Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spotlight on: Revival and Mark Koopmans

Revival by Donald Braswell and Mark Koopmans came out last fall, but it's never too late to spotlight a book and the authors, right?

How a Tenor Lost His Voice but Found His Calling
by Donald Braswell with Mark Koopmans 

Five years removed from his 1990 Juilliard graduation, Donald Braswell is set to be "the next Pavarotti." Braswell's successful career ends, however, not with a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall, but alone, lying in a dirty ditch. 

Following the hit-and-run accident that steals his voice and future, the "Texas Tenor" struggles with depression and despair—until the night his daughter, Aria, is born. Understanding this new and immediate life change, Braswell fights to relearn how to speak and sing—and how to share this gift of second chances with others. When he auditions for America's Got Talent, his family, his faith, and his entire future hangs in the balance.

Praise for Revival

"God never wastes a hurt, and His plan for us is far beyond what our human minds can imagine. In Koopmans' first book, he takes us along the personal journey of Donald Braswell, who in the midst of health challenges, found faith and strength in God. No matter what you're going through, you will be blessed and inspired by REVIVAL as you turn every page!" 
 

 ~ Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship, Honolulu, HI 

"Revival—The Donald Braswell Story proves that when all is lost, miracles can indeed happen through perseverance and faith in a higher power." 
 

 ~ Matthew J. Pallamary - author of Spirit Matters and Land Without Evil 

"Revival is more than the story of one man's struggle to overcome—it's a testament to the power of God." 
  

 ~ Alex J. Cavanaugh, Amazon Best Selling Author of Dragon of the Stars 

About Donald



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. He boasts an international fan club with fans from over 25 countries. Learn more about Donald atDonaldBraswell.com

About Mark

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




Okay, I admit, the reason I picked up this book is that I've followed Mark's blog and I think he's genuine, funny, and wonderfully Irish. :) You really couldn't meet a nicer guy in the blogging world. I highly recommend the book and I highly recommend finding Mark's blog and reading all about his adventures. 




Find Revival at:
Amazon     Barnes and Noble



News that I know: (if I don't by random chance know it, I can't post it)
Sean McLachlan has a new book out! Radio Hope is a Post-Apocalyptic novel without zombies (yay, I"m glad that's still possible to write), and after reading the first few chapters, it had my attention! It's gritty good. :)















Got News? Know and love Mark? Have you read Revival? Or Radio Hope?

29 comments:

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Oh wow! What an amazing story! Such a blessing it's being shared. Congrats to both Mark and Donald! Much success...

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Excellent book. I highly recommend it.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to Donald and Michael on their book. And sometimes we can help authors just as much by spotlighting their books after the blitz that comes when the books are released.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I got to read Revival before it came out - awesome story of faith!

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations to Donald, Mark and Sean. Wishing them many sales.

T. Drecker said...

Congrats, Donald and Mark! Sounds like a great, inspiring story.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for stopping by, SA! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Me, too! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes, I think so, too. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes, it is! Thanks for stopping by, Alex!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for stopping by, Murees!

Tyrean Martinson said...

It is!
Thanks for stopping by, T!

Mark Koopmans said...

Thanks, S.A. Really appreciate the kind words!!

Mark Koopmans said...

You're the best, Liz :)

Mark Koopmans said...

Thanks Nathalie - and thank *you*, Tyrean, for being so sweet to put REVIVAL back in the spotlight :)

Mark Koopmans said...

Cheers, Alex, and thanks again for all your support:)

Mark Koopmans said...

Thanks, Murees!

Mark Koopmans said...

I'm just blessed that I was able to share Donald's story, thanks T.

Tyrean Martinson said...

You're welcome, Mark!

Yolanda Renee said...

Great book to spotlight!
And an apocalypse without zombies. Wonderful!

Nicola said...

Sounds like an inspiring read. Congrats to Donald and Mark. I look forward to reading the story. Thanks for the post Tyrean.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for stopping by Yolanda!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for stopping by, Nicola!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I look forward to reading it!

Misha Gericke said...

I very much want to read Revival. It looks to be such an inspirational story. :-)

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, I think I remember seeing Revival pop up across the blogosphere when it first came out. Sounds like an inspiring book!

Nick Wilford said...

Yay for Mark and Donald! There's never a bad time to give a great author a shout.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Tyrean. Hi, Mark...

You picked a good one to highlight today, Tyrean.... This book holds a special place for me because I was honored to do a read through for Mark before it was published. ALL the best, Mark!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to Donald and Mark!!! I've been seeing this amazing book all over the place!!!! Wishing the boys much success!!!

Hi, Tyrean.