It was a THRILL to open my Scripps/Treasure Coast Newspaper on June 29 and see this write-up on the book! The Vero Beach Book Center keeps selling out copies (someone even pre-ordered one because they were out) and I just dropped off 20 more today!
Many thanks to Emily Yawn at Oak Harbor for inviting us to talk to the Oak Harbor community May 14, 2014 about the Book Adventure! Emily got her copy of the book at Vero Beach Book Center and became so interested about our IRC Fire Rescue, she wanted her Oak Harbor neighbors to learn about them as well! Thanks to David Dangerfield, John O'Connor and Greg Budde for giving such a great presentation!
The Launch Party at Vero Beach Book Center yesterday (April 5, 2014) was a perfect success and so much fun. I am still exhausted - and will post more photos and thoughts about it later. Thanks to all for supporting the project !
So last night in my dream, there was a huge gathering of people all together pow-wowed around a giant screen where CNN was broadcasting their intense page-by-page analysis/critique of the book. Every flaw was being examined and people were alternating watching the screen and looking at me, murmuring as I made my way out. I said, "This is why people blow their brains out!"
Luckily I was not so stressed after I woke up, and I had a good day, and really enjoyed preparing the short visual presentation we will do at 11 am Saturday April 5th inside the Vero Beach Book Center. Also we hope to have a fire truck and an ambulance - but it depends of course on the workload tomorrow. If Indian River County is in crisis tomorrow, those vehicles will naturally be in use responding to those calls. If you drive by tomorrow, look for them over into large back parking lot. I am pretty sure you can see the lot from IR Blvd. and also from around the Miracle Mile area.
I am SO LOOKING forward to seeing so many friends tomorrow and handing my crew their silver sharpies so they can sign people's books! What FUN for everyone who will leave with a beautiful book filled with the photos and stories of this Adventure! Their love and energy and signatures will help cure all my perfect imperfections that CNN might want to want harp on ("Just do your best; Do everything you can; And don't you worry what the bitter hearts are gonna say."). One big lesson I learned: next time I will go a little slower and perfect it a little more. I am COMPLETELY happy/content/fulfilled with the PHOTOS. They are worth a thousand perfect words each! LOVE AND THANKS TO EVERYONE. XOXOXO
I enjoyed my time at the IRC Firefighters' Fair on my 2014 Book Tour (hee-hee!).
Next up is the Vero Beach Volunteer Fire Department's FISH FRY Satruday March 29 from 11 to 3 at Station 2
The printed books arrive this week! I will premiere it at the IRC Firefighters' Fair in Vero Beach March 14 through the 23rd. Please visit our booth! Books will be available for sale. Cost is $20 (includes sales tax). Then on April 5 from 11 am to 1 pm, we will have a Book Signing Launch Party at the Vero Beach Book Center! The Crew will be there with me so come and MEET THE CREW!
To have your copy shipped to you: Go to www.PayPal.com and send $25 (this includes sales tax plus shipping/handling) to Tania@chunkymonkeyadvertising.com
"My Adventure with Indian River County Fire Rescue" is my first book and is SOLD OUT.
The book is a chronicle of the experiences I had tagging along as an IRC Fire Rescue Paparazza, plus a closer look at some of them I came to know. It is full of photos! I created, designed and self-published the book through Chunky Monkey Advertising, Inc. See www.chunkymonkeyadvertising.com.
It is not meant to be a comprehensive textbook on the department. Instead it is the slice of life I experienced while riding along over the course of four months with IRC Fire Rescue. My hope is people will enjoy it and learn all that these Heroes do for us day in and day out.
I am an eternal optimist, yet I have to say before embarking on this adventure, I had no idea how jaded towards humans I had become. These people have restored my faith in humanity. Just think: there are actually people out there, lots of them in fact, who risk their own safety and give up so much of their own lives – holidays, family time, their own safety - in order to save ours.