This year was a BIG one for us, with all of the hard work and preparation that went into launching Maggie Tales: Mommy, Where's Heaven?. The first print of the book sold out in 6 weeks, but we're back on track and ready to make Power Moves in 2012!
What are these moves, you may ask??? Well, the sky is truly the limit, so stay tuned;-). i.Believe HUGE deals will be popping off in 2012!
* Launch Party at All Fired Up Pottery Shop
* Signing at Impact Church on All Saints Day
* Reading at Chic Fil A (Loves Free Kids Meals!)
S/O to the VERY small team of folk who went above and beyond to help make this happen:
Lauren Lacy- Rock-Star Illustrator
Stacy Ross. Angela Williams. Brenda Lockley. Tiffany Johnson Cole. Joy Andrews. Lydia Pace. Tamara Grier (of IDO Admin & Organizational Services). Sakon Kieh. Miss Nancy Olivia.
And to all the WONDERFUL parents, godparents, aunties, uncles, teachers, therapists who picked up a copy for the kids in your lives- THANK YOU SO MUCH!
For every Voicemail from your kids, picture of your kids, visit at the Readings with your kids- THANK YOU!!!
Super-duper excited. Can you figure out the riddle???
"Where can you find Cupcakes, Cows, Bears & Books all under one roof next Tuesday" ????
answer: CHIC FIL A- Wesley Chapel Location (Decatur, GA).
2445 Wesley Chapel Rd
Decatur, GA 30035
We will be sharing "Maggie Tales" with Chic Fil A's Book Club from 6pm-8pm on 12/20/11.
Sooooo today was an AWESOME day!!! Tons of friends, family, and NEW friends came out to paint pottery with ME and share in an animated reading of "Maggie Tales: Mommy, Where's Heaven?".
Sakon Kieh, an elementary school teacher, was "Maggie's" voice today. She did an inCREDible job!!!!
Special thanks to:
Tamara Grier (inDecenceyAndOrder.com), Stacy Ross (Events Management), Angela Williams (totallyUniqueCakes.com), JOY Akpan (Maggie Pops creator), and THE Lauren Lacy (Illustrator of Maggie Tales// missLacyStudios.com).
And a VERY special Shout-Out to allllllllll who took the time to stop by and join us!!! ... especially our young friends like Shelby E, Ryann & Reagan, Kendall & Kyle, Jase (all the way from Tuskegee), Taelyn, Trey, and more!!!
And finally, a BIG HUGE s/o to Stephanie & Janika!
And PS: Stay tuned for a HUGE Christmas Sale... #StockingStuffers
One of my lovely sorority sisters sent the cutest note this week. I literally laughed out loud... enjoy!
"My attempt at explaining death to my three-year-old apparently did not go too well. He went to school and told his teacher that he, his mom, dad, and brother would all be dying "next Tuesday" and would be going to see Jesus."
She bought her copies today;-)...
So today I received the following email. The reason that I'm SUPER-DUPER excited about it is that I wasn't sure how little boys would relate to "Maggie". So yes, this made my day!!!
"I don't even know what to say to you... We love your book. We love the story, the poetry, the illustrations, the characters, Maggie, Momma, and Grandma! You have really done something special! Thank you!!
Two days ago when it first came in the mail, I read it to Donovan (18 mos) for bedtime the first night and he LOVED it-- he kept touching the pictures and repeating me as I read.
Myles' (4 years old) turn to hear it was last night. He was glued to my every word. He was asking questions like, "how did Maggie get to hug her Grandma and she is not dead?" , and making comments like, "the angels are wearing wings on their feet" (and that's how he quickly learned to differentiate the angels from the living people in the book). He was tickled (as was I) by the chillin' angel laying on the cloud and especially by the elderly angels who were doing water aerobics and lifting weights! At the end, he was suprised, and delighted, actually, to see that Maggie's Grandma had wings on her feet, also! He got it!!!!
When we got to the page with the blank space for a loved one's photo, we talked about how he could put Grandpa's (my dad) and Grandma's (my husband's mom) pictures there if he wanted to. He wanted to take the book to bed with him, but I told him that we had to be careful with it so that we could keep it for a long, long time. He agreed, but don't you know that this morning, when I went to call him for breakfast, he was standing at the side of the bed reading it, saying "Mom, I know how to spell Jesus...J_E_S_U_S". Then, he brought it down and he and Donovan read it while I prepared his meal.
Don't you know---when I went to check his backpack this morning as we were leaving the house, it was there! He wanted to take it to school with him! So, of course, I let him.
I'm going to get another copy for my Godson.
You have a couple #1 fans in Indianapolis! ~~ Rana"
Thanks so much RANA!!! Totally made my day *BIG PHAT Cheese!!!*
My Friend Tanya sent the most lovely note today. Her daughter KENDALL.Rock.STAR received the "Student of the Month" Award today at her school, so Tanya surprised her with PINK & PURPLE flowers... Kendall wanted to play with the flowers, and here's what happened next:
"Kendall wanted to "play" with her flowers but after awhile, I was explaining how we had to put them in water so they wouldn't die. She said "die?" And she stood there for a minute and then went and got YOUR BOOK and started talking to the flowers about heaven ..."
THIS is what MAGGIE TALES is about!!! This story warmed my heart;-)...
So today's s/o goes to KENDALL.Rock.STAR!!!!
WELCOME!!! So glad you could stop by. This Month is the launch for my website, and I am TOO excited! I think that this new book is going to help a LOT of kids my age (and their parents, too!). The books are available on Amazon.com, so I hope you pick up a copy. Once you read it, please stop back by to let us know what you think about the book. And don't forget to TELL A FRIEND!!!