Monday, January 27, 2014

C.C Gevry, author of A Christmas Kindness



Author Bio:
C.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. She is a member of SCBWI. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married.

Title: A Christmas Kindness
Author: C.C. Gevry
ISBN: 978-0985266141
Page count:  24
Genre: First chapter reader
Price: $11.99

Tell us about your book:
A Christmas Kindness tells the story of eight-year-old Robert’s visit to see a mall Santa on Christmas Eve. He meets, Glenn, a boy with only one wish. Robert must decide if he will ask for all the things on his list or if he will ask Santa to bring his new friend the one thing he wants most of all.

How long did it take to write the book?
The first draft of this story was done in a few weeks. It would take at least half a dozen rewrites before I felt it was ready to submit to a publisher, so overall it took a year.

What inspired you to write the book?
As a mother, I want my children to grow up to be generous people. This can be a challenge, especially in a society that encourages people to put themselves first and judges success by how much “stuff” a person owns. A Christmas Kindness was inspired by my desire to teach my children the importance of thinking of others. I also love Christmas and enjoy writing stories where this holiday plays a role.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
While most of my ideas stew for a long time, this one came to me formed fairly quickly. I’m a slow, easily distracted writer these days. An overwhelming schedule that I am working toward slimming down this year doesn’t help. I write as my schedule allows. I don’t usually edit as I go. I finish a first draft and edit afterwards. Making it to the end is easier for me that way.

I didn’t perform research for this one. Robert visits an unnamed mall in an unnamed town. That was intentional, so kids could see themselves in Robert’s shoes.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
This book actually has two messages. The main one is the importance of thinking of others. Robert wants several things for Christmas, but he meets Glenn, who he can tell by his appearance and the conversation, doesn’t have a lot. When he gets to Santa, Robert considers what he should do. Should he ask for the things on his list or ask Santa to bring Glenn something meaningful? I feel this message will resonate well with children and their parents.

The other message is one of recycling and donating. Robert realizes throughout the story there are other ways he can help and also get something he wants by donating his unused toys or upgrading something he already owns.


Excerpt from book:
Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.

“This is going to take forever!”


Where can we go to buy your book?
The book is available from the 4RV Publishing website for only $9.99. This price includes tax and shipping within the United States. Readers can find it at http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/c-c-gevry.php It is also available at these online retailers:


Any other links or info you'd like to share?
Readers can visit my website at http://ccgevry/com There is a news section that will share important updates.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Christy E. Bykowski, author of Beckmin Goes to School, a Book for Celiac Kids



Author Bio: Christy is an award-winning public relations and marketing practitioner, as well as a wife and mother. She lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Benjamin, raising their three boys and spreading awareness about celiac disease and the need for a gluten-free environment for individuals diagnosed with celiac disease.


Title: Gluten-Free Me
           Beckmin Goes to School, a Book for Celiac Kids
Author: Christy E. Bykowski
ISBN: 13: 978-1-61244-229-7
Page count: 20
Genre: Children               
Price: $11.95

Tell us about your book:
“Beckmin Goes to School” is my first children’s book, and was inspired by my middle son, Beckmin, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at 18 months, after extensive sickness and a series of hospital visits. Since then, I’ve worked with Beckmin through the everyday challenges of being a kid with this disease, dealing with his frustrations and his own learning cruve as to what celiac disease is, how to explain it and what it means in his day-to-day life.

How long did it take to write the book?
I got the basic concept down for the book in less than a day, but then spent 1-2 months working with the copy and editing it.

What inspired you to write the book?
I was inspired by my son, Beckmin, who was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 1.5. Watching him grow up – how he’s had to explain his disease to other kids and parents; how he’s to make very adult decisions all day, every day – led me to write this book.  I’m hoping it’s a tool that will help him, and others, easy explain what celiac disease is and how someone with it has to cope.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
This book really documents Beckmin’s everyday life, so the research I did was just to watch him interact on a daily basis. I tried to write it from a child’s perspective, and go through the many decisions Beckmin faces in his regular routine.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Beckmin's stories are written to help children define, understand and explain celiac disease. They are meant to be both empowering and educational for kids and their parents. 

Excerpt from book:
Five-year-old Beckmin headed off to kindergarten for the first time.
Beckmin climbed on the bus and waved goodbye to his mom.
Beckmin’s new teacher Mrs. Frederick said, “Let’s start our day with breakfast.”
The kids lined up to get their cereal.
Beckmin looked around.
“Here, you can share this cereal with me,” said his new friend Ellie.
“No, I can’t eat that,” said Beckmin. 
“Why not?” asked Ellie. “I like it a lot.”
“It has wheat in it. See…” he said, turning over the box.
He pointed to the ingredients and spelled, “W-H-E-A-T.”
“So?” said Ellie. 
“I can’t eat wheat,” said Beckmin. “I have celiac disease.”
“Silly what?” asked Ellie. 
“Celiac (SEE-lee-yak) disease,” said Beckmin. “It means I can’t eat wheat.”
“That’s silly,” said Ellie. 
“It’s not silly. It’s special,” said Beckmin.

Where can we go to buy your book?
The book is available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
You can find out more about me and the book at www.glutenfreekids.info


The World of Ink Network will be touring author Christy E. Bykowski's kid friendly celiac disease awareness picture book, Gluten-Free Me: Beckmin Goes to School.



You can find out more about Christy E. Bykowski, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/lquajjn
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Alicia Lloyd, author of When the Monsters are Quiet

Author Bio: Alicia Lloyd is a senior at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Grades Preparation (PK-4) and Special Education. She has a strong passion for working with children and loves to write! Alicia lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania surrounded by her wonderful friends and family. 




Title: When the Monsters are Quiet
Author: Alicia Lloyd
ISBN: 13: 978-1-61244-219-8
Page count: 25
Genre: Children
Price: $11.95

Tell us about your book:
This friendly book is a fun way children can start to become proficient readers by reading about one of their biggest worries- bedtime! This book is a reminder to never be afraid of your monsters and has helpful hints for parents to help their children by exploring with early reading strategies at home. 


How long did it take to write the book?
About a day

What inspired you to write the book?

My idea was unique and unexpected. I was sleeping at a new place one night and at the age of 22, still afraid of monsters. I heard all of these weird and unfamiliar noises around the house. I was texting my boyfriend, Chris, saying, “I don’t like this! I’m hearing too many noises, I can’t fall asleep.” He then texted me back asking if I ever did fall back asleep. My response was, “eventually, when the monsters were quiet.” Right there I thought, “That would be an awesome title for a children’s book!” The next weekend at 3am I suddenly woke up, went to my phone, opened notepad, and wrote the last two lines and the first three of my book. The next day Chris and I were driving and he was singing Selena Gomez’s song, “Come Get It,” extremely loud and obnoxious. (I find it funny with him being 6’5 singing this song.) Somehow, I finished my book right next to him in the car.


Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
The title came from a text I wrote out when I couldn’t sleep and was blaming the noises on monsters. I thought about the title here and there for a few days. One night at three in the morning, I got up and wrote down the last two lines of my book and the first three of the book. I wrote it write on the notepad application on the Iphone. The next day my boyfriend and I were driving somewhere. My boyfriend is 6’5 screaming Selena Gomez’s song “Come and Get It” in the driver’s seat….obnoxiously. Somehow I finished my book next to him.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope that my readers comprehend the fact that bedtime doesn’t have to be anything scary and usually it is just us thinking the worst scenarios possible. I always hope they walk away with the message to never be afraid of their monsters, regardless of what their monster may be.

Excerpt from book:
“So the next time you think monsters are under your bed,
Just remember, it is all in your head!”

Where can we go to buy your book?
My book is available on Halo Publishing’s Website, Amazon, ebay, and barnesandnoble.com. It is also located in 40,000 databases in over 100 countries around the world.

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
You can find out more about Alicia Lloyd, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/mxhj8vj 



The World of Ink Network will be touring author Alicia Lloyd’s monster picture book, When the Monsters are Quiet January 2014. You can find out more about Alicia Lloyd, her book and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/mxhj8vj




1st grade reading level children's book. Phonemic awareness and reading comprehension strategies are in the back of the book so parents can get their kiddos star readers!