I'm very excited to be welcoming a special guest to the blog today. I'll be talking to Braxton Cosby, author of the School of Ministry. Plus he has aome great advice for aspiring authors. So let me begin by presenting the synopsis to his fabulous new book.
Braxton A Cosby
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Keith Publications
Number of pages: 367
Word Count: 114K
TO CHOOSE, IS FATE!
A young man named Ziv struggles to find his place in life after both of his parents are murdered. Orphaned and alone by the age of six, he bounces in and out of foster homes hopeless and afraid, wondering if he will ever find a path to happiness. He resolves to accept a life of depravity, until one day he discovers he possesses the gift of sight: to see creatures from the afterlife, but not angels...demons!
Ziv is recruited by The School of Ministry, a secret society that promises to help him find his best friend Stephanie, who has gone missing. But there is one catch: he must agree to join them in their quest to eradicate evil and protect the weak. Ziv learns that he is a "Conduit," which allows him to cross over into the spirit world and transcend time itself.
When he is partnered with two other young men who have similar gifts, the unlikely trio is trained in the mastery of weapons and the art of Shouting, during treacherous challenges of the tortuous Quad in preparation for their mission: to secure the Windgate. Ziv becomes entrenched in a quest of identity, love, and will, until he comes face to face with pure evil itself--Akabod, the spiritual prodigal son to the School of Ministry and a master of talents.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/jIuB6zXCnY4
It's Miss Evans!
I approach the tank and investigate it, looking for signs of movement from Miss Evans. She floats lifelessly in the water. Her hair flows, carried by the waves and her face appears angelic. I notice the softness of her eyelids and the elegant curve of her mouth as she floats. But the beautiful view is interrupted by a dramatic jolt of her body as her eyes open and a cluster of bubbles escape her mouth and nose. She stares at me and thrashes, eyes bloodshot as she slaps at the glass. I gaze back at her powerless, examining the tank for locks or levers; some way to release her from the watery prison.
I'm helpless as she continues to struggle for air. Then, an image flickers from the corner of my eye as a side door opens and Maxwell walks out, holding a staff of his own.
"Maxwell," I plead. "It's Miss Evans. Please help her!"
He shakes his head and lifts his staff in his hands, twirling it in a circle as he begins to slowly walk sideways, circling me like a predator, encasing me in a hedge of danger.
"Hold your ground. Make a choice: fight or flight," Maxwell bellows.
Miss Evans' banging on the glass behind me blends with the pounding of my heart. I lift my staff and spread my feet, turning my attention to Maxwell. As much as I'm afraid for my own safety, I find it impossible not to focus on Miss Evans. Her muffled scream comes from the tank and I look away from Maxwell to check on her. Her hands clutch her neck. Her face is bright red with a tinge of blue around her lips.
"No," I scream, stepping back away from the tank.
Raising my staff above my head, I crank back and rip it down, slamming it into the side of the tank, as I yell. The water explodes from the crack in the tank and glass shards crash to the floor below. I swing once more and this time the entire tank shatters, launching Miss Evans into the air toward me. I catch her in my arms and the force of the water propels us backward onto the floor. She coughs, gasping for air. I hold her in my arms and caress her head. Her sobbing brittles me and I'm relieved to see her skin color returning to its natural tanned shade.
We're here, an odd place, an unfamiliar place. But as I hold her delicately in my arms, it makes me feel like I'm heading back home. Not the place where I live now, but the place where I used to live, when mom and dad were still alive. The way she rests in my arms beckons me to a time when I used to hold my kitten, Priceless. She'd climb into my lap during the thunder storms. I was her comforter. Priceless would purr when I did it. And now, so many years later, I find myself feeling the same way as I hold Miss Evans. Her soft body pressing into my skin—warming me—calls me to hug her even closer with each passing second. The times when I needed someone to hold me reflect in my mind like a mirror as I stare at her. Her chest rises as her heart beat quickens, mixing evenly with her breaths. As warmth returns to her body, a subtle tremor comes over her; like a purr.
I can't resist. I have to do it. I must do it. I hug deeply, ignoring the senseless urge to pull away.
"Bravo!" praises Maxwell, exiting the room as the lights come back on.
Miss Evans resting in my arms and I comfort her, caressing her hair. She finally looks up at me and mouths, "Thank you."
About the Author
And now he’s getting you in shape. “I feel that God has given me a calling to help people,” said Cosby. It was through his own injury that taught Cosby about “getting people back to their prior level of function.” He said he want to motivate “people to stay on the course” so they can meet their own individual goals.
Cosby is a personal trainer, nutritionist and physical therapist and is using his talents and knowledge to help bring attention to the health issues and disparities such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
He was the featured keynote speaker at the 2012 Atlanta CARES STEMFest for Children and Young Adults event. He also was a presenter for Mercer College School of Medicine and the Louisiana Medical Society’s Focus on Exercise and Fitness. He has partnered with Emory University as a clinical instructor and worked with a major rehabilitation company in geriatrics.
The host of a weekly radio show – Ask the Fat Doctors, Cosby also is an award-winning author and has been seen on CBS, Fox and Atlanta Live. He’s teamed up with retired offensive lineman and NFL analyst Jamie Dukes to create a workout video for men called Chachersize (C_4).
Ask the Fat Doctors is where Cosby, Dukes and radio personality Tee Foxx where they cover a variety of topics from current events to obesity to disease prevention. Cosby also shares tips on how to lose pounds.
Cosby’s goal is to share information on how to create healthy habits and how they can counteract serious health ailments. His articles can be found in “OMTimes Magazine” and “Skinny Limits”. Cosby also posted regular workout tips on his YouTube page.
And Dr. Braxton A. Cosby has a passion for ﬁtness
Let's Take a Moment to Get to Know Braxton!
What inspired you to write your first book?
It’s funny. I was inspired to write my first novel Protostar in church. The Bishop asked the congregation if anyone actually asked God the question “What do you want me to do?” And I thought about it for a second and realized that I had never done that. So I closed my eyes and asked God the question. Suddenly, I heard a small voice say “Write a book.” I laughed at the idea because in as many papers that I wrote in college, the idea of writing a novel came to mind. So I thought about it some more and the idea came to me. I immediately started jotting down ideas right there in church. From then on, I thought the idea of a secret society that recruits talented youths to fight evil was kind of cool, so I began fleshing out The School of Ministry.
Do you have a specific writing style?
How did you come up with the title? The School of Ministry represents a secret society that taps into the powers of the spirit. The inner power that each one of us possesses and can utilize for good, if we believe. I thought that each book will have a main focus, but story arcs will branch from it until the climatic end of each one. The Windgate, is actually a place where the Holy Spirit dwells and “breathes” life into the world. How it all comes together is reserved for the experience of the reader. No spoilers here. LOL.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The catch phrase of the first book is “To Choose, Is Fate.” I think that every one of the books will always emphasize the power of choice, because everyone ultimately has the opportunity to make choices. Living with the choices you make and responding to the outcomes of those choices is what makes life fulfilling or not. Your fate, I believe, it based on the choices you make. The next books will continue with the “Choose” moniker, with different outcomes being the focus.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I used so many things to weave together the plotlines in the story; and there are a lot of them. My experiences, people I know, stories I’ve heard, all play a part in making a story that sounds realistic and believable. I want people to read this book and ‘feel’ like the events are a part of history and that they could one day walk up to someone just like Ziv, Mr. C, Jaythan, Francis and Maxwell.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Hunger Games, from a writing standpoint. I love Suzanne Collins’ writing style. She’s so intelligent, but is able to break the story down to parts that every person can grasp and understand. Here pacing and world building is so streamlined and persistent.
What book are you reading now?
I went back a little bit and picked up Ann Aquirre’s “Enclave”. I’m admittedly passing the time until a couple of other Young Adult books come out this winter that have conclusions to them.
What are your current projects?
Right now, I’m currently working on promotion for The School of Ministry, along with editing Protostar for it’s reboot early 2014 with Winter Goose Publications. But, I’m also working on two novellas from each series that will help to bulk up the stories and add new dimensions to the characters that I think readers will love.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I really went through an amazing experience in editing it and taking out things that I realized were not relevant to pushing the story. What remained was crucial to other books and after getting the early reviews on the book thus far, it seems that readers agree.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Find an original vision, even it’s a new spin on something that’s out right now and build upon it. Make it yours and yours alone. Try to be as inventive and creative as possible. Do not be afraid to make something entirely new. People will judge you no matter what. But stay focused on what you want to write because not everyone is going to love your creation.
Fun Facts About Braxton!
What is your favorite type of food? I’m a carb guy. But I have learned to eat the low carb stuff like brown rice, and veggie pastas. My main vice is chocolate in the form of brownies and ice cream.
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