A Star in the Night featured on Blog Talk Radio’s show Halo Kids

I’m excited to announce my book A Star in the Night, illustrated by K.C. Snider and published by Guardian Angel Publishing, will be featured on Blog Talk Radio’s show Halo Kids. JD Holiday will be there as well to ask a few questions. This is a great opportunity to see if my book is something you might want to purchase.

What is the book about? On Christmas Eve, David sees this is no ordinary night. Accompanied by a shimmering star David encounters three experiences that will change his view of Christmas forever.

At Halo Kids Tales, JD Holiday reads 2-3 stories per show and talks briefly with the authors of the books. What a fun way to connect with books and an author. 

Where:  Halo Kids Tales  Be sure to click the show link.
When:  Thursday December 19, 2013  1:00 PM
 So tune in, give my book a listen and get the book for this Christmas season.  See you there!   

A Star in the Night Giveaway!


A Star in the Night, a Christmas story about the true meaning of Christmas and recipient of the Catholic Writer’s guild Seal of Approval, is having a giveaway! 

Usually, an author doesn’t like numbers as much as words, but today I just can’t resist. With the numbers 12/12/12, and it being so close to Christmas I decided to hold a giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment here, AND like my facebook page Jen Gladen . On December 12, 2012 I  will randomly draw a winner and send the winner a FREE AUTOGRAPHED COPY of A Star in the Night! 

Please be sure to share this post with anyone you think may be interested. This is a great gift idea for that someone special! 

Christmas Coloring Page

Thanksgiving has passed and we are entering in the center of the Christmas season.  My family and I spent this weekend decorating and welcoming the season. Those who know me well probably have guessed already what the first decoration up was. (Did you say Nativity scene? Ah – you do know me pretty well.) We had Christmas music on from our local radio station, and later while Dad and the kids set up the artificial tree, I made some home made Christmas sugar cookies.

 My oldest decorated the cookies with sugar as I rolled out and cut the dough. And so, since my family and I are in the Christmas spirit full force, I want to share some of that with you.

For those of you who are fans of A Star in the Night, my Christmas book about a little boy who discovers the true meaning of Christmas, enjoy this coloring page! Illustrated by K.C. Snider.  Color it in and send me a photo- or just color and enjoy. If you do color it and send a photo, I’ll feature it on my blog. Parents: send photos to jennifer_gladen5@msn.com . Click on the picture here for a larger photo.

A FUN-tastic Author Event

I attended the Pennypack Woods Home Ownership Association’s Bazaar and Flea Market this Saturday as a way to sell some books and get the word out about them. 

 While I was there I did some shopping of my own. I saw and fell in love with this statue of Santa kneeling at the manger of Jesus. I only had about $1.50 in spending money left and although the Pennypack group Friendly Neighbors were asking $3.00, they gave it to me for the $1.50. 
The Friendly Neighbors is a group which sponsors many events that contribute to the community of Pennypack’s neighborhood. When I heard how they were counting on the sales and the Bazaar to further their work for the community, I decided to give back to them a little bit. I went to the leader of Friendly Neighbors and donated an autographed copy of A Star in the Night for them to sell as they wished. 
Toward the end of the event, the group auctioned off the book and earned $21.00 ! I was thrilled and honored to help in such a way. 
In addition to this great experience, and selling more of the books, my daughters were there with me and my oldest ran into two of her best friends she had since preschool. When my daughter went into first grade, we went to a different school. The “Three Musketeers”, as I call them, haven’t been able to see each other much. The girls were thrilled to see each other. They spent the day hanging out and catching up. 
This was a great day and a exciting experience for everyone. Can’t wait to visit again!

Books in a Basket

Yesterday there was a “Basket Extravaganza” to raise money for my local parish.  When my son’s first grade was looking for donated items for their basket, I offered an autographed copy of A Star in the Night and Teresa’s Shadow. The teacher was thrilled and thought it would fit in nicely with their “Cold and Flu” theme.  Who couldn’t use a book to cozy up with when they’re sick, right?

It was a fun event and I wished I could have stayed for the whole event, but my first grader wasn’t feeling well. (Anyone else find the irony in that?)  So we stopped on by, took some chances for some other great baskets and left. Of course, we didn’t leave before snapping some pictures of the basket with my books.

Let’s see how sharp your eyes are.  Can you spot A Star in the Night?

 Teresa’s Shadow is lurking in the back of the basket As always, thanks for your continuous support, CTK!

Click on the links to get your own copy of A Star in the Night and Teresa’s Shadow.  When you do, stop by my facebook page and tell me what you thought!

Come check me out on Goodreads

I’ve been making better use of Goodreads lately. Goodreads is a great place for authors and readers alike to share, recommend and discuss books and their love of books. They even have a special Author page for authors who are promoting their books and works.  Come check me out on Goodreads. Be sure to add me as a friend and fan my page. Leave a comment with your link and I’ll gladly return the favor. 


Some author updates:

  • I am consolidating my facebook pages into one author page. If you are a fan of Teresa’s Shadow or A Star in the Night on FB, please head on over to my AUTHOR PAGE and follow me there as well. I look forward to connecting with you all there.

  • I am in the process of booking several author events. More info will be provided once the information is official, so stay tuned.

  • Parents or family of children with special medical concerns may be excited about my new book coming out soon titled Angel Donor. This is a medical specialty book about a young girl in need of a liver transplant and her journey toward this life saving surgery.


A Star in the Night featured in Susanne Drazic’s Christmas in July

This July, fellow blogger Susanne Drazic is having a Christmas in July blogging party! Stop on by and check it all out. There’s giveaways, guest posts, book reivews and more. Later this month my book, A Star in the Night (illustrated by the talented K.C. Snider) will be featured. When A Star in the Night is featured on Susanne’s blog, leave a comment under her post at http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/. with a link to your Fb or Tweet about my book and you could win a free autographed copy! DO NOT COMMENT YET. You must wait until she features A Star in the Night. I will provide another link when the time comes. So stay tuned….

This post is also published on the official A Star in the Night Blog

Teresa’s Shadow and A Star in the Night at a Local Craft Fair

Teresa’s Shadow and A Star in the Night went on sale at a local craft fair in Pennsylvania. I was excited to see a few other local authors/poets there as well.
Tons of fun was had by all! My table was one among many other fantastic crafts. There were hand made blankets, jewlelry and baked goods. Other than meeting some local authors, my favorite table was one that had hand made Rosary bracelets. 
 My girls came to help out. They helped set the table, hand out flyers and show the customers the books. We brought star shaped sugar cookies to match  A Star in the Night. (illustrated by K.C. Snider)  In the story, the main character, David, dreams about Mr. Rennetti’s famous sugar cookies from Mr. Rennetti’s bakery. 
The real star of the day, however, was Teresa’s Shadow (illustrated by Marina Movshina). We almost sold out! This book seems to have a natural draw to the readers. I often hear how the children identify with both Teresa – the little girl who finds a monster in her room one night, and Corky – the monster who finds himelf in a strange room one night.
The day was filled with browsing books, selling and signing books and sharing cookies. Thanks to everyone for coming out to see us!  We had a blast and can’t wait to do it again. 
To order your copy of  A Star in the Night or Teresa’s Shadow, please visit:

A Star in the Night wins Catholic Writers Guild Seal Of Approval Award


January 2011
Contact: Jennifer Gladen
Philadelphia, PA

A Star in the Night wins Catholic Writers Guild Seal Of Approval Award
On January 18, 2011, A Star in the Night, written by Jennifer Gladen and illustrated by K.C. Snider, was awarded the Catholic Writers Guild (CWG) Seal of Approval (SOA) award. The award is given to fiction and non-fiction books which are consistent with Church teaching and are faithful to the Magesterium.

A Star in the Night is a story about Christmas and its real meaning. Is it all about the shopping, gifts, cookies and parties? Or is there something more David is missing?

As taken from the book’s blurb: “David makes his way home on Christmas Eve and sees this is no ordinary night. Accompanied by a shimmering star and some tough decisions, David encounters three experiences that will change his view of Christmas forever. Join David on his wondrous journey home. “

Just what are some people saying about A Star in the Night?

“A touching tale with a great Christmas message.”

–Cheryl C. Malandrinos , December 1, 2010

“Great book for the holiday season – true meaning of Christmas”

–Customer, Barnes and Noble.com

Jennifer Gladen is a children’s author, mother of three and teacher who lives and writes in Pennsylvania. She has written several children’s books, stories and articles, and started her own Catholic e-zine titled My Light Magazine. When not writing, teaching or mothering, she enjoys singing in her local parish choir on Sundays.

To purchase A Star in the Night, visit :
ISBN# 1616330554

To schedule an interview or to contact the author, send an e-mail to:

Interview with A Star in the Night’s David

I had a chance to talk with David, the main character in Jennifer Gladen’s Christmas book, “A Star in the Night” on Thanksgiving Day. Here’s what David had to say:

JG: Thanks for joining me David on this Thanksgiving Day. I won’t take up too much of your time since it is a holiday.

David: Thank you. I’m glad to be here.

JG: Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

David: (Smiling) We have so much fun. Mom, Dad, me and baby Jesse all visit Grandmom’s house. She cooks a huge turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and lots of cranberry sauce. At the end of the night, Grandmom gives me some early Christmas money. She does this every year.

JG: What do you do with the early Christmas money?

David: I love to go to the mall. Sometimes I even have enough money left to buy some of Mr. Rennetti’s Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve.

JG: That’s right. We read about those cookies in A Star in the Night. They sound yummy.

David: They’re the best!

JG: In A Star in the Night, you seem to have a companion on your way home. Tell me, what did you think about it?

David: What? Oh you mean that star. Yes, that was a beautiful star. I never seen anything like it before. I felt like it followed me home that night.

JG: You ran into some interesting people that Christmas Eve.

David: Yes, they were. And wonderful people who I’m grateful to know. You’ll have to read the book to learn more about them.

JG: That’s fair. We’re about out of time. Is there anything you’d like me to share with our readers?

David: Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be sure to share my story with your families.

JG: Okay, will do. Happy Thanksgiving. Now go on back with your family.