Award-Winning Children’s Author Donna McDine Debuts A Sandy Grave and $50 Gift Card Giveaway is now closed

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A Sandy Grave

A Sandy Grave

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.”





Title: A Sandy Grave
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 24
Language: English
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?


Those interested can email me directly at and visit to review my author visit programs.


Donna McDine

Donna McDine

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. 

Visit Donna online at or her blog at


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3 comments on “Award-Winning Children’s Author Donna McDine Debuts A Sandy Grave and $50 Gift Card Giveaway is now closed
  1. donnamcdine says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Thank you for profiling me and A Sandy Grave during my virtual book tour. I look forward to your review tomorrow. Thank you for your time and interest.


  2. Thanks for hosting Donna today. I hope your readers get a chance to check out her book. Good luck to all who enter the giveaway.

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