When Fiction and Real Life Collide

The Smile Ambassadors

Many of the characters in The Smile Ambassadors are based on real people.  Some the names are thinly veiled to protect the guilty…In the case of The Professor, (the owner and operator of Big Time Sideshow), the real life counter-part is The Curator, (aka Jim Zajicek, owner of Big Circus Sideshow).

Jim and I met several years back in Tucson at the Pima County Fair.  Jim’s show had a 100 foot banner line.  I had a ten foot front single-o known as America’s Smallest Travelling Museum.  We would share coffee and mini donuts, framing out ultimate shows and basically cut up the jack-pots.

Jim didn’t show up last year in Tucson.  He fell very ill and fought off colon cancer.  We all thought he had it beat.  He even booked a shortened summer run.  Earlier this year he played Tallahassee.  Things were looking up.

The cancer came back.  Jim spent…

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Four Out Of Four Stars

The Smile Ambassadors

Zack and Mack received a very nice review of their book, The Smile Ambassadors.  

Wendy J over at the Onlinebookclub.org had this to say:”…it is a fun and surreal family adventure that would appeal to young readers. It is refreshing to read a book where nothing bad really happens, everything is wrapped up in a happy ending, and there is a nice moral-to-the-story thrown in. Therefore, I give it a 4 out of 4 stars.”

You can read the whole review here: http://tinyurl.com/TheSmileAmbassadors

The boys were happy with the review.  They splashed around in their tank a bit and then turned around and winked.  Now we just have to get others to read the happy story.

The book can be purchased on Amazon here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/lcj58p2 Enjoy!

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