Saturday, May 18, 2013

Guest Author: Jeff Rivera

Does true love really exist and if it does, why haven't I found it? That's what I wondered when I was first writing Forever My Lady. I had had major crushes on people before, the type that keeps you up at night staring at the ceiling dreaming and wondering if they're thinking about you. Why haven't they called? Why don't they act like they're interested in me? What's wrong with me?

Those are the type of questions my main character Dio is going through but even worse. He and Jennifer have known each other since they were 13 years-old. She was his first love and the only one who ever acted like they gave a damn. She was the only one that understood him and accepted him. Their connection ran deep and he expected her to be in his life forever.  But it's funny how two people can take two totally different paths. As Jennifer tried to clean up her life, Dio was going down the wrong path. It wasn't until he landed in prison boot camp and had no other choice but to really look at his life that he realized, how much he needed to do. He promised Jennifer when he got out, he'd be a new man and she in turn promised they'd be back together, maybe have a family, live a life together. But when Dio get out of boot camp, a totally new man, he gets word that Jennifer's getting ready to marry someone else.

So he goes to her church on her wedding day ... with a gun.

Fortunately, for me, I finally met the one but will Dio's fate be the same? And what's he going to say to Jennifer when he finally sees her? And what about the gun?

Forever My Lady

Author: Jeff Rivera
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (November 1, 2008)

Kindle Edition
File Size: 352 KB
Print Length: 202 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0976283808
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

About the book

Dio Rodriguez grew up on the streets and knew all too well the hard, cool feeling of the barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans. But his hard exterior softened when he met Jennifer. Jennifer understands Dio like no one else and makes him want to be a better man. Suddenly a drive-by shooting lands Dio in a prison boot camp and sends Jennifer to the hospital. When Dio learns that Jennifer is pregnant, he realizes that he must find a way to turn his life around and return to his lady. But can trainee Rodriguez get his act together among the hardcases in prison? And will Jennifer be waiting for him if and when he does?

About the author:

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Entertainment Weekly, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American Chronicle, School Library Journal and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria. He has been on panel discussions for The Library Journal, Authors Guild, the Harlem Book Fair and many others.

He is known to have broken the news that Seth Godin was ditching traditional publishing which lead to mentions on hundreds of blogs and media outlets including The LA Times, Fast Company, and New York Observer. His news break that Jackie Collins would be self-publishing the US-version of her eBook lead to mentions in The Bookseller, The Guardian, USA Today and hundreds of other outlets.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

Rivera created a massive online following before the eBook revolution even existed. He was able to land an agent and a book deal with Warner Books (now known as Grand Central Publishing) within 7 days. He has used the knowledge he gained from this experience to help coach his clients on social media campaigns and has helped over 100 clients take the first step in landing an agent too.

Top Interviews:

Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, Jackie Collins, Jamie Raab, Fergie, Enrique Iglesias, Avril Lavigne, Macy Gray, Joel Schumacher, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Jeff Kinney, Harlan Coben as well as 200 others.


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