“We know how hard it can be for families, especially children during the holidays, who are living the military lifestyle. Stories seem to bring families together." - Richard Horwitz, President, Darktime Tales Publishing Inc.
Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) November 4, 2010
Darktime Tales is donating $20 off coupons to 5,000 Soldiers' Angels families. The stories are full of magic, monsters and adventure, and are appropriate for children of all backgrounds, ages 8 and up. No additional purchase is required to use these coupons.
“We know how hard it can be for families, especially children during the holidays, who are living the military lifestyle,” said Richard Horwitz, President, Darktime Tales Publishing, Inc. “Stories seem to bring families together. The effect is long-lasting as they can be told and then talked about with the family who is stateside. Teaming up with Soldiers' Angels allows us to bring the children of active service members and veterans our stories and audio books.”
“We are honored to help facilitate this generous donation from Darktime Tales,” says Patti Patton-Bader, founder of Soldiers’ Angels and a military child herself. “Children sacrifice right along with their military parents and this is such a beautiful way to not only recognize that sacrifice, but reinforce the bonds between deployed parent and stateside child.”
What makes Darktime Tales so different from other children’s stories is that the main character of the series, the Salesman, is never given a name, nor is he described physically. In fact, none of the characters in the stories are given names. The Salesman could be any shape or size (tall, short, etc.) or of any background...whatever the child imagines! This distinctive style of writing allows children to imagine the characters as anyone they want -- family members, people in their own communities, or even classmates. Swift developed this style to give children a voice as he conveys that stories are for sharing.
“I came up with this concept so kids would see who they wanted in the characters, not who I wanted,” said Author, Scott Swift. “If I had named a character, say, ‘Brittney’, you would immediately get a picture in your head of who I was talking about. Even if I went on to describe how she looked, you would still have that initial picture in the back of your mind. This way kids get to imagine the characters as anyone they want. Uncle Paul, cousin Malik, or grandpa Chan - the Salesman is whoever the child wants him to be.”
Based on stories the author made up out of thin air each night at bedtime for his own children, the Traveling Salesman is a mystical, magical wizard of sorts who uses his wits and wizardry to escape tight spots and help those in need. Traveling from town to town, he sells everyday items enchanted with magical properties. But beware! If the items are misused, the consequences can be dire!
Each tale is a standalone story in its own right, but taken together they weave a rich and vibrant world inhabited by werewolves, witches, and magical creatures of every kind!
There are currently five audio books and fifteen stories in The Traveling Salesman series. Stories are available individually in PDF format and MP3 audio from http://www.darktimetales.com. Several stories are also available on the Kindle, iPad and Nook eBook readers. A paperback containing eight stories (The Traveling Salesman’s Darktime Tales Anthology) is also available from Amazon
Soldiers' Angels is an award-winning 501(c)(3) with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families through a wide variety of hands-on projects and volunteerism. For more information, visit http://www.soldiersangels.org or call 615-676-0239.
Darktime Tales Publishing was created in order to bring the Traveling Salesman stories to children all over the world.
Darktime Tales is a family run business located in Bergen County, New Jersey, and is able to provide the personal touch you simply won't find with larger publishing houses. The Traveling Salesman stories are their first children’s series. Additional information about Darktime Tales Publishing can be found at: http://www.darktimetales.com or by writing Darktime Tales Publishing Inc. P.O. Box 172, Hillsdale, N.J. 07642