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1. Kids Book Review - Ten Little Tricksters by Penelope Anne Cole



















  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (August 8, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 161633522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616335229

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The art of learning how to count both backwards and forward is a milestone for children. Pair it with the antics of Halloween and a classic children’s book is born. Each group of Halloween characters approach a different house at various times, each clustered in the number they represent. Find out how the fun-filled adventure concludes for these Halloween creatures in Ten Little Tricksters.

Penelope Anne Cole creates a grand storytelling trick or treating adventure to entrance the reader in learning how to count backwards. The alluring illustrations created by Kevin Scott Collier, brings Halloween to an all-new level of fun.

Visit Penelope Anne Cole…


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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading! 

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist












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2. Kids Book Review - Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules by Margot Finke



Prairie Dog Play Days

Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules

Author: Margot E. Finke 
Artist: Kathy Iler
Print ISBN: 9781616335182; 1616335181

eBook ISBN: 9781616335199; 161633519X 

The world is an oasis of discovery at your fingertips through reading and exploration. Margot Finke’s latest children’s book, Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules, brings to life three American animals through their unique habitats and survival tactics with expert rhyme.

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The true to life illustrations by Kathy Iler provides a delightful glimpse into a world a human does not experience. Prairie Dog Play Days - Includes Little Stinker & Bald Eagle Rules is a terrific read to learn about the prairie dog, skunk and bald eagle with additional resources of enhanced vocabulary words and species class information. The humor and storytelling technique of Margot Finke is a sure win for reader, parent and educator.

Visit Margot Finke… www.margotfinke.com

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author


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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist












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3. Picturebook Complete: 1,000,000 points!  Super exciting...
















Picturebook Complete: 1,000,000 points! 

Super exciting announcement! As some of you might have heard, the picturebook I have been working on from Feb- June has been printed and is (almost!) available for purchase. I just received my hardcopy this weekend, and it is beautiful!

When I was contacted by Plymouth Puzzles about creating a storybook to accompany their upcoming line of Christmas reusable gift bags I was thrilled! The book, Santa’s New Tradition, follows the story of a little girl as she discovers the waste caused by wrapping paper and decides to make a positive change. 

I really enjoyed working on this book and am super excited to see it up for sale (looks like late August/ Early September release).

More coming on my process of idea to final later- and thanks for reading!















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4. I’ve been super excited about trying out inking since I...



I’ve been super excited about trying out inking since I went to Icon a week or so ago, and when I saw that Yuko Shimizu had some videos on skillshare that just came out, I had to watch them. This was the result; it was super fun to work with ink, quick but… MESSY. My hands are covered, hah!



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5. Great Book Signing Event

Great book signing event at Waterstones, Blackpool. Back on 20th Sept!

Great book signing event at Waterstones, Blackpool. Back on 20th Sept!

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6. The Cat Who Lost His Meow $50 GC Giveaway 6/30-7/29

The Cat Who Lost His Meow by Angela Muse

About the Book

Title: The Cat Who Lost His Meow | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Helen H. Wu | Publication Date: June 1, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3+

Summary: Chester the lazy calico cat has suddenly lost his meow. He’s looking everywhere, but can’t seem to find his voice. When Chester puts himself in a frightening situation he not only finds his voice return, but he also finds his courage. This experience makes Chester appreciate things a little bit more than he had before.

Priced at only $.99 during this promotion.

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About the Author: Angela Muse

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Angela Muse

Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2012.

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Contest ends: July 29, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Angela Muse and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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7. Book Review: Picasso-ville: An Imaginary Place Consisting of the Visions of Pablo Picasso by Pat Luttrell



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Author and Illustrator: Pat Luttrell                   
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition
Published: (February 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494319969
ISBN-13: 978-1494319960

Come along for an artistic adventure like no other. Pat Luttrell’s, Picasso-ville: An Imaginary Place Consisting of the Visions of Pablo Picasso explores the world of Pablo Picasso through a young boy’s dream. Instilling the love of art is essential in teaching our young muses to think outside the box.  Pablo Picasso was a visionary who thrived in creating his art through his minds eye and not by just what he saw before him.

Pat Luttrell’s mastery of fine art and her expert story-telling skills shouts from the pages of an adventure to be shared over and over again. Looking forward to the next book in the series, van Gogh’s Fallen Star.

Connect with Pat at

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multiple Award-winning Children's Author

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist












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8. Interview with Anita Banks, author of Tanner Builds a Block Tower

AnitaAnita Banks has lived in Alabama since she was six years old, she raised three children and has  four grandchildren. They are the inspiration for her writing. She likes the adventures and escapes that stories allow you to explore and the myriad of emotions you feel. Anita loves to travel, read and has recently started running.

http://www.anitabanks.com/

Thank you for joining us today, Anita. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thank you for having me here. I am a new author with my first picture book titled, Tanner Builds a Block Tower. I am excited as puppy with a new toy. I am a wife, mother, grandmother. My favorite new activity is running, I started because I needed to get some activity from sitting in a chair for more than nine hours for my day job. I started two years ago, and have found the running community where I live to be a great group of people that are passionate about the sport and are supportive of new runners. I started with a training program to run a 5k and have progressed to three half marathons so far. 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

          I have loved reading since my introduction to Dick and Jane and Dr. Seuss. I am constantly reading something all the time. When I was in  junior high school, I had a creative writing class. That was when the writing bug stung me. But when family and life took over, I put the dream aside and just occasionally thought of it.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

          Probably for the simple joy children’s books give to a reader. I enjoy reading to children and seeing their smiles and their happiness in asking you to read to them. I wanted to contribute to  that happiness. And it’s fun.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

         I personally have nothing to compare it to, yet. Maybe I will give another genre a try someday. The other writing I do is journaling for myself.

Anita 2What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

          I like the writing, I like putting the words to paper, or rather the screen. They have to be edited  quite a bit before I’m done. But seeing the story unfold on the screen is probably my favorite part.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Tanner Builds a Block Tower is about a little boy who is determined to build a tower with his blocks. But on the way to his destination he get distracted by different animals and insects. He  also loses some of his blocks. So he has to find them to finish what he started. Determination and perseverance is the theme.

What inspired you to write it?

          The inspiration for this book, was my grandson, Tanner. On a visit when he was about three        years old, he loved to play with his building blocks and build towers, over and over. He was fascinated with this repetitive play. We also went on numerous walks, he loved to explore the outdoors, and still does. So it seemed a natural fit to combine the two activities.  

What is up next for you?

I am shopping out two more picture books, and writing a chapter book right now.

Do you have anything else to add?

          Thank you so much for having me. I hope you enjoy my book.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Anita. We wish you much success.

 


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9. Interview with Altblackpool!

My book ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’ and my book signing event in Blackpool on Saturday 21st June from 1pm to 3pm has been promoted today by an interview with Altblackpool!

Click here to read interview.

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10. Book Review: Bedtime Kisses by Karin Larson - A Different



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Karin Larson’s debut children’s book is sure to delight your young muses from the onset. The whimsical connection many toddlers have with their stuffed animals is endearing to not only themselves, but to the adults in their lives. The simplicity of loving their stuffed animals as if they are real pulls at the heartstrings. Come along for a unique bedtime counting ritual that will soon become a classic routine in your home.

The illustrations by Ginger Nielson provided a rich backdrop to Larson’s clever counting story.

To learn more about Karin Larson’s writing career visit, www.karinlarson.com and www.karin-larson.blogspot.com.

Visit Ginger Nielson’s colorful world at www.gingernielson.com.

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multiple Award-winning Children's Author

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

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11. Waterstones Event!

Great to see Waterstones advertising my next book signing on their website! ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’ at Waterstones Blackpool on Saturday 21st June 2014!

Click here to see website promotion.

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12. Book Signing Event!

Book signing event at Waterstones, Tower Shopping Centre, Bank Hey St, Blackpool on Saturday 21st June from 1 to 3pm! Come along for a chat with me and maybe buy a signed copy of my children’s humorous fantasy book, ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’. You can also meet the witch ‘Granny Grimthorpe’ and have your photograph taken with her if you like! ‘Granny’ is one of the characters from my book, and she will be offering the kids free novelties from her cauldron. It will be a fun day out. Don’t miss it!

Caution - cover FINAL

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13. GIVE-AWAY: “POOR DOREEN” - CHANCE TO WIN MY NEW BOOK!

CAUTION: A fish named Doreen has taken over my twitter feed… and now my blog! I cannot be held responsible for anything.

In celebration of POOR DOREEN (swimming into stores in March) I’m doing a fantabulous giveaway!

But before we get to the giveaway, introductions are in order.

Meet Poor Doreen, the fish star of my new picture book.

Actually. Sorry. Her full name is Mrs Doreen Randolph-Potts. Ever heard of a fish with such a name? Neither had I.

And she is quite unusual. Have you ever seen a fish in a headscarf? With an umbrella? Me neither. Nevertheless here she is.


Now, Doreen is on a mission—to visit her second cousin twice removed who’s just had 157 babies… But unknown to her, she is dodging disaster at every turn on her journey upstream—oblivious to the mortal danger she is in! She remains an oblivious unfortunate fish, utterly clueless, despite the narrator’s panicky warnings along the way… like, “OH NO DOREEN! That’s not a dragonfly! IT’S A HOOK!”

Fortunately, for Poor Doreen, that’s not the end of the book or of her. (As you’ll find out when you read the book.)

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN “POOR DOREEN” I want to hear from you! Please enter 1 of the following via Twitter, or Instagram, or my Facebook page (here) and make sure to include the hashtags to be in the running -
My fish’s name is ……. & I hope to win “Poor Doreen”! #PoorDoreen #unfortunatefish #fishynames @sallylloydjones
My fish looks like this.. & I’m entering to win “Poor Doreen” #FishFace #PoorDoreen #unfortunatefish @sallylloydjones (include a photo or drawing)
My fish met her end by…… #unfortunatefish #PoorDoreen @sallylloydjones
The contest will run until the end of March and a winner will be chosen at random to receive a free book (you may enter more than once! You may enter 101 times! As much as you like.)

And entrants will be featured in future blogs too! Don’t miss the chance to have your fish portrait shown in a glorious fish gallery.

I can’t wait to hear from you, and to share more about POOR DOREEN in coming weeks.

SLJ

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14. Caution: Witch in Progress-Award Winner!

We did it! Thank you so much to each and every one of you who voted!

Book Awards Winner February14

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15. Children's Book, A Sandy Grave Explores Cyberspace on Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tour


I'm over the moon to announce the Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tour for my latest children's book, A Sandy Grave, commencing March 3 through April 25. 

Exciting $50 Barnes and Noble gift card giveaway. Entry details below….

Thank you one and all for hosting me during the March and April. I'm looking forward to staying connected with you all! Here's the schedule….


A SANDY GRAVE TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 3 
Book trailer reveal at If Books Could Talk

Tuesday, March 4
Interview at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, March 5

Friday, March 7

Monday, March 10
Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, March 11
Book featured at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, March 12

Thursday, March 13
Book review at Farm and Fru Fru

Monday, March 17
Book feature and giveaway at My Sister Is My Best Friend

Wednesday, March 19

Friday, March 21 
First chapter reveal at Read My First Chapter

Monday, March 24 
Book feature at Between the Covers

Tuesday, March 25
Book feature and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Wednesday, March 26

Thursday, March 27 
Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, March 28
Interview and giveaway at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Tuesday, April 1
Guest post at Strands of Thought

Wednesday, April 2

Thursday, April 3
Character interview at Beyond the Books
Book trailer reveal at A Leisure Moment

Friday, April 4
Book review at A Leisure Moment

Monday, April 7
Book review at Blooming with Books

Tuesday, April 8
Interview at Blooming with Books

Wednesday, April 9
Book feature at 4 the Love of Books

Thursday, April 10

Friday, April 11

Monday, April 14
Book trailer reveal at 4 the Love of Books

Wednesday, April 16
Book feature and giveaway at Blooming with Books

Thursday, April 17
Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Friday, April 18
Book review at By the Book

Monday, April 21
Book feature at Plug Your Book!

Wednesday, April 23
Book review at 4 the Love of Books
Book review at Mymcbooks’s Blog

Thursday, April 24
Book review at WV Stitcher

Friday, April 25
Book tour highlights at The Book Rack

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Thanks for your time and interest!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author

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A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist













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16. Penguin Cha Cha by Kristi Valiant: Book Review from Hannah Rials

“They may look like normal waddling, toddling penguins….but Julia has discovers their secret.”
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Penguin Cha Cha shares the fun and vibrant story of a determined girl named Julia as she tries to join in the fun of a mischevious group of dancing penguins. Set in Romping Chomping Park and Zoo, author/illustrator Kristi Valiant creates a vibrant, funny, and spirited picture book that will leave young readers shaking their very own tail feathers.
Penguin Cha Cha
Summary:

Julia loves magic shows and the zoo, and when she sees a sneaky flipper snatching a boa from a magic show, she just must check it out. She must solve the mystery of the penguins! But when she goes to spy on them, they just stand there, staring. But when they think no one’s watching, they break into spins and twirls, dips and whirls—they are dancing!! Being a dance lover herself, Julia decides that she must join in the fun, only one problem: the penguins won’t accept her. She tries everything—blending in, dancing, grabbing a partner. So what does she have to do? When will these picky penguins finally accept her?
My Opinion:
I absolutely love this charming story of Julia and her penguin partners. Jumping from illustrator to illustrator AND author, Kristi Valiant tells a beautiful, fun story with her words and charming illustrations! I love the idea of penguins skating across the ice, dipping and twirling. And Julia’s determination to be accepted is quite admirable.
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I love this Penguin Popsicle Craft from 7 on a Shoestring!
Penguin Popsicle Craft
Author Kristi has some wonderful activities on her site including this Storytime Kit:
Penguin Storytime Kit

Download the Free Storytime Kit

This Storytime Kit is designed to complement a reading of the picture book Penguin Cha-Cha and contains the following:

• Event Invitation

• The Penguin Popsicle Game

• If You’re a Dancer and You Know It

• Penguin Props

• Penguin Family Portrait

• Make a Dancing Penguin Craft

• Coloring Sheet

Julia’s Penguin Disguise:
  • Black long-sleeve shirt
  • Black pants
  • Glasses
  • Orange paper triangle beak (taped to bottom of glasses)
  • White pillow tied with string
  • No shoes (think like a penguin!)
Sparked Ideas blog has this adorable penguin marshmellow activity:
Penguin Marshmellow
How to Cha Cha like the Penguins:

written by Hannah Rials

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17. Free novelties at Book Signing event!

So, what would you like FREE from Granny Grimthorpe’s cauldron? Come along to the book signing for ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’ at Waterstones, Wigan on Saturday 22nd March from 12 to 3pm and take your pick!

Granny's Cauldron

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18. Great deal on Kindle!

Amazing offer right now, children’s humorous fantasy only £1.99 on Kindle for a limited period. Winner of The Book Awards, February 2014!
Click here for offer.

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19. Sweaters for Penguins in color

I just added this to my portfolio. I really loved the idea of penguins in sweaters!


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20. A few rare Bowers selfies.



Here is the latest children’s book project. I can’t say much about it but I will say that it involves a few elfies. I’ll explain, later.



You might guess the subject by the artwork, seen in my elfies….er, I mean selfies.



Let me be the very first to wish you a Merry Christmas, 2014.

More project updates, to come...
Ho-ho-ho…from the stu-di-o!

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21. To be Indigenous or not to be that isn’t a good question even!

A quite lively discussion has blown in from space on a friends Face-postcard about something I forgot because it went a completely different way in short order and is now a history lesson on indigenous peoples.

It was said the “Native “”American”” people” were here first and that they claim to be “Indigenous” and that they have their traditional stories to back up their claim to properties etc.

That got me to thinking (usually leads to minor disasters) that just because someone in your past lived some place and told creation stories doesn’t always mean you have any more rights than the guy who was born there after you lost the battle, in my case way after.

I know, growing up, my mother used to tell me, when I asked how I got here that I came from heaven and perhaps, if I’m a good boy, God will give me land there again though I think he may balk at the casino I want to build even if it is to take all the sinner’s money or credits or what ever the currency of his realm is.

And further more if in the past there was only one super continent, Pangaea or what ever they really called it, then we all have a claim to everywhere cause we are all descendants of the original inhabitants and I’ll bet a dollar to a doughnut there aint anywho who can tell me where they thought they came from even after the break up.

I thought perhaps we are all from Mars via the Pleiades star system but had to leave cause the Marshonians wanted the place back so we moved on as they had come from the Hercules system to Mars first.

To send every one back to where they came from is stupid, you can’t fit that many people on Ellis Island let alone grow enough hemp there to have a trade economy with New York.

I don’t know the answer other than if we don’t start being natives from “EARTH” the little grey men will boot us out and wipe out the myths of our origins from then to eternity.

HareBrained_II_smJPGIt’s a race none us may win …


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22. Book Review: Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven



While children are in slumber the magic begins with Ten Busy Brownies making their way through household chores. The possibilities of their antics are endless and helpful at the same time. Get yourself comfortable, curl up with your young muse and before you know it you’ll be wishing you had your very own “busy brownie.”

The expert rhyme and storytelling of author, Talia Haven and whimsical illustrations by Sytiva Sheenan will turn the adventure of Ten Busy Brownies into a classic for all time.

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
Connect with

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist













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23. Interview With Author Angela Cervantes

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Angela thanks for this interview for La Bloga. How would you present your middle grade novel Gaby, Lost and Found to the audience? Tell us about it. 

When Gaby Ramirez Howard’s mother is deported back to Honduras, the sixth-grader’s life unravels. She's left with her father who neglects her. With everything falling apart, the protagonist finds strength and comfort in a class service project at a local animal shelter. Through volunteering at the shelter, Gaby showcases her writing skills, creating individual profiles for each animal and becomes determined to find all of the animals a forever family. Although her life parallels many of the abandoned pets, Gaby transform from a victim into the role of protector and advocate for the shelter animals.





How was the process from manuscript to publication for Gaby, Lost and Found? 
I call the whole process a birth. I wrote the first draft in nine months, but spent another two years revising it. I still look at the book and think I could revise just a little more, but I know I just have to release it to the world and hope kids and teachers love it as much as I do. After a couple of rejections, I received a call from my agent, Adriana Dominguez Ferrari, on Nov. 22, 2012 telling me that we had an offer. I’ll never forget that day so long as I live. Gaby, Lost and Found is the first book I’ve ever written and I didn’t expect anything but a big fat rejection. That phone call and the offer by Scholastic rocked my world. Once we had an offer, it was back to revising. The book was released August 1, 2013. It’s done really well in the schools and its kept me super busy with school visits and responding to tons of fan mail. My first full year as a published author has been like one amazing pachanga and the band is still playing and I’m still dancing.


Is this story based on a real life experience?
It isn’t, but I get that question a lot. The core of the story is about a young Latina going through a tough time in her family and school life. I was a Chicana with divorced parents, mostly raised by my mom. It was tough too, but I never had to face the soul-crushing separation of my family the way Gaby experiences.

You are telling a very realistic story. There are many children in USA who had been separated from their parents due to deportation. What is your message for these children who are trying to adapt and cope to this hard situation?
In my acknowledgement, I write that this book is for all the Gaby’s out there. By that I mean all the children finding themselves faced in this situation. My message to them is to stay strong. Easier said than done, I know. I was one big crying mess when I was doing research on children who have had a parent deported. What this separation does to the children and our community is unfair and cruel. I tried to capture that pain with Gaby and through the profiles she writes for the animals in the shelter, but I didn’t want her completely destroyed by it. Gaby climbs back up from this injustice by refusing to let it defeat her. She realizes she can honor her mom my picking up where her mom left off in the United States. Gaby finds her passion to help animals, she discovers she’s strong and more importantly she recognizes she has a solid community of friends around her who have her back no matter how tough things get. I guess that’s my message to the children who are in this situation: Rise above and don’t give up on your dreams no matter what or who stands in your way.

Did you have a favorite pet when you were a child?
I had two dogs that my mom brought home named Cheech and Chong. My mom and her coworkers at the local El Centro named them. They were black and white mixed mutts. My mom brought them home to us after my parents separated and she had to go back to work. She didn’t want her four children to come home after school to an empty home. Someone asked her why did you have to adopt two? Isn’t one enough? She said it was because they were from the same litter and she couldn’t bear to separate them. She’s sweet like that.


What inspires you to write? 
I’ve always been a crazy book worm and my love for books transformed into a love for writing. I’ve been writing poetry, short stories and free verse all my life. Mostly my stories revolve around my familia and my comunidad. I grew up in a very proud Chicano community in Topeka, Kansas. I try to pay homage to my community and the people who made me a writer by telling our stories with honesty and dignity.


What are you working on now? 
I have a second middle grade book in the works. I can’t say much about it --It’s still fragile. I can say that I feel very strong about it. Wish me luck!

Thanks Angela, what are your final words for our readers at La Bloga
?
I’ve always been a fan of La Bloga. Having a place where folks like us can share our stories, promote each other’s art is important and is what has always drawn me to the blog.  I’m grateful and honored to be a part of a growing community of Latino children’s authors pushing our stories out into the world.


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Angela Cervantes is a poet, storyteller and animal-lover. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications. She is one of the featured authors in Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, a Latino-themed anthology that follows the successful Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Gaby, Lost and Found is her first Middle Grade novel.

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25. Beach Book Festival 2014 Honorable Mention Awarded to Whale Poacher Children’s Book, A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine



TAPPAN, NY (June, 2014) – The winners, runner-ups, and honorable mentions of the 2014 Beach Book Festival have been announced. A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine and illustrated by Julie Hammond has earned honorable mention in the children’s book category.

Title: A Sandy Grave
Category: Chapbooks for Tweens
Author: Donna M. McDine www.donnamcdine.com
Illustrator: Julie Hammond www.juliehammondart.com
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616334543; 1616334541
Softcover ISBN: 9781616334550; 161633455X
eBook ISBN: 9781616334567; 1616334568 


About A Sandy Grave: The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had--especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

What Reviewers Are Saying

“The book is an enjoyable read and makes children aware of poaching and illegalities associated with it. During times of dwindling marine life and plants, it is important to save them. This book teaches children to protect marine life and endangered animals.” ~ Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Five Star Review

“A Sandy Grave is a good fast read for the individual reader or for parents to read to their younger children. It engages the reader and opens up a dialogue between parents and children on the many different issues in the book. Most of all, McDine shows that children can respect authority without fearing it and parents and those in roles of responsibility can respect the contribution that children can make to society.” ~ Reviewed by Rebecca’s Writing Services

About the Author: Donna McDine is a multiple award-winning children's author. She writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI and Family Reading Partnership. Learn more about McDine’s writing career at www.donnamcdine.com and www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com.
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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multiple Award-winning Children's Author


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