COVER REVEAL!

Without further delay, below is the BRAND NEW cover illustrated by Samantha Bell and designed by Helen Barrios. I am absolutely in love with this design and am anxiously awaiting publication day! Below, find the answers and the links to more information to the trivia questions from the previous post.

There were no winners this time, but that’s okay. I’ll mark this copy to go to Child Life or STAR Kids. Thanks to everyone who has visited!

Trivia Questions and Answers

Q 1: What is the name of the disease of the bile ducts in infants where the bile ducts become inflamed or blocked, causing restricted bile flow and damage to the liver?

A: Biliary Atresia (https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/biliary-atresia/

Q2: Name two symptoms of the disease referenced above.

A: Jaundice, Pale stools, hardened abdomen/liver (https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/biliary-atresia/#information-for-the-newly-diagnosed

Q3: How many children under the age of 18 are on the national transplant waiting list?

A: 1900 Children (https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/pediatric-donation/

Q4: How can you register to be an organ donor?

A: DMV or Donate Life website (https://www.donatelife.net/types-of-donation/pediatric-donation/

Q5: The main character in Angel Donor was born with the disease referenced in question 1. How many babies are born each year with this same disease? For example: 1 out of every hundred births, etc.

A: Biliary atresia is a disease affecting about one out of every 18,000 infants.  (https://liverfoundation.org/biliary-atresia-the-liver-disease-that-affects-children/

Preparing Angel Donor’s Second Edition

Eighteen years ago my second child was born. But she was a very unique baby. She was born with Biliary Atresia. It’s amazing how a term you don’t even know exists can change your life forever.

Biliary Atresia is a liver disease where the liver’s bile ducts are too narrow or closed completely. It doesn’t allow the liver to do its job. Many times, a liver transplant is needed to save the person’s life. That was Jackie’s case.

When we were preparing for her transplant, even though she was little, I was looking for a picture book to help her prepare for it. I knew it was a complicated subject, but I wanted something that would help with the conversation.

I found a few books here and there, but nothing that would walk a child through the main parts of the process. I also wanted the right balance of information without being too scary. That’s when I knew I needed to write one of my own.

When I explained what was going to happen to her, Jackie is the one who called her donor an “Angel Donor,” which is now the title of the book.

Unfortunately, once COVID hit, my publisher was hit hard and had to shut down. However, I know that to this day families struggle with this disease and with this situation. I knew Angel Donor should not disappear. Now,, I’m planning to publish a second edition independently. The awesome and super amazing illustrator, Samantha Bell, worked with me to ensure we could reuse the illustrations.

In order to make this a reality, I’m gauging interest, I’ve created a group on Facebook. There, I will be bouncing ideas off members, get feedback for the project I’m working on, and the members get to be a part of the process.

Author Updates

UPDATE #1 – Souled is FREE for Kindle Unlimited Customers
If you are a member of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, you can now read Souled for free! Kindle has been working with authors and readers to help get books in the hands (well – devices) of readers. When you read it, be sure to leave a review – even a sentence or two will help the book get seen by other readers.  Thank you again for your continued support!
Free Kindle Version of Souled   

Free e-book below ⬇️

UPDATE #2 – MY NEW COLLABORATION
I’m excited to share that I have collaborated with THE Dave D’Aoust in helping his clients fight digital distraction. When he heard about how Souled was inspired by the way digital media consumes our kids, he asked me to teach a few classes in his Primed For Life Series. I now have three writing courses with him and depending on need, there could be more in the future. We shall see what happens. 

UPDATE #3 – NEW FACEBOOK GROUP FOR WRITING HELP



I created a new Facebook Group to help with the writing process. I created it to go along with the writing courses I have with Dave D’Aoust, but really anyone who is interested in the writing process can join. Check it out here: Get Writing – Writing, Editing, and Publishing Help

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Souled is Moving

Moving Clip Art

This is a tough thing to post, but I want to be sure my energies are utilized the best they can be. We were on day 6 of the campaign and at 17%. In order for this to succeed in reaching the goal I chose, I should have been over 30%. So I chose to stop the All or Nothing Kickstarter and relaunch it here with a better goal and more flexibility.

WAIT! HEAR ME OUT!

art by Junior’s Digital Designs

That isn’t a bad thing, really.

In fact, it just means I’m going to go about this another way. I wanted the Kickstarter so I could get a decent print run but that’s not the only way to publish a book.

Instead, I relaunched this on Indigogo. Any funds I raise will cover your rewards and printing in a smaller quantity. The good news about this, with the nature of my plan, is there will be no risk to either you or me. Those who order a book, will get their books. No matter how much is raised.

We also won’t have to wait as long for delivery of the books.

So head on over and get your books!

Bloggger to WordPress

This started innocently enough. I followed a link to someone’s blog which was a WordPress blog. I had a WP blog years ago, but never fully converted over to WP. I was hesitant because I was used to blogger. Now that I’m more familiar with WP, I like the “clean” look that most WP blogs have.

As I visited my friend’s blog I decided to revisit my old WP blog. I started to toy around with it and I have to admit that I like this much better. It will be a pain to “start over” again, but I believe it makes sense. I’ve grown as an author and it is important to keep growing. You can’t grow if you never try new things. So, here I go. I’m starting a new blogging adventure.

The Writing Enemy

(previously published in the fall 2008 edition of Once Upon a Time Magazine)

Your hero just overcame the latest obstacle in your story. She smiles, thinking she is safely in the clear until BAM! You throw her an unexpected twist. 

Sometimes the ups and downs of writing are just like the triumphs and pitfalls our heroes go through. Once day, we’re dancing around the house with a glorious acceptance letter, Other days, we’re wallowing in response to your fourth rejection in two weeks. 

“What ever possessed you to write THAT,” asks an annoying voice in your head. 

That’s the voice I’ve come to call The Writing Enemy. You don’t see it, but you know it’s there. Some days it jumps out at you right away. Other days it lurks around, waiting for the perfect moment. Then the thoughts come:

“That’s a crazy idea!”

“No one would be interested in that,”

“This is a terrible story.”

The Writing Enemy is like the villain your story’s hero must overcome. All the obstacles it creates are designed for one thing: to assure you won’t finish that story or article.

It hovers over your keyboard, causing your fingers to freeze up.  It takes over your concentration and distracts you with things such as e-mail and phone calls.

On a particularly bad day,  it haunts you with it’s secret weapon–guilt, You stare at the accumulated pile of dishes and think, I should take care of that. My breakthrough story idea can wait. You forget that you have time for these things after work, just like the rest of the world. 

How can you defeat such a devastating beast? Determination! Despite coming down with the case of the “Frozen Fingers,” you persevere. You start by typing a few words, then a few more, until you have your first rough draft. You ignore the e-mails and turn off the phone.


When you feel guilty about other things, that need to be done, you remind yourself that you have set hours for work. Home can have the rest. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to revise and revise again until the time has come. It is the day you drop your manuscript in the mailbox.

Just like your story’s hero, you smile to yourself. Yes, you were thrown some tough obstacles, but like your hero, you sough a creative way out. Go ahead and celebrate. The Writing Enemy is defeated once again. 

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!   



Fun with Jill Osborne

About a week ago I had the pleasure of talking with Jill Osborne about my newest book, Angel Donor. When Angel Donor won the P&E Reader’s Poll, I had a giveaway to celebrate. Jill, a writer and a play therapist, won the book. I am thrilled that she will not only be able to enjoy the book herself, but she added it to her collection for play therapy. It warms my heart that the book will be doing what it was meant to – to help other children.

When Jill read the book, she was excited about it and wanted to do an interview with me. Head on over to her blog and check out what we discussed. Thank you again Jill for your support of Angel Donor.

Angel Donor Named Best Children’s Book in the Preditors and Editors Poll of 2012

January 17, 2013 –
Children’s author and Editor-in-Chief of My LightMagazine announced her third book, Angel Donor, came in first place for children’s books in the 2012 Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll (P&E Poll). “I’ve been truly humbled by all the support the book received during the polling process,” Jennifer Gladen stated.  “I hope this recognition helps spread the word about the book, but more importantly the cause behind the book.”

Angel Donor, published by Guardian Angel Publishing and illustrated by Samantha Bell, is a picture book about a child in needof a liver transplant. It is inspired by her daughter who was born with liver disease and needed a transplant. “I wanted to create a book that children in the same situation can identify with,” Gladen said. “It had to be a book that explains what the children go through, but ends in hope. I often yearned for a book to read to my daughter when she had questions about her disease.”


When Angel Donor had been nominated for the 2012 P&E Poll, Gladen was thrilled. The poll is an Internet poll on books of all categories. It is designed to help authors gain exposure for their work and help readers discover the newest books out there. As taken from the P&E website, “As part of our overall effort to assist and promote writers, we are proud to present the annual Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll”.  P&E is also well known for their vigilance in warning authors about publishing scams.
For more information about the book, please visit:



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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.