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with a number of his brothers,” Ward said. “My father owned a small newspaper and he also had a small magazine that he published; my half brother Wesley Price lived in New York City and worked at Ladies Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post.”


But Ward didn’t think to publish the sweet story she told to her grandson—that is, until her hus- band heard it. “Thomas told my husband about the story, and then I told my husband the story,” Ward said. “He said I should write it down and send it to a pub- lisher. He was the motivation.” And that is exactly what Ward did. She collaborated with Tate Publishing on the fi nal version of the story and the illustra- tion of it.


Since then, she has appeared at a few book signings and developed a presenta- tion for children and senior citizens that tells the story of the book and where the audience can purchase a book and get it signed by the author. Many of her ap- pearances are made at Mother’s Day Out groups.


The story about Smokey, the loveable horse who learns to be thankful and share, has been joined this month by a second book, “Smokey and the Great Escape,” a retelling of the Old Testament tale when Pharaoh orders the fi rst-born


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sons to be killed. In this version, though, Smokey assists in the escape of some children and learns about the kindness of people. Ward is available to give presentations on the book where books will be available for purchase and signing. She will also be making an appearance at Mardel Christian & Education Store in Norman, Okla., on Dec. 8, 2012, where books can be pur- chased and autographed. Both books can be pur- chased online at tatepublishing.com/bookstore. To contact the author or to schedule an event, email smokeyward@att.net or call 405-360-6623. OL


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