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Media Kit Yolanda Jackson


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Media Kit for Yolanda Jackson Author of the novels Peter Carrot-top and Imaginary Friends

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Media Kit Yolanda Jackson

  1. 1. PETER CARROT TOP IN SEARCH OF THE 8Th KEY by Yolanda Jackson Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
  2. 2. Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
  3. 3. Publisher Book Release: December 2, 2008 ISBN 9781598249675 Publicist: Denise Cassino 303 838 3399 Author contact information: Yolanda Jackson 815-316-2499 Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
  4. 4. In search of the 8th Key is the first in a series of Peter Carrot-Top fantasy novels for children. The books take its readers into the fantasy land of Baja where only human ghosts can survive. A young boy by the name of Peter Carrot-top is called upon by the Rulers of Baja who awaken from hibernation to find that their land is being attacked by wizards of the forest and their leagues of extraordinary monsters. Like all children in Baja, Peter is born with a great power – his power is the ability to create black holes that lead to many unknown worlds and far away galaxies. Peter and his friends, who attend the great Waldorf Academy, must combine their powers to save the people of the Land of Baja and its great mystical powers. Read as Peter's adventures carry him across the great land as he battles against magical card throwers and twenty-footed monsters to save his family and the people of Baja from the evil spells of the dastardly wizards. Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
  5. 5. My name is Yolanda A. Jackson, born on April 3, 1980 in Rockford, IL. I have been writing from the age of twelve, mostly Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but my writing skills go way beyond the norm into Horror and Animation. I first developed my talent as a writer when I complained about Robocop needing more action, but my friends loved it. They dared me to come up with a movie better than Robocop - and I did! My first book/script was Copper Kid, it was about a computer program robot girl who fights crime with jet-propelled wings and a computer brain. It was just great; well at least I thought so. Finally I got them to read it and lo and behold they loved it, and that was when I first knew maybe I had something. As the years passed I started to hate school - it was not the place for me. I began to daydream about being a big movie director and owning my own studio. It never happened and I finished school, but I hated everything but English class and writing assignments which led me to my first novel September Monkies, hand written, which I still have to this day. No one believed in my dreams, and consequently they swept aside as I went through this wonderful stage called growing up. Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
  6. 6. I was a foster child my entire life - a ward of the State - and writing eased the pain of moving from one foster home to another or one group home to another. Every time I moved I tried to write a novel to help me cope with my new home, and because of this I became more involved in my writing, I began to imagine places that only exist in fantasy or animals that only inhabit one's imagination. Soon, this stimulated my brain and freed me to face reality and to know when not to face reality. While my friends were all dating and into boys, I was into creative writing, imagining fantastic creatures that don't exist, or developing characters to which everyone in the world can relate. At the age of seventeen the Department of Children and Family Services let me go and I was out into the real world on my own. That's when I realized that my dreams of writing would have to take a back seat to earning a living. The bills came first, and a roof over my head was more important than what seemed like just a dumb dream. It hurt to let my dreams slip away, but I had no choice. It was either work three jobs to get the bills paid or live in a fantasy land where the Fairy God Mother pays the bills, and it did not take me long to realized that the Fairy God Mother did not exist. All the money I had for publishing was now used for survival, I threw my dreams aside to play the game of life. After years of working three jobs, I got tired and decided to give my dreams one more shot. I got a better job as a Sterile Tech in a trauma hospital and began making a little more money, so I saved and saved and finally had had enough to self publish which has been a wonderful learning experience. I have published my first novel in a series - Peter Carrot-top quot;In Search Of the 8th Key. My goal in writing is to not only improve my skills, but to get children of the world interested in reading and writing, to see the story unfolding in their minds, and to use their imaginations to dream and to dream big. Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
  7. 7. Chapter 1 Meet the Carrot-Tops A long, long time ago, in the year 1850, there was a man by the name of Sam Carrot-Top. He was a well educated man, slender in build and always wearing a dusty old cap that covered his orange hair and broken glasses. He was an honest and wealthy man, but you would never guess that he and his family were well off; he never showed his wealth or bragged about it. He used his money to help the poor and needy. His wife, Jane, was oh so beautiful with lush red hair, a petite figure, and smooth, creamy pale skin. She loved all the children in the neighborhood, always fixing a broken heart or a scraped knee. She was the perfect house wife, the kind any man could want. They lived in a small town in Georgia called Valdosta. Sam and Jane were the talk of the town; they grew the largest vegetables and fruits the eyes have ever seen. Their watermelons were the size of houses and carrots as long as 20 feet! All the neighbors began to whisper and became jealous of the success of the Carrot-Tops, farmers came from near and far to see the great Carrot- Top plantation. Because of the popularity of their fruits and vegetables, they became a household name. Merchants came from all over the world to buy their fruits and vegetables. Some of the other farmers became extremely jealous of the success of the Carrot-Tops. They tried to sabotage their land, either by overflowing it with garbage or water, but it never worked. The fruits and vegetables kept on growing and growing. Some were so tall that their leaves touch the clouds. Nevertheless, Sam and Jane ignored their rivals and continued to be good neighbors. Their pride and joy was their son and only child, Peter Carrot-Top, a 10- year-old boy who was and skinny as a bean pole with bright orange hair and deep freckles on his face. He wore the same old clothing over and over again, brown khaki pants and a rainbow-colored shirt with two different colored shirt sleeves. Peter was teased by all the kids. Not only was his hair funny, but his name, Peter Carrot-Top, was as well. The kids teased him all day. Every day it was the same thing, kids singing,quot;Peter Carrot-Top, Peter Carrot-Top,quot; in an Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
  8. 8. annoying and devilish tone. Peter was sick of it. Unfortunately, every time he got upset, his head would swell up like a big orange balloon and his orange hair would gently stand up at attention. This made the kids laugh even harder. Peter was all alone in a world he didn't understand or fit in. There was nothing the principal or the teachers could do. Peter was just a special boy. His mother and father were hurt the most; Peter got the orange hair from his father, and the freckles from his mother. Peter's parents went to the school regularly to seek help for their son. Just a poor farmer, Peter's father did not know what to do. He would pace the school hall as he talked to the dean of the school asking for help for his son, but Mr. Snicker, the dean of the school, just walked around with his fat gut stuck out and only made the Carrot-Tops feel worse by telling them their child needed to be placed in a special school. Peter's father slammed down his hat in frustration as the dean sat back in his leather chair, smoking his cigar with an smirk on his face. Mr. Snicker shouted to Peter's father, quot;Boy, calm down before I have you thrown out on your ears!quot; Peter's father grabbed up his hat, took his wife by the hand and stormed into Peter's English class. quot;Peter, get your things. We're taking you out of this school!quot; By the look on his father's face, Peter knew that his dad was very upset. All Peter's mother could do was cry and sob as they walked out the doors. The kids began to laugh, and once again, Peter felt distant an alone. Peter and his family jumped into their wagon, and off they went. Peter could see the concentration on his father's face and the sadness in his mother's eyes. Peter began to tell his parents how very sorry he was, but a gentle touch on the hands from his mother let Peter know it was all right. Peter laid back in Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008