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 have great news to share: We’re only 8 days away from Bamboo’s official release to the public! On February 22nd, matching up with Walk Your Dog Day, you can own your very own hard cover book. As an added bonus, I’m offering signed copies to celebrate the release. It’s very simple: Just click the PayPal link below and it’ll take you through the steps to order. To pay by check, find the “contact Ben” tab above and I’ll be in touch about arranging payment that way. Thank you in advance for your support!!
I’ve loved working on this project! But to be honest, I’ve gone through a range of emotions because while this is my second book, there is still so much I don’t know; so much I’m learning about the writing process, the publishing process, marketing, and business, too.
February 22, 2017
Well, all that aside, my second baby is coming into the world on February 22, 2017, coinciding with Walk Your Dog Day. I thought that would be the perfect day to celebrate this timid little pup named Bamboo.
You’ll be able to pre-order the book on Amazon in the next few weeks!
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
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.
Making progress on the book today! Illustrator Laura sent some of the final art, and I’m all- I can’t wait to show you the illustrations. For a sneak peak, click here. They are SO cute, awfully adorable, and I just want to hug the little animals and name them and take them home to play with my pups! More info coming soon!