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VBT – My Name is Nelson

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Title: My Name is Nelson

Author: Dylan Fairchild

Genre: Thriller

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office.  Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he’s facing one of the worst national security crises in American history.  And it’s being masterminded out of a sleazy, New Mexico strip joint? What the hell?

Is this a political thriller?  Or is it science fiction? A zany comedy?  Perhaps it’s a love story. Whatever it is, it’s a riveting page-turner with a little sex appeal, and a lot of laughs.  If “Doctor Strangelove” can find the humor in nuclear war, then surely there’s a little bit of laughter lurking in unmanned aviation, as well as some serious, heartfelt moments.

It’s little wonder White House National Security Advisor Chet Addington* said this was, “Pretty much the best novel ever.”**

* Absolutely, positively, not a real person

** He’s been known to be wrong about stuff

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Author Bio

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Dylan Fairchild is the pen name of a Virginia-based indie author.  He usually lurks in a different genre.

“My Name is Nelson” is the author’s first thriller.  It’s a genre-busting blend of humor, action, political-military intrigue, romance, and science fiction.  “The Indie View” awarded it “five-plus” stars and said “in terms of sheer storytelling mastery, it’s one of the best books we’ve seen in a while.”  The book is dedicated to “all the men and women who work so tirelessly to protect our nation.”

The author can be found on, and he is happy to reply to any questions, comments, or witty ridicule of his photo.

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VBT – Snakes Can’t Run


Snakes Can’t Run
by Ed Lin


GENRE:   FICTION/Mystery & Thriller



Set in New York City in 1976, Snakes Can’t Run finds NYPD detective Robert Chow still haunted by the horrors of his past and relegated to tedious undercover work. When the bodies of two undocumented Chinese men are found under the Brooklyn Bridge underpass, Chow is drawn into the case. Most of the officers in his precinct are concerned with a terrorist group targeting the police, but Chow’s investigation puts him on the trail of a ring of ruthless human smugglers who call themselves the snakeheads. As Chow gets closer to solving the murder, dangerous truths about his own family’s past begin to emerge. Steeped in retro urban attitude, and ripe with commentary on minorities’ roles in American society, this gritty procedural will appeal to fans of George Pelecanos and S.J. Rozan.

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The mind is a funny thing. After I got on the wagon and fell in love with a girl, I started seeing my father out in the streets. I didn’t literally see his ghost walking around, but I’d see his nose in profile on another guy’s face. Sometimes I’d be walking behind someone who had his slouchy shuffle, his spotted ears, or the back of the head that looked like an elderly porcupine with spikes gone soft and white.

One time, a hand reached out to my shoulder and touched me exactly where he used to touch me from his chair after dinner to ask me to get him a beer from the fridge.

Of course it wasn’t my father. It was an older guy who wanted to know if I was the guy whose pictures used to be in all the Chinese newspapers. The man was almost completely bald and had two light brown spots on the top right of his head that looked like an imprint from a woman’s high-heeled shoe.

He called me the Sheriff of Chinatown. I tried to get away from him as soon as possible, but he was one of those people who liked to say good-bye and then ask another question just when you’re about to part. The guy ended up grabbing both of my hands twice before I was able to make the corner and get away. I checked that my wallet was still in my pocket, though, just in case he had been working me with a partner. I guess he was genuinely glad to meet me.


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Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.


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Thanks for being my guest. Tell us about you as a person.
I am a punk-rock kid. I grew up listening to Husker Du, Black Flag and other bands whose very names would not be appropriate to print on a family-oriented site. Apart from the music, I really love the attitude about it, that maybe you don’t know how to play your instrument or sing, but if you really want to be a band and make music, you’ve got no excuses. Later on, I had that same attitude when I wanted to write my first book. I dedicated myself to sitting down at that keyboard nearly every night for half a year to bang out a first draft.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I wouldn’t need the whole day, but it would be great to split a pizza with Dashiell Hammett. He was a man of such integrity and a great writer to boot. I wonder what toppings he’d like. Maybe he’d eat it with a knife and fork.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Snakes Can’t Run is the sequel to This Is a Bust, and is a continuation of the New York Chinatown mystery series set in the 70s. The cop narrator, Robert Chow, is on the hunt for snakeheads, human traffickers. He’s not going to like what he finds.

What is your writing process?
I listen to music, but nonvocal stuff. Surf and drag music is great because it’s so energetic. Instrumental jazz is awesome, too, and I’m a big supporter of WBGO in Newark–that station plays all the good stuff and it’s as close as any Internet connection.

Tell us about your main character:
Robert Chow is a Chinese American guy who fell in with the wrong crowd early on. He was drafted to serve in Vietnam and although he returned physically well, Chow still has PTSD. In the first book he had to solve himself to save his life. Now he’s able to help others.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
This is an answer loaded with landmines–I am friends with many Asian American actors who could very well play the lead. Can I demur and say that I would love for Mahershala Ali to play Chow’s African American partner? Ali has a quiet gravity that he showed in Moonlight and also a bit of playfulness embedded in his House of Cards character.

What are you working on next?
I write a mystery series set in Taipei for Soho Crime. So far, they’ve published Ghost Month and Incensed. I’m now on the third.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Don’t be a hypocrite–talk about the books and writers that you love, who maybe aren’t so well-known.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
I really love this book The Secret Origins of the Bible by Tim Callahan. It details all these stories that have their origins in ancient Mesopotamia that didn’t become apparent until excavations and translations were made in the 20th century. It’s part mystery, part history, part fable and part faith. A great book.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I play bass, but not well. Oh, actually, I’m pretty good at Street Fighter II, the old arcade game. If we’re ever near a Street Fighter II cabinet, please challenge me!

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I’d want to be able to help young children see logic. I have a four-year-old who just doesn’t understand when I try to explain things to him!

List 5 things on your bucket list.

In no order: See those Incan walls; make it down to New Orleans for the Ponderosa Stomp; get a TV with 1080p display capability that still has an s-video port (I still have a laserdisc player); finish Panzer Dragoon Saga; organize the storage cage.

Where can readers find you on the web?

Any final thoughts?
Don’t consider this my final message. I’ll always be back. Have a great day, guys!

Book Tour – Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller

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Title: Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller
Author: Joshua Graham
Publisher: Redhaven Books
Pages: 437
Genre: Thriller

For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Brad Thor, and Nora Roberts.

New York Times bestselling author Joshua Graham returns with a new thriller, Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller.

At the height of President Jennifer Bradley’s inaugural parade, a bomb detonates, followed by shots from a sniper’s rifle. She survives despite the numerous casualties including the Chief White House photographer. The authorities apprehend the only surviving suspect, but before they can interrogate him, he dies mysteriously while recovering in the hospital.

In an effort to hunt down those responsible and prevent future assassination attempts, Special Agent Wade Masterson of the Secret Service recruits photojournalist Xandra Carrick for a dual-role position as the President’s Photographer and clandestine assistant operative.

Xandra’s uncanny gift of second-sight through the lens of a camera thrusts her straight into the center of a deadly terrorist plot that runs far deeper than anyone in the intelligence community ever imagined.

But she may already be too late.

In a tale of vengeance, honor and sacrifice, Xandra must draw upon all she has to stop an insidious plot which threatens to bring the country to its knees with a biological weapon that will decimate the nation’s population.

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January 23

2:28PM EST

IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF THE SNIPER’S SCOPE the target shifted in and out of view. The motorcade drifted down Pennsylvania Avenue, Secret Service agents flanking its side, while Vice President Phillip Marsden and his wife Gwen waved to the cheering crowd on either side of the street behind the cold 16-gauge steel tubing of the barricades.

Neither of them was the target.

The sniper swung his scope back to the west, where the glare of the sun blinded him momentarily. He grunted, blinked and reestablished his view. The cold January wind bit at his bare fingers as he felt the trigger and anticipated the diversionary strike his partner would unleash half a block away.

Tuning out the trumpet strains of marching bands, the steady drum beats, and the crowd’s applause, he initiated a silent countdown just as Jennifer Bradley, the nation’s newly re-elected president strode past the designated spot.



About the Author

Joshua Graham

JOSHUA GRAHAM is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Beyond Justice, Terminus, and Darkroom, the winner of the International Book Award, Forward National Literature Award, USA Book News Best Books Award, and host of Thriller Radio. His award-winning novel DARKROOM hit 3 bestseller lists on Amazon the night of its release.

CBS NEWS described DARKROOM as a book with “action, political intrigue and well-rounded characters…a novel that thriller fans will devour.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.

Many of Graham’s readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.

Josh grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children on the West Coast.

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Joshua, thanks for being my guest today. Tell us about you
First, thanks for having me on your blog and hello to everyone out there! Something about me? I think the most curious thing about me is that I’ve worn so many different hats throughout my life. Being an author is just the latest. Aside from being a husband, a father, a follower of Jesus, and a man blessed with the greatest friends on the planet, I have worked as a professional musician, college professor, IT professional, Director of Operations in a call center, and a business owner. I received my Bachelor and Masters Degree from the Juilliard School (I’m a cellist), and my Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

Recently, I got into fitness with my son and because he joined his school’s cross country team, I wanted to support him and train with him. I have always hated running (I’m more into weight lifting), but he’s pushed me to run with him and to date, I’ve done a couple of 5K races with him. I never see him until the finish line and he’s been waiting at least 10 minutes for me to arrive, but I consider it a huge accomplishment for me to simply make it to the end without falling flat on my face!

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
These days, it’s not so much inspiration as it is commitment. Each day, I get out of bed so I can get the kids ready for school and drive them there. After that it’s the gym, writing, taking care of administrative tasks for home or business, and then back to picking up the kids, taking them to sports or debate practice, etc. In short, I am committed to serving my family.

In a more broad scope, I believe that fulfilling my God-given purpose every day is what keeps me going. There are seasons in life where that is more exciting and rewarding than others, but like running a 5K, you have to keep going no matter if it’s uphill or downhill, no matter if you can sprint it, or walk it. You never quit. And in the end, completion is its own reward.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Since you didn’t mention whether this person needed to be alive or not, I would say C.S. Lewis. Not only was he an amazing story teller, but the depth of his mind could only be matched by his uncanny gift for expressing the most profound ideas with the simplest words.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
What triggered the idea for the opening scene of LATENT IMAGE was watching the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama (his 2nd term). As a thriller writer, my imagination kicked in immediately. POTUS smiling and waving, Secret Service surrounding him, scanning the permiter…what a shock to the world it would be if something happened right there. That inspired the opening pages of my book.

Tell us your writing process
That’s almost like telling you about my entire digestive process—I think. Seriously, though. I used to struggle between writing organically, and by a strict outline. I have found that I can do both effectively. I start out with a macro-level outline, then fill in details. This is my initial blueprint, though I know very well that I can and will make changes as the story and character development dictates. However, it’s much better to make the changes when you have an outline because you can then go back and fill in the new details (a setup for a new payoff, for example) and not have to search your entire manuscript for where it needs to happen.

Look, if you’re building a house, you’ll want to make major changes at the blueprint level. And even if you’ve already started building, the blueprint will help you see what you can or can’t do, without scrapping the entire thing and starting from scratch.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve enjoyed writing since I could do it. Loved creating stories, telling them, making people laugh, or hold their breath, or cry. But it was after the publication of my first works of fiction, when the editor invited me to his professional writers workshop that I decided, I would love to make this my full-time career, God willing.

Well, I was so blessed, and now I am a full-time writer.

Tell us about your main character:
Xandra Carrick is an award-winning photojournalist on the cusp of her third decade of life. She’s strong-willed, but really wants to do what’s right. A few books ago, she discovered that she has the extraordinary gift of second sight (precognition). In other words, she can see things about the past, present, or future through photographs she develops in the darkroom. Though she still finds keys to mysteries in the darkroom, her abilities have transcended that. She can now see visions—answers to dark secrets—without the need of her camera.

But some secrets were meant to be kept.

This of course puts her in moral and ethical dilemmas. She ends up uncovering conspiracies which put her in the crosshairs of dangerous people.

Will she step up and use her abilities? Did I mention that she’s strong-willed?

What are you working on next?
I am currently wrapping up the finale of The Führer’s Daughter with my esteemed co-author Jack Patterson. After that, more Xandra Carrick, and possibly other projects.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I have the superpower of eliciting groans from humans and pets of all ages, shapes and sizes with my puns. You could call me a PUNdit of humor. Or not.

Other than that, not really. I play the cello, and I can bench press about 360 lbs. Just not at the same time. For now.

Who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, James Rollins, Preston & Child, Steve Berry…the list goes on.

What do you like to do with your free time?
That’s very funny. Free time?

I sometimes watch movies, hang out with friends playing cards and eating too much dessert, go places with my family just to be together. I guess working out and running could be considered to be done on my free time, but it’s really not. It’s scheduled and an obligation for me.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I’m hoping they will all hit big bestseller lists, but that’s up to the readers out there to decide. For more information about my upcoming releases, and to receive a free ebook, and the opportunity to be entered in my monthly giveaways, please subscribe to my free newsletter here:

Where can people find you on the web?

I hope everyone will visit my website

You can connect with me on facebook:

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Any final thoughts?
If you have a favorite book/author, please support their efforts by recommending them to your family and friends, and leaving reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.

Thanks very much!

Book Tour – Sebastian Cork


About the Book

Title: Sebastian Cork

Author: Neal Davies

Genre: Thriller


Sebastian Cork – Sebastian Cork is a noted Psychologist at the pinnacle of his career, but as he fast approaches sixty he finds himself drifting and lacking enthusiasm. Things change when an unforseen event places him in the slums of the most sinister side of town in search of a killer.

Author Bio
Neal Davies- Neal Davies is a retired Family and relationship counsellor as well as an already accomplished Author. Before he began writing fiction he had written numerous self-help books focusing on communication within families and adolescents. His first fictional novel was Benworden, which is an adventure novel for family, children, and teens.

Growing up as a child Neal loved the murder mystery classics, especially
Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes. His dream of creating his own unique
character become a reality on completion of Sebastian Cork Forget Me Not and he
has already begun writing a sequel.


Interview With…. Joe Compton

Hi readers. Today I get to chat with Joe Compton. Author of the crime thriller, Amongst The Killing.

Born in Hawthorne, CA in December of 1973 Joe grew up in Southern California; the majority of that spent in Torrance, CA. Writing has always been that thing he could do at an early age. He spent many a summer stints with his Grandma and Aunt where he was left mostly to his imagination and would escape by writing scenes and short stories; then acting them out in the backyard. Sometimes bringing in his brother to help act or just be an audience member. Then when his mother went back to work, Joe would spend the summer with his brother, write scripts ( even before he knew what a screenplay was), and perform all the characters for his brother.

Joe went on to South Torrance High School and while he wasnt the world’s best student, he did manage to have 3 short stories published in the school’s annual creative anthology. They were mostly horror driven, in the vein of Poe or Lovecraft. It would be Joe’s first published works. One of those stories Joe would end up turning into a screenplay and short film. Joe served his country in the United States Marines for 4 years, were he wrote the very first draft of Amongst the Killing. Once he was out of the Marines Joe moved to Denver, got another short story published in a underground magazine called Harvest Moon, a sort of reader’s digest for Horror fans.

Joe started writing screenplays and decided he would like to try making movies. He shot his first movie, Karl’s Liquor in 2001 ; which had one screening and one screening ever, at the awesome, world famous Mercury Cafe in Denver, CO in August of 2001. Joe went on to make 2 more short films, Devilwind and aforementioned (short story turned into movie) Out of Range. Joe at one time had a deal in place with a publishing company to publish Amongst the Killing but didn’t want to change the principle concept and thus walked away. Now a few years later he has started this company and decided to his first release would be Amongst the Killing . In 2010 Joe met the love of his life, his wife Shawna. Knowing that they will have children very soon he wanted to have something to hand over to his child, should they want it. So he felt the time was now to do this.

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Joe, thanks for being with us today. Please tell our readers about yourself.
I grew up in Southern California, loved to read and write virtually my entire life. I was writing and storytelling before I could remember doing so. I have lived a lot of places, California both Northern and Southern, Austin, Denver, North Carolina, and Japan. I was in the Marines for 4 years. I also love movies, so while in Denver I made 3 short films and helped other filmmakers make theirs. I have always been an free spirit and wanted to do something creative. So the movie thing wasn’t really going the way I hoped but I knew I had this book I wanted to get out. Then in talking to people I know and having been to a few writer’s conference. I realized I wasn’t alone in this thought. So I started this Publishing Company and along with my book I hope to get those folks out to the world too. So here I am starting with my first novel, putting that out there and seeing what happens.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What doesn’t. Life is such a gift and I don’t take that for granted. I like to be creative and any day that starts with me doing that, that’s the best days. I am not much for sleep. Although getting older now has me appreciate it more but I just would rather be doing something creative. I like to challenge myself and I am not afraid to put myself out there so I try to do so everyday.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I think right now I would welcome the opportunity to hang out with someone I could learn alot from and I think Steven Spielberg would be that guy. He is beyond busy and he is an impressive human and moreover impressive working machine. I think being a sponge around him would be the most I could gain from an experience. He’s also famous for all the right reasons and it doesn’t define him. I like that.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
I am not a big fan of the judgmental aspect of society and I wanted to write that challenges the notions of what we assume in people, just my their title and their actions. I really felt like I hadn’t read a story that really captures both sides of the story either. A detective and mass murderer seemed like the ultimate playground for those thoughts. So I spent a lot fo time learning about the cops and especially detectives. I read some murderers biographies and try as much as I could to read the auto-biographies more so than someone else giving accounts. Then I applied the emotional aspects of being human and this book is the result of that.

What are you working on next?
I am writing 2 books right now. One is a sequel to this one called “We The Moral Majority“. The other is a departure from the police world and into the World of war called “P.O.W.” about a young Marine Officer who recounts how much he changed as a result of being a prisoner of war.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
No I am pretty talentless other than writing, nothing had ever been natural to me.

Who are your favorite authors?
Poe and Shakespeare are my go to reads. I am actually all over the place though I like HP Lovecraft, Mario Puzo, Jon Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, Alice Sebold, the early works of Dean Koontz, and James Patterson. I also like AJ Jacobs and all the crazy things he tries and writes about.

My 2 favorite books are To Kill A Mockingbird and The Davinci Code. Those are as close to perfection as I have read.

What do you like to do with your free time?
Movies, I love the ethereal experience of a movie theater and I go as much as I can, which is usually about 35-50 times a year. I also love baseball, especially the San Francisco Giants. Go to a handful of their games and to a handful of their Minor League Affiliate. I live in San Jose, home of their Single A team. My wife and I go to a dozen or so of those each year too. Been real bad about reading the last couple years but I vowed to get myself more into that.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
Well my publishing company has several we hope in the horizon. The Author, me, has the books I mentioned early and just might have a couple more I will write. I carry a notepad or am never far from a pen and paper and come up with ideas all the time. So I try to constantly be writing.

Any final thoughts?
Thank you so much for doing this. I really appreciate it. Everybody should go to, itunes, barnes and noble, or smashwords and buy my book. My website is very interactive so you can tell me what you thought, good or bad I really appreciate any feedback.

Thanks Joe for being here today


ATK Final Cover (3)   Title: Amongst the Killing

Author: Joe Compton

Genre: Crime Thriller


For as long as he could remember, Detective Charles Street wanted to be a police officer, moreover a detective. He wanted to be knee-deep in the action, working the biggest cases, and reaping the biggest rewards. But he didn’t think when his dream job came calling that it would ever turn into his nightmare.

For as long as he could remember, Jack Casey just wanted to be free, his own man to do what he pleased, when he pleased. He too craved action, and when his dream life came calling, he didn’t think he would meet anyone who was his equal, and definitely didn’t think he would ever have difficulty leaving behind the world he loathed and mocked.

  Amongst The Killing documents both of their stories, told in their own words, as the moments unfolded when their paths first crossed and their lives intersected. How could two men, with two different philosophies, be so different and yet so connected?

As the ultimate cat and mouse game unfolds, each has to deal separately with the other’s decisions and the effects they have in turning their lives sideways and upside-down. Will one of them crack? Will one of them succeed? Ultimately, the journey may mean more than the game, and show both of them the outcome neither was ever expecting.


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Tribute to the King of Pop



Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” who once moonwalked above the music world, died Thursday. He was 50.

Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him.

One person can make a difference as we have seen in the life of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson meant many things to his family, friends and fans. He was a beloved entertainer, spokesperson, showman, father, friend, motivator, an artist who pushed the boundries of creativity.

Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I was one who was a die-hard fan of his music. People often underestimate the power of music, and the effect that it has on us. We sometimes forget how a great song with a feel-good message lifts us up, and makes us smile and remember the place we had the most fun dancing to it and with whom. There were times when his music brought joy, hope, inspiration to me when I needed it.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary IN. He was 4 years old when he began singing with his brothers; Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito, in the Jackson 5. After his early success with bubblegum soul, he struck out on his own, generating innovative, explosive, unstoppable music.

His 1982 album “Thriller” which included the blockbuster hits “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide.

Although Michael had experienced a level of success with the Jackson 5 and his solo album, Off The Wall, Thriller was the album that launched him into super-stardom, which not many of us can achieve.

Throughout the years, Michael had continued to push the boundries of creativity, with music videos such as Bad, Remember The Time, Liberian Girl, Ghosts, You Rock My World.

Jackson’s death brought a tragic end to a dazzling career, when he was popular music’s premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

At the time of his death, Jackson was rehearsing hard for what was to be his greatest comeback: He was scheduled for an unprecedented 50 shows at a London arena, with the first set for July 13.

He was the most exciting performer of this generation. Not since Fred Astaire had we seen such a brilliant entertainer.

Jackson ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time. He united two of music’s biggest names when he was briefly married to Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie, and Jackson’s death immediately evoked comparisons to that of Presley himself, who died at age 42 in 1977.

Billboard magazine editorial director Bill Werde said Jackson’s star power was unmatched. “The world just lost the biggest pop star in history, no matter how you cut it,” Werde said. “He’s literally the king of pop.”

Jackson’s 13 No. 1 one hits on the Billboard charts put him behind only Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey, Werde said.

Rest In Peace Michael.

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