A Testimonial of a Lifetime

This private message appeared on my book’s, Samuel T. Moore of Corte MagoreFacebook page yesterday.  Sometimes, we just want to hear that we are making a difference and we’re doing it right. It’s feedback like this that ignites me and fuels my passion for writing books for children. I’m indebited and grateful this person took the time to reach out to me. 

book jacket

May 21st, 12:12pm

I just wanted to thank you for creating a fun, educational & totally magical experience for children. There is nothing that compares to an excellent book for a child. I am the proud grandma of a curious 2yr old girl who loves books more than any toy. I am a former teacher, so I have guided her from before she was born. I was reading to her in utero. I think authors and animators don’t receive the gratitude they deserve. So I wanted to applaud you and thank you for the gifts you extend to all the little people in the world. I don’t own a copy. I read a copy a friend had and I was so impressed. I have a Masters Degree in English. I review books for a few major publishers…but they never allow me the enjoyment of reviewing children’s books….only long boring adult literature. I read the copy of your book my friend’s child had left out on the table. I LOVED it. If I was still teaching, I would be pulling strings to get you to speak at the school….not many authors have the ability to create an endearing character as well as create a magical world kids will want to return to again and again. You are a force to be reckoned with. I wish you great success.   -Kimberly Wright Shadwick

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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