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ALA Midwinter Meeting 2021 Videocast: Christopher Zyda with Doug Cooper

Christopher Zyda, author of The Storm: One Voice from the AIDS Generation (Rare Bird; 2020) in conversation with Doug Cooper, author of Outside In, The Investment Club, and Focus Lost (Rare Bird), from the virtual ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter Meeting 2021.

Christopher Zyda is the author of the The Storm: One Voice from the AIDS Generation. In this beautiful and gripping story, Chris confronts the long-buried and painful memories of his harrowing fifteen-year journey during the early years of the AIDS crisis in Los Angeles.

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It all begins in early 1984, when Chris, a twenty-one year old UCLA English Literature major, risks ostracism when he comes out of the closet to his fraternity brothers just as the AIDS pandemic is beginning to explode in gay communities across the United States. Soon afterward, Chris meets and falls in love with Stephen, a graduate of Yale University and Law School, and the two of them build a life together as their friends start to fall sick and die from the spreading storm of AIDS.

Stephen begins showing symptoms of AIDS in early 1986, and Chris faces a difficult choice as he is certain that he, too, eventually will be stricken by the disease. He abandons his writing career and attends the UCLA business school so that he can earn enough money to pay for healthcare during Stephen’s illness.

The Storm is filled with heart, optimism, and love, interspersed with Los Angeles history, gay and lesbian history, AIDS history, and the backdrop of the 1980s and 1990s. It is an unflinching and, at times, raw memoir of perseverance, integrity, forgiveness, the power of love, spiritual growth, Carpe Diem, dreams, and, most of all: survival and ultimate triumph.

To learn more about Chris, visit his website or follow him on Twitter

Doug On The More Than Corporate Podcast

Doug was on The More Than Corporate podcast to chat with Amber Fuhriman. Learn what it means to put your heart and soul into a book. Doug shares the benefits of world travel. Learn how to better understand the things that hold us back from being the best we can be. Click below to listen to the podcast.

Doug Cooper with Amber Fuhriman

Amber is an attorney practicing immigration and criminal defense in Las Vegas, Nevada and the founder and host of the More Than Corporate Podcast. When she was growing up, she KNEW she was going to be successful. She just didn’t KNOW she had to decide what that meant for her. So, she pushed forward following the only idea of success she had ever known…. a college education and a good job. She has had a very blessed life, but it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses. She was convinced when she got a “good job” based upon hard work and college education that all her problems would disappear! She actually remembers saying to her grandma somewhere around 2008 that one day she was going to make $100,000 in a year and all her problems would be gone…. Yup… Amber admits she knows how ridiculous that sounds now.

New episodes of the More Than Corporate podcast post weekly. Visit the Guest Area to connect with her to be a guest on the show or join the More Than Corporate Community on Facebook to meet others interested in finding fulfillment, defining success, and living your best life.

Focus Lost is Doug’s third book and will be released on April 16, 2019 by Rare Bird Books. Visit the Buzz section to stay updated on the news and events related to release or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Author Talk at Huron Library

Author Talk at Huron Library

Doug Cooper Author Talk – Huron Library – Dec 10, 7p

Come hear Doug give a talk on “Living What You Write to Research Fiction” at the Huron Library on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 pm. Doug will provide insight on questions such as, “Where Do Authors Ideas Come From?” and “How Much of What Authors Write About Is True?” and many more relating to his three novels Focus LostThe Investment Club, and Outside In.

Register on the Huron Library website or respond to Facebook Event to reserve your spot. After the talk, Doug will be signing and selling copies of all three of his books.

This event is free to the public and part of the Huron Library Speaker Series.

Focus Lost:

The line between passion and obsession runs through us all.

Levi Combs never planned to rocket to stardom.

Eva Florez knew he would the moment she saw him.

Gabe Adams didn’t want anything to do with celebrities.

But after Gabe’s sister sells his photos of Levi with a young starlet to a tabloid website, their lives become intertwined forever, bound by rage and retribution.

Blending the nuance and insight of literary fiction with the big-screen magic of a Hollywood thriller, Focus Lost whisks readers into a world of temptation, indulgence, and revenge, daring them to take a bite of the forbidden fruit.

Focus Lost Amazon eBook Sale

Focus Lost eBook Sale at Amazon for $2.99 – November 21

Buy an eBook version of Focus Lost from Amazon for $2.99 all day on November 21. That’s right, for a limited time, Focus Lost will be reduced over 70% to only $2.99. It’s such an amazing offer, you should really buy two!

Start your holiday shopping early and save money in this Pre-Black Friday sale. Traveling for Thanksgiving? Download a copy to your phone, tablet, or laptop and mitigate the travel stress with this entertaining read described as “Fast paced thriller exploring intention/manipulation, perception/reality, approximation/truth”.

Focus Lost:

The line between passion and obsession runs through us all.

Levi Combs never planned to rocket to stardom.

Eva Florez knew he would the moment she saw him.

Gabe Adams didn’t want anything to do with celebrities.

But after Gabe’s sister sells his photos of Levi with a young starlet to a tabloid website, their lives become intertwined forever, bound by rage and retribution.
Blending the nuance and insight of literary fiction with the big-screen magic of a Hollywood thriller, Focus Lost whisks readers into a world of temptation, indulgence, and revenge, daring them to take a bite of the forbidden fruit.

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