Release Blitz: ‘Rock Rebel’ by Tara Leigh

Rock Rebel is now available!

 

“Tara Leigh has written her best Nothing But Trouble Book with Rock Rebel.”

~Musings of the Modern Belle

 

SYNOPSIS

 

He’s a rock star with a secret, she’s a pop princess with a painful past – can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?

 

I’ve earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City’s hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now… I’m rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I’m an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.

They’re not entirely wrong. I don’t give a damn what other people think, and I’m all for breaking the rules… except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.

Rock gods don’t tour with pop princesses.

It’s not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity’s incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is… intriguing. But I’m convinced the skeletons in Verity’s closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we’re not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I’m determined to keep hidden.

Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .

But since when do I give a damn about the rules?

 

ABOUT TARA LEIGH

Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.
 

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Author Interview: ‘Northfighters: The View From The Christallis’ by Colm Dowd

About the Book:

What happens when you start to write a book for your kids to compete with Pokémon but you take so long to write it, it ends up more influenced by Smallville, Lost, Lord of the Rings and The X-Files? (To name a few)

You end up with ‘Northfighters – The View from the Christallis’.

This is not your typical fantasy book, but it is a fantasy. And it has it all.

Twelve year old Chris Talbot is the likeable protagonist, with his nerdy friend Josh, his bully nemesis Mike, and his heart’s desire Sylvia. All four of them end up avoiding near death on their school trip near Seattle. They are being pursued by ghoulish monsters that have been sent after them by the charismatic yet maniacal super villain Salazon. Salazon ‘The Evil’ as he would prefer to be known has supreme psychic powers and a pretty big chip on his shoulder. He has an elaborate scheme to trigger a massive battle between two of his world’s people that, he just doesn’t want to have around anymore.

Salazon has been given a forewarning that this boy Chris is somehow going to be a thorn in his side. Luckily for Chris and his friends, they are taken through a portal to a strange and beautiful land by the heroic Talbar, a lord of the Northfighter people. Talbar, with three of his fellow men, make it their duty to guide the children on a trek with war and deceit all around them, to try to find the real reason the kids have ended up here.

The spectre of Salazon builds throughout the book, but he is not the only stuff of legend that is to be found in this land. Fables tell of great and powerful beasts, the true Northfighters, namesakes of the people that came after. Do they exist? Salazon and Talbar both believe that they do. And this may be where the children are to come in.

Back in the real world the tough and cynical detective Janet Lansing is perplexed by the mystery surrounding the missing kids. Where this is all going and why is anyone’s guess. But it’s an entertaining ride, come jump on.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Most of my writing has been in the form of song lyrics. I am the founder of the indie folk/rock group, The Last Hope Road Show. This is why I am dying to get the audio book narration done so I can finish what I hope to be an OC type soundtrack for the finished version.

While I had always wanted to write, the catalyst for this book came from my son, who was nine at the time. He expressed interest in writing a book so I joined in, and the friendly competition helped us both to continue on. He has gone on to become a very good writer. So in that sense, this book has already become a success for me.

2: Do you have a favorite time and place where you write?

The summer it’s great to sit outside and write. Of course I find that the weather may sometimes influence where I’m headed with my scenes or the tone of the chapter, funny how that works.

If I really want to get some serious writing done, the best bet for me is a few hours at our nearest public library. It’s a pretty fair size and has a lot of spots for quiet working. I’m not often disappointed by the work I get done there.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Fortunately/unfortunately, I daydream constantly. New songs, story ideas, I can’t get them down fast enough. That said, Northfighters is my one attempt to actually mimic something. But as I am so unfocused, that’s not how this story ended up at all.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I pretty much wander aimlessly. While it may be a struggle at first, it’s great when you get to a point where the characters take over. You can follow the way they would react to situations and then it makes life easy.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books are of the middle grade/young adult fantasy genre. I suppose you can blame Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings for this, but that would probably be simplistic. Way back in the day I used to stay up to watch the old 50’s science fiction movies being played late Saturday nights with my mom. I came up with some bizarre fantasy land short stories in my early teenage years, but nothing I ever pursued. In the end though, do we really need more real life?

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Dream cast? I like this question. The entire time I was writing this book I envisioned Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor character from Smallville as the villain Salazon. Intelligent but in a smarmy way, and always in the mood to tell longwinded stories to display his high IQ. If you ever were a fan of the show and you read his lines, I’m sure you’ll see the resemblance.

Detective Janet Lansing was totally based on Kim Dickens, known for Fear the Walking Dead and Gone Girl. I just envision her delivering the sarcastic lines with a totally straight face while portraying the perfect balance of tough and cool.

Talbar the hero I see as a younger more easy going Aragorn. Maybe someone like Henry Cavill, but not that straight laced.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Time for reading can be a bit scarce for me, but when I do I’m almost exclusively a mystery guy. Ian Rankin is my favorite, but Michael Connolly and Peter Robinson are close behind.

Of course, I did get into Harry Potter early with my kids and the whole family ended up read every book as they came out. It actually became quite difficult. By books four and five everyone would be arguing over their allotted time to read the one copy we had in the house.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Dark Sacred Night – Michael Connely

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Loved all the Harry Potter books, 4 and 5 had so much left out of the movies, probably go with one of them.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Getting into anything is tough these days. It’s pretty easy to self-publish your book. This is great when you get it done, not so great when it gets drowned in the other thousands of books in your genre. But if you have joined in some author groups and build up your network before your release, I’m sure you’ll get there.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Website: www.northfighters.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Northfighters

Twitter: @Northfighters1

Prologue

“Evil cannot be destroyed, only minimized. It is ever present in our world and beyond. The answers you seek, you will not find on this earth,” the old man got up spryly and grabbed the poker from its stand. Before he continued he waved it fiercely in the air.” The prophecies don’t lie, but they’re not a roadmap. There’s no promised land, no magic weapon to stop this evil one you speak of. ” He finally used the poker for its intended use and stoked up the fire trying to warm the air in his frigid cabin.

His guest was silent, deep in thought. Far younger than his host but with several days’ growth on his noble face he did look a little weathered. He was dressed as if he had been travelling for a long time, worn out leather boots and dusty burlap cloak. But a sword hung from his side and he looked like he knew how to use it.

The old man was engrossed in the growing flames. He continued quietly, almost to himself, “There are ways to leave our world if someone were to be looking for answers. It has been done before, but there were consequences. That was in bad times. Several couples were persecuted and fled through the portal to another world, their children with them. They returned later; the children did not. The parents were sentenced for it. If someone were to try to find those children in the vast unknown, that would be quite a feat. Would they even be alive? Is this a story that we really want to know the answer to?”

The question hung in the air for a moment. Whether it was rhetorical or not it was not to be answered. “Should they be dead, I pity their tortured existence. But if this truly is the path you wish to take then I will help, for I fear that others may try to access the portal that may not have your admirable motives. You will need your wits about you, that’s for certain. And luck, a lot of it. No, it will not be easy” a slight pause, and he got even quieter, “Fraught with danger, for you….for everyone.”

He quickly turned from the fire with renewed energy and loudly continued, “If you feel you must, then you must. We’ll never defeat evil if we don’t get a jump on it, will we? The portal will open soon; you will have to be the one through it first not your adversary. I will tell you the secrets of the hidden caves that lie under the Cornack Mountains….. But first, tell me!” the old man’s voice was beginning to reach an irritating high pitch, “When this evil one comes to me, and he will, who will I say has beat him to the punch?”

“Talbar, my name is Talbar,” replied the younger man with a slow, steady voice, “But if you have the misfortune of being paid a visit by the one called Salazon, then I fear we have all lost.”

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Author Interview: ‘Miss Someday’ by R.J. Ryker

About the Book:

It’s funny how one stupid little mistake can change your life forever.

Okay, maybe what I did was slightly more serious than your average slip-up.

But still…

As far back as I can remember I’ve had one goal in life: get into the vocal performance program at the Vanderbilt Conservatory of Music in New York City. It’s the crème de la crème of music schools.

Guess what. They accepted me, a practically anonymous girl from the other side of the continent. And they even offered me a partial scholarship.

And there’s my problem–a partial scholarship.

Why not get a student loan to make up the difference, like every other kid my age? So, about that not-so-little mistake I made…

I was only trying to save my mother from getting in trouble, again. Somehow, some way, I got mixed up in helping my mom and her loser husband do a drug deal.

A one-time mistake that changed the course of my life forever. It turns out you can’t get student loans if you have a drug conviction. True story. Look it up.

No student loan means I might as well forget attending the world’s most elite music school.

But I’m not about to let go of my dream.

I have this letter from my mom. It arrived the day after she passed away. She explains everything, who my birth father was, how to find him and–here’s the interesting part–how much money he has.

This man I’ve never met just might be my ticket to Vanderbilt Music Conservatory, alma mater of some of the world’s very best musicians.

The only problem is, I have to keep my past a secret from my newfound father. And I have a feeling that’s not going to be easy…

Read Miss Someday now!

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I love reading, and being an author is one way for me to express my creativity. I’m also a musician and composing music has been another creative outlet for me. I remember attending a writer’s conference in sixth grade—we got to skip class and go to an all-day event for kids interested in creative writing. That was the highlight of the year for me (well, that and my first slow dance at the year-end middle school dance). 

Now days, I try to find time for writing between school events, work, and teaching. Our family is very musical and artistic, so many of our activities and conversations revolve around the arts and creativity.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have two places I write. One is in my bedroom, near the window, overlooking the forest in my backyard. I also write in a handful of cafes I like to frequent. I tend to write early in the morning and on my lunch breaks.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I write things down as I go through the day. Most of those ideas I’ll never use, but if I it gets to the point where it sounds like a potential story, I do spend a lot of time working out potential plots. Making an idea into a story tends to be a lot more work than just coming up with the idea!

 4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I definitely plan ahead. I’ve learned that it’s easier to know where I’m going before I start. However, once I get into a story, the characters and plot tend to drift off course, and that’s fine. The first draft is for getting to know my characters better. I usually pause about 20k words into the first draft and reevaluate my original plans. Based on what’s happened so far, I’ll go back and make changes to my outline.

 5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Miss Someday is a Young Adult book. In our family, talking about reading and writing and recommending books to each other is the norm. My kids introduced me to many of my favorite YA books. Interestingly, my initial plan for Miss Someday was to have it from the dad’s POV. I wasn’t happy with the voice and where the plot was going so I rewrote the first chapter from Brittany’s POV. I’m glad I did! She’s much more interesting and her dreams and struggles are the driving force behind the story.

I’ve also published a thriller and have two other novels not yet published—one an MG fantasy and the other a mystery. I do enjoy writing YA, though, and I am strongly considering a sequel to Miss Someday.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

  • Brittany: Dakota Fanning
  • Carrie: Cameron Diaz
  • Thomas: Russel Crowe (not an exact match, but hey…I like him).
  • Chloe: Alisha Newton (she’s from one of our family’s favorite shows, Heartland). Again, not a perfect match. But I’m in charge here, right?
  • Mac: Bill Murray—maybe.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Yes! I read whenever I can. That tends to be in the evening—meaning I stay up way too late. I tend to genre binge for several months at a time before moving on to something different. My favorite genres are young adult fantasy, fantasy, and mystery/thrillers. In the YA arena, I recently enjoyed reading Michelle Maas’ Throne of Glass. I’m also a big fan of the Ranger’s Apprentice (more MG/YA) series. My favorite mystery author right now is Michael Connelly.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I tend to read a few at a time. I just started Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. So far, I love the writing and the story.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This was the first book (ok, book series) I really loved. I read the series the summer after sixth grade, and I still remember laying on my bunk bed, the window open so I could see the sky full of stars, reading well past midnight.

That feeling of being lost in a book, the sense of adventure and wonder that you rarely encounter and always hope to find again. Like reading Harry Potter for the first time.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write! The most important thing you can do is start writing and finish what you start. Then, edit. Finishing a project and moving through the editing process is how you learn. Learn to enjoy editing. I spend a lot of time reading books and listening to podcasts about writing. Also, be brave and show others your work. Ask them for an honest opinion, and then get to work making the changes you feel need to be made.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RRykerAuthor

My website is: www.richardryker.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/richard_ryker_author

 

Excerpts:

“The day I received the award letter from the Vanderbilt Conservatory of Music was the happiest day of my life. I was Cinderella, dancing with the prince.

Fast forward to today. Me, a twenty-year-old with a criminal record living in a cheap motel, with no chance of making it to New York. If I’m Cinderella, this is my midnight moment, and I know better than to believe in prince charming and glass slippers.”

 

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“I think about my life and those that have cared for me, the ones who stuck around and those who didn’t. I used to think of family as a smooth, warm blanket that covers you. But that’s not how most families are. Most are like mine, a dozen pieces of fabric patched together in a crazy, beautiful quilt.”

 

About the Author:

Hello fellow readers! My name is R.J. Ryker.

I write novels and short stories about everyday people facing extraordinary circumstances. When not writing, you’ll find me spending time with my very artistic and musically talented family. I play a handful of instruments fairly well and was once a music major in college before switching degrees.

You can reach me at richardryker.com or Facebook. If you’d like to sign up for my reader’s group on the website, you’ll get access to free stuff, including new novels.

You can also visit my Richard Ryker (my other pen name) page for short stories and other genres: www.mazon.com/author/richardryker

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Release Blitz: ‘Enchanted by You’ by Hilaria Alexander

Title: Enchanted by You
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: December 6, 2018

 

Blurb

I had no idea that my seven-year marriage would implode during our long awaited and needed vacation to Albuquerque—the city that will change your perspective. Unfortunately, our attempt at fixing everything wrong in our relationship backfired, big time.

My husband left me alone in Albuquerque, with no friends, no family . . . and no idea what my future holds or if I’ll ever find happiness again.

As I begin to move on, I can’t help but notice the man who was there for me during my darkest hour.
Esteban Garcia is the dashing hero you want on your side, even though I’m no damsel in distress.
With his dazzling smile, bright green eyes and golden skin, he’s a brand of gorgeous I’m not used to, and mysterious enough to drive me crazy with thoughts
of him.

I wouldn’t be surprised to find out I’ve somehow been enchanted by him . . . or maybe he was my fate all along.

 

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“By the way, how are you settling in? Still in love with the apartment?” he teases, arching one eyebrow, his voice loaded with humor.

I make a face. “What exactly are you hinting at?” I ask, and he lets out a laugh, his eyes bright with amusement. He puts his hands in his pockets, and relaxes, slouching his shoulders a little. “Is this your way of asking me if I’ve experienced any paranormal activity?” The sound of his laughter stirs something in my chest, a happy feeling I haven’t felt in so long. I don’t miss the looks I’m getting from the women he was talking to. Also, I just can’t miss the opportunity to tease him in return.

“Oh, yeah. I haven’t had a chance to tell you. There’s a ghost who visits me every night. I haven’t been getting much sleep but all in all…I can’t really complain,” I tell him with a knowing look, and his face falls immediately.

He looks pale, and I almost feel sorry I lied.

Almost.

“You’re joking,” he tells me, jaw taut, a panicked look in his eyes.

“Not so funny now, is it?” I quip and see him slowly regain the color that had gone amiss from his cheeks. His eyes sparkle like emeralds as he recovers, and the corner of his lips tilts into a grin that tells me he’ll make me pay for it.

I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea, if it entails certain things.

He points a finger at me and shakes his head in disbelief.

“That wasn’t funny, Ines.”

“That was very funny and you know it.”

“Alright. You got me. I’m going to stop teasing you now, okay?”

Oh, please don’t.

I shrug. “A little teasing never hurt anybody, am I right?”

He nods slowly, a small smile stretching across his face. His eyes linger on me, as if trying to read me. I felt bold a moment ago, but now that he’s staring at me with such intensity, I feel my cheeks redden and look down.

 

Author Bio

 

Hilaria Alexander never thought she’d be a writer one day. Reader? Yes. Book hoarder? You betcha. Then, she started reading romance – that’s when she felt the need to write a story. Unfortunately, she didn’t listen to her gut, and talked herself out of it A MILLION TIMES. She finally gave up a few years ago, when the urge to write was stronger than self-doubt. She loves funny, sexy romances wrapped with a huge happily-ever-after bow at the end. Her inbox is always open if you want to chat about one of her books.

 

For upcoming teasers, samples, and all things new-release-related, join her Facebook reading group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HARockettes

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Author Interview: ’24 – What Can Happen in a Day’ by Michael Ford Jr.

About the Book:

24-What Can Happen In A Day… Most people know that firefighting is an incredibly dangerous profession. The popular perception of firefighters is that they are fearless heroes who put their lives on the line to rescue people from burning buildings. That perception is mostly true. But there is so much more about firefighters and their community labor that is rarely revealed. 24-What Can Happen in a Day is a brilliant, intimate look into the daily lives of firefighters, from the experiences of Michael Ford Jr., who rose through the ranks from raw recruit to assistant fire chief. You will ride along with Chief Ford as he unveils the most interesting, disturbing, and adventurous firefighter escapades. You’ll laugh and wince in sympathy as Ford offers you a behind the scenes view into a world of secrets, failures, misfortune, exhilaration and triumph. You will cheer as you are encouraged to transcend perceived limitations to advance in life. And more than anything, you’ll be enthralled as you experience the inspiring, tragic, shocking, best and worst of humanity come to life, compelling you to treasure your family and friends with a more significant expression. Hilarious, profound, and deeply moving… this is a thrill ride you’ll never forget.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

1A:  I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Andrea, for 21 years. We have five children. I’ve served as a professional firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years, earning multiple promotions, and ascending to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the position of Assistant Chief with the Louisville Fire Department. I have dedicated my life to helping others achieve success by founding and directing numerous local education programs and organizations. Including, the nationally recognized youth education program called C.A.N. (Children Against Negativity). This program has provided mentoring, reading, mathematics, and character education to over 2000 promising local youths. Also, Master Builders Academy, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring through personal development and entrepreneurial instruction.

I have also developed programs that provide food, clothing, and school supplies to hundreds of children living in the housing projects in Louisville and serve as Director to three St. Shelia Joy Academy elementary and middle schools in Kenya, East Africa.

1B: I started writing purely by accident. In my high school years, I was a massively underachieving student, to put it mildly. Not knowing that I might be good at something, because I rarely gave a full effort to anything, especially writing. While in my senior year in high school, I was taking the Senior English Course, and unfortunately, I was assigned the teacher that most students, including me, considered the meanest, strictest, and most demanding teacher in the entire school, Mrs. Sanders. Well, two weeks in she gives out an assignment that everyone has one week to read this 120-page book and write a three-page reflection of the essence of the book and its main characters. Well, being the exceptional student that I was, I forgot about the assignment just as soon as she gave it. A week later, we were in class, and Mrs. Sanders reminded everyone that the writing was due tomorrow. So before I leave class, I ask the girl sitting next to me in class, had she read the book and what was it about. She laughed at me and took two minutes to tell me a few things about the book. When I got home, I read the first, and the last page of the book wrote my paper and turned it in the next day. After Mrs. Sanders took a week to read and grade the papers, she stands in front of the class and begins to berate the entire class for turning in the worst, the most awful, amateurish essays that she had ever seen in her twenty years of teaching. She continued for ten minutes of telling us how these pitiful essays made her consider early retirement. Mrs. Sanders then says, “But I thank God, for giving me one actual writer out of this class of 40 students.” As she waves around in the air the one golden essay, “One person in this class understands how to write with allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, and imagery. This one student is going to help teach the rest of this class the essence of writing.” And as I am thinking, “I wonder who this writing nerd is?” Mrs. Sanders says with a look of love in her eyes, “Mr. Michael Ford your essay was the best I have read in quite a long time.” At this point, the entire class is all in cardiac arrest at this impossible revelation. And trust me, I am more shocked than they are. The bottom line is, the success of that half-baked essay had a profound impact on my psyche, I realized that if I would actually apply myself, I just might discover that there were other talents that I possessed that were dormant due to my laziness.  So credit my writing start to Mrs. Sanders and the three-page essay.

2: Do you have a favorite time and place where you write?

Due to my incredibly intense schedule, I force myself to write after all my business assignments are complete. This means I mostly write between midnight and 2am (As I am writing this, it’s actually 2am). My special writing place is my dining room because the table is the perfect height, the chairs are comfortable, and the lights can be adjusted to my current mood.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

As an international speaker excelling in the subjects of organizational leadership, people and community building, and youth empowerment, my classes and my writings center around my life experiences.  I am a storyteller, and I have found that most people can learn best from a properly told story or example of life.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I utilize a bit of both. I usually have a specific thought of what the main topics will cover and what interesting characters that I want to highlight. But many times the true lesson or point of the story comes out as I am writing.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

They are mostly non-fiction, and this goes back to the fact that my stories come from actual life experiences. I also remember that in elementary school, I was drawn more to books on the presidents as apposed to books about Curious George.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

If I could get the master storyteller Tom Hanks to direct; my villains Gene Hackman (the original Lex Luthor) and Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lamb’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter). My fire department captain to be played by Denzel Washington (Training Day’s Detective Alonzo Harris), and Morgan Freeman (Shaw Shank Redemption’s Red) to do my narration. I would play myself and would undoubtedly need Halle Berry to play my wife, but if she were unavailable Zoe Saldana (Star Trek’s Nyota Uhura) would be an acceptable replacement.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I hope this won’t make me seem dull or uninteresting, but I love books that are uplifting, motivational, strategic, and challenge the best in people to rise up.  So some of my favorite authors are Les Brown, Jim Rohn, TD Jakes, Robert Kiyosaki, John Maxwell, William Pickard, and Tommy Barnett

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Left To Tell (Author Immaculee Ilibagiza, and The Warmth of Other Suns (Author Isabel Wilkerson)

9: What is your favorite book and why?

I have two favorite books:

  1.   Hidden Power by Tommy Barnett – This book helped me to understand myself better; That the foundation of the majority of my success came from my sincere heart to give. Its been through my giving money, time, and resources to help build others that have propelled me from one success level to the next.  The Hidden Power is that the more money, time, service, love that I give the more that is returned back to me.
  2.   Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – This book inspired me to teach others how to be more than just educated, but to be wise and resourceful, and to be relentless in the pursuit of their dreams.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Stop thinking about it and just write.  The second you begin to put pen to paper or fingers to those computer keys you have officially become a writer.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work? 

Website: www.michaelfordjr.com

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/24-What-Can-Happen-in-a-Day-242415319710609

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About the Author:

Michael E. Ford Jr. has served as a Professional Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years. He has earned multiple promotions, ascending to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and holding the position of Assistant Chief. Chief Ford has served his community for over 25 years, founding and directing numerous local programs and organizations. Including, the nationally recognized youth education program C.A.N. (Children Against Negativity) and the professional development and entrepreneurial organization Master Builders Academy. He is an international speaker of organizational leadership, community building, and youth empowerment. He has been married for 21 years to Andrea Ford, his high school sweetheart. They have five children: Michael III, Sarah, Josiah, Judah, and Matthew.

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