SERIES (& Book #) – N/A
AUTHOR – Ben Burgess Jr.
GENRE – Contemporary Romance/ African American Fiction/ Urban Fiction
PUBLICATION DATE – June 13th, 2016
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – 478 pages
PUBLISHER – Legacy Books LLC (My publishing company)
COVER ARTIST – Leah Frieday
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Wow! The first part of Daddy’s Girl by Ben Burgess Jr. is brutal. I was really trying to give Nick the benefit of the doubt but for the love of God, he couldn’t make the right decisions to save his life! The only good choice he made was keeping his beautiful baby girl. Every woman he hooked up with was horrendous. He consistently missed the signs that they didn’t want his baby around, that they were gold diggers or lazy heifers. Will he ever grow up?
This novel is an emotional roller coaster! Told from different points of views, all the characters extremely complex, you can’t help but feel frustrated with them, cry with them, hope for them and sometimes smile with them. This authors voice is very well received, his writing style unique. There are sexual scenes but I feel that they enhance the storyline instead of straying away from it, which is really hard to do. The intricacy of this story is amazing. The sad reality; this is how life truly is. The struggles and the hardships everyone faces, no matter the color of our skin. This is just one of many families living in our day in age where race makes a difference no matter what naïve people want to believe, where society says we all should get along and live amongst each other when nobody is really seen as equal by said society. The less financially fortunate people do their best to raise their children knowing that they have just ONE chance to get through to them before the streets dig their claws in. Some will want to work and better themselves, some will expect others to do it for them. Some will get trapped in gangs or drugs, usually with only one way out. Some will go off to college on scholarships and make something of themselves. But then… the cycle starts over.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even with, or maybe because of, the emotional turmoil. I strongly recommend you read this as there are life lessons to be learned, morals to uphold and loyalty that you just don’t see enough of anymore. Grow up with Lynn and Nick in this extraordinary story of unconditional love for family. My rating for this novel is 5/5. *Copy gifted to me by the author for an honest review*
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Ben Burgess Jr. author of Daddy’s Girl.
Hi Mr. Burgess, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
- When did you write your first book?
- I wrote and published my first book (a Poetry Book) “Times Have Changed and Life is Strange,” in 2008. I promised my junior high school English teacher Mrs. Ladd-Marcus that I would publish my poetry one day, and I felt that was the time to do it.
- What does your family think of your writing?
- My family has been very supportive and they are proud of me. Whenever I win an award, my Mom is the first to brag to everyone she knows about it. My other family members have also helped to get my name out to the world by sharing my works with their friends.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
- As a child, I wanted to be a pilot! I used to watch a cartoon called “Tail Spin” and I wanted to fly planes.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
- When I’m not writing, I love to hang out with my family and play with my daughter, play basketball, work out, and…play video games! LOL!
- Do you write on a computer, dictate or longhand?
- I do all of the above. I’m an NYPD Detective so whenever I have a free second; I’ll either jot something down on my Samsung Note 5, use the voice recorder, or type something quickly on my laptop. I like to write things down as soon as they come to me.
- Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
- Book marketing is a gamble. Some things are effective; some aren’t. With each book, I try to focus on which marketing tools have been the most effective and stick with what works. I don’t continue to use strategies that I feel have not been effective. I also talk to other authors about what has been successful with them; I research companies online, and I read articles in book magazines to gain ideas for successful marketing. The mistakes I’ve made in the past is not doing my homework with book marketing promoters and companies.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us. Hope the fans have learned some cool new and exciting thing.