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Have you ever read a book that sunk so far into your imagination that it was real to you?

I know that nothing captured my imagination more than a terrific story. I loved visiting whole worlds hiding in cupboards and wardrobes, worlds which were as real to me as my own backyard. I had close friends who were half-pint pioneers, literate spiders, hairy-footed heroes, and detectives in deerstalker hats.

I longed to visit these places. I longed to be the hero in a story.

That’s the magic of these kits.

You can put your kids into the story and fire their imaginations in the same way that you were transported to a magical world in the pages of a book.

And the next best thing?

You get to make the magic happen.

You get to set it all up, and see your kids’ faces as they realize “The Lost Notebook” really does have a map that leads to *real* dinosaurs.

Those looks on kids’ faces inspire me. Igniting a child’s imagination and building experiences for the whole family? That’s what keeps me walking down this path, and why I’m so excited about Adventure Kits. You will share with your whole family an experience that none of you will ever forget.

Join me on this path! We can inspire imaginations together.

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Answering Your Questions About Adventure Kits

I’m looking at the calendar, and realizing I’m only a little less than two weeks from having an actual product for sale.  I’m hoping to talk through some of the questions I’d be asking if someone offered to sell me an Adventure Kit, and I thought you all would like to know more.
Why do these kits cost so much?

While the kits are standardized in terms of the basic story and materials, adding your pictures and children’s names to the book and creating a custom cover is done by a human and not by a computer simply merging the details into the story. Every story is customized with convincing details to the story so that it is truly about your children. This is not just an exercise in copy/paste. For “The Lost Notebook,” the title prop is handwritten, with a custom map and drawings.

What do I get in an Adventure Kit?
What comes in The Lost Notebook
Each kit contains a full-color storybook customized with your pictures of your child or children, In addition, each will include the items needed to make the adventure convincingly real for your children. In book one, “The Lost Notebook,” you will get one dinosaur fossil kit per child, the lost notebook of the title, the full-color storybook, instructions, and a page of educational info about the very real professor in the story. For the upcoming pirate-themed adventure, you’ll get the full-color book, a treasure chest filled with gems, jewelry and coins, a bottle with a message in it, and several hand-lettered clues.

Why is there a maximum of three children per story?

The story sets the stage for the adventure, and is not very long. As such, it is difficult to give more than three kids something meaningful to do, that will be believable, and will allow each one to be involved in the story’s set-up.  If you are looking for a special event for more than three children look for the birthday party kits coming soon. These kits will have all the basics you need for a party — the entertainment, cups, napkins, goodie bags and more. All you need to do is add the cake!

Can I get an extra copy of just the book?

Absolutely! Grandparents or other family members might want a copy of the story, and they can be purchased separately with the purchase of any kit, for about $15 with shipping and handling.

How long will it take to receive my Adventure Kit?

After your order is confirmed, you’ll receive an e-mail with a questionnaire which will collect your kid’s full names, and ages, plus directions on how to submit up to five pictures. As soon as we’ve received your questionnaire and pictures, we’ll start putting your book together. When the book is ready, we submit it to a print-on-demand publisher, which takes up to two weeks to print and ship to us. When the book arrives, we package it up with the kit materials and ship it to you via Priority Mail from the USPS. We’ll send you an e-mail when we’ve shipped your kit.

Look for “The Lost Notebook” on August 20. There’s still time to get on the mailing list and claim your 25% discount on this dinosaur adventure!

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Why You Should Subscribe to my Adventure Kit Mailing List

Last week, I introduced you to my new, exciting product: Adventure Kits, and encouraged you to sign-up for my mailing list, which will keep you up to date on the new items developed and released.

Today, I’d like to tell you a bit more about the advantages of being on the mailing list.

In addition to earning a 25% discount off of my first release, The Lost Notebook, you will have the opportunity to sign up for special discounted kits, before they are available to anyone else! These offers will be available only to subscribers of my new mailing list.

I have dozens of exciting adventures planned, to be released on a regular basis, not only for kids, but for adults, too!

Currently in development is a search for pirate treasure that all begins with a message in bottle.  This is an adventure for kids, but, the whole family will enjoy following the trail of clues for a special pirate chest of treasure!

For adults, I’m planning event downloads, at a fraction of the prices for the full Adventure Kits for kids. These will have special menus, to-do lists, and the activities to put on a special event for your friends.  Think themed trivia nights, murder mysteries, and unique scavenger hunts.   Take the planning pain out of your next party, and focus on the fun!

A whole world of fun awaits you! Sign up now to get all the benefits of being part of The Adventure Kit Crew!

To save 25% off of The Lost Notebook, you need to sign up by August 19, 2012!

On August 20, 2012 you will be able to purchase The Lost Notebook, but, if you’re not on the mailing list, you’ll pay the full $100 price. Don’t be left out! Subscribe today!

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What are Story Kits?

You might’ve noticed a few changes on the site, and this is one of them. If you peek above, there’s a new navigation button labeled “story kits.”

I’m pleased to announce a special preview opportunity for my readers to

Picture your kids on the cover!

Picture your kids on the cover!

purchase from my new line of customized Adventure Kits. These kits give kids a multi-day educational adventure that they’ll remember as being magical for a lifetime.

What if you could give a gift that will survive forever in your child’s memory? A gift that you can share together, and that he or she will never outgrow?

How would you like to give the gift of wonder and adventure that will excite and enchant your children forever?

If you get excited watching your children accomplish something new on their own, or love seeing the wonder in their eyes as they experience the magic of a wonderful adventure story for the first time, I’ve got just the thing for you.

For the last year, I have been designing prototypes of my customized Adventure Kits for my nephews. These kits, which I initially created for them, start with a story, continue with an adventure, and end with a prize. It can take up to three or four days to complete each fun and magical adventure.

In essence, these Adventure Kits  set the stage for an immersive experience  for your children. They star your favorite kids, and involve the whole family in creating a memory of a realistic adventure experience that will last a lifetime.

Each of these kits begins with a story: lost treasure, an evil curse, hidden dinosaur fossils, coded messages, and magic worlds.

Your kids will be called upon to find the treasure, break the curse, unearth the fossils, decode the messages or save the magic kingdoms.  Parents get to put the adventure in motion by hiding the fossils, disguising the clues, and, for younger kids, reading the story.

Each realistic Adventure Kit is custom built for your children, and includes their pictures and names in a storybook and other printed items.

Your kit contains all the props and tools you need to set the stage for the adventure, and your kids will set out on their quest with a real treasure map in hand.

When the quest is  fulfilled, the kids can finish the story right in the book, writing and illustrating their own accomplishments.

The first Adventure Kit, “The Lost Notebook” will be available for you to buy in just a few weeks. In it, your child or children will find the lost notebook of Professor Joseph Leidy. His notebook was lost 150 years ago, and, legend has it, gives directions to a cache of real dinosaur fossils! Can your kids find the fossils and solve a century-old mystery?

This kit will cost $100. If you are including additional children  in the story, add $10 for each child, with a maximum of  three children can be added. Each child will have his or her own dinosaur skeleton toy to keep that they get break out of  plaster.

If you subscribe to the mailing list BEFORE August 20th, you will be able to purchase the kit for $75!

By subscribing to my mailing list—you’ll learn about my latest realistic kids adventure product releases, news and updates, and get a 25% discount off my first  Adventure Kit, “The Lost Notebook!” 

Look for “The Lost Notebook” to be available on August 20, 2012.

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