Description of Ted Saves the World :
A possessed cheerleader. A cursed gang of criminals. Mysterious telekinetic powers. An angry ex-girlfriend in gym class? One second, sophomore in high school Ted endures his first breakup in his favorite place in town. The next, a mysterious blue light turns him into a worldwide superhero sensation for taking down a posse of grisly murderers. As his views on YouTube increase and his friend Dhiraj tries to capitalize on the marketing potential, his dangers increase as well when a presumed-dead cheerleader begins taking a personal interest. Can Ted survive his first week as a superhero in the public eye? This novella is the first taste in a series of full-length novels about the adventures of Ted Finley and Erica LaPlante. The book is also available on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords for $0.99.
By Bryan Cohen
Between middle school and the end of college, I was broken up with at least six times. Since they say you should write what you know, I started my series opener, Ted Saves the World, with a breakup.
The first time I ever endured a breakup it was completely devastating. I was so scared and sensitive about my premiere relationship in the first place, I was afraid to even talk to the girl after we'd started dating (I was in 7th grade, give me a break). After a series of ladies who didn't want to go on date #1, I had the "end of high school" relationship, which ceased to be as I went off to college. This was one of those long and drawn out breakups that ended with tears and a batch of cookies to take to school.
By the time the third breakup came around, to a girl three years my senior (which was totally brag-worthy as a sophomore in college), I started to get the hang of it. By being ridiculously understanding and keeping my emotions at bay during the breakup conversation, I was able to gain the title "the best person to breakup with ever." Self-proclaimed of course.
One time, I did such a good job of being broken up with, that the girl wanted to get back together within 3 days. It didn't end up working out in the end, but all of this wonderfully awkward and emotional break-up experience has led me to know the inner workings of this relationship-ender like the back of my hand.
Shortly after Ted is broken up with by his first love, Jess, he gains super powers and saves the lives of 27 people. Obviously, the super powers thing never happened to me, but getting to play with how Jess looks at him after he becomes a worldwide phenomenon has been very enjoyable to write. As a kid, I used to dream about how these exes would think of me if I became famous. Now I get to write about it. Hopefully, this will lead to a long and fruitful relationship...with my readers!
Bryan Cohen is giving away four $25 Amazon gift cards, one for each week of his month long blog tour. To enter, simply comment with your e-mail address (feel free to substitute @ with (at) or other tricks to stop spammers from getting it). Bryan will draw the four names at the end of the tour, picking one entrant at random from each week’s set of blog posts. Entries will be counted through Monday, August 15th, 2011. Enter on as many sites as you want, follow the tour at Build Creative Writing Ideas. If Ted reaches the Top 100 on Amazon at any point during the tour, a fifth $25 card will be added to the giveaway.
Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written seven books including 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More. Contact Bryan through his Ted Saves the World blog, his Build Creative Writing Ideas site or Twitter