Results Are In!

As part of the Author Fair I participated in, visitors voted on which of my story ideas I should work on next. Here are the winners listed by popularity.

Picture Book/Early Readers

  1. Re-imagined Little Red Riding Hood with a modern girl who outwits the wolf.
  2. On a cold Christmas Eve, a tiny buck is frightened away from his home by a bear. He’s gone so far that he doesn’t know the way home, but then he remembers something his mother always told him and her wisdom help guides him home.
  3. An ingenious turkey comes up with ways to avoid becoming Thanksgiving Day dinner.
  4. Five-year-old Beatrice and her make-believe friend Charlotte go on an adventure where they imagine the lawn mower is really a dinosaur eating up everything and they must escape.
  5. A young boy comes up with a plan to save Christmas when Santa cancels the holiday because there are too many kids on the naughty list.

Middle Grade/Tween

  1. When an eleven-year-old victim of excessive bullying commits suicide, the residents of her small town are left with the struggle of maintaining the status quo or changing how they treat each other.
  2. A time travel series where two or three kids travel to the past via a certain object and meet historical figures along the way, helping to solve some problem. Once the problem is solved, the object brings them back home.
  3. A time travel story where a child journeys to the future and helps an older person, discovering at the end that the person she helped was her older self.
  4. A mystery about private school kids on a field trip who work to uncover a missing artifact or find a student who goes missing.

Young Adult and Adult

  1. Modern day Romeo and Juliet story.
  2. Thriller about a wife who attempts to murder her husband and then disappears. With the help of a private investigator who is his former girlfriend he works to track down his wife.
  3. A mystery with a love triangle set in the 1970s.
  4. A story of three sisters from a dysfunctional family each coping with a crisis and how those crises draw them together.

Please vote for your favorites in the comments section of this post. Thanks.

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

book 1

A touching story about eight year old Ellie and her separation from her family in the midst of World War II when Jews were not safe. Neighbors and strangers risk their lives to keep her alive and get her on a ship that will take her to relatives in America. A historical chapbook for older kids.

book 2

Giving can come in a variety of ways. This warm thought-provoking story is told to pass on the art and joy of “heart giving” to children. Anyone can give, anytime, anywhere! The best gifts are those which come from deep inside our hearts. Share the story – love giving.

book 3

When Dad loses his job, their family must move in with grandparents. Sarah, Owen and Olivia struggle with the loss of their old house, friends, and school, but their outlook improves when the family begins stargazing. Through the allure of astronomy and the opportunity to talk together undistracted, they discover ways to “see in the dark”.

book 4

A dish of bubble gum and learning to count has never been so much fun! Match colors and watch the bubble get bigger and bigger as you count higher and higher. Chomp, chomp, chew, chew. Look at the bubble you blew! Learn to count 1-10 with bubble gum and learn colors, too!

book 5

 

Sloth is a lazy and overweight dragon taking up space atop of a hoard of gold and jewels within a mountain inhabited by dwarves. One dwarf helps Sloth lose weight through diet and exercise. The grateful dragon, now able to fly, leaves the dwarf and his people a special gift.

book 6

 

The giggle provoking story of Poopsie, a playful ten-month old baby, who discovers Mommy’s ear and won’t let go, until he discovers that Daddy has ears too! Little Poopsie epitomizes the fascination babies develop for body parts. The story elicits a jovial joy ride in alliteration and rhyme.

For these are more books from Guardian Angel Publishing, please visit http://guardianangelpublishing.com/

Seasonal Titles from 4RV Publishing

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Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (October 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1940310342
ISBN-13: 978-1940310343

Purchase here!

 

Strangers in the Stable by Jim Laughter promo
The narrator wonders, “Hundreds of tents are pitched in that field nearby. Why would anyone go camping on a winter day such as this?” So begins a night she and her stable mates would never forget. The words created by Jim Laughter and the illustrations that bring his words to life will be a book readers will not easily forget.

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (September 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0983274032

Purchase here!

The First Miracle by LA Willis

A blind cat witnesses the first miracle.

Reading level: Ages 6-12
Paperback: 28 pages
Published: Nov. 12, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982588607
ISBN-13: 978-0982588604

Purchase here!

Front cover Tumbleweed Christmas

Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes, a child must make her own miracle, and one for her siblings.

Reading level: 4 – 8
Paperback: 24 pages
Published: September 1, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-9832740-49

Purchase here!

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Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (December 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985266147
ISBN-13: 978-0985266141

Purchase here!

Free for Kindle: The Christmas Present by Alexander McCabe

Christmas presentI have a little secret to tell you that not many people know. Something that maybe your mum and dad don’t even know!

You see, at the very moment you were born, Santa allocated you an elf. It’s true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa so he can decide what presents you can have from your list.

Yet there are some people that don’t believe in Santa. I know, I know, it’s crazy… but it’s true! Once those people stop believing in Santa, then their elf’s are sent away from the North Pole and only allowed back when they start to believe in him again.

Gabriel the Elf is very worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa isn’t real. Gabriel the Elf doesn’t want to be banished from all his friends at the North Pole, so what can he do? There is only one thing he can do.

He must prove that Santa is real.

File Size: 2029 KB
Print Length: 38 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Alexander McCabe (November 16, 2015)
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B01846R68A

Available here!

Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

A-Christmas-Kindness-digital-coverAs you know, I have two books out: Little Shepherd (Guardian Angel Publishing) and A Christmas Kindness (4RV Publishing). During the month of December, I am visiting blogs talking about these stories and you’ll find some reviews along the way. I hope you’ll consider purchasing either or both of these books for your children. Here are links from where the book is being featured this week:

A Christmas Kindness

https://www.amazon.com/review/R7MVTM5BVTH73

http://www.cassandramsplace.com/2015/12/a-christmas-kindness-by-cheryl.html 

Little Shepherd

https://www.amazon.com/review/R23NMLCWULKPOI

http://mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.be/2010/11/review-of-little-shepherd-by-cheryl-g.html 

Interview on Blogcritics MagazineLittle Shepherd

http://blogcritics.org/interview-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos-author-of-little-shepherd/

Interview on The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos-author-of-little-shepherd

The Story Behind A Christmas Kindness

https://thestorybehindthebook.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/the-story-behind-a-christmas-kindness-by-cheryl-c-malandrinos/

Purchase Little Shepherd at:

Guardian Angel Publishing

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Indiebound

Purchase A Christmas Kindness at:

4RV Publishing

Amazon Print

Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble Print

Barnes & Noble Nook

 

Special Feature: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

quiltAs a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation–and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land–a freedom quilt–that no master will ever suspect.

“A particularly effective way to introduce the subject to younger children, adding a trenchant immediacy to their understanding of a difficult but important chapter in the country’s past.”– (starred) Horn Book.

“This first-rate book is a triumph of the heart.”— (starred) Publishers Weekly.

Purchase here!

My Friend Merlin by Joanne Lécuyer

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This is the story of Arthur and Merlin in a way it has not been told before.  My Friend Merlin by Joanne Lécuyer tells the story of how Arthur and Merlin met, and how together, they changed the fate of magic. Merlin is a druid who has a vision that will bring him into the life of Arthur, the King’s son. The King has forbidden the use of magic, but when the pixies cast a spell that puts the kingdom in danger, it is the fast actions of Arthur and Merlin that could save the day.

Lécuyer is the author of positive fantasy books, so it should come as no surprise that in My Friend Merlin she has created an engaging story of friendship and acceptance. It is an entertaining story that gently teaches children about not jumping to conclusions and the importance of standing up for what you believe.

The stunning and colorful artwork by Rich Lauzon is the perfect complement to Lécuyer’s fascinating, magical tale.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 121 pages
Publisher: Topsy Books; 1ST edition (2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1927353440
ISBN-13: 978-1927353448

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.