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Guest Blog by Celeste Leon

Guest Blog
Celeste Leon

In 1944 my father, Ramón León, won the lottery. $18,000, a fortune! ($500,000 in today’s money.) To say that it changed his life and the lives of others is a gross understatement.

His story has become such family lore that ten years ago, I decided I must tell it. “Why do you want to write about me?” my father asked when I said I was writing a book about him. His response shows his humility. What he accomplished is extraordinary, though he’d never admit it.

Maunabo Puerto RicoRamón León grew up in the remote seaside town of Maunabo, Puerto Rico. From the age of seven, he carried trays of pastries on his head into the nearby sugar plantation to sell to field hands. He saved every penny he earned. At 19, he had a premonition – a vision. A number flashed across the sky: 14007.  “Guillermo,” he said to his friend, “I need to play that number in the lottery!” He felt it so strongly that for the first time, he bought a full sheet of tickets, something only the very wealthy did. And he won. Going from poor to rich in a heartbeat caused as many problems as it solved. He struggled to use his winnings to stay true to himself, ensure family and community harmony, and fulfill his dream of being a healer.

Years before, a dentist known in his village as “El Humanitario” had cured Ramón’s abscessed tooth. Since that day, Ramón dreamed of helping others as he’d been helped. Puerto Rico had few dentists and no dental school in 1944, so, though he knew no English, he attended Michigan State University. Although it was far from easy, his winnings allowed him to live his dream and ultimately return to Puerto Rico to carry on the work of his beloved mentor, “El Humanitario”.

Weeks before my novel inspired by his story was released, one of my dad’s old patients read my story, A Lucky Man (2006). She posted it on our town’s Facebook page. Testimonials from Dad’s former patients poured in, 25 years after he’d retired. “Best dentist I ever had.”  “One of a kind!” One patient told how Dad saw him on a Sunday after a terrible car accident. Recognizing the serious nature of the young man’s injuries, Dad referred him to the nearest hospital. Dad made house calls, and if someone couldn’t pay, he bartered for services.

My father showed respect to everyone without question, and in turn, earned it. These lessons and values shaped the person I am today in my work as a physical therapist and author. In sharing intimate details of his life as I wrote Luck is Just the Beginning, he revealed a humble heroism.

Life has come full circle. His dream came true and, with the publication of my novel, so has mine. Readers have told me how the book inspired them, how they rejoiced during the good parts and cried during the bad.

I share this story in honor of Father’s Day. From selling pastries on sugar plantations to a career as an acclaimed dentist and healer, with a big boost from the Puerto Rican lottery, my father’s story is truly amazing.

Guest Blog by Alina Sayre & Blog Tour

JUNE 15, 2016
It is a privilege to announce that Alina Sayre will be writing a guest blog for the Kingdom of Torrence. It will be posted on June 15, 2016, as part of her blog tour (schedule below) for her soon to be released novel, The Illuminator Rising, Alina will provide an e-book give away to her tour stop at the Kingdom of Torrence . (Rules at the bottom)
Alina Sayre
AUTHOR BIO:

Alina Sayre began her literary career chewing on board books and has been in love with words ever since. Now she gets to work with them every day as an author, educator, editor, and speaker. Her first novel, 

The Illuminator’s Gift, won a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and all three books in The Voyages of the Legend series have received 5-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite. When she’s not writing, Alina enjoys hiking, crazy socks, and reading under blankets. She does not enjoy algebra or wasabi. When she grows up, she would like to live in a castle with a large library.

Book two of the series is titled The Illuminator’s Test.
Author’s Synopsis of The Illuminator Rising, Book 3 of The Voyages of the Legend:
 

Driven from their home island of Rhynlyr, Ellie and her friends must solve a riddle to find the survivors of the Vestigia Roi. But instead of a safe haven, they discover a hopeless band of refugees paralyzed by fear. Strengthened by new allies and new gifts, the crew of the 

Legend faces dangers like never before. Can they escape being shot out of the sky, falling over the Edge of the world, or being engulfed by urken armies long enough to rally the Vestigia Roi? And can they rekindle a fire from the ashes of the One Kingdom before Draaken takes over the world? 

Blog Tour Schedule:
June 8: Jenn Castro (jenncastro.com)-Book 3 announcement with synopsis and cover
June 9: Margaret Bloom (webloomhere.blogspot.com)-Book 1 review, Book 3 announcement with synopsis and cover, giveaway
June 10: Publication day!!! Announcement on alinasayre.com
June 11: Angela Wallace (angelawallace.wordpress.com)-guest post
June 12: W.R. Gingell (wrgingell.com)-guest post
June 13: Rabia Gale (rabiagale.com/blog)-Book 1 review, Book 3 announcement with synopsis and cover
June 14: A.R. Silverberry (arsilverberry.com/blog)-guest post
June 15: D.M. Stoddard (kingdomoftorrence.com)-guest post – requested e-book give away
June 16: Intisar Khanani (booksbyintisar.com/blog)-interview

June 18: Caleb Fong (geekosupremo.wordpress.com)-radio interview

June 15, 2016, e-book giveaway: 1) Subscribe to the Kingdom of Torrence webpage (including email) and 2) add the following to the comments in Alina’s guest blog: your name and a comment on another section or post on the KOT website.  If you have read one of Alina’s books a comment about that book would be appreciated. The winner will be randomly selected and checked against the subscribers list. Good luck.

Guest Blog by Brae Wyckoff

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Introduction…

I met Brae at the Great American Authors Exposition in Reno last spring. I have had the pleasure of speaking with him on several occasions since. He is a wonderful person and a talented author.

 

 

By Brae Wyckoff, author of The Horn King Series

I have been asked numerous times to talk about the fantasy genre and what it means to me. At first, I only thought it to be an absurd question because it seemed black and white to me but as time has gone by and the more I truly think about this question in particular it is now that I am ready to answer this.

We have all heard the slogan “good vs evil” which is part of the foundation of good fantasy stories but that is not the core value in my eyes. As a writer who passionately loves this genre I searched deep and found that the root of all fantasy is based on destiny and purpose. As a reader I am eager to get into a story where I can relate or want to be the main character. Why? Because they have a calling in their life and they are stepping into, sometimes on purpose while other times due to circumstance, their destiny. Each of us has a call on our lives. We dream about it. We want it to unfold and to know what we are supposed to do in our life. Destiny is not something we wait for but something to be discovered.

The Orb of Truth is my first book and it has won several awards and has been compared to Lord of the Rings and Dungeon and Dragons.

http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Horn-King-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00AGIQYWO/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1MT27ZKDKC2SK10EJB5H

Voted #1 Best Fantasy Book Under the Radar!

Voted #1 Best Christian Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book!

Voted #1 Best Indie Fantasy Book!

Voted #1 Best World Building!

Voted #1 Epic Fantasy Worth Your Time!

Voted #1 Awesome Action!

Voted #1 Best Supporting Characters!

The Dragon God is the sequel and has been stated to be better than the first book.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Dragon-God-Book-Series-ebook/dp/B00HJJNCO6/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0M7ZX0MB0Y8JB617G14Y

 Voted “BEST New Epic Fantasy” 

Rated “TOP Fantasy Book” for a series

Here are some reviews:

“Fans of Tolkien should lap up Brae Wyckoff’s book. Can Wyckoff actually write? Yes he can.” San Francisco Book Review

 “With magic rocks and dwarf slaves, this is a cross between Temple of Doom and Lord of the Rings.”Raven Reviewer

 About the Author

Brae Wyckoff is an award winning and internationally acclaimed author, born and raised in San Diego, CA. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Jill, for over 20 years, and they have three children. He has a beautiful grandson named Avery. Brae has been an avid RPG gamer since 1985. His passion for mysterious realms and the supernatural inspired him to write The Orb of Truth, the first in a series of fantasy action adventures.

What’s next for Brae Wyckoff?

The third book, The Vampire King, will be out early 2015.

He also has his first children’s book set in the same fantasy genre and utilizing the same characters. Illustrations will be done by a Disney artist and is set to come out early 2015.