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Several years ago I had a dream, a crazy dream, but with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to go for it. I wanted to write a children’s book series. With the convenience of the internet, I began making lists of all that I needed to learn. The list seemed insurmountable, but as with any list, if one takes a step at a time, it is possible. I wrote the book, found an editor and published on Amazon.com.
Reviews help sell books, so I sought feedback from trusted organizations. I entered my books into the Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest. And I submitted them to IndieBRAG, LLC for review. The reviews came back and I was ecstatic with the messages. They listed a few things that could be improved, which I incorporated.
And then the email of my dreams came. I woke up one morning a few months ago and found a message that a studio was interested in a potential movie rights contract. I’m honored to have been considered. With a little fanfare and a lot of grateful feelings, here is the message:
I am trying to track down the film/TV rights to your Mystic Princesses books. Do you have an agent or manager who handles the film/TV rights on your behalf? If so, would you be so kind as to forward me their contact information? We have a database for film/TV rights to books, and one of our clients was interested in your series. I can be reached at e****er@r*********er.com. Thank you and best wishes.
Next, I corresponded with the firm that contacted me, as well as found an agent and an attorney willing to assist with negotiations. However, it didn’t work out, but I thought I’d share the message anyway.
So my message for you is: follow your dream! You never know where it might lead if you don’t try. And if you do try, with a lot of hard work, surrounding yourself with professionals in the field, research and some luck sprinkled in, you could hit the jackpot.
My Last Breath
by PJ LaRue
My hope is that
Live long enough to forgive me.
Although I’m not asking you to condone abuse, I’d love to
See you one last time. And, maybe you will begin
To understand that I could not
Be the father you deserved.
Real men don’t abuse, but some can’t stop themselves when
Evil demons live within our souls.
At least let me exhale My Last Breath knowing that I am forgiven.
To my eternal sleep I will go, realizing that I can never atone for
Note to readers: One of my favorite Facebook pages is Help for Adult Children of Alcoholic’s. You may find it helpful, as well.
Yesterday and today have been surreal. My brother, who is very close to dad, was in such emotional pain about my dad’s poor health that I decided to return to my hometown. My father is very ill and in ICU. Before this, I hadn’t seen my dad for 10 or 15 years. But right now, I’m sitting in his hospital room watching him sleep.
I didn’t know what I would do when his time to pass drew near. But yesterday, I told dad that even though there were very bad times in my childhood, I also remember the good times. I told him I know that if he could have been a different person, that he would have. But between mental illness and alcoholism, he couldn’t control his anger and violence. I told my dad that my experiences as a child were going to help me be a better adoptive parent to my daughter, once I get her. I may be able to relate to some of her experiences, and that may help her talk to me and trust me sooner.
The ICU nurse told me that the oxygen mask itches so I lightly stroked dad’s face around the edge of the mask. He reciprocated by touching my face and hugging me. Three days ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I would ever allow that to happen.
Of course, there is no reason for me to feel threatened at this point. I forgave dad many years ago, but really didn’t want a relationship after cutting him out of my life when I was a teen. Back then, I was terrified of him and severing our relationship was pure self-preservation.
I will say that actually voicing forgiveness is powerful. I’m at peace. But I think I may have given my dad some peace, as well. I hope so. If he passes now, maybe the transitition will be a little easier for him. And I hope to grow from this experience, as well.
BeachBoundBooks is pleased to coordinate the Emoji Adventures Volume 1 The Horse Party Book Blast. This book is a children’s adventure book written by P. T. Evans. The blast will run June 20 – June 22, 2016.
Title: Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party | Author: P.T. Evans | Genre: Children’s Adventure | Number of Pages: 108 | Publisher: Montage Publishing | Publication Date: February 21, 2016
Book Description: OBSESSED WITH EMOJIS? LOL with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary. What others have to say about the book… “I LOVE this book! The dialogue is witty (and LOL funny); the characters are endearing; and the theme is universally sweet. The author has created a unique experience, blending modern inventions of emojis with classic lessons for kids (and, truly, all of us). It would make a fun read-aloud as well! Definitely a winner.” – Robin (Amazon)
“This book is darling! My girls fell in love with Annie and her emoji buddies! We can’t wait for the next installment so we can laugh and keep on reading!!!” – Amazon Reviewer
“The Emoji Adventures combines things that a lot of kids love- silly characters, fun storylines and emojis!” – Amazon Reviewer
P.T. Evans has been writing books for children under various names for two decades. With seventeen novels, numerous author visits, and state reading awards, Evans’ books have been translated into two dozen languages.
Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: July 4, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, P.T. Evans and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.