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Book Award

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on June 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (2)

‘Gary’s Gray World’ Wins Purple Dragonfly Book Award COOS BAY, OREGON (June, 2013) – Judges of the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children's literature, have spoken, and Gary’s Gray World by Ryan J. Cunningham, won Honorable Mention in the Family Matters category. “Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a first-place award, 64 out of 80 for a second place and 56 out of 80 for an honorable mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., the sponsor of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.” Gary’s Gray World is about, When Gary’s father is too busy to play, a scary moment at the baseball field brings his dad rushing to the park to rescue him. Instead the two discover that making time for each other is the most important thing in a father and son relationship. It retails for $14.95 and can be purchased at,, Kindle Reader, and Book Nook. For a complete list of winners including first and second places and honorable mentions, visit and click on “Winners.” The 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, which honors all genres of books in 50 categories, is currently in progress with an Oct. 1, 2013 deadline. However, Royal Dragonfly submissions postmarked Aug. 1, 2013 or earlier are eligible for the early bird reward: a free electronic copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show. The 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway with a March 1, 2014 early bird deadline and May 1 final deadline. There is no publication date restriction as long as the titles entered are still in print. Youth and self-published authors are also eligible to enter. For complete winners' lists including second-place and honorable mention wins, rules and entry forms for any of the Dragonfly Book Awards contests, visit For more details on Five Star Publications, Inc., email [email protected] or call 480-940-8182.

Restock Libraries damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on April 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Local Author Helps Restock Libraries Damaged by Hurricane Sandy Coos Bay, OR, 4/13/13 – Local author (Ryan J. Cunningham)’s books are on their way to libraries in need as part of the effort to restock facilities destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. (Gary’s Gray World) has been shipped after being vetted by Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Libraries, a group established in November 2012 by author K. S. Brooks. There are over 160 authors from all over the world participating in the group and over 1100 books have already been shipped to libraries in the tri-state area of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, and beyond. “This is a great opportunity to connect libraries in need to authors willing to donate books. We work closely with the library systems to make certain they receive the genres they want,” says group founder K. S. Brooks. “We’re happy to have (Ryan J. Cunningham) as part of our effort. His generosity, which includes absorbing all related costs, is much appreciated.” More information about Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy is available here:, and more information about (Ryan J. Cunningham) is available at ( **** Media Contact: Karen Pierce Gonzalez Public Relations 707/792-4376 [email protected]

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on December 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

My schedule for my book tour in January promoting my children's book, "Gary's Gray World."

Wednesday, January 2nd Interviewed at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection Thursday, January 3rd Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books Friday, January 4th Interviewed at Blogcritics Monday, January 7th Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book! Tuesday, January 8th Book reviewed at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection Wednesday, January 9th Guest blogging at Literal Exposure Friday, January 11th Guest blogging at Paperback Writer Book reviewed at The Crypto-Capers Review Radio interview at 1 PM Eastern at Stories from Unknown Authors Sunday, January 13th Book spotlighted at Marilyn’s Musings Monday, January 14th Book spotlighted at Book Reviews by Dee Wednesday, January 16th Book reviewed at Maureen’s Musings Thursday, January 17th Interviewed about self-publishing at Broowaha Friday, January 18th Book reviewed at Writing and Other Ways into the Heart Tuesday, January 22nd Guest blogging at Writing Daze Friday, January 25th Book giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily


Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on February 17, 2011 at 1:57 PM Comments comments (0)

When I first walked through the door,

And saw you dancing across the floor,

My heart skipped a jump and a beat,

It was you I was here to meet.

Chorus: Your love pours down on me like rain,

Washing away my sadness and my pain,

That’s been bottled up inside for many years,

Now it flows out through my tears.

With that special sparkle in your eyes,

My feelings for you I cannot deny.

With your loveliness and inner beauty,

You mean everything to me.


I love how your body feels against mine,

Giving me chills up and down my spine.

The softness of your skin and warm embrace,

Takes me away to a magical place.


Sweet Angel

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on January 24, 2011 at 4:21 PM Comments comments (0)

A special baby girl was born on 9/11,

Nine years later Jesus needed her in Heaven.

A vibrant girl excited about life,

Loving, caring, and super nice.

We’re not sure why things happen this way,

Or why Christina Taylor Green was taken that day.

From this devastating tragedy,

Brought hope to deserving families.

She was meant for a higher purpose,

Bringing faith to so many others.

Now a sweet angel in the clouds above,

Shining down on us with all her joy and love.

Earn Your Wings

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on November 29, 2010 at 5:49 PM Comments comments (0)

Remembering the birth of Jesus Christ,

Believing in celebrations of life.

Bringing peace and hope to family,

To celebrate living so happily.

When a bell rings,

An Angel earns their wings.

You can earn your wings too,

By caring for others each day through.

Christmas Memory

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on November 29, 2010 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Holiday Season if for giving, not receiving

A time to remember and for believing

That the World is still filled with lots of joy

For every good little girl and boy

A time when wishes and dreams come true

And knowing your family always loves you

Sleigh rides, eggnog, and brightly colored lights

Falling asleep while waiting for Santa late at night

Excited and joyful, early Christmas morn

Sharing the day when our Savior was born

Reflecting on the special time with family and friends

Because this is the memory that never ends.

Jonathan James (Special Gifts)

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on November 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM Comments comments (0)

The adventures of Jonathan James, The boy with two first names, Was watching the snow fall to the ground, With the Christmas spirit all around. Sitting in church with family and friends, Impatiently waiting for the sermon to end. Thinking about the wrapped presents under the tree, He wanted to get home in a big hurry. While kneeling and praying on the floor, A family of four walked through the door. Their clothes were ragged and shoes were torn, But they weren’t ashamed of what they had worn. The Minister told the story when Jesus was born, In the manger on that cold winter morn. Mary and Joseph didn’t have much of anything, Three Wise Men came, with precious gifts to bring. As he was listening closely to the story, Jonathan James stood up in a hurry. He walked to the back pew, quiet as a mouse, Inviting the family to celebrate at his house. Sitting around the Christmas tree drinking eggnog, In the fireplace, Jonathan’s dad placed another log. The children’s eyes sparkled with pure delight, Looking at all the decorations and colorful lights. Jonathan James received so many gifts, Now he had someone to share them with. He gave each kid a gift from under the tree, Which they both opened so very happily.

The Final Shot (song lyrics)

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on November 24, 2010 at 2:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Laughed at, pointed at, like a puppet on stage,

So much hatred, anger, and rage.

Ridiculed, tormented, and bullied each day,

Revenge seemed to be the only way.

Others think I’m different in every way,

Chased and beaten up all through the day.

I try to run, there’s no place to hide.

Living scared, lonely, and empty inside.

Nobody wants to be my friend,

Only one way to make all this end.

Chorus: 1 Shot, 2 Shot, 3 Shot, Four,

Bodies lying on the floor.

A gunman loose inside the school,

Another lost soul, who wasn’t very cool.

With the power of a gun at hand.

Now everyone is going to understand,

The anguish, loneliness, and pain.

The fear running through my veins.

With pistol in hand, pointed at my head

The final shot and now I'm dead.

If one person reached out as a friend,

This isn’t how it would have to end!

Over the Edge (song lyrics)

Posted by Ryan J. Cunningham on November 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Going to that 9 to 5 job day after day

Working hard to earn an honest pay

Busting your back to do the very best

Than to be screwed by all the rest

Knowing the world is so unfair

And the boss never seems to care.

Chorus: Feel like going over the edge

On top of the highest ledge

Looking down all around

Ready to leap towards the ground.

Finding true love in that special one

Always together and having fun

Having strong feelings inside your heart

So suddenly you're torn apart.

Growing up, sharing and helping others

Trusting all like sisters and brothers

Only wanting something from you

Never paying back what is due

Being stepped on by so-called friends

The trust in others quickly ends.

Don't take life in your own hands

Pulling back to make you understand

Memories of the ocean, surf and soft sand

Keep in mind the good things where you stand.