Revival

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 22 Comments


I'm so excited to welcome that wonderful bald guy with whom I share virtual DNA...

My cyber-brother, Mark Koopmans, is here today!

Like, any good cyber-sister, I HAVE very embarrassing pictures of Mark I could share with the world.

But, as a good friend, I won't post them today.

I'll post them Friday, but not today. Today is Mark's big day!

He gets to share his wonderful book with the world.

Revival is a wonderful book. Donald's story interesting, uplifting, and inspiring. Mark's story telling is energetic and entertaining with large doses of humor and plenty of profound, poignant thought (that must have been Donald's influence).

Now, here's Mark!!

Aloha,

Today is Launch Day for my book, REVIVAL – The Donald Braswell Story and I thought it would be so much fun to start the Blog Tour with my e-sibling, so thank you, ((Liz)).
So who exactly is Donald Braswell?


When I first met Donald (via a phone call) it was 2008, and I worked as a staff writer for a San Antonio-area newspaper. Truth be told, my only thought about chatting with Donald was hey, he’s on America’s Got Talent—and that should make for an interesting feature.

We chatted for about twenty minutes, but after I switched off the recorder, we spoke for another 45 minutes longer, which is something I never did before, and have never done since. (I had daily deadlines in those days, and time was precious!)

However, as Donald shared the background to his story, I instinctively knew that I wanted to write more about this man and share his amazing inspirational story with others.

The rest, as they say, is history, or in this case, his story.

REVIVAL has grown from a germ of an idea to a labor of love that I hope will inspire so many others to “follow that dream,” as Donald always says.

Donald has a short bio below, but I hope you’ll read the book and learn so much more about the man, the husband and the father behind the voice that thrilled millions. You won’t be bored, I promise.
Thanks again to Liz, for letting me stop by, and to everyone who’s supported me over these last couple of years.

Has anyone inspired you to Follow That Dream?

Tomorrow is Insecure Writers’ Support Day, so I’ll be over at the small, quiet blog run by the one and only Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Blurb:
From Juilliard to jumper cables; from wasting all the talent in the world to America's Got Talent, REVIVAL—The Donald Braswell Story is a memoir about the "Texas Tenor" who lost his voice in a random accident, but finds his calling through faith—and a musical miracle.
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Bios:
Donald Braswell II is an American actor, classical crossover tenor and composer. Braswell was on a fast track to become an internationally acclaimed opera singer when he suffered a car accident in 1995 that made him unable to speak for almost two years. After that, he lived a quiet life outside of the spotlight until his appearance on the 2008 season of America’s Got Talent where he was a Top 5 finalist, which gave him another chance at a career in entertainment. Since then, he has entertained audiences both internationally as well as shore to shore in the United States in concerts, television appearances, inspirational speaking and radio. Donald has recorded four studio albums and has an international fan club with followers in more than 25 countries.
Donald is a testament to the powers of the human spirit in difficult times and he inspires all who come to know him.
Learn more about Donald’s story via this 6-min YouTube
clip showing his awe-inspiring first audition on America’s Got Talent.
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Mark Koopmans is originally from Ireland. After working in Holland, Spain, France and England, he won his U.S. “Green Card” in 1994, and is an American by choice since 2003. Koopmans began his writing career with a feature for a regional magazine in California. Since then, he’s worked as a staff writer for newspapers in Florida and Texas. Koopmans is also a proficient blogger and is working on his next book, a novel. Koopmans lives in Virginia and is a married, stay-at-home dad to three active boys under the age of nine. He writes at night.
Find Mark’s blog at
MarkKoopmans.blogspot.com


22 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Mark!!! This is your day, dude. Enjoy. Life will never be the same.
    The story is compelling and inspirational - everyone needs to read it. So go buy it. Now!
    And I think I've seen most of those photos of Mark, much to my dismay...

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    1. Just you wait...I dug up something fresh. Bwa haha.

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  2. Happy release day to Mark! And hello Elizabeth :-)

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  3. Congrats indeed. Remember the a to z posts. Long time in the making, but having it done sure is an awesome feeling I bet.

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    1. He has been working on this for a while. Perfection takes time!

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  4. @Twinny Liz: Ha-ha! Thanks a LOT for being my Launch Day Operator, and why do I have a feeling I should stay in bed Friday, with the covers over my head. Photos? What photos?? (Haha, what's even scarier is that I can think of several blog-published pics :)

    @Alex: Thank you, Alex, for the kind words and your always-there-to-support-others attitude:)

    @Annalisa: How's it going and thanks for stopping by (I was going to say G'day mate... golly my geography is messed up right now!!)

    @Pat: Thanks Pat. Yeah, absolutely a great feeling... [looks around] now what do I do :) Ah yes, finish WIP, a novel!

    @Deb: Cheers, Deb. Thanks for checking in. I appreciate ya!

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    1. Mark, I decided to publish tomorrow. The IWSG is such a popular day, I figured it's best to take advantage. Bwahaha

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  5. Congratulations, Mark!!! This is so awesome!

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  6. @Tyrean: Thanks!! It's been an awesome day :)

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  7. Sorry I didn't get hear earlier dear Mork. I hope you have been enjoying your launch party. I loved this book and the wonderful story it tells.

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  8. @Jo: No worries, missus. It's been a mad day (and my Dublin accent is coming back for some bizarre reason...) and my mind has turned a little to mush, but I've had a blast... Thanks for the smiles and the support :)

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  9. I'm so excited for Mark. Congrats to him!

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    1. Thanks Donna!! It's been a fun, nay, crazy week :)

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  10. More congratulation, Mark! This is one heck of a tour you've got goin' on. And Liz, more pictues? Oooh, I love pictures. And of Morkie? They've GOT to be good ones. Bwahaha! I can't wait. Love you both! Xoxoxo Eva

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    1. No pics... pics cancelled [Runs away....] help!!

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  11. It is a wonderful story. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa, and thanks again for hosting me :)

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  12. Go Mark! Thank you Elizabeth for hosting Mark and this book on your site! I LOVE the cover, and the story of course!

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  13. Wow, this sounds like a great read! Congrats, Mark! And Elizabeth . . . can't wait to see those pictures ;-)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, and don't worry about the pics that Liz posted on Wednesday... they're not scary at alllll :)

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