Christian Authors Blog Hop & Giveaway



Welcome to the Christian Authors Blog Hop & Giveaway!
December 7 – 11, 2015

Thank you for visiting my blog. Today, I am participating in the Christian Authors Blog Hop & Giveaway. From December 7 to 11, a group of Christian authors will share their thoughts on writing for the Christian market. “Hop” to each blog where there will be a chance to win great prizes. 

Christian Authors Blog Hop & Giveaway Schedule

December 8 – Books by Corine
December 9 – Midnight Fireflies
December 10 – Bible Bites 4 Teens
Terms and conditions:
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  • Contest starts on 12/7/15 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/13/15.
  • Winner’s names will be announced at each blog hosting a giveaway.
  • Additional restrictions may apply. See individual blogs for details.
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Cheryl author photoPlease tell our readers a bit about yourself.

I am a wife and mother from Western Massachusetts. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, but didn’t embark upon a career until I became a stay-at-home mom. I’m the author of two children’s books, Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness. My husband and I have two girls at home and a son who is married. Our family has three rescue cats. In addition to my writing, I am also a licensed real estate agent.

How long have you been writing for the Christian market?

My first book, Little Shepherd, was published in 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. It is the story of the first Christmas told through the eyes of a young shepherd boy. I also have two more books under contract with them.

Name one challenge facing Christian writers today.

Book promotion isn’t always easy for an author, no matter what genre or market you write in. When I used to hold writing workshops in our local schools, I was unable to discuss my work in depth because of the separation of church and state. I found that made spreading the word about my books even harder simply because I couldn’t share much with my target market.

Do you write for other markets?

Yes, I do. I’m currently working on a romantic suspense novella and have written a women’s fiction book. The middle grade historical novel I’ve been writing isn’t necessarily Christian fiction, but faith plays a role in it.

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What is one thing you would like readers to know about you or your writing?

I strive to teach as well as entertain. My hope is that after a young person is done reading they will have a take away to ponder–a lesson they learn through the actions and reactions of the characters.
ENTER TO WIN: A PDF or Paperback copy of Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos & a $10 Amazon gift card

Additional terms and conditions: 

  • Paperback to residents of USA only. All others will receive a PDF copy.
  • Email for Amazon gift card prize.
  • This blog is not responsible for items lost or damaged in shipment.

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Blogging about Christmas Fiction Today at Christian Children’s Authors

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Today, I share some wonderful Christmas fiction from my publisher Guardian Angel Publishing. You can read about them at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2015/12/04/christmas-fiction-for-young-people/

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

 

Hockey Agony by Donna M. McDine

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Hockey Agony by Donna M. McDine displays the importance of honesty and integrity.

In this sports-themed chapter book for tweens, Larry is disappointed that his recent injury has sidelined him from the big game. His coach asking him to be time keeper alongside a member of the opposing team is little consolation. When one of his teammates asks him to cheat, Larry needs to decide if honesty can beat out his bad attitude and habit of bending the rules.

As someone who writes message-driven fiction, I always enjoy a book where a reader has a take away they can ponder long after they finish. Such is the case with Hockey Agony. McDine created a character whose bad attitude and habit of bending the rules finally puts him at odds with doing the right thing. Peer pressure is huge at this age, so the author taps into that dilemma and helps tweens realize honesty and integrity are essential to making us successful in life.

Julie Hammond provided the artwork for Hockey Agony. She has a perfect style to complement this story. I also enjoyed the many background details that I felt relayed the message of the story in a subtle way.

While this award-winning book is sure to be popular with hockey players everywhere, Larry’s story is a great read for any tween looking for a bit of excitement and characters they can easily relate to.

Highly recommended!

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Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (March 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161633360X
ISBN-13: 978-1616333607

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

 

Powder Monkey by Donna M. McDine

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Powder Monkey by Donna M. McDine is a heartrending, powerful story of survival and perseverance.

Tommy is taken by the press gang and forced into servitude for the Royal Navy. It is a tough life for a farm boy, but he learns to survive by being willing to do the jobs many of the other boys do not like to do.

This is a book for middle grade readers that shares a part of British history that is about as attractive as the years the United States was divided by slavery. It’s not a light story for youngsters to enjoy. Instead, it’s a story to teach children about the difficulties in our past and what they can learn from them.

Tommy’s story is brought to life by McDine’s captivating story and the stunning illustrations of K.C. Snider–one of my favorite artists. The emotions Snider captures in this book are so realistic you can’t help but be touched by them; especially the two at the end of the book. This author and artist should collaborate often.

Powder Monkey would make a great addition to any school or home library.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (May 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616333855
ISBN-13: 978-1616333850

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

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Elliott was abandoned at the hospital in Tanzania, Africa weighing only 1.65 lbs. His first four months were spent in a hospital bed because he was so tiny. Elliot was Neema’s Baked Potato Boy in this true story. He has thrived at Neema House Orphanage and has now been adopted by a great Tanzanian family.

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Bolt, a passenger train, increases his speed between Boston, MA and Washington DC so his favorite passenger Daniel can have more time to spend with his Meemaw on the weekends. The railway superintendent notices Bolt’s speed and efficiency and renames his line the Amtrak Acela. Bolt reaches speeds of 140 mph.


Samuel is a brave little firefighter. His special angel will carry him to Heaven very soon. His sister Gracie finds it hard to say goodbye. Mama teaches Gracie to fill her memory with special moments of Samuel. On windy days, she can hear him whisper to her when she listens with her heart.

To view these and other new releases, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

Green Gooey Goop by Anna C. Morrison

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Eating healthy just got a lot funnier with Green Gooey Goop by Anna C. Morrison.

In this rhyming story, a girl is served a different kind of meal by her mother who is sharing with her the importance of eating all those green fruits and vegetables. This green gooey goop is whirled up and served in a huge cup with hilarious results.

What a blast this book is. Morrison definitely knows what will relate well to children. I am pretty sure those healthy smoothies look like “green gooey goop” to most youngsters. With her zany creativity, the author is able to highlight all those healthy foods, while acknowledging how kids could feel when presented with such a concoction.

The artwork of Alexander Morris is perfect for Green Gooey Goop. The wavy lines, the wide-eyed expressive faces, and his vibrant mix of colors is the perfect complement to Morrison’s entertaining story.

Kids will eat this one up!

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Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (October 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616335432
ISBN-13: 978-1616335434

Anna C. Morrison is an author of children’s books, including Silly Moments and Green Gooey Goop, with many more to follow. She is also an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online. While she instructs various levels of English composition, she also teaches classes on literature, film, feature writing, and technical writing, among others. In addition, she has worked with Adapt Courseware as a writing consultant on three video course projects, including college skills and composition. Anna received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and her BA in English, Creative Writing, from California State University, San Bernardino. Anna is an active member of SCBWI and is available for book signings. She lives in Southern California with her family and pets.

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

 

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