Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – March 18

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On Friday, I blogged about one of my favorite Easter time stories, Stubby’s Destiny by Dixie Phillips. You can read my review at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2016/03/18/book-review-stubbys-destiny-by-dixie-phillips/

Mokey’s New Friends by Connie Arnold

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Who says friends have to be alike? When Mokey skips out an open door at the zoo, he wanders off to find some friends to play with. He doesn’t discover any monkeys, but he does find some new friends who are just as fun to play with, no matter how different they are.

Mokey’s New Friends by Connie Arnold is a wonderful story that celebrates diversity. Though sometimes we are drawn to people who are similar to us, we also find friendship with those who have different likes and abilities than we do. With this charming book, Arnold encourages kids to accept the differences and enjoy the time spent with friends.

Artist Marina Movshina lends her impressive talents to beautifully illustrate this story. From the minute the reader meets Mokey, they will be captivated by the pictures Movshina has painted to bring this story to life.

Kids will enjoy this delightful story over and over again.

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Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616336846
ISBN-13: 978-1616336844

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

The Veterans’ Clubhouse by Kristen Zajac

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The Veterans’ Clubhouse by Kristen Zajac is a touching story that shows young people they can make a difference. Patrick, Hailey and their parents befriend a homeless veteran in need. To offer help to Charlie and others like him, they organize a benefit concert to raise funds to build a resource center at their church.

What an inspiring and heartwarming story! Two kids see a need in their community and they work with their family and other adults around town to make a difference. The reader is also witness to Patrick and Hailey using their special talents (drumming and drawing) to help their cause. This book shows how one seed planted can blossom into a field of flowers that touches many.

The vibrant artwork of Jennifer Thomas Houdeshell brings Zajac’s story to life. Considering Charlie is a Vietnam veteran, the colors and designs found inside are inspired by that time period. I also like how doing so weaved Hailey’s drawings into the illustrations.

My father and one of my brothers served in the U.S. Armed Forces, so this is a book whose subject is close to my heart. I applaud Zajac’s continued commitment to sharing the importance of our veterans and veterans’ issues with young people.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (June 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616336617
ISBN-13: 978-1616336615

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

Deb and Dee Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters by Donna M. McDine

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Deb and Dee are twin sisters who are always together….until the first day of Kindergarten. Dee goes one way and Deb the other. Suddenly on her own, Dee wonders what she will do. She soon discovers her classmates have the same jitters she does.

Deb and Dee Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters is a story that enables young children to realize all first day kindergarten students suffer from the same fears they do. It’s a delightful story of friendship and belonging somewhere outside of home. It helps open up children to the idea they are part of a larger community. Award-winning author Donna M. McDine knows the issues children face and this latest book is even more proof of how in tune with young people she is.

Jack Foster provides the artwork for this adorable book. His use of color and the wide, expressive eyes of his characters allow readers to easily identify his illustrations. He captures so many emotions with his characters’ eyes.

I’m hoping this is a start of a new series of Dee and Deb books. Would love to follow more of their adventures.

Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616336994
ISBN-13: 978-1616336998

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.

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