Today marks day #14 in the As You Wish Tours Author Showcase!As You Wish Tours
So, what should we talk about? Oh, I guess about my books but that is kind of boring since that is what we always do. I want to tell you about my 4 year old grandson named Avery instead. He has a wonderful imagination which I help him explore by telling him fun stories that pop into my head. He knows that I write fantasy books that revolve around adventure but he has to wait until he is old enough to absorb the content.
What does a 4-year old do in this situation? Well, he looks into my eyes and says plainly, "Grandpa, will you write me a book?"
How can anyone refuse that! I said, "Yes, of course I can." Well, that is what set in motion my first children's book of about 46 pages. I remember his face lighting up with joy when I told him that I finished writing his book and now it was time to read it to him at bedtime. I peeked periodically as I delivered each line and watched his imagination go wild because this story had no pictures for him to follow along with...it was just the story, but what mattered most to him was it was HIS story. Someone took the time for him and that made it all that more special...for him and me.
Like my other books, The Orb of Truth and The Dragon God, I took the same characters and placed them into a child friendly format with no violence or weapons. I took the main characters including the loveable red bearded dwarf named Dulgin and came up with a story that delivers a message. The book is titled: The Unfriendly Dragon.
There are big plans for a release party coming soon and a big reveal of the cover which is something you don't want to miss...why? Well, because I was able to get an artist from Disney, yes, Disney, to illustrate the entire book. How is this possible? Well, I went on a missions trip this year to the Philippines and low and behold one of the team members that joined us was none other than Seth Weinberg, a twenty-year veteran with Disney and Hasbro. He is a man of God and now a dear friend of mine. His wife, Sandy, is a gem and together they are dynamic.
When I wrote this book I knew it had to be published not just for my grandson but for all children. Bringing messages of hope and helping kids understand their destiny burns bright within me because that is something I longed for as a child to receive. Getting the right artist mattered and God literally gifted me with Seth. You won't believe what he is doing with the art and I'm excited to reveal it to everyone in the coming weeks so stay tuned on facebook and also follow my blog.
My wonderful Social Media Manager, Aileen Aroma, will be handling the big reveal. You can contact her on facebook. If you are an author then please contact her to help you market your works...she is amazing!
Aileen Aroma (click here to contact her)
The Orb of Truth is currently on sale in December for only $0.99. The Orb of Truth ebook
The Dragon God is the sequel for $2.99 in ebook. The Dragon God ebook
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