Monday, December 17, 2012



Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Inspiration Behind A Christmas Kindness

How is it that children have the ability to reach out and help others in ways adults don't always think to do?

One year, our oldest daughter--then only eight--went door-to-door in our neighborhood collecting money for Toys for Tots. Coordinated by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, this program collects new, unwrapped toys each year and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our communities. This summer, my girls ran a lemonade stand so they could bring money to a local animal shelter.

Why don't I think of doing such things? I guess it's easier to write a check and send it in the mail. But what effort is involved in that? My children make it personal, and much more meaningful, by giving something of themselves.

With A Christmas Kindness, I hope to capture the generosity of a child's heart--the way they look at the world as a place of endless opportunities to make a difference.

May you be blessed this holiday season.

Cheryl Malandrinos, writing as C. C. Gevry, is a children’s author and editor. She is a member of SCBWI. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. Visit her online at

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Monday, December 17th

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Celtic Connexions

WV Stitcher

Seasons of Opportunities

The Busy Mom’s Daily

The Book Connection

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

George Beddingfield

Margay Leah Justice

The Story of a Writer

Janet K. Brown

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Paperback Writer

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  1. Is this by any chance a picture book?

    ...The story about your daughter is very cute. One year our priest asked us all to buy school clothes for a school in the bad part of town that had just switched to a uniform only policy due to gang violence. He refused to accept monetary donations. He said we needed to get involved. Everyone appreciated it. When we shopping sears had last seasons polo shirts on salefor $.99 We bought them all and spent less than $20, but we got more for $20 than the church probably could have b/c we were in the right place at the right time.

  2. Yes, Beth, it is a picture book.

    Your priest is a wise man. It's so easy just to give money, but then we miss out on seeing the little faces that we bring happiness to as they smile.

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  4. Cheryl is having a good one. Her books are both just right for young readers.

    Thanks for stopping by, Kelly.

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    I got it today. Sent you an email.
    Thank you, thank you. :)

  6. Sounds like a great book. Cute cover.

  7. Thanks for the support everyone. Good luck on the giveaway.

  8. It is a sweet story, Susanne. I had the honor of critiquing it in the Dabbling Muse Group.

  9. I've enjoyed being a part of your book blast, Cheryl. Best of luck to you.