The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had–especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?
The lifeguards had their arms extended and attempted to move the crowd back. The tallest lifeguard said, “People, please stay back. The authorities will arrive to examine the whale to determine the cause of death within the hour. The whale must have died at sea and washed ashore.”
GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING: http://guardianangelpublishing.com/sandy-grave.htm
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sandy-grave-donna-m-mcdine/1118285403
Title: A Sandy Grave
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Genre: Tween chapterbook
Format: Paperback, hardcover & eBook
Q. You are an award-winning children’s author, how have you seen your writing evolve over the years?
My writing has become tighter with a smoother flow to the words, bringing all the five senses into play.
Q. What inspired you to become a children’s author?
After working in Fortune 500 companies for many years, I was longing for something more creative. One day I stumbled upon the Institute of Children’s Literature aptitude test, luckily I was accepted into the program, and I haven’t looked back since.
Q. What have illustrations brought to your stories?
I’ve been lucky with the two illustrators for my books where they both have brought their own style and research to each of my stories making the story leap from the pages.
Q. What do you look for in an illustrator?
An illustrator that will stay true to story line.
Q. What are two or three things beginning children’s writers must know?
Writing for children is not simple. Writing down to your reader is a big no. Know your subject matter. Luckily for the most part children are curious and know when the “wool is being pulled over their eyes.”
Q. You do author visits, how can interested parties get in touch with you?
Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.
Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.
A SANDY GRAVE TOUR SCHEDULE
Monday, March 3
Book trailer reveal at If Books Could Talk
Tuesday, March 4
Interview at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, March 5
Guest post at My Sister Is My Best Friend
Friday, March 7
Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
Monday, March 10
Guest post at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, March 11
Book featured at The Writer’s Life
Wednesday, March 12
Spotlight at Rebecca’s Writing Services
Thursday, March 13
Book review at Rebecca’s Writing Services
Book review at Farm and Fru Fru
Monday, March 17
Book feature and giveaway at My Sister Is My Best Friend
Wednesday, March 19
Interview at Straight from the Author’s Mouth
Friday, March 21
First chapter reveal at Read My First Chapter
Monday, March 24
Book feature at Between the Covers
Tuesday, March 25
Book feature and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Wednesday, March 26
Interview at Nancy Stewart’s Books
Guest post at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
Thursday, March 27
Book review at My Devotional Thoughts
Friday, March 28
Interview and giveaway at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Tuesday, April 1
Guest post at Strands of Thought
Wednesday, April 2
Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner
Thursday, April 3
Character interview at Beyond the Books
Book trailer reveal at A Leisure Moment
Friday, April 4
Book review at A Leisure Moment
Monday, April 7
Book review at Blooming with Books
Tuesday, April 8
Interview at Blooming with Books
Wednesday, April 9
Book feature at 4 the Love of Books
Thursday, April 10
Guest post at The Story Behind the Book
Friday, April 11
Book review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Monday, April 14
Book trailer reveal at 4 the Love of Books
Wednesday, April 16
Book feature and giveaway at Blooming with Books
Thursday, April 17
Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Friday, April 18
Book review at By the Book
Monday, April 21
Book feature at Plug Your Book!
Wednesday, April 23
Book review at 4 the Love of Books
Book review at Mymcbooks’s Blog
Thursday, April 24
Book review at WV Stitcher
Friday, April 25
Book tour highlights at The Book Rack
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