Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Little Shepherd On Tour and a Giveaway

Little ShepherdI’m delighted to welcome author Cheryl Malandrinos back to Thoughts in Progress as part of her virtual blog tour for her charming children’s book, LITTLE SHEPHERD.

This enchanting story will delight youngsters of all ages and warm the hearts of adults. As part of her tour, Cheryl is giving away a set of 2 LITTLE SHEPHERD mugs. Please see the end of the post for the details.

Here’s a brief synopsis of LITTLE SHEPHERD:

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?

Here’s an excerpt:

       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?”

LITTLE SHEPHERD can be purchased at these locations: Guardian Angel Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and


Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book, LITTLE SHEPHERD, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger. 

Cheryl also writes under the name of C. C. Gevry. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

For more on Cheryl and her writing, visit her online at and the LITTLE SHEPHERD book blog at

Here is the LITTLE SHEPHERD book trailer for your viewing pleasure.


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Nov 5
Book review and interview at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Book trailer reveal at 4 the Love of Books
Nov 6
Guest post at I’m A Reader, Not A Writer
Nov 7
Guest post at This Little Book of Mine
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
Book review at Janet Ann Collins On Words
Guest post at Bookingly Yours
Book review and giveaway at Mom Loves 2 Read
Nov 13
Book review at Maureen’s Musings
Nov 14
Guest post at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
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
Book review at ASC Book Reviews (ASC Photos and Designs)
Guest post Tribute Books Reviews and Giveaways
Nov 29
Book spotlight at Cheryl’s Book Nook


This giveaway is for a set of 2 LITTLE SHEPHERD mugs and is valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember Christmas is just over a month away and books make wonderful gifts, especially one about Christmas.


  1. Cheryl, thanks for stopping by and sharing this excerpt and book trailer with us. This is a delightful story. Wishing you much success.

  2. Thanks for hosting me today, Mason. I'm glad you like the book. It was my first one, so it's special to me.

    Many blessings to you and your readers. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Mason - Thanks for hosting Cheryl.

    Cheryl - What a lovely story. I have a great deal of respect for authors like yourself who can create stories that appeal both to children and to the adults in their lives. It encourages family reading. I wish you success.

  4. this is a lovely book and special post which is perfect for all families. Thanks for this feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Hi, Mason. LITTLE SHEPHERD is a wonderful book. Makes a great Christmas gift for all the young ones on your gift-giving list. Best wishes with the book tour, Cheryl!

    One of my favorite holiday memories was when I was younger. I was in the choir and our church put on a Christmas pageant about baby Jesus. It was such a special time.

  6. Sounds like a perfect story for Christmas!

  7. Wow..
    Great giveaway / contest.
    I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
    Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.


  8. Thanks for stopping by and offering your support and good wishes.

    I'm glad you enjoyed Little Shepherd, Susanne.

    Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season.


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