Monday, November 10, 2014


My Award Certificate!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Brother Is My Best Friend won gold!

So happy to announce My Brother Is My Best Friend won gold in gender specific category!


For Immediate Release

October 15, 2014

Literary Classics

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners

SOUTH DAKOTA - Literary Classics announced its 2014 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe. 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 2014 recipients follows:


Enchanted Page Book Award for the most distinguished children’s storybook - Scratch and Old Mouse, written by Kathryn England and illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg - Character Publishing

Eloquent Quill Book Award for one work of extraordinary youth fiction - Strange Metamorphosis, by P.C.R. Monk - Bloomtree Press

Lumen Award for Literary Excellence honoring the most notable work of youth nonfiction - The Men Who Made the Yankees, by W. Nikola-Lisa - Gyroscope Books

Words on Wings Book Award for the most highly acclaimed young adult fiction work - Dew Angels, by Melanie Schwapp - Independent


Best Illustrator - Morton Munson Built a Mansion, written and illustrated by Jeff Busch - Bongo Books

Best First Picture Book - Scratch and Old Mouse, Kathryn England - Character Publishing

Best First Chapter Book - Annie the Scientist, Daniel Johnson - Character Publishing

Best First Novel - ​Unveiling the Wizard’s Shroud, Eric Price - Muse It Up Publishing

Best Children’s Picture Book Series - Shelly’s Adventures (Shelly Goes to the Zoo, Shelly’s Outdoor Adventure), written by Kentrell Martin and illustrated by Marc Rodriguez - Shelly’s Adventures, L.L.C.

Best Chapter Book Series - 1950s Adventure Series by C.A. Hartnell (Scary Spring, Sinister Summer, Ferocious Fall, Wild Winter) - Hawk Prints Publishing


General Infant / Preschooler GOLD - Benjamin Jay was a Bully, Emma Glover - Guardian Angel Publishing

General Infant / Preschooler SILVER - I Like Pink, by Vivian Zabel - 4RV Publishing

Picture Book / Preschooler GOLD - Even Poop Has a Purpose, Uncle Paul - PerBook Publishing L.L.C.

Picture Book / Preschooler SILVER - Without Me?, Kayleen West - Wombat Books

General Early Reader GOLD - Deputy Dorkface, How Trutherton Got its Honesty Back, Kevin D Janison - Stephens Press

General Early Reader SILVER - A Creepy Nothingness Came Crawling, Gideon Maxim - Dot and Odd Press

Picture Book Early Reader GOLD - Odie the Stray Kitten, Kristen Mott - Author House

Picture Book Early Reader SILVER - CougaMongaMingaMan, Nancy Scalabroni - Mascot Books


Fiction Chapter Book GOLD - Benton Believes, Kimberly Bugbee, M.S. - Character Publishing

Fiction Chapter Book SILVER - The Mysterious Mandolin, Aneta Cruz - Independent

Fantasy Pre-Teen GOLD - The Magician’s Doll, M.L. Roble - Independent

Fantasy Pre-Teen SILVER - Karmack, J.C. Whyte - Muse It Up Publishing

Mystery Pre-Teen GOLD - A Secret in Time, HY Hanna - Wisheart Press

Mystery Pre-Teen SILVER - The Charelton Locket, Ann Morgan Taylor - XLibris

Fiction Pre-Teen GOLD - Glimpse, Steven Whibley - Steven Whibley Books

Fiction Pre-Teen SILVER - Sons of the Sphinx, Cheryl Carpinello - Beyond Today Educator

Health /Self Esteem GOLD - Kaylee, the “What if?” Game, Christine Dzidrums - Creative Media

Health /Self Esteem SILVER - Not a Doctor Logan’s Divorce Book, Sydney Salter - Character Publishing


Fiction YA GOLD - ​Alchemy’s Daughter, Mary A. Osborne - Lake Street Press

Fiction YA SILVER - Sway, Jennifer Gibson - Black Opal Books

General Young Adult GOLD - Curse of the Crystal Kuatzin, Jan H. Landsberg - CreateSpace

General Young Adult SILVER - My Name is Rapunzel, ​K.C. Hilton - CreateSpace

Fantasy Fiction YA GOLD - Strange Metamorphosis, P.C.R. Monk - CreateSpace

Fantasy Fiction YA SILVER - Firelight of Heaven, Lizbeth Klein - Wombat Books

Science Fiction YA GOLD - Protostar, Braxton A. Cosby - Winter Goose Publishing

Science Fiction YA SILVER - ​The Heir, Lynne Stringer - Wombat Books

Faith Based Young Adult GOLD - The King, Lorilyn Roberts - CreateSpace

Faith Based Young Adult SILVER - Motive Games, L.D. Taylor - Wombat Books

Historical Fiction GOLD - Alchemy’s Daughter, Mary A. Osborne - Lake Street Press

Historical Fiction SILVER - My Name is Luke, Jim Ruddle - Amika Press

NonFiction YA GOLD - The Men Who Made the Yankees, W. Nikola-Lisa - Gyroscope Books

NonFiction YA SILVER - Once Upon a Road Trip, Angela N. Blount - Artifice Press


Rhyme Book - ​If Chocolate Were Purple, Jen Barton - Flickerfawn

Self Esteem Preschool - Alex and the Rabbit, Monica Dumont - Independent

Gender Specific Picture Book - My Brother Is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver - Guardian Angel Publishing

Interactive Book - Bubble Tubbie, Epiphany Schwarz - Black Catapult Publishing

Faith Based Early Reader - Sì Mama, Sì Papa, Nancy Scalabroni - Mascot Books

Holiday Book - The Santa Spy, Patrick Bates - Character Publishing

Educational Book - Cockroach Invasion, Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg - Archway Publishing

Environmental Issues - Cycle, Jay Amberg - Amika Press

Guide Book - What Do They Want from Me?, Kristina Kumar - Character Publishing

Gender Specific Young Adult - Hometown Heroines, Betty Boltè - ePublishing Works

Inspirational / Visionary - The Undecided, Robin Donaruma - ​Sunbury Press

Cultural Issues - Dew Angels, Melanie Schwapp - Independent

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

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I am so elated to report that my newest book, My Brother Is My Best Friend is a finalist in the prestigious award contest, Literary Classics.  My Sister Is My Best Friend won gold in 2012.  This will be the second award for My Brother Is My Best Friend.  

All winners will be announced on the 15th of October.  Be sure to come back and check to see whether I get gold again. Go here to check the list of all finalist.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Penelope Anne Cole's newest book, Ten Little Tricksters is by far the cutest book I have read about Halloween. The colorful illustrations done by Kevin Collier will capture the attention of every child reading this book. This is an ingenious and fun way to introduce young children to counting from one to ten.

This Halloween, be sure to make an effort to give this cute book to the little ones in your life.

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Bronze Medal Winner

So happy to announce that My Brother Is My Best Friend has earned a bronze medal in Readers' Favorite International Award Contest!

Contestant's Page

Congratulations Nicole Weaver!
My Brother is my Best Friend
is a 2014 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in the Children - Grade K-3rd category! 

2014 Blogger Appreciation Giveaway

 I am always happy to help other authors promote their book.  This July, I participated in Mother Daughter Book Reviews bonanza. I enjoyed learning about some very talented authors and their books.  I want to extend a big shout out to Renee for sponsoring this giveaway for all the bloggers that participated . Good luck to all!

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Review: 'I am Living in 2 Homes by Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian A. Jones

Haitian actress Garcelle Beauvais and co-author Sebastian A. Jones have done it again. They have written a must read book.  I am Living in 2 Homes handles with grace and wisdom a very important problem prevalent in today’s society.
It is never easy for children to understand why their parents have to live in separate homes. Oftentimes, the children are caught in the middle and they end up paying the price for the confusion that derives from their parents getting a divorce.  As a classroom teacher, I have seen firsthand what happens to children whose parents are divorced.  In most cases, it is not a pretty picture.
Beauvais and Jones address a serious issue in a compassionate way. All children living in two homes who read this well written book will fully understand that it is not their fault mommy and daddy live apart.
One thing that resonates well with me from reading this book- the authors focused on the positives. In life, we can let negative situations define who we become, or we can muster enough courage to seek out the positives.
I see I am Living in 2 Homes as a must read for all parents who are divorced and want to find a way to help their children cope with their new living arrangements. More importantly, the book teaches children, regardless of where they live, that they are deeply loved by both parents.
This passage from the book is priceless:
When Jay and I go to Mommy’s house, she says: “Be at peace, my gentle loves, my favorite people under heaven above; it’s a grown up choice, through no fault of your own, your Dad and I are happier… living in 2 homes.”
Children are smart little people that adults often take for granted. I believe if we are honest and speak the truth in love to them, they will respond in a favorable way.
The illustrations by James C. Webster make it easy for the reader to connect with the story.  Mr. Webster’s illustrations are by far some of the best I have seen.
To learn more about the two authors feel free to visit their site: