Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Stephanie Burkhart -- The Giving Meadow

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Burkhart to Write Where I Want to Be today.

I just want to thank Tina for having me today on my blog tour for my children's book, "The Giving Meadow."

Just a little about me: I was born in Manchester, NH but live in Castaic, California with my husband, Brent, and two sons, Andrew and Joseph. I have fond memories of Manchester, but have made California my home. I earned a BS in political science from California Baptist University in 1995.


I have been writing since I was 5, first making homemade comic books. Now, I work on creating short stories and novels. I spent 11 years in the US Army and over 7 years in Germany. Writing is a passion that still challenges me. The Giving Meadow is my first children's book and my first book with 4RV Publishing. 



THE BLURB:

The Giving Meadow is about a caterpillar who hatches from his egg in the middle of a meadow. As he travels through the meadow, he meets new friends who learn the value of sharing.

THE INSPIRATION

I go to Blessed Kateri Catholic Church (in Santa Clarita, CA) and I'm involved in our Sunday Preschool program. We call it Little Church. The program works with 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. I help to teach the 3's along with 3 other talented ladies, Shirley Chang, Maureen Dunahoo, and Mary Tesselaar. Every year I help to write the Easter play for the children. In 2009, "The Giving Meadow" was our Easter play.

After I wrote it, I showed Vivian at 4RV. She's also a moderator at Writing.com and I wanted her feedback on the story. She offered it a contract! I was tickled pink. It was a nice, unexpected surprise. I can't thank Vivian (Gilbert Zabel, publisher, 4RV Publishing) for believing in the story and wanting to bring it to life.

"The Giving Meadow" is wonderfully illustrated by Stephen Macquignon. Stephen primarily works in the medium of pen and ink and color digitally. He has had the privilege to work with Director Michael Sporn of Michael Sporn Animation Inc. He is also a monthly contributor for Stories for Children's magazine.
Stephen's children's books with 4RV Publishing include; Angeline Jellybean by Crystalee Calderwood and Colors by Dana Warren.

"The First Flag of New Hampshire," by Stephanie, will be released by 4RV Publishing next year. It is a TW/Young Adult story.

GOODIE TIME: Leave a post here on the blog. I'll pick two lucky winners to receive an autographed postcard of the cover. I'll also be giving out an autographed copy of the book. Winners will be drawn out of a hat, and I'll return on 5 AUG to announce them.

BUY LINKS:

4RV PUBLISHING:
http://4rvpublishingllc.com/Childrens_Books.html

AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Giving-Meadow-Stephanie-Burkhart/dp/0982588690/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279556653&sr=1-1



BARNES & NOBLE:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Giving-Meadow/Stephanie-Burkhart/e/9780982588697/?itm=1&USRI=The+giving+Meadow

STEPHANIE ON THE WEB:

BLOG:
http://sgcardin.blogspot.com/

WEBSITE:
http://sgcardin.tripod.com/

FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1357922219

TWITTER:
http://twitter.com/StephBurkhart

STEPHANIE ON AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Burkhart/e/B003R00R5I/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_1



Stephen Macquignon


STEPHEN ON THE WEB:

BLOG:
http://stephen-sketch2color.blogspot.com/

WEBSITE
http://www.jacketflap.com/StephenM

STEPHEN ON AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Macquignon/e/B003K7NUVG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


Romance Under the Moonlight

MATCHMAKING A-MUSE-MENT

BE MUSED, APRIL 2010

THE HUNGARIAN - MAY 2010 Desert Breeze Publishing

Visit me at:

http://sgcardin.blogspot.com/
http://sgcardin.tripod.com/

8 comments:

Beth Reinke said...

Tina, I love the name of your blog. :o) Nice interview!

Steph, the name "Little Church" is so cute, too. I hope you and Caterpillar are enjoying your blog tour.

StephB said...

Beth, Caterpillar is having a blast. He loves Tina's blog, and he can't wait to catch a glimpse of "the ghost." *grin*

Little Church is a cute name for the preschool program. Parent meeting at the end of the month! We're gearing up to get going again.

Smiles
Steph

Tina Pinson said...

The ghost is in hiding. He was scared the other day and decided to disappear on vacation.

Glad you're visiting today, Steph.

And Beth, welcome. Stop in again.

Little Church -- There for a minute I thought I missed something about the catepillar's name. Duh

alym said...

Sounds like such a cute story! Can't wait to read it to Anna.

StephB said...

Tina,
I hope the ghost enjoys his vacation. *grin!* Aly, nice to see you pop in! Anna will love the story!

Smiles
Steph

Stephen Macquignon said...

I think were I went to kindergarten was nicked name little church

StephB said...

Thanks to everyone who popped in. It was great to see you on the tour.

Drum roll for the PC winners - Beth and Tina! Send me an email with your snail mail to sgcardin1@yahoo.com or botrina_buchanan@yahoo.com and I'll get them out to you. Congrats to Aly for winning the autographed copy of the book!

Caterpillar and I are off to visit Beth's blog next tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Here's a link: http://blogs.bethbencereinke.com/bethsbooksbasket/

Smiles
Steph

Vivian Zabel said...

I've heard (and experienced) that an editor, agent, or publisher has to shovel through a pile of slush to find one good manuscript. Well, The Giving Meadow was worth the shoveling to find.