For What It's Worth

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ted Saves the World Blog Tour and $25 Amazon gift card Giveaway!

Ted Saves the World: A Novella

A possessed cheerleader. A cursed gang of criminals. Mysterious telekinetic powers. An angry ex-girlfriend in gym class? One second, sophomore in high school Ted endures his first breakup in his favorite place in town. The next, a mysterious blue light turns him into a worldwide superhero sensation for taking down a posse of grisly murderers. As his views on YouTube increase and his friend Dhiraj tries to capitalize on the marketing potential, his dangers increase as well when a presumed-dead cheerleader begins taking a personal interest. Can Ted survive his first week as a superhero in the public eye? This novella is the first taste in a series of full-length novels about the adventures of Ted Finley and Erica LaPlante. 

Available for just $0.99 on:
Barnes and Noble

I'm happy to welcome Ted Saves the World author Bryan Cohen here today with a guest post as part of the Ted Saves the World Blog Tour.

Writing in the Shadow
By Bryan Cohen

As an avid reader in my youth, it made sense for me to become an English major in college. I loved the classics and I gobbled them up, especially over the summer. I once won a reading challenge at my local library and I think the gap between first and second place was something like 30 books. I was a machine. But I was also brought up to think these books I read were extremely complex and difficult to write. This is one of the reasons I never really considered being a writer because I believed I'd never reach the heights of an F. Scott Fitzgerald or even an R.L. Stein (loved Goosebumps as a kid).

Early on in college, I discovered a love for the theatre as well and added a Dramatic Art major to my degree plan. Possibly a result of not having been exposed to as many famous playwrights as I had classic writers, I quickly found enjoyment writing scenes and sketches in my spare time. During my sophomore year, I held a small reading for a short play I wrote about a couple visiting the grave of one of their deceased former spouses. It didn't win a Tony or anything, but the fact that I put it up and it wasn't a complete disaster made me think this play writing thing wasn't so hard.

I wrote plays and scripts for nearly a decade before I attempted to publish any fiction. I'm not sure what finally clued me in that fiction writing had a major thing in common with playwriting: by writing it and putting it out there, you are already far ahead of all the people who are too afraid to show their writing to a single soul.

Personally, I think that a lot of people might like or love my first fiction book, Ted Saves the World: A Novella, but it's a fact that more people will like it than if I'd never let it leave my computer. All writers are writing in the shadows of the amazing authors that came and published before us. We can't help but be compared to these authors, it's just a way of life. But if we let the fear of "potentially not being as good as them" stop us from writing, then we may never get to reach our full potential as creative artists.
I'm pleased to have kicked fear's butt long enough to get Ted Saves the World out to all of you. Whether or not you love it, I'm proud of my work and I hope to bring you similarly entertaining fare for the rest of my writing career. Who knows, maybe I'll even be successful enough to cast my own shadow.

Thanks Bryan!


Bryan Cohen is giving away four $25 Amazon gift cards, one for each week of his month long blog tour. To enter, simply comment with your e-mail address (feel free to substitute @ with (at) or other tricks to stop spammers from getting it). Bryan will draw the four names at the end of the tour, picking one entrant at random from each week’s set of blog posts. Entries will be counted through Monday, August 15th, 2011. Enter on as many sites as you want, follow the tour at Build Creative Writing Ideas. If Ted reaches the Top 100 on Amazon at any point during the tour, a fifth $25 card will be added to the giveaway.

Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written seven books including 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More and 500 Writing Prompts for Kids: First Grade through Fifth Grade.

Contact Bryan through:
Build Creative Writing Ideas site

*Be sure to stop by YA Book Lover Blog tomorrow for the next stop on the Ted Saves the World Blog Tour
*Ted Saves the World Tour Schedule


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  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Wow this book sounds amazing. Looking forward to reading it.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

    Email: bookpassion11(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Definitely count me in :-) !

    danaan at gmx dot at

  6. WOOT WOOT!! Awesome giveaway for an AMAZ-ING book (that I REALLY want to read)..Thanks so much for hosting it! (:



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  7. Great contest! And the book sounds awesome. All the best, Bryan!

    kprwrite at hotmail dot com

  8. Sounds like a great book! I will have to pick up a copy!

    bigferret at email dot com

  9. Sounds very quirky and fun. Best of luck with its success.

    therabidfox at

  10. oh cool!

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

  11. Count me in:)

  12. Thank you so much love blog tours! Thank you so much for sharing and for the great giveaway!

  13. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  14. Great post. Sounds like a fun book.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  15. Aw, thanks everybody for the kind words :).

    Glad you liked the post and even GLADDER you entered into the giveaway! Can't wait to give away some gift cards!

    And thank you the most, Karen for being a part of my blog tour. Woo hoo!

  16. Hello Bryan!
    Wow, and I thought my teenage years were bad. Although there were a few kids that would pass as possessed or demonic. Congrats on the new release!

    User1123 AT comcast DOT net

  17. The book sounds interesting. I'm into the whole superhero/power thing and a bit of Undead Cheerleader never hurt anyone. Thanks for the giveaway.

    alessandroconno at hotmail dot com

  18. Hi Bryan -- thanks for bringing the story into the light! It will be a good thing all around :)

    TweetyB99 at aol dot com

  19. Doesn't this book sound like a hoot! Thank you for sharing today.


  20. This book sounds good! Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  21. Count me in! :)

  22. Thanks for the giveaway!


  23. It doesn't get any better, I love gift cards.
    Thanks for the chance to win.


  24. thx so much!

  25. Glad to see that Carolina can produce writers with imagination.--Sorry, NCSU moma here so have to get in a jab. Seriously, though sounds like my type of story. Off to download to my Kindle. Good luck on your book tour and hope to see your name pop up frequently on the blogs!


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  26. Way to show you have some guts and get your book out there, you never know where it will lead you! Good luck with it, I think it sounds great!

    Thanks for a chance to win !

  27. Thanks for the giveaway!

    lincalc at gmail dot com

  28. This novella sounds so fun and the premise reminds me of the movie Kick Ass. I'm going to grab this from Amazon now!


  29. What an interesting book! Sounds fun and fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway! :)


  30. Sounds great!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  31. To be turned into a superhero must be...intriguing. Thank you for the great giveaway! I'll have to mark this as a to-read :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  32. The fact that you are proud of "Ted Saves the World" and ready to shout it out to the world is wonderful.


  33. Fingers crossed! I will win!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  34. I'd love to win!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  35. I'd love to play please.


  36. This book sounds like something I would really like! And something else I really like is Amazon GCs! Thanks for a great giveaway:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  37. This sounds like it is going to be a fun new series!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  38. the book looks interesting!

  39. Thanks for the giveaway!

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

  40. What a generous giveaway! Thank you!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  41. This book looks AMAZING. I'll definitely be checking it out!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway (:


    oneofakind308 AT gmail DOT com

  42. Sounds like an interesting read.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  43. Congratulations to Bryan! That hard work is paying off!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  44. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  45. I am learning so much

  46. Good luck with your tour and please enter me.
    CalifKitties {at} Aol {dot} com

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  48. Very generous giveaway! Best of luck with your blog tour!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  49. Thank you for the great giveaway, this is so nice of you! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  50. Woo sounds wicked cool!

    Thanks for the giveaway too.

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  51. "maybe I'll even be successful enough to cast my own shadow." well said, Bryan, and cheers to that end !

  52. and once again,
    with the contact, infuse at live dot ca



    the winners are:

    Reviews By Abby
    Tweety B99
    Dead Tossed Waves
    Abby Dillon 16

    Bryan is having ANOTHER giveaway for those who already commented if his book hits #100 in Kindle sales.


    I am going to do a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card on Friday, August 19th if the book gets into the Top 100 at any point between now and the end of the day on Friday (I will check frequently).

    Yes, that means one of you will win a $100 Amazon gift card if it sells like hotcakes. Since all the entries are in, the only way to improve the chances of winning a $100 gift card is to buy the book and to spread the word to all your friends and family!

    Here is the "Ted Saves the World" sales page: