A friend of mine who I know through playing soccer in town recently took my first book, Big and Small God Made Them All, with her as she was going to visit extended family. Now, to be honest, that in itself is exciting enough BUT there’s more!
A few days into her trip she sent me a photo of one of the children in her family sitting in her lap, reading the book, and pointing to the illustrations.
I can’t really come up with the words to adequately describe how awesome it makes me feel to know even just one child loves the book! There are other stories like that, too, and it amazes me every time. I love, love, love when a young reader connects with the book whether it’s through the illustrations, the rhymes, the story, any part of the book.
If I were a puppy, I’d be wagging my tail all day!!! A big thanks to my friend, and to all of you who have picked up either one of my books. It means so much to me!
I’m finding it hard to explain how I feel seeing my two books together on a shelf. This first picture is from T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts in Branson, Missouri. The next picture is from My Favorite Books in Tallahassee, Florida.
It’s just crazy. I’m so proud and yet I’ve got so much further to go, more to do, more to say. The next time you’re in Tallahassee, stop by My Favorite Books and say hi to Amanda. Then trek on over to Branson, Missouri and say hi to Liz at T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts!
There are certain things that can only happen once: a baby’s first step, a baby’s first word, your first day of high school, owning your first house, things like that. Well, I’m nearing one of those landmarks as 2016 winds down… the announcement of my second book!
The team working on the book with me is working on the final artwork and the design of the interior, so the book should be officially published in early 2017.
To celebrate, all December long you have a chance to win the first signed copy. To enter, just purchase my first book, “Big and Small, God Made Them All” online (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million), or send me an email at Driftwood145@Gmail.com if you’d like a signed copy. For every book purchased, you receive one entry for this special drawing… buy one book, get one entry. Buy two books, two entries and so on. Note: Once you make a purchase, email Driftwood145@Gmail.com to be entered into the drawing.
I’m so excited to share this second book with you, so without further chatter from yours truly, here’s a synopsis of “The Brave Bamboo”…
Bamboo stays behind when his mom, brother, and sister go outside. He worries about what might be out there. Adventure, fun, or danger! But when his family needs him, can he overcome his fears to become the Brave Bamboo?
Size 8.5 x 11 inches
Audience toddler to early elementary
Schedule for publish in 2017
“The best weekend complete with great weather, happy people, and folks interested in my book! Couldn’t have asked for more fun in Tallahassee!”
-me, about the Word of South Festival
Venturing down to Tallahassee was full of excitement for two reasons, 1. Hanging out with my family and 2. Setting up as a vendor at the Word of South Festival. Seeing my family is always fun, so I’ll skip right to the festival. It was held at Cascades park, an area of town which I still can’t find the right words for. Friendly, easy, inviting, fun, open space, free, peaceful, natural (in a way). It’s a great new area of Tallahassee with bridges, ponds, fountains, an outdoor theater, and a few trendy restaurants. It was the perfect spot for the festival.
I met so many nice people; from young kids wanting to pet Piper and Asia, to college students, to recent grads, new parents, old parents, grand parents, and apparently books and music appeal to all ages of people. Who knew? 😉 I was able to sell some books (by the way, if you want to check out my book and see the interior, click here for the Amazon link) which feels very validating as a new author. Throughout both days I had great conversations with people; something I didn’t foresee but is one of my favorite highlights. If I met you at the festival, thanks for chatting with me and I look forward to seeing you again down the road!
My project “Big and Small: Nicaragua” is over but I’m happy that family, friends, and friends of friends were willing to take a small leap with me. The backstory is for every 10 eBooks sold of my book Big and Small, God Made Them All, an actual physical book would be donated to Club Esperanza in Managua, Nicaragua. My friend from college lives and works down there so because of a number of eBooks being downloaded, I’ll be sending books to Nicaragua very soon.
I love coming up with projects like this that are fun for me, but also potentially impact children in a country I’ve never even been to. We all need Jesus, whether we’re millionaires, thousandaires, young, old, man, woman, kid, lonely, happy, tall, short, skinny, not so skinny, everyone. Jesus came to our world for everyone, and if my book can play a part in a child (or adult) being nudged a little more towards Him, then hey, that’s a win.
I’ll have more updates and hopefully some pictures when the books make it down there! Thanks again for being involved with my project, as my friend Andrea would say… you ROCK!
Howdy everybody! Today is a big day in the life of Big and Small, God Made Them All. Not only is it the official publication date (huge!) but it’s also day 1 of…
Big and Small: Nicaragua!
This project is very simple and yet could easily brighten the day of children in Nicaragua. But first, in an effort to be fully transparent I’ll give you a quick recap of my connection to Nicaragua.
It all started in the capital city of Tallahassee, Florida. I was a new student at Florida State University, with the world at my fingertips and a handful of “flex bucks” to spend at the university grocery store. Oh, how I miss spending my parents money 🙂
OK, I won’t give you the long story, but the short version is while I was a student there I became friends with a charismatic guy named Chris Farrington. Although he was an arch rival on the intramural flag football field, off the field he was a good friend.
During college Chris served for a summer in Nicaragua and that summer changed his life forever. That was around 2000 or 2001, and now Chris lives there with his wife and kids. They’ve been there for over a decade serving the community in various ways, spreading the good news of God’s love. You can find more information about the great work they’re doing on their blog.
One area they’re passionate about is serving the kids in the local community through Club Esperanza. The club offers educational classes to kids as young as pre-school all the way up to scholarships for high school students, plus offers space for teaching sports, music, and art. The foundation of all this goodwill is to serve kids in the community, tell them about Jesus, and show them the love of God. It’s an amazing thing.
So when I was dreaming up what this year could look like for my book, Club Esperanza is one of the first things I thought of. I thought about the kids Chris and his family serve there. About how they need God just as much as anyone else, and maybe my book will spark something in their mind, in their curiosity, that leads them to Him.
I see God clearest when I’m enjoying His creation. I’m in the woods with my dogs. I’m watching an eagle fly. Or watching snow fall. Or a dolphin swimming. Of course, panda bears being super cute. I see His creativity in nature pointing me right to Him. I want that for everyone who reads my book. Maybe a child will read it and see the illustrations and begin to wonder about God. So here’s what Big and Small: Nicaragua is:
For every 20 eBooks sold in the month of January, a print book will be donated to Club Esperanza.
It’s that simple. Could I send a book down there without asking you to help? Sure. But I love the idea of lots of people joining in to make a difference in a community. So please consider being part of Big and Small: Nicaragua, quite possibly changing the life of a child forever! If you want more info about this project or the Farrington’s work in Nicaragua, let me know.
To download the eBook on your Apple device, click here or on the banner below.
OK, OK, I get it. All these fans are giddy about the new “Star Wars” movie in theaters this week. But part of me likes to pretend their building excitement is for my book release in a galaxy not far, far away! In fact, it’s super close because it’s our galaxy*.
*distribution limited until Amazon begins delivering to outer space, details pending.
But just like those rabid fans having to wait a few more days, I’ve had to wait also. I really, really want this book to be out there so my friends and family and anyone else in the galaxy** can order it.
**sign up for Amazon Prime Now and get free 2-light year shipping to Mars on orders over 1,000 Mars Buggles
(1,000 Mars Buggles = $35 USD).
In the next few days, UPS should be delivering the very first copy of Big and Small, God Made Them All. I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so…. scared***.
***Thank you, Jessi Spano for your caffeine pill meltdown we’ll never forget.
Once I inspect it inch by inch and dot by dot so that it’s perfect for you, I’ll be announcing it everywhere that it’s for sale. Until then, how about watching this cute puppy?