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Observation and mimicry have been my tools of learning. I have become a thief of character. I find things about people that I admire and steal those positive attributes, quickly disguising them as my own.
Quick story: In speaking with an old family friend one day I realized that he was leaning forward so he could hear me. His eyes were focused on mine when an awareness emerged. By nothing more than listening intently to what I was saying - he gave me a sense of importance, of consideration. Noticing this affect was meaningful. Making others feel this way became my personal goal. Listening to others in the same manner, simply put, is considerate. So I stole that from him and have made it mine.
Being preached to has a negative affect on me. I figure others are the same. So, I don't preach. Besides, I don't really have anything to say. But I can be myself and hope that it has a positive impact on those that observe. Just like my mom and dad did with me. Their actions were louder than their words.
My new book is really about actions over words. The Secret Teddy Society is about teddy bears that come to life. But it's more about who they are and how they got that way. They watch and learn everything from us, good and bad. While we think we're alone, they're watching. They copy and emulate the person they love the most much like our children. Sprinkled with wonderful situations of life, this book is aimed at anyone who believes in life that lives outside our peripheral vision. It may be about teddy bears but when they meet up with an alley bum in the city they learn about personal choices and responsibilities of your actions.
Finding the audience for Secret Teddy Society has been a challenge. Because I wrote a teddy bear book with more of a general audience in mind, the instant impression is that it is a children's cute little teddy bear book. Well, it is that and more. I want to share with you two early reviews that expressed it rather well:
Elaine Williamson from England wrote: (Five stars)
"This was a very different book, I was sure I wouldn't read much of it, started it for curiosity really but enjoyed it and was enthralled with the story. This book is really creative. You would think a book about teddy bears would be a children's book but this has a great story, good plot and has kept me enthralled. highly recommend it. Give it a go, you'll get hooked!"
George Ibarra from Texas wrote: (Four stars)
"The best fantasy tale I've read in a long time.
On the surface the book comes across as a silly, cute adolescent fantasy about teddy bears. It is that and a morality tale.
SECRET TEDDY SOCIETY: BREAKING THE CODE is about love, honor, loyalty, respect, and friendship. It is the teddy bears own Lord of the Rings, but with more excitement and stronger ties.
STS captured me from the beginning with a daring escape of one bear through the help of another. It builds itself upon intrigue and conspiracy within the teddy bear world before focusing on two teddies, Waldo and Bobby, and their human family. I found myself rooting for the bears as they discovered all about our world, and also about ice cream, tastysquishes, Kage Kuma (shadow bears), were-bears, and zombie bears.
This book is great for the young and for adults. It is well written and well plotted, with plenty of foreshadowing. STS deserves a major publisher and I hope it finds one."
These reviews were spot on. I could not have asked for anything better. These people took a chance on this seemingly adolescent children's book but found it to be something different. I hope you take the chance too.
The Secret Teddy Society story continues as book 2 is in the works. It does get a darker.
I hope to make an impact on you. Hopefully, a good one.