CHANGING IT UP A BIT by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

If you’ve read my previous books—Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness—you’ll get a feel for my writing style. I always liked sweet stories with good messages growing up, and I strongly believe in my publisher’s mission:

Guardian Angel Publishing believes we can change the world by investing in children, one child at a time. We want the seeds of the influence from our books to live longer than we do, building a harvest of knowledge and vibrant faith that will help transform a time we may never see.

But I’ll let you in on a little secret….

Sometimes I like to write different stories. Every once in a while I don’t want to be so serious. 

In 2010, I was in one of those “need to lighten up” moods while participating in Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). This annual November event (moving to January in 2017) challenges writers to come up with 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. A lot of silliness came out in those 30 days, including what would become Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving.

My quest to create a book that wasn’t about being thankful led me to contemplate possible holiday disasters. My mind finally settled on…

What if the dog swiped the turkey off the table?

Ten-year-old Macy has to do some quick thinking while her twin brothers are fighting, her poor frazzled mom is sighing, and her naughty dog has been sent off to play with Dad.
I hope readers will enjoy this lighter side of me. You can purchase Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving online at:

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, and the newly released Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving. A blogger and book reviewer, Cheryl lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.
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A note from Marilyn: 

Though Cheryl and I live about 3000 miles apart and have never seen one another in person, I feel like I know her. She guided me through several virtual book tours, and we've been prayer warriors for on another along the way of being great Facebook friends.

This is a delightful book for kids--so if you have any you need to get a Christmas gift for, you can't go wrong with this.


Cheryl said…
Thanks for hosting me, Marilyn. I appreciate your kind words. I'm still hoping we get a chance to meet one day. Your friendship is a true blessing to me.
Glad to see the light hearted tone of this book. Once, my dog stole an entire cooked chicken off the kitchen counter.
Cheryl said…
Sounds like a naughty doggie, Becky. I'm glad you like the lighthearted ton of this one. Sometimes we have to take a risk.

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