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Help us get "The Traveling Jalapenos Meet Tripp Halstead" off to a great start so we can keep publishing stories that create awareness.
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Traveling Jalapeno's Meet Tripp Halstead

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WE MADE IT TO THE FINISH LINE PRETTY QUICKLY BECAUSE OF YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE.  I priced the finish line low so there was no way to fail.  With KICKSTARTER, you either make it to your $ goal or you get NOTHING.  With that being said, and with less than 30 days to go, I am going to add some stretch goals.  
1) Stretch Goal #1: $2,500 is a little cushioning because if any backers drop out, we could lose all the funding and to cover a simple promotional campaign for "The Jalapenos Meet Tripp Halstead"  
2) Stretch Goal #2: $3,000 to cover the above and a better promotional campaign! 
3) Stretch Goal #3: $3,500 to help cover expenses when I go to Georgia to meet Tripp, his Mom and Dad and donate books to the local children's library plus the above.  
4) Stretch Goal #4: 5,000 to have a Video with music created for the Jalapeno's Meet Tripp Halstead," plus the above.   
The Traveling Jalapeno's Meet Tripp Halstead

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Hi, My name is Donna Nolan-Wilson, author and creator of the Grande Cousins, (The Traveling Jalapeno's) Illustrated by Jeff Vernon.  

My Peppers are on a mission and that mission is to travel around the world bringing awareness to problems affecting real people in the real world.  With inspirational  songs, hope and love, my vision is for the Peppers, Rancho, Hector and Emilio and  their friends, Tilley and Mason to make a difference in this world.  

The first book in this series called, "The Traveling Jalapenos,"  was an introduction to the Peppers.  

This is the second book in the series for which I have created this Kickstarter page. The Peppers are traveling from Nashville to Atlanta to meet the adorable  Tripp Halstead  who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) when a huge branch snapped on a tree under which little Tripp (he was only 2 years old at the time) was playing while at Daycare.  

This story made National headlines.  This little boy is one very sweet and built tough kid.  He is a survivor with a great family and support system. Thousands of people have followed Tripp's journey and for me, this has touched very close to home.  You see, I lived in Georgia for 12 years in the same town as Tripp. My granddaughter attended daycare and nursery school in that same town.  His tragedy/story/journey has touched me deeply. When Tripp was finally released from the hospital after 5 months, he was released on my birthday, March 29th.  I feel a connection to this boy and I believe I am supposed to help raise awareness of these issues to the general public in an effort for change and more.   People can't help if they don't know help is needed.  

Tripp is a miracle and so loved by so many that have never met him.  He is an inspiration.  He offers hope for the hopeless because he has survived this catastrophic brain injury.  He is starting to show emotion, communicate, smile and he let's his parents know when he is not happy about something.  In this book Tripp will introduce us to the hospitals that saved his life, the great organizations that have helped along the way and some of his other little friends that have same or similar severe health problems. This book will help bring awareness of the trials and tribulations these families go through.  I am a writer and a songwriter but I am not an illustrator. I have created this Kickstarter to raise the funds I need to complete this project and then some.  

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I NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! The cover of the new book has been completed and this is the artwork on this page.  With your help, the rest of the book can be illustrated, published, shipped and mailed very soon.  

To complete the 1st book, we had a successful Kickstarter project that you can view by clicking the link.  We pray this book has a successful Kickstarter as well.  

We (Me & The Peppers) really can't wait to begin our journey to help bring awareness to the world about TBI and it's hardship on families.  I am currently writing a song to accompany this book so be looking for news on that soon!

How can you help?

You can financially back us and help us reach our goal! The thing about Kickstarter is that we only get the money if we reach our total goal.  With that in mind, please know that EVERY SINGLE $1.00 counts, no donation is too small. Check out our cool incentives for donating at different dollar amounts. If you can't support this project financially, please help us by sharing with your family and friends for free! 

Share this link all over social media, email it to your contacts and your friends.  Share, share, share please. The more places you share it, the more the message and project gets out there. Please help us get our Peppers out there. Please share the love. Whether through prayers, or sending love and good vibes our way, we appreciate all of your positive encouragement.

The Peppers are my passion. They were born of love.  Love between grandparents and grandchildren and Taco Sunday dinners.  

I just love them so much and I will work hard until every child and parent knows the Peppers and the Peppers message and songs. If passion is all we need to be totally successful, one day, The Traveling Jalapenos also known as The Grande Cousins, The Peppers, Rancho, Hector and Emilio will one day be a household name just like Sponge Bob or the Simpsons.  

The bottom line is we need you, I need you and the Peppers need you to help the Peppers get out here with their messages of hope, love, empathy and volunteerism. We can't do it without you. With your help, our books can bring meaningful change, sweet memories, and positive encouragement to families everywhere. You will LOVE the Grande cousins as much as we do once you get to know them. Thank you so much for believing in us and our PEPPERS.  YOU ROCK and thank you so much for helping.  

8x10 of Tripp smiling with a HAPPY SUN behind him
8x10 of Tripp smiling with a HAPPY SUN behind him

Risks and challenges

Because we are self-published, the risk is small. This story is already almost totally written but we have to wait for this project to be completed because 2 of the rewards offer the creation of characters for this book so at this moment it is open ended. I know what role these characters play, we just need the first name of the new characters and the vegetable or animal they most think themselves if they were to turn into a vegetable or animal.

We completed a previous book publishing Kickstarter Project which you can view by clicking on the link at the top right hand in the baby blue area by my bio where is says "2 created." All the Perks were delivered to the backers in the date and place specified. There was no unhappy backers and no broken promises. We will conduct ourselves the same way again with this book project!

This book will be available online at Amazon.com

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    The 8 x 10 full color print of TRIPP SMILING with the HAPPY SUN behind him!

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    Autographed copy of the 1st Peppers Book, "The Traveling Jalapeno's"

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    Indie Artists. As many of you know I am a promoter. Check out my website link above. I will create a graphic promotion and spend 4 hours promoting it to over 150 musical groups with memberships totaling over One million people in Feb 2015.

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    For the Independent Artist reading this, I will write a piece about you and your career and get it published at one of my high profile online publications and I will spend 5 hours promoting it to over 150 FB groups with over 1 million members. This reward has a $100 retail value on it. Check out my profile for where I write and my credentials.

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    You will receive a copy of the 1st & 2nd Jalapeno's book autographed- You will also get copies of my All Access & Love Story CD- You will be named in a thank you article written about the project and anything else listed in the other rewards.

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    For the Independent Artist reading this, I will write a piece about you including a Q & A and your career and get it published at one of my high profile online publications and I will spend 10 hours promoting it to over 150 FB groups with memberships over 1 Million. This reward has a $200 retail value on it. Check out my profile for where I write and my credentials.

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    You will receive a copy of the 1st & 2nd Jalapeno's book autographed- You will also get copies of my All Access & Love Story CD-You will be named in the Dedication in book- You will be named in a thank you article written about the project and anything else listed in the other rewards. You will receive MP3 downloads of "Be the Change," and "The Present."

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    You will receive a copy of the 1st & 2nd Jalapeno's book autographed- You will also get copies of my All Access & Love Story CD- You will receive a copy of my Veterans Tribute DVD. You will be named in the Dedication in book- You will be publicly thanked in a article written about the project. You will receive MP3 downloads of "Be the Change," and "The Present." and a download of The Jalapeno Peppers song.

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    You will receive a copy of the 1st & 2nd Jalapeno's book autographed- You will also get autographed copies of my All Access & Love Story CD- I will create a character of you for the book- you will be named in the Dedication in the book- You will also receive a copy of the Veterans Tribute DVD. You will be named in a thank you article written about the project and anything else listed in the other rewards.

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    I will co-write a song with you over the internet about any subject you would like and deliver to you a demo of that song. So guys and girls, here is your chance to get that special love song created for your love. I am only offering one of these rewards so don't hesitate grabbing it up.

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