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Where has the time gone?

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on August 17, 2010 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't believe that August is already half over! Where have I been for the past several weeks??I haven't written in my blog for a while...shame on me!

If you must know, I HAVE been working! Yep! I've been writing more of my sequel to "Tiny Angel" though that seems to be going soooooo slow! I have to do research on this story, which is also time consuming.

I've also been reading and doing reviews for both www.ReaderToReader.com?as well as for www.NewYorkJournalofBooks.com.

Check out the books I've reviewed if you're interested.

Yesterday, August 16 (2010) I celebrated my 60th birthday...GASP? How did I get here, and what has happened to the past 40+ years since high?school? I tell you, time?flies by when we least expect it?and flies too quickly too!

Anyway, seeing my birthday fell on a weekday,?Art and I met Dani at TGI Friday's on Sunday and the three of us celebrated?my big day then. Of course we all ate too much, and I got a free hot fudge sundae in honor of my birthday! Something I didn't need, but it was oh, so good. I guess we all have to indulge sometime, right?

The picture above is of me and?Art, which Dani took?with her cell phone at the restaurant. We look pretty good for old farts, huh? But, below is a picture of Dani, who, to me, looks really good!!!

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Yesterday I was taken out to breakfast, then went shopping. It was a hot one too! When I got home, I got online and had more than 130 emails, most of which were "Happy Birthday" greetings. Then Art took me to Ruby Tuesday for supper...more food. Ugh!!! At this rate I'm going to need to go to Omar the Tentmaker for my clothes!

When we got home our friends and neighbors, Debbie and Phil came by with their granddaughter, Kaitlyn, who is visiting them for a few weeks. Little "KK" is seven years old and what a sweetheart! I just wantd to scoop her up and smother her with hugs and kisses! She is such a well-behaved and smart little girl too--a pleasure to be with. So we all had ice cream cake, drinks and a lot of laughs.

I have to add that I am so very blessed to have so many wonderful friends and neighbors who have been a huge comfort and joy to me these past two years. As my dear, wonderful mom, Emily, used to say, "Friends are like flowers; you can never have too many!" How very true, as she knew for she was loved by so many. How I wish she and my dad could have celebrated my big day with me, but I know they were smiling down at me from Heaven,?sending their love.

Well, now it's time to get back to work!

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July Heat Wave

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on July 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (2)

    It's "wicked hot" (a Massachusetts term) here in central North Carolina. The grass looks like shredded wheat and everything is dying, but I guess that's par for the course for a southern summer.

    I've been busy reading and writing reviews. Catch my latest review for Cure, Robin Cook's newest release,

due out August 10, at "My Reviews for New York Journal of Books" page.

    Though I haven't given as much attention to my writing as I should, I have managed to complete three more chapters in my sequel to Tiny Angel. I'm getting there, slowly but surely, though I'm not in a hurry. I would love to find a nice, quiet and secluded spot with no phones or interruptions, but that's almost impossible in today's world, so I'll plug on and take my time.

    Meanwhile, I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying cool.

Back from the beach....

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on July 8, 2010 at 7:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Art and I just got back from a wonderful escape to the beach. We stayed with our dear friend and neighbor, Amelia at her house in Calabash. Went to Southport--which I love because it reminds me of Cape Cod--and found a great restaurant on the water where we had dinner. Though the weather was hot, it was breezy and not as hot and humid as it is here outside Raleigh. Anyway, it was great to get away with a change of scenery and get rejuvenated.

 

Now back to work with my writing with no more excuses. Ugh!  :-)

  

My Interview on Blog Radio

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on June 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Please sit back, relax and listen to

my interview with Suzanne Lieurance

on Blog Radio

for BOOK BITES FOR KIDS.COM

The National Writing for Children Center

http/www.writingforchildrencenter.com

Today's Blog Radio Interview

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on June 16, 2010 at 8:26 PM Comments comments (0)

I'd like to thank Suzanne Lieurance of BookBitesForKids.com for having me on her show.

She was totally delightful and it was a joy and honor to meet with her.

I hope we can meet again when my next book is released.

If you were not able to catch my interview today, you can access it on the link below.

Click on the link below to listen to Nancy Lepri

Todays Guest on Blog Radio: 

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bookbitesforkids/2010/06/16/nancy-lepri-is-todays-guest

My Interview on Blog Radio

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on June 14, 2010 at 9:07 PM Comments comments (0)

Please join me on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

at 3:00 p.m. eastern time

on Blog Radio

when I'm interiewed by Suzanne Lieurance

with Book Bites for Kids.

www.bookbitesforkids.com

Donna McDine's Interview with Nancy

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on June 4, 2010 at 2:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Triple Play Interview with Nancy Lepri

 

Since embarking on my writing career in 2007 I have developed the love of interviewing fellow authors. Nancy is another “angel” I met through Guardian Angel Publishing. Her illustrious career is one of author, illustrator, and editor. Read about Nancy’s fascinating life and career through this insightful interview.

 

DMc: You have led quite the adventurous life moving many times. What did you find to be the most difficult once settled in your new location to get your creative groove back?

NL: It was difficult moving, but I guess my husband doesn’t like to get any moss under his feet. Anyway, I’ve always been more or less a solitary type who loves to read and create. The first thing I always did upon moving was find the closest library. Now, thanks to the Internet, and the fact that I have TONS of books yet to be read, that’s not necessary. I like to hole up in my office and visualize what I want to write or draw. When I know what that is, I sit down at the computer and type, type, type, which I know many authors say you should not do, but I have tried writing from an outline and find I always seem to deviate from them. Unfortunately, I tend to write like I talk…too much! So, I end up going through what I’ve written and cut, cut, cut. I’ve found it much easier to cut than add. When it comes to drawing, I love to sit quietly and envision what I want to do, but I’m my own worst critic and usually my finished illustrations do not come out as I see them in my head.

 DMc: What can a writer expect when collaborating on a book with you?

NL: I’m very easy to get along with. I love hearing new ideas and suggestions and working with talented people.

DMc: Your children’s chapter book, Tiny Angel was released in November 2009, please share with us your inspiration behind this delightful story.

NL: First off, thank you for saying it’s delightful! My inspiration behind this book comes from the fact that as a child I was a bookworm, very shy and wore glasses, which causes me to be the brunt of the class bully. I was very insecure and felt like I never fit in. My strong belief in guardian angels helped me through some tough times and my own personal angel is named Jody, same as Macy’s in the book. Many times I was lonely and when I got older, I learned I was not the only kid who felt that way. I thought by putting a little of my childhood angst into this book it would show other children they are not alone.

DMc: Do you find it difficult to switch from writer/illustrator to editor?

NL: I started writing almost twenty years ago. I was working as an editorial assistant for a publisher and realized my love of writing and editing. My first credits were with local newspapers and when we moved to NC, I wrote for the “Wilmington Magazine”. I had started writing “Tiny Angel” earlier, but had put it aside. Next I wrote for national and international food-industry trade magazines which paid very well, but I was not able to use my creativity with non-fiction, so I gave that up. Then I got assigned to illustrate several children’s books and with the urging (really nagging!) of my critique group, I got back to “Tiny Angel”. Meanwhile, to keep diversified, I got certified as an editor through Cape Fear Community College in 2006 and have had many freelance jobs. I also review books for New York Journal of Books and ReaderToReader.com. This way I’m never bored!

DMc: What can we expect from you in the future?

NL: I am working on a sequel to “Tiny Angel” and have started Tommy’s story. After that, I hope to write two more books in the series, the last being the bully’s story. I believe every child has insecurities or fears, and so many feel alone because of them. I hope my books will show kids there are others going through the same feeling and they are not alone.

DMc: A signature request I like to ask every author, illustrator, editor, etc., I interview is for the individual to share with us a tidbit from their lives that the reader will find either humorous or surprising. Nancy, can you please share one with us?

NL: I lead rather a boring life and don’t know if I can impart anything humorous or surprising about my work. I guess I could say what surprises me most is that I cannot read anything just for the pleasure of reading. I am always finding errors or making corrections, so it seems I’m always in the editor mode. Though I do have to say, the more I read, the more I learn, which I hope will help me become a better author.

To learn more about Nancy visit: http://nancycl.webs.com/

9 comments:

 

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hey, Cape Fear CC and Wilmington? She was in my neck of the woods for a while.

June 4, 2010 7:10 AM

 

terri.forehand said...

Thanks for sharing, very nice interview. I look forward to hearing more about her books.

June 4, 2010 11:01 AM

 

Joe Sottile said...

To Nancy,

I visit Oak Island, which isn't far from Wilmington, two months out of the year, and it's wonderful by the ocean. I like your comment about you leading a "boring life." My wife sometimes wonders how I can have so much fun (just) writing. I have a story about a pencil waiting at the Gates of Heaven who has lived a full life and she meets up with three angels that eventually prove to her that she is worthy of Heaven. Any suggestions where I might send it?...Thanks for your time and sharing.

June 4, 2010 11:15 AM

 

Donna M. McDine said...

Diane, Terri, and Joe...thanks for stopping by today and visiting with Nancy. Your ongoing support is much appreciated.

Warm regards,

Donna

June 4, 2010 11:47 AM

 

Kristi Bernard said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

June 4, 2010 12:35 PM

 

Cheryl said...

How wonderful to read an interview with Nancy today. I loved Tiny Angel and have been fortunate to catch a glimpse of her current WIP. It will be just as delightful as the first book.

Keep up the great work, Nancy.

Cheryl

June 4, 2010 1:12 PM

 

Karen Cioffi said...

Moving is a pain--I moved 6 times as an adult. And, boring is usually peaceful.

It's nice to learn about Nancy. Thanks for sharing

June 4, 2010 1:14 PM

 

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely interview, Donna and Nancy. I'm enjoying learning more about my fellow "angels"!

June 4, 2010 1:54 PM

 

NancyCL said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and thank you Donna for honoring me with an interview! It's been a lot of fun and I so enjoy hearing from other authors, published or not. Keep striving and good things will happen.

          L. Diane and Joe...nice you know the Cape Fear area. Gotta love the beaches there!    And, Joe...your story sounds totally delightful! You really should think abou submitting it to Guardian Angel Publishing...a great publisher with a slew of very talented, compassionate and supportive authors.

June 4, 2010 2:30 PM

 

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Nice interview Donna.

I know how you feel, Nancy. I wore glasses as a kid, still do, but fortunately I wasn't bullied, as best I recall. As a teacher I saw the way some kids treated others, and it was sad. Your book is needed to help children through those trying years.

June 4, 2010 2:42 PM

 

NancyCL said...

I also want to add a thank you to my dear friend and critique partner Cheryl for her kind words!

June 4, 2010 2:54 PM

 

NancyCL said...

Oh Bev, how sad you went through bullying also. Kids can be cruel, but it's funny that as a child, you feel different and alone, only to learn after you've grown up that many of the other kids...even the ones considered "cool" had insecurities too! If I make only one child feel less alone and better about themself, then my book will have served my purpose!

June 4, 2010 2:59 PM

 

kathy stemke said...

Great interview ladies. Thanks.

June 4, 2010 5:00 PM

 

Colleen said...

Thanks for sharing this nice interview. Nancy is a one talented writer and illustrator. One to watch, as she is a rising star. Her big heart and sweetness as a person comes though in her writing of children's books. I'm sure her quick wit and intelligence will shine through in her adult novels that I'm sure won't be far behind.

June 4, 2010 6:44 PM

 

Donna M. McDine said...

Kristi, Cheryl, Karen, Connie, Bev, Kathy, and Colleen...thank you very much for stopping by today and visiting with Nancy. She certainly is a very talented lady.

Nancy...it's been a pleasure having you today.

Warm regards,

Donna

June 4, 2010 7:24 PM

 

NancyCL said...

Wow, Colleen, what sweet things you've said about me. Don't tell anyone I've paid you to say them!!! LOL Honestly, you've been one of my biggest and staunchest supporters and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

June 4, 2010 7:33 PM

 

NancyCL said...

Donna, thank you again! I don't think I'm talented at all. I owe my accomplishments to my wonderful mother, who suggested the title for "Tiny Angel" and whom I loved with my whole being, and my dear, supportive friends who never let me give up! Love you all...

June 4, 2010 7:35 PM

 

Donna M. McDine said...

Nancy...how lovely about your mom. It's been a pleasure having you!

Warm regards,

Donna

June 4, 2010 9:19 PM

 

NancyCL said...

Thanks Donna...there wasn't a person on earth who didn't love my mom. She was so happy when she learned my book was getting published and I'm sure she's smiling down on me now from Heaven!

June 4, 2010 9:38 PM

 

Donna's Media Release

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on May 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Write What Inspires You

Donna M. McDine, Children’s Author

Blog: http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.donnamcdine.com

M E D I A    R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna M. McDine

Children’s Author

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 845-721-7802

For Immediate Release

Creative Inspiration through Interviews and Book Reviews at Write White Inspires You.

The month of June is sure to be one of creative inspiration through several interviews of children’s authors, illustrators, and editors. Grab yourself a cool refreshment and Cruise on over to http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com to jump into the creative minds of:

Tuesday, June 1st – Children’s author interview: Bill Kirk

Friday, June 4th – Children’s author, illustrator, and editor interview: Nancy Lepri

Saturday, June 5th – Book Review: Klutzy Kantor by J. Aday Kennedy

Sunday, June 6th – Children’s author: J. Aday Kennedy

Monday, June 7th – Illustrator interview: K.C. Snider

Mark your calendar today and be sure to visit http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com.

Be sure to ask your questions or leave a comment, each will be on hand throughout the day to interact with you.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

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My news and Guardian Angel Publishing's New Releases

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on April 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM Comments comments (0)

April 26, 2010

Hi everyone....

     I've been busy with company this past week, so I haven't had much of a chance to work, but I'm not complaining for my company (cousin Lorraine and her hubby Randy) are the best and we had such a great time together! Anyway, since they left, I have been polishing up my latest picture book, and writing (ad nauseum, I may add) on my sequel, though I think I may trash all I've written and start fresh chapters. Ugh. Talk about writer's block and so much going through my mind.

     Anyhow...just found out from my wonderful publisher, Lynda, at Guardian Angel Publishing, that the following books are new releases. Please check them out so you can see what a wonderfully group of talented folks I have the honor of being associated with.

     Back to work. Cheers and blessings... :cool:

 

ANDY & SPIRIT MEET THE RODEO QUEEN- Academic Wings by Mary Jean Kelso,

art by KC Snider. Andy and Spirit meet the rodeo queen who teaches Andy cowboy skills.

www.guardianangelpublishing.com/andy&albinohorse-series.htm

KLUTZY KANTOR-Littlest Angels, by J. Aday Kennedy, art by Jack Foster. Klutzy Kantor Pegasus tickles the funny bone while teaching the lesson that practice makes perfect.

www.guardianangelpublishing.com/klutzy-kantor.htm

THE SOGGY TOWN OF HILLTOP-Littlest Angels by Kevin McNamee, artist Eugene Ruble. This fun, rhyming picture book teaches more than just a new way to drink water.

www.guardianangelpublishing.com/soggy-hilltop.htm

NANA'S MAGIC TEA BERRIES- Chapbook for Tweens by Marlys A Rold. Kimberly drinks the extra two cups of tea her brothers reject, and finds herself falling into a totally new adventure in Scotland at Loch Ness.

www.guardianangelpublishing.com/magic-berries.htm

 

COMING SOON! off to the printers this week!

THE POTTY TRAIN- Guardian Angel Health & Hygiene by Nikki Schaefer. Teach little ones about potty training with a train and conductor!

www.guardianangelpublishing.com/potty-train.htm

April 21, 2010

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on April 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM Comments comments (0)

     Can't believe April is rounding the corner and heading toward May.

     I got some exciting mail today...my Certificate of Registration from the Copyright Office came in! What a surprise that was, as I was informed it could take up to eighteen (18) months to get my copyright on "Tiny Angel"! I guess someone in Washington is doing their job! Wahoo!!!

     Just spent four wonderful days with cousins Lorraine and Randy, and what fun we had. Ate out every day, went shopping and to museums and just talked, talked, talked. Art and I are so very fortunate to have these special family members in our lives and we hated to see them leave, but we treasured every minute together.

     Now I have no excuse to keep me from my writing and need to get motivated to do some more work on my newest book as well as my reviews. If anyone has any suggestions for motivation, I'm ready, willing and able to accept them!

     Cheers all.....

Happy Easter

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on April 3, 2010 at 6:44 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the Easter season and I want to wish all my dear friends and colleagues a very happy and healthy holiday. Whereas Easter and Spring denotes rebirth, let this season bless us all with a new beginning...that of love and compassion for our fellow man as well as acceptance of our faults and those of others. I am so very fortunate to have many dear friends, and I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the past two years with love, acceptance and understanding. 

May peace and joy always be with you.

Where does the time go?

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on March 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (1)

??? It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes. It's been almost a month since my last posting, but I can use the excuse that I've been busy, can't I? :)

??? I've read and reviewed more than ten books since I last posted?a comment, but that's always a pleasure, for I can never read enough.

??? My WIP is?limping along and I really need the incentive to sit at the computer undisturbed and write, write, write. Fat chance for that!! But from the nagging of my wonderful friends, I'm able to eke out a little more here and there and maybe one of these days I'll finish this book and then I'll?agonize about starting number three in the series.

??? If only I didn't have to spend so much time marketing and promoting, and doing all the other daily things that need to be done, I'd maybe get more accomplished, but all the other authors I know have to deal with this too, so it feels good to know I'm not alone!

??? Anyway, just wanted to pop in and leave a comment. It's the beginning of another weekend and though we're not going to another classic car show, we're going to visit our dear daughter and spend Saturday with her. Just hope the rain holds off and we have a nice day.

??? Next week we're looking forward to the Ronnie Milsap concert as I'm sure that will be totally delightful.

??? So, until we "meet" again, blessings to all!

I can't believe it's March already!

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on March 4, 2010 at 1:14 PM Comments comments (0)

     I can't believe that it's already March. Wherever does the time go? In two weeks I'll be commemorating the year anniversary of my dear mother's passing. How I miss that feisty, little old lady, but I know she's more than likely livening things up in Heaven and that all her relatives and friends who have gone before her have welcomed her with loving arms.

     Meanwhile, I've been keeping busy reading and working on many reviews. I just received several wonderful children's books to review from the New York Journal of Books and I'm eager to delve into them. As for my own writing... I've just joined a wonderful critique group with three other Guardian Angel Publishing authors and thoroughly enjoying reading their submissions and having them give me constructive and much welcomed advice about my work. We make a wonderful team.

     Anyway, I think I have the first two chapters of "Tommy's Angel" polished and about ready to get on to the rest of the story.

Still getting some great feedback about "Tiny Angel" and the last time I checked Amazon.com, they only had one copy left in stock, so I'm thrilled about that.

     As I sit here at my home office, glancing out the window at the still-brown grass and see by the thermometer the still-chilly temperatures, I anxiously await the spring and warmer weather. Usually by this time of year, my central NC area is warming up, but one can only hope now. I guess Mother Nature is confused as is evidenced by what is happening all over the world, and I hope she gets back to where she's supposed to be.

     Time to quit my musings and get back to work, so I wish you all a wonderful day and lots of happiness.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on February 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM Comments comments (2)

     It looks like Spring has finally sprung in central North Carolina. The sun is shining and the temps are in the mid-60s. Finally! :cool:

     My darling hubby, Art, is out waxing the 66 Mustang. In two weeks there's a car show at our local high school and he plans to enter the car in it. How exciting is that?

    

     Meanwhile, I've just completed a review for fellow Guardian Angel Publishing's author, Mary Jane Kelso. Her delightful story "RV Mouse" is due for release next week and my review will soon be posted at the New York Journal of Books site. Once it's posted there, I'll also post it here on my blog.

     I'm still reading and reviewing for "Affaire de Coeur" magazine and ReaderToReader.com, and my reviewing helps to break up my time between my own writing and being with my wonderful family.

                           Life is GREAT!!!

Touching Base

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on February 17, 2010 at 6:18 PM Comments comments (0)

???? It's been a few days since I've written, so I thought I'd post something now before this blog got stale. :)

???? There's not really too much to post. I've been working on my newest book...both on the computer and in my mind. You know how you have those nights where you can't sleep? Well, that's the best time for me to brainstorm and decide what changes I'm going to make on my book. It's going a lot slower than I hoped, but between doing laundry, cooking and "taking care" of darling hubby, I get sidetracked easily. Not to mention when friends call or email and I have to answer right away, right?

???? The weather is still crappy here in central North Carolina. Where the heck is spring? I know it's technically still winter, but geesh, this is the south! :dry:

???? I've managed to read and write a few more reviews since my last entry on this blog. I've done "Between Friends" by Kristy Kiernan for "Affaire de Coeur's" March/April issue. Gave the book three stars...

??? Also read and reviewed "Remember Me" by Laura Moore for ReaderToReader.com. This is her first of the "Rosewood Trilogy" and a delightful read.

??? Then I've also done a private review for marketing purposes of Jill Bryne's memior, "Step on a Crack" which reveals her life-long stuggle with abuse and depression and how she managed to overcome her problems and lead a fulfilling life.

?? I have two more?books to read and review for ReaderTo Reader.com, then I will submit a review for the New York Journal of Books...this one will be a children's book. Hopefully with all these things going on, I'll be able to concentrate more on my writing and get more accomplished.

?? PHEW....:roll:

More wonderful news! (February 10, 2010)

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on February 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (0)

I haven't written in a while, but have been busy, though I don't feel like I've accomplished much. :tongue:

I completed five chapters on my next book...my sequel to "Tiny Angel"?but the other night while lying in bed, I decided?to redo it and change it completely. Argh, the joys of being a writer...

Thank God for computers. If I had to?write using a typewriter, I would have given up a long time ago.

My exciting new is that?I have just recently been accepted as a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and I'm so excited about that. After being a reviewer for several?years?for "Affaire de Coeur" magazine as well as ReaderToReader.com,?this is another feather in my cap. NYJB?is more widespread, so I'm thrilled.?My first review with NYJB is for one of my favorite author's debut book: "The Sweet By and By" written by Todd Johnson. I met Todd when he was at the Literary Fair at UNC Chapel Hill and bawled throughout his reading. His book?touched my heart and soul, and if you want to know more about it, check out my review.

I also had the privilege of?chatting with Todd?privately during the holidays.?Amelia,?a neighbor and a dear friend, and Todd's cousin came to her?Christmas party while he was back home in NC. What a joy it was to pick his brain and discuss books with him. I am truly blessed.

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Friday, 1/29/10 Sue's Blog!

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on January 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM Comments comments (0)

My dear friend, Sue Hornbach posted some of my wonderful reviews on her blog. Please check her out at: Http://Bagfullofbooks4kids.blogspot.com

Thanks much Sue!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010--Reminiscings

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on January 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (0)

     I haven't written much on this blog lately, because I've been busy doing a lot of useless things...like playing games on Facebook and answering tons of email! :(

     I need to get to work on my new book, but have completed four chapters, so that's something and a start!

     Feeling kind of down as yesterday was my wonderful father's birthday. He would have been 99 if he were still with us, but he passed almost ten years ago. He was a fabulous man, with great integrity and high moral standards, and there's not a day that doesn't pass where I don't miss him.

     Today is the two-year anniversary of my dear mom's stroke. What a vital and vibrant woman she was...full of love and filled with the joy of living. Unfortunately, after her stroke, she encountered harsh and brutal reality with some family members, and even friends, those she thought she could trust and whom she loved dearly, but those who broke her heart. She was filled with love for everyone and always had a smile on her face, but that didn't mean she wasn't hurt or bitter, and sadly, she went to her death last St. Patrick's Day filled with sorrow and pain...pain and bitterness that she shared with only those special people she felt she could trust, and those who stood by her up until her death. I thank God she passed peacefully in her sleep and had the private funeral she wanted with those close loved ones.

      My heart is filled with heaviness from losing her and my dad, but also at the loss of the person who broke her heart. A dear friend of mom's motto is: "God never sleeps" and believes those who  hurt and mistreated her will get their own reward. My heart is filled with pity and sorrow for one who betrayed her, and as for the other...she no longer exists, and never will.

     So, now that I've unburdened my heart, I can go on with my work, knowing both my mom and dad are watching me from above, giving me their blessings and their love. And I know deep in my heart they both are thankful for what I've done and the aid and pleasure I gave my mom in the final year of her life.

      May you both rest in peace, dear Mom and Dad and we'll be together again one day.  

The Reviews for "Tiny Angel" Keep Coming

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on January 17, 2010 at 11:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri

    

     Macy is a ten year old girl whose father gets a new job in a new town. Uprooted from her home, school and friends, Macy has to start fresh and she finds it isn't easy. She's having a tough time making new friends and is upset that her best friend back home is now best friends with someone else. On top of that, a bully has made it his personal vendetta to tear Macy down. An angel named Jody comes to Macy's rescue and things begin to turn around for good.

     Tiny Angel is a story of hope, compassion and generosity. Macy teaches children, and even adults, what it means to look beyond oneself and see those around her. She finds out that her family's move is not the end of the world, but a new beginning, and that everyone needs faith, especially when things do not seem to be going well. There's always an upside.

     Mrs. Lepri's book shows us that if you be yourself, have faith and believe, nothing is ever as bad as it seems.

 

Sheila Hendrix

Author

The Betrayal

Another Great Review for "Tiny Angel"

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on January 15, 2010 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (0)

     Macy Carver is the new kid in town and she sure isn’t happy about it. With her father being transferred from Massachusetts to North Carolina, Macy left her best friend and all that she loved behind to start over in a new school where she is made fun of and bullied.

 

     But when a flash of light announces the appearance of her guardian angel, Jody, things start looking up for Macy, and with Jody’s encouragement, Macy finds a way to fit in and make some true friends.

     A fun and inspiring chapbook for tweens, Tiny Angel by Nancy Carty Lepri will quickly become your child’s favorite. In this engaging story, your tween will learn how to appreciate their talents, disarm bullies, and the importance of meaningful friendships.

 

     I love the unique aspect of Macy having a guardian angel who encourages and helps her along her journey through the challenging transition from the school and the best friend she lost to truly coming into her own at her new school and making new friends. And while Jody encouraged Macy, she also motivated her to think of others.

     I would have liked to learn a tiny bit more about Kenny the bully, just so we had an idea why he acted the way he did, but not having this knowledge didn’t take anything away from the story.

    

     As someone who was teased from the day she entered school until the day she left, I sympathized with Macy’s, and her friend Tomas’s, plight of always being picked on for one reason or another. While the messages in Tiny Angel are timeless, I also like how Lepri gave a contemporary feel to the story by having one of the characters being left alone at home each day after school while her divorced mother was off working. The insight into Susan’s character was something very special.

     I would definitely recommend this book for your tween. Tiny Angel is an engaging and compelling story whose timeless messages will stay with your tween long after she’s read the last page.

 

Rating: :):):):):)

 

• Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

• ISBN-10: 1935137948

• ISBN-13: 978-1935137948

• SRP: $8.95

Reviewed By Cheryl Maladrinos for The Childrens and Teens Book Connection

 

 

 


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