Pulled from Barnes and Noble website:
Sweet Story About Overcoming Fear-5 stars
Something Greater Than Fear is the story of a gray mouse named Figs who struggles with feelings of insecurities. One night, when she must leave her home to find food, she comes face to face with one of her biggest fears. Instead of running away, she faces it head on and learns that she is a little more courageous than she thought.
Something Greater Than Fear is a sweet story that can be used to encourage children to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. The illustrations are nicely done. The deep purples, blue, and turquois colors convey a sense of spookiness without being too scary for younger kids. Something Great Than Fear is a good book to share with children ages four to seven.
Review on Twitter:
"I love the image of Christy's forest mouse, Figs, donning her cloak and dagger, heading out to face the great unknown!"
John Locke, Author of the Donovan Creed Novels
Reviews on Lulu.com
On Christmas Eve my cousin and his wife let their little son, who just turned 6, open a small gift. His mom gets to pick it out so he doesnít snag the biggest one. This year she picked out one that she thought might be a book so he could look at the pictures all night, and she told him to open it. The one she picked was the book I had bought him for Christmas (Something Greater Than Fear by Christy Condoleo). She read it to him that night. And then he went upstairs and fell asleep in a tent (fun Christmas Eve stuff to make him want to stay in bed). He loved it! He fell asleep hugging it! And in the morning he didnít want to open any new gifts until his mom read it to him one more time. Which she did and he enjoyed it again. Iím sure that if I go over there anytime soon Iíll have a 6 year old in my lap asking me to read to him. I read the book before I gave it to him. I read it carefully so I did not fold the pages and it would stay nice and new. I enjoyed this book myself. I bought a... More > second copy and I plan on donating that book to my daughterís elementary school library. This book is for owl lovers and mice lovers, boys and girls. The art is lovely and the story matches the art perfectly. Great job to both the author and the artist!
Sarah B. Winters
Wonderful from start to finish.Christy Condoleo's books just Oooz masterful story telling.
Here are various interviews, awards, reviews:
American Author's Association Review:
Silver Quill Award for Gasgeil's Bravery: http://www.americanauthorsassociation.com/awards.htm (about mid page)
Book Beginnings Interview: http://authorbeginnings.blogspot.com/ (October 1st, 2008--scroll to the bottom of the page)
My interview with J.D. Holiday: http://jdswritersblog.blogspot.com/
Check out my great interview by up and coming author Jane Bled! http://jane-bled.livejournal.com/21655.html
Ever so happy I am to announce that my dearest mouse has won an award!! Yay Gasgeil!! American Author's Association has not only awarded myself but Linnette the 2008 Silver Quill Award! http://www.americanauthorsassociation.com/awards.htm
The lil' pixelated me was created Not as exciting as the pixelated version by what
by a great friend named Eve! else can you do outside a virtual world?
Hmm...I am gemini. I am yin and I am yang so be warned - I'm quite emotional. I am also every bit as much an extrovert as I am an introvert; like a chameleon, I change when it is necessary.
It all began when...I had aspirations of starting my own comic in elementary school (with oil pastels of all things silly). My next dabble in the 'creative realm' was in middle school. I wrote for the school paper--interviews mostly but I also wrote poems and I even drew the cover for a Christmas issue. I didn't start writing for story until I was in high school though if making up stories in your mind counts, I think I started around age four. It was during my study hall period (unfotunately the class was only a few weeks but that was enough) that I discovered the thrill of writing. That's when I discovered, 'What do you do when a book does not end the way you wish it to? What do you do when the book is over and you long for more adventures with the characters that have become your friends?' My answer: you start writing your own stories and creating your own characters! Don't just sit there groaning and moaning at the author, do something about it!
I wrote on and off for a few years before I joined the United States Air Force. Surprised? Yeah, me too. Even now, it's hard to believe that I once donned combat boots and a camouflage uniform. I even qualified w/an M16 believe it or not (though I'm not fond of handling guns--try to figure that one out). Even in the military I dabbled in writing. I created a step by step continuity book which was bench marked by other squadrons on my base (even says so on my award certificate that I am extremely proud of). After my six year enlistment was over, I discovered a writing correspondence course from the Long Ridge Writer's Group. I took the course and the constant challenge of coming up with new story ideas every two weeks made me realize just how much I love to write! So here I am years later. I may not have went the traditional route but I found my own way.
I am not an 'idle' person. You will never see me without something to do. I refuse to sit still and I usually don't speak much unless, of course, books or book making is the subject. I carry around spiral notebooks (more than one), pencils, inking pens, I treat my memory key as if it was a wubby blanket, and a drawing pad. I make earrings or draw while I watch mystery programs or crime dramas. Since I am always looking for ways to promote my books, I am constantly reaching out on the web through various social sites. From pencils, pens, business cards, notepads, hats, t-shirts, frisbees, etc. I design and/or make my own promotional materials.