The Mom's Choice Awards Names 'A Faded Cottage' Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products (or service)
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2014
For More Information Contact: Diann Shaddox
The Mom’s Choice Awards Names “A Faded Cottage”
Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products (or service)
Summary: Eagle Quill Publishing is honored to announce that “A Faded Cottage” has earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award®. Having been rigorously evaluated by an MCA judging panel, “A Faded Cottage” is deemed to be among the best products / services for families.
The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named “A Faded Cottage” as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.
“We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” says Eagle Quill Publishing. “We know all the great things the MCA does to connect consumers, educators, and caregivers with the best products and services available for families. What is especially important to us as a company, is that the Mom’s Choice Awards Team views us as part of the MCA family—not just “yesterday’s award cycle.” Thanks to the MCA Support Team, “A Faded Cottage” will have lifelong marketing and promotional support—helping us get the “A Faded Cottage” to the people who value it the most.
To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval.
“Our aim to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”
With the evaluation now complete, the testing samples of “A Faded Cottage” will be donated to schools, libraries, hospitals and nonprofit organizations.
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A FADED COTTAGE
A journal of a famous artist not of his life, but of only two weeks, a love story about aging and two people being reunited after thirty years finding love can conquer all.
A Faded Cottage music composed by John Vaughn Aiken, SC
A Faded Cottage music composed by Paula Cooper Matthews
5 ★★★★★ review for ‘A Faded Cottage’
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 13, 2014
By Kathryn M. Kenny
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The book has a very good story line. I actually learned some things about ET
that I didn't know. I would highly recommend this book! A must read!
So easy to read, believe and feel the everlasting love of this delightful couple! With two weeks available, they are gifted with a love rare and genuine enough to fulfill their lives!
This is an enjoyable and relaxing love story that will take you into another world. bookaddiction
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When a love letter written by a teenage boy becomes lost after a summer filled with passion, it brings about an incredible love story of two people being reunited, after thirty years.
When Essential Tremors take over a famous artist’s body, a simple feat of holding a paintbrush turns Quaid Witherspoon’s life upside down, becoming a bitter man. This is his journal of how he battles fate, not of his entire life, but of two weeks. Quaid had everything money could buy, except the two things he loved the most, his love of painting great masterpieces, and the only woman he had ever loved. The calming waters off the coast of South Carolina calls Quaid back to Hathaway Cove, to a small, faded cottage, one with a leaning front porch, worn paint so similar to him, flawed. The same beach where he began painting as a young boy, the place he met his one true love, and the place he let her go.
Sandy, Quaid’s love from his past, learns he is wondering about her, just as she is wondering about him. Their love is alive, meeting for the first time in thirty years, letting the years fade away, but fate has another twist. Sandy keeps a secret, letting them have their two weeks.
What if you were able to relive your life and rediscover you teenage love… Would you?
Inspiration for A Faded Cottage
Why I wrote A Faded Cottage
It was the night of December 18, 2010, my birthday, a very calm and uneventful night. I couldn’t sleep, which isn’t unusual for me, so I made my way downstairs to my cubby office. I decided, since I was wide-awake that I’d work on one of my novels.
I sat down in front of the computer and began to type, but it seemed my fingers and hands had another idea as they shook uncontrollably. If you’ve tried to text as you are riding in a car or train when it’s bumpy, then you might understand how difficult it is to type when you have trouble hitting the correct keys with tremoring fingers. You see, I have had Essential Tremor from my early twenties and I’d learn to deal with my tremors, but this night it became overpowering.
I leaned back in my chair and stared at the computer screen, my anger grew watching my hands quiver over the keyboard, and for once in my life I felt sorry for myself. The question of why me, a question without an answer, played repeatedly in my mind.
I took in a deep breath, closed my eyes and I let my tremoring hands type and the words, “Happy birthday dumb-ass” were written across the screen. I laughed and let the words flow and Quaid Witherspoon, a famous artist, was born. A man who had everything or so he thought, but now his hands had abandoned him and his life of painting had ceased, becoming a bitter man. I didn’t have the story of Quaid planned that night, but his character emerged from my mind and as the story grew my hands calmed, while I released the stress of the evening, telling Quaid’s story, a journal of only two weeks of his life.
The story of Quaid Witherspoon, the novel 'A Faded Cottage', became an incredible love story, one about strength of mind to fight fate and never accept what life throws at you. ‘A Faded Cottage’ is journal of a famous artist not of his life, but of only two weeks, a love story about aging and two people being reunited after thirty years finding love can conquer all.
Through this process of bringing ‘A Faded Cottage’ to life, I have learned so much. Finding the Essential Tremor awareness groups on Facebook, talking, listening to everyone’s stories so similar to mine has brought calmness to my life.
Now, A Faded Cottage has become a vehicle to explain about Essential Tremor and how so many, over 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide, live each day with tremoring hands, head, voice, and entire body.
Essential tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk. About 10 million Americans have Essential Tremor and million more people worldwide. That's about 5% of all people in the United States. For comparison sake, 7.8% of the population have some type of diabetes. Most people though haven’t heard about Essential Tremor and I’m adamant to bring attention to the world.
I have become an activist to bring awareness to Essential Tremor and founded the Diann Shaddox Foundation, Non-Profit 501c(3) organization committed to help people struggling in today’s world with neurological conditions such as Essential Tremor, Dystonia, & Parkinson’s. DSF was formed to support and add additional resources to the efforts of so many and to bring awareness to the world. DSF is dedicated to inspire, educate, enlighten, and increase awareness to the world about people living every day with neurological conditions such as Essential Tremor.
Please go to www.diannshaddoxfoundation.org and donate, every penny counts and will bring us closer to finding a cause and cure. DSF’s funds will be used for awareness and will be distributed for research to help find the cause and a cure for Essential Tremor.
"A Faded Cottage is on Daily Finance: Need a Beach Read Worth Your Time? Goodreads also has a list of top-rated beach reads, which it updates annually and “A Faded Cottage” is on the list.
07/2013 An article featuring “A Faded Cottage” was in a local magazine.
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