A Warm Friendship by Ellen DeLange

Squirrel and Snowman are the best of friends. Will their friendship last forever?

A warm story about making friends and letting them go. For friends ages 5 years and up.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Lexile Measure: 500
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis; Translation edition (October 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605374490
ISBN-13: 978-1605374499

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Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

Excerpt:

Moments later, the front door swung open. In walked Macy’s dad and grandparents. The family raced to the door to hug them.

Crash!

“Oh no!” cried Mom. “What was that?”

Reviews:

“A perfect read for busy families around Thanksgiving…This is a great story for families to read together to remind everyone of the true nature of the holiday.”~ 100 Pages A Day…Stephanie’s Book Review

“The author has written a story about a family, much like yours or mine, perhaps, that works together when life doesn’t turn out the way they want it to.” ~ Beverly Stowe McClure, author of Under A Purple Moon and I Live in A Doghouse

“I found this book to be a quick but charming read…it was great how Macy took what she learned in school about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Indians and turned her family Thanksgiving disaster into something positive.” ~ Cheryl’s Book Nook

“Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving is a cute short story that I’m sure will become a family favorite maybe even a traditional family read… I loved this book.” ~ The Blended Blog

Purchase from:

Guardian Angel Publishing

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Indiebound.org

2019 Goals Review

It’s that wonderful time of year again where I review goals and put together a business plan for the next year. I’ve been a bit of a slacker in staying on track with my 2019 goals. It has been an interesting year.

Here were my overall goals for the year.

  • My calendar will be time blocked better this year, making me more effective and efficient
  • I will submit at least one finished project to an agent
  • I will actually take a vacation this year where I don’t do work–well, real estate work anyway

How did I do?

On the time blocking front, I did well until April. Then life got busy with work and family and it went by the wayside. Honestly, I’ve never been a time blocking fan, so I am not surprised. I also made it a bit complicated by having two calendars. I’m going to look at using a theme for each day like Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square.

I submitted one finished project to an agent at the WriteAngles Conference, but that wasn’t the intention of the goal when I wrote it. I’ll give myself half credit for that.

Totally bombed on the non-working vacation part, but I did work less than usual. Half credit again.

These were my writing goals listed in January. How did I perform on this front?

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to an agent

I researched agents and pitched it during a couple of online events, but didn’t submit it the way I intended. I plan to see if one of my current publishers will accept it. Not a cop out as much as realizing securing an agent is most likely a longer term goal considering what I want to accomplish with real estate in 2020.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Not only did I win STORYSTORM in 2019, I finished early. Tara Lazar does a phenomenal job of running this every year. I’m thinking 2020 will be a skip year for me. I have plenty of ideas to work from over the last few years worth of wins, so creating those stories is my focus.

GOAL 3: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids 

Never happened and I feel so bad. I’m just really not a short story kind of person (says the person who writes picture books for children). This will remain a goal into the new year.

GOAL 4: Write 10 chapters of Amelia’s Mission

This year saw three additional chapters written for Amelia’s Mission. I completed an editing project that took up a good deal of writing time, but it was worth every minute. I can’t wait to see Dust of Lies released at the beginning of 2020.

GOAL 5: Maintain my blogs

This is always where I excel, because I love blogging. Even though there were weeks when things didn’t go as planned, overall, I stuck with it and posted to my blogs and contributed to the two blogs where I am a member. I’ve decided to talk more about books at An Imperfect Christian Mom  so I can reduce the number of blogs I am maintaining. Other than that, I think I’ll be able to stay the course into 2020.

What goals did you set this year? What are some of your accomplishments?

4RV Publishing to Attend Luther Pecan Festival on Saturday, November 16

You’ll find my book, A Christmas Kindness, and other great 4RV Publishing titles at the Luther Pecan Festival this Saturday. Books make great gifts. Hope you’ll pay them a visit if you’re in the area. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/luther-register-news/2019-luther-pecan-festival/502832737210237/ for more information.

 

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?

You can purchase this book at:

 

4RV Publishing Bookstore

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

 

 

Blogging at 4RV – Tips to Bust through Holiday Stress and Keep Writing

 

Isn’t this a great piece of clip art? I probably look like this around December 23. Today, at the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News I am sharing tips to bust through holiday stress and keep writing. Hope you’ll check it out by clicking here.

Blogging at 4RV – Taking Your Time and Doing it Right

 

I missed my first week of blog at the 4RV Blog this month, so I wanted to make sure I posted this week. Today, I am speaking about the importance of not rushing editing and taking the time to do it right. You can find that article at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2019/10/take-your-time-and-do-it-right.html

 

Blogging at 4RV Blog about Effective Book Promotion

 

As many of you know, before I became a REALTOR, I worked in online book promotion. Thanks to this experience and the effort put into marketing my own work, our local library asked me to hold a workshop for self-published authors on ways to promote their books. This week’s article at the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News blog talks about how effective marketing is about building relationships. You can read my article at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2019/09/effective-book-promotion-is-about.html