TC&TBC – 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 213 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 378 posts. There were 318 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 70mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 15th with 146 views. The most popular post that day was Cover Art for The Little Shepherd Boy by Cheryl C. Malandrinos.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mail.yahoo.com, facebook.com, mrtinfish.moonfruit.com, en.wordpress.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dr seuss books, dr. seuss books, dr seuss book, oh the thinks you can think, and dr. seuss book.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Cover Art for The Little Shepherd Boy by Cheryl C. Malandrinos April 2010
52 comments

2

Answer to Dr. Seuss Trivia Question March 2010
4 comments

3

TC&TBC’s Top 10 Favorite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens and Teens January 2010
15 comments

4

Princess Tea by Janeen A. Sarlin with Noelle Shipley October 2009

5

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! March 2010
6 comments

Purchase Autographed Copies of Little Shepherd for Your Little Person

Autographed books make special presents. I hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of Little Shepherd for your little person this holiday season.

Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior’s birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

Read an excerpt!

Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.

He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.

Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.

Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.

Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”

His father dropped to the ground, his right hand blocking his eyes from the intense light.

Obed pulled the edges of his cloak closer to his face as he squinted up at the mysterious form hovering overhead. He shivered, but this time it was not because of the cold.

Read what critics are saying about Little Shepherd!

“It’s a great book for families during the holidays looking to bring more depth and understanding to the standard nativity story.”

–Christy’s World of Books

Little Shepherd is a great Christmas story for children between the ages of 4-8 that inspires faith and trust in something that cannot be seen, but can be felt in the heart and in the soul. This book would make a great addition to any Christmas collection as well as in any religious setting.”

–The Crypto-Capers Review

“Your first reaction may be, oh goodness another story on the birth of Christ. Toss those thoughts away and immerse yourself and your children into the magical arrival of Christ the Lord. Children’s author, Cheryl C. Malandrinos has re-explored and created a beautiful re-enactment of Christ the Lord’s birth in a unique and awe inspiring rendition which surely will become classical reading in Christian religious school studies and home libraries.

The old time illustrations expertly created by illustrator, Eugene Ruble will leave you feeling that you journeyed through the countryside with Obed and his fellow shepherds.”

–Donna McDine, award-winning author of The Golden Pathway

Autographed copies can be ordered by contacting me at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com. Please place “Little Shepherd” on the subject line. Autographed copies sell for $10 with a flat shipping rate of $3 to ship anywhere in the United States. Additional shipping charges will apply for orders outside of the US.

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From the Family Bookshelf

 

Yes, I’ve been a very bad blogger. Actually, I’ve been blogging, just not here. 🙂 With the release of Little Shepherd at the end of August, I’ve been slammed with book promotion. I started a new blog dedicated solely to my book, which you can find here. I’m also in the midst of planning my two-and-a-half month virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. The tour starts on October 4th and runs through December 17th. There will be great giveaways during the tour, so make sure you check in with my Little Shepherd blog to find out all the details.

It’s been about a month since I posted a From the Family Bookshelf column. I’ve done a lot of reading in that time, Dad not so much. The Lil Diva and the Lil Princess are now back in school, so their reading has picked up some. Let’s talk about some of these books.

I know you will probably find this hard to believe, but Dad is still reading Vince Flynn’s The Third Option. The poor guy gets home from work and he’s lucky if he gets a page or two in before nodding off each night. My father-in-law just received a bag full of books by one of the hubby’s favorite authors. I wonder when he’ll have time to read those.

The Lil Diva, despite kicking and screaming, now has to read 30 minutes a day in class and 20 minutes each night. Every night she has to write out her reflections from this 20 minutes of reading and turn it in. It has been a battle. Right now she’s readingHarry the Homeless Puppy by Holly Webb. She loves Webb’s books, so she reads them more than once.

I bought the Lil Princess a copy of Purple Princess Wins the Prize by Alyssa Crowne at the book fair a few weeks ago. She’s already plowing through that. She reads a little each night, though often I find her reading to herself after school.

As for me, the mom of this bunch, I finished Renters Win, Home Owners Lose by Tom Graneau and then moved on to complete:

A Friend in the Storm by Cheryl Ricker (Christian nonfiction/devotional)

Firebrand by P.K. Eden (fantasy)

A Woman’s Walk in Grace by Catherine Martin (Christian Living)

The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel J. Miller (biography)

Reviews for all the books mentioned above appear at The Book Connection.

I also reviewed A Wish and A Prayer by Beth Bence Reinke, If Babies Went to School by Barbara Lock, The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine, The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale by Sneed Collard III, and The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories  by Carolyn Wolfe here.

I finished Grounds for Murder by John Russo, a cozy mystery released by Canadian e-Publisher, MuseItUp Publishing. I’ll be posting my review of that one soon. I’m currently reading the YA novel,  The Space Between Trees, by Katie Williams.

That’s it for this issue of From the Family Bookshelf. I hope you’ll check back again soon for more news of great books.

Video Trailer for Little Shepherd

In case you hadn’t heard, my first children’s book, Little Shepherd is now available at the publisher’s website and Amazon.com! Autographed copies can be ordered directly through me for a cost of $9.95 plus shipping. Please email me at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com with “Book Order” on the subject line and provide me with the following:

* Name
* Mailing address
* Quantity
* How you would like the book(s) autographed

Payment can be made by PayPal or by bank check or money order.

Here’s a video trailer I created today to share some of the lovely illustrations Eugene Ruble created for the book.

Thanks for your support. I hope you enjoy the trailer!

Early Reviews of Little Shepherd

“Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a fresh rendition of the familiar story of the angels appearing to the shepherds in the field and announcing the birth of the Savior. The unique slant to this particular retelling of the scriptural story is that the reader sees the event through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. As a grandmother, I would be delighted to read this story to my grandchildren. As such, I recommend it to parents/grandparents/teachers everywhere who wish to bring this passage of scripture to life for impressionable young hearts to understand”.
–Kathi Macias, radio host and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the Extreme Devotion series and Valeria’s Cross http://www.kathimacias.com;http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com

“Heartstrings will be tugged as readers journey to the manger with a little shepherd boy. Obed’s father entrusted him with his first flock of sheep. Everything seems to be going perfect until angels fill the sky with an unusual request. Obed’s gripping tale promises to inspire and become a family favorite.”
–Dixie Phillips, award-winning author of Stubby’s Destiny, Angel Eyes, and other Christian children’s books www.floydslighthouse.com