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Published Author, Tonia Allen Gould, Spends Day with Students at Ascension Lutheran School

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – December 16, 2013 – On January 31, 2014, Tonia Allen Gould, author of children’s book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, will pay a visit to a local private K-8, Ascension Lutheran School to empower, encourage, and enthuse the student body.

In the musical picture book app currently available on iTunes, which will soon be available in print, Gould tells the story of a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab that finds himself on the sandy shores of an idyllic island named Corte Magore. When he arrives at Corte Magore, Sam decides he wants to make this place his permanent home, but he realizes he will have to build himself a shelter from the rising tides that could take him and his fiddle and bow back out to sea. He must work diligently – and ignore mocking from hermit crabs and seagulls and beat the clock on his arch nemesis, The Great Tidal Wave – if he wants to stay.  Sam marches forward with his mission, even though he is met with adversary while onlookers and naysayers mock him in disbelief.

This book ties in the foundational themes of perseverance and motivation, around which Gould will be centering her day at the school. Dividing her day into short, 45-minute sessions amongst different grade levels, Gould will focus her energy on different themes, experiences, and workshops that she and the teachers feel will best pertain to the different age levels. “Ascension Lutheran School students and staff have been focusing heavily on the writing process, especially as it relates to applications cross curricular and preparing engaged writers in each aspect of their lives,” says Kindergarten Teacher and Curriculum Coach, Deanne Phillips.  “Our goal is to leave the students with a lasting impression from an author who mirrors our agenda.”

“I want to level the playing field, in a sense,” says Gould. “Kids are always told that they need to work hard to make their dreams come true. That becomes a broken record. I want them to actually believe in the possibility of their dreams so they will make the choice to work hard at an early age. Stories have a way of driving important messages home.”  At the end of the day, it will be most important to Gould that she was able to ignite a fire of creativity within the students. With that in mind, she will be working with the students on channeling their imaginations to create illustrations and short stories.

Tonia Allen Gould is a wife, mother, author, marketing expert, and sought after speaker. She is the founder of Tagsource, an award-winning consumer promotions and marketing agency, and BRANDHUDDLE, a new marketing startup that caters to clients, suppliers, and distributors of promotional branding products.

In Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Skies America Publishing, July 2013), Gould explores the concepts of perseverance, hard work, bullying, and finding a place to call home for young readers. Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore is available through the iTunes store for $4.99.

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Author’s Comments:

For the event, I have prearranged special soft-cover books for sale and will remain on campus to sign your child’s preordered book.  The book is available  for $9.99.  10% of net proceeds from the book will go back to Ascension Lutheran to help fund more programs like this one. An additional 10% of all net proceeds, after expenses will go to Tonia’s “Finding Corte Magore” campaign. Her goal is to help increase literacy rates in third-world countries through social entrepreneurialism, starting with Nicaragua, a country that has a fifth grade drop-out rate.  Book orders are due at day of event and the order form can be handed to the author who will sign them after school.  The general public will be able to order online shortly.

Author: Tonia Allen Gould

Tonia Allen Gould is the CEO of Tagsource, a 25-year-old Consumer Promotions and Marketing Agency, she's founder of the Finding Corte Magore Project, and children's book author of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore. Here, on this blog, she writes about whatever compels her at the moment. In her book, she explores the concepts of perseverance, hard work, bullying, and finding a place to call home for young readers. The impetus of the Finding Corte Magore project stems from Tonia's background - growing-up below the poverty line, in rural Indiana. A product of Indiana's foster care system, she is the first to say that books, a solid education and teachers, taught her there was a life for herself, tangible and within her reach, she just had to reach out and grab it. After publishing her first book, she decided she wanted to find an island and make it real, by naming it after the fictional place in her book, “Corte Magore,” and utilize it for social and environmental good. Today, the 29-acre island of Corte Magore at Hog Cay, Nicaragua- through a joint partnership with Ambassador Francisco Campbell, the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the U.S.-will be utilized by the Finding Corte Magore Project to work to keep Nicaraguan children in school. The Finding Corte Magore Project works virtually to connect a global community of students and institutions with the plight of educationally and economically repressed Nicaragua. The project involves showcasing and managing one of the country's own beautiful islands in its educational and environmental initiatives. The goal of The Finding Corte Magore Project is to create social awareness coupled with building a sustainable, positive and long-term educational impact on the country's children who have an on-average fifth grade dropout rate. In addition, Tonia is a promotional products industry veteran. She is the founder and CEO of 25-year old Tagsource, LLC (AKA TAG! The Creative Source). She currently serves on the BOD for the Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC), is an "Industry Voice", a recipient of a PPAI Golden Pyramid, and has been named on ASI’s Hot List. She is the recipient of Supplier of the Year award through the Women’s Business Enterprise Council West, as nominated by Fortune 500 companies.

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