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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Five Questions With ... Cheryl Malandrinos, author of "Little Shepherd

I am so pleased today to introduce you to Cheryl Malandrinos, the author of the inspirational children's book, "Little Shepherd."

Cheryl was gracious enough to answer a few questions about her writing.

At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

At the age of six I knew I wanted to be one of two things: a teacher or a writer. As a mom, I’ll always be a teacher. I began writing in my teens, but life got in the way. I began again in my mid-twenties. More life. I finally settled into pursing my writing career in 2004 and I haven’t looked back.

What is one fun thing about you that not everyone knows?
I’m weird. Oh, wait, you said something not everyone knows. I’m a gardener with a brown thumb. I once killed a cactus. I love gardening, but it doesn’t always love me back. I’m just too stubborn to give up.

 Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?
This is tough because there are so many. My writing is inspired by the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lucy Maud Montgomery; though I’ve mostly focused on writing picture books, I try to add Wilder’s keen eye for detail and Montgomery’s ability to paint a picture for the reader into my work.

I enjoy books by Jerry Jenkins and Stephen King (Did you ever think you would see those two names listed together?), in addition to books by Kathi Macias, Marilyn Meredith, and Karen White. Honestly, I could go on and on. I have so many books here that I can’t bear to part with, I really need a huge room just to house them.

What do you have coming up in the future?
Guardian Angel Publishing, the house that released Little Shepherd, has another book under contract. That one is titled (at least for now) Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving. Ten-year-old Macy tries to save dinner when the family dog swipes the turkey off the table. I’m also shopping around a Christian elementary chapter reader—the first in a series—that I ghostwrote, in addition to shopping around a fractured fairy tale under my pen name, C.C. Gevry. 

What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into the writing biz today?
I’m not always sure a beginner like me should be giving advice, but there are two things that have been helpful as my career has taken flight: reading as much as possible in the genres I write or hope to write in, and never giving up. The fastest rejection took less than 24 hours to arrive. That’s disheartening. Writing means picking yourself up, brushing yourself off, and getting back in the saddle each time the horse throws you.

About The Book:

Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior's birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?


Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.

He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.

Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.

Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.

Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”

My Thoughts:

"Little Shepherd" is one of the most charming children's books that I've had the pleasure of reviewing.  Author Cheryl Malandrinos captures the wonder and the majesty of the heavenly hosts appearance to the shepherds of Bethlehem in her unique and inspirational story.  Children and parents alike will enjoy reading this tale during the holiday season and for days to come afterwards as well.

I highly recommend this book for holiday gift giving, or beforehand, to usher in the season of celebration of the birth of Jesus.

To purchase the book:

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About The Author:

Cheryl Malandrinos is a children’s author and freelance editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, released by Guardian Angel Publishing, and A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing, under her pen name, C.C. Gevry. A digital version of A Christmas Kindness will be released in 2013.

Since 2007, Cheryl has been an online book publicist specializing in virtual book tours. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger.

Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married. Visit her online at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ or http://ccgevry.com/.


Rafflecopter giveaway for a set of 2 Little Shepherd mugs (valid for residents of U.S. and Canada only):

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Little Shepherd Virtual Book Tour Schedule


Nov 5

Book review and interview at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Book trailer reveal at 4 the Love of Books

Nov 6

Nov 7

Guest post and book review at Topsy Turvy Land

Nov 8

Interview at Between the Covers

Nov 11

Guest post at Marilyn’s Musings

Guest post at Authors and Appetizers

Nov 12

Guest post at Bookingly Yours

Book review and giveaway at Mom Loves 2 Read

Nov 13

Book review at Maureen’s Musings

Nov 14

Nov 15

Guest post at Paperback Writer

Book trailer reveal at Broken Teepee

Nov 18

Book review at Blooming with Books

Nov 19

Book review at Nancy Stewart Books

Radio interview at Stories from Unknown Authors at 1 PM.

Nov 20

Guest post at 4 the Love of Books

Book trailer reveal at Thoughts in Progress

Nov 21

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Nov 22

Book review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Nov 23

Book review at Freda’s Voice

Nov 26

Book trailer reveal at CelticLady’s Reviews

Nov 27

Nov 29

Book spotlight at Cheryl’s Book Nook

My thanks to Cheryl for taking time to stop by the blog today and for the review copy of her book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Cheryl said...

Dear Sharon,

Thanks for the glowing review. I am so touched. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Many blessings,


P.S. Good luck to all your readers who enter the giveaway.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you, Cheryl, for listing me as one of your favorite authors--I'm certainly in prestigious company!

Cheryl said...

Well deserved praise, Marilyn.