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Published on October 4th, 2012 | by NSB Observer


Once Upon a Time

By: Tia McDonald

Once upon a time, a local gal dreamed of being on the cover of a book. Not just any book, but one that was mystical, adventurous and followed a sweet, well-behaved and beautiful character that was loved by many. This is the story of how that dream came true.

This past year I was fortunate enough to call Australia “home” for three amazing months. I spent New Year’s in breathtaking Sydney, traveled up the coast to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and even had the opportunity to teach private surf lessons in Melbourne. It was hard to image my trip getting any better. Then it did.

I received an email from an international modeling agency stating I had been selected, out of hundreds of girls, to be on the cover of a book. Not just any book. This story was being compared to the infamous Harry Potter series and I had been cast to portray the main character.

I met the Author, Somsay Toumngeun, who assisted me at the shoot with wardrobe and helped me to embrace the true essence of the character. Four hours and over 1,000 pictures later, the shoot was a wrap.

I have to say it was an honor to be a part of this inspiring story. I am so thankful for this opportunity and cannot be more excited to see this book soar.

For more information, check out the “Once Upon A Time” Facebook page,  or you can purchase the book online by following the links below:


eBook Link http://www.lulu.com/shop/somsay/fairy-tale-once-upon-a-time-act-1-ebook/ebook/product-20392120.html;jsessionid=9C03BF4649A7F32B9248EE2A88A8B6FF

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