Character Interview with Glenn from A Christmas Kindness

I caught up with Glenn from A Christmas Kindness in the mall parking lot and asked him a few questions.

How did you meet Robert?

I met Robert in line as we waited to talk with Santa. He bent over to tie his shoe, and when he stood up, he saw me.

What did he say to you?

He asked me my name. Then he asked me what I wanted for Christmas.

Did you tell him?

Yes, but he didn’t really understand why I planned to ask Santa for that special present.

How come?

Well, Robert had a long list of toys he wanted to ask Santa to bring him. He was surprised I wanted something else.

Did you talk more about what you wanted?

I explained about my mom and my brother. I think he understood after that. Not sure, though, because Santa called Robert over and we didn’t talk again.

What do you think Robert asked Santa for?

Don’t know, but he seemed really happy after he hopped off Santa’s lap.

Do you think you and Robert will find the gifts you asked Santa for under the Christmas tree tomorrow?

I hope so!

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If you enjoyed our short character interview, I hope you’ll check out my book, A Christmas Kindness. The publisher released a second edition in 2020. The second edition includes discussion questions, activities, crafts, and more! Here is more about the book:

Title: A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 52
Genre: First Chapter Reader

BOOK BLURB:

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

PRAISE

It is not often that a simple children’s book can nearly bring me to tears, but this one succeeded. There is nothing better than reading a story at Christmastime that reminds you that there are still good people and good kids in the world. This is one heartwarming Christmas story that you and your kids can read and enjoy. It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and I believe that the author’s purpose is accomplished.

– Ruth, Amazon Reviewer

Robert can’t wait to see Santa. He’s got a pile of stuff he wants to ask for. Then he meets Glenn in line, and Robert himself gets to play Santa. I was touched by the main character’s transformation after he came in contact with someone in real need. The glow he walks away with can’t be bought, and he’ll never find it under the Christmas tree, but it’s the heart of the season that he’s found. Nicely illustrated, enjoyable story for readers of all ages. 

– Jude, Amazon Reviewer

For More Information

BOOK EXCERPT:

“Oh, when will we get there?” whispered Robert from the backseat of his mother’s car. He fiddled with the pull on his coat. The wipers brushed aside the snow falling on the windshield.

As they arrived, lines of cars streamed in and out of the mall parking lot. Robert peered over his mother’s shoulder and saw her white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel. She huffed as she scanned the parking lot for an empty space. He wiggled around, but his seat belt kept him secure.

Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, many younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.

“This is going to take forever!”

About the Author

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A member of SCBWI, she is blogger and book reviewer. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com.

Connect with Cheryl on Twitter and Facebook.

A Christmas Kindness by Cheryl C. Malandrinos Virtual Book Tour Starts November 1

The virtual book tour for A Christmas Kindness starts Monday, November 1. Here is more about the book:

BOOK BLURB:

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

PRAISE

It is not often that a simple children’s book can nearly bring me to tears, but this one succeeded. There is nothing better than reading a story at Christmastime that reminds you that there are still good people and good kids in the world. This is one heartwarming Christmas story that you and your kids can read and enjoy. It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and I believe that the author’s purpose is accomplished.

– Ruth, Amazon Reviewer

Robert can’t wait to see Santa. He’s got a pile of stuff he wants to ask for. Then he meets Glenn in line, and Robert himself gets to play Santa. I was touched by the main character’s transformation after he came in contact with someone in real need. The glow he walks away with can’t be bought, and he’ll never find it under the Christmas tree, but it’s the heart of the season that he’s found. Nicely illustrated, enjoyable story for readers of all ages. 

– Jude, Amazon Reviewer

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VBT Schedule

Monday, November 1

Virtual Book Tour Kick Off at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Tuesday, November 2

Book Teaser Trailer at YouTube

Wednesday, November 3

Character Profile Sheet Highlight at As the Page Turns

Interview at Heart Soul Mind

Thursday, November 4

Book Review at Sefina Hawke’s Books

Friday, November 5

Book Feature Highlight at b for bookreview

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Monday, November 8

Book Feature Highlight at What is That Book About

Book Review at fundamental

Tuesday, November 9

Book Review at Books for Books

Wednesday, November 10

Interview at What’s On Your Kindle?

Book Feature Highlight at Over the Rainbow Book Reviews

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Tuesday, November 16

Book Review at Jazzy Book Reviews

Interview at Carpinello’s Writing Pages

Wednesday, November 17

Book Review at Lisa’s Reading

Thursday, November 18

Character Interview at The Children’s & Teens Book Connection

Friday, November 19

Book Review at The Faerie Review

Book Feature Highlight at Lynn’s Romance Enthusiast

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Monday, November 22

Book Review at A Hippie’s Bookshelf

Tuesday, November 23

Book Feature Highlight at I’m All About Books

Friday, November 26

Book Feature Highlight at Sybrina’s Book Blog

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Wednesday, December 1

Book Review at Bound 4 Escape

Thursday, December 2

Book Review at StoreyBook Reviews

Book Review at A Room Without Books is Empty

Friday, December 3

Book Review at Laura’s Interests

Tutankhamen Speaks by Cheryl Carpinello

The words of Tutankhamen come alive in Tutankhamen Speaks by Cheryl Carpinello.

Scrolls discovered in the basement of the Egyptian Museum, transcribed in an ancient hand, are said to record the words of King Tut for all to read.

The story of the Boy King is fascinating. Ascending to the throne at the age of nine, married to his half-sister (as was the custom), no surviving children, and a death shrouded in mystery. Carpinello took the translated words and put them into storybook format to increase the reader’s enjoyment. That was definitely achieved. I eagerly swiped from one page to the next to discover more about King Tut and his life. The author/editor’s final note leaves it up to the reader to decide the authenticity of the ancient scrolls.

What I enjoyed most about Tutankhamen Speaks is the way the wide-eyed wonder of the young King is captured and the emotions that are relayed as he speaks of his father, his stepmother, his grandfather, his half sister, and his destiny. The reader is also treated to an excerpt from the next book in the series. I will also be reviewing that one this month, so keep an eye out for it.

If you enjoy ancient history, are fascinated with King Tut, or like stories that share a glimpse into the past, you will want to grab a printed or digital copy of Tutankhamen Speaks.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00E18KH46
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beyond Today Educator (January 24, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 24, 2014
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 4, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 79 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 149615536X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496155368

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon eBook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E18KH46

Amazon Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/149615536X

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tutankhamen-speaks-cheryl-carpinello/1118847147

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tutankhamen-Speaks-Cheryl-Carpinello/9781496155368

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

Reviews Coming in October

Hundreds of years ago, scrolls that would alter the view of Ancient Egypt’s most famous pharaoh were lost. Rumors through the ages said the scrolls told of a time that the Pharaoh Tutankhamen spoke from beyond the grave. No one who heard of these scrolls believed that the scrolls had ever existed.

Then following the Arab Spring in 2011, S. L. Wood, an Egyptian scholar, made an amazing discovery in the basement of the Cairo Museum.

Read the story from the lost scrolls that recorded the Boy King’s words from beyond the grave.

The Prophecy: Behold, when the last boy pharaoh is awakened, he will have one chance to right the wrong. United with a spirit vessel from the future, he must seek to find the one robbed of his reign, who will lead the way to the tomb of the boy pharaoh’s lost queen. There must the confrontation with the usurper be held and the presentation of his confession to the old priests be given. If the usurper holds his tenth Jubilee and is allowed to acknowledge his son as his successor, the wrong will not be righted, and the queen will remain lost to her pharaoh forever.

Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb – who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic – if she is to stay alive to make it back home. 

Sophie Washington: Lemonade Day by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington and her friends are back for a sweet, fun story that is sure to inspire kids to follow their dreams.

Short of cash to buy a special present for her mother’s birthday, Sophie is encouraged to take part in Lemonade Day, where young entrepreneurs learn how to start and operate businesses. With help from her friends and her annoying little brother, Sophie charges forward, only to have an accident destroy their supplies. With some creativity, they hope to get their plan back on track, earn the money they need, and support the local animal shelter.

Sophie Washington: Lemonade Day by Tonya Duncan Ellis is the second book in the Sophie Washington series that I’ve read. Sophie is smart and spunky, so readers will be drawn to her right away. I love how the author has created a diverse cast of characters to make the story relatable to everyone. Just like in Secret Santa, Sophie is faced with obstacles that challenge her. Though she gets frustrated, like any entrepreneur, she doesn’t give up.

If you enjoy books with strong protagonists, the Sophie Washington series is one you should pick up.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

READ AN EXCERPT

Forty minutes later, Mom calls us back in. A caramel scented candle has our kitchen smelling like a bakery, and she’s smiling. I guess the rest of the meeting went well.

“Here’s a snack, girls.” She sets a plate of cookies on the table. “I’m sure you’re hungry after all that running and jumping.”

“I’m really excited about all your suggestions.” Mrs. Gentry walks in from the restroom. “The marketing ideas are fabulous. I’m glad you’re setting things up so I can sell my candles on the Internet. I’d been happy getting a booth at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday, but I know I need to grow. I can’t wait to see the business plan you put together. Thanks for taking time with me.”

She turns to Alexis. “Did you have a good time with Sophie and Chloe? I hope she wasn’t too much trouble.”

“None at all, Mrs. Gentry,” answers Chloe. “It was fun.”

“Yeah, we got to play lots of games we liked in kindergarten, without feeling babyish.” I nod.

“I love Sophie’s puppy!” says Alexis. “Can we get one, Mom?”

“Taking care of dogs can be expensive. We’ll have to see how my business does,” says Mrs. Gentry with a chuckle.

She grabs Alexis’ hand and moves toward the front door. “Let’s meet again next week. You can definitely sign me on as your first customer.”

“Oh, and here’s a little something for you and Chloe for helping me out.” She hands us both five dollars.

“Thank you, Mrs. Gentry!” We say at the same time.

“It’s so cool that your mom’s helping Mrs. Gentry sell her candles,” says Chloe a few minutes later in the den. She scrolls through her phone, and I half-watch a cartoon on the flat screen over the fireplace.

All the papers are picked up, and the room’s back the way it usually looks, with bright, comfy throw blankets on the soft, leather couch, and the colorful, wool rug brightening the tile floor.

Over in the kitchen, Mom’s on a call with Dad, telling him the good news about her first customer. “We should start a business,” says Chloe. “It’d be cool to make our own money. I want to get some new leggings at the mall, but Mom says they cost too much. If we had our own business, I could save up and buy them myself.”

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

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