Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cheryl Malandrinos - Little Shepherd - Guest Post and Giveaway

Guest Post


If I started counting down the list of what I am thankful for, we would be here a very long time. God has blessed me richly. So, I’m going to focus on the blessing of friends.

In the years I’ve been involved in the publishing industry—both as a writer and a book promoter—I’ve been so blessed to have the support of friends from around the world. There are the fellow writers who critique my work. Where would I be without their gentle direction? Most likely, still unpublished. How about my mentors, who encourage and inspire me? On some of the darkest days of my career, when a rejection truly got me down or things weren’t going as planned, their desire to see me succeed pushed me beyond the sadness and got me writing again. And who can forget those publishers who have taken a chance on a late starter who didn’t even plan to write for children in the first place? I wouldn’t even be writing this post right now if it weren’t for them.

In the years I’ve been promoting books online, I’ve met hundreds of authors, publicists, and bloggers. I’m blessed that my fellow writers have confidence in my abilities to promote their work. There are so many companies out there now. It’s touching to know someone chose me. Virtual book tours have been going strong for years. Every time a publicist agrees to work with me, I’m grateful to have a chance to represent their clients. And I couldn’t do any of this without the help of bloggers who simply love talking about books. As someone who runs seven blogs and contributes to dozens of others, I know how much work it is. What a blessing every time one of these men or women says, “I would love to participate in this tour.” Some of these people have become my closest friends, even though we’ve never met.

No matter how you’ve helped me along over the years, I hope you know how appreciated you are and how much I am touched by your support and friendship. May God bless you now and always.

Happy Thanksgiving!

About the Book

Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior's birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

Prices/Formats: $9.95 paperback
Pages: 16
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2010
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Guardian Angel Publishing


Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.

He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.

Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.

Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.

Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”

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About the Author

Cheryl Malandrinos is a children’s author and freelance editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, released by Guardian Angel Publishing, and A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing, under her pen name, C.C. Gevry. A digital version of A Christmas Kindness will be released in 2013.

Since 2007, Cheryl has been an online book publicist specializing in virtual book tours. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger.

Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

Links to Connect with Author:
Web Site (Cheryl Malandrinos)
Web Site (C.C. Gevry)

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  1. Thank you for a wonderful post. One of my happiest memories is the day many years ah=go that my daughter who was 8 at the time was released from the hospital after eleven and a half months because she had gone into remission from Bone Cancer. God truly blessed us and today she is a healthy and beautiful 26 year old woman.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Carol. What a wonderful blessing God gave you. I'm so happy for you.

  3. Hi Cheryl, Yes, if we don't stop to count our blessings, we miss out on some of the joys of life -- gratitude, thanksgiving, friendships. Wishing you much continued success!

  4. Thanks Penelope. I appreciate your kind words. Many blessings to you.

  5. Yes Cheryl, my writer friends are among my many blessings. You are one of them. Thank you for this post. And I like the book as well. I have read it and enjoyed the read.

    1. Thank you so much, Janice. I love being part of Christian Children's Authors. I'm glad we hooked up. Thanks for the lovely things you said about Little Shepherd, too. Many blessings.

  6. Hi Cheryl,

    Lovely post! It truly is important to be thankful. Gratitude goes a long way. Wishing you all the success and a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Warm regards,

    1. How nice of you to stop by, Donna. I hope all is well. Much success and many blessings to you.

  7. decorating the tree together

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Cheryl. You're one of my Internet friends who I'd love to meet. I know we'd click immediately. Enjoy the day.

    1. I would love to meet you, too, Marilyn. Too bad the middle of the country gets in the way. LOL! Many blessings to you.

  9. Such a lovely post, Cheryl. I'm thankful for the opportunity of getting to know you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    1. Nancy, you are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for all your support. Many blessings.

  10. Thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments for Cheryl!