Sunday, December 18, 2011

Toast to 2012 Giveaway Hop



Come one, come all and join in the fun for 2012!   This wonderful giveaway is sponsored by Just Married with Coupons & Sweep Tight from January 10-17, 2012.







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Be sure to visit between January 10-17, 2012 and find out all the details of the New Years Giveaway Hop!

Monday, December 5, 2011

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS THE BEST WAY TO BUILD STRONG FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

To start the traditional Haitian celebration, I decorate the entire house and set up"L'arbre de Noël" or Christmas tree. Prior to going to mass, the family prepares many dishes. The classic rice and beans,  riz djon-djon (rice with mushroom), griot ( seasoned fried pork) fried plantains, poulet en sauce ( well seasoned chicken with sauce) pain patate ( sweet potato pie) salade verte (green salad) bouillon ( spinach soup made with flour dumplings, and beef, pâté ( flaky pastry filled with well seasoned ground beef) With the meal comes gâteau à l'ananas (pineapple upside-down cake or fruits. It is also part of the tradition to have home-made liqueur, anis, coconut, and mint.

I remember as a little girl staying up until around 6 am talking and having fun. From the start of December, the air is filled with Christmas songs in French and Créole. Children played with "Pluie d'étoile" ( metal stick, once lit, turns into a fire work of bright stars). We got up at around noon Christmas day; we ate some of the leftover foods.  The idea is to make enough food that can be consumed for Christmas day too. Christmas day is spent relaxing and spending more time with family.
Even though my husband is American, and I live in the United States, I still carry on this tradition. My three children really enjoy eating the foods. After arriving from church Christmas Eve, the table is set, we sit down to indulge in a true Haitian feast. At midnight, we open gifts and afterward spend time with family playing games and talking.
I am very thankful to live in the United States. We have so much freedom in this great country.  Despite being a foreigner, I still have the choice to celebrate my own tradition. I have a great job that pays me well, and I have the freedom to make every single holiday very special for both family and friends. I am truly living the American Dream. Thank you America! You are Great ! Happy Holiday Everyone!

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs:









Sunday, November 20, 2011

Amazing Reviews for My Sister Is My Best Friend

I am so very happy to share the following great reviews for
 My Sister Is My Best Friend


Review Written by Nancy Stewart:

Nicole Weaver's children's book, My Sister is My Best Friend: A Trilingual Story, is a whimsy, fresh faced and full of confection. Yet, when one thinks about the book, it is soon evident the story has an important message. It is an homage to sisterhood even, and especially, at such a callow age.

The three languages, English, Spanish and French add to the globalness, and the girls become "everygirl." Similarities are so much more important than differences in today's tiny world, and Nicole's books prove this to be true.

The happy mood is captured beautifully by Clara Batton Smith's yummy watercolors. The sisters are dressed alike and are delighted with the day and the outing with each other and their mother. I particularly like the city feel of the illustrations.

Nicole dedicated the story to her three sisters, and the love she feels for them shines through within the book's pages. Delightfully, in fact.

This is a gorgeous read all the way around. You're guaranteed to love it! 

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 Review Written by Donna McDine:
Come explore the wonderful world of sisterhood both together and with mother in Nicole Weaver's latest children's book, My Sister Is My Best Friend. The playful antics of the sisters along with the vibrant illustrations brings their lives into focus. The security of knowing that neither is alone in this vast world with the companionship and love of a sister is heartwarming. 

My Sister Is My Best Friend is a trilingual story told in English, Spanish, and French making for a delightful reading and learning experience. Nicole Weaver tells a story of the simplicities of enjoying one's sister with gratitude, bringing back fond memories of my own childhood with my twin sister and our unique shared experiences.

Clara Batton Smith's delightful illustrations show the love of both sisters making the heart glow. 

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Review Written by Penelope Cole:


My Sister is My Best Friend, a picture book by Nicole Weaver and illustrated by Clara Batton Smith, was a surprising treat. What surprised me was that it is written in trilingual form. Yes, each page of the story has three versions, written in English, Spanish, and French. If you and your child are bi-lingual, you'll have fun reading this book and figuring out what the words in the third language mean. My daughter read it to me in English and Spanish, and then I read it to her in French.


The story itself is very sweet. It celebrates the delight these girls have in growing up with a twin sister who is clearly a best friend and fun playmate. The girls laugh, play, pretend, romp, help their mother, and enjoy outings together. It is sisterhood served up in a double helping.


The illustrations add to the fun of the story. In each panel you see the two sisters happily playing together and having a great time. But it's not all about play. They also help their mother, as they care for each other, and even play with their big fluffy dog. Their delight and enjoyment of each other is clearly evident.


This is one book that you have to read at least three times to fully appreciate -- in English, Spanish, and French. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

I am truly honored to be awarded the LIEBSTER BLOG award, thanks so much to:
 SAVVY SUBURBAN



'Liebster' means 'favorite' or 'dearest' in German. This award, which originated in Germany, recognizes up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. 


In accepting the award, the recipient agrees to: 

Thank the person that gave the award and link back to their blog.

Copy and paste the award to your blog
Reveal the 5 blogs you have chosen to award and let them know by commenting on their blog.

Hope they pay it forward by accepting and awarding it to bloggers they would like to honor.

Monday, October 24, 2011

WELCOME BLOGFEST PARTICIPANTS!

Hello blog-fest readers,  my second trilingual book is not yet available.  The book will be available soon.  I will make an announcement once I get word from my publisher.  Thank you for your patience.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FORGIVENESS/MOVING FORWARD



Have you ever fought with your sibling? I think we all have at one point or another.  All healthy relationships will encounter disagreements, but staying angry indefinitely is not the way to handle things. I believe in being honest, but I also think forgiveness and moving forward should be part of the mix.  A few years ago, I wrote a poem expressing my thoughts on the issue of forgiveness and moving forward.  I would like to share this poem with you all.


Brother, sister Oh! How I wish
we were close.  It would be
grandiose if we could have
a nose-to-nose talk like old times.

Brother, sister those days were
simply divine.  Heaven knows
I would do anything to dispose
of those bad blows we have
imposed on each other.

Brother, sister I suppose it will not
be easy to erase our woes, but
as the saying goes in life, we
all have our lows.


Brother, sister I want to say
adios to those bad days, and
I strongly propose that we
move forward to the grandiose
times that we once shared.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you handled forgiving a sibling and what you did to move forward.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW FOR MY BIRTHDAY IS SEPTEMBER ELEVEN

A huge thank you goes to my author friend Cherese Vines for interviewing me.
http://cheresevinescharmingwords.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/interview-author-of-my-birthday-is-september-eleven/
Interview with the author of My Birthday Is September Eleven: Nicole Weaver. Thank you for the interview.



1) Tell us who you are.


My name is Nicole Weaver. I am Haitian American. I am fluent in four languages-French, English, Spanish and Creole. I am a veteran French and Spanish high school teacher. I am also a published author of a trilingual book titled: Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle/ María y su Amiga la Tortuga Del Mar/ Marie et son Amie la Tortue de mer. I have a second trilingual book titled My Sister is My Best Friend due to be published fall 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My third trilingual book titled: My Brother is My Best Friend is under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing.

2) What influenced you to become a writer?

I first became interested in writing after winning a poetry contest. That experience fueled my interest in writing. I later joined my church’s writing group. Being a part of the group allowed me to venture out with my writing. I have pieces published in my church’s journal. Next, an author friend talked me into attending a writer’s workshop. The workshop peaked my interest even more. I later decided to write my first trilingual children’s picture book.

3) Why do you think you chose to write for children?


I see a huge need for more books that portray children of color in a positive light. I also see a need for more books that encourage the learning of a foreign language. I write all of my children’s picture books as trilingual books because a child’s brain is wired to learn language when he or she is young.

4) You mentioned that many of the stories from My Birthday is September Eleven are true. Are all your stories/books based on true events? Where else do you get your inspiration?


Yes, most of my stories/books are based on true events. Having been an educator for the past twenty five years affords me many opportunities to see and experience many things. Many times I am emotionally moved by these experiences and I must find a way to channel the emotions into a positive way and writing provides me with that outlet. For instance, around ten years ago, I received a call from a woman who adopted a Haitian little girl. The little girl only spoke Creole; she wanted me to help her communicate with her in Creole. I was very honored and blessed to help her. I later learned that the little girl was dropped off at the local adoption agency in Port-au-Prince Haiti, because her mom could not feed her.
I carried that information in my heart and I always wanted to write a story about it. This is where the idea for the story “No More Hunger” came from. Imagine the pain that mother experienced when she dropped her daughter off. I hope my story will bring attention to what goes on in my native land of Haiti.

I also get inspired by what I see in my classroom. I taught middle school for fifteen years. During my tenure as a middle school teacher I observed how cruel students can be towards one another. It pained me greatly to witness the way many bi-racial children were constantly teased and picked on. The short story “Zebra Boy” is based on what I saw happening to those children. Honestly, it would take me two lifetimes to write about all the things I have seen and experienced as a classroom teacher.

5) What would you have liked to have been told as a budding writer?

It would have been nice to know how difficult it is to market yourself. Getting published is only the first step; the real work begins with marketing yourself and your book.

6) Can you tell us something that your readers may not have guessed about you?

I love being an American citizen. My life changed for the better when I set foot in America. I believe the only way to beat bigotry is through education. Through hard work and dedication one can achieve great things.


7) Is there anything else you would like your readers to know?


Never give up on your dreams. When I first came to America, after reading many books from the Curious George series, I instantly knew that I would one day write my own picture book. I also invite all readers interested in learning more about me can visit my sites:

My Sister Is My Best Friend Blog:
http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com

Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle Blog:
http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com

Websites:
http://outskirtspress.com/nicoleweaver
http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com
http://nicole-weaver.com

Educational Expert:
http://www.bizymoms.com/city-experts-cp/ce-nicole-weaver-130.php

Blogcritics Contributor:
http://blogcritics.org/writers/nicole-weaver

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

AN INTERVIEW: FRATERNAL TWIN SISTERS

Do you have twins in your family? Do you believe twins have a special connection? I invite you to read the interview below and would like you to come to your own conclusions as to whether a special bond exists between twins. I am fascinated with twins. This is why I have written two trilingual children's picture books about twin girls and boys. My Sister is My Best Friend will be published summer 2011. My second twin book, My Brother is My Best Friend publication date is not yet determined.

Donna McDine and Debra Brennan are fraternal twins. I had each sister answer the interview questions; below are the answers.

DEBRA BRENNAN



Studies have shown that twins usually think alike; do you find this to be true with both of you?


At times I completely agree. Donna and I have often purchased the same clothing for events, as well as the same birthday cards for each other and for friends and family. We also often make the same decisions in child rearing etc...

Studies have also shown that twins are hereditary; do you have a long history of twins in your family?

I am not aware of a history of twins.

Can you explain what it was like growing up as fraternal twins?

There was always the closeness of having my other half with me. At times it could be competitive but we always were there for each other during those years. We were very different as individuals and in the high school that we went to which had a graduating class of over 600 we were often not known as sisters.
One of the clearest memories I had of my sister, Donna, was when I tried to get back my stolen varsity jacket from another student who decided to start a physical altercation with me. Donna showed up immediately and tried to protect me from the assault. How she knew about it, I don't know, but she showed up just in the nick of time! We were often compared to each other and that did not help us become independent of one another. Over time we became confident in who we were and were able to develop our own true identities.

Was it difficult to develop your own identity as an individual?


At times it was difficult, but we are both fiercely independent and we worked hard to develop our own true identities. We really did not have the same strengths and weaknesses, so it was always interesting how people had a need to compare us and try to measure us against each other.

Now that you are both adults living separate lives, can you explain a little bit about your life? Do you both have the same interests, or are you polar opposites?

I am a sixth grade math teacher. I have been teaching for the past 21 years. I am also a Vice President of my school's Teachers Union. I am married with three children aged 15, 12, and seven. They are heavily involved in hockey, baseball, etc... and I spend a great deal of my time involved in their sports.
We seem to have the same interests in what we read, the types of friends we are the most comfortable with, how we spend time with family, etc... A lot of that may have to do with how we were raised. I would not say we are polar opposites but rather that we have become the best of friends as we grew into adults.

Do you have any advice for mothers with newborn twins?

Allow your children to explore their interests. Do not try to portray them as one in the same. Each child will have their own voice if encouraged.



DONNA McDINE




Studies have shown that twins usually think alike; do you find this to be true with both of you?

Our thoughts definitely coincide. Without even trying to, our decision-making process has always been quite similar. On many occasions we have purchased the same gifts for each other, have shown up at social gatherings with the exact same outfit or the same outfit but in a different color. The different color aspect, I lend that to being fraternal twins.
One specific event that occurred was the fall after we graduated from high school, my twin sister was in Boston with friends and I was home. During dinner one evening she was overcome with a strong urge to call home because she had an overwhelming feeling something was wrong with me. And sure enough I was in a terrible car accident just hours earlier.

Studies have also shown that twins are hereditary; do you have a long history of twins in your family?

We don't have a long history of twins, but our mother's grandmother had twins.

Can you explain what it was like growing up as fraternal twins?

Our parents always made sure that we were treated as individuals even though the expectations of doing well in school were the same for both of us and our older siblings. Competition between the two of us would rear its ugly head at times, such as who learned to ride a bike first, who made the school team, and of course who passed their driver's test first. After getting through childhood, graduating high school, and attending different colleges the competition barrier fell to the wayside. We grew closer because of this.

Was it difficult to develop your own identity as an individual?

Even though we are fraternal twins the comparison teachers held over us became quite frustrating. To break from this mold we gravitated towards different groups of friends and interests. This was not difficult to establish since we lived in a large neighborhood and attended a large school.

Now that you are both adults living separate lives, can you explain a little bit about your life? Do you both have the same interest, or are you polar opposites?

I'll be married 22 years this August and have two daughters, 16 and 13. Working from home is a blessing, but can be problematic if I don't set boundaries, which I learned the hard way. I am now not so quick to be that "yes person" to others' needs during working hours. If I don't keep these boundaries I'm frustrated and exhausted before my girls get home from school, from my lack of work production, and find myself trying to "catch up" when I should be available for them.
I am fiercely loyal to my twin sister as well as she is to me. We celebrate both our successes and provide a safe haven in times of sorrow. We have had our moments of disagreement with each other, but we are always quick to get over it.


I can't say we are polar opposites since my two nephews are close in age to my children, 15 and 12. The two oldest are both January babies and are 10 days shy of being exactly a year apart. With the two youngest being in the seventh grade, even though they are 10 months apart. The number 10 seems to be a similarity. The difference in children is my twin sister has a third child, Leah, who will be eight in October. We are both avid readers and approach parenting with the same no-nonsense approach. And to top it off, our husbands are best friends...[since] years before we married our respective spouses.

What do you do for work?


I have worked from home for the last 13 years as a virtual assistant, as a children's author the last three years, and most recently as the Editor-in-Chief for Guardian Angel Kids Ezine and publicist for the Children's Writers' Coaching Club.

Do you have any advice for mothers with newborn twins?

Each baby comes into this world with their own personality, whether solo or with a twin. Embrace their individuality from the onset and watch them soar.

To learn more about Donna you can visit her sites:
DonnaMcDine.com
Write What Inspires You Blog
The Golden Pathway Blog
Readers, I hope you enjoyed reading this interview. If you are a twin, please feel free to share your experiences in the comments section.


Read more: http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/interview-fraternal-twin-sis...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY






A MOTHER’S LOVE IS SELFLESS AND UNCONDITIONAL
As mothers we go out of our ways to provide for our children. On Mother’s Day 2011, I am especially thankful that all three of my children are doing well. This to me is the best gift of all.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL!

Here is a poem I wrote; I thought I would share it with you all.

A MOTHER’S WISH

Son, daughter I shall be to you
what the marrow is to your bones
I will nourish you with my love
for I wish you length of life.

Son ,daughter till you are
twenty and one I will pray
to God that day by day your
steps may he guide.

Son, daughter may in my absence
wisdom becomes your best friend
for common sense will keep
you out of harm's way.

Son, daughter though sometimes
you will heed the advice of fools,
I know you will indeed find ways to succeed.

Son, daughter never, ever give up
for wherever life's journey
takes you, I will remain by your side
forever and ever.
© Nicole Weaver 2009

Sunday, April 24, 2011

BASKING IN HIS MERCY AND GRACE

I thought I would share my heart and soul with my wonderful blog followers.

I am celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and also a new book contract .
I was granted a contract for :
MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND
God is awesome, in celebration please enjoy the two poems I wrote.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!



VAST AS THE OCEAN

Vast as the ocean is your love for me Heavenly Father
with you, there is no turning back. I will forever be
your daughter, not because I deserve it, but because
your son paid the ultimate price by giving up his life
for a wretched sinner like me.
Vast as the ocean are your desires to meet my every need
for with you, there is no burden too big
you take pleasure in seeing that I am well taken care of.
Vast as the ocean are your thoughts towards me
so much so, you have written a book just for me
Oh! Savior Divine, how I love thee! My love
for thee is as vast as the beautiful azure ocean
that you so lovingly blessed mankind with!







MY HEART

My heart overflows with glee.

Every single day you shower me with your goodness.

Free From sin, you empower me with your Holy Spirit.

In every situation, I am a conqueror.

Heavenly Father there is no limit to your kindness.

You favor me, even though I am not worthy.

Such love and devotion set ablaze a fire in my heart, that will surely Last forever!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

AN INTERVIEW WITH JAKKI SLAVIN:ARE TWINS HEREDITARY?

Below is an interview I did with my very good friend Jakki Slavin.  Thanks Jakki for doing this interview.


1)     Studies have shown that twins are hereditary; do you have twins in your family?

I have a rich history of fertility when it comes to multiple births within my family tree. My grandmother had a set of twins. One of my aunts gave birth to triplets. A few of my cousins have twins. My only sister has fraternal twins, and I have fraternal twins. I am told that my father had a pair of twins from a previous marriage who passed away in a fire many years ago.

When my sister had her twin daughters three years prior to my giving birth to fraternal twins, I felt such a sense of relief and was happy it was her and not me. I had been told that multiples usually skip a generation.  After my sister's babies were born; I thought   there was no way we could both have twins. Boy was I wrong.    

2)  How difficult was it raising your twins?  Can you explain how you handled any sibling rivalry issues?

Raising a family when multiple births are involved is not for the faint of heart. It was without a doubt one of the most complex challenges I’d ever faced. With very little assistance and even less guidance from family or friends, I often questioned and second guessed many of my decisions. If there was a manual out there to help guide me through those murky years, I never found it. Besides, I wouldn’t have had the time to read it anyway.

I already had a three year old son by the time my twins were born so I figured I knew enough about babies and could handle a few more. After all, how difficult could it be?  I was in for a shock when I realized that nothing was easy about it, and it was not going to be for at least 18 more years. Everything from grocery shopping to vacuuming took three times longer to complete.    

Within one year, I went from a stay at home mom to a displaced, unemployed single parent with two one year olds and a four year old. Because my fraternal twins are a male and a female, most situations were handled according to gender.

The jury is still out on some of those decisions. Sibling rivalries were mostly due to someone needing or wanting more attention than the other. Every day I tried to give each child at least 30 minutes of individual time. Often times someone’s time would get interrupted by a sibling, so I had to change the game plan. Special treats and rewards became a life saver for me.

 My children were rarely out of my eye sight, and because it was just us for a long time, we did practically everything together.  A social life for me seemed impossible.  So as they got older, I eventually found other moms that were in the same situation as me.  My children had someone to play with and I on the other hand had a new female friend that I could socialize with.

3) How did your oldest handle having twin siblings?    

Surprisingly, it was usually my oldest son who at four years old still did not know what to think about his new siblings. He was my greasy wheel until he started school. As they all got older, I tried to stay out of most of their conflicts. I was very fortunate that most times they managed to work it out among themselves. To this day, they are all very close and supportive of each other.


4) All three of your children are now attending college and are well adjusted young adults, what exactly did you do to set them up for success?

I continuously instilled in them the importance of an education, regardless of our economic status.  I gave only two choices, college or military. Of course my oldest son rebelled against both for several years after his high school graduation, but has since come to appreciate the value of an education in these distressed economic times.

I am proud to say that all of my children graduated high school with honors; all are in college and are on a path towards success for their individual futures. I don’t believe I did anything extraordinary as a mom. I stayed involved in their lives in every way I could, and I supported them in any extracurricular activities that they chose to get involved in. I was and still am their biggest cheerleader.

5) Do you have any advice for parents who are raising twins?

Whether multiples are fraternal or identical, I feel it is important to teach them to be individuals. There were many times when it would have been easier to lump them into a one size fits all status, but intuitively I didn’t feel it was the right thing to do.

 As a parent of multiples, there will be many sleepless nights, a great deal of frustration and at times a pity party for one, but the greatest joy and the biggest reward comes from knowing that God gave me the task because he knew I could do it.

The twins at six weeks old

This is Trent the twin's handsome older brother!


Picture of the twins, Tyler and Taylor taken at their high school graduation May 2010





Sunday, April 10, 2011

SIBLING RIVALRY - A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO DEFUSE IT





I am forever the optimist.  I am one of those people that see the glass half full instead of half empty.  I was verbally abused as a young child; I learned early on to block out the negatives by daydreaming about things in a positive way.  This is one of the reasons I wrote my second trilingual book as two twin sisters being best friends.  
Even though I do not have twins, but I know from raising three children, there can be plenty of friction between siblings.  Conflict is part of life; consequently, it is important to teach your child how to resolve issues that may come up.
If you have twins or any other children   and are having a hard time figuring out how to reduce the tensions between them, here are a few tips on how to restore peace:
1) Sometimes jealousy can set in; one way to handle that is to make individual time for each child.  Giving undivided attention will make a child feel very special.  Perhaps you and your spouse should take turn taking each child out. In my household, I call it: "SPECIAL TIME WITH MOM" "SPECIAL TIME WITH DAD."  For example, every year until my daughter went to college, I took her to see the Nutcracker in December.  My husband would take my son to a basketball game.  When my son was still living at home, my husband took Tae-Kwando lessons with him.   My oldest ended up getting a Black Belt in Tae- Kwando his junior year of high school.
2)  Never compare them to each other.  Try to focus on what they are good at.  Looking closely at what your child does well will help build self-esteem.
3) Children always emulate their parents; try to be a role model by handling conflicts that may come up in a constructive manner.
4) Remember, children go through many emotional ups and downs as they continue to develop; be sure to practice lots of patience with them.  Let them know you will be there for them no matter what. 
5) Always show your support by giving tons, and tons of positive feedbacks and affirmations.  I tell my children, I love them every chance I get.   I make a big deal when they accomplish a goal.  For example, today my 15 year old shot a perfect three pointer at 51 seconds remaining in his league basketball game.  We won the game!  I made sure to compliment him and took him out to eat lunch.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH MY PUBLISHER, LYNDA BURCH OF GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING

I love learning as much as I can about the publishing world. After perusing Guardian Angel’s website I knew right away I wanted to submit my manuscript for consideration. What caught my attention was the company’s mission statement:

“Welcome to Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. - where our publishing goals are to lovingly create fun, affordable and educational eBook computer & print book experiences for preschoolers and primary age children. And to embed positive, loving and worthwhile meaning into these books.”

As a teacher and parent of three children, I believe it is our responsibility to provide children with well written and wholesome books. To that end, I am proud to be part of the Guardian Angel Publishing Family, and it is with great pleasure I introduce Lynda Burch, founder and owner of Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Thank you Lynda for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview.

How did you get started in the publishing industry?
I saw a need for children's ebooks. When I started writing musical eBooks to be played on the computer, I got wonderful feedback from big publishers but they didn't know what to do with them. So I started Guardian Angel as an eBook publisher and opened to submissions, but within about a year we expanded our lines of books and we started going to print, too.

In regards, to manuscript submission, what makes a manuscript appealing to a publisher?

Clean, well written mss - which means properly punctuated, setup in a proper paragraph form and stories that are suitable for the GAP market. You’d be surprised at how many sloppy, poorly written, and punctuated manuscripts we see. And I can’t begin to tell you how many are inappropriate for our market of kids 0-12. People don’t even research our website to see what we are looking for.

How do you choose which illustrator to put with an author?

Often when I read a new story the visuals that pop in my head automatically point me toward certain artists. So after feeling out the author for what style they are thinking I will suggest the artist for that style. The authors get some input.

With your knowledge of the publishing world, what do you think aspiring authors should do if they want to make a living as a writer?

I think that today there are probably too many authors to make a living writing. But a true author will write and write and write and hone their skills and be recognized for their storytelling efforts.







How has the business changed since you first started a career in it?

 Oh it has changed just like I predicted it would. Ebooks are here to stay and will assume its role as a major player in both education and personal reading — just look at the Kindle and ebook readers for all the electronic devices. That market will only grow.

What are your thoughts on e-publishing versus traditional publishing?

I think that as an independent small publisher I recognized the importance of ebooks long before the traditional publishers and if those traditional “big boys” don’t jump on the ebook bandwagon they will fall by the wayside.

Where is GAP headed? Where do you see the company in five years?

I want to see Guardian Angel’s artists and authors recognized for the quality work they consistently produce. That is already happening as more and more are winning awards and getting on bestseller lists at Fictionwise and Amazon. I want us to be increasing our production level to over 100 books per year instead of over 50. And I would like to get a grant to encourage our artists and authors to get into more schools and influence our youth to be better readers and accomplish more in their educational endeavors.

Visit Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. to view and learn about their children’s books


Article first published as Interview with Lynda Burch, Publisher of Guardian Angel Publishing on Blogcritics.

Friday, March 18, 2011

FEATURED ON BIZYMOMS HOMEPAGE

Thursday, March 17, 2011

WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR SISTER /S?






I love my sisters because...
Being the youngest they spoiled me,  and when I got  married and had children they spoiled my children too.

Feel free to tell why you love your sister/s:

ROLE OF SIBLING RELATIONSHIP

SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS

Sibling relationships play an essential role in our development as individuals. Relationships with brothers and sisters are typically also the longest that we will experience in our lives, since most siblings outlive parents and they begin earlier than those we establish with friends.

RIVALRY

Did you know that rivalry among siblings has its place in the natural order of things?  Some experts believe the rivalry can actual be a form of training for what people can expect to experience as they get older.  Some competitions among siblings  is healthy because   it serves as an opportunity for each sibling to do well in different areas.

My oldest son got his black belt in martial arts.  My daughter decided she would excel in academics while my youngest son made the decision to excel in sports.  What I have observed, is each child has unique gifts.  My job as a responsible parent is to support and encourage each child to be the best he or she can be.
                               

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SISTER QUOTES

 I thought I would share some of my favorite sister quotes:


A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.  ~Isadora James


In thee my soul shall own combined the sister and the friend.  ~Catherine Killigrew


Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.  ~Vietnamese Proverb


A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double.  ~Toni Morrison


Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply...  ~Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814


What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it?  ~Jenny DeVries


Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.  ~Margaret Mead


Bless you, my darling, and remember you are always in the heart - oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape - of your sister.  ~Katherine Mansfield


A sister smiles when one tells one's stories - for she knows where the decoration has been added.  ~Chris Montaigne


More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you've been bad and good.  ~Linda Sunshine

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.  ~Author Unknown


When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?  ~Pam Brown


The mildest, drowsiest sister has been known to turn tiger if her sibling is in trouble.  ~Clara Ortega


A sister is a forever friend.  ~Author Unknown


The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend.  ~Cali Rae Turner


An older sister helps one remain half child, half woman.  ~Author Unknown


An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and a sharer of delights.  And sorrows too.  ~Pam Brown


There is no better friend than a sister.  And there is no better sister than you.  ~Author Unknown


Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.  ~Susan Scarf Merrell


I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers.  It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage.  Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.  ~Maya Angelou


A sibling may be the keeper of one's identity, the only person with the keys to one's unfettered, more fundamental self.  ~Marian Sandmaier


Our roots say we're sisters, our hearts say we're friends.  ~Author Unknown

Sunday, March 6, 2011

MY TWO SISTERS: DANIELLE & ROSE

"The primary cause of unhappiness is not the situation, but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is." ~Eckhart Tolle
 I love the above quote because it helps put into perspective how I dealt with what happened to me as a little girl.   I left Haiti and moved to New York to live with my mom, two sisters and brother.   Being the youngest they took very good care of me.  Both sisters, Danielle and Rose helped me adjust to life in New York.  They basically spoiled me rotten.   It took me around six months to learn to speak English well. 
As I got older,  I learned to put away the bad memories and concentrate on the good ones.  Even though my life in Haiti was not ideal and my father abandoned us, I grew to appreciate the positives in my life. 
Meeting my half-sister Rachelle inspired me to write My Sister is My Best Friend, and growing up with my sisters Danielle and Rose helped shaped me into the person I am.   Thank you Danielle and Rose!



 MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF MY OLDEST SISTER DANIELLE



My sister Rose
This is a picture of Rose taken in Arizona.  I remember too well how sad I was when she  moved.  She relocated to Arizona to be with her husband, who was  serving in the Airforce.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

INSPIRATION BEHIND: MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND

Three years ago I met my half sister Rachelle for the first time.  She grew up in Haiti and I grew up in New York.   My parents went their separate ways before I was born.  My dad remarried and my mother moved to New York.  As a kid I never fully understood why my father totally abandoned me and why we never kept in touch.    Much to my delight I finally got a chance to meet my sister Rachelle.   I went to visit her in Fort Lauderdale where she currently lives.  Later that same year she came to visit me in Colorado.

 After meeting her, I could not stop thinking about her.  I had vivid dreams of us playing together as little girls having tons of fun.      I was so emotionally moved that I began to wonder what it would have been like if we were raised together. My imagination went wild.   One day during my lunch hour I picked up a pen and began writing.    I wrote everything I was feeling that day and by the end of lunch I had created  the manuscript for this book.  Next I  translated the script to French and Spanish. 
A month later, I submitted the trilingual manuscript to a publisher and much to my surprise she  liked my manuscript and only requested a few revisions.  It took me a month to think things through before making revisions.  Quite frankly, I was still concerned that she would not accept the revised manuscript.   I mustered enough courage and made the revisions.  I resubmitted the manuscript and within a short period of time the publisher emailed me offering me a contract.
This book is very special to me.  I thank God for His infinite goodness to me.  I also want to say, through meeting my sister I have been healed  from the emotional distress  of being abandoned by my father.  

A Picture of my sister and me.  I took her to visit  Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado