Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

As we say good bye to 2013 and prepare to ring in the new year, I wish you all health, wealth and much prosperity in 2014. 

The cover of a new "Live With Intention" calendar I have for the upcoming year has an unknown quote which sets the tone for a brand new year..."It's wonderful to get up in the morning knowing you're doing all that you can do."

That is my plan...to make the most of each day, doing all I can do to be all that I can be.  Wishing the same for all of you!

Monday, December 23, 2013


Merry Christmas, one and all!  I hope you have a blessed holiday season filled with love, laughter, family and friends.  Enjoy the moments...they are all too fleeting.
Be well and happy holidays!

Monday, December 2, 2013


Gratitude is one of the most important lessons to instill in our children.  The newest issue of Guardian Angel Kids is a treat.  Read on...


Attitude of Gratitude

December 2013 



Tales From Kensington Forest 


The Giving Fever by Robert Niven

Think by Sarah Varnam


A New Kind of Club by Trisha Faye

Good Neighbor Love by Evelyn Horan

A Helping Hand by Felicity Nisbet


Freedoms Even Kids Have by Shari L. Klase


Instilling an Attitude of Gratitude

by Irene S. Roth

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day to all!  Thank you to the brave men and women who give of themselves to fight for all.  The world is a better place because of you. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 2013 

Guardian-Angel-Kids.com free online magazine

It Must Be Magic!


BOOK FEATURE- The Magic Violin 

POEM- It Must Be Magic by Robert Niven; 

SHORT STORIES-A Fairy’s Flight for Firefly Freedom by Shari L. Klase; Magic Mud for Sale by Billie A Williams; A Different Kind of Magic by Felicity Nisbet; 

NON-FICTION ARTICLES; The True Magic of Nicholas Flamel by Donna Marie West; Open Sesame–Is it Magic? Christine Collier


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Life

Well, it has been some time since I've actually written a post and not just passed along information.  If you are still here with me, I thank you kindly for your patience.  Between surgery, recovery, returning to work and catching up as well as the usual day-to-day kid activities, much time has passed.  Which brings me to my topic for today...new life.




It is a fairly blah and dreary day here, but this tree above is a beautiful, deep burnt orange and red.  It stands as a beacon of fall color reminding me how autumn always feels to me like the start of something new.  Many feel spring is the dawn of new beginnings brining new life with fresh blooms and green grass.  For me, fall is the season which brings fresh energy with the crisp air and beautiful rich colors. 

Today, it seems to have inspired me to write this blog post, and I am very grateful for that.  My intent is to continue on in this new dawn of my writing life. 

What season brings renewed hope and energy to your writing life?  Please share if you are so inclined.  I'd love to hear from you and learn how you celebrate the awakening of a new season.

New Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing

A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear  Animals & Pets 

by Mayra Calvani, artist KC Snider

On a very bad day, Little Bear offers Mama Bear various items to make her feel better, but she’s too busy to notice—until he gives her his super, so good, so very special dolly. Silly humor, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia make this a fun read-aloud story. 


Bethlehem’s King Size Bed Musical Playbook  Angelic Harmony 

by Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips, Lucy Robbins, and Leslie Troyer 

A Christmas Musical for Children-Phineas of Capernaum orders a flock of sheep to find a king size bed for the newborn King about to be born in Bethlehem.


Captain Courage and the World’s Most Shocking Secret  Book 2  Littlest Angels

by Stacey A Marshall, artist Michelle Morse When beloved school principal and superhero, Captain Courage, reveals a shocking secret about himself, he shows everyone at school the true meaning of courage. 


Earthquake!   Academic Wings hardcover edition

by Susan Berger, artist Eugene Ruble


Ghost Story  Littlest Angels

 by Liam Maher, artist Gin May

One rainy day young John and cousin Harry play catch in the lovely lounge of a beach hotel. A gorgeous crystal chandelier gets shattered, but escaping from the damaged room, the duo causes the blame to fall on a ghost.


Hidden Treasure Littlest Angels 

by Judith J. Miller, artist Robert Beers

Instead of playing Matt must clean his room including the disaster under his bed. Besides scary, broken and stinky things he discovers a true treasure.


Mágico Mateo   Spanish Editions 

by Penelope Cole , artist Kevin Collier

Mateo tiene un secreto:  Él arregla las cosas por arte de magia.


The Ferry Boat  Littlest Angels 

by JennaKay Francis, artist Ed Woodward III

Riding the ferry to the island to visit friends is an adventure by itself. A rhyming story about a child’s adventures aboard a ferry.


Where will we fly?  Academic Wings 

by MarySue Seymour artist Cheryl Spadacinni.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2013 Guardian Angel Kids ezine

 Down on the Farm




The Odd Chick


Life on the Farm by Jennifer Buchet

Tractor Tour by Tracy Helixon


Tractor goes to the City by Wendy Klein

Allie’s Farm by Felicity Nisbet

The Pig who did not want to be pink by Savannah Hendricks


Old MacDonald had an Alpaca by Shari L. Klase


So you want to be a Farmer? by Sharon Stanley

Down on the Farm Word Search Puzzle by Tanja Cilia


LYNDA S. BURCH. Publisher

Guardian-Angel-Kids.com A free online ezine for kids!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

New Writing Contest

The rewards are publication in Children’s Writer,
cash prizes, winners’ certificates, and valuable
training in disciplined writing.
 If you like writing for children and
contests, read on . .
 Writing to an editor’s specifications is the first hurdle that any writer must clear on the track to publication.
Yet we hear repeatedly from editors that the majority of manuscripts they receive do not match their guidelines and specifications.
That’s a huge waste of time and energy for both writers and editors.
Writing contests also have exact specifications, and that’s why we encourage all writers to enter contests as often as they can. Contests are excellent professional training experiences. 
Get published and read by editors 
A winning entry can get you published, and often some healthy prize money too.
 The winning poems or verse stories in this Seasonal Poetry Contest will be published in Children’s Writer, the monthly newsletter that is read by to almost 1,300 children’s book and magazine editors in North America.
 Along with the winning pieces, we’ll publish an article about the other top-ranked entries and their authors.
 In addition, we will publish the winning entries on the Children’s Writer website and make them available on our Facebook page.
Win one of five cash prizes
The contest offers five cash prizes: $500 for the winner, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places. These alone are a lot of good reasons to write and enter.
To enter our Seasonal Poetry Contest, submit a single poem, verse story, or collection of up to five poems for children of any age, on the subject of any of the seasons, or holidays. The total word count of an entry may be no more than 300 words. Entries may be serious or funny, and take any poetic form. Winners will be selected based on quality of verse—including rhythm, meter, word choice, wordplay, imagery, and the use of other poetic devices (rhyme, alliteration, assonance, or others). Above all, winning entries must have appeal for young readers.
Seasonal Poetry is the theme
Poetry for kids is greatly loved by readers, writers, editors. But editors receive lots of slapdash, weak poetry submissions. Enter this contest to win, but also to hone your skills, build your writing confidence, and further your work as a children’s poet.
The theme for this contest is verse about the seasons or holidays. Would a haiku for children be a strong entry for you? Make sure the number of syllables and imagery work and appeal to kids. How about a silly poem in the spirit of Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss (in your own voice!)? What about a traditional limerick for kids (There was an old man with a beard...). How about your unique version of verse storytelling, à la Jack Prelutsky? Be original but use your best poetry skills. And have fun: Editors and readers (and contest judges) can tell when you do.
     Entries must be received by October 31st. The first contest entry is free to Children’s Writer subscribers who include their account number on page one of their manuscript. All others pay an entry fee of $15, which includes an 8-month subscription. Winners will be announced in the February 2014 issue. Prizes: $500 for first place plus publication in Children’s Writer, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.
The contest rules are important. Please read them carefully.
Note the deadline! Be sure to get your entry in on time.
Now warm up your computer and write a $500-winning poem or verse story!
Obtain Official Entry Form or make online submission
You may submit your entry either online, using our safe and secure entry page, or by regular mail. If you choose to submit online, you'll need to complete your manuscript and save it to a file on your computer.
If you need to pay a reading fee you will be directed to the payment section first.
Children's Writer Subscribers (online submission):
There is no charge for your first manuscript entry if you are a current subscriber to Children's Writer. Additional entries require a reading fee of $15. To submit a free entry online, you will need your Children's Writer account number, which is located in our email to you or on your Children's Writer mailing label in the name/address block. For subscribers who are also Institute of Children's Literature students, it is the same as your student number.
Please Click Here to continue. 
You will be directed to the Free Entry section.
Non-subscribers (online submission):
If you do not subscribe to
Children's Writer, your online entry is welcome. Please click here to continue.
You will be directed to the section requiring the payment of a $15 reading fee.
For Mail-in Entries:
To submit manuscript entries through the mail, please click here to obtain an entry form.


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Friday, September 13, 2013

Recent Guardian Angel Publishing Releases

Guardian Angel August 2013 Releases


Andy & Spirit in Search & Rescue Academic Wings hardcover edition

by Mary Jean Kelso, art KC Snider


Great Gobs of Gustation: The Sum of Our Parts  Book 8 Academic Wings

by Bill Kirk, art by Eugene Ruble

A rhyme which describes the sense of taste and how it works to help you tell what you like to eat and what you don’t. Book 8 of the Sum of our Parts anatomical educational series


Just Too Little  Littlest Angel

by Judith J. Miller, art Sonal Panse

At her grandparents farm Pam is too little to help with the chores.


Michael’s Safari Littlest Angel

by JennaKay Francis art by Craig Howarth

Michael takes an imaginary journey.


The New Puppy Animals & Pets

by Raelene Hall art by Kevin Collier, Gisele LaBlanc

After a day of fun and trouble, what will Kelly’s new mischievous puppy do next?



LYNDA S. BURCH. Publisher

Guardian-Angel-Kids.com A free online ezine for kids!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Guardian Angel Kids

Enjoy the newest issue of Guardian Angel Kids eZine here.  It centers on a highly important topic, anti-bullying.

Guardian Angel Kids 

An online Magazine



Book Feature

Benjamin Jay was a Bully by Emma Glover Art by KC Snider





Chy’s Guys by Donna J. Shepherd



Finding Frankenfeet by Jennifer Buchet

Saving Hercules by Debbie Allard

Shrimp by Felicity Nisbet

Frank and the Forever Flute by Elizabeth Glann



Hen Pecked by Shari L. Klase



Cyber Bullying: Its Prevalence and What to do about it? by Irene S. Roth



Teaching Empathy Helps Stop Bullying by Kathy Stemke


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Monday, August 12, 2013


I wanted to let you all know I will be offline for a few weeks while recuperating from surgery.  I'll be back with you as soon as possible.

Take care and be well all.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Guardian Angel Kids August Issue

Here is the link for the newest issue of Guardian Angel Kids eZine.  It is a beautiful issue on aviation.  Check out the moving sky and clouds on the book feature.  It's terrific.



Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I've been struggling recently to find enough time in the day.  Intermittently, I've found a bit of time here or there to start a new ms, edit a current WIP or submit a story to a targeted magazine or publisher.  All too often, however, I've ended up feeling like a hamster on the perpetual wheel of life which just keeps spinning and spinning.

At the start of the summer, I made a long list of things I wanted to accomplish over the course of the summer.  Nothing too major; I was sure I could cross off the items, one by one.  Simple things like following up on manuscripts previously sent out, work on current projects and starting new ones for which I had what I thought to be great ideas.  As the days and weeks of summer have ticked by, I now find myself looking at about two and half weeks left prior to the start of school.  YIKES!  My list is only half (if even) complete.  Where did the time go? 

Hmmm...baseball and softball tournaments, tennis matches, vacations, work, fun with kids, etc.  All good things, mind you, but also things which take me away from my computer quite often.

So, today, I was thinking of ways to dedicate a doable amount of time each morning to just writing and nothing else.  Something I have often talked of doing, swore I would do and yet have not. 

I happened to glance at my calendar to see what is on the schedule for the next day or two before we head out for one last family vacation prior to the start of the high school tennis season and school, and I saw these words...

"I value my time.  I choose to use it wisely and do not let others steal it from me."

Could it be that simple?  I think so.  My new mission is to really value my time in action as much as I do in thought.

If you have words of wisdom and strategies that work for you, please feel free to share.  All will benefit!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Guardian Angel Kids eZine

Hungry for ice cream? Visit the latest issue of Guardian Angel Kids...

This month's Guardian Angel Kids eZine- 

a free online magazine for Kids

JULY 2013

"Ice Cream"


Book Feature


by Susan J. Berger

artist Kim Sponaugle




Ice Cream by Lisa Hart


It Never Stops by Jacklyn Yuhanick

An Ice Cream Smile by Felicity Nisbet


The Presidential Sweet by Catherine May Webb

Ten Tips on Treats by Shari L Klase


Make Your Own Ice Cream Delights! by Jennifer A. Buchet

Ice Cream Trivia by Juliana M. Jones


LYNDA S. BURCH. Publisher

Guardian-Angel-Kids.com A free online ezine for kids!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July all!  Enjoy the holiday; rest, relax and be safe.  Thank you to all who fight and give of themselves for this right for all of us.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Nook is No More

I received the following link from Lynda Burch, publisher of Guardian Angel Publishing.  Given all the difficulties I've read about with Barnes & Noble, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise; however, I found myself yelling, "WOW," when I read it.

It seems we are in an ever changing world, both from a consumer and producer perspective as writers.  I am a fan of a good, old fashioned book and an avid bookstore browser so do not own an e-reader of any kind.  I know my books will be published in electronic format as well as traditional, so I may need to purchase one in the near future.  Guess it will not be the Nook.  Crazy!

Read on at...


Please share your thoughts on the future of e-readers vs. "real" books if you are so inclined.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Guardian Angel Kids June 2013

The June 2013 issue of Guardian Angel Kids eZine is ready for your viewing pleasure.






Mice in My Tummy by Andi Houdek, artist Kevin Collier


Amazing Grace Video sang by a 2 year old Zoei Toh


Confidence Helps Us by Guy Belleranti


The Little Corgi that Could by Shari L. Klase

Camping in the Canyon by  Evelyn Horan

A Walk Across the Street by Juliana M. Jones

A Foot Taller by Bonnie Gratch Lindauer


All About Me by Sharon Stanley





Parent/ Teacher Articles

8 Tips for Building Confidence in Your Child  Kathy Stemke

The Emotionally Mature Parent: Building Self-Confidence in Our Kids by Irene S. Roth





LYNDA S. BURCH. Publisher

Guardian-Angel-Kids.com A free online ezine for kids!