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Friday, December 28, 2012

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES DONNA J SHEPHERD, AUTHOR OF AVA’S SECRET TEA PARTY

Congratulations on the release of “Ava’s Secret Tea Party.” Please tell us more about it.

Has your child dreamed of meeting Tooth Fairy, Santa, Sandman, or Easter Bunny? Ava wants to invite them to tea, but how? The answer lies with one special character who knows them ALL! In the style of classic fairy tales, I wrote "Ava's Secret Tea Party." Enjoy the tale, look for hidden teacups and chocolate chip cookies in the sweet illustrations by Bella Sinclair, and have fun making the recipes and crafts included in the book!

What was the inspiration for this book?

When my daughter was little, she and her cousin had tea parties all the time. They never tired of them, so I knew a book about tea parties would appeal to children – and to the grownups, too. I still have tea every evening!

What is your favorite moment from the book?

When I first saw the finished illustrations, I would think I had a favorite until I saw the next one. Bella Sinclair brought such beautiful detail and whimsy to the book with her illustrations. But I have to say that when the Tooth Fairy first makes an appearance, I laughed out loud. She is precious, and I’m particularly fond of the rhyme on that page. Seeing it in hardcover thrilled me. I’m hoping it is one that children will reach for time and time again.

Is this your first published book?

No, this is my ninth book for children, my eighth with Guardian Angel Publishing.

We’d love to hear more about you.

I’m a children's picture book author and inspirational writer with hundreds of articles and devotionals published – so far! All of my books for kids feature short, playful rhymes and humorous illustrations by several different and oh-so-talented illustrators. I’m the founder of Greater Harvest Workshops and Middletown Area Christian Writers, and a Bible teacher, conference speaker, singer, and voiceover artist. I live in the Cincinnati area with two dogs, two birds, and one husband. I have two grown children who inspire me every day.

Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for “Ava’s Secret Tea Party”?

Several bloggers have graciously hosted me already and I have several more stops to make.

How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming “Ava’s Secret Tea Party” events?

Bella Sinclair drew coloring pages and a banner for the blog at http://www.asecretteaparty.blogspot.  I hope you’ll visit the blog where you will find coloring pages, puzzles, more recipes, and of course, information on how you can purchase your own copy of Ava’s Secret Tea Party. Come visit me in Topsy Turvy Land (http://www.topsyturvyland.com) for even more fun or join the fan page on Facebook to keep updated on everything I’m doing: http://www.facebook.com/donnajshepherd

Thank you for stopping in to share “Ava’s Secret Tea Party” with us. Readers can purchase their copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

 
Thank you! I never grow tired of talking about writing for children.

8 comments:

Lynda S Burch said...

I had to laugh when you added one husband to your entourage of 2 x 2 animals you live with! Very funny.

Donna J. Shepherd, Author of Ava s Secret Tea Party said...

Ha! Yes, I wanted to make clear that I don't have doubles of everything!

Margot Finke said...

Donna, this is a darling book, and the cover alone should sell it, without the added perk of your lovely story.

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Sharon Stanley said...

I know this is one I will like as my life is full of boys...no dress ups, no tea parties, so this is perfection! Your cover is charming. Good luck with this cute book!

Donna J. Shepherd, Author of Ava s Secret Tea Party said...

Thanks, Margot! I hope it's fairy tale worthy.

Donna J. Shepherd, Author of Ava s Secret Tea Party said...

Sharon, it's my first truly 'girly' book and I'm loving it! My daughter and her cousin used to have tea parties all the time. I came up with very easy recipes and crafts to make the time special. Thanks!

Penelope Anne Cole said...

Hi Donna, this sounds like a perfectly delightful book for "girls" of all ages! I have tea every day - morning and afternoon - civilized and soothing. I'm so looking forward to reading this story!

Donna J. Shepherd, Author of Ava s Secret Tea Party said...

I do, too, Penelope. Iced tea all day and a warm cup of chamomile before bed. Hope you love the book. Thanks!

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