Monday, December 18, 2017

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Meet our Authors: Phee Paradise

Today, I'm delighted to introduce you to Phee Paradise, one of our newest authors at TMP, but one of our original writers and supporters when we began the Pix-N-Pens blog back in 2007, before the publishing companies were ever a thought. Her latest book, A Sincere Heart, a biography of her grandfather, a missionary in China, will release after the first of the year.

Favorite Christmas Memory

When I was a child, every Christmas Eve the whole family gathered to listen to the story of the Littlest Angel. The story of a lonely little giving his best to Jesus and receiving approval from God reminds me that God loves me too, even when my halo is tarnished and my robe is torn.

Favorite Christmas Book or Movie

I'm glad you didn't ask for my favorite story, since I just answered that. My favorite is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I could say it's a story about how Jesus changes people, but really I love it because it's just fun.

Favorite Christmas food

The cookies! Sugar cookies, Mexican wedding cakes, chocolate crinkles, eggnog snickerdoodles, peppermint anything . . . and my Aunt Clara's peppernuts. I'd share recipes, but they all came from cookbooks. I love my Betty Crocker cookie book.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's a great recipe for Chewy Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies I made several years ago. Warning: they're addictive!]


Favorite Christmas tradition

After my grandchildren were born, my daughter started the tradition of making homemade gifts for each other. The extended family, including the kids, draw a name and make a gift for that person. This is in addition to anything else we might give and we make a ceremony of opening them on Christmas Eve. I love making gifts and I've received some great ones.

About Phee's books:

In addition to her upcoming book, Phee's work has been published in numerous anthologies and in 2014, the story of her parents as missionaries, Miracles at Midnight, was released by Pix-N-Pens.

She also has a fun fictional short story in A Pixel Perfect Christmas, available in print and on Kindle.



About Phee:

Phee Paradise was blessed to be a missionary kid and loves to share that experience in her writing.  In Miracles at Midnight, she edited her father’s stories about his years on the mission field where he saw God change lives for the Kingdom. Phee has also contributed to several books, including A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, Unlikely Merger and Trials and Triumphs. Her biography of her grandfather, a missionary in China will be coming out soon. She prays that her work will be used by God to His glory. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Meet our Authors: Karen Mutchler Allen

Today we welcome Karen Mutchler Allen, author of the best-selling Couth Fairy series.

Favorite Christmas Memory

I remember turning the corner and coming into our living room to see a homemade dollhouse that my dad had built.  I don't even know when he had the time to build it...he worked so hard to provide for all of us.  My mom had decorated the inside of the house and I remember the floors were covered with colored contact paper to look like linoleum.  Other kids were getting the big Barbie dream houses but what I received that Christmas was so much more meaningful and precious.  I'm so thankful for parents who made our Christmas so very special!

Favorite Christmas Movie

By far, my all time favorite Christmas Movie is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  I can quote the movie in its entirety.  Trust me.

Favorite Christmas food

Egg Nog...yes, I LOVE egg nog. 

Favorite Christmas tradition

We recently started going to a tree farm to get our real tree with our family.  My husband grew up with artificial trees but I grew up with real trees so I guess I won him over to the dark side ... which includes needles everywhere! Our family has fun looking for our "perfectly imperfect" tree!  O' Tannenbaum!

About Karen's books:

The Couth Fairy
Available on Amazon and from your favorite bookseller by request.

Join Annabelle as she learns the importance of manners from The Couth Fairy. This Fairy helps Annabelle know just what to do when it comes to minding her manners! The Couth Fairy guides Annabelle through everything from picking her nose, not talking with her mouth full, burping at the table and so much more!

Available on Amazon and from your favorite bookseller by request.

And POOF! Just as quickly as the Couth Fairy appears… she vanishes. In The Couth Fairy Returns, Annabelle's little sister, Abigail, is in desperate need of The Couth Fairy's help! Join Abigail as she learns the importance of minding her manners each and every day! The Couth Fairy guides Abigail through everything from pitching fits, using kind words, sneezing and so much more!

Available on Amazon and from your favorite bookseller by request.

And POOF! Just as quickly as the Couth Fairy appears… She vanishes. In The Couth Fairy Goes To School, Annabelle and Abigail’s brother, A.J., is in urgent need of The Couth Fairy’s help! Join A.J. as he learns the importance of minding his manners in school each and every day! The Couth Fairy guides A.J. through everything from respecting students with special needs, the effects of bullying, appropriate behavior in the cafeteria and so much more! 

About the Author:

Karen is married and a mother of three children. She and her husband live in Forsyth, Georgia. 

Karen has hosted a radio show, Acquire the Fire with Karen Allen, and a nationally recognized TV talk show, Talk of the Town. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Education, Karen worked as an Elementary School teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom.









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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Meet our Authors: Dana Morgan-Murphy

Today's featured author is Dana Morgan-Murphy.

Favorite Christmas Memory

My favorite Christmas memory was a few years ago I gave my 4 boys (all in their 20's)
matching Christmas boxers and a script for a Christmas rap song I'd written about the 4 of them. They had to perform outside in their boxers and work boots ... no shirt ... Christmas Day! It was a ball!!!



Favorite Christmas Tradition

My favorite tradition is giving my boys Christmas Eve individualized hand painted ornaments by the same friend who illustrated my two books. She puts the significant things that happened in each of their lives that year.

Favorite Christmas Book

Favorite book ...The Grinch. Both my mom and my grandmother were elementary school librarians and knew this book by heart ... and they would do all the different character voices.





Favorite Christmas Food

Favorite food is the Christmas Chex mix my mom made at Christmas.

Not sure if this is the same recipe Dana's mom made, but here's a great recipe from the Chex website:

Christmas Chex Party Mix

Ingredients

6 cups Rice Chex™ or Corn Chex™ cereal
2 cups miniature marshmallows (from 10.5-oz bag)
1 cup mini pretzel twists (from 16-oz bag)
15 oz vanilla candy coating (almond bark) (about 9 cubes from 20-oz package)
3 tablespoons holiday-colored sprinkles or nonpareils
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup holiday-colored candy-coated chocolate candies

Steps

Line large rimmed cookie sheet with waxed paper. In large bowl, mix cereal, marshmallows and pretzels.

In medium microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating uncovered on High 60 to 90 seconds, stirring after 1 minute, until almost melted. Stir until smooth. Pour onto cereal mixture; mix well.

Spread on cookie sheet; sprinkle with holiday sprinkles, and cool completely, about 15 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces.

In 2-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag, add coated cereal pieces and powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake to coat. Remove from bag; discard any remaining powdered sugar.

In large serving bowl, mix coated cereal mixture and chocolate candies.

Tips

Store in covered container at room temperature.

About Dana's Books:

Mommy, Tell Me About Heaven
Available on Amazon and from your favorite bookseller by request

Mommy, Tell Me About Heaven was inspired in 2003 by Dana’s youngest of four sons, Marshall. While the two were riding in the car he asked her to tell him about heaven. Dana quickly pulled the car over and wrote a little poem God put in her heart. Marshall was not only satisfied with the rhyming response but it became his most cherished bedtime ritual for months. It wasn’t until years later that longtime family friend Michelle Morse brought the words to life through vivid illustrations. By bringing this inspired book to print, the author prays heaven would become a very real place to children. Through receiving the free gift of God’s grace they can look forward to living for eternity with Jesus Christ.


An Orphan Named Eva
Available on Amazon and from your favorite bookseller by request

Eva the Orphan was inspired in 1998 when Dana traveled to Guatemala on a fourteen day mission trip to volunteer in an orphanage. Between the windowless walls of the dark, empty dirt floor room her heart strings were pulled in half. Nothing could have prepared her for the deep heartache as well the unexplainable joy she would experience. Forty barefoot excited little orphans all clamoring for her open arms to hug them tightly. However, there was one teenage girl who swept the floors and seldom looked up. Her name was Eva. Slowly over several days Dana befriended her and a trust was built. The lonely distraught orphan wanted to be held and adored like all the others. Thankfully Jesus showed up in a very real way using the love of a stranger to help knit the broken pieces of Eva’s heart back together. Two lives were changed that day.

About Dana:

Dana Morgan Murphy lives in Athens Georgia with her husband Mark. Both have been involved in children’s ministry most of their adult lives.

Mark is an ordained minister on staff as the family and children’s pastor at Classic City Community Church. Dana serves alongside him and teaches third through fifth grade Sunday school. She has always had a passion for writing, reading and sharing her faith, especially with children. Her love for seeing young people’s lives changed through books comes from her mother and her grandmother, who were both elementary school librarians. Some of Dana’s fondest memories growing up are of being read to by these two gifted women. They could bring every page to life from memory as they held the book so only she could see the pages.

Eva the Orphan was inspired in 1998 when Dana traveled to Guatemala on a fourteen day mission trip to volunteer in an orphanage. It was there between the windowless walls of the dark, empty dirt floor room her heart strings were pulled in half. Nothing could have prepared her for the deep heartache as well the unexplainable joy she would experience. 
Forty barefoot excited little orphans all clamoring for her open arms to hug them tightly.  However, there was one teenage girl who swept the floors and seldom looked up. Her name was Eva. Slowly over several days Dana befriended her and a trust was built. The lonely distraught orphan also wanted to be held and adored like all the others. 

Thankfully Jesus showed up in a very real way using the love of a stranger to help knit the broken pieces of Eva’s heart back together. Two lives were changed that day.



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Friday, December 1, 2017

Latest Release: The Couth Fairy Goes to School

Congratulations to Karen Mutchler Allen on the release of her third book in the best-selling Couth Fairy series, The Couth Fairy Goes to School.


Available on Amazon and at most booksellers by request

About the book:

And POOF! Just as quickly as the Couth Fairy appears… She vanishes. 

In The Couth Fairy Goes To School, Annabelle and Abigail’s brother, A.J., is in urgent need of The Couth Fairy’s help. Join A.J. as he learns the importance of minding his manners in school each and every day. The Couth Fairy guides A.J. through everything from respecting students with special needs, the effects of bullying, appropriate behavior in the cafeteria and so much more! 

Other books in the series:

The Couth Fairy
The Couth Fairy Returns
   



About the author:

Karen is married and a mother of three children. She and her husband live in Forsyth, Georgia.

Karen has hosted a radio show, Acquire the Fire with Karen Allen, and a nationally recognized TV talk show, Talk of the Town. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Education, Karen worked as an Elementary School teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom.


About the illustrator:

Jaclyn Sloan lives in the little town of Bethlehem, Georgia, with her loving husband and two  adventurous children. She has a love for the outdoors and her family can often be found on hiking trails, mountain biking, or kayaking.

What originally started as an artistic outlet for her creative soul, her ceramics business, The Painted Frog Studio, has grown into so much more. She actively creates one-of-a-kind, quality pieces, including functional pottery, canvas paintings, and illustrations. Along with owning her own pottery business, she also is a high school art teacher, where her passion for arts and creativity overflows to her students.

In the future, Jaclyn hopes to continue growing her business and sharing her creations and passion for creativity with more people.  She also plans to eat a lot of chips and queso.




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