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1. Submit a comment to win a FREE book!

I recently reviewed Dr. Richard Mabry's latest medical thriller,

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2. Merry Christmas

This awesome nativity scene was made by my wonderful mom, Emily Carty in 1957

Best wishes to my dear friends and colleagues
for a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy 2010

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3. Final Day for "Tiny Angel" Virtaul Book Tour


The Children's and Teens' Book Connection

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

Today’s special guest is Nancy Carty Lepri, author of the tween chapbook, Tiny Angel. This book tackles the difficult issues young people face when moving to a new town and into a new school district. It also addresses the topic of bullying. The Phoebe Prince case, which captured national attention, took place in a town that is barely 30 minutes away from here. For those of you who might not have heard of the case, Phoebe Prince was a young girl who committed suicide after continued bullying at her school and online and by texting. A year prior to this, a young boy from a nearby community took his own life because he couldn’t handle the bullying any longer. He was only 11.

Here, the author shares the basis for Tiny Angel.

You know you want to write a children’s book, but wonder what to write. That was the prevailing question on my mind. Where to get ideas? Where to start? My first college writing course, “Creative Writing 101” answered these two questions. The professor stated, “Write what you know!” Sounds simple, right?
I always had the “itch” to be creative, whether through illustrating—I think I came out of the womb with a crayon in one hand—or writing, as the other hand must have held a book. This was my life’s goal. One day as I considered what to write, my insight became clear after witnessing some children picking on one of their peers. Thus, I wrote Tiny Angel.

As a child, I was sensitive and shy, which I am happy to say, I’ve outgrown! I kept to myself engrossed in schoolwork and books. Also having terrible eyesight, I started wearing glasses in the third grade. Due to this, some boys in my class started tormenting me. I was called “four-eyes” or “teacher’s pet”. Never did a day go by without receiving hurtful taunts. I often would not respond, but after one classmate crushed my beloved plastic Barbie lunchbox, that did it! I reported it to my teacher. Sadly, that made matters worse. From then on, I wanted to crawl into a hole and become invisible.

Remembering those unhappy days was the impetus to write Tiny Angel. Not only to purge the sadness I felt, but I also wanted to help other children going through similar circumstances. My desire was to let them know they are not alone, that someone else has endured this, and that things can get better. Children being bullied feel isolated and tend to magnify their hurts. After all, th

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4. Virtual Book Tour -- Day 9 (review)

4 The love of books

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

 This is a cute book for your tweens.  the theme is bullying and friendship along with peer pressure.  Lepri helps the reader see that being in the "in crowd" isn't always what it's cracked up to be.  This is a very good message for those in between years when your child wants to fit in but can't find his/her click.  It can be a hard road to travel alone.  Tiny Angel will help the reader see that sometimes it isn't good to be in the "in crowd".  It's hard to turn the other cheek and take a stand.  While this was a very cute book I must stay true to my language code (see code here) and let you know there are some words in this book that I consider curse words. 


 When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

Read an Excerpt here... 
Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmingt

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5. Virtual Book Tour -- Day 9

Book Trailer: Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

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6. Virtual Book Tour of "Tiny Angel" -- Day 8 (review)

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Tiny Angel - Review


Tiny Angel By Nancy Carty Lepri
Details: Paperback, 104 pages – Children’s Book
Suggested age group 8 - 11 yrs

View The Trailer: Tiny Angel

Author Web Site: http://nancycl.webs.com.

Description: When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

My Thoughts:
Tiny Angel is about a little girl who has to deal with moving from her town to a new one and leaving all of her friends. She finds her by herself and the others bully her. She meets Jody a guardian angel who helps her deal with all of this.

I think this is a nice book for children to read especially if they find themselves as the new kid. The author does a great job keeping your interest in the story all the way to the last page. I sat down to read this and before I knew it, I was through the book. I found it easily readable for the age group it was designed for. I would not have a problem recommending this chapter book for any child in the age group.

What a good story I really enjoyed reading this one... I can relate to this book because I know exactly how Macy feels being the new kid all alone. My dad was in the military, which made me an Army brat and we were always moving from base to base so I was always the new kid. I hated being the new kid going to a new school every year or every two years depending on where my dad was assigned. I wished I had this book when I was a kid it might of made me feel a little better knowing I wasn't alone.

About The Author:

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local news

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7. Virtual Book Tour -- Day 7 (review #2)

Review of Tiny Angel by Ellis (Reviews and Life) Blog

After moving to a new town and feeling completely alone and bullied by her classmates, Macy discovers she has a guardian angel that she can see and talk to. This guardian angel gives her confidence where she lacks it and becomes the friend that she needs to make the transition to a new town.

I enjoyed reading this book. I think any child that moves around a lot would easily identify with Macy. She does not have an easy go of it in her new school and has difficulty making new friends. This is an encouraging read to any child who lacks confidence in their abilities. Macy is a smart child but lacks the confidence to stand up for what she thinks and knows.

I think that the author, Nancy Carty Lepri, added a few extra things in the last few chapters that could have been left out and not affected the storyline at all. I really did enjoy reading this and will recommend it to teacher friends of mine who have a student like Macy in their class who is dealing with moving to a new area or potential bulling in the classroom.

Thanks to Guardian Angel Publishing via Pump UP your Books for a free copy of this book for review.


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8. Virtual Book Tour -- Day 7

Kid Konnection: Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

Tiny Angel
by Nancy Carty Lepri
Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (first published 2009)

When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she’s the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in become a forever friend.

Tiny Angel is the story of Macy, who has moved to a new town leaving behind her best friend and everything she knows. In this new place and in the new school she is struggling to adjust and being bullied doesn’t help at all. When her guardian angel Jody appears, she has difficulty in beliving in the existence of her angel. Jody however teaches Macy the little things which will make her adjust, face her bullies, let go of what she has left and embrace the now and make new friends.

“Star light, star bright. First star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight….Please send me a friend.” -pg. 12

What I really like about this book is that Jody is in no way doing magic and helping Macy, she is there as a support system, which Macy likes and dislikes all the time. A very sweet book aimed at 8- 12 year olds, which helps kids a lot. It talks about facing bullies, facing world with self-confidence and standing up for your values, which you should never be ashamed of. The characters are real, believable and lovable as well.

I think this one will be a great gift for the little girl you know and will help her a lot.eBook Provided via Pump Your Book Promotions by the author.


About the Author -

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.
In 1995, Nancy and her husband Art relocated to Wilmington NC where her publishing credits included the Wilmington Magazine as well as two national and international food-industry trade magazines.

Receiving Editor Certification through Cape Fear Community College in 2006, Nancy taught online writing and drawing courses, illustrated children’s books, started four mainstream novels, and had her children’s chapter book Tiny Angel, published through Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.

After a move to the Raleigh area in 2007, Nancy freelanced as senior editor for a national publisher, edited and wrote press releases for more than twenty novels, and was copy editor and reviewer for Affaire de Coeur magazine. She currently edits and critiques manuscripts, reviews forReaderToReader.com and New York Journal of Books, and is completing her

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9. Pump Up Chats with Nancy Carty Lepri--Day 6


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10. Acting Balanced Review of "TINY ANGEL"

Acting Balanced Blog Site

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Review: Tiny Angel

I am pleased to be a review stop on Nancy Carti Lepri's virtual book tour with her book, Tiny Angel

About Tiny Angel

When her dad is transferred to a new town, Macy Carver leaves behind her best friend and everything she knows. Suddenly she is the new girl…alone and bullied. An unexpected flash announces guardian angel Jody, who teaches her how to fit in and become a forever friend.

My review:

When I first picked up this book, I wished that it had been written about five years ago, when my husband had first finished his PhD and we were embarking on our adventure to the US.  So many of the adventures and issues that Macy was dealing with were things that my daughter, Robyn, who was seven when we moved, dealt with those first few years.  

This book takes a positive look at dealing with being the new girl, being different and making the most of your situation.  I think that the presence of Jody, 'the tiny angel' was nicely done and served to help infuse the book with both energy and some humor.

I would recommend this book to children ages 7-9, particularly those who are going through a stressful time, are bullied or need to hear that there is positivity in the world.  

About Nancy Carty Lepri

Nancy Carty Lepri, born and raised in Massachusetts, earned an AA degree in Visual Art from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing from Western New England College. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for several local newspapers.

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11. Pump Up You Book - Virtual Book Tour of "Tiny Angel"

Pump Up You Book - Virtual Book Tour of "Tiny Angel"

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12. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/45268-new-book-revi

A great PR article for New York Journal of Books, of which I'm honored to be a reviewer...

New Book Review Site Launches

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13. The Tiny Angel Virtual Book Tour December ‘10

I am having a Virtual Book Tour
highlighting Tiny Angel
from December 6 through December 17, 2010.

Every day with highlight a different site with reviews and giveways.

Please join me and leave your comments and feedback.

Click on this link below...



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14. Guardian Angel Publishing's July Releases

A HUGE congratulations to my fellow authors on their new releases.
I wish you all tons of success!

  An interactive- "choose your own ending" chapter book about a gnome.

9781616330613; 1616330619; PRINT; Burgher and the Woebegone; Kim Chatel; Samantha Bell
9781616330620; 1616330627; eBOOK

with Professor HOOT. This basic book of colors is a must for budding artists.

9781616330637; 1616330635; PRINT; Learning the Basics of Color; a/a Eugene Ruble
9781616330644; 1616330643; eBOOK
 EMILY, THE BRAVE  Emily, a very brave little girl, had a sick heart, wrote to King Jesus who protected her. Her daddy loved her so much he didn’t care how people treated him just as long as his baby girl was okay.

; 1616330651; PRINT; Emily, the Brave; Steve Fortosis w/as Doc McDuke; Michelle Morse 
9781616330668; 161633066X; eBOOK

  A SHORT TALE ABOUT A LONG TAIL  Stanley Squirrel wants to be just like all the other squirrels but he can’t because he has an extra long tail.

; 1616330678; PRINT; A Short Tale About a Long Tail; Marilee Crow; KC Snider
9781616330682; 1616330686; eBOOK
 THE POTTY TRAIN  Ben becomes a big boy on his potty after Pete the potty training conductor takes him on a whimsical train ride into Pottylan

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17. Nancy's Interview on Blog Radio

Please join me Wednesday afternoon, June 16, 2010
 at 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
I will be interviewed by Suzanne Lieurance
Book Bites for Kids
on Blog Radio. 


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19. Can't believe it's March already!

  I can't believe that it's already March. Wherever does the time go? In two weeks I'll be commemorating the year anniversary of my dear mother's passing. How I miss that feisty, little old lady, but I know she's more than likely livening things up in Heaven and that all her relatives and friends who have gone before her have welcomed her with loving arms.

     Meanwhile, I've been keeping busy reading and working on many reviews. I just received several wonderful children's books to review from the New York Journal of Books and I'm eager to delve into them. As for my own writing... I've just joined a wonderful critique group with three other Guardian Angel Publishing authors and thoroughly enjoying reading their submissions and having them give me constructive and much welcomed advice about my work. We make a wonderful team.

     Anyway, I think I have the first two chapters of "Tommy's Angel" polished and about ready to get on to the rest of the story.

Still getting some great feedback about "Tiny Angel" and the last time I checked Amazon.com, they only had one copy left in stock, so I'm thrilled about that.

     As I sit here at my home office, glancing out the window at the still-brown grass and see by the thermometer the still-chilly temperatures, I anxiously await the spring and warmer weather. Usually by this time of year, my central NC area is warming up, but one can only hope now. I guess Mother Nature is confused as is evidenced by what is happening all over the world, and I hope she gets back to where she's supposed to be.

     Time to quit my musings and get back to work, so I wish you all a wonderful day and lots of happiness.

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20. Where does tht time go?

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes. It's been almost a month since my last posting, but I can use the excuse that I've been busy, can't I? I've read and reviewed more than ten books since I last made a comment, but that's always a pleasure for I can never read enough. My WIP is also limping along and I really need the incentive to sit at the computer undisturbed and write, write, write. Fat chance for that!! But from the nagging of my wonderful friends, I'm able to eke out a little more here and there and maybe one of these days I'll finish this book and then agonize about starting number three in the series. If only I didn't have to spend so much time marketing and promoting, and doing all the other daily things that need to be done, I'd maybe get more accomplished, but all the other authors I know have to deal with this too, so it feels good to know I'm not alone! <G>

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and leave a comment. It's the beginning of another weekend and though we're not going to another classic car show, we're going to visit our dear daughter and spend Saturday with her. Just hope the rain holds off and we have a nice day. Next week we're looking forward to the Ronnie Milsap concert as I'm sure that will be totally delightful. So, until we "meet" again, blessings to all!

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21. Happy Easter

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This Easter season I want to wish all my dear friends and colleagues a very happy and healthy holiday. Whereas Easter and Spring denotes rebirth, let this season bless us all with a new beginning...that of love and compassion for our fellow man as well as acceptance of our faults and those of others. I am so very fortunate to have many dear friends, and I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the past two years with love, acceptance and understanding. 

May peace and joy always be with you.

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22. April 21, 2010

Can't believe April is rounding the corner and heading toward May.

I got some exciting mail today...my Certificate of Registration from the Copyright Office came in! What a surprise that was, as I was informed it could take up to eighteen (18) months to get my copyright on "Tiny Angel"! I guess someone in Washington is doing their job! Wahoo!!!

Just spent four wonderful days with cousins Lorraine and Randy, and what fun we had. Ate out every day, went shopping and to museums and just talked, talked, talked. Art and I are so very fortunate to have these special family members in our lives and we hated to see them leave, but we treasured every minute together.

Now I have no excuse to keep me from my writing and need to get motivated to do some more work on my newest book as well as my reviews. If anyone has any suggestions for motivation, I'm ready, willing and able to accept them!

Cheers all.....

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23. News and Guardian Angel Publishing's New Releases

Hi everyone....

 I've been busy with company this past week, so I haven't had much of a chance to work, but I'm not complaining for my company (cousin Lorraine and her hubby Randy) are the best and we had such a great time together! Anyway, since they left, I have been polishing up my latest picture book, and writing (ad nauseum, I may add) on my sequel, though I think I may trash all I've written and start fresh chapters. Ugh. Talk about writer's block and so much going through my mind.

  Anyhoo...just found out from my wonderful publisher, Lynda, at Guardian Angel Publishing, that the following books are new releases. Please check them out so you can see what a wonderfully group of talented folks I have the honor of being associated with.   

  Back to work. Cheers and blessings...

ANDY & SPIRIT MEET THE RODEO QUEEN- Academic Wings by Mary Jean Kelso, art by KC Snider. Andy and Spirit meet the rodeo queen who teaches Andy cowboy skills.www.guardianangelpublishing.com/andy&albinohorse-series.htm

KLUTZY KANTOR-Littlest Angels, by J. Aday Kennedy, art by Jack Foster. Klutzy Kantor Pegasus tickles the funny bone while teaching the lesson that practice makes perfect. www.guardianangelpublishing.com/klutzy-kantor.htm

THE SOGGY TOWN OF HILLTOP-Littlest Angels by Kevin McNamee, artist Eugene Ruble. This fun, rhyming picture book teaches more than just a new way to drink water. www.guardianangelpublishing.com/soggy-hilltop.htm

NANA'S MAGIC TEA BERRIES-Chapbook for Tweens by Marlys A Rold. Kimberly drinks the extra two cups of tea her brothers reject, and finds herself falling into a totally new adventure in Scotland at Loch Ness. www.guardianangelpublishing.com/magic-berries.htm

COMING SOON! off to the printers this week!

THE POTTY TRAIN- Guardian Angel Health & Hygiene by Nikki Schaefer. Teach little ones about potty training with a train and conductor!

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24. Donna McDine's Media Release

Write What Inspires You

Donna M. McDine, Children’s Author

Blog: http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.donnamcdine.com



 CONTACT: Donna M. McDine

Children’s Author

Email: dmcdine@optonline.net

Phone: 845-721-7802

 For Immediate Release:

Creative Inspiration through Interviews and Book Reviews at Write White Inspires You

The month of June is sure to be one of creative inspiration through several interviews of children’s authors, illustrators, and editors. Grab yourself a cool refreshment and Cruise on over to http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com to jump into the creative minds of:

 Tuesday, June 1st – Children’s author interview: Bill Kirk

 Friday, June 4th – Children’s author, illustrator, and editor interview: Nancy Lepri

 Saturday, June 5th – Book Review: Klutzy Kantor by J. Aday Kennedy

 Sunday, June 6th – Children’s author: J. Aday Kennedy

 Monday, June 7th – Illustrator interview: K.C. Snider

 Mark your calendar today and be sure to visit http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com.

 Be sure to ask your questions or leave a comment, each will be on hand throughout the day to interact with you.

Thank you in advance for your interest.


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25. Triple Play Interview with Nancy Lepri by Donna McDine

Friday, June 4, 2010

Triple Play Interview with Nancy Lepri

Since embarking on my writing career in 2007 I have developed the love of interviewing fellow authors. Nancy is another “angel” I met through Guardian Angel Publishing. Her illustrious career is one of author, illustrator, and editor. Read about Nancy’s fascinating life and career through this insightful interview.


DMc: You have led quite the adventurous life moving many times. What did you find to be the most difficult once settled in your new location to get your creative groove back?

NL: It was difficult moving, but I guess my husband doesn’t like to get any moss under his feet. Anyway, I’ve always been more or less a solitary type who loves to read and create. The first thing I always did upon moving was find the closest library. Now, thanks to the Internet, and the fact that I have TONS of books yet to be read, that’s not necessary. I like to hole up in my office and visualize what I want to write or draw. When I know what that is, I sit down at the computer and type, type, type, which I know many authors say you should not do, but I have tried writing from an outline and find I always seem to deviate from them. Unfortunately, I tend to write like I talk…too much! So, I end up going through what I’ve written and cut, cut, cut. I’ve found it much easier to cut than add. When it comes to drawing, I love to sit quietly and envision what I want to do, but I’m my own worst critic and usually my finished illustrations do not come out as I see them in my head.

DMc: What can a writer expect when collaborating on a book with you?

NL: I’m very easy to get along with. I love hearing new ideas and suggestions and working with talented people.

DMc: Your children’s chapter book, Tiny Angel was released in November 2009, please share with us your inspiration behind this delightful story.

NL: First off, thank you for saying it’s delightful! My inspiration behind this book comes from the fact that as a child I was a bookworm, very shy and wore glasses, which caused me to be the brunt of the class bully. I was very insecure and felt like I never fit in. My strong belief in guardian angels helped me through some tough times and my own personal angel is named Jody, same as Macy’s in the book. Many times I was lonely and when I got older, I learned I was not the only kid who felt that way. I thought by putting a little of my childhood angst into this book it would show other children they are not alone.

DMc: Do you find it difficult to switch from writer/illustrator to editor?

NL: I started writing almost twenty years ago. I was working as an editorial assistant for a publisher and realized my love of writing and editing. My first credits were with local newspapers and when we moved to NC, I wrote for the “Wilmington Magazine”. I had started writing “Ti

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