Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Friends

Merry Christmas

May you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and find some time to curl up with a good book too.

Thanks for being a follower here and watch for fun and exciting things here for writers in 2012.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Ideas for 2012

This is the rig my son works on but the one for traveling fieldtrips will have a reading logo.

I have so many ideas for 2012 that my poor head is spinning. The 30 picture book ideas are swirling around and some of those will be good ideas and some of those will blend into the major ideas I have for a traveling fieldtrip to promote health, wellness, and literacy for elementary students.

I also have some great ideas to help boost your writing and help you to find your own product to promote. Listen to your heart over the holidays and get a feel for what it is you want to do in 2012. Let's work together to make it happen.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Book Review: Darla Jade and the Balance of the Universe

Darla Jade and the Balance of the Universe

Author: D.L.Reynolds

ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4628-8763-7

           E-Book 978-1-4628-8764-4

Darla Jade was yanked from her coffin. Little did she know that she would be an intricate part in an epic battle of good and evil in a supernatural world created by the author.

The fate of the world lies in her hands and the hands of the Guardians. This unique world of mystery, intrigue, magic, angels, and demons will keep young adult readers interested from the first pages.

This is the first in a series of 7 adventures with a Christian thread. The story line takes the reader to Heaven and beyond in a Peter Pan kind of way, with a sense that it is all to conquer evil and spread good on Earth like it is in Heaven with the help of the Guardians for course. Angels in disguise or demons? Is Striker who claims to be the Grim Reaper's assistant as bad as he wants the reader to think or is he even worse?

The reader will find a well crafted story with all the emotional tension needed to interest even the most reluctant reader as Darla Jade is thrown into the realms of revenge, betrayal, love and forgiveness. This book is available through in hardback, paperback, or E-book additions.

Read more about this adventure and the books in the series at

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Doll Violinist

Author: Mayra Calvani

Illustrations: Amy Moreno

ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-61633-185-6

E-book 978-1-61633-187-0

Guardian Angel Publishing, INC

Ages 4-8

It is days before Christmas and a young girl falls in love with a beautiful doll in the shop window. The doll holds a tiny violin, just like the one her mama played before she passed away. Every day the child watches in the window and every day another doll is packed away in a pretty Christmas box. What if the doll with the violin gets taken?

The shop keeper has lost a child.. She isn't very friendly and yet the young girl comes everyday to look at the beautiful doll in the window. If only she had a doll like that, and she dreams on and on.

This is an enchanting story of loneliness, loss, beauty, dreams, and love all wrapped up in the perfect Christmas story for young readers. Little girls will love the idea of a beautiful doll and the magic of dreams.

And the heartfelt ending leaves the reader knowing that there was divine intervention bringing the shop keeper, the young girl, and the beautiful doll together at Christmas.

The author has done an excellent job writing this charming tale and the illustrations are the perfect addition to the text. This is a must have for your collection, one that will be read and enjoyed over and over again.

Visit the author at or the publisher at for more information about the author, her books, or other great books published by GAP.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Spoonfuls of Hope: Restored

A great new blog for encouragement from a writer from the publisher of The Cancer Prayer Book, at

Check it out.

Spoonfuls of Hope: Restored: Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NISB Are there days when the responsibilities and ...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I Have 30 Picture Book Ideas

I have been working on one picture book idea everyday for the month of November just as many of you have been. Why?
  • I love picture books
  • I think they are an important way for young children to learn and be entertained
  • I love the illustrations that accompany picture book text
  • I love the challenge of writing depth for kids with few words
  • I love a challenge
  • I need the encouragement this challenge brought this month
Will all my ideas turn out as published works? I am certain not. But I am going to work hard at developing at least a few of the ideas because they are good ones, they are original and I like them.

Visit to sign up for next year and to find links to helpful information for those who write picture books. It is NOT a dying art. Children will always need picture books. So writers, keep writing.


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