Using Books for Funding the Rescue Mission for Women and Children

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I have just started a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money for the church, women’s shelter, orhanage, children’s choir, school, and preschool I am starting.  I am using my books as fundraising vehicles for this challenging mission.  I am going to need worker as well, to help staff the facilities in Rhode Island.  I invite you to listen to my video as it reveals why I decided to start this mission.

I will need buildings and supplies for all of the misions with the exception of the children’s choir.  The funds will be used for marketing the books that I wrote, Beyond My Imagination and Retailer’s Guide to Merchant Services.

Promoting Retailers Guide to Merchant Services Book

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I have taken on more responsibility and will be using the proceeds of my book sales and other business pursuits to start  a church, open a womens shelter, an orphanage, a school, and preschool and to fund a children’s choir.  I will be launching a new promotion soon.

The book will help retailers who want to learn more about managinhttpg their profits and earning more money from credit card proceeds.    Many retailers have not converted their credit card termonals to the EMV CHIP technology, which will greatly reduce the amount of fraud because of the costs involved in converting.  As a result, the banks will not pay for their losses due to identity theft.  The business owners will now have to bear the costs.

The business owners will need to know how to handle the fraud so that they can reduce their losses.  I will announce the new promotion on this site.  There are so many people who need the services of a homeless shelter and orphanage aand it is my desire to try and help make life better for some people.  I will also be needing help in locating sites for all of theses places as well as staffing and donations.

I am promoting my book clubs (see my last posting) and my children’s clothing designs and gifts for the home.  I welcome your contributions and please share with your friends and in the other networks.

 

Excerpt from Beyond My Imagination

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“When Richard arrived at his bus stop, the bus driver let him off and he waved energetically at all the kids in the window as the bus went by.  Then, he carefully checked for cars before crossing the street.  When he saw no cars approaching, he ran across the street to his house, where his mother was waiting at the door for him.  Gold and bronze leaves were blowing all around him.  When he arrived in the yard, he stepped on a giant brown leaf from an oak tree.  He reached down to pick it up to bring to his room.

“Hi, Mom, guess what?”  says Richard.

“What?” says Mom, not looking up from her yard work.

“They are giving piano lessons after school.  Can I sign up?” asks Richard.

“Did they give you the papers about this?  I need to read the papers first.  It all depends on what day they are offering the lessons.  Carey has Girl Scouts on Tuesdays, and Ryan has baseball on Thursdays,” says Mom.

Richard reached into his backpack for the papers, but could not remember where he had placed them.   He went inside and then emptied the entire contents of his backpack on the kitchen floor.  “Richard!” scolded his mother who followed him into the house. “What are you doing?  Look at all that stuff all over my kitchen floor!  Please pick it up now and put it away.”

“Oh, here it is!” cheerfully chided Richard, getting to his feet after being on his hands and knees.  “Here is the flyer and the permission slip.  Andy and I want to take it together.  Do you think we can practice at Grandma’s?”

“Whoa, wait a minute!” said Mom, “I have to look at the schedule first, and then I will let you know if we can fit it in.   What about your flute lessons?  I would have to check with Grandma first about using the piano.  She may have other plans.   Besides, I don’t know if the piano is working.”

“I can still play the flute, but I want to learn how to play the piano.  I can do both,” said Richard, pleadingly, with his hands together as if praying.

“Well I sure hope so.  Is there a cost?” asked Mom.

“No, after school activities are free.  I did not pay anything last time,” said Richard.

As Mom read the flyer, Richard got down on one knee and proceeded to pick up everything from the floor and restively placed each item back into the back pack.  He found his eraser that he thought he lost, his Batman comic book, and his Pokémon games.  At the bottom of the pack was a smashed, putrid peanut butter and jelly sandwich from last week. “

Book Clubs for Children

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For anyone looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a book-lover son or daughter and fond of music, I have formed three book clubs depending on the level of enthusiasm.  They can be purchased at my music blog site, The Jubilant Pianist.  The clubs include gifts for the child.  There is a link on the blog site to view the gifts.

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  1.  Great Beginnings Book Club – includes t-shirt with the Beyond My Imagination Cover Design, and the book.
  2.  Hooked on Books Club – includes a t-shirt, book, and mug, all with the cover design on them.  Mug is stuffed with hot chocolate packets.
  3.  Books and Beyond Package – includes, t-shirt, book, mug, and greeting cards, all with the cover design on them.  Mug is stuffed with hot chocolate.

After the first of the year, there will be more on the book clubs.   The age level is school-aged children aged eight to thirteen.  The purpose of the book club is to encourage children to develop literacy and a love of reading which will hopefully lay a foundation for later educational pursuits.

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Speaking Engagement

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As promised, I am keeping you up to date on my radio show interviews.  I have another forthcoming interview on on Wordview on WARV, 1590 am, on Saturday, 11/2/2016 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  John Del Ricci will interview me about both my books, Retailer’s Guide to Merchant Service and Beyond My Imagination.

I am sending him a press kit which consists of my author bio, press release, and links to the books on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.  Of course, I always welcome reviews of the books from fans and blog readers.  I have assemble gift packages for parents of pre-teens who would like to join the book clubs and purchase products.  There is a complete description on the Jubilant Pianist Blog.  

Author Interview

 

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I had my first author interview with Bruce Newbury on “Talk of the Town” on WADK – 1540 AM, in Newport, RI, Bruce is a very seasoned interviewer.  I was so nervous, but he made it very enjoyable!  He brought out some very interesting points about my book in that he could see how the book was based on my own childhood, a fact that I had totally overlooked.  It was not intended to be that way, but I guess my subconscious came out in the writing.

The purpose of the interview was to promote my book to my hometown, but also to encourage children to pursue the development of a talent.  I spent a total of ten minutes with him, but we covered a lot of ground.  I am ready for my net interview and will announce it sufficiently ahead of time so that others may tune in if desired.

Above is a new flyer that I am using to promote the book at local businesses.  Feel free to download and share with friends and family.  Also, it will make a nice gift for someone at Christmas!

 

Words to Remember

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In case you have not noticed, I added a few words that were beyond a child’s comprehension, just to give them some exposure to a rich vocabulary.  Educators know how important it is for students to have a rich vocabulary.  It results in better opportunities throughout life, especially jobs.

The gaps between the opportunities of the rich and the poor are far too wide.  It is important for children to read or al least listen to stories at an early age.  Too many children are showing up at school ill – prepared; they lack the proper math and reading skills and they are emotionally immature or exhibit bad behavior.  Unfortunately, their parents do not understand how to prepare the children or they do not take the time to help them.

This is why enrichment programs after school really serve to help poor children, but these programs have been eliminated from the schools.   However, the Too Small to Fail enacted by the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, addresses the problems of a poor vocabulary.   President Obama has enacted some programs as well.

Having taught in various public and private schools, I have had the opportunity to witness some of the disparities in the educational level and awareness of students.  This problem expands throughout all the races, not just one or two.  I have seen music do wonders for children and am very disappointed that music programs were discontinued in some schools.   Hopefully, we will have more programs like Too Small to Fail so that all children can be better prepared for the Digital Age.

How wonderfu it would be for our children to be as they were in the  days of Daniel, “Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans,”  Daniel 1:4.

If you have an opportunity to read or purchase my book, please share it with friends and family.

Beyond My Imagination

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My second published book is Beyond My Imagination, a book for pre-teens about a boy who wants to play the piano and the experiences that his family encounters in trying  to see his dream fulfilled.  I wrote and illustrated this book.

Any child who takes piano lessons or wants to take piano lessons will enjoy this book. The story begins with an offering of the piano class after school.  Children who are learning how to read fiction will engage in the book, as the plot develops, and will see it through to the end.

I wrote this book because I am a piano teacher who has seen many children come to my after school classes with the hopes of leaning how to play the piano.  Some of the children were skeptical about being able to play and most were excited about the possibility of playing a song.  Some were fearful, but quickly overcame the fear when they sat down at the keyboard or piano and actually learned the scales.  I believe that every child should have n opprortunity to develop any talent at a young age as they gain confidence and valuable skills that they can use later in life.

I enjoyed writing and illustrating the book, and I must say, it was quite an undertaking.  When I had a completed work, I was relieved, as so much of my energy went into creating the work.  I woud do it again!

There are references from the Bible at the beginning of each chapter, of God’s hand in raising children.   The book will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble on-line stores.  It is now available on Create Space.  I encourage you to purchase a copy for your child or a friend’s child.  The book is for pre-teens and will give them experience in reading a longer work.   I would be interested in hearing what you thought about the book.