2019 Goals Final Review

 

Welcome to January 2020! My, my how quickly the last year passed. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. We loved spending time with our family and friends. Today is back to work for me, so I wanted to write out my final 2019 goals review.

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to an agent

As I mentioned in November, I reconsidered this goal. With my real estate goals and caregiving duties, I simply can’t commit to an agent right now. In mid-December, I submitted this to one of my publishers. Fingers crossed.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Knocked this out of the park. Ended up with more ideas than required and took less than 30 days to finish.

GOAL 3: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids 

This goal will be added to my 2020 list.

GOAL 4: Write 10 chapters of Amelia’s Mission

Ended up writing three new chapters due to editing a few manuscripts this year. However, I spent the last two days reading all the chapters I have, editing them, and preparing to get more written in January.

GOAL 5: Maintain my blogs

Never an issue, because I love blogging. I see 2020 as a year to consolidate some of them, so I’ll consider that over the next couple of weeks.

I’m satisfied with my progress in 2019. I’m approaching the new year with high hopes and determination to make even greater strides.

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

Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat by Regan W. H. Macaulay

Regan W.H. Macaulay and Alex Zgud team up again to bring you a sweet Christmas story titled, Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat.

Myrrh is born to the barn bats, Mr. and Mrs. Raft. Named after a gift from the Magi, the Rafts have enjoyed visiting the farmhouse each Christmas to peer in at the Nativity scene in the window. When Myrrh asks to join them, they tell him he will be old enough next year. With the help of Sensa Squirrel, Myrrh hatches a plan to visit the farmhouse on his own and ends up needing the help of the family who lives there.

Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat is another charming story by Macaulay. Curiosity and Christmas make a great combination to find the little brown bat inside the family’s farmhouse. Young readers will love watching this story unfold as much as they enjoy Zgud’s beautiful artwork. I hope this author and illustrator plan to team up again. When they work together they create beauty and magic.

This is a sweet seasonal story everyone will enjoy.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (July 27, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616339357
ISBN-13: 978-1616339357

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

Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay

What a delightful and fun story you will find in Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay.

Sloth had become out of shape and lazy as he guarded the pile of treasure. When one brave Dwarf named Radish decides to help him change his habits, Sloth is finally able to take flight.

Macaulay has crafted a story that encourages healthy habits without preaching. Young readers will enjoy reading how Radish helps Sloth work hard, eat right, and set goals for himself. As progress is slowly made, Sloth feels better and is so overjoyed with what he can do he rewards Radish in a special way.

Accompanying the story is artwork from talented Canadian artist Alex Zgud. This versatile artist has brought Sloth, Radish, and their world to life with stunning details that fit perfectly into the story.

Sloth the Lazy Dragon might just make it easier for you and your children to have the discussion of creating healthy habits. Kids who enjoy fables and fairy tales or stories of mythical creatures will get a kick out of this one.

I look forward to more of Macaulay’s work.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; Large type / large print edition edition (May 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337621
ISBN-13: 978-1616337629

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

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

Roy the little red tractor is looking for a good job. He gets sent to Tanzania, Africa to help an orphanage build sidewalks so the nanny’s can walk the babies in their strollers. He is afraid to go there because of the wild animals but is very pleased when he gets there and sees all the babies he is helping.

All the proceeds from this book go to Neema Village, a rescue center for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha Tanzania, East Africa. There are more than 3,000,000 orphaned children in Tanzania. Learn more at www.neemavillage.org

Tired of the way he’s always lived, the big bad wolf is ready for a change. His family, on the other hand, is still far from it. Will he handle the pressure? No one should miss this humorous and heartfelt untold story of what became of the big bad wolf.

Shouts of “Hip Hip Hooray! We’re going to the beach today!” peak the curiosity of Gracie and Grover Groundhog. Disregarding their parents’ instruction against mingling with people, the two stow away and join in the adventure. Will they be discovered? What will they think of the beach? Will they be safe? Will they get back home to their parents?

For more information on these and other Guardian Angel Publishing titles, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

What is That Strange Noise? by Karen Carr & Piper Andersen

What would you do if you heard strange noises coming from the back of your car? Well, Piper and Grandma play this fun game, which when turned into a book, is a bunch of noisy and zany fun.

What is That Strange Noise? by Karen Carr & Piper Andersen is such a silly and entertaining book that you can’t help but enjoy it. Based upon a game the author and her granddaughter play, Grandma hears strange noises coming from the back seat of her car. Little Piper shares the names of each animal, one by one, asking for permission for the animals to join them along their journey. Soon the car is filled with a variety of animals, making it a delightful trip indeed.

The illustrations from one of my favorite artists, K. C. Snider, make What is That Strange Noise? even more of a joy to share with your youngster. They will truly want to read this book over and again. It might even inspire some made up games of their own.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (April 17, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616339713
ISBN-13: 978-1616339715

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