Sunday 3 March 2013

Overcoming Adversity: Andrew McNaughton

Cover design and concept by D.R. Cartwright & Ella Wilson

About the book:

Overcoming Adversity is an anthology that brings together a collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

Editor Bio:

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland. Visit him at


Running for Andrew:

I'm honored to be part of this anthology. To help celebrate and spread the word, I decided to run a race for Andrew. A race was coming up in our area and I thought about wearing the Friend's of Andrew Super Star campaign t-shirt. I spoke with my teammates about it (normally we run with club t-shirts during these events) and they were encouraging and also wanted to show their support. So yesterday, my friends and I ran a 10K for Andrew. It's not a big deal, but somewhere in a little town in France, we ran for Andrew and we wish him the best for a bright future.

This is our little running group and Jean on the end-
our token male.

Everyone ran with a printout of Andrew and Nick's 
bloghop button and ant mascot during the race.

"Pfff. I'm running this race with my eyes closed."
Waiting for the start.
Wishing you all the best Andrew!

Overcoming Adversity is available at the following links:


  1. Aww, it's so sweet that you ran 10K for Andrew! Great stuff!

  2. You really went the extra mile. Best of luck to Andrew.

  3. Hi Elise .. what a great way to raise extra funds - congratulations ... and it's for such a good cause ..

    Cheers Hilary

  4. Wow, that was such a great idea for such a worthwhile cause! You also happen to look fantastic in your Andrew inspired running apparel!

    Congrats to Nick for getting this out in record breaking time! It's as if you simultaneously reached the finish line!


  5. Well done to you and your team mates, what a great idea. The anthology looks great on my Kindle.

  6. That's pretty cool, Elise and you had fun doing it too. Your team sounds like a great bunch of people.

  7. That is really awesome, Elise!! Wait until Nick sees your post. He and Andrew will be really touched.

  8. Elise, that was such a lovely idea! I'm touched, and yes, a very creative way to spread the word! :) You and your team look great.

  9. What a wonderful idea. I hope the race went well.

  10. I love the cover.

    One day I'll do a race. I keep saying that but never do. Yay to you, Elise, for actually doing it. :D

  11. That's so great! It touches my dragon heart. I know what is to be running for someone. The best of your heart is there and that is HUGE. You are wonderful, Elise!

  12. I adore that you guys ran a race! Fantastic, Elise!!! I'm so glad to be a part of the launch with you. This is such a wonderful cause!

  13. That's sweet you did a run for Nick and Andrew.

  14. Very heart warming! All the best with this book, Nick!

  15. Nicely done Elise-you are so cute!
    How wonderful :D

    Yes, a very heart warming venture-

  16. Elise that is so awesome that your running group dedicated the run for Andrew. It's little things like this that help restore my faith in humanity and I'm sure good things are coming your way :)

  17. Elise!!! That is so awesome of you to do that! Wow. You go girl! (How'd the run go???)

  18. Hi Elise,

    This is wonderful and a I get a true sense of humanity at its finest. And yes, the book, adversity and inspiration that come come from it, are powerful and profound. I too have had the humbling and incredible life experience of going on a 3 day, 100 mile walk in support of the indigenous tribes of British Columbia. It was called "Moccasin Miles". It changed my life for the better.

    Peace be with you,

    Gary :)

  19. It's so nice to see the cover of Nick's book all over the blogosphere! And how did it go running with your eyes closed? ;)

  20. I'm getting my copy and I think my legs would be sore too!!

  21. It is a very BIG deal! Great way to pay it forward Elise (and friends).

  22. An amazing story! and certainly it's always a worthy cause to impact a fellow human being's life in such a meaningful way. Yay, Andrew!!!

  23. Glad this came to fruition. I wasn't able to participate in the hop, but I did pick up my copy from Amazon today.

  24. I think I used 10K's when I wrote my post for him. :)

  25. you always go that extra mile!!
    how awesome!

  26. Wow, Elise! What a sweet thing to do! You ladies (and gentleman!) look great. :)

  27. Elise this is super-awesome! Such a wonderful gesture!
    It adds a special warmth to the launch... reinforcing that sense of humanity... as everybody rallies around all over the globe to do their little bit.....
    By the way, your team look great in that running garb!


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