Showing posts with label children. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children. Show all posts

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mom, God's got this

     My dreams turned to nightmares. I awoke with a start. The room was dark, and my husband snored softly, but I was wide awake. My daughter floundered in hurt and denial.

     Wednesday night’s class was about the breakdown of love between mothers and daughters and the resulting scars. While sitting in the class, I’d been convicted. Perhaps my daughter’s anger at me came from the judgmental attitude I had toward her—the same condemnation I had felt from my mother. Two days had passed since that class, and I had yet to act.

     At two in the morning, I crept out of the bedroom and to our computer. I typed a letter to my daughter. With every word, a tear fell to the keyboard. When temptation caused me to remember what she had or hadn’t done, I deleted and focused on my actions.

     When the letter was finished and reread, I folded it and put it in an envelope ready to mail.

     Last week, a devotion book had been first to call me to repentance for not forgiving my daughter for her lifestyle. Obviously, God had to hit me over the head several times before I’d act.

     I chuckled at that thought. “I’m learning, Lord.”

     Shadows danced on the wall from the moon shining through waving trees outside our windows. The smell of roses permeated the house. My husband and I celebrated our forty-sixth wedding anniversary yesterday.

     “Teach me, Lord. Forgive me as I forgive my daughter.”

    Last Sunday, the preacher used the text Matthew 28:20 KJV

“…..lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”   To the Christian who has walked away from God, Jesus still stands close, ready to embrace and heal.

    My head rested against the chair. As I floated in a half-awake state, a vision drifted through my mind. Jesus followed my daughter into a bar and sat on the next stool waiting in case she turned to Him. Though I could no longer protect my child from harm, Jesus could go wherever she went.

    My eyes drooped. When I went to bed, my body sunk into smooth sheets. The love of my life covered me with his warm arm. God filled me with peace. My supplication had been heard. Thank you, Jesus.

 I wrote this six years ago, but God prompted me that someone needed to read it today. I'm seeing God working in my daughter's life. I'm still working at leaving my children in His hands. He's faithful.   

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Christmas Kindness by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Today, I welcome a wonderful online friend, Cheryl C. Malandrinos. She reviews books on her site. Her children's books are precious. Let me recommend to the followers of "Writing with God's Hope" blog her latest release, a beautiful Christmas book, just in time to purchase for that special little someone on your list.

Cheryl, tell us a little about yourself.


Thanks for having me, Janet. I’m a wife and stay-at-home mom who has been an avid reader all her life. I’m the author of Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness; the latter written under my pen name, C.C. Gevry. The publisher recently released a digital version of the book.


Tell us about your writing journey.


I had dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood, but I didn’t pursue that dream until I left Corporate America in 2004. Entering the Breaking into Print program offered by Long Ridge Writers Group, I focused on article writing. After graduation in 2005, I connected with Lea Schizas and the Muse Group. She started The Muse Online Writers Conference, which is where I met an Australian writer who gave me my first paid job writing time management and organization articles for writers. This conference is also how I met both of my publishers. Little Shepherd came out in 2010, followed by A Christmas Kindness in 2012. I also have a picture book under contract, currently titled, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving.


I like writing time management tips, too. How neat that you started writing that way. Congratulations on the book you have contracted. Did you ever feel like giving up?  And how did you press through this?


I’m a stubborn person, so giving up isn’t in my nature. Just tell me I can’t do something and I’ll work twice as hard to prove you wrong. Rejections are tough. I think the quickest rejection letter came within a week of my submission. That hurts. Still no contracts from agents, either. In some ways it’s a blessing that I had a tough childhood, because I learned to depend on myself and not let too much get in my way. I also firmly believe that God has a plan for my life and that He has called me to write. If that’s true, as long as I keep my heart open to His direction, things will fall into place.


As for pressing through, I give myself a day to whine after receiving a rejection, but then I forget it and move on. I have numerous ideas in my head and several picture books written, but not as much time as I would like to focus on my career because of responsibilities at home and work. Time is too precious to waste worrying over what happened yesterday.


Oh, Cheryl, I love that thought. Time is too precious. What gave you the idea for A Christmas Kindness?


The idea for A Christmas Kindness came from a desire to encourage my girls to think more of what they can do for others than how many gifts are under the Christmas tree. Jesus called all of us to have a servant’s heart, so I hope this book reminds them of that, as much as our volunteer work does.


How do you feel this book will encourage children, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?


Not only will A Christmas Kindness encourage kids to consider others, it will show them that you don’t have to spend money to make a huge difference in someone’s life.


Anything more you'd like to add?


When A Christmas Kindness was first published as a softcover, it came out under my pen name, C.C. Gevry. My original thought was that since it wasn’t a religious project and not part of my “Faith-filled journeys for kids” brand, I needed the pen name. Later on, I realized that both books are connected because they are set during Christmas and are message-driven fiction. That’s why the digital version was released this year under my real name, Cheryl C. Malandrinos. Eventually, the printed version will be republished under my actual name, too.


Also, I have to mention the lovely artwork provided by Caroline Mabey. Her illustrations are beautiful. I am so thrilled she was selected to illustrate A Christmas Kindness.


I like the cover. Beautiful. Where can people find you?




I’m on Twitter @ccgevry or @ccmalandrinos. You can also find me on Goodreads at


Where can we purchase your book?


A Christmas Kindness can be purchased from my publisher at It can also be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


The digital version can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and soon on iTunes.


One last question, if you could be a type of music, what would it be?

Gospel music. I hope my writing inspires and empowers young people.
Thank you so much, Cheryl. I enjoyed getting better acquainted. I hope many will take advantage of purchasing this book. A Christmas Kindness will make an ideal children's gift.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


And the winner is: Cheryl Rahkonen.

Yesterday, we drew the name from the comments to pick the one who won a copy of Victoria and the Ghost.. I'll be sending her the free book today.

Thank you all who commented for a chance to win. I hope you all won a free book on another site. I appreciate all the involvement in the Children's Book Week giveaway blog hop. We'll do it again. It was fun.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

Check below for other links to win free books

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop

May 13th – 19th

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I'm very tech-challenged, so if that link to sign into the host blog doesn't come through, here is the URL link. Maybe, it will.

Personally, I believe every week should be children's book week.
                                                               Kathy Vossler, youth department head
                                                                 Wichita Falls, Texas Public Library
I agree, Kathy.

I hope my viewers will allow me to give a few personal insights. My ten-year-old grandson brightened my day yesterday. This was the kid who hated reading. My daughter and son-in-law worked with him hours on end. Besides their own involvement, they brought in a tutor to get him excited over reading.

Yesterday, he detailed the plot of the book he just read, gave me the title, and the author's name. He found the action story fascinating. I soaked in his words with the pride that a grandma can't help but feel.

 Friday, this same boy won a multi-school contest for the poem he wrote. It will soon be published. His dad is a teacher/coach and has published motivational articles in magazines and newsletters. Along with me, that makes three published authors in the family.

This is me shouting. YEAH!

Since July, 2012 when my YA novel, Victoria and the Ghost, debuted, I've visited with several librarians and communicated with many who write and read teen fiction. I love the people that share my enjoyment of books and a special thanks to those who cherish and share children's and YA books for our young people.

People ask "why do you write for teens?"

My best answer is "it's fun." Teens act with abandon and far less intimidation or people-pleasing fear than adults. I love being a teen again and find my way to solutions with insights from only living in the world 15-16 years. Try that on for size.

I assure my grandchildren and often friend's kids that their actions or words might end up in my books. Who else might I study?

This week I celebrate Children's Book Week with this giveaway. I will draw from the names of all who comment to this post. The name I draw will receive a copy of Victoria and the Ghost. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win. Also, check in with the host site for further ways to win during this week. Help us celebrate children's and YA books. Below is a list of 132 more links where you can sign up for free children's and YA books. Check out them all.