Once Upon A Time, by Author Robert Gillespie

On Tour With “The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean

Today we are very pleased to present an entertaining article written by the author of The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean.  Robert Gillespie, and his new book are currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.

Our review is available here too.  It’s an inspiring little book that encourages adventure and learning.  If you have a child, I hope you will pick up a copy.  It will entertain your entire family. You may find yourselves planning a trip of your own before you are done.



Once Upon a Time

Written by Robert Gillespie

I’m happy to say that each leg of the adventures taken by my characters, has in some way, also been a part of my experiences too.

For example, a number of years ago, when I was single and childless, I decided to do some exploring in the great state of Alaska, on my own. When I shared the idea with several friends, there were mixed reviews on what I should or shouldn’t do.

This trip wasn’t going to be about staying in hotels and visiting curio shops for souvenirs. This would be an immersion experience of hiking and camping. And like the boys in the book, I had to do some research about the place I was going to be spending time.

Just prior to my trip, a new movie had recently been released. It was titled ‘The Edge’. It was about a group of men in the Alaskan wilderness, the villains in this case, who were being tracked, and summarily killed by a grizzly bear. More on that in a minute.

The day I flew into Anchorage, I rented a car, and then found a little ‘mom-and-pop’ motel to spend the night. After grabbing some dinner at a nearby deli, I relaxed on the bed and flipped on the free HBO channel.
Guess what was showing? Yup, ‘The Edge.’ Of Course. After a few unconvincing arguments with myself about why I probably shouldn’t watch it considering where I would be hiking the next several days, I succumbed, and turned it on.

Pretty entertaining movie, albeit a little nerve wracking watching as each person met their ‘grizzly’ fate. But once it was over, it was lights out with thoughts on the following day.

I set out early the next morning and headed west out of Anchorage, and on my way to Kenai Peninsula. By late afternoon, I arrived at what appeared to be the perfect place to set up camp for the night, along the banks of a slow-moving river.

As I bedded down for the night, with a light rain falling outside, sleep came pretty quickly. A disruptive sleep as it turned out. Apparently, the movie highlights were still present in my REM state. My dreams consisted of constant bear probing just outside my tent. At one point the whole tent was brought down on me with a bear on top.

It did serve purpose however. I was very aware of my surroundings at all times throughout my adventure. I did have a couple other minor encounters with moose, and signs of bear on hiking trails, including very fresh bear scat on more that one occasion. I could’ve turned back in fear of may have lain ahead, or moved forward and risked it. In my personal book of life, it’s not really a risk if you don’t take it.

My advice? Life is here for us to live it, so just make the time to do it, and then you’ll not regret the indecision.

The Tour

Book Details:

Book Title: The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie
Category: Children’s Fiction, 48 pages
Genre: Fantasy / Nature
Publisher: Page Publishing
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Jan 22 to Feb 2, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Popcorn and Jellybean had never ventured down the path beyond the big tree. But since they never really did anything exciting, and even though it made them a little nervous at first, they decided it would be a fun adventure for a couple of days. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out, if the explorers were not prepared! Join them as they take on new challenges each day, learn how to survive by following the behaviors of the animals they encounter, and go where Mother Nature leads them. And who knows, maybe we could learn as well!


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Meet the Author:


Bob has spent more than 13 years as a wildlife conservation educator sharing information and animal encounters with audiences of all ages. He has a passion for teaching about a wide range of topics nature related and loves passing it along to his two sons. His youngest son, Colton, was the inspiration behind The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean, where it all started as a simple bedtime story. Bob currently resides in Carlsbad, California, and works as a professional interpreter guide at a world-renowned conservation organization.Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


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