Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 

May 2017 bring much wealth, prosperity and good health to you and yours and be filled with much writing success!

Write, write, write...edit, edit, edit...submit, submit, submit...and then CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE!!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas and holiday season!  Safe travels if you will be on the road. Enjoy your time spent with friends and family.  God Bless!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Books make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.  If you need to help Santa fill stockings in your house this Christmas season, Bedtime Kisses and Little Bug may be perfect for your little one.

Mommy will be here really soon, but first I'll plant some kisses on my friends around the begins a different type counting book for little ones.

Persistence pays in the end as Little Bug crawls to find a morsel of food, a drink of water and a place to rest.  Teaches about concepts and prepositions.

Autographed copies available.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Guardian Angel Publishing New Releases

Just in time for your Christmas shopping for little ones...

Guardian Angel Publishing November 2016 Releases

Littlest Angels
by Cheryl C Malandrinos, Marina Movshina
Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive for Thanksgiving. Can she save dinner when the dog steals the turkey off the table?

Animals & Pets
by Anna C Morrison, art by Vanda Lavar
Squirrels, more squirrels, even more squirrels, and a dog who wants to be a squirrel!

Chapbooks for Tweens
by Debe Branning art by Jack Foster
Chickolet Pigolet’s family wins an all exclusive trip to Hollywood where Chickolet attempts to fulfill his dream of becoming a famous Hollywood motion pig-ture star.

Historical Chapbook for Tweens
as told to Dixie Phillips by Margaret Trettin
Ed Trettin enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, serving on the cutter the USS Ingham, traveling over 700,000 miles. Doing “search and rescue” of survivors would lead him decades later to one man he had pulled from the icy Atlantic.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Make the Decision to Pursue and Press On

I happened to look down at my weekly calendar today.  I don't always do so despite having specifically chosen one that had good quotes to read on a weekly basis.  Today, I did, and I am glad.

In the words of Amelia Earhart...

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.  The fears are paper tigers.  You can do anything you decide to do.  You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."

So today, as we embark on a new week (and soon a new month), decide to act.  Read, write, research, edit, market...whatever it is you need to do.  Do it.  Don't let the fear of the what ifs prevent your action.  Decide to do it and just. do. it!  Go grab that reward with both hands and be productive.  I've spent a couple hours organizing my mess of a desk and pile of to-dos today, so I can hit the road running in the morning.  I hope you can too.

Happy writing/doing this week!  If you feel so inclined, please check back in at the end of the week and let me know how it went.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday filled with peace, love, health and family...not to mention turkey and all the fixings!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be safe in your travels.

Friday, November 18, 2016

2016 SCBWI Winter Reading List

I am excited to share that Little Bug is part of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Reading List.  You can check it out on page 3 of the West division at  Come visit Little Bug as he crawls to find a morsel of food, a drink of water and a place to rest. He looks high and low and gets very tired and slow after trying to leap on the wing of a butterfly and catch a wiggly worm.

There are over 1,100 titles on the list from 328 publishers in 15 different regions around the world.  Find Little Bug and many other great books to love on the SCBWI Winter Reading List.

Friday, November 11, 2016

God Bless America

Thank you, Veterans, for your service, your strength and courage and your commitment to protecting our great nation.  To those who have fought, those who continue to fight and those who will fight in the future, may God protect you and keep you safe.  God Bless you all!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Exciting New Guardian Angel Publishing Releases

October 2016 Guardian Angel Releases

Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat!
Chapbook for Tweens
by Joni Klein-Higger, Flora Zaken-Greenberg, Ph.D.
An inspiring novel about Coby Ryan Harris, a smart and funny seventh-grade boy who overcomes the challenges of childhood obesity, bullying, girls, and divorce.

Once Twice Thrice
Academic Wings
by Kim Chatel; Illustrations by Kathleeen Bullock
Once Twice Thrice is a loving and humorous look at a father trying to explain plurals to his child. Names of groups of animals to learn about, too.

Something to Crow About- A Children’s Easter Musical
Angelic Harmony
by Dixie Phillips, Sharon Phillips
Crow the rooster is an eyewitness the night Peter denied Jesus, but no one has ever heard his account until now.

Too Big
Chapbook for Tweens
by Judith Dearborn Nill
Shelby Bradshaw hopes to escape the ridicule she endures for being the biggest girl in her class by skipping fifth grade, but her problems worsen as she tries to act older than she is.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Create a Positive Condition

"Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it."
                                                                                             Rabindranath Tagore

This quote was in my planner last week, and I was thinking of it today as I pondered the start of NaNoWriMo tomorrow.  I don't believe I am going to tackle it this year though very much want to do so one of these years.  I have been working on edits of some picture books that I very much want to complete and submit by the end of the year so think I will keep plugging along on them.  

I like this concept of "create the capacity to receive" everything that belongs to us.  One can interpret this in many ways, but I like how it can apply to writing.  Create the capacity to receive and be open to new ideas, create the capacity to write and edit, create the capacity to work hard and put forth effort and time to achieve the desired outcome, the "everything" we produce a book a publisher wants to publish, that children want to read over and over, that parents are willing to read over and over, that continues to sell and stays relevant to children over time.

This concept brings fresh life to my writing senses today.  I am going to use the motivation to continue to create and receive all I am capable of.  I hope to have something to show for it in the days to come.

Good luck to all of you embarking on NaNoWriMo!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What a darling picture book!

Author: Barbara Bockman
Illustrator:  Elexis King
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Published: August 2016
Paperback ISBN: 9781616337841
eBook ISBN: 9781616337858

MRS. BETSY FIELDMOUSE BORROWS AN EGG, written by Barbara Bockman and illustrated by Elexis King, is an endearing picture book perfect for children ages 3-7.

The best laid plans often go awry as Mrs. Betsy Fieldmouse finds out when her mission to bake a birthday cake for a friend, Mrs. Tillie Beaver, runs into a snag…she doesn’t have an egg.  So begins a circular process of calling on friends in a time of need with a nice little surprise at the end.  Mrs. Bockman uses lively language (“twitchy whiskers,” “button nose,” “bushy ring tail”) and a repetitive manner in story telling that children will enjoy reading over and over again. 

Ms. King’s creative and colorful illustrations engage children and give life to Mrs. Bockman’s text.  MRS. BETSY FIELDMOUSE BORROWS AN EGG is a fun picture book which teaches children about the joy of helping others and taking pride in doing so.  Highly recommended!

Author information can be found at

Illustrator information is available at

** Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.  This review consists of my truthful opinions, not influenced in any way by the author or publisher.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Delightful Read

Title: In and Out, All ‘Round About—Opposite Friends
Author: Penelope Anne Cole
Illustrator: Agy Wilson
Paperback: 32 Pages
Publisher: Magical Book Works (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 978-1943196-04-3

Penelope Anne Cole’s newest release, In and Out, All ‘Round About—Opposite Friends, illustrated by Agy Wilson, is an endearing rhyming book that teaches of enduring friendship despite differences and distance. 

In and Out is a great read-aloud for children which may also be used in the classroom to teach about opposites and cultural diversity.  It will be a terrific tool for generating conversation and open dialogue regarding differences amongst all of us.  It proves that differences between kids are not an obstacle but can and should be something to celebrate and build solid friendships upon. 

As is typical of Penelope Anne Cole’s writing style, she teaches solid values in such a storytelling way that kids will not even be aware of all they are learning.

Ms. Wilson’s vividly colorful and beautiful illustrations give life to Cole’s voice.  A must read for all children ages 5-8!

Learn more or contact Penelope Anne Cole at:

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