November, 2012

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GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES JACK FOSTER, ILLUSTRATOR OF “CHANCES ARE”

Congratulations on the release of Chances Are. Please tell us more about it.
Chances Are is an alphabet, animal, crazy rhyming book. It is filled with giggle producing pictures of soccer playing moles, bike riding peacocks, sports car driving baboons and much, much more.
What medium did you use for illustrating this book? How do you choose?
Jack: I have been an airbrush artist for 25 years. Several years ago I learned how to airbrush digitally. I get great results without all the messy cleanup! I usually sketch with pencil. Then I scan in the sketch and paint it digitally.
What is your favorite illustration from the book? Why?
Jack: I think it is the pink flamingos sipping cider in the shade. Because one of the flamingos is looking at the other. He has a strange look on his face like, “That’s weird. I’ve never seen a flamingo using a straw before!”
Did you have to do any research for this book?
Jack: Yes, I’m a bit embarrassed to say that the author, Susan Bangert-Wood, came up with a few animals that I had to look up. First time I ever drew a lemur.
Is this your first published book?
Jack: No, this is my 19th book for Guardian Angel Publishing. What a blessing to work for such a wonderful company. I’ve also had 4 more books published by various publishers.
We’d love to hear more about you.
While in grammar school, I was blessed to have some great teachers. I’m not talking about their teaching skills, I mean their faces! I would doodle pictures of Mr. Wilkins and his big nose and Mrs. Tanner with her silver wig and globbed-on mascara. At home I would spend night after happy night at the kitchen table copying the Sunday comics while the rest of the family watched “Happy Days.” After high school I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. I spent several years as a political cartoonist for a suburban newspaper.  I spent several more years airbrushing murals for libraries, churches and kid’s rooms. In 2009 Guardian Angel Publishing took a chance on me. My first book was Poodle and Doodle. I currently live near Chicago with my wife Aleithia, a dog and a cat. I have 5 grown children and 10 grandkids.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Chances Are events?
Jack: I am on facebook and my blog is  jacktoon.blogspot.com
Thank you for stopping in to share Chances Are 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 SUSAN WOOD, AUTHOR OF CHANCES ARE

Congratulations on the release of CHANCES ARE Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
An entertaining alphabet book with unusual animals doing zany things. Aardvarks, komodo dragons, and many more incredible creatures. The comical illustrations will capture the imagination while building reading skills at many levels. Also included are activities for parents/teachers to do with children.
What was the inspiration for this book?

Susan:  I love working with children and writing poetry so I thought I would combine two of my passions and create the book.
What is your favorite moment from the book?

Susan: I absolutely adore the illustrations by Jack Foster.  He does amazing work.  Overall I love how the animals are doing funny things which draws in the young readers.
Is this your first published book?

Susan: Yes. This is my first book published.
We’d love to hear more about you.

I grew up on a farm in rural Illinois with a wonderful Christian family.  I have a twin sister, Sandy, and an older brother, Darren.   I went to a small high school in Bluffs, Illinois.  I was active in MANY things.  I played basketball, volleyball, and softball.  I was also involved in band, student council, National Honor Society, and various other clubs.  I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education/Biology from Illinois College where I also continued being active in sports; volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  I received my Master’s in Elementary Education and Reading From Western Illinois University.  I have been a teacher and coach for many years.  I married Frank Wood in 2004 and moved to Missouri.  We now have two active boys, Frank Jr. and Gary. 
I have had a passion for writing my entire life.  I published my first poem when I was around ten years old.  I enjoy writing for children as well as poetry, plays, magazine articles, musical lyrics and musical composition.  I hope to continue writing for many years.
The most important things to me are my faith in God, my family, and my friends.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for CHANCES ARE?

Susan:  In late November I will be doing a book signing/tour in Illinois where I grew up. I hope to have a signing in Missouri some time in early December.  I’m in the process of scheduling it all now.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming CHANCES ARE events?
Susan:  I currently have an author’s Facebook page under Susan Bangert-Wood books. The link is below.   I am also working on my personal website now thanks to my husband.

Thank you for stopping in to share CHANCES ARE 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.

October 2012 New Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing

Every child at some point in their lives has a fear of monsters. Through charming, funny rhyme, see how one child conquers her fear of the monster in her room. What happens when the child finds out that monsters have fears, too.

Matthew has a secret. He fixes things magically. Matthew secretly uses his magic to fix things for his family and friends. Later, he expands his magical good deeds by fixing things in his neighborhood. Matthew’s friend, Lily, suspects something. Matthew must decide whether to tell her the truth or not.

A tiny burro shows up at a little boy’s house and becomes a real asset to the family. The day he disappears, they never expect to see him again until he prances in one dark spooky night.

An entertaining alphabet book with unusual animals doing zany things, aardvarks, komodo dragons, and many more incredible creatures. The comical illustrations will capture the imagination while building reading skills at many levels. Also included are activities for parents/teachers to do with children.

Rachel loves to doodle on walls, on her school books, and on her back pack. Anywhere Rachel can doodle she does, but it gets her into big trouble. She tries to draw and color in other places. She learns she can mix colors to make more colors. Suddenly, Rachel’s doodling becomes a lot more fun!

Find these and other great Guardian Angel Publishing titles at www.guardianangelpublishing.com!

New Seasonal Titles from Guardian Angel Publishing

Spend your Christmas with Camille, an orphaned camel, as she leads three zany wise men and their bossy camels to the newborn King in Bethlehem. Children of all ages will love this fun, easy-to-learn Christmas musical. Finally a drama guaranteed to warm the coldest heart.

The CD has the music included! Also a music video will be available at iTunes.

After a family’s star for their Christmas tree is destroyed they search for another ornament to top the tree. They resurrect the treetop angel carried across The Oregon Trail by a young pioneer and bring the story of The Christmas Angel full circle.

Look for these and other seasonal books at www.guardianangelpublishing.com!

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