Author Spotlight: W.S. Martin and Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!

The story of the 1689 siege of Londonderry proclaims the power of God in the incredible resistance of the City of Londonderry against the attempted Jacobite conquest of Ireland by the deposed King James II of England.  While the city leaders vacillated, thirteen bold and brave young apprentices took the initiative to close the city gates.  “No surrender!” became the rallying cry.  Faith in Christ gave the people of Derry the courage to resist in the face of extended siege, blockade, starvation, and disease.  Liberty lovers—young and old—should read this book.

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It was now clear that the city was not to be taken by assault.  Other means must be tried.

It was not only the enemy outside the walls that the brave defenders had to contend with; remorseless foes, in the shape of hunger and fever, came to the aid of the Irish, and it was now evident that the besieged would have to be starved out of their position.  The most extraordinary means were adopted to prevent any food being taken into the town.

Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender! Tour Schedule

Monday, November 1

Book spotlighted at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Tuesday, November 2

Book spotlighted at Broowaha

Wednesday, November 3

Book reviewed at Giveaway Lady

Thursday, November 4

Book reviewed at My Favorite Things

Friday, November 5

Book spotlighted at The Writer’s Life

Monday, November 8

Book spotlighted at The Hot Author Report

Tuesday, November 9

Book spotlighted at Examiner

Wednesday, November 10

Book spotlighted at Thoughts In Progress

Thursday, November 11

Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

Friday, November 12

Book spotlighted at American Chronicle

Monday, November 15

Book spotlighted at Paperback Writer

Tuesday, November 16

Book reviewed at Lynn’s Corner

Book reviewed at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Wednesday, November 17

Book reviewed at RBC Library

Thursday, November 18

Book reviewed at Just One More Paragraph

Friday, November 19

Book reviewed at Carpe Libris

Monday, November 22

Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Tuesday, November 23

Book spotlighted at Review from Here

Book spotlighted at Lori’s Reading Corner

Wednesday, November 24

Book spotlighted at Writing Daze

Friday, November 26

Book reviewed at Ellis

Not much is known about the author. Mr. W. Stanley Martin was a stationer and was partner in the City of London firm, Martin & Purnham.  He spent his last days in Felpham in Sussex, England and used to attend services at the Chapel of the Bannister, Theological College in Felpham.

You can visit the publisher online at to learn more about the Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!

The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories by Carolyn Wolfe


Come along on a magical ride into sleepy time with The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories by Carolyn Wolfe.

From  a doll to a dragon, from a mom designing the universe to a baby in the sink, this collection of bedtime stories are filled with imagination and magical images kids will enjoy. The lyrical prose flows along and its melodies will soothe your child right into sleepy time.

This is the author’s fifth book, but the only one by Wolfe I have read. I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more from this talented author and lover of furry friends. The illustrations provided by Leslie Mathis are adorable; the perfect complement to Wolfe’s prose.

I hope everyone who picks up a copy of this book reads the Author’s Note, which reminds little ones to, “Wish Big, Dream Deep!”

A delightful addition to your child’s home library, The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories by Carolyn Wolfe will be a popular read in homes everywhere!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Avid Readers Publishing Group (June 10, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1935105574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935105572
  • SRP:  $11.25

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    The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine

     The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine is the touching story of one boy who is willing to take great risks to help someone in need.

    Every night David listens to his pa mete out his punishments on the slaves working their farm. He smells the alcohol on his breath. He watches as Ma is never treated with respect. He never expects his pa to be nice to him.

    One night after Pa whips their teenage slave, Jenkins, David sneaks out of the house and promises to help him escape to a better life.

    The Underground Railroad, also considered the “golden path to freedom”, helped numerous slaves escape the hardships foisted upon them by their owners. In this inspiring story, McDine has brought this portion of history to life for readers ages 9 to 12. The Golden Pathway shows how just one person who cares can make a difference in this world. It is a moving story that will educate readers and encourage them to be a person who makes a difference.

    I’ve been a fan of K.C. Snider’s artwork for some time, but she has truly outdone herself with The Golden Pathway. From the cover art to the interior illustrations, each brings David’s and Jenkins’ story to life in a visual way. From the tears running down David’s cheeks to a bent over Jenkins who has just endured another beating, and from chore time to a trip into town, Snider has captured every emotion, every tiny detail, right there on the page.

    The Golden Pathway nearly moved me to tears. As someone who has spent a great deal of time studying this period of American history, I’m certain this book has the ability to make a great impression on its readers. I highly recommend it. I hope it finds its way into schools and homes everywhere, as this is a message, you won’t want your kids to miss.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330880
  • SRP:  $9.95 (paperback),  $15.95 (Hardcover), electronic formats available

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    Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is Now Available!



    Title: Little Shepherd

    Written by: Cheryl C. Malandrinos

    Illustrated by: Eugene Ruble

    Ages: 4 – 8

    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

    PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61633-085-9;  1616330856

    eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-086-6;  1616330864

    Published: August 2010


    In the hills outside Bethlehem, Obed guards his first flock of sheep. When the angels appear to tell of the Savior’s birth, he is hesitant to follow the others to see the new King. When Obed returns to his sheep, he realizes it is a night of miracles.

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    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.


    Follow the LITTLE SHEPHERD VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR OCT/NOV/DEC ’10. Visit during the months of October, November, and December to learn more about Cheryl and her first children’s book.

    Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor from Western Massachusetts. She is a founding member of Musing Our Children, and editor in chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.


    Ms. Malandrinos is also a blogger, book reviewer, and online publicist. Little Shepherd is her first children’s book.


    Visit Cheryl at

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    Little Shepherd is off to the Printers

    Here’s the final cover of my book. The title is now Little Shepherd. I was told it was loaded for the printers, so it should be available soon.

    Keep an eye on this site and at Guardian Angel Publishing for when it is ready for sale.

    I’m still looking for a small handful of hosts for my blog tour, which will run weekdays from October 4th through December 17th. Feel free to email me at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested.


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