March, 2013

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GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES ELIZABETH YOUNG, AUTHOR OF DOZENS AND DOZENS OF COUSINS AND COUSINS

Congratulations on the release of Dozens and Dozens of Cousins and Cousins.  Please tell us more about it.
This is a story about how people and animals bond and help each other.  A young boy, Peter, wants to get all 48 of his cousins together for his birthday.  But the planes and trains are full, so Peter and his US cousins build a balloon.  A pilot friend helps Peter fly it to Canada to pick up Peter’s other twenty-four cousins. Along the way, they rescue an injured goose. On their return trip, the balloon loses its instruments and gets lost, but the goose, Sulgrave, rescues them.

What was the inspiration for this book?

           
Elizabeth: I have several friends who are balloonists and who introduce children to this wonderful hobby.  Also, we live on the water and have many resident Canada geese that we have come to know and love.
What is your favorite moment from the book? 

           
Elizabeth: My favorite moment occurs when Sulgrave, the goose, returns to rescue the balloon with Peter and his cousins.
Is this your first published book?

           
No, I have two published novels, both mysteries:  Do You See Him Now? and FUGO.
We’d love to hear more about you.
            I started my career in public broadcasting.  I have always written – although until five years ago, I specialized in technical articles and monographs for my teaching (communications, management).  Some years ago, I moved into the field of communications satellites.  Today, I consult in the communications field and also do volunteer work with the YMCA and various arts organizations.  Hobbies include singing, sailing, golf, traveling, and reading.  I have another children’s book under way as well as two more mysteries.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Dozens and Dozens of Cousins and Cousins events?

Elizabeth:  Please go to my web site: www.eyoungbooks.com, or to my Facebook page: eyoungbooks.com/pates/eyoungbooks 
Thank you for stopping in to share Dozens and Dozens of Cousins and Cousins with us. Readers, you can buy your 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 JEAN KELSO, AUTHOR OF BIRDS IN THE FLOWER BASKET

Welcome to GAP Family Blog, Mary Jean. Congratulations on the release of BIRDS IN THE FLOWER BASKET. Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
A little girl learns about birds through the front window of her home.
What was the inspiration for this book?

Each year birds build nests in my flower baskets that hang on the front porch. It was very frustrating trying to keep both the flowers and the birds alive. If I watered the flowers, the nest (including the eggs or babies after they hatched) got wet. If I didn’t water the flowers, they died.  Finally, after three years of this and figuring out how I was going to see that both survived I thought I should write a book.
What is your favorite moment from the book?

When the cat, Mittens, escapes from the house and stalks the birds.
Is this your first published book?
No. I actually have ten, I believe, with Guardian Angel Publishing besides several young adult and adult books with other publishers.
We’d love to hear more about you.
I’ve written all my life. At first, I didn’t know where I was headed with it. Then, when I was an adult I met a woman that had eight kids. The first words out of her mouth were, “I’m a writer.”  I decided if she could be one with eight kids to take care of, I should be able to do it with only three.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming BIRDS IN THE FLOWER BASKET events?
At http://guardianangelpublishing.com/birds-basket.htmor
I maintain an author/illustrator event calendar on our www.andyandthealbinohorse.blogspot.comsite with K.C. Snider. People are welcome to contact me at MJKEL@AOL.COM to be put on an email list that I send out when and where I’m going to be signing.
Thank you for stopping in to share BIRDS IN THE FLOWER BASKET with us. Readers can buy their copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

Thank you. I have enjoyed being an author with Guardian Angel for many years and look forward to many more releases with them.

Mary Jean Kelso

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES BARBARA CAIRNS, AUTHOR OF GATSBY’S GRAND ADVENTURES

Welcome to the GAP Family Blog, Barbara. Please tell us more Gatsby’s Grand Adventures.

About the book:
Gatsby is an art gallery cat who jumps into famous paintings at night. When he remembers to jump back out before sunrise, everything is fine. But sometimes, Gatsby forgets and that’s when strange things happen to Winslow Homer’s painting, “Snap the Whip”. Each book in the Gatsby’s Grand Adventures series will feature a different artist’s work and will provide a biography of the artist plus several websites about each artist.

What was the inspiration for this book?

I’m an animal lover and an art lover so wanted to combine the two in a fun book that would help children learn more about different artists and their paintings.

What is your favorite moment from the book?

I love it when Gatsby and the little mouse romp through the one-room schoolhouse. It not only brings back fond memories of attending a one-room schoolhouse, but also helps children learn a bit about a simpler way of life.

We’d love to hear more about you, Barbara.

My first book was published for teachers in 1979. The publisher in Pennsylvania not only published the teacher’s manual, but also student workbooks and playing cards to go with it, based on the 30 games I’d provided for learning opposites. My most recent publication (before Gatsby) was Cracker Cow, a Narrative of Florida History, which features Magnolia, a cracker cow whose ancestors came to Florida with Ponce De Leon and started the whole cattle industry in that state.

The Gatsby books are a dream come true after several years of having different versions dancing around inside my head.

I’m a Connecticut Yankee who always wanted to travel. Since college, I’ve lived and worked in Seattle, Washington; Labrador, Canada; Bamberg, Germany; and Canal Zone, Panama. I’ve always enjoyed writing and have had a diverse writing career… Wrote guidelines for starting the first special education n classes in the Atlantic Region for Department of Defense Dependent Schools,(DODDS) wrote stories for Ginn & Company 4th Grade Readers, wrote a monthly column for Pacific Skipper yachting magazine, which involved interviewing “yachties” who transited the Panama Canal, wrote newspaper and online columns (weekly and monthly respectively), wrote a 30-page proposal to open the first school library in the Canal Zone, edited the Federal Women’s Program newsletter, wrote articles and stories for a variety of magazines, wrote guidelines for a worldwide DODDS Host Nation Program, and wrote a winning essay in the Marjorie Kinnan  Rawlings Writing Contest, comparing my experiences with a pet fawn to those in The Yearling.

No one ever told me I should stick to one genre or niche! Right now, in addition to more Gatsby books, I’m working on a middle grade novel set in Florida during the Civil War.

How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming “Gatsby’s Grand Adventures” events?

In addition to the Guardian Angel Publishing site, I have two websites of my own; www.crackercow.com and a new one I’m developing, www.barabaracairnsbooks.com.

Thank you for stopping in to share “Gatsby’s Grand Adventure” 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.

Easter Coloring Page from Ava’s Secret Tea Party

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New Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing

BELLA SAVES THE BEACH hardcover, softcover Academic Wings by Nancy Stewart, art by Samantha Bell

Living by the beach is so cool, but Bella worries when she starts to see trash thrown on the sand. What can she do to help? http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/bella-saves-beach.htm

BRUTUS THE BULL hardcover, softcover Animals and Pets by Margo Bean, art by Aumi Kauffman Perry

Three children help a shy calf with a crooked ear use his strengths to triumph as the most magnificent bull ever.  http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/brutus-bull.htm


JOURNEY’S PROMISE hardcover, softcover Wings of Faith

When Journey discovers a family has chosen to adopt her baby brother, but not her, she kidnaps him and runs away from the orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. by Dixie Phillips and Journey Dai Muhammad, art by KC Snider http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/journeys-promise.htm

¡NO PUEDES LLEVARTE EL DINOSAURIO A CASA! Spanish edition by Mary Esparza-Vela, art by Mike Motz

Dos niños espaciales hacen planes para explorar un planeta en busca de tesoro. El hermano mas pequeño quiere ir pero no lo quieren llevar porque hace corajes cuando no consigue lo que quiere. http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/dinosaur-home-spanish.htm

YOU CAN’T TAKE THE DINOSAUR HOME English edition Littlest Angels by Mary Esparza-Vela, art by Mike Motz

Two tiny space-tots want to go on a treasure hunt but they don’t want to take their little brother because he always wants his way.  http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/dinosaur-home.htm

Guardian Angel Kids Magazine March 2013 Issue Now Available!

The March 2013 issue of Guardian Angel Kids Magazine is now available online at http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/ This month’s issue is all about nutrition. As the magazine’s new Editor-in-Chief, Mary Sue Roberts says, all the talk of childhood obesity and healthy eating habits makes it a great time to pick up hints on good nutrition.

Book Features this month include One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go by Linda Derkez and Rattlesnake Jam by Margot Finke. Poetry, short stories, articles and activities for kids fill this issue.

You’ll find submissions guidelines and links to archived issues on the website.

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