I Am A Penguin?
Melissa: Not yet but readers can find out about those events on my website under the Books page
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Today I Am A Penguin events?
Melissa: Look on my web site: www.Melissa-Ross.com
Thank you for stopping in to share Today I Am A Penguin with 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.

My Sister is My Best Friend Awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Guardian Angel Publishing is pleased to announce that My Sister is My Best Friend by Nicole Weaver and illustrated by Clara Batton Smith has been awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Sisters are very special: Meet two sisters that do everything together. This delightful story transcends all cultural barriers. It will warm the heart of little girls from all over the world.

Las hermanas son muy especiales: Conozca a dos hermanas que hacen todo juntas. Esta bella historia trasciende todas las barreras culturales. Tocará el corazón de todas las niñas del mundo.

Les sœurs sont très spéciales : Rencontrez deux sœurs qui font tout ensemble. Cette jolie histoire transcende toutes les barrières culturelles. L’histoire va réchauffer le cœur des petites filles dans le monde entier.

This tri-lingual book is also the winner of the 2012 Preferred Choice Award in the Kids Picture Storybook category through the 2012 Creative Child Awards Program.

Print ISBN: 9781616332099; 1616332093
eBook ISBN: 9781616332105; 1616332107 


You can purchase this and other GAP books at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com

 

Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman Awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Guardian Angel Publishing is pleased to announce that Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman and illustrated by Jack Foster has been awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

After one night at her grandparents’ beach house, Jessica is ready to go home to Mommy and Daddy. Grandma suggests a fantastic outing with Grandpa that sounds like fun. The balloon Grandpa buys for Jessica takes them on a fantastic flight where they meet some unusual characters.

Suggested ages for readers: 4-7

PRINT ISBN:9781616332044; 1616332042
eBook ISBN: 9781616332051 1616332050

You can purchase this and other GAP books at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES COLLEEN L. REECE, AUTHOR OF WILDERNESS WARRIORS

Congratulations on the release of Wilderness Warriors. Please tell us more about it.

About the book:

Busted and Banished”

Thirteen-year-old Tyler and his twelve-year-old sister Caitlin think being suspended from school for violating rules is no big deal . . . until a friend rats Ty out about a serious incident of vandalism and the police show up at the Clarks’ front door.

The worst is yet to come. Ty and Cat’s parents yank them out of their comfortable home and move to the wilds of eastern Oregon. No electricity. No running water. No TV. No Facebook. No Twitter or I-Pods. Just months of hard work, homeschooling, scary noises in the night, and no one else for miles around.

     Storms rage inside and outside the isolated log cabin. Will the need to survive the threat of tragedy reunite the broken family?

What was the inspiration for this book?

Colleen: Some time ago I worked with a man whose kids had gotten out of control. He took a leave of absence, yanked them out of school, and he and his wife moved them to eastern Oregon for a year of primitive living. Wilderness Warrior is based on their experiences.

What is your favorite moment from the book?

Colleen: When Tyler faces the consequences of his rebellion and realizes his actions have put his father in terrible danger.

Is this your first published book?

Colleen: No. I have 140+ “Books You Can Trust,” with six milliion copies sold.

We’d love to hear more about you.

Colleen: I was born and raised near the little logging town of Darrington, Washington, in the Cascade Mountains. We had no electricity or running water. I learned to read by kerosene lamplight—and hated going to the outhouse in winter!

I loved to read and decided to someday write a book. That “someday” book has grown to over 140 titles, with six million copies sold. My stories rely on what I learned from growing up in a home filled with love for God and family.

Many are for children, tweens, and young adults, including several from Guardian Angel Publishing:

Picture books:

 Katydidn’t

 God Loves You Whoever You Are, co-authored by niece, Julie Reece-DeMarco, with whom Colleen has co-authored more than a dozen titles.

Tween historical (WW2 era)

Last Page in the Diary

Coming soon from GAP

Nine Tail-Kitten, picture book

Wilderness Warriors is based on a real family who did what the Clarks do in the story. It also includes some of my own experiences.

How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Wilderness Warriors events?

Follow the GAP site or just type Colleen L. Reece into a computer. There is a lot of material out there on me.

Thank you for stopping in to share Wilderness Warriors with 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.

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES SCOTT SPOONMORE AUTHOR OF SEYMOUR THE SEMI – SPACE TRUCKIN’

Congratulations on the release of Seymour the Semi – Space Truckin’. Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
After a storm damages their supply shuttle, the National Outer Space Explorers, (NOSE), calls on Seymour the Semi for help in getting supplies to the space station. Seymour agrees to help and goes on his greatest adventure yet.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Scott: I’ve always been intrigued by space travel and I’ve always loved trucks. Connecting the two was an easy choice. 
What is your favorite moment from the book?

Scott: When Seymour  is reentering the Earth’s atmosphere.
Is this your first published book?

Scott: I self published my first book, Seymour the Semi – Snow Days, but this is my first book published with GAP.
We’d love to hear more about you.

I am a former truck driver and I’ve worked in the trucking industry for over 30 years.
I’ve loved trucks since I was a little kid. I was always playing with them when I was little and when I saw them on the road I would wonder where they were going and where they had been.
My wife, Joanne, and I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Being a grandfather helped  inspire me to write children’s stories, so Seymour the Semi was born.
I look forward to sharing more  Seymour the Semi adventures in the near future.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Seymour the Semi – Space Truckin’ events?
Scott: They can visit Seymour’s Facebook page and look for a website coming soon.

Thank you for stopping in to share Seymour the Semi – Space Truckin’ with us. Readers can purchase a copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES KAI STRAND, AUTHOR OF THE WISHING WELL: Another Weaver Tale

Congratulations on the release of The Wishing Well. Please tell us more about it.

 

 

About the book:
 
Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.

 

The Wishing Well is a Chapbook for Tweens. The residents in the village of The Tales, where The Wishing Well takes place, speak in story, so you will find a lot of storytelling within the story. You can read a lovely review by fellow GAP Author, Penelope Anne Cole here: http://penelopeannecole.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-wishing-well-by-kai-strand.html

 

What was the inspiration for this book?

 

Kai: After my first book, The Weaver, came out I had a lot of readers tell me that their favorite character was the misunderstood little gnome-elf, Unwanted. They suggested they’d like to see him cause more trouble in a new book. How could I resist?

 

What is your favorite moment from the book?

 

Kai: It is hard to pin down, but probably Chapter 11, Molly Weaves. Each chapter has a little anecdote at the beginning and Chapter 11’s is; The happy ending in the story isn’t always for you. I think this is the point in the story when main character, Molly, hits rock bottom. I know that sounds sad and depressing, but it’s really the point where she realizes that casting wishes and simply growing older won’t resolve her problems. It’s a turning point and I love turning points. Plus, the story Molly weaves cracks me up!

 

Is this your first published book?

 

Kai: No. As I mentioned, The Weaver was my first book. It was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. I also have another middle grade novel, Save the Lemmings, published by Featherweight Press.

 

We’d love to hear more about you.

 

First and foremost, I’m a wife and mother of four amazing children. Our oldest daughter just started her third year at Boise State, studying to become a Music Therapist. Our oldest son goes into the United States Navy in November. Our younger two children are still home and in school. Along with writing middle grade, I’m also a staff writer for www.Knowonder.com, an online children’s magazine that delivers a story a day for children to 10 years of age. And I write young adult novels, my first one, King of Bad, comes out in 2013. I’m a compulsive walker and would eat pizza every day if I thought I could get away with it.

 

Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale?

 

Kai: Yes, I’ll be traveling around the blogosphere on a virtual book tour beginning in October. I am also working on a local book signing for my friends and family and local readers in Central Oregon. Those interested in keeping up with my appearances (virtual and in person) should like my author page on Facebook: Kai Strand, Author.

 

How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming events for The Wishing Well?

 

Kai: My website has downloadable content related to my books as well as my appearance schedule, release dates, links to short stories. It’s chock full of information.

 

Thank you for stopping in to share THE WISHING WELL: Another Weaver Tale with 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.

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES MARY ESPARZA-VELA, AUTHOR OF BEARLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER

Congratulations on the release of BEARLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER.  Please tell us more about it.
About the book:  This is a humorous and heartwarming picture book targeted for children 4-8 years of age. It is about two bear cubs who hunt for food for the very first time. Sister wants fish but little brother gives her a hard time because he’s afraid of water. 
Two bear cubs search for food on their own. Sister Molly wants to catch fish but her little brother, Fritz, gives her a hard time because he really doesn’t like water. Will he finally get over his fear of water?

What was the inspiration for this book? 
Mary: I was inspired to write the story after watching a toddler at a water park. Every time his parents tried to get him into a small pool, the little boy cried and screamed. Once they convinced him, he did not want to come out.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Mary:  My favorite moment is when Fritz sticks his feet into the water and discovers that it’s fun to play in the water.
Is this your first published book?
Mary:  This is my third book. My other books are “The Odd Chick” and “The Turtle Who Imagined” which recently won a 2012 Book of the Year Award.
We’d love to hear more about you.
Before writing for children, I worked as an Editorial Assistant at a medical facility. I have written articles for religious publications and won various online writing contests.  Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. has published three of my children’s picture books and more are coming. I am also a patented inventor of three award-winning plush dolls. They may be seen on my website at www.marysdollsandbooks.com. I live in Texas with my husband and three children.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for BEARLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER?
Author:  Book signings are planned at Barnes & Nobles and school visits have been scheduled.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming BEARLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER events?
Author:  Events and announcements are being made via the internet and by mail. Press releases are also going out to libraries, news media, schools, writers groups, and conferences.

Thank you for stopping in to share BEARLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER with us. Readers can purchase their copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES LINDA DERKEZ, AUTHOR OF ONE LARGE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH TO GO

Congratulations on the release of PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH TO GO. Please tell us more about it. What was the inspiration for this book?
Scotty is in the habit of walking around with his food, leaving crumbs all over, rather than sitting at the table to eat. Mom is in the habit of letting him. One day Mom decides to use her imagination to fix this growing problem. When Scotty asks to walk to the clinic where his father works a few blocks away with his peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Mom says sure—but has he considered all the people who might ask for a bite of his delicious lunch? When Scotty’s sandwich grows impossibly bigger and bigger in his mind to account for all the people who’ll ask for a bite, he must make a decision about whether it’s wiser to keep his sandwich for himself by sitting at the table to eat it.

Linda: When I was pregnant, I vowed I would be the kind of mother who would insist that my children eat only at the table. Somehow the opposite happened! They ate all over the house! I wrote this story to give a light-hearted reason why it’s important to eat meals at the table.

What is your favorite moment from the book?
Linda: When the dog wants to share some of Scotty’s ever-growing sandwich.

Is this your first published book?
Linda: My first book, The Missing Stories: Caleb’s Missing Whisper & Other Stories, was published by Hard Shell Word Factory (currently unavailable). Chip’s Sharing Day was my second children’s book.
We’d love to hear more about you.
Linda: I like to write stories for children that teach them manners and right from wrong (like sharing with their friends or how to behave in the library) in an amusing way.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming events?
Author: Visit me my website: http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/linda.html  
Thank you for stopping in to share ONE LARGE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH TO GO with us. Readers can purchase their copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

Thank you! J

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