I am a contributor in the newly published anthology: Anything Prose and Poetry too!  I invite you to read  my interview posted by Melissa Kline.

Check out my spotlight interview here:





  Nicole Weaver’s  second trilingual book with Guardian Angel Publishing, MY BROTHER IS MY BEST FRIEND publishing date is forthcoming.  Be sure to check back often for the official date of publication.
A story about the unique and very close friendship that exists between twin  brothers. The brothers celebrate their friendship and closeness by doing just about everything together. People from all cultures can relate to this heart warming story with the text written in English/Spanish/French on each page. Suggested age range for readers 2-8 years old



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M E D I A  R E L E A S E


CONTACT:    Mary Sue Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine



For Immediate Release


Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Imagination – February 2013 Issue


A stagnate mind squashes the imagination. To keep one’s creativity and imagination flowing it’s essential to explore the unknown and take chances to think outside the box. Imagine for a moment if everyone thought, worked and acted the same way. What a boring world this would be! Read beyond the normal genre you gravitate to, explore the what if’s of everyday life, enjoy nature and soak in the wonders all around you. Challenge yourself on a daily basis and watch your imagination soar to new levels.

Come explore the world of Guardian Angel Kids through the thought provoking poetry, short stories and articles to expand your imagination and have fun along the way.

To the dedicated GAK readers and contributors after soul searching her own writing career path, Donna McDine has decided to step down as GAK Editor-in-Chief and dedicate more time to her personal writing and book promotional efforts. This decision did not come lightly, but to be able to expand her imagination and efforts she needed to lighten her work responsibilities. McDine shares that it has been a distinct privilege working with Lynda Burch, Donna Shepherd,Kevin McNamee, and Mary Sue Roberts over the course of the last two plus years. And of course, her daily interactions with the valuable contributors, whom without Guardian Angel Kids Ezine would not exist.

McDine wishes you all the very best in imagination and inspiration throughout 2013 and beyond! She looks forward to staying in touch. Please feel free to drop her a line any time at

We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Page

Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Mary Sue Roberts an email at and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you’d like to see in the future. They aim to please.

The Guardian Angel Kids Ezine staff and contributors look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.


Book Review: You Are the Best Medicine by Julie Aigner Clark

How do you break the news and tell your children that you have breast cancer? This has to be the most difficult thing a mother has to deal with. Author and breast cancer survivor Julie Aigner Clark’s book, You are the Best Medicine, is by far the best book on the topic of breast cancer.

The author chronicles her experience as she explains to her daughter that she has cancer. Watching a parent go through cancer treatment is not something any child should have to endure. The author does an outstanding job showing how her daughter helps nurture her while undergoing cancer treatment.

I love the soft and sweet tone of the book. The author manages to show how both mother and child need comforting in this difficult time. The title of the book speaks volume, as it is a great reminder that love and kindness is by far a very powerful and most important medicine. I love the positive tone of the story too. The author shows that one should never give up on hope, even in a potentially life-ending situation like cancer. This is my favorite part of the book:

“And then I will be well. And I will think of all the happiest times that we have had, like birthday parties and swimming and hide-and-go seek, and I will think of all the happy times we are going to have together tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.”

This book will make a great gift for family or friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. The soft illustrations bring the delicate story to life. The author gives a portion of the proceeds to UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The center is well known for its pioneering role in developing life-saving cancer treatments. Learn more here.

Article first published as Book Review: You Are the Best Medicine by Julie Aigner Clark on Blogcritics.


Trilingual Story, My Sister is My Best Friend, Gold Award Recipient

Trilingual Story, My Sister is My Best Friend, Gold Award Recipient

A story about the unique and very close friendship that exists between twin sisters. The sisters celebrate their friendship and closeness by doing just about everything together. People from all cultures can relate to this heart warming story with the text written in English/Spanish/French on each page. Suggested age range for readers 2-8 years old

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners

I am happy to announce that my book, My Sister Is My Best Friend has been awarded a literary classic award in the female audience category.  I want to thank my publisher, Lynda Burch of Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.  This is  a dream come true.  Thank you Literary Classic!

See the press release  below:

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2012

Literary Classics

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners

SOUTH DAKOTA – Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top books for children and young adults today.  Award recipients were selected from entries received throughout the world.  The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

A list of the 2012 recipients follows:

Best First Picture Book, PreSchool, A Box Story by Kenneth Kit Lamug

Best First Picture Book, Early Reader, Terple Always Dream Bigger by Richie Frieman

Best Illustrator, Bella & Harry, Let’s Visit Athens, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Best Series, The Bella & Harry Book Series by Lisa Manzione

Best First Chapter Book, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Gold – Picture Book, Preschooler,  Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman

Silver – Picture Book, Preschooler, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke

Gold – Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let’s Visit London by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Silver – Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Cairo by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Gold – Educational, Early Reader, The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade

Silver – Educational, Early Reader, Animal Animalogies by Marianne Berkes

Gold – Environmental Issues, Early Reader, Sea Turtle Summer by Nancy Stewart

Silver – Environmental Issues, Early Reader, One Pelican at a Time by Nancy Stewart

Gold – Non Fiction Preteen, Clara’s Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Gold – General Preteen, the Casting by Joyce Shor Johnson

Silver – General Preteen, Return to Finkleton by KC Hilton

Gold – Fiction Preteen, the Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Silver – Fiction Preteen, Walking Through Walls by Karen Cioffi

Gold – Fantasy Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver – Fantasy Preteen, Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Gold – Science Fiction Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver – Science Fiction – Preteen, The Crystal Ship by CJ Carter-Stephenson

Gold – Mystery Preteen, the Stone Child by Dan Poblocki

Gold – General Young Adult, Runaway Twins by Pete Palamountain

Silver – General Young Adult, Young, Funny & Unbalanced by David Smithyman

Gold – Fiction Young Adult, Caves, Cannons & Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure

Silver – Fiction Young Adult, Young Knights of the Round Table The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

Gold – Non-Fiction Young Adult, Black & White by Larry Dane Brimner

Gold – Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Silver – Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Drawn by Marie Lamba

Gold – Science Fiction Young Adult, the Limit by Kristen Landon

Silver – Science Fiction Young Adult, the Orphan Ship by Sterling R. Walker

Gold – Mystery Young Adult, Stalked by Kristiana Gregory

Cultural Issues, Clara’s Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Holiday, Santa & The Little Teddy Bear by Peter John Lucking

Self Esteem, Beautiful Wild Rose Girl by B. Magnolia

Female Audience, My Sister is my Best Friend by Nicole Weaver

Mature Issues, In Memory of Dad by Maranda Russell

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at


Inside the Book: Where Readers and Writers Meet

My local library district is sponsoring a month of programs and author events for all ages October 1-31.  Today, October 6th I attended the book signing for local authors. It was a great way to meet and network with Colorado authors.   I enjoyed meeting Avi, who now resides in Denver.  Avi’s book Sophia’s War is a winner of both the Newberry Honor and Newberry Medal.

Avi is part of a family of writers extending back into the 19th century. Born in 1937 and raised in New York City, Avi was educated in local schools, before going to the Midwest and then back to NYC to complete his education.  He started out as a playwright-while working for many years as a librarian.  H e began writing books for young people when the first of his kids came along.

I took a photo with Avi

I also had an opportunity to chat with Denise Vega, SCBWI co-regional advisor for the rocky mountain chapter.  Two weeks ago, I sat through Denise’s presentation for children’s author at the Colorado/Wyoming fall SCBWI conference.

Authors are such friendly people, here I am posing with Denise Vega!

The library even arranged to have a representative from Barnes&Noble attend .  The representative came with boxes full of books for all the authors .  I took a picture of him standing next to twenty copies of my two trilingual children’s picture  books.

I am so pleased that such programs exist.  It is such an honor to be appreciated.  One grandmother purchased four copies of my book and had me autograph them for her grand children.  I have another book signing on 23rd of October; I am looking forward to meeting more local authors.