SUNRAY, Texas, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing up on her family farm in the tiny Texas Panhandle town of Sunray, Rebecca Crownover dreamed of one day becoming a successful author and - inspired by the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of her dad and two grandfathers - owning her own business.
Now, drawing on the true-to-life stories and great life lessons that came from her special relationship with her "PawPaw" and helping him run the farm, Rebecca celebrates her cherished roots as a "Texas Farm Girl" with an exciting new series of inspiring, award-winning children's books and a growing brand of related products, including tank tops and rhinestone-studded T-shirts for kids and adults.
Published in 2013, the first book in the series (titled Texas Farm Girl) found the protagonist – a young character based on Crownover's childhood – learning from her PawPaw the hard work that goes into farming. She comes to understand how devastating it can be when a big storm comes through and rips it apart. Crownover imparts key life lessons as the young girl learns how to focus on the positive even under dire circumstances.
Quickly creating a regional and then growing national sensation, Texas Farm Girl was a Christian Literary Awards nominee in the Children's Book category. Rebecca was named 2014 Mascot Books Author of the Year, and won the coveted 2014 "Moving America Forward" Award, presented by Retired Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, for being an innovative entrepreneur. This was presented to the author on William Shatner's "Moving America Forward," a national TV series that celebrates the achievements and contributions of businesses and entrepreneurs across the U.S.
Rebecca has been featured in many national media outlets, including Progressive Farmer Magazine (Cover December 2014), Successful Farming Magazine, Texas Farm Bureau's national marketing in agriculture and numerous local radio and TV shows.
In early 2015, Rebecca – a single, widowed mother of eight-year-old Acie – who provides executive leadership in new business development as a partner in the Lone Star Family Farms, followed up with the series' second release Texas Farm Girl: Reap What You Sow. Crownover's goal is to show how the lesson applies to everyone so that "we can overcome adversity and shine like a Lone Star Pearl."
Always finding ways to combine her freewheeling creativity and entrepreneurial energy, Rebecca developed the song "Texas Farm Girl" with her childhood friend, Nashville-based rising country music artist, Billy Dawson, to help promote the books. Grammy Award-winning producer, Skidd Mills, produced the track. Mills has worked with ZZ Top, Saving Abel and Daughtry, among others.
The growing Texas Farm Girl phenomenon grew out of Rebecca's success with her first children's book, My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus – an inspiring, award-winning story that chronicles the personal tragedy that she and Acie experienced when Rebecca's husband Adam, was killed in an ATV accident in 2009. Since its release in 2012, My Daddy Is In Heaven With Jesus has helped many children around the world find comfort in a time of loss; it continues to be a life-inspiring book for children and adults that have lost a parent.
Though it was published by a secular publisher, it was a 2013 award-winning finalist in the USA Best Books Awards in the Children's Religious Category and a 2013 Christian Literary Award winner (Henri Award and Reader's Choice Award) in the Children's Book category.
As a partner in a thriving farm organization and via her books and other entrepreneurial efforts connected to Texas Farm Girl, Rebecca – who has a business degree from Texas Tech University and launched her professional life as a global technology consultant - aims to paint a positive picture of farming in an era where the media has often cast skepticism and negativity on the industry.
"My mission as a farmer and the creator of Texas Farm Girl is to show a strong image of farming while educating, entertaining and inspiring children," she says. "Both of these endeavors engage my passion for business and entrepreneurship, and I'm thrilled by all of the opportunities to give back and bring joy and hope to people."
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