Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show Blog Tour

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The Tale of the Messed Up Talent ShowTitle: Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show (Madison and GA – My Guardian Angel)

Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Publication Date: November 15, 2013

Publisher: Independent – Melissa Productions Inc.

Number of pages: 156

Recommended age: 6-12




Madison Wunderkind is a sweet, honest girl, who always seems to find herself in trouble with the principal. But this time she’s not alone. It all started three days earlier, when Sophia, the most popular fifth-grade girl at Gator Elementary, asked Madison to hang out and plan this year’s talent show. Instantly, Madison had become Little Miss Popular. But what Madison soon discovered was that being Little Miss Popular wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Her best friends were ignoring her. Her brothers were angry at her. And her guardian angel, GA, was irritated by her snobbish attitude. And if things couldn’t get more messed up for Madison, everything that could go wrong at the talent show did, sparking Principal Dimples to find out why! Find out what happens at Gator Elementary’s Talent Show. Will GA be able to help Madison? Or will Madison become Little Miss Lonely? Also, try and find one of GA’s feathers in each picture!



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Madison and GA The Tale of the Slimy Spitball by Melissa Perry Moraja


About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Author

Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc., is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author/illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children’s books and self-help books. Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom and children’s author. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom’s Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for Type 1 Diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison’s type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison’s Story.

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Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley


Luna has been dealing with the demonic all of her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, Luna the Lunatic rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon “of some import.”

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the very end.

Nameless is scheduled for a January 2014 release from Ragnarok PublicationsContact Nick Sharps or J.M. Martin for review copies or to schedule interviews with Mercedes M. Yardley.

Nameless features a cover by George C. Cotronis.


Hi. I’m Mercedes. I have two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although I try my very best. I like to write stories. I like to write poems. I like to write essays and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. I’m the author of Beautiful Sorrows and Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. I specialize in the dark and beautiful.

You can contact me at mercedesyardley(at)gmail(dot)com or follow me on Twitter.  @mercedesmy.


Help get an Irish film made


MY NAME IS EMILY is a feature film by Simon Fitzmaurice, an award winning Irish film-maker with Motor Neurone Disease  (ALS). Produced by Kennedy Films and Newgrange Pictures the script is written, but a budget is needed to make it happen – and while there are lots of great films and film makers out there, this project has the backing of names who really know what they are talking about when they say it’s brilliant.

Alan Rickman, a colleague of Nick’s says “This is an exceptional script that deserves all support.”

EMILY is a teenage girl who runs away from her foster home on her 16th birthday. With her school friend ARDEN, they take an old yellow Renault 4, and set out to rescue Emily’s Father, a visionary writer, locked up in a far-off psychiatric institution. Along the way,  driving across Ireland.. Emily and Arden fall in love. In the end, Emily learns she must face her Father’s madness to find happiness.

Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) in 2008 – just after his film THE SOUND OF PEOPLE screened at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film festival.

At the time, Simon was the father of 2 children, his wife Ruth was pregnant with their third, and he had been heralded as “Ireland’s most promising film-maker” by Film Ireland

But Simon refused to allow his disease to affect his drive towards becoming a feature film director. In the face of this adversity he wrote the script for MY NAME IS EMILY.

Simon Fitzmaurice began writing the script typing with his hands, and as he lost all physical function, he persisted, finishing it by typing on an iris-recognition screen, with his eyes.

A team of dedicated actors and directors endorsed by Alan Rickman, and including  Jim Sheridan, Nick Dunning, and Kristen Sheridan want to enable Simon to direct his feature film in Spring 2014.  But film-making is a very expensive, challenging and time-consuming process. Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) means that Simon needs more support and more time.

The traditional production model for a feature film has to be adjusted to support Simon and enable him to make MY NAME IS EMILY. The team behind him have to challenge the norms to find a way for Simon to do his job.

Here’s their plan for achieving this and how YOUR DONATIONS will help:


Preparation is key. The more we can map out in prep, the easier it will make the challenge of shooting MY NAME IS EMILY.

Typically there are 8 weeks prep on a feature film.

Due to Simon’s condition MY NAME IS EMILY will need at least 12 weeks. This then translates across all departments and crew.


  • SUPPORT DIRECTOR  - Simon will have a Support Director who will be with him every step of the way as back-up and support. The Support Director will be a facilitator to Simon’s vision at all times.
  • DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Simon’s creative partner Ivan McCullough will begin full-time preparation with Simon at a much earlier stage then on a usual production. Together they will work closely with a STORYBOARD ARTIST mapping out every frame before they go to shoot.
  • FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Our 1st AD will also begin prep much earlier working out shooting schedules and timetables that can work for Simon.
  • LOCATIONS MANAGER - While searching for locations that suit the film, the Locations Manager will also have the additional and important task of ensuring all locations are accessible for Simon


A typical low budget feature film shoot is 5 weeks. MY NAME IS EMILY will be at least 8 weeks, allowing for shorter shooting days, but with more of them. 

Simon’s mobility and access to set is hugely important. He will need special transport, ramps, Eye-Gaze screen hardware and batteries, weather protection gear.

For example, they will be aiming to have a specialised van which can serve as Simon’s base when on set. A place for Simon to have TV monitors to watch the performances on set while the camera is rolling, as the sound from Simon’s ventilator means that he can’t be next to camera at these times.

Filmmaking is an incredibly physically and mentally exhausting challenge. But with the right amount of preparation and supports in place, they will ENABLE SIMON to achieve this film, but he needs your help.

With all of the above to consider, they have to allow EXTRA BUDGET and these extra support requirements equates to the 200,000 euro that they want to raise on indiegogo. 

Click the link to see more videos about the project and to DONATE – as little as $10 will make a huge difference – and you get something back for every donation – go take a look!

Three pieces of writing related news.

Number 1:

They say that a picture paints a thousand words so I think that I will just let the below image do the talking for me other than to say that I am extremely happy that they have confidence in the brief and synopsis I sent to them – this is really going to go a long way to helping ensure that ‘Redemption’ gets finished!


Number 2:

I’m attending my first convention/event as a guest next weekend. I’ve been asked to attend the Titan Festival, which is all about the titans of Ulster writing and media. This includes a series of Masterclasses in story-telling skills, both written and visual. The climax is the Top Independent Talented Artistes N.I. Awards – or TITANIAs for short.

I’m going to be debating with a local horror novelist and movie make, Philip Henry over which horror staple – zombies or vampires – is best. I will, obviously, be taking on the winning side of that argument: zombies :)

So, if you’re in Belfast next Saturday 23rd come along – should be fun!


Number 3:

I am taking part in an Haiyan Benefit Anthology which is being put together to help raise money for aid to those affected by Haiyan. The theme of the book will be within the realms of mythology and legends of the Phillipines and surrounding areas. This anthology will feature prose, sequential art (comics), pinups and fine art.
This is a not-for-profit endeavour and all proceeds will be going to the Philippine Red Cross.
The talent arrayed for it is stunning and I am proud to play a little part in it.

If you don’t want to wait to buy the books to help then head on over towww.redcross.org.ph for other ways to help. Then buy the books too and help again.