WHAT I CHERISH MOST — THE CHERISHED BLOGFEST

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What I Cherish The Most

What I cherish the most isn’t a ‘what’ but a ‘who;’ the person who I had looked up to and then had lost too early in life. This was my brother, Neil Leist.

Why am I an author?

The answer lies with my brother, Neil Leist.
Neil was a person who lit up a room when he entered. He was 6 feet 2 inches, but it wasn’t his height that drew peoples’ eyes. It was his dynamic personality. Those grey eyes mirrored his brilliant intellect and capacity for greatness. Neil took care of my blind mother until I was old enough to help. He helped raise me when my father wasn’t home but working interminable days and nights driving a taxi.
Flourishing in the business world, Neil traded on the Commodity Exchange until he earned enough money to own a majority stake in a Fortune 500 company. He became the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Bakeries. Neil took me along on his ride to stardom as I worked for him on the Commodities Exchange and in his offices on Madison Avenue, New York. I majored in Finance at New York University, preparing to join him. For the first time, life was good.
In the middle of the night, a phone call turned my world dark. Dark as the one in which my mother lived. My brother had been in a car accident in the Hamptons. His red Porsche had hydroplaned on the wet roads. Neil was a skilled driver with quick reflexes; he drove the car off the highway and onto the grass. Luck wasn’t with him that night. The Porsche crashed beneath a truck parked in its path. His brain injury left him in a coma, and he died two years later.
I continued my education and received an M.B.A. in Finance, but high finance lost its appeal. I worked at various investment companies, but I didn’t want to trade or analyze stocks and commodities. My brother and my parents had passed. My daughters were beginning their own lives. Without a focus in my life, I began to write. As an avid reader, I had many stories racing through my mind.
In my first book, The Dead Game, I combine mystery and paranormal. Two guests disappear from a party at a deserted house, leaving the others to fend for their lives from wild animals and traps. Since I end the book with a cliffhanger, I had to write the second book in the series, Prey for The Dead. The residents of the coastal town of Oasis in northern Florida face vampires and hybrids once again. This time, the action takes them to Disney World, where vampires hide at an exclusive club. Yes, I based my story on an actual club at Disney created by Walt Disney. Next week, I will release the third book in the series, The Dead At Heart. Is the series finished? I don’t know yet. I now live my life as a big question mark: no periods or final thoughts, only possibilities.
My life has taken unexpected twists and turns. Memories of my brother follow me across every speed bump. I don’t have him any longer, but I have Neil stored in a special place in my heart. He’s given me the strength and the drive to pursue my dreams. After what he’s accomplished in his brief life, I yearn to create a fraction of the positive memories he’s left for me and those whose lives he has touched.

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

Grand Central Terminal.

There is no other like you.

Keeping the pace through

the calm and the hectic.

Providing light through your

mullioned windows.

The watcher of it all.

The keeper of schedules.

But most of all the

keeper of time for those

passing through your gates.

STAND TALL

Don’t step on the cracks.

We’ve been warned since birth.

What will happen?

Will we break our mother’s back?

That won’t happen.

But we don’t want to fall

between the cracks in life.

We don’t want to be lost

in the sea of humanity.

We want to be noticed.

Noticed in our own right.

For what we believe in.

For what we do.

So don’t fall between the cracks.

Hold your head up high.

Stand straight.

Stand tall.

VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

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Thank you, Anna Celeste Burke, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. An award from a great writer is something to be proud about. I’m very proud.  Her link is: http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com/#!VERSATILE-BLOGGER-AWARD-POST-THANKS/c1g4i/A1469DBB-3FA1-4370-B7D2-33319E867560

I’m very happy to accept this award and pass it on to 15 other lucky bloggers. Please click on their links and visit them. I’ve been following them and enjoying their writing.

The only requirement for this award is to share it with 15 others and tell 7 interesting facts about you or your writing.

It’s fun to share!

My 15 Versatile Bloggers are:

  1. http://anniesbeautyblog.wordpress.com/
  2. http://purplerays.wordpress.com/
  3. http://abozdar.wordpress.com/
  4. http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/
  5. http://kimgosselinblog.com/
  6. http://mirrorofyourhealth.wordpress.com/
  7. http://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/
  8. http://www.the-dreams-weaver.blogspot.com
  9. http://gardenofeady.com/
  10. http://klewismusings.wordpress.com/
  11. http://storytimewithjohn.com/
  12. http://throughopenlens.com/
  13. http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com
  14. http://stylebreakdown.me/
  15. http://michellejoycebond.wordpress.com/

 

 

One of the requirements for this award is for me to say 7 interesting things about myself. I don’t know if these things are interesting but here goes:

  1. I was born in Brooklyn, New York.
  2. I now live in Long Island, New York.
  3. I find Brooklyn to be much more interesting than Long Island.
  4. I want to travel the world.
  5. The only foreign countries I’ve visited so far are Canada, Israel, and England.
  6. I have two beautiful daughters.
  7. I love to swim.

Today I’m #31 on Amazon in Best Sellers in Vampire Suspense

The view is good from up here. In an hour, I could be down the list. But right now, I’m soaring high above the rest!

 

Best Sellers in Vampire Suspense

 
21.
Deep Midnight (Alliance Vampires)
Kindle Edition
$3.99
22.
Fear the Light
Kindle Edition
$2.99
23.
Shades of Blood and Darkness (Templar...
Kindle Edition
$2.99
24.
Blood Exchange
Kindle Edition
$0.99
25.
Undead and Unreturnable (Undead/Queen...
Kindle Edition
$5.99
26.
Immortal Luck: An Immortal Heart Prequel
Kindle Edition
$0.99
27.
The Awakening (Alliance Vampires)
Kindle Edition
$3.99
28.
The Night Eternal
Kindle Edition
Currently unavailable
 
29.
The Strain
Kindle Edition
Currently unavailable
 
30.
CATCH (Angler book 2): Vampire Romant...
Kindle Edition
$3.99
31.
The Dead Game
Kindle Edition
$0.99
32.
Hunting Colby: book 2.5 Shapeshifter...
Kindle Edition

$2.99