Amiranda By John P. Adamo – Pump Up Your Book

Story of a fairytale princess who takes a journey that will determine not only her own fate, but the fate of her entire kingdom…

By John P. Adamo

Title: Amiranda: Princess Amiranda and the Tale of the Deciduous Forest
Author: John P. Adamo
Publisher: Legwork Team Publishing
Pages: 275
Genre: Tweens

An instant classic tale portraying the life of “Amiranda,” an innocent and brave princess, who unwittingly sets out on a quest that will ultimately determine the fate of her entire kingdom. From her castle window, Amiranda would gaze at the beautiful countryside below-always watching carefully, always observing everything. Gradually the princess realizes that she knows very little of the small kingdom over which she would one day reign. Nevertheless, Amiranda would never disobey her father’s wishes, especially the one to never enter the mysterious dark forest, which borders their kingdom. That is, until one day when she would have no other choice.

 Amiranda will take a journey that will lead her on a wild adventure, where the decisions she makes will determine the fate of many lives-the lives of her animal friends, her family members, those who dwell in her kingdom, and her very own life as well. Travel along on this trip where Princess Amiranda hopes to find the missing piece in her existence and ends up trying to achieve the impossible….

Book Information

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Publisher:  Legwork Team Publishing

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1935905417; 275 pages; $13.95; E-Book, FREE on Kindle Unlimited


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Peace had always reigned over the small town of Luxing. There, nestled high upon a hill overlooking the plains and forest below, lived a king and his royal family. The castle in which they lived was both strong and secure. The king held the highest standards for both himself and his family, and he tried to use his power only for the good of the kingdom. After all, he wanted what was best for everyone—especially for his daughter and only child, Princess Amiranda. Princess Amiranda spent her childhood years preparing for life as a noble, a life for which she was distinctly destined. However, the young princess always had an insatiable urge for learning—learning from the real world around her, the same world from which her father, the king of Luxing, strongly safeguarded her. From her castle window, Amiranda would gaze at the beautiful countryside below—always watching carefully; always observing everything. Gradually, the princess would realize that she knows very little of the small kingdom over which she would one day reign. Nevertheless, Amiranda would never disobey her father’s wishes, especially the one to never enter the mysterious dark forest, which borders their kingdom. That is, until one day when she would have no other choice….

10 Things You Might Not Know About “Amiranda: Princess Amiranda and the Tale of the Deciduous Forest”

10) I am a big Disney and Star Wars fan, and a lot of the storyline was inspired by these two genres long before Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise.

9) Not all princesses live a fairy tale life, I wanted to point that out when writing Amiranda and developing her story.

8) As all humans are creatures of habit, the same applies to the characters I created in this story. Good habits or bad habits, the character’s inherent strengths and weaknesses are determined and portrayed by the habits they possess.

7) Amiranda was inspired by a dream I had, and some of the characters are inspired by real life people.

6) The word “Deciduous” means “falling off at maturity,” which is the basis behind the main character Amiranda. In the beginning she is a naïve and innocent princess (just blooming and full of life like spring) but must go out on a dangerous quest that develops and challenges her both mentally and physically, causing her to grow in her own maturity. The changing of the seasons is in many ways, the changing of her life.

5) “Amiranda” was originally written and copyrighted as a screenplay for a full-length animation film; it wasn’t until years later I turned it into a book so that it could read more like a completed work and incorporated the illustrations so that others can envision it better.

4) The “music” behind Amiranda is much of the story, my hope is to one day incorporate some of that into the storyline, should the work ever get formally produced as I hope or envision it to.

3) I tried to make all the characters memorable and marketable, so that children can cherish the characters and even make up their own storyline with the characters. I envisioned many of the characters to be “Happy Meal” toys they can play with.

2) I wanted to write something that had morals and values to the story, to the characters, and to the reader. I find so much material written and produced today that is not really suitable for children’s upbringing. The story behind Amiranda is about nurturing, something she does not get much of, even though she is a fairy tale princess.

1) It took me a long time to come up with the name “Amiranda.” I wanted something that sounded unique, pretty, and was not mainstream or even known for that matter. I wanted something comparable to “Cinderella” which is, although quite original, is nowadays very well known. After all, Amiranda is a unique individual and she is one of a kind, deserving of a name that is truly her own; so I created something using letters I like and scrambled them up and arranged them various ways until I had an “aha” moment.

I kept the entirely made-up name under wraps for quite a long time and often searched it online to make sure it was an “invented” name that sounded a bit familiar to everyone. Amiranda, for the most part, is a typical girl who just happens to be a princess. Who knows… maybe one day there will be a lot more “Amiranda’s” out there, with parent’s naming their own little princesses after her, or perhaps even girls play-pretending to be her. Anyway, in a nutshell, that is the story of how I came up with the name! I hope you enjoy her story as much as I enjoyed created it! Enjoy!!!

John Adamo is a Long Island-based author and songwriter who has copyrighted more than four hundred poems and has both written and composed numerous songs and short stories. Music has always been an integral part of John’s life, as he has performed at different venues all across Long Island—both as a professional pianist since the age of seventeen (one year after his father passed away) and also as a disc jockey / emcee for various private parties and public events.

Amiranda: Princess Amiranda and the Tale of the Deciduous Forest is John’s first formal work, which was originally written as a screenplay and copyrighted in 1998. John has always had the visualization that an animated movie would one day be made from his work. The author wanted to put together a story unlike any other, and one that could be enjoyed by people of all ages … both young and old alike. A story that reinforced good values, covered common ethics, and taught morals as John feels those important criteria are so often left out in today’s modern fairy tales.

After having the screenplay sit on his shelf for nearly fifteen years, John felt that it was finally time to let the world know the life and world of Amiranda—a Cinderella-type princess who has everything in the world that a princess could possibly ask for, but is still missing something more in her life. With your help, John hopes that he can help fulfill Amiranda’s aspirations, hopes, and dreams. Last but not least, John hopes you like Amiranda’s story just as much as he enjoyed writing it … Enjoy!

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