I also have another book, slightly different from the first, but the author, Julian P. Flores' book HICKS ROAD: JACOB'S STORY is written in the perspective of a journal. How cool is that? The storyline occurs in the 1800s and takes place in Almaden, San Jose, California. As mentioned before, this story is written like a journal, so as you read, you follow the character Jacob as he grows into a young man.
You can learn more about Julian and Dawn in their author interviews below.
A Coloring Journal Planner
25% of the Be Tour and Be Tour Product proceeds will be donated to the Desire to Inspire Foundation. (www.desiretoinspirefoundation.org)
Being a mom is her proudest role and title. Because of the great love for children, she started the Desire to Inspire Foundation which provides children around the world with a mother’s love and care. A philanthropist from an early age, Dawn’s company I Give On, began with her passion for fundraising and the nonprofit sector while supporting businesses and artists who generously donate to worthy causes. Her steadfast resolve in eradicating hunger and extreme poverty is one of her greatest passions and driving forces.
Her lifelong appreciation for community involvement earned her the honor of the Glendal News Press’s “One of the 103 Most Influential People in the Foothills.” Dawn served two terms as Public Works Commissioner for the City of La Canada Flintridge, California, and two terms as President of the National Charity League-Los Angeles Founder Chapter (NCL-LA). Raising her daughters, Taylor and Carrington, is her proudest accomplishment.
She is currently working on her second book, “Two Be…”
Thank you for the opportunity to share my work with you. Love inspires me. The love I have for my daughters, the love I have for others, and the desire to be a person of increase in the world are what drive me in all I do. The idea of creating the planner was inspired by my book, “Be…” I have always loved to read the teachings of great thinkers and thought leaders throughout history. Great minds whose words and ideas have changed the world. I wanted to share the thoughts and ideas from people like Jesus, Buddha, and the Dalai Lama to great writers and philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Mark Twain to inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mother Teresa, and John F. Kennedy to name just a few. These people have left indelible legacies that inspire us to this day by their commitment to purpose, their vision, and their determination to make the world a better place for all. I too want to leave the world a better place and help others live their happiest and most fulfilling lives by sharing some of the insights and “aha” moments that I have had over my life.
My co-creator and dear friend, Deborah Louise Brown, and I wanted to create something that looked and felt ethereal and transformational. She did the creative work and together we came up with a cover that we hope will inspire others.
The Be…Coloring Planner and Journal is something I hope inspires others to live their happiest and most fulfilling lives. My co-creator, Deborah, and I wanted to create a book that we would love to have and use. A place to write hopes and dreams, a place to plan, and a place to celebrate living a life of purpose by design.
I am a little biased, but I think that anyone could enjoy this book. We created this journal to help people intentionally design, discover, and record their desires so they can cultivate their own gifts and live into their own unique purpose. We wanted it to be a reminder for everyone that whomever they choose to "BE" in the world will come back to them; that everyone's life has challenges and being strong will help them persevere. We wanted them to understand the importance of being grateful for the life they have, to be inspired so that they can share their great passions with the world, and to realize that kindness and love are currencies more valuable than money. We hope it is a reminder to always be true to who you are and genuine about who that is in the world. And we wanted people to choose to be happy because it puts a special energy into the world that brings about even more joy as it spreads.
I hope that my greatest success is still ahead of me, but up until now, I would say it is being a mother. Watching whom my two beautiful daughters choose to be in the world makes me so very proud. They embody all of my seven words. They understand that we don’t always get to choose our circumstance or condition, but we do get to choose whom we want to BE in the world. My greatest hope is to be able to inspire my daughters and others to “BE the change they wish to see.”
My name is Julian P. Flores; I grew up in San Jose, California, in a formerly small town called “Willow Glen.” I live now in Boulder Creek, California, in the Santa Cruz mountains less than an hour away from where I grew up. I completed the majority of my schooling in Willow Glen: Willow Glen Elementary, this was the epicenter of when I started to story tell and made my first picture book; Willow Glen High; and college not too far away in Saratoga, a place called West Valley College, where I took every art class you could think of and Graphic Design as well.
What inspired you to author this book?
After that, everything organically fell into place. Even with my editor, now co-writer, Megan Sheridan. When she came into the picture, I knew she was the right fit. She was born and raised in Almaden, knew a lot about the urban legend - it was meant to be.
Who is your target audience, and why?