Book Review: What is That Strange Noise

What is That Strange Noise 
Illustrated by K.C. Snider

I was delighted to have a chance to read this fun book about Piper and Grandma’s interesting car ride. The story starts out with Grandma and Piper going on one of their adventurous car rides, when something odd happens. A strange noise grabs their attention and they discover an even stranger guest in the car. The story continued, picking up many other guests along the way.

I liked how the story incorporated animal names and animal sounds, which can make this book a great tool for preschool and early childhood teachers. I also loved how Grandma names every animal every time they picked up a new guest. This is a great way to continue to review animal names. 

One thing that could have made the book even better is the ending. I would have loved to see where Grandma and Piper were going and what happened to all their guests at the end of the car ride. 

Overall, this was a delightful, fun story that would work well in a classroom as well as at home.

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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!   

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 . Click on the picture here for a larger photo.

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 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:

Book Review: Frederico the Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani

Frederico, the Mouse Violinist

by: Mayra Calvani

Illustrations: K.C. Snider

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-61633-114-6; 1616331143 Paperback

e-book: 13: 978-1-61633-125-2; 1616331259

Frederico the Mouse Violinist is a fascinating picture book about a mouse and a dream. Living in the workshop of the famed violin designer Antonio Stradivari, Frederico watches the talented designer craft spectacular violins. Wanting to learn more, at night he explored and learned to play the instruments. Little did he know, someone was watching and would surprise him with a special gift.

This was a heartwarming picture book to be enjoyed again and again. I like how the educational components tied in with the story, yet didn’t take away from it.

Illustrator K.C. Snider has done it again with colorful, engaging and realistic illustrations.

This is an all around fantastic book.

Click here or on the links above to purchase.